Kenmore Grilled for Hazardous Products

Summer grilling, by Wikimedia Commons user Frettie, licensed by Creative Commons.

Fired up over defective grills

In February 2017, a class action lawsuit was brought against Sears Roebuck and Co.(Sears) for selling Kenmore-brand barbecue grills with serious safety risks.

Plaintiffs claim that the grills in question – gas powered, and made with galvanized steel fireboxes – are unfit for use. Their firebox trays have been found to prematurely age and corrode within the grills’ normal lifespan, even when used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. The resulting hazard is that the disintegrating firebox trays leave the grills’ propane tanks exposed to flames, which can produce a deadly explosion.

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Sudden Acceleration Lawsuits Show No Sign of Stopping

Tesla S, by Pixaby user Al Abut, licensed by Creative Commons.

Life in the fast lane

The Tesla Model X, a product of Tesla Motors, is made for speed. The luxury SUV reaches 155MPH and hits 60MPH in 2.9 seconds. Tesla calls it the safest, fastest, and most capable SUV on the global market. But some owners cry foul, saying that once the car starts, it doesn’t stop. Read More

This Land is Your Land?

Hitting a wall

Hitting a wall

On Jan. 28, President Trump signed an executive order prohibiting travelers and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries – Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Libya – from entering the U.S. A flurry of legal activity has followed in the wake of the presidential order. Since Friday, immigration lawyers have flocked to U.S. metro airports to file petitions for clients while individuals, corporations, and states have begun a quest for legal assistance. Read More

Saving Lives? There’s an App for That

Texting while driving, by Simone Cosimi Giornalista, licensed by Creative Commons.

Keep your eyes on the road

In the United States, distracted driving is a growing problem. Among its many causes – from brushing teeth to changing clothes – texting is the worst offender. National Safety Council statistics show that texting while driving causes 1.6 million accidents and 4,015 deaths each year, and over 1,100 injuries daily. Ironically, a solution to this deadly problem lies with one of its main causes – the Apple iPhone. Read More

IKEA Shoulders Weight of a $50M Settlement

GEORGE NAKASHIMA walnut single pedestal desk, by Flickr user Stephen Coles, licensed by Creative Commons.

In good standing?

IKEA furniture has a reputation for being difficult – if not impossible –to assemble. But it is never supposed to be deadly. In December 2016, the Swedish furniture maker reached a $50M settlement for the wrongful deaths of three 2-year-old children who were killed when they were crushed by IKEA’s products. The settlement award will be distributed evenly among the families. Additionally, IKEA will distribute $250,000 among several children’s hospitals and Shane’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes child safety. Read More