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ATV Safety, Design Defects in Spotlight After Accident Involving Jamie Lynn Spears’ Daughter

Design defects and the inherent dangers of all-terrain vehicles have once again come into national focus after a tragic incident involving the 8-year-old daughter of songwriter and entertainer Jamie Lynn Spears. According to investigators, Maddie Aldridge was behind the wheel of a Polaris all-terrain vehicle while her parents watched about 100 yards away. The child

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Electronic Transmission Shifters Face Scrutiny as Rollaways Mount

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a new round of vehicle recalls related to defective shifting mechanisms that are blamed for a series of vehicle rollaway incidents, including one linked to the tragic death of actor Anton Yelchin earlier this year. In response to increasing reports from concerned motorists, the NHTSA announced a

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New Problems for Hankook Tire as Reputation Goes from Bad to Worse

Hankook Tire’s professional reputation reached new lows in 2016. Having successfully sued Hankook for its defective and dangerous tire products, we’re not surprised that even a longtime partner like Hyundai Motors and its Kia subsidiary have had enough. Last month, Hyundai Motor severed its relationship after a series of embarrassing recalls involving the Hyundai Genesis

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Houston Chronicle talks with Wes Ball about Takata’s flawed airbag recall

Houston and the Gulf Coast have emerged as the epicenter for defective Takata airbag malfunctions, thanks to the area’s combination of high heat and humidity. The Houston Chronicle recently spoke with Farrar & Ball’s Wes Ball about safety concerns caused by extreme delays that vehicle owners are experiencing when trying to replace the recalled airbag

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As Ride Sharing Threatens to Disrupt Trucking Industry, Safety and Liability Concerns Follow

There’s no doubt that the sharing economy has revolutionized the way we live, work and get around. From services like Uber and Lyft to Airbnb and more, these new ways of doing business are steadily creeping into areas of our lives in surprising ways and disrupting generations-old ways of doing things. The ride-sharing business model,

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Distracted Driving, Cheap Gas Take Deadly Toll

After two decades of steady declines in fatalities on U.S. roads, traffic deaths and injuries are entering a second year of alarming increases. The first half of 2016 witnessed a 9 percent jump in vehicle deaths in the United States, including an 11 percent increase on Texas roads and highways. That translates to more than

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Shameful Milestone: OSHA Data Finds U.S. on Pace for More Than 4,000 Workplace Injury Deaths in 2016

2016 is shaping up to be another grim year for worker safety in the U.S. At the year’s midpoint, OSHA records indicate that the U.S. is again on track to record more than 4,000 workplace injury deaths. The rates probably will not set any kind of record but instead simply mark another year when too

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Farrar & Ball’s Wes Ball Featured in Law360’s Trial Pros Q-and-A Series

Law360 recently sought out some of the most talented trial lawyers in the U.S. for its “Trial Pros” Q-and-A series. Firm cofounder Wes Ball’s profile is featured below. Trial Pros: Farrar & Ball’s Wes Ball Wes Ball, co-founder of Farrar & Ball LLP, has served as lead trial counsel in product defect, catastrophic injury and

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Product Safety Recalls Have Reached Unprecedented Levels, but Manufacturers Still Slow to Protect Consumers

A record 51 million vehicles were recalled in 2015, while food-related recalls have doubled since 2002. Meanwhile, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announces, on average, one recall every day. Among the trends responsible for this spike in recall notices, we can thank better detection tools that spot problems that frequently went undetected before. For example,

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KHOU News Report Featuring Kyle Farrar: Unprecedented NHTSA Report Finds Defective Takata Airbags Pose ‘Grave Danger’

Farrar & Ball’s Kyle Farrar spoke with KHOU TV Ch. 11 about new developments in the unprecedented Takata airbag recall, including the announcement by the U.S. government that certain Honda and Acura cars and SUVs pose such a “grave danger” that owners should immediately stop driving them until they can be fixed. The June 30

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