When January rolls around, many people in Pennsylvania make resolutions for a better life. In addition to joining a gym or finding a jogging buddy, they may change their diets, lowering their carb intake and increasing the amount of protein. The makers of protein bars and shakes make many promises about the contribution these products can make to a lean and muscular body, but a recent study showed that those claims may not be accurate. In fact, some may have ingredients that could lead to products liability lawsuits.
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Long before the holidays arrive, consumers in Pennsylvania begin seeing ads for the latest toys. Even grocery stores often display toys, hoping to gain the last minute holiday shopper or impulse buyer. This is also the time of year when the Consumer Product Safety Commission releases its annual report of dangerous toys. All toys made and sold in the United States must meet certain standards of quality and safety. Companies that do not adhere to those standards risk injuring children and facing products liability claims.
Doctors working in hospitals' traumatic burn units in Pennsylvania and elsewhere have seen many horrific injuries. Recently, however, these doctors are treating gruesome wounds that are different from any they have previously seen. With the increasing popularity of electronic cigarettes, more patients are suffering from burns and other injuries the devices cause, leading some to consider filing products liability claims.
The Samsung Corporation has voluntarily recalled its 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 phones sold in Pennsylvania and worldwide. It has already rushed replacement phones to many customers and offered a $25 gift card to customers in the United States who exchange their phones for other Samsung models. Nevertheless, the Consumer Product Safety Commission plans a federal recall of the Galaxy Note 7. The unprecedented recall springs from numerous reports of explosions and fires caused by the phones. Samsung may be bracing for a wave of products liability claims.
When someone in Pennsylvania or elsewhere dies after using a medical device, the manufacturer of the device is required to report the death to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. However, manufacturers know that such reports may negatively impact their ability to market and sell the products. Additionally, reporting that people have died as a result of a problem with a product may leave the manufacturer open to products liability claims. Some companies have found a way to protect themselves from these negative consequences.
For over a year now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been studying a growing number of reports that Takata airbag inflators are exploding in cars in Pennsylvania and across the country. In fact, products liability claims may be lining up across the world as injuries and deaths are attributed to the faulty airbags. The NHTSA has now expanded its investigation to include a second brand of inflators linked to explosions, which could result in a massive recall.
Following a rash of reports of children who were injured or killed when dressers tipped over and crushed them, IKEA responded by distributing wall anchor kits. Store employees encouraged customers to secure their dressers to the walls. Now facing a lawsuit from parents in Pennsylvania, the international furniture store has recalled 29 million dressers and chests across the United States. This may be only the beginning of the products liability problems for IKEA.
The laws of products liability in Pennsylvania may see some reformulation in future years. That is because the 3-D printing phenomenon will be placing more and more products on the market. The technology involves feeding a computer design into a machine that will produce or "print" a consumer product over and over, ready for sale and use right there on the spot. Accordingly, the laws of products liability may be subjected to new theories of responsibility or at least to new ways of perceiving the assignment of legal liability.
An explosion at the Victaulic Plant in Lower Macungie resulted in serious injuries to multiple workers at the plant. Christopher Reid of Seidel Cohen Hof & Reid, LLC, filed personal injury lawsuits on behalf of two such Victaulic blast victims, one of whom suffered very serious burn and physical injuries and both of whom suffered psychological injuries. The lawsuits involved allegations of negligence and products liability against the companies that designed, manufactured, installed, and serviced the foundry equipment at the Victaulic Plant. Settlements were reached with four of the six companies named in the lawsuits.