Death Prompts Recall

Peg Perego is recalling 223,000 strollers due to a risk of strangulation. The recall follows the death of a 6 month old boy from California whose head became entrapped between the seat and the tray. A 7 month old girl from NY also became entrapped when her head was stuck between the seat and the tray in 2006.

The strollers involved are older.

 

The recall involves two different older versions of the Peg Perego strollers, Venezia and Pliko-P3, manufactured between January 2004 and September 2007, in a variety of colors. They were manufactured prior to the existence of the January 2008 voluntary industry standard which addresses the height of the opening between the stroller's tray and the seat bottom. The voluntary standard requires larger stroller openings that prevent infant entrapment and strangulation hazards.

Only strollers that have a child tray with one cup holder are part of this recall. Strollers with a bumper bar in front of the child or a tray with two cup holders are not included in this recall.
 

To read the entire notice from the CPSC click here.

Kolcraft has also announced a recall of approximately 5600 strollers after receiving reports of the front wheel assembly breaking which can pose a fall hazard. To read the notice click here.

The front wheel assembly can break, posing a fall hazard to the child in the stroller. In addition, for strollers manufactured in January and February 2012, the nuts that hold the stroller's basket support screws in place can detach. Detached nuts can pose a choking hazard to young children.

The recall involves the Contours Options LT Tandem strollers with model number ZT012.

 

Evenflo recalls High chairs

35,000 convertible Evenflo high chairs were recalled due to a fall hazard. The activity tray has been reported to unexpectedly become disengaged leading to a potentially dangerous fall hazard for unrestrained children. So far 18 reports have been filed. These high chairs have been sold at stores such a Walmart and Toys R us. They retail for about $40. To read more on the recall click here.

GE recall

General Electric (GE) has issued a recall notice of  approximately 90,600 Zoneline air conditioning and heater units. According to the CPSC announcement, an electrical component may fail introducing a fire hazard.

Description: This recall involves GE Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTAC) and packaged terminal heat pumps manufactured between January 2010 and March 2011, and are most often used in apartment buildings and commercial space. The GE logo is affixed to the control panel door. Serial and model are printed on the rating plate. Consumers will need to remove the front panel to locate the model and serial information. To see a list of recalled models, click here.

Household products can fail when you least expect it, sparking a house fire. If you have suffered personal injuries due to a product defect, contact the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood at 919.233.0520 so we may discuss preserving you legal rights.

Pampers recalls Pacifiers

Pampers has issued a recall of approximately 29,000 Pampers® Natural Stages Infant Ortho and Bulb Pacifiers. They feel to meet federal safety standards and pose a choking hazard to infants.

Description: The pacifier comes in yellow, pink or blue colors and is made of silicone. Only "Stage 1" pacifiers are recalled. "Stage 1" and "Ortho" or "Bulb" are printed on the package. The recalled pacifiers have an oval-shaped mouth guard and "Pampers" molded on to the handle side of the mouth guard. The product comes two per package.

Sold at: Retail stores nationwide from April 2010 through February 2011 for about $6. Read the posting here

 

Mattress Recall

When you think of a product liability case you may think of automobiles, air bags, and other big items failing.  Or you may think of child safety issues such as recalls involving cribs and toys. Not often do you think of furniture and mattresses. However, these products do fail. And when these dangerous items  make it into the marketplace  they pose risks to the public. In the past we have heard of furniture catching on fire when it should not have, and today the CPSC announced a recall of 6,100 Serta mattresses because they fail to meet mandatory federal safety standards for mattresses.

Name of Product: Serta Zipper-Covered Foam Core Mattresses

Units: About 6,100

Manufacturer: Serta International Mattress Co., of Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Hazard: The mattresses fail to meet the mandatory federal open flame standard for mattresses, posing a fire hazard to consumers.


 

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled mattresses have a zipper cover over a foam core. The mattresses were sold in twin, full, queen, king and California king sizes. They were manufactured between November 30, 2007 and May 20, 2008. The mattress name, date of manufacture, model, and serial numbers are located on label attached to the mattress. Only specific serial numbers are included in the recall. The recalled mattresses are listed in the chart below.

Mattress Name Model Number Serial Number
Serene Signature Zip 810098, 810298,
810198, 810598
Contact Serta to determine if
your serial number is included
in the recall.
Accord Zip 830098
Perpetual Zip 830298, 830498
Solara Zip 830798
Solara II Zip 830898
Compass Zip 830198, 831598
Bellbrook Zip 830398
Elysian Zip 830698
Allington Zip 831098
Araceli Zip 831498
Royce Select Zip 831698

To read the entire notice click here.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a product failure and you would like to discuss your matter, feel free to contact us at 1-877-829-7211.

Potential Car Fire Leads to Recall

It seems lately we have been hearing more and more form victims of car fires. GM has announced that they are recalling 42,408 Saturn Vues. The recall is due to

a potential leak of power steering fluid that could cause a fire

Apparently this recall affects model year vehicles from 2008-2009 with 6 cylinders.

The recall covers a group of Saturn Vues from the 2008 and 2009 model years that are equipped with six-cylinder engines. GM said dealers would inspect and tighten the nut and check the fluid level as needed.

The report says there have been no reported injuries from this product defect, which brings up another very important point. Should you ever have a product defect you should always report it. Even if there are no injuries, it is important the defects are reported so that investigations can take place, and if a product proves to be unsafe, the public is made aware. If you need to report a defect, the link to the Office of Defects Investigation is:http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/index.cfm

Crib Mattress Recall

The CPSC announced June 5,2008 that Simmons Kids was recalling about 20,000 crib mattresses due to an entrapment hazard.

Description: The recalled mattresses involve open coil crib mattresses manufactured between July 1, 2006 and March 23, 2008 with a color label attached to the top or side of the mattress that has the following model names:

Pottery Barn Kids by Simmons Kids Lullaby

Simmons Kids Slumber Time Evening Star Luxury Firm

Simmons Kids Baby Mattress Series 400

Simmons Kids Baby Mattress 234 Coil Count

The crib mattresses also have a law tag that is sewn into the edge of the mattress. The law tag has the date of manufacture and in most cases will contain one of the following model numbers: H59044.15.0014, M59082.15.0002, M59027.15.0002 or M59065.15.0006. Pocketed Coils® and Simmons Kids or Simmons Juvenile Products crib mattresses manufactured before July 1, 2006 or after March 23, 2008 are not included in the recall.

Read the notice here.

Toaster Recall

It sounds  like something  out of a scary movie where the toaster is possessed, turns on  by itself and the house catches on fire.  Well, it seems  for approximately 5200 QVC toasters, that is exactly what has been happening.  These toasters have been recalled for ...

Hazard: The toaster can turn on without bread in the slots and ignite items placed on top of it, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: QVC has received information that ten toasters reportedly turned on spontaneously, including one incident of fire damage to kitchen cabinets and two incidents of toaster covers burned. No injuries have been reported.

The entire notice from  the Consumer Protection Safety Commission can be found here.