PRODUCT LIABILITY

ALERT: Coleman Heater Exploded

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 30th, 2009

Coleman, the manufacturer of portable heaters, is being sued over an alleged defective heater. The family’s lawyers, Bisnar Chase, allegeds The Coleman Company knowingly made and sold a defective propane heater, the ProCat PerfecTemp (Model 5053). Trevor Dennis, 11, received severe burns all over his body, and they have resulted in permanent and disfiguring injuries. He was severely injured 4 years ago when one of Coleman’s propane heaters exploded and caused a fire to break out in the family’s camping trailer. The family has also incurred hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical treatment for the boy. Coleman has formally denied that its heater was defective. A jury will now get to decide whether Coleman had prior knowledge that its heater was dangerous. Trial begins next week in Orange County, California. The lawsuit also alleges that Coleman used a faulty design and had received numerous complaints about the safety of the heater in the past, but did nothing about trying to recall the product or at least warn the public.

ALERT: Zero Motorcycle Recall

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 26th, 2009

Zero Motorcycles is quite a new company, specializing in high performance electric motorcycles. Just this week though, two rather new models have just been recalled due to a serious potential threat. The off- road 2009 Zero X and the Zero MX are the models that are being recalled. The problem is with a defective throttle that can become disconnected or get stuck in the open position, causing the bike to unexpectedly accelerate immediately after starting it up.

Three Things to Know About Product Tracking and Product Recall

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 26th, 2009

Manufacturers of products are encouraged to provide what is called “product traceability” to their customers, which helps tremendously in organizing recalled products.

ALERT: Wincraft Inc. Recalls Sports Themed Lamps Due to Fire, Burn and Shock Hazards

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 22nd, 2009

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Rotating Sports Table Lamps

Units: About 145

Importer: Wincraft Inc., of Winona, Minn.

Hazard: An electrical problem with the lamps can pose fire, burn and shock hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

ALERT: Baby Food Recalled at Toys ‘R Us

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 22nd, 2009

California based Plum Organics announced baby food recall of certain products sold at Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores. The baby food was recalled for botulism risk in apple and carrot flavored baby food due to an increased risk of botulism poisoning. The baby food comes in 4.22 ounce pouches with a “best by” date of May 21, 2010. The UPC number is 890180001221.

ALERT: Ford Recalls 14.3 Million Vehicles

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 15th, 2009

A defective cruise control switch is responsible for a total of 14.3 million vehicles being recalled by Ford Motors. The reason for the recall is the concern that the switch could start a fire. The total recall is the largest in history for addressing a single issue. All of the vehicles involved in the recall fall within the years 1992-2003.

What to do During a Food Recall

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 13th, 2009

A food recall is a serious issue to the public health. In a statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 76 million cases of food-borne illness occur each year in the U.S. Of all these cases, more than 325,000 individuals are subject to hospitalization and approximately 5,000 deaths occur.

Did you know that improper handling, preparation, and storage of food can be some of the common causes of food recalls?

How Widespread is the Lead Paint Toys Issue?

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 12th, 2009

There are countless things parents have to worry about. Until lead paint toys began to surface a couple of years ago, the safety of their children’s toys was rarely one of them. Most parents assume that the packaged toys that have been purchased from a store have been rigorously tested and are safe for the age range specified on the wrapping. Sometimes these types of issues with product safety are isolated to a small area where a defective batch has accidentally gone out.

ALERT: Wal-Mart Expanses Durabrand DVD Players Recall Due to Fire Hazard

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 12th, 2009

Name of Product: Durabrand DVD Players. (The August 20 recall of the silver Durabrand DVD player has been expanded to include the pink and purple-colored versions of the same DVD player.)

Units: About 4.2 million (1.5 million were previously announced)

Importer: Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark.

Hazard: The DVD player’s circuit board can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Wal-Mart has received 14 reports of DVD players overheating, seven of which have resulted in fires that caused property damage. No injuries have been reported.

ALERT: Vertical Land Window Blinds Recalled

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 9th, 2009

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled Vertical Land window blinds and shades after a 4 year-old girl was strangled to death.

Vertical Land Inc. has participated in recall of approximately 15,400 horizontal blinds, 16,400 vertical blinds, and 800 cellular shades. Vertical Land is a manufacturer based in Panama City Beach, Florida. Specific details regarding the hazard of Vertical Land’s horizontal blinds, vertical blinds, and cellular shades can be found here.

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