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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,

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

Worse than Bait and Switch: Car dealers keeping buyers in the dark about killer airbags

By now, Takata, Honda and dozens of other automakers share the dubious honor of having caused the largest product recall in U.S. history for defective airbags that have killed more than 13 worldwide and injured hundreds more. New recall announcements roll out on practically a weekly basis as the recall list grows to more than

‘Star Trek’ Actor’s Jeep Cherokee Was Under Safety Recall Before Tragic Driveway Rollover

Disturbing new details are emerging in the tragic death of actor Anton Yelchin, who was killed when his Chrysler Jeep Cherokee unexpectedly rolled down his inclined driveway on Sunday, pinning him against a brick pillar. Yelchin’s 2015 Grand Cherokee SUV is one of the models recently recalled by federal regulators for a gear shift lever

With Oil Tank Deaths Mounting, Energy Industry Finally Acknowledges Safety Risks From Storage Tank Vapors

A series of mysterious oilfield worker deaths is shedding light on the dangers of vapors from oil storage tanks. At least nine workers have died from exposure to the fumes since 2010, prompting a recent alert by NIOSH and OSHA. Until the death of Colorado truck driver Jim Freemyer on July 14, 2015, the energy

Kyle Farrar Named ‘Appellate Lawyer of the Week’ Following Important Medical Product Liability Ruling

The Farrar & Ball trial team earned an important Fifth Circuit appellate victory this week, prevailing in a ruling that allows a medical product liability claim to continue, prompting Texas Lawyer newspaper to name Farrar & Ball cofounder Kyle Farrar its “Appellate Lawyer of the Week.” Writes Texas Lawyer: David Carlson was allegedly burned so

Honda’s broken promises pile up as car owners line up to fix defective airbags

With Takata bankruptcy increasingly likely, bankruptcy rules favor early defective airbag lawsuit filers Faced with the largest product recall in U.S. history thanks to Takata’s dangerous and defective airbag inflators, Honda and other automakers are finding it hard to live up to earlier promises to car owners. The article below confirms a phenomenon playing out

Did Honda quietly request airbag design changes years before Takata airbag scandal was exposed?

As the Takata airbag scandal broadens to include more than 69 million U.S. vehicles linked to at least 10 fatalities, new reports confirm that Honda officials quietly requested a design change years before the defects were publicized but did not notify U.S. regulators about the safety dangers. According to Reuters, Honda’s actions show that the

Crash of Google Self-Driving Car Underscores Need for Laws to Catch Up With Technology

The rapid advance of self-driving or autonomous cars reached an important milestone last month. For the first time, Google officials have publicly acknowledged that one of its autonomous vehicles was at least partly to blame for causing a wreck. The incident between a Google self-driving Lexus RX450h and a municipal bus illustrates how our state

Houston Teen Driver’s Takata Airbag Death Exposes Public Safety Epidemic

The massive recall of 28 million defective Takata airbags has taken on new urgency with the tragic death of 17-year-old Huma Hanif last week. Hanif bled to death when the airbag in her 2002 Honda Civic deployed improperly sending shrapnel into her neck following a minor rear-end collision on a suburban Houston road. In an

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