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Car Recalls and Defects

Many times a year, car manufacturers release recalls on defective parts to vehicles for the safety of the driver. These are common, however, sometimes the defects can be particularly serious and even dangerous to the driver.

As of late, several brands have released recalls on parts of their cars, many of which could lead to serious injuries, if left untreated.

Although not everyone is fortunate enough to drive a Ferrari, those who do should be aware that a recall was issued on the LaFerrari model’s tire pressure monitoring system. The system offers a false readout on tire pressure, which alerts the driver of low tire pressure, but still advises a max speed of 50 mph. However, this readout is incorrect, and driving with this defect could lead to crashes.

Another tire pressure recall comes from Toyota. Southeast Toyota distributors are recalling some 2015 Toyota Tundras for incorrect tire pressure information. Some tires on these Tundras are equipped with incorrect information on how much to inflate tires, which can result in under-inflated tires and can increase the risk of crashing.

Fiat Chrysler has recently announced a recall on about 164,000 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees. Parts of these SUVs may become exposed to water and cause short-circuiting, therefore creating a fire hazard. This is just one of several recalls on this model, including recalls due to unexpected airbag deployment and issues with rear shocks becoming detached.

In the midst of controversy over an ignition switch recall, GM is also recalling 2015 Cadillac ATS and CTS models due to break pedal issues that lead to an increased risk of crashes.

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Is Monsanto Responsible for the Effect of PCBs?

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) are, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a man-made synthetic compound used in electrical equipment, mostly, due to its insulating properties. The Monsanto Company was responsible for the manufacturing of the substance as 99% of all PCB presence can be attributed to their company and they had been in operation of the pollutant since 1930 until the United States Congress issued a ban on their production in 1979 due to hazardous effects to the environment and the people who live in it.

An internal memo discovered from within Monsanto claims that the company had been aware of the potential toxicity of the substance as early as the 1960s.

EPA conducted a study, then, in order to observe the health effects that exposure to PCBs has had on people over the years. Due to its synthetic nature, PCBs do not naturally decay with the environment and cause harm just by existing. Improper disposal of the chemical also led to the poisoning of the bodies of water that it touched, unsettling marine life as well as contaminating fish for consumption.

Toxic Monsanto PCBs were then used to test the direct effect of exposure on humans. One such study involved exposure to the compound with a Rhesus monkey – a species that is 93% compatible with the human genome – and found that exposure caused significant change in the creatures’ thymus glands. The thymus gland in people is at its most active before puberty and is responsible for the development of necessary hormones that fight infection, as it is directly linked with the body’s immune system.

There have been claims of people who have filed for legal action against Monsanto, claiming that it was exposure to PCBs that have caused non-Hodgkin lymphoma in their system – a cancer that starts from the lymphocytes, a part of the body’s immune system. The link cannot, therefore, be ignored as after blood tests – the victims were found to have had high levels of PCBs in their blood.

The Ever-Present Danger of Toxic Chemical Exposure

Lead has been heavily used in a number of industrial and construction materials up until the second half of the last century, mainly because of its versatility. The discovery of the dangers of lead exposure leading to lead poisoning had the US government ban the use of lead in various products, most notably household paint. Lead poisoning, whether through dust or small chips, can still affect the workplaces and homes, and could be dangerous for small children. Being a victim of lead poisoning can be hard because of the treatment, and knowing who possess the legal responsibility of preventing lead poisoning or informing the people about possible presence is sometimes difficult.

Because of the various ways lead has been used, it can be found just about anywhere – in contaminated water, air, soil, food, and even everyday products. Workplace exposure is a very common cause of lead poisoning, but anyone can be exposed to lead in construction matter and older homes that used lead plumbing and paint. The signs and symptoms of lead poisoning can vary in each person.

State laws can have certain differences when it comes to their statutes regarding use of lead and who would be held liable in an event of injury or damage. California state laws have their own set of labor codes (California Labor Code 6716 to 6717) which provides the necessary standards in order to protect workers’ health and safety, especially those who work with (or at close proximity of) lead, such as construction, renovation, demolition, and repair. These would also provide basis on whether a worker can file a personal injury lawsuit or worker’s compensation from their employers when they have been injured or affected with lead poisoning.

Lead poisoning that occurred in the workplace can be covered typically by workers’ compensation. However, a worker who wishes to get compensation for their pain and suffering or emotional damages because of the lead poisoning can file a personal injury lawsuit. Because these lawsuits can be complex and consuming, it help to have an experience personal injury lawyer to ensure all matters are discussed and covered before appearing in court.