On Nov. 16, six people in New York who were fitted with Pinnacle artificial hips that subsequently had to be surgically removed were awarded $247 million in a decision against Johnson & Johnson. The company's DePuy unit was responsible for the hips' manufacturing. Although the company tried to argue that the artificial hips failed because of normal wear and tear, the jury found that the company did not warn medical professionals and patients that the devices were defective despite knowing they might fail prematurely. The hips have not been sold since 2013 when regulations for artificial hips were tightened by the Food and Drug Administration. The total awarded in punitive damages was $168 million with the remaining $79 million in actual damages.
New York residents that drive Mitsubishi Mirage sedans may soon be receiving recall notices. The Japanese car manufacturer is recalling about 84,000 compact cars because of a potentially deadly flaw in their airbag control systems. Mitsubishi announced the recall on Nov. 17, saying that the dealers will begin rectifying the problem at no charge. Work can commence almost immediately because the repair involves reprogramming computers, and no special parts are required.
When safety defects on vehicles are identified, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues recalls to get the dangerous cars and trucks off New York roads. Recalls are actually quite common, as the NHTSA has recalled more than 390 million vehicles for various safety defects and faulty vehicle components since 1966.
Many owners of Mazda vehicles in New York will need to visit their dealerships for repairs due to a manufacturer safety recall. The problem is the result of faulty air bag inflators produced by Takata. Similar faults have forced 19 automakers to issue approximately 70 million recalls nationwide.
New York City motorists should be aware that General Motors is recalling nearly 700,000 vehicles over a power steering issue. The recall affects 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks.
When you purchase a product from a store shelf, you naturally expect the product to function correctly and serve its purpose. The last thing you would likely expect the product to do is injure you. Unfortunately, sometimes the very products created to help you end up harming you instead.
New York drivers should note that a new type of air bag inflator has been added to the largest automotive recall to hit the country. An additional 2.7 million vehicles are now being recalled as they have an inflator that has proven to be unsafe. The manufacturers involved are Ford, Mazda and Nissan.
New York drivers may be aware that many vehicles of all makes and models have been recalled due to problematic airbags. Because airbags are instrumental in keeping drivers and passengers safe when accidents occur, there are some things about these devices that vehicle owners may wish to know.
Millions of vehicle owners around the country will be compensated by car makers for installing faulty airbags and dragging their feet over fixing the issue if a federal court approves a $553 settlement agreement. Toyota, BMW, Subaru and Mazda have agreed to pay the sum to end a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of 15.8 million consumers, many of whom reside in New York. Media outlets reported news of the settlement on May 18.
New York residents who use talc-based products in their daily regimen may be interested to learn that, on May 4, a major company was ordered to pay damages to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using the company's products for decades. This lawsuit was just one of about 2,400 similar lawsuits that had been filed against the company claiming that the warnings about cancer risks were not adequate.