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What are the 4 major grounds for product liability?

In our March 27 post, ’60 Minutes’ questions safety of laminate flooring; CPSC responds, we mentioned that homeowners had filed multiple class action lawsuits against the manufacturers of defective drywall. Lumber Liquidators could find itself in equally hot water, if consumers can successfully link health problems to the toxins in the laminate flooring — at…

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’60 Minutes’ questions safety of laminate flooring; CPSC responds

The Chinese building materials industry is again under scrutiny. A few years ago, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission was fielding complaints from homeowners about health conditions that developed when they moved into newly constructed or renovated homes. Homeowners also found corrosion of copper wire and other metal components in their homes. All told, the…

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Consumer Alert: Michelin Recalls 1.2 Million Pickup/SUV Tires

Tire-manufacturer Michelin has announced a major tire recall. Approximately 1.2 million tires manufactured over a two-year period and distributed in the U.S. may have a defect that causes the tire treads to separate, resulting in rapid tire deflation. This tread separation can cause the vehicle to swerve out of control and crash. Unfortunately, these tires…

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Are vehicle design flaws increasing the risk of accidents?

When Consumer Reports reviewed Chevrolet’s 2014 Impala, it gave the sedan top marks — except in one crucial area. “Rear visibility is the biggest liability because of a high rear deck and short rear window,” the nonprofit’s review read. According to the Detroit News’ Auto Insider, limited and obstructed visibility are becoming increasingly common design…

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Iowa agency knows source of cyclospora outbreak but won’t talk

Since mid-June, 372 people have reported becoming sick from the parasite cyclospora, which can cause weeks of severe diarrhea, among other symptoms. The food poisoning outbreak has sickened people in at least 16 states, with the victims concentrated in Iowa and Nebraska. The culprit, according to Iowa state food safety investigators, appears to be prepackaged…

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Prius windshield causes ‘ghosting effect,’ could distract drivers

Defective products are always scary for consumers; but they are even more frightening when they involve a motor vehicle. Car manufacturers need to ensure that their processes are as fail-proof as can be; and makers of motor vehicle equipment need to use quality materials and methods to ensure the safety of drivers, passengers and others…

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Dangerous Product Leads to Bone Fires During Surgery

Going in for surgery is almost always fraught with anxiety and fear. Few people, though, would ever think that the risks of surgery included the possibility of their bones catching on fire. Sadly, a defective medical product has made this a real possibility. Earlier this summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asked Johnson &…

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