Product Defects

Airbags that blow up and blow it.

April 21, 2015 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

The Takata airbag recall is expanding. For those who have not been keeping up with the news, some of the airbags found in Nissan vehicles have been exploding in the faces of the people they are meant to protect. Instead of creating a cushion to reduce the force of impact, these airbags shoot metal shrapnel […]

Frivolous? Facts v. Fiction – Part II

March 4, 2015 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

THE MAN WHO CRIED HORSE$#!+. By Ron K. Cheng Some lawsuits are so sensational that they have become mythic in proportion. These lawsuits are often misconstrued and distorted by tort reformers to show how the court system is being abused. Reality however, tends to tell a different story. These so-called “frivolous lawsuits” may not be […]

Heaters Too Hot to Handle

December 19, 2014 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that over 25,000 residential fires and more than 300 deaths are caused each year by space heaters. Some of these fires could have been prevented had the heaters been used correctly. As the temperature gets colder, more and more people are starting to use space heaters to keep […]

Takata Airbag Update

November 19, 2014 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has called on automakers to conduct a nationwide recall of vehicles that contain driver’s side airbags made by the Japanese company Takata. If automakers fail to act, NHTSA has stated that it will use “the full extent of its statutory powers” to compel action. This announcement reflects a […]

Defective Airbag Manufacturer Knew and Concealed Risks

November 7, 2014 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

The New York Times reported today that Japanese airbag manufacturer, Takata knew as far back as 2004 that its airbags were defective. According to former employees, Takata tested dozens of airbags it salvaged from junkyards after it learned that the steel inflator in one of its manufactured airbags exploded and ruptured the airbag injuring an […]

Mass Recall by Vehicle Manufacturers due to Defective Airbags

October 24, 2014 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

Pickett Dummigan LLP has learned that 7.8 million vehicles in the U.S. are subject to recall by several auto manufacturers to replace defective airbags. According to Safety Research & Strategies Technologies (SRS), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a Consumer Advisory that is “urging owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, […]

GuardFAIL

October 24, 2014 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

Trinity Industries, a maker of highway guardrails, was found by a jury on Monday to have defrauded the government by making unauthorized design changes to their ET-Plus guardrails. The original guardrails were sold to the government and have lined our highways for decades. However, in 2005, the company changed the design of the guardrail “rail […]

Beware of Drinking Swill

August 5, 2014 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

The seasonal beer “Swill” has been found to explode in the bottles they come in. “Swill” is a fruit beer made by 10 Barrel Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon. These beer bottle explosions can send shards of glass flying into the air. Although there have been no reported serious injuries, consumers have had close calls […]

General Motors Stalls and Crashes – What it means for victims.

March 27, 2014 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

General Motors (GM) is being investigated by Congress for delaying a product recall when GM was aware of ignition-switch defects. The defects affected six models manufactured between 2003 and 2007. These models are: 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalts; the 2007 Pontiac G5; 2003-2007 Saturn Ions; 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHRs; 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstices and the 2007 Saturn Sky. The […]

Blood Vessel Guidewire and Tracheal Tube Recalled

March 27, 2014 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

The FDA issued a Class I recall for two medical products. Class I recalls are reserved for dangerous or defective products that could cause serious health problems or death. The first product, ACME Monaco Guidewire .035×150 3MMJ TCFC, item number 88241 (product code 054372-1-1A, 054372-1-1B, and 054372-1-2A), manufactured by Medline Industries was recalled in late […]