Archive for the ‘recalls’ Category

Revisiting Takata

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

If you’ve been reading this blog regularly you’ve heard a bit about Takata. The company may not be a household name, but you’ve probably heard a bit about them. They’re responsible for one of the largest recalls in US history. They created airbags for over a dozen car manufacturers. These airbags were recalled in over forty million vehicles when it was discovered that they could inflate improperly and send shrapnel into the people they were supposed to be protecting from injury.

These issues caused Takata some serious legal issues. They have paid over 1 billion dollars in fines and they have been in bankruptcy. Fortunately, TK Holdings, the US division of Takata, has reached a resolution. The resolution has been approved by a bankruptcy judge and a a trust fund is being established to compensate those injured.

This fund, the Takata Airbag Individual Restitution Fund, will be run by special master Eric Green of Harvard. Several car manufacturers will be paying into the fund that will allow the fund to pay out millions to the hundreds of people who have been injured or killed as a result of the faulty devices.

The resolution agreement sets up funds with $125 million to compensate victims and $850 million to compensate automakers for the replacement installations, a process that is still ongoing and will continue probably for at least two more years.

Over forty million vehicles were affected by this recall. If you don’t know if your vehicle was one of them, check with your dealer. We hope you haven’t been personally affected by this, or any other recall of faulty automotive equipment. But if you have, give us a call.

Ford Recall – A Turning Point?

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Ford is recalling over 1.3 million vehicles. The 2014-2018 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ are being recalled for problems with their steering. The flaw in these vehicles allows a critical bolt in the steering column to vibrate and come loose. When that happens an important part of your vehicle not only stops working properly, it may even come off. Believe it or not, that important part is the steering wheel.

Now everyone likes driving a cool car. But there are some important parts of the car that are really critical. If you can’t stop, or you can’t steer, your car is effectively useless. It becomes a hazard to the driver and anyone who happens to get even near the vehicle.

If you have a Ford Fusion of Lincoln MKZ manufactured in those years, contact your Ford or Lincoln dealer and see if your vehicle is affected by recall 18S08. Steering wheels that detach are great for vaudeville routines and cartoons, but not real life where people depend on their vehicles to get to where they need to be.

Defective Tires Cause Over 500 Deaths Each Year

Monday, March 14th, 2016

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If a defective tire caused your automobile accident, contact the Garmon Law Firm today for a free consultation. We drive thousands of miles each year on our tires, and besides periodic rotation and replacement, we hardly pay them any mind. Yet statistics show that over 500 deaths and 10,000 injuries each year are attributable to accidents caused by defective tires.

Defective tires can cause accidents involving the following:

  • Blowouts– Blowouts occur when the integrity of the tire quickly falls apart while in use. Blowouts can be very dangerous and may interfere with the stability of the vehicle and cause it to overturn.
  • Tread Separation– Tread separation occurs when the outer layer or tread of the tire peels away from the inner core of the tire. When this occurs it can make the vehicle difficult to control and can lead to accidents.

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Defective tires can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. If you suddenly lost control of your car for no reason, and notice damage to one or more of your tires, a defective tire may be to blame. Bridgestone, Hankook, Firestone, Continental, and Michelin tires have all been recalled due to defects in recent years. If you experienced unusual swerving, skidding, hydroplaning, or the loss of control of your vehicle, especially if there appears to be no explanation, a defective tire may be to blame. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine if a defective tire may have caused your case.

When tire manufacturers are aware of a problem with their tires, it is their responsibility to notify consumers about the danger. Such notifications and recalls, however, are expensive and can affect public perception of the manufacturer, so some manufacturers may try to deny responsibility. If a manufacturer is aware of the defect and did not notify you, and that defect in turn caused an accident, they may be liable.

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In order to avoid accidents caused by tire malfunctions or defects, you should regularly perform the following:

  • Rotate your tires so that they receive wear evenly.
  • Check your tires to ensure that they are properly inflated. Over and underinflated tires may be dangerous.
  • Monitor your tires for any worn spots, bubbles, or areas where it appears the tread is separating from the tire. If you notice any of these, have the tire checked immediately.
  • Do not overload your vehicle or put more weight on the tires than is recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Avoid driving through construction areas or other areas that may have nails, sharp metal, or other damaging debris.

If you receive notice of a tire recall, follow up on it right away. Contact the Garmon Law Firm online or at 256-543-HURT for advice and help if a defective tire contributed to your accident.

 

ATTENTION – For Those Women Who Have Implanted Mirena – Please read the following and contact our office if this applies

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

1. Have you had the Mirena IUD implanted?

2. Did you go to your 4-6 week follow up appointment and your doctor has confirmed that your Mirena IUD was properly implanted?

3. Has the Mirena IUD has perforated your uterus or other organ? Or has the Mirena moved out of position, gravitated and has become embedded in your uterus or an organ and/or is there a perforation injury? Or have you had the Mirena device removed through Laparoscopic surgery?

If you answer YES to questions 1, 2 or any of those found in 3 – you more than likely have a valid claim for compensation.

This company has over 2 million women using their products and they have failed to adequately warn doctors and the patients. Since Mirena’s approval by the FDA in 2000 hundreds of millions of dollars have been made by the sale and implanting of this device. Clearly the manufacturer should be held liable for failing to adequately warn women of these risks.

While the product does well at preventing unplanned pregnancies, it does pose safety risks consumers should be aware of before willingly receiving it. Therefore, contact our office if you meet these criteria. We would be honored to evaluate your case and seek compensation.

Other symptoms:

-Infections bladder and kidney

-Uterus removal

-Infertility

-Ectopic pregnancy

-Ovarian cysts

-Pelvic inflammatory disease

-Hysterectomy

93,000 Hip Recalls made by DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Due to Risk of Failure

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

ATTENTION:  A world-wide hip recall announcement has been made by DePuy Orthopedics, Inc. which will affect come 93,000 persons worldwide. The recall follows a higher than acceptable rate of failure requiring another hip replacement within 5 years.

Information can be found on this website: http://hiprecall.tv/ or by calling the Garmon Law Firm at 205-933-5342 to find out about the recall and the claim you or a loved one may make.  If you have experienced problems after having a DePuy hip replacement procedure or if you are required to undergo a second hip replacement operation contact our law firm.

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