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Eric T. Chaffin

Honda and Other Automakers Reach Settlements in Takata Class-Action Lawsuits

Automaker Honda recently agreed to a $605 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit in which plaintiffs sought economic damages for losses suffered as a result of Takata airbag defects. Honda was the automaker most affected by Takata airbag recalls, having […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Samsung Announces Another Cell Phone Battery Recall

Just when we thought the issues with overheating Samsung batteries had passed, the company has announced a recall of about 10,200 lithium ion batteries because of overheating, fire, and burn hazards. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Judge Grants Takata’s Request for Airbag Lawsuit Delay

The Takata Corporation wants hundreds of airbag lawsuits delayed in court. They filed for bankruptcy back in June 2017, when their debts totaled about $9 billion. At the time, they said the reason for the filing was to preserve jobs […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Honda and Chrysler Recall Millions of Vehicles Due to Air Bag and Fire Hazards

Both Honda and Chrysler have recently announced recalls because of alleged defects that pose fire risks. The recalls affect millions of vehicles, and consumers are encouraged to contact their local dealerships to schedule repairs. Honda Recalls Vehicles Because of Defective […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Why So Many Lithium-Ion Batteries Are Exploding

E-cigarettes. Hoverboards. Samsung phones. All of these have been in the headlines over the last several months because of exploding batteries. Most recently, a woman’s noise-canceling headphones burst into flames while she was on a flight from Melbourne to Beijing. […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Takata Recalls 2.7 Million Vehicles Because of Faulty Drying Agent

Shortly after Takata announced they had filed for bankruptcy in June 2017, they added yet another type of air bag inflator to their already huge product recall. According to ABC News, 2.7 million vehicles now joined the list of the […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Second Phase GM Ignition Switch Trials Underway in New York

General Motors (GM) first initiated a recall of their faulty ignition switches in 2014. After several other subsequent recalls, they listed a total of 2.6 million vehicles that were equipped with ignition switches that could inadvertently turning to the “off” […]

Steven Cohn

Samsung Files Motion to Consolidate Washer Lawsuits in Oklahoma

At least 24 plaintiffs have filed Samsung washing machine lawsuits in various courts across the country. The plaintiffs claim that the machines are defective and dangerous, and in some cases, may actually explode, potentially injuring anyone standing nearby. Samsung implemented […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Defective Dehumidifiers Linked with Household Fires

If you have a dehumidifier in your home, you may want to check it over carefully. A number of these appliances have been blamed in recent years for household fires. In March 2017, for example, fire department officials in Green […]

Steven Cohn

Hotpoint Freezer/Fridge Blamed for Starting London Fire

Grenfell Tower, a 24-story housing building in London, England, erupted in flames on June 14, 2017. Some residents escaped, but many others were trapped inside. Emergency crews arrived quickly and rescued 65 people, but another 79 died in the tragedy […]