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CPSC investigates hoverboards due to fire risks

Experts from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are conducting an investigation after being notified of several incidents of hoverboards catching fire in some parts of the U.S.

Reports said CPSC engineers are currently investigating brand new and damaged hoverboards in their Maryland testing facility in order to determine the exact cause of these fires. A statement from CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye assured consumers that their teams are working to find the answer quickly. “We know this is a popular product during this holiday season, and we are doing everything possible to determine if consumers are at risk,” Kaye said.

Kaye also mentioned the high rate of fall-related injuries associates with these devices in his statement and warned consumers to be wary of those dangers as well. The CPSC recommends taking several precautions, including wearing proper safety gear and avoiding heavy vehicle traffic, while operating hoverboards. Consumers are urged to notify CPSC about any accidents that are caused by hoverboards. See the CPSC website for a list of safety tips and precautions.

At the Abel Law Firm, our product liability attorneys represent families and individuals who have suffered serious injuries or property damage as a result of defective products. To speak to a member of our team about your case today, call (405) 451-5157 now.

NY Court Reinstates Drain Cleaner Product Liability Lawsuit

The New York Court of Appeals on Tuesday reinstated a Manhattan restaurant worker’s product liability lawsuit against the manufacturers of a lye-crystal drain cleaner.

The product liability lawsuit was filed by Yun Tung Chow against the manufacturer, distributor, and package designer of Lewis Red Devil Lye after he was burned and blinded in one eye in 2001 while using the product to clean a floor drain. The lawsuit was dismissed by a judge before trial and that decision was upheld by a midlevel court.

Reckitt & Colman Inc., the product’s manufacturer, emphasized that the restaurant manager failed to follow label instructions, which direct users to wear gloves and goggles.

The Court of Appeals said Tuesday, however, that New York law requires companies facing defective design claims to show that their product doesn’t present an unreasonable risk of harm to the user.

If you need assistance with a product liability lawsuit, please contact the Oklahoma product liability lawyers of the Abel Law Firm at (405) 451-5157.

Design Defect Prompts Volkswagen Recall of 70,000 Jettas

Volkswagen on Monday announced a recall of more than 70,000 Jettas due to concerns that faulty wiring could cause the car to short-circuit.

The recall involves the newest models of the popular Volkswagen sedan built between March 2010 and March 2011. The automaker said many of the 2011 model-year Jettas have an electrical defect in the anti-theft system convertor box. Under the right circumstances, the company says, the vehicles could short-circuit when the horn is used, causing the windshield wipers and alarm system to stop working, increasing the risk of a car accident.

At the time of Volkswagen’s announcement, no injuries or accidents had been reported as a result of the design defect.

Under the recall, dealer service technicians will reconfigure the electrical layout so the horn and converter box do not share the same fuse. Owners of the defective vehicles will be notified by the company with information regarding the repair timeline and corrective measures.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident caused by an automotive component design defect, please contact the Oklahoma product liability lawyers of the Abel Law Firm by calling 405-239-7046.

IKEA Recalls 26,000 Defective Cribs

IKEA has issued a voluntary recall of more than 26,000 defective cribs, and is offering a repair kit to fix the problem.

The furniture company issued a voluntary recall of their SNIGLAR brand cribs. The four bolts used to secure the mattress support are not long enough and can cause the crib to detach and collapse, according to the company. The fear is that the child could then become trapped or suffocate.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada released a joint statement urging parents to carefully examine the underside of their cribs and see if the bolts extend through the nut. If the bolt is not long enough, consumers should stop using the crib immediately. Parents can exchange their crib for anew one at an IKEA store or pickup a free repair kit.

No incidents of crib collapse have been reported, according to the statement.

If someone you love has been injured by a defective product, please contact the Oklahoma Product Liability Lawyers of  the Abel Law Firm by calling 1-800-739-ABEL

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