Dangerously Defective Products

Dangerous and defective products liability is an area of personal injury that focuses on dangerous and defective products. Our product liability lawyers represent people who have become seriously ill or injured, and the families of people who have died, as the result of dangerous, defective products.

  • Machinery and tools
  • Helicopters and aircraft
  • Automobiles, trucks, and motorcycles
  • Airbags
  • Seat heaters
  • Seat Belts
  • Side Saddle Gas Tanks
  • Firearms
  • Food
  • Toxic chemicals and substances such as pesticides, asbestos, and mold
  • Household products and appliances
  • Toys and recreational equipment
  • Clothing and apparel
  • Personal products, including tampons

Defective products can range from machinery and tools to hip implants, faulty airbags, and adulterated food. Airbags that fail to deploy, or explode when they deploy, spewing shrapnel throughout the cabin, cause injuries and deaths in accidents where serious injury should not occur. Our firm has prosecuted claims against a number of car manufacturers, including Ford and Toyota, for injuries and deaths caused by defective seat belts. We also successfully litigated and currently represent several paralyzed individuals who have suffered severe injuries from electronically heated automobile seats that generated dangerously high temperatures. Because of their paraplegia, our clients could not feel the extreme temperatures capable of producing third-degree burns.

Our knowledge of Oregon’s liability law provides our clients the assurance we know how to pursue personal injury cases and prevail. Our firm has held manufacturers accountable for the harm caused to our clients, securing compensation for them through the civil litigation process, and promoting safer products through recalls and design changes.

Tort Claims for Disabled Individuals

Attorney Art Johnson

Art Johnson, JJL&M founder.

Disabled individuals are often at increased risk by a dangerous or defective product. Defective seat heaters are an example of how a defective product has severely impacted the lives of many who are disabled. Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton, under the direction of founding attorney Art Johnson, has represented over a dozen clients with sensory loss below the waist who have sustained severe burns from defective seat heaters. Often, by the time the driver realizes there is a problem with the seat heater skin has already been burned.

Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton attorney Art Johnson has prosecuted and is currently prosecuting cases against Daimler Chrysler and General Motors for compensation for individuals who have suffered such burns. The goal is not only to obtain fair compensation for the victims, but to cause the manufacturers to permanently remedy those defects and provide clear warnings of the danger to those who use their vehicles.


If you or a loved one have been injured due to a defective product, contact our law firm for a consultation. 

Our experience:
A few relevant past cases

Flammable Pajama Fabric

Our six-year-old client’s cotton flannel nightgown made by her grandmother caught fire. The fabric’s manufacturer claimed that the material met minimal federal standards, standards essentially written by the clothing industry. With a dramatic video, we showed just how weak these standards were, and the case settled out of court.

Defective Seat Heaters

Our client, a young veteran, suffered one of the early reported seat heater burns. When he returned home from the Marine Corps, he bought a four-wheel drive vehicle recommended for paraplegics. He did not choose a seat heater, but the vehicle came with heaters in both front seats. After returning home after one of his first trips, he discovered that the skin on his buttocks came off with his jeans as he prepared for bed. He had not known that the heater had somehow accidentally been turned on and had not felt the heat. Engineers who tested the vehicle found that the driver’s seat could generate temperatures as high as 150 degrees F. While the manufacturer recalled two model years of that vehicle, we have found that many models manufactured in other years, as well as other makes of vehicles, also have dangerous seat heaters and they sadly remain on the road today. Every paraplegic or other person with sensory deficits should be made fully aware of the risk and those seat heaters should be disconnected.

Fatal Prescription Drug

A 45-year old woman with no history of heart disease died unexpectedly of cardiac arrhythmia. Her physician had prescribed a combination of medications for her. The Medical Examiner determined that the cause of her death was a toxic buildup of one of those medications. We won a jury verdict in the wrongful death case tried in Lane County Circuit Court.

All example cases in this area