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What types of labeling should products contain?

Virtually every consumer product released onto the market in the United States must be labeled. What that label must list varies by product. Any manufacturer or marketer that fails to properly label an item may be forced to recall and repackage the item in addition to paying fines as high as a couple hundred thousand dollars.

What a manufacturer's duty to warn consumers entails

Manufacturers or suppliers are required to label all potentially dangerous or hazardous products in an effort to protect consumers from potentially becoming hurt when using them. If they fail to exercise their duty to warn consumers of the unintentional or intentional dangers that exist from the reasonable use of their products, then they may expose themselves to being sued if someone gets hurt by them.

Your crash risk if your tire's tread life wears down too much

Data recently released by the American Automobile Association (AAA) Northeast shows that in 2017, there were 653 tire-related motor vehicle accidents in Connecticut. Of those, 246 resulted in either a motorist being injured or killed. If you're doing the math, this means that at least 12 collisions each week during 2017 in Connecticut could be attributed to tire-related issues. At least five deaths or injuries were caused by them.

Making sense of the 3 different types of products liability cases

When you've entered your local retail store, you've probably seen postings for recalled products hanging up in the entryway. You may have seen them for small kitchen appliances that manufacturers discovered pose a burn or cutting risk or a toy that is a choking hazard. Hundreds — if not thousands — of consumer products are recalled each year for either these reasons or others.

A recall doesn't stop you from suing for products liability

Oftentimes, when a product is shown to be dangerous or defective, a manufacturer or designer will decide to voluntarily remove it from distribution so that necessary modifications can be made. These recalls can be costly and don't often occur until some time after product-related injuries or deaths have already been reported to them.

Children continue to suffer injuries when they tip over furniture

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) contends that furniture tip-overs are responsible for injuring thousands of kids each year. They also claim that a child is killed every two weeks as the result of a tip-over.

Injured in a crash caused by an auto defect? Know your rights

Imagine you are driving home from work one evening. You are making good time in light traffic when suddenly, your steering wheel detaches from the steering column and you lose control of your vehicle. In the blink of an eye, you go from heading home to heading to the emergency room with serious injuries.

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