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  • Takata Dropped as Honda's Airbag Supplier After Massive Recall

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 6-Nov-2015

    Honda Motor Company made the decision on Tuesday, November 3, to end its longtime business partnership with Takata, a Japan-based manufacturer, after airbag defects led to the recall of more than 30 million vehicles. Honda cited “misrepresentation and manipulation of test data” as the primary reason behind their decision to drop Takata as their airbag supplier. Takata is now facing a ...
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  • Kraft Initiates Recall of 36k Cases of Sliced American Cheese

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 7-Aug-2015

    Kraft Heinz has released a public apology over its recall of 36,000 cases of cheese. The food giant said that it deeply regretted the need to institute the recall, and it apologized to the customers it let down, but the recall had to be initiated for safety reasons. Thousands of pasteurized cheese slices were recalled due to a choking risk. The defect related to the cheese's packaging. When a ...
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  • Representing Texans in Product Liability Claims

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 26-Jun-2015

    In product liability law, distributors, manufacturers, retailers and suppliers of consumer products are held liable for injuries caused by their products. The term "product" is broadly defined, but in this legal context it generally refers to items that can be considered as tangible personal property, like a motor vehicle, a child's toy, a piece of exercise equipment or some other ...
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  • Products Liability: Rachael Ray's Wet Cat Food Is Dangerous

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 19-Jun-2015

    Ainsworth Pet Nutrition recently announced the recall of its Rachael Ray Nutrish cat food. The wet cat food comes in a variety of flavors, and some of those flavors were deemed to contain toxically high levels of vitamin D that could make cats severely ill. According to the company, the overly high amounts of vitamin D are caused by fish-derived ingredients, which they included in the wet cat food ...
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  • Preventing Car Accident Injuries as a Teenage Driver in Texas

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 12-Jun-2015

    There are a few things that every teenage driver should practice when it comes to preventing car accident injuries. Keeping these safety tips in mind could mean the difference between life and death on the road. These vital safety considerations include avoiding distractions, driving the speed limit, not driving at night and always using a seat belt. Teens love their smartphones and they also love ...
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  • Automotive Defect Accident Litigation in Texas

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 5-Jun-2015

    Millions of automobiles have been recalled in recent years for dangerous defects. Although auto manufacturers offer to fix these defective cars for free, certain percentage of them will never get fixed, meaning that these defective cars will continue to endanger American consumers on Texas roadways. Defects in automobiles can affect virtually every part of a car, but the most dangerous defects are ...
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  • Car Accidents and Whiplash Injuries

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 19-Jan-2015

    Each year, many people in Texas suffer whiplash when the car in which they are riding is hit by another vehicle. This type of injury, while not externally visible, may cause the accident victim to experience multiple symptoms, some long-lasting. According to the American Chiropractic Association, whiplash injuries occur as a result of a violent jerking of the neck, first in one direction and then ...
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  • 1 Dead, 2 Injured in Texas Highway Car Crash

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 22-Jul-2014

    It was reported that a 53-year-old Texas man was killed in a car accident that occurred in Karnes County on the morning of July 14. Troopers with the Department of Public Safety stated that a truck heading north on the highway struck a guardrail. The impact from the collision caused the truck to swerve into the southbound lane and strike a pickup. The pickup was carrying three people. One of the ...
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  • GM Vehicles Recalled for Ignition Switch Problems

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 18-Feb-2014

    General Motors recently announced a recall that may affect Texas residents. The company is recalling Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 compacts because of unsafe vehicle design. Six people have been killed as a result of at least 22 accidents in which faulty ignition switches in the vehicles played a role, according to the recall. The Cobalts were manufactured in the years 2005-2007. The G5s are ...
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  • Toyota Camry Hybrid Probed for Reported Brake Problems

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 31-Jan-2014

    Texas Toyota drivers may be interested to learn of a federal investigation into alleged braking problems with 2007-08 Toyota Camry Hybrid. After receiving several complaints from consumers regarding multiple incidents of loss of assisted braking, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation of the Camry Hybrid sedans. The agency says that it has received 59 complaints ...
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  • Texas Man Dies After Eating Chicken Strips

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 13-Jan-2014

    The widow of a man who died from a bacterial infection is suing the restaurant where she and her husband ate on the night of Nov. 27, 2012 before he became ill. She claims that the fried chicken strips they ordered were contaminated. According to the lawsuit, on Nov. 27, they went through the drive-through of a popular chicken strip joint on 38th Street. That night, the woman claims, the man ...
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  • Range Rover SUVs Recalled Because of Defective Airbags

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 9-Jan-2014

    Austin residents who own a Range Rover SUV may want to know about a recent recall that was issued by the manufacturer. Land Rover has announced the recall of 2013 and 2014 Range Rover models because of malfunctioning airbags. According to reports, the recall affects 3,912 vehicles that were sold within the United States. Car owners who have one of the affected models may wish to contact their ...
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  • 344,000 Honda Odysseys Recalled Due to Braking Issue

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 3-Jan-2014

    Certain Honda Odyssey minivans registered in Texas and elsewhere across the country are the subject of a recall. Honda has recalled 344,187 of the minivans built between Aug. 8, 2006 and Sept. 8, 2008. These Odysseys may be vulnerable to potential hard braking that occurs without warning. The software in the Vehicle Safety Assist System is apparently the issue. Thus far, no accidents or injuries ...
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  • Tread Endurance Issue Causes Recall of Michelin Tires

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 29-Dec-2013

    Full-sized Ford van owners in Texas may want to pay attention to an important recall from Michelin North America as the company is recalling 1.2 million tires. The defective tires were used on some of Ford's commercial vans, and they may have problems with the tread coming apart. Michelin reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the tires involved in the recall are ...
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  • Recall Affects Trader Joe's in 4 States

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 8-Dec-2013

    People that shop at Trader Joe's in Austin, Texas, should be aware of a voluntary recall announced by Huxtable's Kitchen Inc. during the first week of December 2013. The four states affected by this defective products recall are Texas, California, Nevada and Utah. The recall is for a specific lot of Trader Joe's Butternut Squash & Creamed Spinach Gratin. This lot includes 3270 ...
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  • Recalled Pastries May Contain Nuts

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 3-Dec-2013

    A Texas food manufacturer, Marina's German Bakery, has recalled a number of pastry items due to the fact that they may contain nuts; specifically, almonds, walnuts or hazelnuts. These packages aren't marked as containing the nut products, so someone who is allergic could run the risk of suffering from a dangerous reaction if ingested. The defective products are in two-count packages and ...
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  • Major Recall of GMC Pickups

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 7-Nov-2013

    Texas residents who own a new GMC Sierra or Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with a 2014 year model may have gotten a recall notice from the manufacturer. This is because General Motors Co has issued a recall of nearly 20,000 of these trucks due to issues related to defective seatback designs. Vehicles that are being recalled were manufactured between Aug. 1 and Sept. 10. The issue is that, due to ...
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  • Hyundai Recalls Genesis Luxury Vehicles

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 30-Oct-2013

    Texas owners of the 2009 model Hyundai Genesis should be aware of possible break issues with the vehicle. Mere hours after the U.S. government started an investigation on 40,000 Genesis cars on Oct. 21, the automobile manufacturer issued a recall. As a result of a problem with the braking system, Genesis automobiles manufactured between April 1, 2008 and March 16, 2012 may be unsafe products. ...
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  • Major Recall May Affect Toyota Customers

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 30-Oct-2013

    Toyota owners in Texas may be interested in a recent recall. The automaker has announced that it is recalling 803,000 cars in the United States due to a problem that could cause airbags to malfunction. The affected models include the 2012 and 2013 Venza, Camry, Camry Hybrids, Avalon, and Avalon Hybrids. The recall announcement coincided with the day that the National Highway Traffic Safety ...
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  • USDA Warns Chicken Plant on Salmonella

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 18-Oct-2013

    Nearly 300 people in 17 states, including five in Texas, were sickened by salmonella in raw chicken processed by three plants in California. The USDA threatened to close down the Foster Farms facilities after the company failed to respond to letters sent by the agency about the defective products. Because salmonella contamination in raw food is not illegal as it is in ground meat, the USDA had no ...
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  • Implications of Tesla Vehicle Fire

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 10-Oct-2013

    A battery for a Tesla Model S electric car exploded but caused no casualties or injuries. The vehicle was traveling at highway speed when it collided with a large metal object that had fallen off a semi trailer. This caused the object to push up into the engine compartment, piercing the quarter inch thick armor plate beneath the battery and causing the first battery fire in an electric car ever. ...
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  • Children's Sunscreen Recalled

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 2-Oct-2013

    Texas residents who buy sunscreen for children or babies should be sure that they are not using a recalled lotion produced by the W.S. Badger Co. Inc. The company produces organic and natural body care products, including sunscreen. They have recently recalled a single lot of their 4-ounce SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen lotion and all lots of their 4-ounce SPF 30 Baby Sunscreen Lotion because the company ...
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  • Chobani Issues Voluntary Recall

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 12-Sep-2013

    Texas residents who enjoy Chobani yogurt may want to steer clear of some of the company's Greek yogurts for a while because of a mold problem. Chobani recently started working with retailers to remove defective products from the shelf, and according to the company, it is a voluntary action and not a formal recall. The issue appears to be common dairy mold that has caused yogurt containers to ...
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  • Ikea Recalls Children's Beds in North America

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 22-Aug-2013

    Parents in Texas might be interested to hear that Ikea, the world's largest furniture manufacturer, has recalled two models of its beds for juniors. The recall was issued for beds that were sold in the United States as well as in Canada. The beds were recalled because of a possibility of them breaking and causing children to get cut. As of yet, no injuries have been reported from the beds, but ...
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  • Laser Toys May Harm Children's Eyesight

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 13-Aug-2013

    Texas parents should pay attention to a recent statement released by the FDA concerning the safety of laser toys marketed towards children. The statement claims that the concentrated light can deteriorate eyesight or even cause blindness. It's important for all parents to pay attention to these lasers and other defective products that can harm their children or others. The FDA is particularly ...
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