Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf is a New York Plaintiff's personal injury law firm specializing in automobile accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice, products liability, police misconduct and all types of New York personal injury litigation.

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2005-Toyota-Sienna.jpgToyota announced a new car recall in the US yesterday because a defective lever system in some Sienna minivans can cause the vehicles to shift out of park mode “without the driver depressing the brake pedal” and resulting in a vehicle roll-away. 24 accidents related to the defective car have been reported to Toyota so far. The recall affects approximately 615,000 Sienna minivans from Model Years 2004-2005 and 2007-2009. This is the second time in a month that Toyota has issued a recall of its vehicles in the US market. Earlier this month, the car manufacturer issued a recall for more than 780,000 vehicles to address a defective suspension in its RAV4 and Lexus HS 250h models.

Nissan also announced yesterday that it was recalling nearly a million defective cars worldwide because a defective accelerator sensor could cause the car to stall. No accidents have been reported so far according to the manufacturer. The recall affects Infiniti M, Serena, X-Trail, Lafesta and Fuga models produced in Japan between 2004 and 2013.

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2008_bmw_m5.jpegMore than 134,000 BMW cars are being recalled because defective rear lights connections can cause the rear lights to fail and increase the risk of a crash.
BMW experienced a similar issue in 2011 and had to recall 241,000 defective cars from the 3-Series.
Owners will be notified by mail to contact their dealer for a partial replacement of the rear lamp connections.

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A defective computer chip in the airbag control unit may lead to an inadvertent deployment of the driver and passenger seat airbags.

The recall include 342,000 Odyssey minivans from 2003 and 2004 in the United States and in Canada as well as 63,400 Acura MDXs from 2003 in the United States, Canada, Japan and Australia.

Honda will repair this defect by installing an electrical signal filter in the recalled cars. Click here for more info

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Defective%20water%20cooler.jpgDefective%20water%20cooler%202.jpgSome water dispensers from Waterlogic are defective and pose a fire hazard. These products have been recalled after consumers reported that the hot water tank would stop functioning and cause the machine to overheat and catch fire.

Consumers who leased or bought a warm and cold water dispenser branded AquaMark, Coolersmart, Culligan, Innowave, Waterlogic or Xstream Water between January 2005 and December 2008 should check the complete list of recalled models here.

Consumers should stop to use the recalled products immediately and contact Waterlogic for repair

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These defective products, manufactured in China, have been recalled after 165 incidents, 46 fires and more than $2.15 million in property damage were reported in the United States and Canada.

The recalls include more than 60 different models of 12 different brands that have been sold at AAFES, HH Gregg, Home Depot, Kmart, Lowe’s, Menards, Mills Fleet Farm, Sam’s Club, Sears and other stores nationwide and in Canada, and online at and, from January 2005 through August 2013.

The complete list of recalled models can be found here.

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10 Lawyers from Gair Gair Conason Steigman Mackauf Bloom&Rubinowitz were recently selected by their peers as New York Super Lawyers for 2013. Our primary practice area is personal injury. We handle all types of personal injury cases including medical malpractice, car accident, product liability, construction accident and wrongful death cases. Those selected are Jeffrey B. Bloom, Seymour Boyers, Anthony H. Gair, Howard S. Hershenhorn(Top 100) ,Jerome I. Katz, Stephen H. Mackauf, Ben B. Rubinowitz(Top100), Christopher L. Sallay, Ernest R. Steigman and Richard M. Steigman.

The sum of the verdicts and settlements our attorneys have obtained approaches $1 billion dollars. We believe the key to achieving these results is to limit our case intake to approximately 80-100 cases per year so that extensive personal attention and meticulous trial preparation are afforded to each of our clients on all matters. Because we are selective in the cases we accept, we are able to immerse ourselves in our cases and as a result, we are able to resolve our clients’ cases more quickly than other plaintiff’s personal injury firms.

We operate what some might call a “boutique firm”-which means we limit our practice to a select group of serious and substantial tort cases, but our results speak for themselves. As a personal injury firm, we spend a significant amount of time deciding whether we will accept a case, and, because we only accept a select few cases, we are able to spend more resources than other firms to secure the most knowledgeable experts and to get the best results for our clients.

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super%20lawyers.jpg Peter J. Saghir has been selected to the 2013 New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in New York are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Since joining the firm, Peter’s focus has been on the preparation of catastrophic personal injury cases, complex medical malpractice cases, construction accident cases, car accident cases product liability cases and wrongful death cases. His primary responsibilities include all aspects of the preparation of a case including taking depositions, drafting and arguing motions and trials.

Our congratulations to Peter on receiving this honor at this early point in his career. It is well deserved.

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The defective product, the OASYS Midline Occiput Plate, is a specific part of the OASYS system which is used in spinal surgery to promote fusion and provide stabilization at the junction between the occipital bone and the vertebrae in the cervical and thoracic spine (see picture below of the plate and of the whole OASYS system installed on the spine).

According to the FDA, the pin that connects the tulip head to the plate body can break after the surgery has been performed which may cause serious adverse health consequences including blood loss, nerve injury, and the need for revision surgery to replace the fractured implant.

Class I recalls are issued by the FDA for dangerous or defective products that predictably could cause serious health problems or death.

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Kingfisher, an Indian carrier owned by United Breweries has filed a $ 236 million lawsuit against U.S.-based International Aero Engines, which is part owned by United Technologies Corp’s Pratt & Whitney unit. Kingfisher alleged that the IAE V-2500 A5 engines supplied to Kingfisher were “inherently defective, both in design and manufacture,” .
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To assure the safety and the quality of their products manufactured abroad, Western companies are relying on factory inspections conducted by external monitoring companies. Audits not only monitor timing and quality of the production before it is shipped abroad but also make sure that working hours, compensation, management practices and health and safety are adequate so workers are protected and big companies can project a good corporate image to their consumers.
An extensive investigation by Stephanie Clifford and Steven Greenhouse from the New York Times, reveals that the inspection system intended to protect workers and make product safer is riddled by flaws.