Though customers depend on consumer products to be safe, many of them can cause injury. Many types of dangerous products have led to legal action because of injuries they caused to victims. You may wish to consult an attorney if you have been injured by a defective product, such as one of the following.
- Automobile Products: In the 1970s, the Ford Motor Company manufactured the Pinto, which quickly became popular. However, Ford soon discovered that the Pinto’s fuel tank was defective and could lead to deadly fires in the case of an auto accident. Rather than issue a recall and take responsibility, Ford covered up the defect, resulting in unnecessary deaths. The truth was not revealed until several years later. Though this is an older example of a defective product, it is relevant because many modern cars have defects that have caused deaths, such as SUVs that are prone to rollovers during accidents.
- Medical Devices: Medical product manufacturer DePuy produced a hip replacement system containing cobalt that was intended to preserve more bone mass than previous systems. However, it has been revealed that the cobalt can leak into surrounding tissues and the blood stream; the system is so difficult to install that it can lead to serious malfunctions as well. Lawsuits for this product and other medical devices are ongoing.
- Pharmaceutical Drugs: Prescribed for more than a decade as an acne treatment, Accutane was later discovered to be extremely dangerous. It can cause psychosis, birth defects, and gastrointestinal illness, among other conditions. The manufacturer has faced class-action lawsuits for putting such a dangerous product on the market, and Accutane is now rarely prescribed.
- Children’s Toys: A few years ago, it was revealed that some toys manufactured in China contained lead in their paint. This was especially problematic because young children often put toys in their mouths, leading to a high risk of lead poisoning. The resulting injuries led Mattel to recall hundreds of thousands of toys.
If you have been injured because of one of these or another defective product, call The Carlson Law Firm in Austin today. Our experienced personal injury attorneys can help you file a defective product lawsuit to receive compensation. To schedule a consultation, call (888) 335-7492.
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