PRODUCT LIABILITY

Toys -R- Us Recalling 27,000 Wooden Coloring Cases Due to Lead Poisoning Risk

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

8-30-2007

Toys -R- Us is recalling thousands of art kits made in China. The packaging and paint contain dangerously high lead levels. The Imaginarium Wooden Coloring Cases were sold by Toys -R- Us stores nationwide since October 2006.

These 27,000 Imaginarium Wooden Coloring Cases are the latest to a long string of childrens' toys to be recalled due to lead poisoning risks. recently Mattel recalled millions of toys due to high levels of lead in the paint.

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Kitchen Toys Recall

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

Fisher-Price announced a voluntary recall of the Laugh & Learn Learning Kitchen Toys. Parents should immediately take the toy away from children and contact Fisher-Price for a free repair kit.

The choking hazard comes from pieces of the faucet or the clock hands can detach, and young children may swallow them.

There have been 48 reports of small parts separating from the toys, including two reports of children gagging on pieces, two reports children who choked on a piece.

9 million Mattel Toys Recalled - Lose Magnets and High Lead Content

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

August 14, 2007

Mattel, manufacturer of popular toys like Poly Pockets, Doggy Daycare, and Barbie, is recalling 9 million of its toys in the United States , over 18 million worldwide. Toys including popular characters such as Batman, Barbie, Polly Pockets and a toy from Pixar's "Cars" movie are being pulled off shelves because of hazards to children.

Some of the recalled toys have magnets that can become dislodged and swallowed, and at least one has hazardous levels of lead in its paint. Most of the recall involves Polly Pocket dolls and accessories, which contain small magnets.

Baby Bassinets by Simplicity Inc a Death Trap?

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

Baby Bassinet Deaths

Bassinets manufactured by a Pennsylvania company have resulted in two deaths by strangulation. The "close-sleeper/bedside sleeper" bassinets, made by Simplicity Inc. of Reading, Pa pose a threat to the safety of any child who may be sleeping in them.

Apparently, they allow young children to slip through the product and strangle themselves, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The problem lies with Simplicity Inc.'s 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 convertible bassinets, which contain metal bars that are spaced out farther than the government standards allow.

RECALL: Evenflo Embrace Infant Car Seat/Carriers - Infant Injury Risk

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in cooperation with Evenflo Company Inc., announced a recall of Evenflo Embrace Infant Car Seat/Carriers

Units: About 450,000

Manufacturer: Evenflo Company Inc., of Vandalia, Ohio

Hazard: When used as an infant carrier, the handle can unexpectedly release, causing the seat to rotate forward. When this happens, an infant inside the carrier can fall to the ground and suffer serious injuries.

Gerber Baby Food Recall - Choking Hazard

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

Gerber baby food manufacturers has voluntarily recalled thousands of boxes of Organic Whole Grain Rice and Organic Whole Grain Oatmeal cereals because they posed a choking hazard to children. Some clumps of cereal, when mixed with water or milk, do not fully mix and can cause a choking hazard. The FDA said that it was aware of Gerber's actions, and agreed with the recall.

About One Million Simplicity Cribs Recalled Due To Failures Resulting in Infant Deaths

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing today a voluntary recall with Simplicity Inc., of Reading, Pa., of about 1 million cribs. The drop-side can detach from the crib, which can create a dangerous gap and lead to the entrapment and suffocation of infants. CPSC is aware of two deaths in Simplicity manufactured cribs with older style hardware, including a 9-month-old child and a 6-month-old child, where the drop-side was installed upside down. CPSC is also aware of seven infant entrapments and 55 incidents in these cribs.

More Salmonella Poisoning Resistent to Antibiotics

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

Dozens have been hospitalized from a recent Salmonella outbreak in the south west US. Unlike other recent salmonella strains, this strain has shown to be extremely resistant to antibiotics. So far health investigators do not know where this strain originated, but other recent salmonella outbreaks have come from food products packaged in unsterilized containers or poor conditions at the processing or packaging plant. Health officials suspect another food product they can not name until testing confirms their suspicion. No items can be pulled from store shelves without proof.

E. Coli Tainted Beef Stolen in Dallas

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a public health alert for nearly 15,000 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli that were produced by Texas American Food Service Corporation .

Local officials have received reports of someone who has attempted to sell ground beef to local businesses. The Texas health department said eight businesses, mostly restaurants have reported the issue, but it is not known if any other establishments have purchased the possibly tainted beef.

E-Coli Contaminated Meat Spurs the Largest Recall in Over a Decade

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

The over 21 million pounds of Topps frozen ground beef recall has caused greater than normal concern that E. coli-tainted meat is a major threat. In the late 1990s the meat-processing industry initiated regulations to prevent dangerous bacteria from making its way to grocery store shelves after E. coli bacteria had become a major threat.

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