Nissan Issues Recalls on Altimas

Nissan has issued a recall of about 123,000 Altimas. The recall affects 2013 models. Apparently, Nissan had a faulty gauge on on an air pump that was either under or over inflating the spare tire causing them to blow out.

According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nissan had a faulty inflation gauge on an air pump that was either over-inflating or under-inflating spare tires. Read the Article Here

The spare tires were blowing while being stored in the trunks of the vehicle. Nissan says it will ask owners to have the cars taken to a dealership to have their spare tire inspected.

 

3.4 Million Cars Recalled

Toyota, Nissa, Honda and Mazda have issued a recall affected 3.4 Million vehicles. The recall revolves around possible faulty airbags that may cause a fire or inadvertently fire causing personal injuries to the occupants. The large manufacturers rely on smaller companies and manufacturers for their parts.

The recall is the largest ever for airbags made by Takata Corp., the world's second-largest supplier of airbags and seatbelts. Due to a manufacturing defect in the propellant for the inflator, the airbag for the front passenger seat may not inflate correctly. As a result, there is a risk of fires starting or of passengers being injured. The faulty airbags were manufactured between 2000 and 2002 in a Takata factory in Mexico. Read more

 

The recall seems to be centered around cars from 2000-2004. There are reports that there is at least one known instance where the airbag deployed too forcefully. Dealers are likely to handle the required repairs.

Faulty Child Locks Leads to Recall

Ford has recalled certain 2013 models due to a potential failure of their child safety locks. The cars involved are Focus, C-Max, and Escape models. The recall includes 5,675 cars - adults may think they child safety lock is engaged, but due to its faulty manufacturing, a child may still be able to open the car door from inside the vehicle.

In a document filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the car maker said the child locks on the left rear door of some vehicles were improperly made. The locks may not engage when drivers or other adults try to activate them. As a result the driver may think the child lock is engaged when it is not. Read more

 

NHTSA investigates Toyota, Ford and Honda

NHTSA has not issued any recalls but instead has launched an investigation into various models. First off, 561,000 Toyota Prius are under NHTSA investigation. There have been reports that the steering shaft was not assembled correctly. This investigations appears to be focusing on 2004-2009 model years. In 2012, Toyota had the highest number of recalled cars.

In 2012, Toyota had the most vehicles recalled of any brand in the U.S. market, the third time it achieved that dubious distinction in four years. And it has already had 1 million vehicles recalled since the beginning of 2013.

NHTSA is also investigating approximately 724,000 Ford Fusion, Escape and  Mercury Mariner and Milan vehicles. There have been several reports of stalled vehicles or losing power.

The problem could be the result of several issues including contaminated printed circuit boards and faulty throttle body assemblies. Vehicles produced between 2009 and 2011 are involved in the investigation.

87,000, model year 2005, Honda Pilots are also under investigation by NHTSA. There have been numerous reports of braking issues with the Pilot. The entire article may be accessed here.

 

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.

 

Ford, Honda, Nissan Recalls

Ford has issued a recall of certain  2013 Escapes with 1.6 liter engines. Ford is warning customers not to drive these vehicles. There is a potential of a fuel line leak which could result in a fire.

Ford Motor Co. is advising owners of an estimated 11,500 new Escapes to park their vehicles until they can be repaired by dealers due to potential fuel line leaks that could cause fires. Unlike most recalls where makers may take up to a month to notify owners and begin repairs, Ford is urging immediate action in this case [Read more]

Honda has issued a recall of 321,000 CR-Vs from the 21012 model year and an additional 7,300 MY 2013 Acura ILX vehicles.

Honda says that if the inside driver or passenger door handles are used at the same time as the power or manual door locks, the inner door latch may not work. This means a door may not latch, or it could latch and open when the locks are used. [Read more]

Nissan is recalling certain model year 2012 Juke. Due to an improper weld penetration the rear seat back striker may separate during a crash. Read the report from NHTSA.

Jeep Liberty Recall Expanded

The recall for the Jeep Liberty was just expanded to cover nearly 350,000 vehicles. According to NHTSA

the lower control arms in Liberty’s rear suspension can experience excess corrosion that can cause them to weaken and break. In such a situation that could lead to a loss of control and a possible crash, NHTSA warns. (Read more)

 

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.

Lexus Recall

Toyota Motor Corp has issued a recall of certain model year 2013 Lexus G2 350 Sedans. There appears to be a problem with the steering which may lead to a crash.

On the affected vehicles the electronic control unit or ECU that controls the variable gear ratio of the steering system could cause the steering wheel to be off-center. In a document filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the car maker said the problem can affect the car when it is restarted after being parked with the steering wheel turned.

If this happens the driver may not realize the steering wheel is off-center, and the car may move in an unexpected direction and possibly cause a crash.

 

The recall is to affect about 663 vehicles made between December 12, 2011 and February 7, 2012. To read more click here.

Pool Slide Recall

It's warmer, the days are longer and that means more pool time. Recently, the CPSC  recalled 21,000 Banzai in-ground pool water slides following on death and two others reported severe injuries.

The CPSC determined that the slides were defective and could deflate suddenly, allowing the user to crash to the ground. The commission also found that the slide is unstable and can topple over in both still and windy conditions.

 

These slides have been sold at Toya R Us and Walmart.

The CPSC urges consumers to immediately stop using the product and bring it to the nearest Toys R Us or Wal-Mart for a refund. Consumers don’t need to bring the entire pool. They can just cut out the two safety warning notices out of the slide and return those for a refund.

Read the entire article here.

To read the CPSC notice please click here.

Lacrosse Helmets recalled

One of the fastest growing sports amongst high school students and younger is lacrosse. On March 22, 2012 Easton Sports recalled approximately 12,000 lacrosse helmets. The chin bar on these helmets is faulty and may break causing an increase in the chances of suffering a jaw fracture or worse. There has been at least one reported  incident involving a laceration.

Description: This recall involves all Easton Raptor Lacrosse Helmets. "Easton" is printed on either side of the back of the helmet and on the jaw strap. "RAPTOR" is printed low on the back of the helmet in the center. The helmets were sold in sizes XS/S, M/L, and XL/XXL and were available in the following colors: white; matte black; silver; navy blue and white; royal blue and white; and red and white. (Read more)

 

Nissan Issues New Recall

NHTSA has issued a release stating that Nissan is recalling approximately 79,275 model year 2011-2012 Juke, Infiniti QX and Infiniti M vehicles due to a potential fuel leak hazard.

THE FUEL PRESSURE SENSORS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN TIGHTENED TO THE CORRECT SPECIFICATION. AS A RESULT, THE FUEL PRESSURE SENSOR MAY LOOSEN DUE TO HEAT AND VIBRATION CAUSING FUEL TO LEAK.
Consequence:
FUEL MAY LEAK FROM THE PRESSURE SENSOR, INCREASING THE RISK OF A FIRE.

Read the entire notice here.

Nissan is also recalling certain model year 2012 Murano and Rogue vehicles. The vehicles' tire pressure monitoring system were not activated thus they fail to comply federal motor vehicle safety standard 138 involving the tire pressure monitor. Read the notice here.

Tassimo recalls coffee makers

Tassimo has issued a recall of its coffee makers after reports of it spraying hot liquid, coffee grounds and tea leaves onto consumers resulting in burns.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says there have been 140 reports of problems with the Tassimo single-cup brewers dousing people, including 37 cases involving second-degree burns.

 

In one instance reported a 10 year old girl suffered second degree burns. The recall includes approximately 835,000 coffee makers in the US as well as over 4 million "T-discs" as they have been reported to possibly burst.

The products are made in China and Slovenia. The recall involves Tassimo brewers with the Bosch brand name and Tassimo Professional brewers. “BOSCH” and “TASSIMO” are printed on the front of the brewers. “TASSIMO PROFESSIONAL” is printed on the front of the professional model.

Read more

Toyota Recall

Toyota is recalling 2011 RAV 4 manufactured between Nov 24, 2011 and December 19, 2011 because the wrong specification was used in the curtain airbag which may cause the airbag to fail to deploy. The safety recall is expected to begin in March 2012. Read the NHTSA release here.

Toyo Tire Recall

A safety recall was initiated yesterday involving Toyo Tire produced from Sept 2009 through November 6, 2010. A kink may develop in the bead area potentially resulting in the loss of control of the vehicle posing a large crash risk. Read the NHTSA bulletin here.

Britax Issues Recall

NHTSA announced that Britax is recalling certain Chaperone car seats produced from September 2010 through April 2011. It has been reported that the harness may detach from the shell of the car seat exposing to the child to injury or death should a vehicle crash occur. The distribution of safety kits and the institution of the recall is scheduled to begin February 6, 2012 according to the NHTSA release.

Bicycle Helmets Recalled

The CPSC announced announced Triple Eight Distribution out of NY was recalling approximately 30,400 bicycle helmets because they did not meet CPSC standards for impact resistance. The standards may be found in 16 CFR Part 1203.

 

 

The recalled items are multi-purpose helmets also sold for use as bicycle helmets. Little Tricky helmets are marketed for children and youth, and feature a large Little Tricky logo on both sides of the helmet. They come in one size and in black, white, pink and green. Triple Eight S/M EPS Liner helmets feature a hard black inner EPS foam liner and come in black, white, bone, blue and army green. Sector 9 S/M EPS Liner helmets feature the same EPS liner and come in gray, white, black, blue and green. Both the Triple Eight and Sector 9 helmets have an interior label indicating the size “S/M” for small/medium and a manufacture date indicated as month/year (ex. APR/2011). Only Triple Eight and Sector 9 size “S/M” EPS Liner helmets are affected.

In 2009 630 bicyclists died on the roadways as published by NHTSA. This represents 2 percent of all traffic fatalities.

Nissan Recall Issued

NHTSA announced that Nissan has issued a recall of certain 2010-2011 Nissan Sentras. According to the release, those vehicles equipped with MR20 engines, "manufactured between May 11, 2010 to May 25, 2010 and July 8, 2010 until October 25, 2010"  are affected. During this time period, a zinc coating  applied to a certain bolt was done so improperly and not to specification thus leading to a possible engine stall or possible damage done to the engine control module. This  poses a crash threat. Read More from  NHTSA

Toyota recall

79 reports dating back to 2007 has prompted Toyota to initiate a recall of 550,00 cars for a steering problem.

The latest recall is due to the possibility that the outer ring of the engine's crankshaft pulley may become misaligned with the inner ring, causing noise or a warning signal to light up, the company's U.S. sales unit said in a press release. If the problem isn't corrected, the belt for the power steering pump may become detached from the pulley, making it suddenly more difficult to turn the steering wheel.

In the US the recall affects 238,000 Toyota cars, including 2004 and 2005 Camry, Highlander, Sienna, and Solara and the '04 Avalon and '06 Highlander HV. It affects 137,00 Lexus vehicles including '04 and '05 ES330 RX330 and the '06 RX400h. Read more here

As it stands now, Toyota is still fighting numerous lawsuits from the sudden acceleration issues it has faced over the past couple years.

Kiddieland Recall Disney-Branded Trikes

Kiddieland Toys Limited has issued a recall of approximately 12,000 Disney Fairies Plastic Racing Trikes. The plastic figurines protrude from the handle bars presenting a danger to children if they were to fall on them.

This recall involves the Disney-branded Fairies Plastic Racing Trike. The trike is green and purple with a white seat and yellow wheels. On top of the handlebar, there is a Tinkerbell figure and three other rotating fairy figures. "Disney Fairies" is printed on the label in front of the trike just below the handlebar. More

 

Harley Davidson Recall

Harley Davidson is recalling more than 308,000 motorcycles due to a switch problem that can cause the brake lights to fail and possibly the brakes to fail as well.

The company said in documents filed last week with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that brake light switches can be exposed to too much heat from the exhaust system. The heat can cause the brake lights to fail, and the problem also can cause fluid leaks and the loss of rear brakes, the documents said. More

 

Harley is aware of one crash but it was unclear in reports whether the crash involved serious injuries. The recall involves approximately 251,000 motorcycles in the US. The models affected are Touring, CVO Touring, and Trikes with model years 2009 through 2012. According to the AP, these were built between June 6, 2008 and September 16, 2011.

Oral Contraceptives Recalled

Qualitest Pharmaceuticals issued a recall of several lots of birth control pills There was a packaging error that could leave women unprotected. 

The recall is being implemented because of a packaging error, where select blisters were rotated 180 degrees within the card, reversing the weekly tablet orientation and making the lot number and expiry date no longer visible. As a result of this packaging error, the daily regimen for these oral contraceptives may be incorrect and could leave women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy. (read more)

The recall is reported to effect:

Cyclafem™ 7/7/7
Cyclafem™ 1/35
Emoquette™
Gildess® FE 1.5/30
Gildess® FE 1/20
Orsythia™
Previfem ®
Tri-Previfem®

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Jetta Recall

Volkswagen has recalled some Jetta sedans from model years 2011 and 2012. Reports indicate that they may have decorative exhaust pipe tips that have caused leg burn to those who have accidentlly brushed up against them. Over 30,000 vehicles have been affected.

In a document filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the car company said it received a number of complaints in July about burns from the pipes, began an investigation and decided by August that a recall is necessary. (read more)

 

There was a recall in March of about 70,000 Jettas and NHTSA is also investigating fuel leaks in diesel powered Jettas.

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Umbrella Strollers recalled

Britax recalled about 20,000 B-Nimble umbrella strollers because of a potential brake failure.

About 20,000 B-Nimble Umbrella Strollers are being recalled because of risk of brake failure. A clicking sound when the brake pedal is pressed can give a false impression that the brake is fully engaged when it is not.

The manufacturer, Britax Child Safety Inc. of Charlotte, N.C., has received seven incident reports. Read more

Death Prompts Bunk Bed Recall

Following the death of a three year old boy, Big Lots has issued a recall of approximately 30,000 metal futon bunk beds. The boy apparently suffocated to death after becoming entrapped.

The CPSC also warned that the space between the last rung on the bunk bed's ladder and the futon mattress is too small and that a child's head might get trapped in the space. Article

 

 

 

Target Recalls Booster Seats

Target has expanded a recall of Circo Booster Seats. This recall of 375,000 seats is in addition to a recall of 43,000 recalled in August 2009.

Hazard: The booster seat’s restraint buckle can open unexpectedly, allowing a child to fall from the chair and be injured. Read the notice

Some of the recalled booster seats were sold back in 2005. Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the seat to secure children.

 

A picture of the booster seat is below:

If your child has suffered an injury due to negligence of another, contact the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood at 919.233.0520 so we may discuss protecting your child's rights.

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.

More drop-side cribs recalled

Approximately 22,000 full size and portable drop-side cribs were recalled by Dream on Me, Inc. The hazard has been posted on the cpsc's website:

Full-Size Cribs: The drop-side rail hardware can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop-side rail partially detaches, it creates a space between the drop side and the crib mattress. An infant or toddler's body can become entrapped in the space, which can lead to strangulation and/or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib.
Portable Cribs: The drop-side rail hardware can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib or fall unexpectedly. In addition, the portable crib mattress support hardware and the drop-side release latch can break easily, and the slats can loosen or break and detach from the crib. Children can also cut themselves on exposed hardware inside the cribs.

 

Thus far there have been 69 incidents reported. To view a list of the affected models click here.

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NHTSA tells Ford to Expand Recall

NHTSA is seeking to have Ford expand its recall of F-150 pickup trucks which reportedly have airbags that may deploy when they are not needed.

The government's auto safety regulator wants Ford to recall more than the 144,000 trucks from model years 2005-06 that it agreed in February to fix.

Wes Sherwood, a Ford spokesman, confirmed the automaker is talking with NHTSA about whether the recall should be expanded. Some of the recalled trucks have air bags that may deploy when not needed, possibly injuring drivers or passengers. (Article)

 

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

 

Riding Lawmower Recall

About 750 Exmark Pioneer S-Series riding mowers have been recalled according to an announcement by the CPSC. Welding issues can cause the driver to lose control of the machine leading to serious injury.

 

The description of the recalled product is:

2011 Exmark Pioneer S-Series zero radius turn riding mowers with red, welded, tubular steel frames and mowing decks in three sizes - 44, 48 and 52 inches. Operators use two levers to control the mowers. The name Exmark is on the front of the seat mount and the name Pioneer is on the front of the floor pan.

The models affected were

Model Serial Number Range
PNS20KA443 928367 to 947833
PNS22KA483 928417 to 949985
PNS24KA523 928492 to 950315

Read the announcement here

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ATVs recalled

American Suzuki Motor Corp has issued a recall of approximately 29,000 ATVs due to a fire hazard. According to the article, some of the plastic fuel tanks were improperly constructed and can therefore lead to fuel leaks.

The recall involves all 2008-2010 LT-A450X model Suzuki KingQuad ATVs. It also includes all 2009-2010 LT-A500X, 2008-2010 LT-A750X, and 2011 LT-A500X and LT-A750X models made before Dec. 11, 2010.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Business_News/2011/03/12/Suzuki-ATVs-recalled/UPI-39171299968023/#ixzz1GbjkXyC8
(Read More)

 

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Child Seat Recall

Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG) has announce a recall of child restraint systems including infant, convertible and booster. They were sold as stand alones as well as part of a travel system. Those affected by the recall appear to be manufactured between May 1, 2008 and April 30, 2009. The harness locking does not always return to a locked position leaving the child vulnerable to serious injury in the event of a car crash. To read the entire notice and the model numbers click here.

Ford Recalls Trucks

Ford has recalled about 365,000 F-150 pick up trucks because of an issue with the interior door handles which may lead to the door opening during a crash.

Ford says the recall affects about 280,000 F-150s in the United States for the 2009 and 2010 model years, built from Jan. 18, 2008, through Nov. 30, 2009. The rest were sold in Canada and Mexico. Read More


 

Car Manufacturers Issue More Recalls

Ford has announced that is it is recalling 400,000 Windstar models in "cold weather" states to resolve a bracket issue which could cause the vehicle to become unstable and the driver lose control.

Ford is recalling more than 400,000 Windstar minivans in cold-weather states to fix brackets and mounts which could separate from the vehicle's subframe and could cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle.

The recall involves 425,288 minivans from the 1999-2003 model years sold or registered in 22 states and the District of Columbia. (article)

Toyota has also issued a recall today involving over 1.7 million cars.

Toyota recalled nearly 1.7 million cars worldwide Wednesday for fuel leaks, the latest in a ballooning number of quality problems that could add another dent to its tarnished reputation in the crucial U.S. market.

In one of the problems announced Wednesday, an improper installation of a sensor to measure fuel pressure may cause the sensor to loosen as a result of engine vibration over time, and possibly cause fuel leakage, the company said. That problem also affects 280,000 Lexus cars sold abroad, 255,000 of them in North America and 10,000 in Europe. (article)

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Drop Side Cribs Recalled

The CPSC issued three separate announcements regarding drop side crib recalls. Those that have been recalled include approximately 3,250 Ethan Allen cribs, 3,400 Angel Line cribs, and 34,000 Victory Land cribs sold exclusively at Kmart. They have been recalled due to strangulation and entrapment worries.


The notice for the Ethan Allen cribs said the following:

Hazard: The crib’s drop-side rail hardware can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop side rail to detach from the crib. When the drop-side rail partially detaches, it creates a space between the drop side and the crib mattress. An infant or toddler’s body can become entrapped in the space, which can lead to strangulation and/or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents can also occur due to incorrect assembly and with age-related wear and tear.

Incidents/Injuries: Ethan Allen has received five reports of incidents involving the crib’s drop-side detaching, resulting in bumps and bruises to three children. One child became entrapped and two children fell out of the crib after the drop side detached, one child received a pinched hand and one child received an unspecified injury.

 

The notice for the Angel Line products reported:

Hazard: The crib’s drop-side rail hardware can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop-side rail to detach from the crib. When the drop-side rail partially detaches, it creates a space between the drop side and the crib mattress. An infant or toddler’s body can become entrapped in the space, which can lead to strangulation and/or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents also can occur due to age-related wear and tear.

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC is aware of one incident in which the crib’s drop side detached. No injuries have been reported.

The notice about the Kmart exclusive drop side cribs states:

Hazard: The crib’s drop-side rail can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop-side to detach from the crib. When the drop-side rail partially detaches, it creates a space between the drop side and the crib mattress. An infant or toddler’s body can become entrapped in the space, which can lead to strangulation and/or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents can also occur due to age-related wear and tear.

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and Victory Land Group have received 17 reports of incidents involving drop-side rail detachments from the cribs. Three infants received bruises and abrasions to the neck, back and legs after becoming entrapped when the drop-side detached.

The notices for all three recalls may be found on the CPSC website.

If your child has suffered an injury from a product defect, car accident, day care related injury or any other personal injury, contact the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood at 919-233-0520.
 

Evenflo recalls Child Seats

Evenflo is recalling over 13,000 Maestro car restraint systems. These seats to do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213.

In this instance a crack may form at the front of the restrain system near the harness adjuster causing the child to be inadequately protected and harnessed.

IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, A CRACK MAY FORM AT THE FRONT OF THE SEAT ADJACENT TO THE HARNESS ADJUSTER CAUSING THE CHILD NOT TO BE ADEQUATELY RESTRAINED, INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY. (NHTSA notice)

 

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Chevy Issues Recall

GM announced a recall of over 300,000 Impalas with model years 2009 and 2010 because of a seat belt webbing issue. Essentially these seat belts are defective and may fail to restrain passengers as they should.

the front-seat belt webbing may not be secured properly to a lap belt anchor on the side of the seat near the doors. (story)

 

 

Child Product Recalls

It has certainly been busy over the last 24 hours with regard to children product recalls. Yesterday, the FDA warned about using sleep positioners after an infant death.

Over the past 13 years, CPSC and the FDA have received 12 reports of infants between the ages of 1 month and 4 four months who died when they suffocated in sleep positioners or became trapped and suffocated between a sleep positioner and the side of a crib or bassinet.

CPSC and the FDA are warning parents and child care providers to:

* STOP using sleep positioners. Using a positioner to hold an infant on his or her back or side for sleep is dangerous and unnecessary.
* NEVER put pillows, infant sleep positioners, comforters, or quilts under a baby or in a crib.
* ALWAYS place an infant on his or her back at night and during nap time. To reduce the risk of SIDS, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends placing infants to sleep on their backs and not their sides.

 

Read the entire announcement here.

Fisher Price has also issued a recall of more than 10 million toys and high chairs.

About seven million Trikes and Tough Trikes are being pulled off the shelves.

More than a million high chairs, including the "Healthy Care," "Close to Me," and "Easy Clean," have also been recalled.

The company is also recalling nearly three million toys with small parts that could pose choking hazards. (Read More)

 

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Hyundai recall

Hyundai is recalling over 139,000 Sonata sedans

because of a manufacturing defect that could cause drivers to lose steering control.

The recall affects 2011 models built between Dec. 11, 2009 and Sept. 10, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted on its website Sunday.(article)

An investigation had been opened in August. In February, Hyundai had recalled about 47,000 Sonatas because of faulty front door latches.

Hyundai now joins other major auto makers, namely Toyota and Nissan, who have been forced to recall their vehicles because defects have rendered their product not crashworthy.

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Hip Recall by J & J

Johnson and Johnson has issued a recall of 93,000 hip implant systems. It has been found people with these hip systems required additional surgery as they suffered additional pain.

DePuy, which has sold about 93,000 units of its ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, said recent data received by the company showed an increase in the number of people who have had a second hip replacement surgery, also called a "revision surgery."

 

Earlier in the week the FDA had issued a warning to J & J for selling certain hip and joint products without FDA approval.

The FDA said the medical devices maker has been selling its TruMatch Personalized Solutions System, which makes artificial knee products, and the Corail Hip System without "market clearance" and in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. (Article)

Of course earlier this year J & J had a huge recall of some of their medications including Children's Tylenol.

If you have suffered injury from a product defect contact the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood at 919-233-0520.

Toyota Steering Issue

Toyota has now issued yet another recall of over 400,000 Avalon and and 39,000 Lexus LX470 vehicles. Why?

The Japanese automaker announced the latest Toyota recall Thursday, after receiving reports of at least three automobile accidents involving Toyota Avalons.

Toyota is recalling 373,000 Avalons from the 2000 to 2004 model years in the U.S. due to defective steering lock bars, which could break under certain conditions.

The Lexus LX470 recall affects 39,000 vehicles, due to potentially defective construction of the luxury SUV’s steering shaft, which could cause it to disengage if the vehicle experiences an unusually severe impact to the front wheels.. Read more

 

According to the NHTSA site the steering lock could break leaving the driver unable to control the vehicle and possibly leading to a crash.

If you have become a personal injury victim due to negligence of another, contact the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood to discuss your matter. 919.233.0520.

Nap Nanny Recalled

Baby Matters, the company that makes the Nap Nanny has issued a recall after a 4 month old child reportedly suffocated to death. Initial reports indicate the little girl, while harnessed was found hanging over the side of the product where she became entrapped between it and her crib.

CPSC is investigating a report of a 4-month-old girl from Royal Oak, Mich., who died in a Nap Nanny that was being used in a crib. According to preliminary reports, the girl was in her harness and found hanging over the side of the product. She got caught between the Nap Nanny and the side of the crib.

CPSC and Baby Matters, the company that makes Nap Nanny, have received 22 reports of infants, primarily younger than 5-months-old, hanging or falling out over the side of the Nap Nanny despite most of the infants being placed in the product’s harness.

 

Some recommendations as listed in the recall notice:

* If you own the second-generation model, fasten the harness correctly, using the rings attached to the foam, and make sure the harness is snugly fastened.
* Always place all models of the Nap Nanny on the floor, away from other products. Even while harnessed, babies can lean over the side of the Nap Nanny. Do not put it inside a crib, bassinet or play yard, where a baby can get trapped and suffocate. Do not place it on your bed or near pillows and other bedding, another suffocation hazard.
* Do not place any Nap Nanny model on a table or other high surfaces from which a baby could fall.
 

If your child has suffered an injury due to a faulty product and you would like to discuss it with our firm contact the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood at 919-233-0520.

And even more Toyota news...

Toyota said on Friday that it was planning to recall approximately 138,000 Lexus vehicles due to faulty engine issues.

The company said flaws in valve springs, a crucial engine component, could make the vehicle stall while in motion. Toyota said in a statement that it plans to file paperwork with the U.S. government on the recall next week. Washington Post

 

Toyotal recalls continue...

Toyota is recalling 17,000 model year 2010 Lexus HS sedans because of a problem with its fuel tank. This new recall has prompted the company to once again suspend the sales of such vehicles.

The defect was noticed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) under a crash test. The NHTSA has found that the fuel tanks in the vehicles leak when struck from behind at 50 miles per hour. (DailyMarkets)

Not surprisingly, Toyota has claimed they have been unable to reproduce the reuslts in their own crash testing....which was what they said with the other problems they have faced. Remember Toyota had to recall

Toyota’s recall crisis evolved when it suspended sales of 8 models for recalling 2.3 million vehicles to correct sticking accelerator pedals on many of its models in late January this year.

Following that,Toyota recalled, in April, 10,000 Lexus GS and LS SUVs and another 8,300 Lexus sedans last month. Further the US fined Toyota $16.4 million. Of course, that was merely a slap on the wrist to the company that makes much more than that.

If you or a family member has been injured by a product or a vehicle, contact the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood today!

Seven Crib Recalls

The CPSC announced today that seven manufacturers announced recalls due to entrapment, suffocation and fall risks. The manufacturers involved include, Child Craft, Delta Enterprise, Corp., Evenflo, Jardine Enterprises, LaJobi, Million Dollar Baby and Simmons Juvenile Products.

“Cribs should be the safest place in the home for infants and toddlers,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “CPSC is committed to addressing the hazards with cribs and to restoring parents’ confidence that their child will have a safe sleep.”

CPSC continues to actively investigate various cribs for potential drop-side and other hazards as part of a larger effort by the agency to rid the marketplace and homes of unsafe cribs. CPSC staff is also working on a new mandatory standard to make cribs safer, which is targeted for completion in 2010

According to the announcement the manufacturers listed are offering immobilization kits to prevent the drop-side from detaching. However, these kits do not solve the hazards if there exists broken or damaged hardware. Further, the CPSC recommends not using a crib more than 10 years old, since the hardware could be damaged by wear and tear.

Nine million drop-side cribs have been recalled over the past five years. CPSC staff has determined drop-side cribs generally have a tendency to be less structurally sound than cribs with four fixed sides.

The Crib Information Center is a great resource for additional information. If your child has suffered an injury, contact us to discuss preserving your chil's rights.

Johnson & Jonson Recall More Medicine

A few weeks ago J & J had to recall thousands of children's medication. Now they are recalling some Benedryl lots and Tylenol Gel lots.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the Johnson & Johnson unit, said that it was recalling four lots of certain Benadryl allergy tablets and one lot of Extra Strength Tylenol gel pills. McNeil did not respond to a reporter’s query about how many bottles those lots amounted to.

The company said in a statement that “the products were inadvertently omitted” from an earlier recall — one preceding the children’s drug recall — involving medicines made at a company plant in Puerto Rico.

Read the article

Since last November J & J has recalled, in addition to the children's medication recall, has recalled millions of various motrin products and tylenol arthritis products.

McNeil, the unit of J & J, has been under investigation since the massive children's mediciane recall a few weeks ago.

“Today’s announcement is indication that we have more to look at when it comes to this company,” Representative Edolphus Towns, a New York Democrat who is the chairman of the committee, wrote on Tuesday in an e-mail message in response to a reporter’s query.

If you have been injured by a defective product contact the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood today.

Design on children's glasses contains harmful chemicals

A voluntary recall  of all “Shrek Forever After” collectable glasses exclusively offered at McDonalds was announced June 4th by the CPSC in collaboration with McDonalds. The 12 million or so units all have designs on them which contain cadmium. Long term exposure to cadmium can cause adverse health effects. Although the CPSC has said the glassware is not toxic, McDonalds is requesting all customers to return any “Shrek Forever After” glassware purchased for a full refund.  So far there have not been any reports of injury from the glassware.

The North Carolina Product Liability Attorneys at our firm specialize in child safety cases. If you have a child who has been injured by a child product and would like to speak further about it, please contact  the child safety attorneys at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood to discuss your legal rights.

This Week is the 2010 National Tire Safety Week

What better time to discuss tire related issues then during the 2010 National Tire Safety Week going on this week from June 6th – June 12th by the Rubber Manufacturing Association.

The leading cause of tire failure is improper inflation, especially under-inflation. Tires that are under inflated experience excessive flexing which generates excessive heat and causes the tire to expand. This build of pressure can cause a tire blowout, where the tire rapidly comes apart.

On May 20th 2010 Volvo sent out a recall notice to owners of Volvo’s 2008-2010 XC70 vehicles bringing to their attention the vehicle’s failure to imply with requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 110, “Tire Selection & Rims”.

The letter describes how the maximum inflation tire pressure is listed incorrectly on the Tire & Loading labels as 33psi, in the Owner’s Manual as 35psi and the Tire Pressure Monitoring system’s trigger level as 33psi. The correct maximum permissible inflation should be 36psi. 

At first glance, the difference may seem slight, but it can lead to the under-inflation of the tires, resulting in premature tire failure, increasing the risk of tire blowouts and of crashes leading to vehicle damage, serious injury or death. Our firm’s North Carolina Crashworthiness Attorneys have handled many similar tire blowout cases. If you or someone you know has been injured due to a tire blowout, please contact the products liability attorneys with the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood to discuss your legal rights.Tire defects such as tread separation are another common cause of tire blowouts. Tread separation is when the tread peels off and separates from the tire casing due to a design or manufacturing defect. Tire blowout can lead to drivers losing control of their car and more often than not cause rollover.

Tire defects such as tread separation  are another common cause of tire blowouts. Tread separation occurs when the tread peels off and separates from the tire casing due to a design or manufacturing defect. Tire blowout can lead to drivers losing control of their car and more often than not cause rollovers. Rollovers can result in serious injury or death due to occupant ejection, roof crush, or other structural damage. Our firm’s products liability attorneys have handled many rollover cases, and in most of those cases, tread separations were a leading cause of the loss of driver control. If you’ve been affected by a car or SUV rollover, please feel free to contact  the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood to discuss your legal rights. Our SUV rollover attorneys will discuss your case at no charge.

A prime example of tire separation defect is the massive Bridgestone/Firestone recall of 3.85 million Radial ATX and Radial ATX II Tires and 2.7 million Wilderness AT Tires in 2000. Most of the tires were original equipment on Ford’s Explorer model. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that by Sept 2001  271 deaths and more than 3,000 serious injuries resulted from these defects.


Tire Maintenance

By following basic tire and vehicle maintenance, drivers can eliminate preventable vehicle accidents. Here are a few of the guidelines listed in the NHSTA’s “Tire Safety – Everything Rides On It” Brochure:

• Maintain proper tire pressure: Find your vehicle’s certification label permanently attached to the vehicle’s door edge, door post, glove-box door, or inside of the trunk lid. The Label indicates the recommended tire size, tire inflation pressure, vehicle capacity weight and front & rear gross axle weight ratings.

• Tire Tread: The tire tread provides the gripping action and traction that prevent your vehicle from slipping or sliding, especially when the road is wet or icy. In general, tires are not safe and should be replaced when the tread is worn down to 1/16 of an inch. Tires have built-in treadwear indicators that let you know when it is time to replace your tires. These indicators are raised sections spaced intermittently in the bottom of the tread grooves. When they appear "even" with the outside of the tread, it is time to replace your tires.

• Tire Balance & Wheel Alignment: Although a qualified technician is required checking the tire balance and wheel alignment is a must to prevent vibration and shaking as well as to ensure the wheels are positioned correctly relative to the vehicle’s frame.

• Rotating Tires: Rotating tires from front to back and from side to side can reduce irregular wear (for vehicles that have tires that are all the same size). Look in your owner's manual for information on how frequently the tires on your vehicle should be rotated and the best pattern for rotation.

Click here for the complete the NHTSA’s Tire Safety brochure.


If you have any questions regarding your legal rights in regarding injury caused by tire blowouts or other vehicle defects please contact us the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood - 1-877-829-7211.
 

New Toyota Recalls

Toyota has announced a recall of approximately 4,500 Lexus vehicles in Japan and said it would extend that recall into the US and other countries soon.

The recall affects Toyota's luxury Lexus "LS" line and involves a computerized system that oversees how the steering wheel controls the tires. Read more

It appears the vehicles involved may have been manufactured from late August through May.The estimate for affected US cars is said to be about 4,000. Toyota has already recalled over 8 million vehicles worldwide.

Children Medication Recalled

The FDA has said that the plant where  children's medications such as Tylenol, Infant's tylenol, motrin, and other children's over-the-counter medication lacked quality controlwhich allowed bacteria to contaminate the medications.

"The findings are serious," said Deborah M. Autor, a senior official at the Food and Drug Administration, which documented 20 problems at the Fort Washington, Pa., plant owned by McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a division of Johnson & Johnson. She said the agency is weighing whether to take action against McNeil, pending the completion of its investigation.

The company recalled 43 over-the-counter pediatric medications.  There have been several consumer complaints dating from June 2009 to as late as last month reporting black specs in the medication. The company ignored these complaints and failed to investigate and resolve the problem.

Although, they are saying chances of serious harm are "remote" - these drugs need to be pulled immediately and their use ceased.

Federal officials cautioned that the chances for serious harm from the recalled drugs are "remote," but FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg said parents and caregivers should immediately stop using the medicines. Generic versions are a safe alternative, Hamburg said. A list of recalled products and information about refunds is available on McNeil's Web site. Read the story here

If your child has been injured, contact us at 1-877-829-7211.

Nissan Issues New Recall

Nissan has issued a recall involving Infiniti G35 sedans and coupes. The recall involves approximately 134,000 vehicles due to a faulty connection that may keep airbags from deploying during a crash. NHTSA is reporting that a wire harness could be worn down to the point whereby a signal interruption may occur keeping an airbag from deploying.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said as many as 134,215 Infiniti G35 sedans from model years 2005-2006 and G35 coupes from model years 2005-2007 are subject to the recall. Read full story

If you or someone you know has been involved in an injury from a product defect, contact us to discuss your individual situation. 1-877-829-7211.

Graco Recall

Graco has recalled approximately 1.2 million Harmony High Chairs due to a fall risk. According to the bulletin posted by the CPSC

The screws holding the front legs of the high chair can loosen and fall out and/or the plastic bracket on the rear legs can crack causing the high chair to become unstable and tip over unexpectedly. This poses a fall hazard to children.

This particular chair was manufactured from 2003 through 2009, so it is very important for all those who have this type of chair check their model numbers. Check Here

If your child has been injured due to a defective product, please contact us to discuss your child's potential legal claim.

Toyota Tacomas - Part of Recall

And yet another Toyota recall....Toyota announced that approximately 8,000 Tacoma pick up trucks (MY 2010)are being recalled. This recall is a result of a problem with the front propellar shaft, once again, a problem that can cause the vehicle to lose control.

The automaker told dealers Friday that a crack could develop that could lead to the front driveshaft separating and falling from the truck, causing the vehicle to lose control. (Read the story)

If you have been affected by the massive recalls and problems found in this and other vehicles please feel free to contact our firm to discuss your matter. 1-877-829-7211.

Cosco CRS Recall

A recall has been issued for Cosco Child Restraint Systems manufactured by Dorel Juvenile Group. The units under this recall were manufactured from March 15 to August 1, 2002. There are 54,400 units that could potentially be affected, so please be sure to check the model number on your child’s CRS if you have purchased a Cosco car seat or booster seat.

The model numbers included in this recall can be found here.
 

These models were found to have webbing on the harnesses that was not strong enough to withstand significant exposure to sunlight. The webbing, if exposed to substantial amounts of sunlight, may degrade to the point that it is no longer able to provide adequate protection to a child in the event of a collision.

This safety recall is expected to begin on or about February 2, 2010. Dorel Juvenile Group will be contacting all owners who have registered their CRS, and will send replacement kits, along with instructions, free of charge.

Owners may call Dorel Juvenile Group toll free at 1-866-690-2539. You may also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236, 1-800-424-9153, or visit www.safercar.gov.

If your child has been injured as a result of this defective child restraint system, please call our office at 1-877-829-7211 to discuss your potential claim.
 

 

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Great News! Toyota makes brake override standard by EOY 2010

From the Detroit Auto Show, big news:

DETROIT -- Toyota will install brake override systems on all Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles by year end as a way to prevent unintended acceleration.

The new system will be put in all vehicles globally, said Yoshi Inaba, president of Toyota North America Inc., in an interview at the Detroit auto show today. The initiative follows a recall last fall of 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the United States to correct the problem.

This is excellent news.  If your accelerator and brake are depressed at the same time, this system automatically cuts the engine to idle.  Still no word why Toyota failed to provide this fix since about 2002 when reports of SUAs in Toyota's suddenly increased.  But at least they're acknowledging the solution and are going to make it standard.

As we've blogged before, if you get in a situation where you vehicle suddenly accelerates and the accelerator pedal will not return, do NOT pump your brakes.  Simply depress the brake firmly and hold it down until stopped.  Then switch the vehicle to neutral and once stopped, immediately power off.

If you've been injured or know someone who has been injured in a SUA event while operating a Toyota, please don't hesitate to contact the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood to speak with an attorney about sudden unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles.  1-877-829-7211.

Toyota Recalls More Vehicles

Another 1.09 million Toyota vehilces have been added to the massive recall. The Toyota recall is also now reaching beyond the US. Toyota announced recalls in China and Europe.

Additionally, lawmakers have now said that they want to review consumer complaints of unintended acceleration as reported in the Toyota vehicles. They plan on having his hearing on Feb. 25th.

House lawmakers, meanwhile, said they intend to hold a Feb. 25 hearing to review the complaints of sudden unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles. "Like many consumers, I am concerned by the seriousness and scope of Toyota's recent recall announcements," said House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif. (msnbc)

Although, Toyota had originally said the unexplained acceleration was related to the floor mats, they are now looking towards the actual pedals manufactured by CTS, who also makes pedals for many other car companies.

Toyota dealers in the U.S. have been swamped with calls from concerned owners but had few answers as the recalls snowballed. Elkhart, Ind.-based CTS Corp., which made the parts...

...No decision has been made yet on whether to repair the pedals or replace them altogether, he said, and he would not estimate how long it will take for customers to see action.

CTS also makes pedals for Honda Motor Co., Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan Motor Co. and Ford Motor Co. in China, but the company said pedals made for those manufacturers don't have the same design. Still, Ford on Thursday halted production of some full-sized commercial vehicles in China because they contain CTS gas pedals.

If you have been affected by these product defects, please contact our office immediately to discuss your potential matter.

 

Breaking News: Toyota's Latest Recall

 

Yesterday, Toyota announced a voluntary recall  of an additional 2.3 million vehicles due to “isolated reports of sticking accelerator pedal mechanisms…”.

This announcement follows on the heels of Toyota’s recall of 3.8 million Lexus and Toyota vehicles for floor mat design that interferes with accelerator pedals and can result in stuck throttles.

 

 

Though Toyota’s announcement in no way implicates the earlier, larger recall, it is obvious that the reports of sudden acceleration are causing problems at the world’s largest car manufacturer.

It appears Toyota’s public stance on sudden acceleration in their vehicles is coming full circle. Ever since late 2002 and early 2003, there have been documented reports of Toyota vehicles experiencing sudden unintended acceleration. Many can be found here

Initially, some calibration corrections to the electronic control module were recommended by the company in a low profile TSB, though Toyota insisted these instances were isolated. Some real time context for these issues can be reviewed at the Edmunds.com Toyota Camry forum  (which dates back well into 2003). Car owners on that forum reported many instances of “surging” in the V6 engine in the summer of ’03.

Then from 2004-2005 a series of investigations are launched by NHTSA’s ODI. Toyota’s nearly uniform response to each of these investigations is that there is no defect, but by mid-2006, Toyota starts to look at changes to the carpet floor covering on their Highlander and Lexus RX vehicles.

This view, that perhaps the floor covering or other outside interference with the pedal is causing these reports, becomes Toyota’s position throughout 2007 and includes Toyota sending notice to its Lexus dealers about instructing consumers on proper floor mat us. In September of 2007, this view crystallizes when Toyota issues 55,000 vehicle recall of Toyota and Lexus models equipped with optional all weather floor mats.

From September of 2007, until just yesterday, Toyota’s public position has been resolute: any instances of stuck accelerators were likely caused by floor mat entrapment.

But yesterday’s recall mentions nothing about floor mats, nothing about carpet covering, and deals precisely with the inner workings of the accelerator pedal. How much longer will it be until Toyota comes full circle and looks at the electronics involved in the throttle control as it started to way back in 2003? We don’t know, but we do know that reports  of sudden  unintended  acceleration continue  to pop up in vehicles equipped with electronic throttles. And though this problem appears to be affecting Toyota’s more than the general population of vehicles, it is a problem that is becoming serious.

Currently we are investigating several reports of “engine surge” or “sudden acceleration” in Toyotas and other model vehicles. Sadly, several of these cases involve serious injury to the occupants. If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident caused by sudden acceleration of their vehicle, please ask them to contact the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood.

Safety Tips:

What do you do as a driver if your Toyota suddenly accelerates?

First, you must remember something very important about the design of Toyotas. They do not, for the most part, include a safety mechanism that cuts the engine to idle when accelerators and brakes are depressed simultaneously. So the brakes alone will likely not be enough to slow down the car. If the unexpected does happen, here are some safety tips on how to deal with the situation.

  1.  Firmly depress and hold the brake pedal down.
  2. NEVER pump the brakes. This will cause your brakes to lose whatever minimal stopping power they may have had.
  3. Shift your vehicle into neutral.
  4. Once the vehicle comes to a stop, immediately turn the ignition off and safely exit.

 

Registration Requirements for Toddler/Infant Products

The CPSC unanimously approved a new rule requiring maufacturers of toddler/infant durable goods to establish and maintain a registration card program. Ths includes:

18 product categories: full-size cribs and nonfull-size cribs; toddler beds; high chairs, booster chairs, and hook-on chairs; bath seats; gates and other enclosures for confining a child; play yards; stationary activity centers; infant carriers; strollers; walkers; swings; bassinets and cradles; children’s folding chairs; changing tables; infant bouncers; infant bathtubs; portable toddler bed rails; and infant slings

The rule specifically states what information the manufactuers must maintain. This is in an effort to make distribution of recall information faster and more efficient. Read the www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10093.htmlnotice here.

Window Shade Recall

The CPSC issued ten recalls today involving window shades/roman shades/roll up shades. These recalls were prompted by the risk of strangulation to children. A repair kit is supposed to be available to those who have these products in their homes and you should request one immediately. The CPSC is recommending that you inspect your home and ensure that you do not have accesible cords from these shades in the front, on the side or back. DO NOT place a crib,child's bed or other furniture near these blinds. Make all loose cords completely inaccesible. Install devices to keep the cord taut. There have been 5 deaths and 16 near stranglations of children from these Roman shades since 2006 and 3 deaths from from roll-up blinds since 2001.

A list of the all the recalls is below:

1. Window Covering Safety Council Recalls to Repair All Roman and Roll-Up Blinds Due to Risk of Strangulation, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10073.html

2. Near Strangulations of Child Prompts Recall to Repair Roman Shades and Roll-Up Blinds by JCPenney, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10066.html

3. Risk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Roll-Up Blinds and Roman Shades by Walmart, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10067.html

4. Strangulation Death of a Child Prompts Recall to Repair Roman Shades by All Strong Industry, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10068.html

5. Risk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Roll-Up Blinds by Lotus & Windoware: Sold Exclusively at Ace Hardware and Big Lots, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10069.html

6. Risk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Matchstick Roll-Up Shades by International Merchandise; Sold Exclusively at Big Lots, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10070.html

7. Near Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Roman and Roller Shades Sold at Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, and PBTeens, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10071.html

8. Risk of Strangulation Prompts Recall of Roman Shades; Sold Exclusively at West Elm, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10072.html

9. Risk of Strangulation Prompts Recall of Roman Shades by Draper Inc., http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10074.html

10. Near Strangulation of Children Prompts Recall of Roman Shades by Louis Hornick & Co. Sold at Ross Stores, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10075.html
 

If your child has been injured due to a product defect, call our office immediately.

Even Flo Recall

Approximately 3728 Even Flo First Choice Infant Restraint systems, model 3604098, are being recalled. They were manufactured between January and September 2009. They fail to meet the federal requirements for labels on child restraint systems. As with all child restraints systems, there are required labels that must remain on the restraint seat always. Those labels must include information to register the seat, NHTSA information, and certification the seat complies with federal safety standards.

If your child has been injured due to a failed child restraint system, please contact our office to discuss your matter.

Maclaren Strollers Recalled

Approximately one million Maclaren strollers have been recalled after 12 reports of children's finger tips being amputated on a hinge found on the strollers. The recall involves both the single and double umbrella strollers sold between 1999 and 2009.

The models involved are Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno, and Easy Traveller.

Should you have been injured by a product such as this, please contact our firm immediately to discuss your potential claim at 1-877-829-7211.

 

 

CPSC Recalls Wooden Playsets, Travel Mugs, Microwaves

The CPSC issued several recalls on November 5th.

Adventure Playsets recalled about 275,000 (n the US) wooden playsets. The plastic coated lumbar on the horizontal ladder (aka. the monkey bar/swing beam) can weaken over time due to the rotting whitewood thus resulting in a serious fall hazard.

Description: This recall involves wooden play sets with swings, slides and ladders. Each set has an overhead monkey bar ladder that acts as both the monkey bar and swing beam, and an end ladder coated with cranberry or green plastic. The instruction manual has the name "Adventure Playsets" and one of the following model numbers printed on the cover.

Durango 1-AP016 and 1- AP018

Yukon 1-AP052

Tacoma 1- AP017 and 1-AP051

El Dorado 1-AP016

Bellevue 1-AP048, and 1-AP012

Dakota 1- AP046

Sherwood 1-AP049

Sedona 1- AP002

Ventura 1-AP008

Madison 1- AP006 and 1-AP015

Belmont 1-AP003  

Note: The Bellevue,Tacoma and Durango swing sets were previously recalled due to detaching frames and a fall hazard.

Sold at: Walmart, Toys R Us, Academy Sports, Menards, and Mill stores nationwide, and online at Walmart.com, ToyRUs.com, Willygoat.com and through the DMSI catalog from January 2004 through December 2007 for between $300 and $600.

 

The Life is Good Company recalled approximately 15,000 Newbury travel mugs. They can become excessively hot and burn the users. There have already been three reports of excessively hot mugs and one suffered a burn to the hand.

SamsungT Over-the-range microwaves have been recalled due to a shock hazard.. This recall involves about 43,000 units. If an installation bolt comes into contact with an electrical component found inside the microwave, and the microwave is plugged into an ungrounded outlet, a shock hazard may present itself.

 

 

 

 

Nissan Sentra Recall

Nissan announced that it is recalling approximately 10,586 Nissan Sentras from the 2009 model year which are equipped with Bosch master cylinders. Brake fluid may leak causing the brakes to function improperly.

NISSAN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009 PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH BOSCH MASTER CYLINDERS. BRAKE FLUID MAY LEAK FROM THE MASTER CYLINDER. IF THE AMOUNT OF BRAKE FLUID IN THE MASTER CYLINDER RESERVOIR DECREASES TO BELOW THE MINIMUM LEVEL, THE BRAKE SYSTEM WARNING INDICATOR WILL ILLUMINATE AS DESIGNED AND THE BRAKES WILL NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY.

According to the listing on NHTSA's site, the brake circuit may fail and therefore increase the likelihood of a crash. If your vehicle is defective and you would like to discuss your situation with us, contact us immediately at 919-233-0520.

 

Nissan Rogue Recall

Nissan announced yet another recall of some of its Model Year 2008-2009 Rogues. This recall could affect approximately 163,659 units and involves a screw in the steering gear cover that may loosen and fall out, potentially resulting in complete loss of steering.

THE SCREW MAY EVENTUALLY COME OUT OF THE STEERING GEAR COVER. IF LARGE STEERING INPUTS ARE MADE WITH THE COVER SCREW MISSING THE PINION SHAFT MAY COME OUT OF THE STEERING GEAR RESULTING IN A COMPLETE LOSS OF STEERING CONTROL AND INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

This is yet another recall in a line of them involving the Nissan Rogue. Other recalls have involved problems with the software in the electrical system announced in October 2008, an air bag sensor issue in the passenger side causing the air bag to fail in deployment which was also announced in October 2008, and a tire pressure monitoring system issue leading to potential crash hazard, reported October 1, 2009.

If you have been the victim of a product defect, and would like to discuss your matter, please contact us at 919-233-0520.

Toyota Recall

Toyota will be recalling nearly 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles. The report cites this recall will be in an effort to fix a safety problem where floor mats are jamming the accelerator. The unsecured floor mats are allegedly either getting caught or somehow jamming the accelerator to a point where the vehicles are speeding out of control. Some of these vehicles have led to horrible crashes killing innocent occupants. A recent crash has finally prompted Toyota to take some action according to NHTSA. Of course it remains to be seen if it truly is the floor mats causing these problems or if it possible there are other issues with these vehicles.

The impending U.S. recall, the largest in Toyota's ( TM - news - people ) history, followed a horrific crash last month in San Diego in which a mat was suspected of snagging a gas pedal on a runaway Lexus, ending with a fiery crash that killed four family members.

The recall will invlove the following models:

The affected vehicles include 2007-2010 Camry, 2005-2010 Avalon, 2004-2009 Prius, 2005-2010 Tacoma, 2007-2010 Tundra, 2007-2010 Lexus ES 350 and 2006-2010 Lexus IS 250 and IS350

To read the entire article click here.

Air Bag Recalls

Several air bags have been recalled involving different car manufacturers. Many of these recalls have to with sensor problems causing the air bag either to fail in its deployment, or to go off causing serious injury to the passenger.

• GM: 12,662 2009 Cadillac CTS sedans over a software problem that may disable the front-passenger air bag when it should be enabled or vice versa.

• Nissan: more than 200,000 2007-08 Altima, 350Z, Murano and Rogue and Infiniti EX35, G35 and G37 vehicles to fix a sensor for the passenger-side air bag. Nissan is also recalling 16,365 2006 Murano and 2008 Infiniti EX35 SUVs to fix incorrectly programmed software that may lead passenger-side air bags to fail.

• BMW: 200,000 2006 3 Series and 2004-06 5 Series cars and 2004-06 X3 SUVs over concerns that the front-passenger air bag may not deploy in a crash. Small cracks could develop in a seat detection mat and deactivate the bags but activate the warning light.

• Hyundai: is recalling 393,714 2006-08 Sonata sedans to fix a problem with the air-bag system in the front passenger seat. The affected cars have an advanced system that disables the passenger front bag when it detects a child-restraint system or small child in the seat.

• Ford: is recalling 470,000 2005-08 Mustangs to update passenger-side front-air-bag software. Ford says internal testing showed the air bag could injure a small, unbelted passenger.

Read the article on chicagotribune.com

If you or someone you know has been injured due to an airbag or an airbag failure please contact our office at 919-677-0144.

Peanut Recalls and Salmonella

The fall out from the peanut and peanut product recalls seems to keep growing each day. Apparently there has been a link found between the Georgia company involved with the nationwide salmonella outbreak and schools in three states.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Agriculture Department shipped possibly contaminated peanut butter and other foods to schools in at least three states under a contract with the Georgia company blamed for a nationwide salmonella outbreak.

The government abruptly suspended all business with the company Thursday, as officials defended their efforts to halt the outbreak that has sickened at least 575 people in 43 states. At least eight have died. It's become one of the largest food recalls ever, including more than 1,300 products.

The potentially contaminated products went to school free lunch programs in California, Minnesota and Idaho in 2007, the Department of Agriculture said Friday. Peanut butter and roasted peanuts processed by the Peanut Corp. of America were sent to the schools.

 

In addition, WRAL recently reported that the Cary, NC based Kellogg Co.'s Austin Quality Foods has been linked to the Salmonella issues.

Tests have determined that one sample of peanut butter paste from a Cary cracker factory contains the same strain of salmonella that has sickened hundreds of people nationwide in recent weeks, officials said Monday.

Inspectors with the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services took 50 samples from the Kellogg Co.'s Austin Quality Foods plant in Cary, which uses peanut butter from the Georgia plant. All but one tested negative for salmonella.

The tainted sample came from a Sept. 19 peanut butter shipment, which should help federal investigators pinpoint the time frame of the contamination at the Georgia plant, said Joe Reardon, food and drug protection director for the department.

Unfortunately as each day passes, it seems there are additional product recalls indicating how wide spread the contamination really is. If you have been adversely affected, and would like to discuss your matter, please contact our office at 919-677-0144.

Child Product Recalls

Recalls of children's furniture and products abounds this month.

Evenflo recalled their Majestic highchairs due to fall and choking hazards:

Hazard: Plastic caps and metal screws on both sides of the high chair can loosen and fall out, posing both fall and choking hazards to children. Plastic caps and screws that become loose and fall out can cause the seatback to suddenly fall back or detach from the high chair. Children can fall out or collide with objects and suffer broken bones, abrasions, cuts and bruises. Detached plastic caps and metal screws also pose a choking hazard to children.

Incidents/Injuries: Evenflo has received 140 reports of seatbacks reclining, falling back and/or detaching unexpectedly, which resulted in at least 47 reports of bumps and bruises to the head, two reports of broken bones, and at least 45 reports of other injuries including abrasions, cuts, and bruises. Evenflo has received more than 1,000 reports of plastic caps and screws falling out of the high chairs, including seven incidents in which caps and screws were found in children’s hands or mouths but were removed before choking occurred.

 

For more information on the Evenflo Majestic high chair recall please see the CPSC website here.

Lead paint is still a major issue with multiple products. As you look for furniture or holiday gifts for your children, please keep that in mind.

As a matter of fact, today, Munire recalled approximately 3,000 cribs and 6,000 pieces of matching furniture in the Newport Rubbed Black editions due to lead violations.

Hazard: The red paint which is underneath the black finish paint on some of the cribs and matching furniture exceeds federal lead limits. If ingested by young children lead can cause adverse health effects.

Incidents/Injuries: Munire has received one report of a child ingesting the paint. The child was diagnosed with lead poisoning.

For more information on this crib/furniture recall visit the CPSC website here.

In addition, Woodstock Percussion Inc.recalled approximately 2,800 toy drums due to a lead paint violation.

Hazard: Surface paint on the recalled toy drums contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

To read the full notice, please click here.

Last week, Xtreme Toy Zone recalled about 480 toy dinosaurs due to a lead paint standards violation.

Hazard: Surface paint on the toy dinosaurs can contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

Read the full notice 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.

Huge Crib Recall

The CPSC announced today a recall of 985,000 Delta Enterprise Drop Side Cribs. Apparently there are missing safety pegs which can lead to entrapment and suffocation.

When the safety pegs in the base of each leg of the crib are missing from the lower track, the crib locks can disengage and detach if lowered below the peg hole, creating a hazardous gap. This gap can lead to the entrapment and suffocation of an infant or toddler.

CPSC staff is aware of a death of an 8-month-old child who became entrapped and suffocated when the drop side of the crib detached in a reassembled crib where the safety pegs were not installed. CPSC is also aware of two entrapments and nine disengagement incidents in cribs where the safety pegs were missing.

The recalled cribs have date codes ranging from 1995 though December 2005 and one model (4624) was made in 2007. The model numbers are located on the top of the mattress support board.

 

 

In addition, 600,000 Delta Enterprise Drop Side cribs have been recalled which were manufactured and sold between 2000 and 2007. The two notices can be here and here in their entirety.

With these recalls effecting an enormous volume of consumers, the CPSC announced that it is considering rulemaking with regards to crib defects.

Since the creation of the CPSC Early Warning System in fall of 2007, the agency has conducted five crib recalls where the hardware was broken, missing or otherwise failed to function. Cribs with drop sides are the type most likely to experience hardware problems. They contain more moving parts and have more non-rigid connections than static, or non-drop side cribs. In many cases the drop side corners disengage from the tracks located on the crib ends, or safety stops become nonfunctional permitting the drop side to detach from the crib. These types of defects are often undetected by parents or caregivers and can worsen when the baby pushes or leans against the side of the crib.

While the mandatory and voluntary crib standards have succeeded in preventing many deaths and injuries, the agency staff believes the performance requirements can be strengthened to deal with the problems identified by the Early Warning System. Therefore, agency staff will be recommending that the Commission vote to issue an Advanced Notice of Proposed (ANPR) rulemaking to examine and assess potential design and durability issues and possible mandatory performance requirements to prevent future entrapments and strangulations to children. If approved, the ANPR will seek input and information about hardware systems, other hardware issues, assembly and instructional problems and wood quality/strength issues for cribs with both stationary and drop side construction.

As these cribs fail, and caregivers are left unaware of the inherent dangers, the children are the ones who remain the victims. It would seem that more needs to be done with regard to the safety of the cribs which make it into the marketplace.

The CPSC offers the following as safety tips:

Safety Tips for all cribs:

  • Parents should not use any crib with missing, broken or loose parts.

  • Hardware should be inspected from time to time and tightened to keep the crib sturdy.

  • When using a drop side crib parents should check to make sure the drop side or any other moving part operates smoothly on its track.

  • Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement. Any disengagement can create a gap and entrap a child.

  • Do not try to repair any side of the crib without manufacturer approved hardware or with tape, wire or rope.

  • Putting a broken side up against the wall does not solve the problem and can often make it worse.

Playkids USA recall cribs

An infant death has prompted the recall of approximately 2,000 convertible cribs by Playkids USA. The mesh siding expands and can cause gaps between the matress and sides. This allows room enough for an infant to fall into the space, become entrapped and possibly suffocate. A 5 month old child died in August 2008when he became entrapped and suffocated.

This recall involves the Playkids U.S.A. convertible crib/playpen/bassinet/bed with model number PLK-909. “Playkids U.S.A.” can be found on the packaging and on a label sewn into the side of the crib. The model number can be found on the packaging. The convertible cribs have a drop side rail, a stationary side rail, a canopy assembly, and a bassinet. The sides of the convertible crib, the mattress support, the bassinet, the canopy and the bedskirt are covered in fabric and mesh. The fabric and the mesh come in a variety of colors and patterns. read the notice

With the tremendous amount of recalls occurring involving children products, especially cribs, we have to wonder what's going on with testing of the products prior to their public sale.

Drop Side Cribs recalled

Simplicity (which as we have mentioned before on our blog - is no longer in business) has recalled about 600,000 drop side cribs. The drop side, when it comes off its tracks can pose a serious risk of injury by entrapment, suffocation, and strangulation to infants. The cribs according to the CPSC's website were sold at:

AAFES, of Dallas, Texas
Babies“R”Us, of Wayne, N.J.
Burlington Coat Factory/Baby Depot, of Burlington, N.J.
K’s Merchandise (out of business)
Meijer Distribution Inc., of Grand Rapids, Mich.
Nebraska Furniture Mart, of Omaha, Neb.
ShopKo, of Green Bay, Wis.
Target, of Minneapolis, Minn.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc, of Bentonville, Ark.

They were sold between January 2005 through August 2008. For additional information on this recall please visit the CPSC website.

if at anytime our child is a victim of a products defect it is important to bring it to the CPSC's attention.

Dodge Challenger Recalled

All vehicles have federal safety standards they must meet. It turns out that Chrysler has to recall 6,636 2008-2009 Doge Challengers which have automatic transmissions and the "keyless go" option. Why? According to edmunds.com inside line it may

fail to meet a federal safety standard for theft prevention which could result in accidental rollaway.

It appears that when the stop/start button can be pressed and in postions other than Park. That would to me,  definitely seem to pose a problem.

According to the National HighwayTraffic Saftey Administration, this safety standard exists to reduce crashes due to theft or rollaway vehicles.

Crib recalls

Yesterday, August 5, the CPSC announced two separate recalls involving cribs. Both have been recalled because they do not meet the minimum federal safety standards.
The cribs involved int he recall are 1300 units made by Mother's Hubbard's Cupboard's of Toronto, Canada, and 500 units made by Baby Appleseed of California.

Far too often products such as the cribs listed above make it into the market place while they fail to meet safety requirements. For instance child safety seats are self policed. That means the manufacturers have the "minimum" standards they are required to meet and they self test to see if their safety seat meets those requirements.

If your child has been hurt by a product such as a crib, child safety seat or other product and you feel we may be able to assist you please contact us.

Nissan Recall - Fire Hazard

Nissan has issued a recall for 180,664 model year 2005-2006 Titan, Armada, and Infiniti QX56 manufactured after March 17, 2005 as announced on the NHTSA ODI website. It seems these vehicles that are equipped with the Visteon air conditioning condenser air motor. The fan may not be properly sealed thereby allowing excessive water intrusion. This corrosion can lead to overheating thus resulting in a car fire.

If you have been involved in a  car fire and think our firm can assist you please do not hesitate to contact us. The notice is as follows:
Summary:
 NISSAN IS RECALLING 180,664 MY 2005-2006 TITAN, ARMADA AND INFINITY QX56 VEHICLES MANUFACTURED AFTER MARCH 17, 2005, THAT ARE EQUIPPED WITH A VISTEON AIR CONDITIONING CONDENSER FAN MOTOR. THE FAN MOTOR MAY NOT BE PROPERLY SEALED ALLOWING EXCESSIVE WATER INTRUSION AND INADEQUATE DRAINAGE OF MOISTURE.
Consequence:
 THIS COULD CAUSE CORROSION IN THE MOTOR LEADING POSSIBLY TO OVERHEATING AND A FIRE.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL INSTALL A 'THERMAL PROTECTOR KIT' AND TEST THE AIR CONDITIONING CONDENSER FAN MOTOR AND REPLACE IT IF NECESSARY. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN NEAR THE END OF JULY 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.

E. Coli in Beef - Affected Areas Expanded

According to a report e. coli found in recalled beef in Michigan and Ohio has now been expanded to three other states to include New York, Kentucky and Indiana.
The outbreak has been traced to beef sold in Kroger supermarkets in Michigan and Ohio. The Kroger Co. last month recalled ground beef sold in Michigan and Ohio stores, then this month expanded it to include other states. Nebraska Beef Ltd. supplied the meat, ultimately recalling 5.3 million pounds of beef.
According to the report, this e. coli can cause deadly infections. So far, the CDC says that 21 people have been hospitalized, one person developed kidney failure, however, no one has died.

Article

CDC'S E. Coli site

Tire Valve Recall

Tech International, a distributor based in Ohio, has announced that it is recalling 6 million tire valves. These tire valves were manufactured by China based, Shanghai Baolong Industries Co. The recall notice stated that stems could crack and cause a gradual reduction in tire pressure. Of course it is very difficult to figure out who has these types of valves on their tires.
"Tech International does not know the identity of any end-users of the TR413 valves and has no realistic method of determining the identity of such individuals. Furthermore, there is no realistic method for Tech International to identify the production dates of any specific TR413 valves," the company said in its letter to NHTSA.

There is a push for people to inspect their tires, valves for any cracks, and to check the tire  pressure.
  "Air loss at highway speeds may result in a tire failure and loss-of-control crash," said Sean Kane, president of Safety Research and Strategies.

Read the entire article found in the Detroit News.

Crib Recall

About 320,000 Jardine Cribs sold at Babies R Us have been recalled according to an announcement by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. According to the  press release, the cribs' slats and spindles can  break  causing a gap which may lead to  entrapment or  strangulation of babies.There are several models included. The press release can  be read here.

Car Seat Recall

Chicco, USA has recalled the bases to approximately 18,000 of their infant rear-facing car seats.
Here are the  details found on the Office of Defects Investigations website:
  
Component: CHILD SEAT:BASE (INFANT)
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 18000
Summary:
 CHICCO USA, INC. IS RECALLING APPROXIMATELY 18,000 BASES USED IN KEYFIT AND KEYFIT 30 REAR-FACING CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEMS AND IN CORTINA TRAVEL SYSTEMS, AND STAND-ALONE BASES FOR THESE SYSTEMS PURCHASED SEPARATELY, THAT WERE MANUFACTURED BETWEEN FEBRUARY 26 AND MARCH 17, 2008. SOME OF THESE BASES HAVE A DEFECT THAT CAN PREVENT THE BASE FROM BEING TIGHTLY SECURED TO A VEHICLE WHEN THE LOWER LATCH ATTACHMENTS ARE USED AS A METHOD OF INSTALLATION. SPECIFICALLY, WHEN A DEFECTIVE BASE IS INSTALLED WITH THE LOWER LATCH ATTACHMENT STRAPS, THE WEBBING USED TO TIGHTEN THE BASE TO THE VEHICLE SEAT CAN SLIP THROUGH THE ADJUSTMENT LOCK.
Consequence:
 IF THE WEBBING WERE TO SLIP DURING A VEHICLE CRASH, THE BASE COULD MOVE, POSSIBLY INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY.
If you have a car seat that may be affected by this recall:  
CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

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.

Toy Cell Phone Recalled

CPSC announced that  Kids Station Toys has recalled about 1 million chit and chat toy cell phones. The toy can break apart causing a serious choking hazard for children. It should be noted that the phones with a visible screw on the hinge are not included. Read the notice here.

If you or your family have been negatively affected by a defective product and would like to discuss your matter please contact us at 1-877-829-7211.

Toyota Highlander Recall

Seat belts can save your life if they work. 90,000 2008 Toyota Highlanders and Toyota Highlander hybrids are being recalled due to the fact that the seat belts' locking mechanisms failing.
The locking mechanism on the seat belts apparently cannot secure properly when certain rear-facing child safety seats are used, which could cause the child seats to move, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported on Friday. Read More
If you have been affected by a seat belt failure or any other mechanism defect, please report it the NHTSA. If our law firm can be of  any assistance please do not hesitate to  contact us.




GM recalls- Fires

There has been yet another car recall because of a threat of fire. This time it involves GM Buick Regals and Pontiacs.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — General Motors has recalled 207,542 1997-2003 Buick Regal GS and Pontiac Grand Prix GTP models with 3.8-liter supercharged V6 engines over a risk that they could catch fire. The recall includes a strong warning not to park the vehicles "in a garage, carport or other structure" to avoid the risk of fire.

"Certain underhood fires may be caused by drops of engine oil being deposited on the exhaust manifold through hard braking," says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the recalls summary on its Web site. "If the manifold is hot enough and the oil runs below the heat shield, it may ignite into a small flame and, in some instances, spread to the plastic spark plug wire channel." Other documentation adds that "most cases have occurred five to 10 minutes after the vehicle has been turned off."

The NHTSA reports that the problem has caused 267 fires to date and six injuries, five of which are minor. There are no fatalities associated with the problem. Read more

Cruise Control Issues

If you have a Ford please take note. The National Highway Safety Administration announced certain Ford vehicles pose a fire risk due to malfunctioning cruise controls.

WASHINGTON -- The National Highway Safety Administration today urged owners of more than 4 million unrepaired Ford Motor Co. vehicles that are at risk of fire because of a defective cruise control deactivation switch to "immediately" get it fixed.

The Detroit News reported Monday that Ford won't have an adequate supply of parts to repair trucks and vans until June.

Ford has urged owners to take vehicles into dealerships to get their cruise control deactivated as an interim fix until it has enough parts on hand to fix the cruise control.

Ford expanded its recall by 3.6 million vehicles last August, but NHTSA has continued to receive complaints of fires -- about 60 since then.

In a statement, NHTSA said: "Many dealers will perform this as a 'drive through' service so owners do not have to leave their vehicles at the dealership or schedule an appointment in advance. Failure to have the switch disconnected could lead to a vehicle fire at any time, whether or not the key is in the ignition, and whether or not owners use the cruise control system. The safety agency said the fire danger is present regardless of the age of the vehicle, and could even occur while the vehicle is parked and unattended."

Ford has had seven separate recalls since 1999 of a total of 9.6 million vehicles, including 220,000 vehicles re-recalled earlier this month.

Combined, the campaigns represent one of the largest recalls in U.S. history.

The $21 Texas Instruments switches were installed in 16 million Ford vehicles over a decade before the automaker stopped using them in 2002.


The switches have been linked to nearly 550 vehicle fires and 1,500 complaints. Ford faces more than 125 lawsuits around the country.

The switch is used to deactivate a vehicle's cruise control when a driver taps the brake pedal. Most of the suits allege fires began well after the vehicles were turned off.

In many cases, insurance companies initially paid for damage to homes in fires that the owners claim were sparked by Ford vehicles, and then the insurers sued Ford to try to recoup their losses.

Only a few cases involving the faulty switches have gone to trial, among them one in South Carolina. A jury in March 2007 awarded a couple $3.5 million, including $3 million in punitive damages over a house fire allegedly set by a 2000 Ford Expedition. That case is under appeal.


If you have been affected by such a product defect and would like to discuss your situation please contact our firm.

Nissan: Recalls

Nissan announced a recall involving the air bag component. If you believe your vehicle might be affected by the recall  make sure to contact your auto dealership. This recall involves the potential for an airbag to fail to deploy when involved in a crash.
Make / Models :         Model/Build Years:    
     INFINITI / EX35     2008
     NISSAN / MURANO     2009
Manufacturer : NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC. Mfr's Report Date : FEB 12, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V066000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: AIR BAGS
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 16365
Summary:
 NISSAN IS RECALLING 16,365 MY 2008 INFINITI EX35 AND MY 2009 NISSAN MURANO VEHICLES. DUE TO INCORRECT SOFTWARE PROGRAMMING, THE AIR BAG CONTROL UNIT (ACU) MAY CAUSE THE PASSENGER AIR BAG NOT TO OPERATE AS DESIGNED IF THE VEHICLE BATTERY BECOMES SIGNIFICANTLY DISCHARGED.
Consequence:
 THIS COULD RESULT IN THE PASSENGER AIR BAG NOT INFLATING IN A CRASH IN WHICH IT WAS DESIGNED TO DO SO, AND INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE ACU IN AFFECTED VEHICLES. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING FEBRUARY 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT INFINITI AT 1-800-662-6200 OR NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.
Notes:
 CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

Safety Recall - Automobiles

We post about safety recalls involving automobiles..but you may wonder what are they and what do they entail? Here is some information about what safety recalls are from the Office of Defects Investigation.

What does it mean when a manufacturer initiates a safety recall involving vehicles or items of motor vehicle equipment?

A safety recall involving a motor vehicle or an item of motor vehicle equipment can be independently conducted by a manufacturer or ordered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In either case, the manufacturer must file a public report describing the safety-related defect or noncompliance with a Federal motor vehicle safety standard, the involved vehicle/equipment population, the major events that resulted in the recall determination, a description of the remedy, and a schedule for the recall. NHTSA monitors each safety recall to ensure the manufacturers provide owners safe, free, and effective remedies according to the Safety Act and Federal regulations. Manufacturers are obligated to attempt to notify owners of recalled products. For vehicles, that means manufacturers merge their own records of vehicle purchasers with current state vehicle registration information. For equipment, where state registration records do not exist, manufacturers are obligated to notify their distribution chain and known purchasers of the recalled equipment. However, even if you do not receive a notification, if your vehicle, child seat, or other item of equipment is involved in a safety recall, the manufacturer is obligated to provide a free remedy.

Each notification letter must contain the following information:

  • describe the defect or noncompliance;
  • the risk or hazard posed by the problem, including any warning of the problem;
  • a brief description of the free remedy, including when the remedy will be available and how long the repair will take; and
  • a description of what the owner can do if the owner is unable to have the problem corrected within a reasonable time and without charge.

Remedy without charge means the repair, replacement, or repurchase of the vehicle or item of equipment that will correct the safety defect or noncompliance. The manufacturer initially decides what the remedy will be, but it may be changed if it is not effective. Owners should have the recall work completed as soon as possible. Recalls involving tires are specifically limited in the Safety Act such that the owner has only three months from the date of notification to have the recall work accomplished. All other safety recalls are in effect for the life of the product.

The Safety Act does not provide for reimbursement for damages that the defect or noncompliance may have caused, nor for reimbursement for costs incurred in correcting the problem before the manufacturer declared a safety recall. However, owners may be able to recover such expenses privately. Historically, most manufacturers will reimburse owners for the costs of repair incurred before the safety recall, if the owner has kept the receipts for service.

What to do if you are unable to have the recall work done or have it done without charge.

In the vast majority of cases, dealers perform safety-related recall repairs promptly and correctly. However, from time to time, problems do occur. We can categorize these problems broadly as an inability to have the recall work done or to have it done without charge.

When you receive a letter from the manufacturer of your vehicle notifying you that your car has been recalled, you should contact your dealer's service department to arrange for the recall repair. If you then have problems in obtaining the free recall repair, you can contact NHTSA immediately as explained below under Step 3. However, it is usually quicker to attempt to resolve the problem using Steps 1 or 2.

Step 1: Contact the dealer service manager

The first step is to contact the dealer service manager. You should explain the situation to the manager, identifying the work required as part of a safety recall. If you have the manufacturer's notification letter on the safety recall, it will help explain your concern.

In the vast majority of cases, this will resolve any problems. However, if you do not feel the service manager has answered your concerns completely, then you should contact the manufacturer, Step 2.

Step 2: Contact the Manufacturer

To contact the manufacturer, call the telephone number (usually toll-free) that is provided in the letter sent to you notifying you of the recall. You can also find the telephone number for the manufacturer's local representative or toll free customer service number in the back of the vehicle owner's manual. Once again, you must describe the problem you are having and usually the following information:

  • The make, model, and model year of your vehicle and the vehicle identification number (VIN);
  • Briefly describe the recall and the problem you are having;
  • Identify your dealer and what steps you have taken with the dealer to resolve the matter.

The manufacturer will look into the matter and should be able to resolve your concern within a few days.

If you believe that you are unable to have the recall work completed without charge, then please contact NHTSA, Step 3. You should also contact the NHTSA if you believe that the recall work has not corrected the safety defect.

Step 3: Contact NHTSA

Contacting NHTSA is easy. You can write us, call us toll-free, or connect with us over the Internet. Our address and toll-free telephone number are provided in every recall notification letter. You can write to us at: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, West Building, Washington, D.C. 20590. Our toll-free telephone number is 888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236). To contact us over the Internet, simply go to our interactive web site at www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/ and complete the questionnaire.

Boppy Covers Recalled

Like most parents of a newborn, we had a boppy pillow.  They are wonderful and very helpful to nursing mothers.  One would think the idea of pillow covers was great...seems more hygienic...you can wash  them just as you do a regular pillow cover...but wait...some have been recalled!
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Boppy® Slipcovers

Units: About 38,000

Importer: The Boppy Company, of Golden, Colo.

Hazard: The zipper pull on the slipcovers can break, posing a choking hazard to young children. In addition, paint on the zippers contains excess levels of lead, which violates the federal lead paint standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves velvet and boa slipcovers intended for use with the Boppy® Bare Naked nursing and support pillow.

Slipcovers recalled due to a choking hazard were sold in three color combinations and have the following UPC and date codes found on the California Flammability Law tag. Slipcovers sold in clear vinyl packages are labeled Boppy® Luxe.

Color Combination UPC Code Date Code
Blue/Green Velvet 769662 30802 1 05/2006 and 06/2006
Pink/ Orange Velvet 769662 30801 4 05/2006 and 06/2006
Pastel Blue Velvet 769662 30705 5 05/2006
Picture of Recalled Slipcovers

Slipcovers recalled due excessive levels of lead paint were sold in four colors and have the following UPC and date codes found on the care instructions label and on the exterior of the packaging. Slipcovers sold in display boxes are labeled Boppy® Soothing.

Color UPC Code Date Code
Pastel Blue “Boa” 769662 32544 8 07030
Bright Pink Velvet 769662 32542 4 07030
Navy Blue Velvet 769662 32542 4 07030
Sage Green Velvet 769662 32709 1 07030
Picture of Recalled Slipcovers

Sold at: Slipcovers recalled due to choking hazard were sold at discount department stores nationwide from July 2006 through September 2007 for about $16. Slipcovers recalled due to lead paint were sold at discount department stores nationwide from February 2007 through September 2007 for between $15 and $17.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these products immediately and contact The Boppy Company for a free replacement product.

Consumer Contact: For information on identifying and/or exchanging the recalled slipcovers, call The Boppy Company at (888) 713-3916 anytime or visit the

Nike Football Helmet Chin Straps

Football players...a  recall involving helmet straps has been issued.  If you are using this product please take notice!
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Football Helmet Chin Straps

Units: About 235,000

Manufacturer: Nike Inc., of Beaverton, Ore.

Hazard: The chin strap’s plastic cup can break as a result of contact, exposing the player to facial or head injuries.


Incidents/Injuries: Nike has received 18 reports of the chin strap breaking, including two reports of concussions, two reports of facial lacerations requiring stitches, and a report of a broken nose.

Description: The recalled football helmet chin strap consists of a plastic cup with a foam liner, straps and four metal snaps. They were sold in both youth and adult sizes and come in black/gray and white/gray color combinations. The Nike Swoosh trademark is printed on the outside of the chin cup and DRI-FIT™ is printed on the foam liner. “Made in China” and one of the following four style numbers is printed on the inside of the strap: FA0016 046, FA0016 130, FA0021 046, or FA0021 130.

Sold at: Sporting good stores nationwide and on the firm’s Web site www.Nike.com from April 2006 through October 2007 for about $20.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the chin strap immediately and contact Nike for a product voucher redeemable at www.nikestore.com

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Nike toll-free at (888) 583-6453 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.nikebiz.com

Always keep in  mind that a head injury may not be apparent right away, so if you suspect that you  may have  suffered any type of brain injury, please seek medical attention as soon as  possible.

Huffy Recalls Bikes

US Product Safety Commission released an announcement concerning a recall involving Huffy bicycles.

Name of Product: 2007 Huffy “Howler” and “Highland” Bicycles

Units: About 22,000

Distributor: Huffy Corp., of Miamisburg, Ohio

Hazard: The bicycle crank can unexpectedly come off, causing the rider to lose control, fall and suffer serious injuries.

Incidents/Injuries: Huffy has received two reports of the crank coming off, resulting in one injury. 

 

Read the entire release.

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.

Britax Child Seat Recall

Here is yet another child seat recall report.  What is most disturbing is that Britax has in the past seemed to have a better reputation for their car seats.
Summary:
 CERTAIN BRITAX MARATHON CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEMS, MODELS E9L06, E9W06, AND E906, MANUFACTURED FROM MAY 23 THROUGH JULY 28, 2006. DURING TESTING, THE TETHER HOOK OPENED WHICH FAILS TO CONFORM TO THE DYNAMIC PERFORMANCE AND CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEM INTEGRITY REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 213, CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEMS.
Consequence:
 THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED THE AGENCY WITH A DESCRIPTION OF THE CONSEQUENCE AS IT RELATES TO MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY.
Remedy:
 BRITAX HAS NOT YET PROVIDED THE AGENCY WITH A REMEDY AND NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE.
Notes:
 CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

Dorel Juvenile Group- Car Seat Recall

On August 30, 2007 some Dorel Juvenile Group  (DJG) issued a recall which may affect a potential 1,267,978 units.
Here is a summary as reported:

COSCO: ALPHA OMEGA, ALPHA OMEGA ELITE, MODELS 22150, 22155, 22180, 22269; EDDIE BAUER: 3-IN-1, DELUXE 3-IN-1, DELUXE CONVERTIBLE, MODELS 22450, 22451, 22452, 22453, 22740, 22750, 22755, 22756, 22757, 22770; SAFETY 1ST: ALPHA ELITE, ALPHA OMEGA, ALPHA OMEGA ELITE, INTERA, ENSPIRA, MODELS 22151, 22450, 22451, 22452, 22453, 22455, 22460, 22470, 22480, 22740, 22481, CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEMS MANUFACTURED DURING NOVEMBER 2003 THROUGH DECEMBER 2005. THE HARNESS ADJUSTMENT STRAP CAN LOOSEN WHILE IN USE.
 
IN THE EVENT OF A VEHICLE CRASH, THE CHILD MAY NOT BE PROPERLY RESTRAINED, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN AN INCREASED RISK OF INJURY.
 
DJG WILL NOTIFY ALL REGISTERED OWNERS AND OFFER THEM A FREE REPAIR KIT TO REPLACE THE HARNESS ADJUSTMENT STRAP. OWNERS WHO HAVE NOT REGISTERED THEIR CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEM SHOULD VISIT DJG'S WEBSITE AT WWW.DJGUSA.COM OR CALL TOLL-FREE AT 800-219-0509. THE RECALL BEGAN ON AUGUST 30, 2007.
 
CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

Ford Recall - Cruise Control leading to fire

Ford recalls another 3.6 million vehicles due to engine fires resulting from faulty cruise controls.  They had recalled 6 million back in 2005 for what appears to be the same defect.  Apparently the issue is with vehicles primarily out of the Louisville plant.

More on this here.  Just hope they got them all this time.

Daimlerchysler- Electrical System Issue

On some cars, the Totally Integrated Power Module  (TIPM) was programmed with software that may allow the engine to stall under certain conditions.  This could cause a crash without prior warning. Dealers will reprogram the module. Their  number is 1-800-853-1403.  The recall began July 5, 2007.

Bike Rack Recalls

Thule, Inc. recalled certain bike racks with fold down arms.  apparently there exists a pinch  bolt between the bike arm bracket and the upright assembly of the hitch style rack.  This pinch  point can cause sever laceration or amputation of the hand or fingertips.  Thule will notify owners and provide a repair  kit and instructions free of charge. The phone number is 800-THULE91 (800-848-5391).