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Arlington Heights product liability attorneysWhen you drive or ride in a car, you expect the vehicle’s systems to protect your safety, whether you are involved in a collision with other vehicles or are simply traveling on the road. Unfortunately, car or truck safety systems can sometimes be defective, and when they malfunction, they can cause serious injuries to a vehicle’s occupants. Since manufacturers regularly conduct recalls of vehicles or parts that are found to be defective, this means that many vehicles have parts that may present a danger to consumers. Those who are injured by these defective parts may be able to pursue compensation from a manufacturer through a product liability lawsuit. Recently, an issue with the headrests in some vehicles has put drivers and passengers at risk of injury.

Injuries Caused by “Exploding” Headrests

Certain Jeep, Dodge, and Chrysler vehicles manufactured in 2010 or later have used what is known as an “active head restraint system.” These headrests are meant to provide extra protection against whiplash in a rear-end collision. When sensors in the vehicle detect a collision, springs in the headrest deploy, providing an extra cushion for a person’s head. However, the materials used in some of these headrests have been found to break down over time, and in some cases, the springs have deployed unexpectedly.

The random deployment of active head restraint systems in situations other than a collision has been compared to an explosion. The force of these headrests moving forward suddenly while a vehicle is in motion or at rest has caused serious injuries to people, including concussions, neck injuries, and injuries to the face. The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received nearly 100 complaints from consumers who have experienced sudden or random deployment of active head restraints.

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Schaumburg personal injury attorney product liability

Online shopping has become a standard way that many people buy products, and it has become even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic since it allows people to receive necessities at their homes and minimize the risk of infections from traveling to stores to shop. However, one issue that has arisen for many online shoppers is the difficulty of determining who is responsible for injuries caused by defective products. A recent court ruling may help clarify these issues and provide consumers with the ability to pursue compensation from online retailers in product liability cases.

California Court Rules That Amazon Is Subject to Strict Product Liability

When consumers purchase products from an online retailer, they may not fully understand who manufactured, sold, or distributed the product, which can make it difficult to determine who is liable for injuries caused by product defects. This is particularly true on sites such as Amazon, where consumers can buy products from third-party sellers, with Amazon handling product warehousing and shipping. 

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Kaiser Gypsum Files for Bankruptcy Amid Asbestos Exposure Claims

Throughout the 19th and first half of the 20th century, asbestos could be found in nearly everything. Paint, shingles, pipes, certain textiles, household goods, and drywall were just some of the many products that contained the heat-resistant mineral. As more and more scientific evidence linking asbestos exposure to illnesses like mesothelioma was released, governments around the world limited and even banned the use of asbestos. Today, asbestos is banned from being used from most, but not all, consumer products in the United States.

When an individual suffers an illness as the result of asbestos exposure, he or she may seek compensation for damages through an asbestos exposure claim. The compensation amounts secured by claimants can be fairly high, putting a financial strain on the companies responsible for those illnesses and pushing them toward bankruptcy. This is the case with Kaiser Gypsum, a former drywall manufacturer based in North Carolina. The company has faced 13,967 asbestos exposure claims, 1,498 of which were filed by claimants in Illinois. Although the company stopped producing drywall many years ago, it remains in existence to pay out compensation amounts to individuals affected by asbestos exposure.

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