As health and safety advocates, our team at Christian & Davis LLC stays
in engaged with the biggest safety consumer stories affecting our community.
2015 saw a number of different scandals break, many of which are still
being resolved by manufacturers and regulators. We collected a number
of these stories for our most recent newsletter and wanted to highlight
a few of them here on our blog, as well.
The Unprecedented Takata Airbag Recall
Undoubtedly, the biggest consumer safety hazard facing American drivers
(and drivers all over the globe) continues to be the Takata airbag recall.
At least 12 different automakers have used the Takata airbags, which have
now shown that they can deploy with too much force, sending debris into
the car and seriously injuring vehicle occupants. The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration has issued an unprecedented recall of 19
million cars in the U.S. because of the airbags and car makers and parts
manufacturers continue to scramble to meet increasing repair demands.
Widespread Blue Bell and Chipotle Contaminations
Several foodborne illness scandals hit headlines in 2015: Blue Bell Creameries'
Listeria outbreak and the still ongoing E. Coli outbreak that has shut
down dozens of Chipotle restaurants. While Blue Bell ice cream has returned
to the market, Chipotle is still grappling with its scandal, which has
affected its locations in the Northeast and now Boston. The American Association
for Justice estimates that 128,000 are hospitalized and at least 3,000
die each year from foodborne illnesses.
Volkswagen "Defeat Device" Scandal
This year, Volkswagen was shockingly caught outfitting its vehicles'
exhaust systems with software designed to fool regulators and consumers.
It is estimated that more than 11 million of its cars contain a "defeat
device" that produces the low emissions promised by the company only
when vehicles are engaged in testing mode. While the company is offering
recalls on the affected cars, VW is now considered the least trusted car
maker on the market.
New Nursing Home Regulations Proposed
A federal watchdog group has proposed sweeping changes in patient care
that will benefit the more than 1.5 million Americans living in long-term
care facilities. To some advocates-- and families and attorneys who must
deal with instances of nursing home abuse and neglect-- this kind of safety
measure reform is long overdue. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services say that, if the measures are finalized, "unnecessary hospital
re-admissions and infections would be reduced, quality care increased
and safety measures strengthened."
To read more about 2015's biggest consumer safety and justice stories,
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