We want the best for our kids, from what we feed them to how we get them from point A to point B. We place our trust in the products we buy and expect that our vehicles are safe and that our food is healthy. So, when companies cut corners and it puts our children in jeopardy, it’s no surprise to see parents coming together to take action. In this issue, you’ll find cases covering everything from car seats to fruit snacks, aiming to hold companies accountable for the products they sell. Read on for more.
Subaru Outback and Forester drivers are reporting terrifying situations in which their vehicles suddenly and unintentionally accelerate. And, in more than one instance, the driver’s foot was still on the brake when the car accelerated at full throttle. To make matters worse, some drivers who reported the acceleration problem to the dealership were told that the issue can’t be recreated – and therefore can’t be fixed. Attorneys are now looking to file lawsuits that would potentially force Subaru to take responsibility for the problem, but they need to speak with more people before a case can be filed. If you’ve experienced sudden acceleration while driving your Outback or Forester, share your story with us.
Formula mixers provide a convenient way to prepare food for our babies, so long as everything is working as intended. Baby Brezza even goes so far as to advertise their mixers as being able to mix the “perfect” amount of baby formula and water. Baby Brezza’s customers, however, have had an altogether different experience, claiming that the machines routinely mix less formula than required. One concerned father says his daughter lost weight and required medical attention after being fed formula mixed by one of the Baby Brezza products. Malnutrition is no joke, so a lawsuit was quickly filed in an attempt to hold the company responsible. A full writeup of that case can be found here.
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According to at least five proposed class actions, Evenflo has been intentionally misrepresenting the side-impact safety of its “Big Kid” booster seats. The suits allege that in an effort to stay competitive in a market where safety is of the utmost priority, Evenflo made claims that its car seats were put through “rigorous” testing. These “tests,” however, were allegedly “self-created” and wholly unrelated to the actual force experienced in side-impact collisions. It, unfortunately, gets worse as the suits charge that the booster seat may actually increase a child’s risk of traumatic injury in the event of a side-impact collision. Here’s a closer look at the litigation.
The battle over the term “natural” rages on as the same company who brings us Arizona Iced Tea faces a proposed class action over the ingredients in its fruit snacks. The lawsuit claims that the marketing behind Arizona All Natural Fruit Snacks is misleading because the product actually contains a number of synthetic ingredients, including modified food starch and dextrose. The suit argues that a reasonable consumer wouldn’t expect to find synthetic ingredients in a product marketed as “all natural” and therefore have paid more than they should have. If you’re interested in reading further, we have the breakdown.
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