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Salvage title cars could come with unidentified auto defects

In the last couple of years, recalls initiated by car manufacturers have made headlines numerous times. The recalls cover auto defects from ignition switches to airbags. Many used car buyers here in Pennsylvania and elsewhere may feel confident that any parts subject to recall were fixed or that a car they consider buying does not have a recalled product in it, but that confidence could be misplaced.

Recently, a crash in another state brought to light a problem that some Pennsylvania residents might not have considered: used cars with salvage titles could contain parts subject to recalls. In this crash, the woman behind the wheel nearly lost her life when her airbag exploded. Most people only need one guess to know that the vehicle contained a Takata airbag.

Pennsylvania products liability: When manufacturers let you down

When you buy something, you expect it to work as intended and not cause you harm. Sadly, not all manufacturers meet the quality standards set for them under Pennsylvania and federal laws. You or someone you love could end up seriously injured because of using a product that is somehow defective. If so, you might file a products liability claim seeking restitution for your losses.

Every year, numerous people lose their lives or suffer serious, permanent injuries due to manufacturers that either ignore or fail to live up to safety standards. Defective products can come from any source such as vehicles, kitchen appliances and even food items. One particularly vexing area of products liability is children's products. High chairs, car seats and any number of toys, along with other things, could harm your child.

Hidden camera exposes nursing home neglect

Many Pennsylvania families come to an impasse when they can no longer care for the elderly members of their families. They do as much research as possible to find a place that will provide safety, care and compassion to their loved ones. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect occurs far too often.

One out-of-state woman suspected that her father was the victim of neglect, so she put a hidden camera in his room. What she saw led her to go public and accuse the nursing home of neglecting him. Her 94-year-old father is blind and suffers from dementia. He is supposed to get help with eating, dressing and other basic needs.

Consumer complaints could lead to products liability claims

Many companies initiate food recalls either of their own accord or after an inspection by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Sometimes, however, consumers here in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the country make complaints that end up initiating recalls and perhaps even products liability claims. OK Food, Inc. recently issued one such recall.

The company manufactures and distributes ready-to-eat chicken products, among other things. After numerous consumer complaints of metal fragments in the company's products began flooding in on March 21, an internal investigation led to a recall. It includes approximately 933,272 pounds of OK Food, Inc.'s breaded chicken products manufactured between Dec. 19, 2016 and March 7, 2017.

Dangerous auto defects affect up to 1M Hyundai vehicles

The national "click it or ticket" campaign reminds drivers to buckle up. Research shows that seat belts save thousands of lives each year, and many Pennsylvania drivers diligently use them just like many others around the country. What happens when you cannot count on your seat belt to work even when you use it? The scary thing is that almost one million Hyundai owners are experiencing this fear right now due to a recent recall for failing seat belts. Auto defects in vehicles' basic safety features pose a threat to the safety and lives of drivers and should be dealt with as quickly as possible.

Hyundai issued the recall after an investigation by the company revealed the potential for the seat belts in 2011 through 2014 Hyundai Sonatas and the 2011 through 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrids to have been installed incorrectly. The seat belt manufacturer is also involved in the ongoing investigation into this defect. Reports indicate that notices will be sent to owners of the affected vehicles during the months of April and May. The recall affects approximately 997,778 of these vehicles.

Hoverboard responsible for two child deaths in Pennsylvania

Several brands of hoverboards have already faced broad recalls because they present a risk of fire. Most recently, there is the federal and company recalls for Vecaro Lifestyle hoverboards. The reason for the recall is tragic.

Two young children were both killed by injuries caused by a Vercaro Lifestyle hoverboard. The hoverboard malfunctioned, causing a fire. A 3-year-old died at the time of the fire on Friday, March 10, 2017. Two other young girls were severely injured by the fire in Harrisburg, PA. One of them succumbed to her injuries days later and died.

Nursing home neglect can easily cross over into abuse

Many families here in Pennsylvania and across the country struggle with relinquishing the care of their elderly loved ones to other people. When they do, they expect their loved ones to be treated with respect, care and compassion. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect is not uncommon and can easily cross over into abuse.

For example, one family decided not to take any chances and put a hidden camera in the room of their loved one. The images captured by that camera are difficult to watch. Two members of the nursing home staff crossed the line and mistreated the woman.

Safety is a major concern in construction workers' accidents

A safe work environment is as essential for everyone here in Pennsylvania as it is for those in the rest of the country. Construction workers face a myriad of dangers, and safety is a major concern in limiting the potential for construction workers' accidents. For example, without the proper fortification and additional safety precautions, a trench could easily become a death trap.

A man working in a trench at a private development recently lost his life. For reasons under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the trench collapsed and buried the man up to his neck in dirt and clay. Three of the man's co-workers attempted to dig him out, but they had to evacuate due to safety concerns.

Products liability news: Sargento cuts the fat from its operation

Twice during the month of February, Sargento Foods, Inc., one of the country's largest cheesemakers, issued recalls for certain varieties of its cheeses sold here in Pennsylvania and throughout the country. The recalls were necessary due to the threat of listeria contamination from one of its suppliers. Now, perhaps in an effort to avoid further potential products liability issues, the company has cut off ties with the supplier it believes caused the issue.

The recall required the removal of several of the company's cheeses from store shelves across the country, including here in Pennsylvania. All of the cheeses affected by the recall were packaged at the same facility as the longhorn colby cheese that will no longer be supplied to the company by Deutsche Kase Haus. The listeria contamination originated at that company.

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