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September 2014 Archives

Thinking about safety in Central Park

Central Park is one of New York’s greatest assets. In the middle of the concrete jungle, Central Park represents an oasis from the unyielding hustle and bustle of the rest of the city. As a result, it is of little wonder that individuals flock to Central Park in order to walk, run, bike, play and generally enjoy the atmosphere. However, it has become increasingly apparent that many features of Central Park are ultimately unsafe.

New report discusses NHTSA negligence in GM scandal

Over the past several months, the public and federal legislators have become increasingly incensed about the fact that General Motors failed to correct a potentially deadly defect in millions of its models over the course of a decade. Even though some of the company’s employees were aware of the fact that faulty ignition switches had been installed in many of GM’s models, they did not alert the public, nor did they alert federal regulators. Perhaps most disturbingly, they allowed the defective switches to be installed in new models for years after the defect had been discovered.

If your child suffers harm while at day care

There is likely no one more precious to you than your child. If your child is very young, you likely struggle from time to time with letting him or her out of your sight. While parents cannot prevent their children from being harmed by any number of factors, it can be comforting to know that if you are physically present, you will have fewer reasons to worry that something negative might happen to your child that you could have ultimately prevented had you been right next to him or her.

WHO calls for tougher regulations of electronic cigarettes

Over the past few years, a number of Americans have begun smoking electronic cigarettes. It is not difficult to understand why these products are appealing. They allow users to smoke while avoiding the unpleasant tastes and smells traditionally associated with cigarettes. In fact, some users have taken up smoking electronic cigarettes partially because they do not bother others with secondhand smells and they come in different “flavors.” Users can opt to purchase flavor cartridges that taste like fruit, coffee, vanilla and even specialty drinks like pina colada and peach schnapps.

When product safety claims inspire investigations and vice versa

When a consumer is harmed as a result of a dangerous or defective product, he or she may think to do one of two things first. On the one hand, it makes sense to call an experienced personal injury attorney first, given that it is important to hold negligent manufacturers accountable for the harm they have caused. On the other hand, it makes sense to alert government regulators first so that they can begin investigating the issue and hopefully alert other consumers to potential hazards.

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