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What happens if a warrantied product proves to be defective?

Whether you buy a car, television, toaster or children's toy, it most likely comes with a consumer warranty. While it's commonplace for new products we all purchase to be covered by a warranty, items that you may buy used may also be covered by extended warranties. Even if an explanation isn't made at the time of a purchase, an implied warranty may cover an item that you buy.

A warranty merely serves as a way for a seller to guarantee that a product is both reliable and of high quality.

Treatment for a spinal cord injury entails many things

Even a minor spinal cord injury is serious enough to alter your life in many ways. This is why it's so important to receive immediate medical treatment.

The way one person is treated for a spinal cord injury will not be exactly the same as another. However, there are some treatment methods that typically come into play. These include the following:

  • Immobilization. This may be required in order to stabilize your spine, all with the idea of preventing additional, and future, injuries.
  • Medication. There is no medication that can directly heal a spinal cord injury, but there are some that can help during the recovery process.
  • Surgery. It's not always necessary, but some types of spinal cord injuries require surgery, e.g., to remove bone fragments or repair herniated discs.

Nearly 5 million Fiat Chryslers found to have bad cruise control

On Friday, May 25, Fiat Chrysler announced a recall of just shy of five million of its cars on the roads here in the United States. They acknowledged that they've discovered that the motorists may have difficulty in disengaging the cruise controls on the recalled automobiles.

The types of vehicles affected by this recall include trucks, cars and sports utility vehicles (SUVs). As many as 15 different makes including Chrysler, Jeep, Ram and Dodge are included in the recall. The affected vehicles were manufactured during six different model years. The company's vehicles manufactured and sold abroad also have this same auto defect.

There are different types of concussion

A blow to the head, such as in a motor vehicle accident, can result in many types of injury.

A concussion is every bit as serious as it sounds, as this can have a big impact on your life immediately following the accident as well as for many years to come. This is why it's so important to receive immediate and professional medical treatment.

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Electric scooters are convenient if used safely

Nashville has become one of the most recent cities to be introduced to the rentable electric scooter craze. These electric scooters have popped up everywhere. You locate them through an app on your phone and rent them directly through the app. They're designed to provide a clean mode of transportation for people in urban areas as well as reduce motor traffic.

Millions of faulty Takata air bags are still in vehicles

Most everyone is familiar with the Takata air bag recall. Approximately 30 million vehicles made by 19 auto manufacturers were recalled for defective inflators that could cause the bags to explode and spew metal pieces out at drivers and passengers. The defective air bags have injured approximately 300 people and killed at least 22 people around the world (15 in the U.S.)

In a deal reached last year with the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ), Takata agreed to pay $1 billion and plead guilty to one count of wire fraud, which is a felony. The company is also being overseen for three years by an independent monitor

HIV drug linked to serious birth defects

An antiretroviral drug that is used to treat HIV has been linked to serious birth defects in children born to women who were taking the drug when they became pregnant and in the beginning of their first trimester. The drug, dolutegravir, is believed to increase a baby's chances of neural tube defects. These are defects of the spine, spinal cord or brain. Spina bifida is one of the most common of these defects.

The study that made this link involved over 11,500 babies in Botswana born to women who have HIV. About 9 percent of the women whose HIV was being treated with dolutegravir when they became pregnant gave birth to babies with a neural tube defect. Just 1 percent of those on other types of HIV drugs had babies with this type of birth defect.

Tips for handling a medical device recall

Getting old is never fun. There are parts of your body that just decide to stop working properly. Even if you are not that old you might need to have a medical device installed to help you walk, help your heart beat or help you maintain a proper sugar level. Whatever the reason, these devices can fail. They might also be the subject of a recall notice. Here are some tips for handling a medical device recall notice in Nashville.

The first thing you need to do is read the recall notice thoroughly before making any decisions about your device. The device might not be shot entirely. Maybe it needs a part replaced or needs to be calibrated. Either way, you don't want to trash the device before finding out what exactly is wrong with it. This could prevent a big headache.

Can I sue for injuries if I didn't make recall repairs?

Despite efforts automobile manufacturers and government agencies' efforts to make to try to make car owners aware of recalls on their vehicles, the word doesn't reach everyone.

Even when it does, not all motorists take their cars in to have them serviced as recommended. In fact, a 2015 National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) study showed that only 70 percent of all vehicles that end being recalled have these critical repairs performed on them.

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