Children’s Product Recalls Due to Entanglement, Choking Hazards

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A number of children’s products have been recently recalled because they pose an entanglement and choking hazard to children. The products include toys, and clothing.

A number of children’s products have been recently recalled because they pose an entanglement and choking hazard to children.  The products include toys, and clothing.

The first recall has been announced by a New York-based company Children’s Apparel Network, which has recalled approximately 9,200 pieces of clothing.  These involve three-piece-clothing sets made for girls.  The reason for the recall is a possible entanglement hazard in the vest.  The vest that comes with the sets comes with a waist belt that could possibly get caught on doors and other areas.  A child could be at a serious risk of entanglement.

There are been no incidents of injuries linked to this recall.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission regulations require that designers design clothes that prevent any risk of entanglement of the neck or any strangulation hazard from outerwear.

Another company based in Illinois is recalling 2500 plush dolls, because there is a possible risk of a choking hazard.  The risk comes from the hands of the dolls, which can come loose and detach.  A child who places this little dolls hand inside the mouth, could be at risk of choking

According to the company, it has received at least one report in which the hand of the doll became loose and detached.  However, there have been no reports of choking linked to this recall.  There have been no injuries reported with these defects either.

The recall involves the Clara, Eleanor, Hanna, Lilah and Rose plush dolls that come with in yellow, light blue, green, dark blue and red colors.  Product liability attorneys recommend that customers who own these dolls, take away the recalled dolls from their children and return them to the company for a credit.

 

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FDA Proposes Stronger Rules for Emergency Defibrillators

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Emergency defibrillators are among a category of medical devices that has seen strong failure rates with as many as 45,000 of these medical devices believed to have failed over the past 7 years.

Emergency defibrillators are among a category of medical devices that has seen strong failure rates with as many as 45,000 of these medical devices believed to have failed over the past 7 years.  Understandably, the Food and Drug Administration and product liability attorneys continue to remain very concerned about the safety of these devices which are found in hundreds of public facilities, including shopping malls, restaurants and airports across the country.  The Food and Drug Administration is considering tightening the rules for cardiac defibrillators in order to improve the safety and reliability of these devices.

Many of the problems that have been reported with these emergency defibrillators have involved the design and manufacture of the defibrillator.  In other cases, there have been problems with poor control over components that were supplied by other companies.  The Food and Drug Administration is likely to consider these issues as well as a number of other aspects when it reviews the marketing of these defibrillators.  These emergency defibrillators are manufactured by a number of companies that include Royal Philips Electronics NV and Physio–Control Inc.

Under the Food and Drug Administration proposals, manufacturers would be required to provide strong clinical data that clearly shows that their devices are safe for use.  Such proof would be necessary before the devices are approved, or allowed to remain in the market in the case of a device that’s already available.  The Food and Drug Administration proposals would also require companies that manufacture these devices to provide regular inspection reports to the Food and Drug Administration.  Companies would be required to submit information about any changes that have been made to the device to the Food and Drug Administration.

Between 2005 and 2012, there have been as many as 88 recalls of emergency defibrillators reported from around the country.  There have also been thousands of cases of defibrillator malfunctioning.

 

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Feds Investigating Surgical Robot after Spike in Problems

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A surgical robot known as “da Vinci” manufactured by a California-based company is the subject of a federal investigation into an increase in the number of adverse events related to the use of the robot.

A surgical robot known as “da Vinci” manufactured by a California-based company is the subject of a federal investigation into an increase in the number of adverse events related to the use of the robot.  These events actually involve a number of fatalities too.

The robot is manufactured by California-based Intuitive Surgical Inc. which is based in Sunnyvale.  The robots have become extremely popular in hospitals.  In 2008, there were just 118,000 surgeries conducted in the United States, using da Vinci.  Last year, that number had spiked to 367,000 robot surgeries.

Many hospitals have taken to the use of the robot surgeon.  A surgeon sitting at a computer screen controls the robot, guiding its movements.  These robots can stand for long hours, and are ideally used for lengthy surgeries like prostate removal, gall bladder removal, organ transplantation and other complicated procedures.

Further, there have been a number of reports that the use of the robot does lead to an enhanced patient experience, because the patient may experience lesser bleeding, and is often discharged earlier than after open surgeries.

However, the number of adverse events related to the use of robotic surgeries is also increasing.  One patient died in 2007 after a spleen surgery that was performed by a robot.  In one case, one of the robotic arms of the device wouldn’t let go of tissue that it grasped during surgery.  The surgeons had to completely shut down the electrical system in the hospital, in order to get the robot to release the tissue.  Fortunately, the patient was not injured in that incident.

There have been a number of other such reports and they are very disturbing to product liability lawyers.  The Food and Drug Administration is investigating these complaints, and is specifically looking at whether these robots involve more number of complications and adverse events compared to conventional surgeries.

 

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New NHTSA App Allows Motorists to Track Safe Cars

The SaferCar app has been released for mobile IOS devices, and is available for download for free from the Apple App Store.

The SaferCar app has been released for mobile IOS devices, and is available for download for free from the Apple App Store.

The National Traffic Safety Administration’s new car safety app allows motorists to track recalls involving their cars, check out recalls involving cars that they’re buying, and access important safety information about automobiles and car safety seats.  The SaferCar app has been released for mobile IOS devices, and is available for download for free from the Apple App Store.

The app can be downloaded on your iPhone or iPod Touch, and gives useful information including safety headlines and alerts and recall notices.  Users have access to important safety information about their cars, including crash test ratings as well as recalls.

Do you The Recall feature is bound to be especially useful, because many motorists miss out on receiving information about recalls involving their cars.  With this feature, you can receive alerts when your car is included a recall record.  If you’re a car buyer, you can also use the app to check out whether the models that you’re considering buying have been involved in any recall in the past.

With a wide number of recalls announced every year, it is important that motorists keep track of recalls.  Unfortunately, product liability lawyers find that recall information isn’t always easy to track through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.  The SaferCar app provides an easy and convenient way to track recalls without any fuss.

The App also includes important information about the correct installation and usage of child car safety seats.  Fortunately, child car safety seat usage in the United States is at all-time highs.  More parents now buckle their children in safely in their car seats than ever before, and this has been pointed to as one of the reasons why fatalities involving child passengers and accidents have been dropping.  The app however, provides important guidelines about the correct installation of car safety seats that parents will find useful.

 

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Lawsuit Requires Baby Food Makers to Warn about Lead in Products

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A civil trial that has just kicked off in Oakland pits some of the biggest baby food manufacturers in the country against an environmental advocacy organization.

A civil trial that has just kicked off in Oakland pits some of the biggest baby food manufacturers in the country against an environmental advocacy organization.  The organization Environmental Law Foundation is asking the court to order these companies to stick labels on their products, warning about lead content.

The Environmental Law Foundation alleges that many of these baby food products contain lead, and therefore, under California law, manufacturers are required to warn parents and consumers that these products contain lead.  The products include organic packaged foods like pears and peaches, carrots and sweet potatoes and juice.  The defendants include some of the biggest manufacturers of baby food in the country including Del Monte Foods, Dole and Gerber.

The lawsuit was filed in 2011, and in the lawsuit, the Environmental Law Foundation alleges that these companies must stick a warning notice on their product packaging.  If these companies fail to do so, they must pay penalties of up to $2,500 per violation per day.  What the Environmental Law Foundation really wants is for these companies to simply get the lead out of their baby foods.

Product liability lawyers have seen plenty of evidence to indicate that lead has very harmful neurological effects on children and babies.  These neurological effects can lead to mental deficits, cognitive problems, learning deficiencies and delays, and all kinds of mental problems as the child grows older.  Lead is also very dangerous if ingested by pregnant women because it can affect the fetus.

In fact, the federal administration now sets a standard for the presence of lead in a number of products, including children’s products and other products that are not used by children.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as half a million children between the age of one and 5 have unacceptable levels of lead in their blood.

 

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Bugaboo Recalls Strollers Due to Fall Hazard

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Strollers have been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately, and product liability lawyers have recently come across a number of stroller-related recalls for everything from fall hazards to finger amputation and laceration risks.

Strollers have been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately, and product liability lawyers have recently come across a number of stroller-related recalls for everything from fall hazards to finger amputation and laceration risks.  Recently, Bugaboo became the latest company to announce a recall of strollers, when the company pulled its Cameleon 3 strollers off store shelves.

According to the company, the recall is linked to a potential defect that could cause the carrying handle of the stroller to break, and detach.  This could prove dangerous for a child in the stroller.  About 9,200 Bugaboo strollers sold inside the United States are believed to be included in the recall.  About 960 strollers sold in Canada are also included in this recall.

The recall involves the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 strollers that come with an aluminum and plastic frame, rubberized wheels, removable seats and bassinets.  The strollers that are included in this particular recall have the serial numbers 19010 11153 00001 to 19010 51248 00215.  To check if your child’s stroller is included in this recall, look for the serial number which is printed on the bar of the chassis underneath the seat.

The strollers were sold at Toys “R” Us, Buy Baby Buy, and a number of other child products stores across the country.  They were also available at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus sold online on the company’s website www.bugaboo.com and a number of other retailers.  The strollers were sold between September 2012 and March 2013.

The strollers were manufactured in China, and were imported into this country by California-based Bugaboo Americas.

The company is asking consumers to remove the carry handle from the bassinets of seat, and contact the company for a free replacement handle to prevent a potentially injurious fall accident.

 

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Kia Hyundai Recall 1.9 Million Vehicles

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About 1.9 million Kia Hyundai cars across the country are being recalled for a number of serious hazards.

About 1.9 million Kia Hyundai cars across the country are being recalled for a number of serious hazards.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 1.7 million of these cars are being recalled due to a malfunctioning stop lamp switch, while another recall is linked to the risk of airbag-related injuries.  Product liability lawyers believe that both of these are serious problems with the potential to cause serious injuries.

In the first recall, the defect could cause malfunctioning that could trigger a variety of problems.  There may be a failure of the cruise control to disengage, and brake light illumination failures.  The models that are being recalled are the 2007-9 Accent and Tucson; 2007-10 Elantra; 2010-11 Genesis Coupe; 2007-11 Santa Fe; 2011 Sonata and the 2008-9 Veracruz.  Over 1 million Hyundai models are included in this recall.

The Kia models that are being recalled include the 2011 Optima; 2007-10 Rondo; 2007 Sedona; 2007-11 Sorento; 2010-11 Soul and 2007-10 Sportage.  Approximately 624,000 Kia models are included in this recall.  There are 2 separate recalls by Kia and Hyundai for these problems.

The stop lamp defect came to light only after Transport Canada began investigating several complaints from owners of these cars.  All of these problems involved vehicles that were built after a recall announced by Hyundai back in 2009.  In that year, the company had recalled about 532,000 2005-2008 model cars after similar consumer complaints.  After Transport Canada began investigating these complaints, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also launched its own probe into these malfunctioning stop light complaints.

The 3rd recall involves 186,000 Hyundai Elantras from the 2011-2030 model years because of an airbag -related defect.  As a result of this defect, occupants could be at risk of serious injuries from flying debris during airbag deployment.

 

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Feds Sue Nap Nanny Because of Failure to Announce Recall

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The federal administration is filing a lawsuit against the maker of Nap Nanny infant recliners because of the company’s failure to initiate a recall, even after reports of 5 infant deaths associated with these recliners.

The federal administration is filing a lawsuit against the maker of Nap Nanny infant recliners because of the company’s failure to initiate a recall, even after reports of 5 infant deaths associated with these recliners.

The company, Baby Matters manufactures Nap Nanny recliners.  The company is now being sued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  Baby Matters is no longer in business, and has officially shut down.  However, it still has websites in operation.

The company has been locked in a legal tussle with the Consumer Product Safety Commission over the safety of the baby recliner.  In 2010, the federal agency and the company agreed to a settlement.  As part of the terms of the settlement, the company agreed to offer an $80 voucher to owners of the baby recliner.  These vouchers would go towards the purchase of a new model of the Generation One and Two Nap Nanny recliners, which would come with new easy-to-understand instructions as well as warnings.

The complaint by the Consumer Product Safety Commission is that the Nap Nanny Generation One and Two, and Chill infant recliners, are defective in their design.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission also has problems with the warnings and instruction labels on these recliners, saying that they increase the risk of injury or fatality.

The problem seems to occur when the babies are placed in the seat recliners, which promptly tip over.  In some cases that product liability lawyers have come across, children have fallen out of the recliner, and have become trapped between the crib and mattress.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that it is aware of at least 4 reports of infant fatalities associated with the Nap Nanny recliners.  All of these fatalities involve the Generation One and Two recliners, while a 5th death was linked to the Chill recliner.  Further, the agency has confirmed that it has more than 70 reports of children who almost fell out of the seat recliners, and were nearly injured.

 

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Johnson & Johnson Records Show Company Expected Implants to Fail within 5 Years

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Johnson & Johnson records show company expected implants to fail within 5 Years

Internal company records by Johnson & Johnson indicate that the company was aware through an internal analysis conducted back in 2011, that the all-metal hip implants distributed by the company’s subsidiary Depuy Orthopedic, were likely to fail within 5 years in close to 40% of the patients implanted with these devices.  However, the company never made those projections public.

The implants in question are the Articular Surface Replacement ASR implant devices.  In mid-2010, Depuy Orthopedic was forced to recall the ASR XL Acetabular metal-on-metal hip replacement system.  The recall came after the federal administration received a number of complaints about failure of the metal hip implants.

What was really damaging to Johnson & Johnson was a finding from a British implant Registry, that the device had very high early failure rates.  Persons with implanted with these devices were forced to undergo another surgery to replace the hip implant.  Revision surgery rates were high, the British analysis found.  However, Johnson & Johnson vehemently denied those allegations.

New internal company records show that at the time Johnson & Johnson was denying those allegations, it was conducting an analysis, which clearly showed that in 40 % of these cases, the all-metal hip implants would fail within 5 years of being implanted in the patient.

The analysis indicates the worst possible news for product liability attorneys and persons who already have hip implants.  The analysis indicates that people who continue to have these DePuy implants are likely to experience failure of the implants over the next few years.  Thousands of patients are likely to suffer from hip implant failures, necessitating further complicated revision surgeries.

More internal Johnson & Johnson documents are expected to be released as the lawsuits against the company by patients who suffered injuries from hip implant failures, proceed.  Many of these lawsuits will soon go to trial.

 

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FDA Warns about Risks of Codeine Use after Surgery

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When children have undergone tonsil and adenoid surgery, they’re typically given codeine to help deal with the pain and inflammation after the operation.

When children have undergone tonsil and adenoid surgery, they’re typically given codeine to help deal with the pain and inflammation after the operation.  However, the practice may not be safe.  According to the Food and Drug Administration, there may be risks involved when codeine is given to children to help deal with pain after surgery.  In fact, the agency recommends that codeine not be given to children post surgery at all.

The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will soon add its strongest warning, a black box warning, on the label of the drug in order to warn parents and caregivers about the strong risks of complications when codeine is given to certain patients.  Those patients include children who have just undergone tonsil and adenoid surgery.  The Food and Drug Administration warns that in such cases, codeine should not be given to the patient at all.

Product liability attorneys recommend that health care providers and doctors recommend an alternative to codeine when medication is required to deal with the pain and inflammation.  Children who have undergone a tonsillectomy or an adenoidectomy should absolutely not be given codeine.

The Food and Drug Administration’s announcement comes after investigations that the agency conducted in the deaths of 3 children last year.  In all of the 3 cases, the children died after getting their tonsils and adenoids removed during surgery, and in all of the 3 cases, the children had been given codeine to deal with pain post surgery.  When a child takes codeine, the liver converts it into morphine, and morphine has been found to suppress respiration.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, there have also been numerous reports of adverse events, involving children who underwent tonsil and adenoid surgery, and were given codeine.  The drug actually caused obstructive sleep apnea in these children.

 

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