In Ohio and across the United States, companies are required to comply with certain federal safety standards in regard to the products they sell. This includes not only food and medication, but any item with materials or parts that could potentially prove dangerous. To this end, a couple in another state recently filed a lawsuit, claiming that the flooring they purchased contains toxic materials.
Even if they don't own one, residents of Ohio have most likely at least heard of the kitchen appliance known as the NutriBullet. Touted as being a small but powerful blender useful for making nutritious dishes, the device has become a staple in many health-conscious homes. However, the company that manufactures the device, NutriBullet LLC and several other companies involved with the NutriBullet's sale, manufacture and design are currently involved in a number of product liability suits after several users suffered injuries.
In a massive breach of consumer trust that affected not just residents of Ohio but individuals across the nation, an overseas manufacturer has been selling faulty automobile airbags despite knowing that doing so could -- and did -- result in injury and death. The company, Takata, reached a deal in early 2017 with the U.S. Department of Justice, in which it agreed to pay $1 billion in fines and restitution to accident victims and automakers; Takata entered a guilty plea in the criminal case, hoping to bring the ongoing investigation to a close. However, court documents filed only recently in the civil product liability lawsuit begun in 2015 against Takata now allege that five auto companies may have been more involved and aware than was initially believed.
People in Cleveland and across Ohio love their pets. There are special bonds that form between owner and companion dog or cat. To the extent it's possible, especially where dogs are concerned, we try to incorporate them into our everyday activities. When it comes to feeding time, however, experts agree that it's wise to draw the line.
Over the past decade, the surfaces of many playgrounds in Ohio and across the nation have been outfitted with a material known as "tire crumbs" or "rubber mulch." Made from old tires that have been shredded, the crumbled rubber is springy and was supposed to provide a safer surface to cushion children's falls better than wood chips or gravel. However, a group of parents in another state is now suing a school district, claiming the hazardous materials contain carcinogens that endanger children.
Despite a recall of almost three million washing machines in November 2016, Samsung may still run into legal troubles over the dangerous household appliances. With at least nine reports of injury, including a broken jaw, the company could potentially end up facing one or more product liability suits. There has already been talk of a proposed class action suit against them. Residents of Ohio should be aware of the possible threat these appliances hold.
The products commonly referred to e-cigarettes have been increasingly making headlines of late. The popular vaping devices, used in Ohio and across the nation, are often touted as a tool for smoking cessation, but it appears that fires and explosions involving the items are on the rise. Most recently, a vape shop is facing a product liability lawsuit after one such device left a man with multiple burns. Allegedly, the device exploded in his pocket.
FieldTurf was supposed to be a durable and weather-resistant artificial playing surface for sports fields. The company who manufactured it, Tarkett, even offered an eight-year guarantee. However, it is now facing multiple product liability lawsuits from school systems in California. Many fields in Ohio and across the nation utilize the artificial turf as well.
Personal injury lawsuits don't always get much respect, and a lot of those negative feelings can be traced to one particular lawsuit. Over 20 years ago, a media frenzy surrounded the lawsuit between McDonald's and a woman who claimed to be burned from a hot cup of coffee. The media mocked her and called it a frivolous product liability claim. However, the truth behind the lawsuit has made it possible for many in Ohio and across the country to boldly confront big corporations when their negligence causes harm.
Parents in Ohio may be noticing more precautions in place to ensure the safety of children than in past generations. Car seats, warning labels and food ingredients are just a few examples of efforts made to protect children from harm. In addition to these, just before the holiday shopping begins in earnest, the Consumer Product Safety Commission publishes its report of toys and toy-related injuries. Manufacturers of toys that cause injury to children risk the possibility that a parent may file a product liability claims.