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Family home lost in fire caused by hoverboard

Christmas is well wrapped-up after the New Year, and the kids have settled in with their new toys and games. In 2016, one of the most popular gifts was the hoverboard, or a self-balancing scooter, that is controlled by a rider's feet and a built-in gyroscope. If you gave this gift to your child for Christmas, they've probably got the hang of it now.

Recalls for auto defects might rise in the coming months

The recall of automobiles due to design defects in the airbags has grown so prevalent that the public is almost inured to ongoing reports about it. However, people in Pennsylvania and all over the world need to pay attention to it as it continues. Vehicle companies whose products have the airbags manufactured by Takata could need to issue another recall because of 70 to 90 million airbag inflators that might be defective. Investigators are trying to determine the safety risks drivers face because of these airbags.

Defective auto part acknowledged as cause of PA teen's death

It's all but impossible to avoid the seemingly constant reports of people being injured or killed due to an issue with a defect in an automobile. A large portion of these have had to do with a faulty air bag manufactured by Takata. While many dangerous products can cause consumer injuries, mistakes made when building motor vehicles takes on greater importance because, if there is a mistake made, it can very easily result in the death of the consumer. Those who have been affected or believe they might have been affected by these mistakes need to hold the manufacturers accountable.

Philadelphia lawyers help clients injured due to vehicle defects

Many Pennsylvanians rely on their cars on a daily basis. Whether commuting into Philadelphia for work, taking their children to school, or traveling to see family, they depend on their vehicles to provide safe and reliable transportation. Unfortunately, however, sometimes vehicles are not as safe as consumers may believe. As this blog reported in a previous post, auto defects can have serious consequences, and can even lead to consumer death in some circumstances. Therefore, appropriate actions must be taken when an automobile design defect is identified. Failure to do so can permanently affect the lives of those persons using the defective products.

Auto defects are taken seriously

Consumers enjoy a number of protections from automotive defects. The Takata airbag recall has already included 23 million airbags, however, regulators recently indicated that the airbag recall could potentially grow larger. The Takata airbag recall is currently considered the largest United States auto recall in automotive history. The recall has already impacted nearly 20 million vehicles. The recall, which includes 11 car makers currently, is expected to expand.

GM recalls 121,000 cars due to fire risk

Vehicle fires can cause serious damage and can even be life-threatening. Highway vehicle fires are sometimes serious enough to require a response from a fire department to be extinguished. Though some vehicle fires that are not accident-related are mechanical in nature, some are due to faulty insulation around a vehicles electrical wiring.

Lead in toys poses a danger to Pennsylvania children

Pennsylvania parents will go to great lengths to keep their children safe. For example, parents may have their child use an age-appropriate child safety seat while in a motor vehicle, they may make a point to provide their child with healthy food to eat and they may utilize child-safety locks on cupboards if necessary. However, one sometimes overlooked -- but very important -- issue parents need to be cognizant of is the possible presence of lead in children's toys.

Seek help with product liability cases in Philadelphia

As consumers, most people in Philadelphia rely on market retailers and manufactures to make civilized life possible. Part of this reliance is embodied in the notion that products manufactured are not only reliable but safe for consumer use. There is an inherent expectation, belief and trust in the system that before a product gets on the market, it has been tested, approved by regulators and deemed to be safe.

Jeep issues recall after hackers take control of vehicles

Some people may assume that dangerous automobile design defects are a relic of the past. However, a defective auto part can still pose a threat to today's drivers. Pennsylvania Jeep owners may be interested in learning that Jeep Motor Company has issued a recall notice that affects nearly 1.5 million of its vehicles. The recall will allow the company to install a fix that patches a vulnerability in the cars' control software that hackers can exploit to remotely hack into the vehicle.

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