April 2017 Archives

Visual inspection system for manufacturers launched by IBM

In an effort to streamline the assembly line inspection process, and cut down on manufacturing defects, IBM has announced the release of a visual inspection system. The system was released on April 24 and is a Watson-powered Internet of Things (IoT) service. The visual recognition feature is one of the strongest for Watson and with each item inspected, the effectiveness of the system increases.

What happens if I suspect foodborne illness?

Foodborne illnesses are quite common, even though the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other entities do their best to prevent such consumer illnesses. Foodborne illnesses are preventable health issues that cause an estimated 3,000 deaths per year in the United States. What happens if you suspect foodborne illness?

Symptoms of a defective medical device

Defective medical devices are more common than some might realize. Every now and then, various medical devices pop up in the news because they have caused some sort of injury or illness to patients. If you've seen these news reports and wonder if you've been affected by such a problem, you will want to know the symptoms of a defective medical device.

What follows after being injured by a car defect?

Injuries to consumers are serious, no matter the severity, and should be reported as soon as possible. Drivers and passengers in cars and trucks can be injured by more than just an accident. Many are injured by a car defect. If this is the case, you will want to know what follows such an injury and how to deal with it.

Wrongful death and distracted driving accidents

A growing epidemic across the state of Tennessee, and the country, is that of distracted driving. Drivers are often operating their vehicles while distracted due to many different factors. A growing cause of fatal accidents is that of distracted driving. Because of this, many wrongful death cases are being filed by surviving family members.

Is primary enforcement of seat belt laws still necessary?

We all know by now that it’s much safer to wear a seatbelt when you are driving or riding as a passenger in a motor vehicle. Seat belts became a standard safety feature in all new passenger vehicles as early as 1964, with dual lap and shoulder belts incorporated into new cars in 1974. By 1996, all but one state (New Hampshire) had put a mandatory law regarding the use of seat belts into effect that applied specifically to both front seat passengers and drivers. 

How to report a defective product

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, there are steps you can take to prevent someone else from being injured, or even killed. Defective products can be reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission via the agency's website. All you need is information surrounding the product in order to file a report.

Common consumer illnesses caused by defective drugs

Consumer illnesses can be caused by various items these days, but a common cause is defective drugs. Defective drugs are distributed on the market for a variety of reasons, one of which is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) simply missed an issue with the drug before issuing approval. Another reason is that the drug manufacturers hid the side effects of the drug.

What is the Consumer Product Safety Commission?

Consumers hope that when they purchase a product, especially a medical device, that it will work properly. For the most part, products and medical devices do work properly and allow people to go about their lives. When a product or medical device fails or breaks, it can injure the consumer. Consumers want to be protected as much as possible when purchasing products or medical devices.

Warning signs of car electrical system problems

Cars are so important to the lives of billions of people worldwide. They are used to get to and from work, school, home, the store, the doctor and many other places. Even though cars are important, they are also dangerous. Defective auto parts can cause quite a bit of damage to a vehicle and even injury to those inside or near the vehicle. Here are the warnings signs of car electrical system problems.

What is the malfunction doctrine in a product liability suit?

Whenever a person is injured because of a mechanical problem, a manufacturing defect suit may be necessary to secure fair compensation for his or her injuries. Like any product liability suit, it is very important to pursue justice when you suffer an injury from a defective product, because the same product may also harm others.

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