In our latest issue, we’ll take a look at a lawsuit claiming that a startling number of vehicles may be suffering from an electrical defect that prevents the airbags and seatbelts from working properly in the event of a front-end crash. From there, we’ll center in on allegations that some companies aren’t being completely honest about their products when it comes to both quantity and quality. From mosquito repellant to beauty supplies, the latest stories can be found below.
We rely on the safety features of our vehicles on a daily basis, so any discrepancy between what we’ve been told is safe and how things actually shake out in real life can be quite alarming. Take this, for example: a new class action lawsuit is claiming that a group of automakers and parts manufacturers have intentionally failed to disclose to American drivers that the airbags and seatbelts in more than 15 million vehicles may fail to activate in head-on collisions due to an electrical defect. The suit claims that the airbag control units in the cars contain specialized microchips that fail to properly receive and interpret signals from the vehicles’ crash sensors, which can prevent airbags from deploying and seatbelts from tightening when a crash is imminent. In addition, the lawsuit alleges that the defendants have known of the airbag control unit defect for at least a decade yet pushed these vehicles to market and delayed issuing recalls for the affected models. Want to see if your car is affected? You can find the details here.
Thankfully, the mosquito population is beginning to dwindle down in our part of the world due to the cooler weather – but during peak season, any form of defense against the pest is appreciated, so long as it actually works. Unfortunately, a proposed class action lawsuit is alleging that one popular treatment known as the Spartan Mosquito Eradicator is a complete scam that fails to live up to its claims of controlling mosquitos for up to 90 days. Now, the complaint isn’t just claiming that the product fails to hit the advertised 90-day benchmark – it’s saying that the product is wholly ineffective and provides no relief from the annoying insects. Here’s the issue: Spartan Mosquito Eradicator only has three active ingredients (salt, sugar and yeast) to which the consumer is instructed to add water. This concoction is supposed to attract mosquitos and kill them before they breed. Repeated research has shown, however, that salt is ineffective in eliminating mosquitos. In short, Spartan Mosquito Eradicator doesn’t work, the complaint alleges. A full writeup of the lawsuit can be found here.
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A proposed class action is alleging that consumers who bought Luminox’s "Navy SEAL" watch with self-illuminating technology did not get what they paid for. Specifically, the lawsuit claims that the product suffers from a defect that causes the watch face to fog up when worn outdoors in hot or cold temperatures. According to the complaint, the watches are supposedly designed for “extreme performance,” made for “rugged outdoorsmen,” able to offer “extreme visibility” and even touted as “The Official Watch of the Navy SEALs.” Unfortunately, the suit says they’re fogging up at outdoor temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit or above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The plaintiff, an avid surfer, fisherman, diver and sailor, is looking to represent all U.S. consumers who bought the watches at issue during the longest time period allowed by law. Want more? You can read up on the lawsuit here.
Many of us buy in bulk so we can save money in the long run, but some companies may be deceiving us when it comes to just how much of their products we’re actually getting. Apparently, beauty supplies aren’t exempt to this problem, as a new lawsuit has been filed claiming that “many, or even most” of the items offered by Sally Beauty Supply during its “Liter Sale” are less than a liter. Now, Sally Beauty Supply doesn’t manufacture or label every product promoted in its Liter Sales, but the lawsuit claims that the retailer is nevertheless responsible for advertising the items as “liters” as a way to “capitalize on consumers’ desire for a bargain.” The lawsuit goes on to assert that Sally Beauty customers would not have bought the products in question, or would have at least paid less for them, had they known how much they were actually getting. If you want the details, we have you covered.
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