Evenflo issues recall of 56,000 child seats due to harness problem

Miamisburg, Ohio-based children products manufacturer Evenflo Co. Inc. has recently issued a recall for 56,000 child safety seats due to the danger of children being able to loosen the seat’s safety harness, which could possibly lead to injury in an accident.

The Transitions Three-in-One Combination Booster Seats manufactured between Dec. 18, 2014 and Jan. 29, 2016 are involved in the recall due to the accessibility of the adjustment button, which releases the harness, to children. According to Evenflo, the danger of accident is only possible when the seats are used as forward-facing harnessed boosters.

Evenflo became aware of the issue in late January 2016 upon analysis of consumer feedback. The company is undergoing the process of notifying owners of the recall and sending them a kit with a new seat pad and front adjuster assembly.

Pursuing legal action to obtain justice and financial compensation for the injuries you or a loved one have suffered from a defective product can be difficult while recovering. With the help of our attorneys at Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, you can find the resources and expertise you need to make a strong claim while working together in a supportive environment. Call us today at our Dallas offices by dialing (214) 457-1668.

Robert Hilliard accused of brokering deals with GM

Lance Cooper, a lawyer who played a major role in uncovering the defective ignition switch of Michigan-based automaker General Motors Co., filed a motion on Wednesday, January 27 in which he claimed that Texas personal injury attorney Robert Hilliard, the lead attorney of the multidistrict litigation against GM, brokered a sweetheart deal with the company. Cooper accused Hilliard of agreeing to minimize the automaker’s liability exposure in exchange for selecting his cases as bellwether trials in the ignition switch litigation, thereby increasing his legal fees.

On behalf of his clients in nine cases, Cooper has asked United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York Jesse Furman to take back a deal in which Hilliard and GM settled 1,380 cases for $575 million on September 17, 2015. GM has asked Judge Furman to dismiss this request.

If you are considering taking legal action after being injured in an accident, contact the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter Texas to speak with a personal injury attorney about your options. Call us today at (214) 457-1668 to learn more.

Judge rules lawsuit against Trinity Industries valid

United States Judge Rebecca Smith of Virginia denied a motion made by Dallas, Texas-based rail transport company Trinity Industries Inc. to throw away a lawsuit filed by Jose and Victoria Evans in which the company is accused of intentionally hiding changes made to the guardrail that posed a threat to drivers. The pair was involved in an accident in 2011 during which the guardrail head, a feature that is supposed to absorb impact, failed to operate correctly and punctured their vehicle, causing serious injuries to both individuals.

Trinity’s motion was denied on Tuesday, September 29. Judge Smith ruled that the plaintiffs’ accusations were valid and that the statute of limitations had not yet run out as the couple could not have known of the company’s fraudulent concealment within the two-year limit.

If you have suffered from injuries during an accident that was caused by defecting roadways or vehicles, our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas want to help you fight for justice. Call our offices to speak to a representative about your situation.

Food companies with contamination issues may face charges

The United States Department of Justice has recently issued a warning that companies may face criminal and civil penalties if their products contain harmful bacteria that can poison consumers, according to the Times Free Press on July 13.

This statement was made in the wake of a listeria outbreak in Blue Bell Creameries’ ice cream products earlier this year, which allegedly caused three deaths and the shutdown of their production.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Associate Attorney General Stuart Delery said the Justice department will be prioritizing “holding individuals and companies responsible when they fail to live up to their obligations that they have to protect the safety of the food that all of us eat.”

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter believe you should not have to fear the food you eat. If you or a loved one has suffered due to food contamination or a food-borne illness, our legal team may help you pursue funds to cover your losses. Call us at (214) 457-1668 today to learn more.

Death claims in GM’s defective ignition switch recall rises to 80

The death toll from General Motors’s defective ignition switch has reached 80, according to the office of lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired to approve claims on the company’s behalf, Automotive News reported on April 7.

Feinberg has approved 148 injury claims, which are characterized as a combination of claims for serious wounds and claims for less life-threatening injuries.

The deadline for filing claims was Jan. 31, 2015.

The recall of 2.6 million GM vehicles was made because faulty ignition switches posed a danger to the occupants of some GM vehicles. The switch may turn off, resulting in a suddenly stalled car and the non-deployment of the airbags in the event of a crash.

Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas fight tirelessly on behalf of our clients’ rights and interests for the compensation they need from the person or parties responsible for their injuries. Call our offices today at (214) 457-1668 to learn more about taking action after an accident.

NHTSA fines Takata for non-cooperation in faulty airbag investigation

The United States government, via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has issued a fine of $14,000 per day to Japanese automotive parts company Takata Corp. for every day that it does not cooperate with U.S. federal regulators regarding the investigation of its faulty airbags, Reuters reported on February 20.

Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the NHTSA gave two orders to Takata in late 2014 that mandated the company allow the agency access to documents and other related material relevant to their investigation of Takata’s faulty airbags.

The defect associated with the Takata airbags has been linked to at least four deaths.

The legal team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas is committed to making sure that our clients receive the best possible legal representation in the pursuit of financial compensation from those responsible, which may include a negligent auto manufacturer or another accountable party. Call our offices today at (214) 457-1668 to begin taking action.

GM sued by plaintiffs not covered in compensation fund

A personal injury lawyer from Texas filed a lawsuit against General Motors on behalf of 658 individuals, 29 of whom died and 629 of whom were badly injured, who were affected by GM’s recalled vehicles but not covered under the compensation program, Detroit Free Press reported on July 31.

The ignition switch defect was found in vehicles that included Chevrolet Cobalt, Saturn Ion, the 1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu, the 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala, the 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrique, and the 2004-2006 Cadillac SRX.

GM has recently accepted responsibility for three fatalities and 14 injuries that were not formerly connected to the 10-million Cobalt Ion recall. These cases happened after 2009, the year when GM’s bankruptcy restructuring protected it from lawsuits; therefore, the cases can be tried.

Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas are committed to providing legal service to victims of personal injury accidents. You can contact us today by calling our offices at (214) 457-1668 to learn about your legal options.

GM recalls 13.6 million U.S. vehicles this year

General Motors Co. recalled 2.4 million vehicles in the United States on May 20, increasing the total number of vehicles recalled by GM this year to 13.6 million, KTTV Los Angeles reported on May 20.

The most recent recall consisted of 1.3 million older-model crossovers that have faulty front seat belts and 1 million sedans with problematic gear shift cables.

Included in this group were 1,075,102 4-speed automatic transmission Chevrolet Malibu (2004-2008 model years) and Pontiac G6 (2005-2008) recalled due to a transmission cable that may break, causing the driver to be unable to shift gears. At least 18 accidents and one injury have been connected to the faulty 4-speed Malibu and G6 vehicles.

At The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas, we are devoted to holding accountable those manufacturers who disregard customers’ safety when they market products that do not adhere to a standard of excellence. Call our offices today.

Petition to get GM vehicles parked filed

Detroit, Michigan-based General Motors Co. is facing calls to have the automobiles that have been included in the recent recall regarding their faulty ignition switches to be parked, as they are deemed to be unsafe.  The request was filed by the lawyers for plaintiffs filing a lawsuit against GM for the faulty vehicles before U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in the federal court of Corpus Christi on Friday, April 4.

If the car manufacturer is legally ordered to park all the vehicles, it would be required to provide loaner cars for everyone affected. CEO Mary Barra is resisting making this call, as she has stated that the cars are safe, so long as there is nothing hanging off the ignition key.

Unfortunately, manufacturers sometimes fail in their responsibility to only make and release safe products, resulting in dangerous products such as these faulty vehicles getting released. This can pose a danger to the health and very lives of consumers. If you have been harmed by a defective vehicle in Dallas, call our attorneys from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 457-1668.

GM CEO to answer questions in House committee hearing April 1

Detroit, Michigan-based automaker General Motors Co.’s chief executive officer, Mary Barra, is set to be questioned at a United States congressional hearing on Tuesday, April 1 amid an investigation as to why it took GM 10 years to recall vehicles that have ignition switch issues, causing at least 12 accidental deaths.

The House of Representative’s energy and commerce committee chairman, Fred Upton (Republican of Michigan), stated that National Highway Traffic Safety Administration acting administrator David Friedman is also invited to the hearing to find out “what the company and NHTSA knew about the safety problem, when they knew it, and what was done about it.”

In a statement released Thursday, March 20, Upton said the probe aims to determine whether the accidents could have been prevented and to enact measures to make sure that accidents such as those that have occurred don’t happen again.

Consumers assume that the products they buy, including and especially vehicles, are safe to use; that is why manufacturers can and should be held legally liable when they betray this trust. Contact our attorneys of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter if you have been injured in an accident in Dallas caused by a defective vehicle by calling (214) 457-1668 today.

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