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Just like our smartphones, tablets, and laptops, the lithium-ion batteries found in these products are prone to defects. However, at the foot rest of the popular 2015 “Hoverboards” the “cheap” battery is a lot more dangerous. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) conducted tests on models to determine the cause of the fires. This resulted in a massive recall of over half a million hover boards. The issue has become so serious that major airlines have banned hover boards on board – U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized nearly 1,400 hover boards in JFK alone last December. If you or someone you know has been injured while being around a hoverboard, contact a Sacramento personal injury attorney immediately.

At least 99 incidents have been reported of battery packs overheating, sparking, smoking, catching fire and/or exploding. These incidents have lead to burns, injuries and property damage. Following the July, 2016 recall, The CPSC urges consumers to immediately stop using the following recalled products:

  • Hover-Way/Model # HWSBB601-R
  • Powerboard
  • Hype Roam
  • iMoto
  • Airwalk Self Balancing Electric Scooter
  • Hovertrax
  • Swagwag X1
  • Wheeli
  • 2Wheelz
  • Back to the Future
  • Mobile Tech
  • Hover Shark
  • NWS
  • X Glide and X Rider

Depending on the above model, you will either receive a refund, repair or replacement.

What makes hover boards so dangerous is not the product itself, but the batteries in them. To meet the high demand, brands are using cheaper components to lure shoppers in for a more affordable hands-free segway. The quality and consistency of these batteries are typically not as good as what is found in laptops and other consumer products.

Each battery contains a “separator” designed to separate the anode and cathode – which is what the current flows through – so nothing short circuits. In a cheaper battery, the separator may not be aligned correctly. Due to impurities in metal particles, the separator could be prone to small holes. The punctured separator, therefore, can result in a short circuit. Another practice that can can lead to short circuit is overcharging. Lithium ion batteries cannot accept overcharge, which is why products contain cut-off mechanisms. Your hoverboard’s charger detects when the battery is charged, and stops the charging process automatically. However, defects in this feature, may lead to overcharging and therefore a fire.

Most modern batteries now incorporate all kinds of safety measures such as emergency vents, but because hover boards are new, it’s a product without a safety standard. If you or someone you know has been injured while using a hoverboard, contact a personal injury attorney immediately.

And although batteries have been the main cause of hover board fires, a defected charger could also lead to a scooter explosion. The best way to prevent a hover board to burst into flames is to buy from a trusted manufacturer, but that could be difficult to tell given this category is completely new. This fad makes it difficult to tell which of these companies will even be around in the coming years, let alone, which ones are the safest.Another way is to keep a close eye on the charging process and even use an external universal charger for safer precautions. Also make sure to take good care of the hover board as to not drop it, kick it, or hit sharp objects with it that could potentially damage the separator sheets.

As much as a consumer can do to protect the safety of himself/herself and others around them, product defects still occur and it’s important to contact a Sacramento personal injury attorney for help.

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Sacramento Injury Lawyer Fights Against Dangerous Toys & Equipment

If your child has been injured by a defective toy or product, you may feel an overwhelming amount of emotions. Defective products can leave behind devastating consequences, leaving consumers like you in shock. As a consumer, you can and should hold manufacturers accountable for dangerous or defective products or equipment. These cases fall under product liability law. This clause makes manufacturers liable or responsible for their products and what happens once they are purchased and used. If you are ever injured because of a defective product, you should contact a Sacramento injury lawyer as soon as possible.

As a parent, you take every measure necessary to ensure your child has a safe and enjoyable upbringing. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) required that children’s products comply with applicable product safety rules, be tested for compliance by a CPSC accepted accredited laboratory, have a written children’s product certificate and show compliance, and have permanent tracking information where applicable. Hundreds of thousands to millions of children’s products get recalled each year. Some of the hazards include:

  • burns
  • intestinal blockage
  • lead
  • chocking/suffocation
  • entrapment/strangulation
  • chemicals
  • other

Toy manufacturers are required to provide sufficient warning labels on products. If your child has been injured because of a defective toy, contact a Sacramento injury lawyer for a free consultation.

Being involved in a product liability case can cause a number of outcomes, such as:

  • Physical Injury: If any product you’ve come into contact with causes you any sort of injury, not limited to cuts, bruises, bone damage, or worse, you’ve been physically injured by a damaged or defective product
  • Emotional Trauma: Especially in the case of children, coming in contact with such products can be traumatizing: a beloved toy or playground equipment that becomes unsafe can be deeply disturbing.
  • Misinformation: Product defects or damages can also be the result of misinformation. Misinformation can lead to wasted money, and ultimately, unwanted purchases. Imagine experiencing injury from a product you may not have wanted in the first place! As a consumer, you have the right to all the facts.

These injuries are not limited to but can be caused by the sample list below:

  • defective tires and other defective auto parts
  • hand tools or power tools
  • equipment
  • ladders
  • household appliances
  • stand-up space heaters
  • bicycles
  • toys
  • hair dryers
  • boats
  • jet skis
  • inner tubes used as recreational equipment
  • medical devices (defective defibrillator, defective pacemaker)
  • drugs and medications
  • playground equipment

Seeking legal help can be deeply beneficial in such situations. An experienced Sacramento injury lawyer can assist you in concrete ways to make your life and recovering from your injury easier. An experienced attorney will investigate whether the manufacturer was aware of a design defect, flaw in manufacturing, and review the regulatory applications for the product’s safety. Your case could insure that your injury is the last to occur at the hands of this product. Experienced attorneys have the skills to bring forward a compelling case and help you move forward.

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The challenges that arise with identifying these cases can be challenging, but there’s a team behind you that can help. It’s easy to become overwhelmed when injury strikes. If you believe you’ve been involved in such a case, please call today.

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Injury Lawyer in Sacramento Discusses the Sierra Nevada Beer Recall

Dangerous and defective products hurt people across the country every year, and often times the defect isn’t found in time to save those affected.  Sometimes, companies catch mistakes before they affect their customers.  Of those companies that do, the most ethical will make the danger known and issue a preemptive recall.  This situation recently unfolded with one of our country’s most beloved breweries, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

On January 22, 2017, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. issued a voluntary recall of certain 12-ounce bottles of beer that were produced and sold during December 2016 and January 2017.  The recall is only affecting beer produced at their Mills River, North Carolina brewery, and was issued following a quality control inspection at the location.  The inspection determined that a limited number of bottles – approximately 1 in 10,000 – were produced with a flaw that puts the bottle at risk for a small piece of glass to break off and possibly fall into the beverage.

For those of our fellow Californians who like to enjoy a Sierra Nevada from time to time, worry not – the beer sold in California is produced at the company’s Chico, CA brewery and is unaffected by the recall.  For the rest of you, here is some quick information on the recall:

States Affected:  AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV

Brands Affected:

  • Pale Ale
  • Torpedo IPA Extra
  • Tropical Torpedo
  • Sidecar Orange Pale Ale
  • Beer Camp Golden IPA
  • Otra Vez
  • Nooner
  • Hop Hunter IPA

According to Sierra Nevada, they will provide a refund to anyone who has purchased a recalled product.

This is a great example of a responsible American company doing the right thing and trying to keep their customers safe. It’s unfortunate that the mistake was made, and we hope that no one is hurt as a result, but are glad that it was brought to the public’s attention.

Not all companies act so responsibly.  Some do not have adequate quality control systems to catch mistakes, and others will purposefully hide safety and design issues and even product defects at the detriment of consumers and for their own benefit.  The injury lawyer in Sacramento at the Weinberger Law Firm has encountered a plethora of different product liability situations and know how to properly build a case to help get injury victims the compensation they deserve.  When a manufacturer knowingly, or unknowingly, causes injury, they should be held accountable.  The injury lawyer in Sacramento will fight for victims of defective products. If you have been injured by a defective product, call for a free consultation with an injury lawyer in Sacramento today.

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If you have a Kidde NightHawk combination smoke/CO alarm installed in your house, immediately stop using it and replace it for a new alarm. Kidde’s technologies are supposed to be designed to protect you from threats, but unfortunately, Kidde had to recall their combination alarms.

Sacramento Personal Injury AttorneyUsually, when the battery life in the alarm is coming to an end, a chirping sound begins to indicate the battery needs to be replaced. With this alarm, however, the chirping sound fails to initiate, which leads the consumers in believing the alarm is still working, when it isn’t. It therefore defeats the point of having an alarm as it won’t alert you in case of a fire.

Kidde had sold 3.6 million alarms in the U.S. and about 1.5 million in Canada. No injuries have been reported yet, but if you had a combo smoke/CA alarm with the model number KN-COSM-IB and suffered an injury because of this product defect, you need to contact a skilled personal injury attorney who can evaluate your case and represent you in court.

Sacramento Personal Injury AttorneyThe manufacture dates of these alarms range between June 1, 2004 and December 31, 2010. It’s appearance is like most alarms – round, white and measures about 5-6 inches in diameter. It has a “Kidde” engraved on the front with the model number and manufacture date on the back. It is important you look at your smoke alarm to see if it fits the model number and lies in that date range. Kidde will replace the alarm or give you a discount.

If fires were a result of a product defect, such negligence should be held accountable. In addition to property damage, fires can also cause burns and scarring to victims or even death. If you suffered from an injury due to this product’s defect, contact Sacramento personal injury attorney at The Weinberger Law Firm immediately.

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