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Are defective tire recalls effective?

Are defective tire recalls effective?

California consumers no longer have to wait until they receive notification from an auto manufacturer to find out about a car recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides a vehicle product recall finder on its website. Recall information is available by simply by entering a vehicle identification number.

The process works because vehicles are registered. That's fine when there's a defect in the vehicle, but what if the flaw is in your tires? The government provides no defective tire recall site although maybe it could if a tire registration system was developed.

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Product liability claims and California kids’ car seats

 Product liability claims and California kids’ car seats

Federal guidelines and California laws help parents determine which car seat or child restraint system is appropriate. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends certain car seats or restraints, based on a child's weight, height and age. Similarly, California imposes rules requiring the use of a car seat or booster, until a child is 8 or reaches a height minimum of 4- feet 9-inches tall.

According to the NHTSA, rear-facing car seats are appropriate for children from birth to age 3. Forward-facing seats may be used starting after a child's first birthday up to age 7. Booster seats are recommended as early as age 4 up to age 12. Seat-belt use coincides with California law, beginning at age 8.

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California dangerous products: McDonald's Hello Kitty toy

California dangerous products: McDonald's Hello Kitty toy

Young children are the most innocent consumers in California. Children depend upon parents to buy the toys they play with and protect them, as parents depend upon manufacturers to make children's products safe. Evidence that a toy poses a serious health risk can prompt manufacturers to issue a voluntary recall – in some cases, the federal government will force a recall.

McDonald's recently recalled a promotional toy with a potential choking hazard. The toys, with detachable red whistles, were included in North American Mighty Kids Meals and Happy Meals, as part of an October-November Hello Kitty promotion. McDonald's issued the voluntarily recall, after learning the whistles might be dangerous.

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Senior-minded regulators ramp up defective product recalls

Senior-minded regulators ramp up defective product recalls

Although health-conscious California residents often remain active well into older age, eventually many people develop physical or cognitive issues. The oldest and youngest Americans are the most vulnerable to accidents, including injuries caused by defective products. Seniors are the victims of 65 percent of all product-related fatalities.

Not all trips, burns, falls or other accidents are caused by product manufacturer mistakes. Some are the result of product misuse. However, disturbing consumer product injury statistics and an ever-increasing older population have prompted federal officials to ratchet up warnings about senior safety.

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Wave of recalls hits General Motors California customers

Wave of recalls hits General Motors California customers

General Motors is reaching out to its Los Angeles customers but not in a way many are going to like. From January to mid-June, GM recalled 20 million cars around the world. Last month, when the car maker's global recall count was at 15.4 million, Vox reported GM recalls in 2014 surpassed the company's vehicle sales for all of 2013.

The car maker has been quick to identify vehicle defects, since federal regulators slapped the company with a $35 million fine for delaying a critical recall. The fine was related to an earlier recall on 2.6 million vehicles. Faulty ignition switches -- a flaw known by GM officials for over 10 years -- were tied to more than a dozen fatalities.

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Vehicle defects alleged in widow’s suit over actor’s crash

 Vehicle defects alleged in widow’s suit over actor’s crash

A product can live up to its claims, be disappointingly imperfect or can be downright dangerous. When product makers knowingly sell products that cause harm, civil penalties are steep. Manufacturers are liable for defective products responsible for consumer injuries and deaths.

California law enforcement officials blamed high speed for the Santa Clarita deaths of actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas in a Porsche Carrera GT. Police consulted with Porsche to come to that conclusion. Now, Porsche Cars North America is facing a wrongful death lawsuit that disputes the car was safe and traveling at over 90 mph when it crashed.

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Petco sued over California boy's rat-bite fever death

 Petco sued over California boy's rat-bite fever death

Many Los Angeles residents would argue pets are not property or products but, in fact, many laws categorize animals that way. Companies who sell pets are as responsible for product deficiencies as much as businesses that manufacture inanimate objects. Defective products that harm or kill consumers can be the product maker or seller's fault.

A California boy wished for a pet rat. The 10-year-old was hoping for a male rat so the female rat he already owned could have a spouse. Last May, the child's grandmother granted his wish by purchasing the "groom" at a San Diego Petco.

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Table saw suit blames Makita for design defects

 Table saw suit blames Makita for design defects

California consumers do not expect the products they buy to be dangerous if used properly, but if a manufacturer makes a product difficult to use safely, who is at fault? Power tool maker Makita Corp. is named in a product liability lawsuit filed by a man whose fingers were mangled by a table saw. The plaintiff states that the manufacturer, despite commonly-available safety technology, chose to design, make and distribute a dangerous product. He says that his fingers were permanently damaged and disfigured in 2012 when they were cut by a Makita table saw blade.

U.S. safety laws required table saws to have blade guards to prevent accidents. The injured consumer's suit says that Makita knew its blade guards were hard for consumers to use and attach. The suit alleges that difficulty with the blade guard discouraged consumers from using the safety feature or reattaching the guard after making certain blade cuts.

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Unsafe home elevators can trap and kill California children

Unsafe home elevators can trap and kill California children

Before a product reaches a Los Angeles consumer, it passes through many hands. Planners and designers initiate the process. Manufacturing, assembly and packaging may take place in one or more locations. From there, the product is moved through a distributor, a retailer and possibly an installer.

At any point along the line, your purchase could become a defective or dangerous product.

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California federal suit claims sleep products contain toxic odor

California federal suit claims sleep products contain toxic odor

Los Angeles consumers have a right to expect that the food they eat, the cars they drive and the beds they sleep upon are not going to harm them. Manufacturers cannot violate California laws or federal safety regulations to sell dangerous products. Product liability settlements and trials provide compensation for victims of negligence.

A constant sniffle or sneezing is a sign of a seasonal allergy sufferer, but some allergic reactions are not so mild or predictable. A dose of penicillin or a bee sting is deadly for some people, especially individuals with no clue they have an allergy. Product makers are responsible for health problems created by design or manufacturing flaws.

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