There are hundreds, if not thousands, of defective products on American markets today. Some are exceedingly dangerous. Sometimes they receive little publicity so the general public is unaware of their dangerous potential. But their manufacturers can be held responsible for the injuries and deaths they cause.
From airbags and cribs to talcum powder, Americans can be exposed to a variety of injuries from products they never thought could hurt them or their loved ones. The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) updates lists of dangerous, recalled products every week, if not every day. There are so many, it’s difficult for the average American to keep up.
That’s when a Wayne Wright lawyer can be of invaluable assistance to anyone who suspects they have been injured by a defective product. Wayne Wright lawyers can sue manufacturers to obtain justice for injuries due to a company’s negligence or deliberate indifference to the dangers they pose.
Companies can be liable if a product was damaged during the manufacturing process even if they took all precautions; if there is a design defect in the product and if instructions provided with the product are inadequate or they fail to warn consumers of potential malfunctions that can harm them.
Takata air bags are the latest example of a dangerous product for which a company failed to adequately warn consumers. More than 34 million cars have been recalled in recent weeks after the Japanese company finally agreed that all its airbags, installed in cars made by 11 major auto makers, could explode. The defect sends shrapnel-like particles into the bodies and faces of drivers and occupants upon impact in an accident.
According to a May 19, 2015 report in the New York Times, six people have been killed and more than 100 injured by Takata air bags. The Times says Takata has known about the deadly defect for 10 years. The U.S. House of Representatives recently scheduled hearings on the Takata airbags.
A drop-side rail crib caused the death of a seven-month old in 2013, leading to a lawsuit against Wal-Mart. The sale (or resale) of drop-side cribs was banned nationwide by the Consumer Products Safety Commission in June 2011. The suit charged Wal-Mart with “participating in and approving” the sale of drop-side cribs. The CPSC attributed 32 infant and toddler deaths to the cribs between 2001 and 2010.
Talcum powder named “Cashmere Bouquet” caused a deadly cancer in the lungs of a Los Angeles woman. In April, a jury there ordered Colgate-Palmolive Co. to pay the woman $12.4 million. The company was accused of using powder from asbestos-contaminated mines. Asbestos causes mesothelioma, a type of cancer that is usually fatal.
If you suspect have been injured by an everyday product you thought was safe, call Wayne Wright.