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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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How is negligence used in California product liability cases?

 How is negligence used in California product liability cases?

California civil lawsuit, concerning flawed consumer products sometimes do not require plaintiffs to prove manufacturer negligence. Strict liability complaints are essentially no-fault claims for damages, based upon the unusually dangerous nature of a product. Strict liability is associated with the product defect rather than any carelessness by the manufacturer.

Negligence proof is at the heart of defective product claims that do not involve strict liability. Negligence claims accuse a manufacturer of violating an obligation to provide consumers with products safe to use. The direct relationship between a manufacturer, seller or distributor's actions and an injured plaintiff must be established, whether the plaintiff was the buyer or someone else harmed by a defendant's product.

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How do I know if my car has a manufacturing defect?

 How do I know if my car has a manufacturing defect?

You don't have to wait until a car company notifies you of a problem with your vehicle to be informed about auto-related recalls. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a tool on its website that helps you find out information about current and past recalls. The online tool can pinpoint whether a car you own or want to buy was repaired during a recall during the past 15 years.

California maintenance and service records are often missing from used vehicles. You easily could make a purchase, without knowing whether an automobile design defect was ever corrected. Now, you don't have to guess.

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Should the Takata recall concern Los Angeles vehicle owners?

 Should the Takata recall concern Los Angeles vehicle owners?

Ten U.S. automakers and 7.8 million vehicles are affected by a recall of Japanese-made Takata air bags. NBC News reported the air bags are linked with at least four fatalities. The defective air bags, in some 2000 to 2011 vehicle models, have the potential to explode during an accident, a problem Takata linked to U.S. regions with warm temperatures and high humidity.

Manufacturer recalls for Takata air bags began in 2013. In October 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warned affected owners to have the recalled air bags replaced immediately, particularly in specified regions with high humidity. However, California and two other states where the fatal air bag accidents occurred were not among high-risk regions targeted by the NHTSA.

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Auto recalls may not be early warnings for California consumers

Auto recalls may not be early warnings for California consumers

While many people in Los Angeles have embraced nontraditional forms of transportation, plenty of Californians still own cars and trucks. Vehicles are not inexpensive but to many of us, they are invaluable. We depend upon them to take us everywhere we want to go.

You expect a car to be built well and perform safely. Vehicle defects aren't top-of-mind concerns. Sometimes, you don't find out a vehicle is dangerous to drive until others – sometimes many others -- have been injured or killed in accidents. Recalls are one way unnecessary harm is prevented.

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Theories for pursuing California product liability cases

 Theories for pursuing California product liability cases

Los Angeles consumers carry the burden of proof in liability claims against product manufacturers. Plaintiffs' cases must show a product maker did something wrong that led to an injury. Keep in mind the definitions of "wrong" can take many forms.

A product liability lawsuit may be based upon strict liability. A plaintiff's evidence must show a manufacturer's product was defective before it reached consumers. Proving this "wrong" does not require direct proof of manufacturer fault, only that somewhere between the design and sale of a product a harmful flaw occurred.

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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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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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