So you breathed a great sigh of relief when you found out the major bottled water manufacturers and others had replaced the scary Bisphenol A (BPA) used for bottles and other products with Bisphenol S (BPS). The replacement was touted as protection to the consumer against BPA’s dangers of obesity, cancer, childhood, hyperactivity, and childhood anxiety. BPA free labels were proudly placed on millions of plastic bottles and the tap water wary rejoiced they could keep on drinking bottled water. As if often the case in modern manufacturing, there has been a study putting a damper on the belief that BPS is safe for all.
Are you in the market for an economically advantageous car for your teenager to kick around town in? Are you thinking a smaller, older car might be just the ticket? You might want to rethink that after a study found that more teenagers die in older cars, especially those smaller in size. It would stand to reason that such cars would be the least likely to excel in crashes given the older protective technologies, or lack thereof, and smaller area of the vehicle. In fact, researchers found that four out of five teens killed over a five year span were driving cars at least six years old; that nearly half of teens killed in the same five year span were driving cars that were at least eleven years old; and that a third of these teens were driving small or mini cars.
Attention owners of General Motors (GM) vehicles: GM defects have fallen through the cracks to the detriment of consumers. A major defect causes GM ignition switches to power off and prevents airbags from deploying during vehicle crashes. Unfortunately, the safety regulating powers that be in the federal government have not put a halt to the involved ignition switches and the legal system has also failed to bring attention to the defect that has caused at least 42 GM vehicle crash related deaths. The legal system has failed in this particular defect due to the extremely high cost of litigating such cases. It is a sad fact that many attorneys simply cannot afford to take on these cases, and others that are similar, for precisely the reason of cost versus recovery in a system where tort reform and lawsuit costs are making negative impacts. When such cases are litigated individually a great impact is not realized in fighting against product defects as proper attention is not brought to consumers as is the case when victims and attorneys come together in class action lawsuits.
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