PRODUCT LIABILITY

ALERT: Stork Craft Recalls more than 2.1 Million Drop-Side Cribs

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 24th, 2009

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc., of British Columbia, Canada, today announced the voluntary recall of more than 2.1 million Stork Craft drop-side cribs, including about 147,000 Stork Craft drop-side cribs with the Fisher-Price logo. The recall involves approximately 1,213,000 units distributed in the United States and 968,000 units distributed in Canada.

 

CPSC, Health Canada, and Stork Craft are aware of 67 drop-side detachment incidents occurred in the United States and 43 in Canada. The incidents include 12 entrapments in the U.S. and three in Canada. Four of the entrapments resulted in suffocation: a 7 month old in Gouverneur, N.Y.; a 7 month old in New Iberia, La.; a 6 month old in Summersville, W.Va.; and a 9 month old in Bronx, N.Y. Included in these incidents are 12 falls from cribs in the U.S. and eight in Canada. Fall injuries ranged from concussion to bumps and bruises. The cribs involved in these incidents had plastic drop-side hardware that had broken, missing, or deformed claws, connectors, tracks, or flexible tab stops; loose or missing metal spring clips; stripped screws and/or drop-sides installed upside-down.

 

ALERT: Strollers Recalled for Fingertip Amputation Hazard

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 20th, 2009

About a million Maclaren strollers sold by Target and Babies "R" Us were recalled Monday, after 12 reports of children having their fingertips amputated by a hinge mechanism.

ALERT: Vicks Nasal Spray Recalled

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 20th, 2009

Procter & Gamble is recalling Vicks Sinex nasal spray in the United States, Britain and Germany after finding it contained bacteria. The company said it announced the voluntary recall after finding the bacteria in a small amount of product made at a plant in Germany.

ALERT: Office Depot Chair Recalled

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 20th, 2009

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in cooperation with Raynor Marketing recalls Quantum Office Chairs due to a potential cause of injury.

What You Need to Know about Antibiotics and Birth Defects

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 18th, 2009

As reported on InjuryBoard.com, a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control has revealed a new worry for pregnant women. The study is the first substantial one of its kind to take on the possible problems associated with taking antibiotics during pregnancy. Until recently, there was little known about the effects of antibiotics on a developing baby, but this new information points to links between antibiotics and birth defects.

Is Sudden Acceleration in Toyota Cars a Liability or a Defect?

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 10th, 2009

Imagine driving down a street in your neighborhood on a sunny day in a Toyota. Then, sudden acceleration in speed results in a runaway car that cannot be stopped. Unfortunately, this has become a reality for some. This ordeal has caused Toyota customers to become terrified to drive their automobiles.

The Facts behind Runaway Cars

ALERT: Hospitalizations and Fatalities Cause a Massive Meat Recall

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 6th, 2009

This week an E-coli contamination incident and consequential meat recall occurred at a processing plant in Ashville, N.Y. Fairbank Farms has issued a massive ground beef recall, affecting nearly 546,000 pounds of meat that was delivered to stores from North Carolina to Maine, according to a current Associated Press article.

ALERT: Jelly Belly Left Peanuts Off Ingredient List

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 6th, 2009

Jelly Belly Candy Company is recalling 7.5-ounce cylinder-style packages of 49 Flavors Jelly Belly jelly beans because the package is incorrectly labeled. The mislabeled packages failed to list peanut butter and peanut flour in the ingredient statement. People who have an allergy to peanuts or a severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these ingredients.

Reglan Linked to Neurological Disorder

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 5th, 2009

On Feb. 26, 2009 the Food and Drug Administration warned consumers against the “chronic use of metoclopramide-containing drugs [including Reglan] in order to treat gastrointestinal disorders.” The governmental organization stated that all companies now selling metoclopramide must add a boxed warning stating explicitly its potential effects when used in high dosages or over a long period of time.

Yaz Birth Control Pill Linked to Serious Side Effects

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 4th, 2009

Yaz/Yasmin or Ocella, the birth-control pill made by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc., has been associated with increased risks of stroke, blood clots, gallbladder disease, and other serious injuries in women.

Women taking Yaz, which also is available in other formulations under the brand name Yasmin and generically as Ocella, have developed serious side effects including:

• Heart attack
• Rash
• Hives
• Difficulty breathing
• Chest tightness
• Vision problems
• Cancers of the reproductive organs and breasts
• Liver cancer
• Inflammation of the pancreas

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