If you buy a new car, your purchase is protected by warranties and state law. You can hold manufacturers accountable for dangerous defective parts, and the business that sold you the car might even try to save face and make things right. But what happens when you buy a used car? If that car contains defects, you might be on your own, according to Will Wallace, senior policy analyst at Consumer Reports. In a Consumer Rep...
If you have a complaint about a vehicle defect, you may already have tried filing a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). If you’re having trouble getting them to address your concerns, however, it might be time for you to consider filing a defect petition. A defect petition is a little more in-depth than a conventional complaint, and it doesn’t guarantee an overnight response. But i...
It’s been a tough year for Monsanto, largely due to legal developments stemming from their product Roundup. A ruling from a federal judge and a major verdict for a San Francisco groundskeeper have given hope to people suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that the company can be held accountable for the injuries caused by the popular herbicide. Let’s look at these developments and what they mean for those taking l...
Gasoline is so well-known to us that we sometimes forget it is a volatile substance that catches fire and can easily blow up. After all, the propelling force that makes our vehicles move is nothing more than small, controlled explosions of gasoline vapor in the engine. All petroleum-based fuels—diesel fuel, kerosene, and others—are subject to fires and explosions and need to be handled with care. Even empty oil drums ...

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