San Francisco California Consumer Protection Lawyer Discusses Airbag Recalls

11/25/2014 // San Francisco, CA, USA // Keller Grover LLP // Carey Been // (press release)

For most consumers, a class action lawsuit is something they might hear about on the news but have little first-hand experience with. Yet class action suits are, in fact, one of the most potent weapons consumers have to protect their rights, and their safety. For these lawsuits – in which a similar claim is shared by many individuals – don’t just facilitate financial recovery from defective products and faulty business practices. They also spur changes, helping to make products safer and more reliable, and preventing future harm.

In a new Google Hangout “Takata Air Bag Recall By California Class Action Lawyer“on the subject of consumer protection lawyers at Keller Grover, veteran attorney Carey Been talks about the power of – and the procedures involved in – class action lawsuits. In particular, he discusses how a recent matter involving potential consumer harm, the recall of recent airbags used by many of the major automobile manufacturers, may prove a prime example of fostering product changes and improvements via class action suits.

“The recent recall is an instance where millions of consumers are impacted by the same product defect, an airbag that has a flawed design and could lead to significant, even catastrophic harm,” says Been. “But a class action lawsuit doesn’t necessarily have to be about great harm. In fact, one of the most significant things about such suits is that they are a way to address small damages – cases where one plaintiff alone might not be able to hire a lawyer and pursue a case. In a class action suit, similarly impacted plaintiffs are grouped together, providing strength in numbers. For what one person might be unable to do alone, thousands of people together can achieve. That makes it easier to pursue justice – and changes.”

In the Hangout, now available for viewing at YouTube Been discusses the importance of class action lawsuits and the types of cases that most benefit from them. He delves into the process and what consumers need to know in order to effectively use this potent judicial tool – including online resources that further explore the details and procedures of class action suits.

Been also provides an overview of the recent airbag recall. In November, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that it was calling for a nationwide recall on defective airbags manufactured by a leading Japanese auto parts company that is a major supplier to many automotive brands, including Toyota, Lexus, BMW, and Chrysler. In all, this recall would impact more than 7 million vehicles in the U.S., from nearly two dozen carmakers. The point of focus: a design defect that can cause the airbag to spray metal debris, or shrapnel, from its casing when it is deployed in an accident – potentially injuring driver or passenger.

“Here you have a case where millions of consumers all face the same risk because of a defective product in wide distribution,” says Been. “And that is exactly what the class action lawsuit was intended to address. By bringing together so many affected individuals, the lawsuit becomes a powerful means for affecting change. Class action lawsuits are something that companies – and courts – take very seriously. For it’s not just one consumer saying there is a problem. It is many consumers saying it. That’s a problem that needs to be addressed quickly. And class action lawsuits help ensure that happens.”

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