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Product Liability Archives

$502 Million Verdict for Plaintiffs in DePuy Pinnacle Hip MDL

After days of deliberations, a Dallas jury found in favor of the plaintiffs against Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. unit with a $502 million verdict. The verdict comes at the end of an 11-week bellwether trial in the multidistrict litigation over defective Pinnacle hip prosthetics.

Keeping Up to Speed with the Takata Airbag Recall

The announcement yesterday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the massive expansion of the Takata airbag recall has hundreds of thousands of car owners racing to the website to check whether their vehicles are affected by the largest consumer product recall in U.S. history.  NHTSA is warning visitors to its site that it may take several days to gather and input all of the VINs associated with this recall. If you experience difficulty on the NHTSA website, try searching on your manufacturer's website as well:

Defective Door Latches in Ford and Lincoln Vehicles

In September 2014 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched an investigation into consumer complaints of faulty door latches in 2011-2013 model year Ford Fiesta vehicles. Owners reported problems with the doors in these cars failing to latch when closed and/or remaining open or ajar. There have also been reports of injuries caused by a rebounding door striking a person after they attempted to close it. Since last fall NHTSA has received hundreds of additional complaints related to these problems. The agency announced yesterday that it will upgrade its investigation to an "Engineering Analysis" and expanded its scope to include 2013 Ford Fusion and 2013 Lincoln MKZ vehicles.

Stryker Hip-Implant Suits Settle For More Than $1 Billion

Stryker Corporation agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle claims by patients who received defective hip-implants. Eligible claimants include U.S. patients who had surgery before the settlement was reached to replace their Rejuvenate Modular-Neck hip stem or ABG II Modular-Neck hip stem.

GM Ignored Ignition Switch Fix

Congressional hearings are underway this week to investigate how long General Motors knew about the ignition switch problem before it initiated the first wave of recalls earlier this year. Documents obtained by media outlets reveal that GM learned of the defect as early as 2001, during the pre-production testing of the Saturn Ion. The following year, GM approved the use of the ignition switch even after informed by the supplier that it did not meet GM's performance specifications. In 2005, the automaker rejected multiple proposals to resolve the problem because it would cost too much and take too long. Reuters reported today that the fix would have cost less than $1 per car.

GM Recalls Vehicles with Defective Ignition Switches & Failing Airbags

Last month, General Motors Corp. recalled more than 1,000,000 Chevrolet Cobalts and certain Pontiac and Saturn vehicles to repair an ignition switch problem. The defect can allow the key to slip from its "run" position under certain foreseeable operating conditions. This defect can cause an engine shutdown and loss of power steering, brakes, and safety systems, including its airbags and anti-lock brakes.

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