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What to Know About the Mercedes Recall Over Fire Hazards

Consumer Reports does not currently rate cars based on their likelihood of bursting into flames. After recent troubles with several Mercedes-Benz models, though, they may have to add a category for it. Due to an issue with a defective fuse, a current limiter in the starter motor can overheat and melt. This may lead to a kind of ignition different from what you’re used to in a car. For this reason, Mercedes recalled all models that could contain a starter that may be prone to overheating. Facts About the Mercedes Recall Globally, 51 fires have been reported, including 35 in the United States. In response, Mercedes is recalling over one million vehicles, including about 300,000 in the US. Models affected by the recall include the C-Class and E-Class, as well as CLA, GLA, and GLC models. Per Mercedes, the defect is caused by repeatedly attempting to start the engine without…
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When is a Manufacturer Required to Have a Warning on a Product?

One of the primary tenets of products liability law is that a supplier of goods has a duty to warn consumers of any possible dangers of using their products. The most common way manufacturers choose to do so is through warning labels. Whether a warning on a product is adequate in fulfilling this duty is subjective. There are, however, certain questions that courts seem to consider when determining if a product merited a warning label. How to Determine if a Warning on a Product is Required Is it a dangerous product when used as intended? A manufacturer will generally have to include a warning if they are aware of their product’s danger, this danger is common during its intended use, and many users would not automatically be aware of this danger. These requirements are obviously open to some degree of interpretation, but they provide some basic scaffolding from which to…
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This Dangerous Product Defect Has Cost Johnson and Johnson Billions

A jury in Texas has ruled that Johnson and Johnson must pay $1.4 billion for issues relating to a dangerous product defect. According to the case, metal debris from the company’s hip implant can enter the blood stream and cause serious complications such as metal poisoning, neurological issues and even death. As far back as 2013, the FDA warned patients about the dangers of these types of implants. Most companies, including Johnson and Johnson, have since recalled the products, but this does not mean that victims have stopped holding them accountable for the damages. The biggest result of the recent lawsuit was not that Johnsons and Johnson merely lost the case; it was that the jury determined that leadership had known about the issue. The court awarded $30 million in damages to the plaintiffs. The rest of the $1.4 billion payment was in punitive damages for the company’s bad behavior….
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