Several Household Products in the Class Action Spotlight
Hopefully, you all had a nice holiday, even if you couldn’t get together with the whole family. It’s been a strange year so far, but we’re still here with the latest in class action news – and this week, we’ll touch on a few lawsuits involving products that you may have in your house right now. From TRESemmé shampoo to CVS flushable wipes, class actions are trying to make things right when companies fall short. Plus, attorneys are investigating a rise in complaints over the 2015 Ford Edge and whether a potential defect exists in the vehicle’s flexplate. Want more? Keep reading for the details.
The flexplate in your car (or flywheel if you have a manual transmission) is a metal disk that connects the output from an engine to the input of a torque converter and stores energy generated by the engine until it’s needed. Problems with a flexplate can be a hassle, leading to unwanted vibration, rattling and grinding noises, and even poor gas mileage. Now, if you had these issues in your 2015 Ford Edge, you should know that you’re not alone. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether a defect in the Edge vehicles is causing the flexplates to break or crack unexpectedly – and whether a lawsuit can be filed. Plenty of driver complaints have already surfaced and a successful lawsuit could help recover the cost of repairs and even force Ford to find a fix for the problem. If you ran into complications with the flexplate or flywheel in your 2015 Ford Edge, you can read up on the details and share your story with us here.
A new proposed class action takes issue with CVS-branded flushable wipes claiming they do not break down in the way customers would expect and are therefore unsafe for flushing despite what the label may say. The lawsuit claims that CVS wipes can cause clogs, flooding and other issues when introduced to plumbing, sewer, and septic systems. For instance, the plaintiff in the case said he had to replace a number of floors in his home after experiencing a clog – but unfortunately the damage doesn’t end there. According to the complaint, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies estimates that flushable wipes in general lead to an additional $441 million per year in operating costs in the collection systems of U.S. clean water utilities since they arrive basically intact at pump stations and downstream treatment facilities. If you have the CVS brand wipes in your home, take a closer look at the case here.
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Shampoo should be soothing for the scalp and plays an integral role in everyone’s morning routine. But what if your shampoo, instead of improving the health of your hair, made your hair fall out and caused scalp irritation? This is exactly what a recently filed lawsuit is claiming TRESemmé Keratin Hair Smoothing Shampoo and the Smooth Color variant are bringing to the table. The suit claims these TRESemmé products contain a preservative called DMDM hydantoin, which is known to leach formaldehyde when it comes in contact with water, and that users were none the wiser. According to the complaint, the risk of using this particular preservative is completely unwarranted, since safer and natural alternatives exist. Want more? We have a full breakdown of the lawsuit for you right here.
Newell Brands and Graco say that their car seats have a “limited useful life” of seven to 10 years and encourage customers to stop using the seats and throw them away after this time period passes. Now, this would be fairly acceptable – except that a proposed class action is claiming that the companies deceptively sell car seats that have already existed for a significant portion of the time they can be safely used. According to the complaint, because the date the car seats were manufactured isn’t made apparent to customers, they can be left with a product that already has years knocked off its supposed lifespan. The lawsuit argues that consumers paid money for car seats that “were of lesser value and quality than represented” by the defendants. Want more? Read all the details of the case here.
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