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Motorcycle manufacturer sued after couple is seriously injured

A Texas couple is suing over claims that their motorcycle did not come with sufficient safety features. The pair filed a lawsuit June 16 in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas against Harley-Davidson Inc., citing product liability. In the complaint, the product manufacturer is also accused of failure to warn of a product defect and negligence.

Texas jury awards $1.2 million in J&J sling suit

A Texas jury awarded a woman $1.2 million after she filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, which claimed that the vaginal sling implants designed by the company were defective. The woman said that the defective product caused her to suffer pelvic pain.

Recalls pose threat of injury

Texas consumers routinely run the risk of purchasing a defective product. However, when a considerable number of products of a given make and model are defective, a recall may be in order. Recent recalls include Rollerblade inline skates, heated gloves, lacrosse throat protectors and mountain climbing rescue devices. The inline skates have been reported to have skate boots that detach from the skate body, the heated gloves have been reported to overheat and the STX lacrosse throat protectors can break when hit with a lacrosse ball, causing bruising and lacerations. The rescue devices have a pull cord lock cam that can fail, increasing the risk of injury and death in attempted rescues.

Toyota halts sale of certain new vehicles with heated seats 

Toyota Motor Corp. has notified its dealers in Texas and across North America to stop selling various models that have a non-compliant part in the seat heaters. The part does not meet current fire retardation standards set forth in both South Korea and the United States. The problem was initially identified by safety officials in South Korea. Toyota says that about 36,000 vehicles equipped with heated seats made after August 2012 are involved. They include the 2013 and 2014 models of the Camry sedan, Camry hybrid, Corolla subcompact, Avalon sedan, Avalon hybrid, Sienna minivan, Tacoma pickup and Tundra pickup. August 2012 was when the Japanese automaker changed fabric suppliers for these eight models.

Monster advertising accused of being too child-friendly

Texas parents should be aware that Monster Beverage Corp., a company best known for its energy drinks, became the center of an investigation after they were accused of marketing their product to children. The beverage company was thrust into the spotlight in 2009 after parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against them, claiming that their teenager consumed 480 milligrams of caffeine and died as a result. The lawsuit was eventually dropped after experts stated that that the amount she consumed would not have likely caused her death.

SUV rollover death leads to $1 million product liability lawsuit

Survivors of an accident, which occurred on March 30 involving a 2005 Dodge Durango, filed a $1 million plus lawsuit in Galveston County District Court on Dec. 2. The deadly rollover accident, which occurred on I-45 South, was allegedly caused by the delamination of a left rear tire on the SUV. One person in the vehicle, a female passenger, was killed in the accident. She and a male passenger were ejected from the vehicle in spite of the fact that they were allegedly appropriately strapped in with their seat belts.

Texas group releases dangerous toys report

The Texas Public Interest Research Group recently published its "Trouble in Toyland" annual report. The report highlights common dangers posed by children's toys and is intended to inform parents when they are buying gifts for children. Not every toy is examined during the product investigation, but the report covers a sample of toys purchased off-the-shelf from toy stores in Austin, which are broken down into four categories of potential harm: noise, toxicity, magnets and risk of choking.

PES recalls two supplements due to ingredient flagged by FDA

Texas workout enthusiasts might want to note that the company Physique Enhancing Science recalled two of its nutritional offerings. PES recalled some lots of Enhanced, a supplement used before workouts, and the advertised fat-burner Alphamine for possibly being dangerous products. The supplements contained an ingredient, aegeline, that federal regulators claim lacks evidence of being safe. PES stated that Enhanced was being reformulated, and the updated product is expected to be released in January.

Nationwide recall of Crunch Pak Apple Slices

Texas residents who have purchased Crunch Pak Apple Slices may want to ensure that products they have bought are not part of a recall before consuming them. According to the manufacturer, the apple slices are considered a defective product because they may contain Listeria monocytogenes. While no illnesses have been reported due to people consuming affected Crunch Pak Apple Slices, Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can be dangerous to children, the elderly and pregnant women.

Perrigo recalls infant acetaminophen suspension liquid

Texas parents should be aware of a recent product recall of an acetaminophen infant suspension liquid in the 160mg, 5mL size, which is sold in 2 oz. and 4 oz bottles. The recall was issued by The Perrigo Company due to a potential defect with the oral syringe that is packaged with the liquid suspension bottles.

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