Product Liability News

Takata Discloses 11th Death Linked to Air Bag; Announces New 5 Million Vehicle Recall

U.S. auto safety regulators said Tuesday that air bag maker Takata Corp. declared 5.1 million U.S. vehicles defective, as the company disclosed an 11th death could be linked to a faulty airbag. Most of the vehicles mentioned in numerous previous …

Hoverboard Catches Fire at Houston-Area Mall

Smoke briefly filled part of a large Houston-area shopping mall after a hoverboard caught fire. Police in the northeast Houston suburb of Humble say security staff at the Deerbrook Mall used a fire extinguisher to put out the small blaze …

GM Does Not Have to Turn Over Privileged Ignition Switch Documents: Judge

General Motors Co. and its law firm need not turn over privileged documents to drivers hoping to show that the automaker intended to commit a crime or fraud by concealing defective ignition switches in their vehicles, a Manhattan federal judge …

Indiana-Based Zimmer Wins First NexGen Flex Knee Devices Case

Indiana-based medical device manufacturer Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc. has been cleared of liability in the first of more than 900 U.S. lawsuits to go to trial over claims that its NexGen Flex knee replacements were prone to painful, motion-impairing loosening. …

Marsh Launches Excess Casualty Coverage for Product Liability Risks

Marsh has launched Marsh IO+, an enhanced excess casualty product designed for companies with significant product and other mass tort exposures. Organizations like retailers, food and beverage companies, construction firms, and manufacturers that produce and sell a high volume of …

Jury Awards $1.8M Exploding e-Cigarette Trial in California

A Superior Court jury in Riverside, Calif. awarded $1.885 million in a lawsuit over an e-cigarette product that exploded while charging, physically burning and emotionally scarring her, attorneys for the woman said on Thursday. Jennifer Ries was traveling to the …

New Food Safety Rules Aim to Avoid Another Blue Bell

Sweeping new rules meant to curtail food borne illnesses that sicken one in six Americans each year will require food companies to create and follow new preventive safety measures, U.S. regulators announced on Sept. 10. The rules require food companies to develop …

Blue Bell Selling Ice Cream Again after Listeria Recall

Blue Bell ice cream is back. Blue Bell Creameries resumed selling its products at select locations on Aug. 31, four months after the Texas-based retailer halted sales due to listeria contamination. Blue Bell ice cream is now available at stores …

10 Automakers Sued Over Claims of Deadly Fumes from Keyless Ignitions

Ten of the world’s biggest automakers were sued on Wednesday by consumers who claim they concealed the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning in more than 5 million vehicles equipped with keyless ignitions, leading to 13 deaths. According to the complaint …

FDA Warns Medical Device Makers on Superbugs

The Food and Drug Administration sent warning letters last week to three medical device manufacturers whose endoscopes have been blamed for spreading deadly bacteria. This is the agency’s strongest regulatory action yet since outbreaks in Los Angeles, Seattle, and elsewhere …