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Lake County personal injury attorneyThe companies that design and manufacture consumer products have a legal obligation to ensure that these products are reasonably safe and do not pose an unnecessary risk to consumers. Unfortunately, carelessness and mistakes can cause some products to have dangerous and even life-threatening defects. If you or a loved one were injured by a defective product, you may be wondering what your legal options are. A product liability claim is a personal injury lawsuit involving injuries caused by a flawed or dangerous product. Through a product liability claim, an injured person or the loved ones of a deceased person may be eligible for financial compensation.

Types of Product Liability Lawsuits

Product liability claims may involve defective medical devices such as insulin pumps, automotive parts such as air bags or tires, children’s products such as sleepers or toys, food, drugs, and much more. Some product liability claims are based on the fact that the product’s design was already dangerously flawed before the product was even manufactured. The product may be structurally unstable, excessively flammable, contain toxic substances, represent a choking hazard to children, or is otherwise dangerous to the intended consumers of the product. 

Other product liability claims are based on mistakes made during the manufacturing or assembly process. Some examples of manufacturing defects include contaminated food or medication, products that are missing pieces, or products that are not assembled correctly. Product liability claims may also be a result of defects in the way the product is marketed to the consumer. Marketing defects most often involve products that do not contain sufficient warnings or instructions for proper use.

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The minivan has become one of the most popular family car models. Many parents find the comfortable seating, cargo room and third seat removal perfect whether or not they are transporting a vehicle full of children or groceries. However, a recent recall announcement by one minivan manufacturer reveals that there may be a hidden deadly danger in some of these family vehicles.

Volkswagon has issued a recall for almost 21,000 minivans which were manufactured by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The company’s Routan minivan, from model years 2009 and 2010, have been shown to have the same ignition switch issue that have affected millions of vehicles sold in this country.

The faulty switches can suddenly go into the “off” position, which cuts off power to the engine, and shutting down function of steering, brakes, and airbags. Automakers say that any sudden jarring or bumpy road conditions can cause the ignition switch to move to the off position. They also advise car owners to remove all items from the key ring – including the key fob – except for the vehicle key, until they are able to get it to a dealership in order to have the problem fixed.

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Illinois injury attorney, Illinois wrongful death attorney, product liability, A frightening recall for parents was recently announced by Beech-Nut Nutrition, the makers of Beech-Nut baby food. The company is recalling approximately 2,000 pounds of baby food after receiving a report of an oral injury caused by a glass shard found in one of its products.

According to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the company is recalling only one of its baby food products, the four ounce jars of Stage 2 Beech-Nut CLASSICS sweet potato and chicken. The affected jars contain the number “P-68A” inside the mark of inspection from the USDA, as well as any product numbers between 12395750815 and 12395750821. The jars all have an expiration date of December 2016 and were sold nationwide.

Under Illinois law, a person who is injured by a defective product can bring a lawsuit against the manufacturer if they can prove one of the following factors existed:

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Illinois personal injury attorney, Illinois defective product lawyer, recall notice, General Motors (GM) has announced yet another recall due to ignition issues. This time, the automaker is recalling 92,221 full-size trucks and SUVs because of an ignition lock defect that the company says can cause problems in hot weather conditions.

Last year, GM issued recalls for almost 40 million vehicles for safety issues. Approximately 3 million vehicles were recalled because of defective ignition switches. According to the recall notice, a heavy key ring, or any other kind of “jarring” event, can cause the vehicle’s ignition to slip from position, causing the vehicle to suddenly lose power. The loss of power also causes the airbags to not deploy in a crash.

There have been 2,430 claims filed against GM because of the ignition switch defects. To date, there have been 260 wrongful death claims filed against the company, 172 claims for catastrophic injuries and 1,998 claims filed for injuries requiring hospitalization. GM has accepted liability for 42 death claims, seven catastrophic injuries and 51 less severe injuries.

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