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Injury Hazards Prompt Pico Rivera Firm To Recall 3,600 Baby Walkers

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 7, 2014

The Pico Rivera, California-based Bebe Love USA has announced the recall of Baby Walkers because of a couple different issues that could compromise safety.  The recall affects 3,600 units with a Model Number of either 368 or 358.  On the former, the openings for the child’s legs are of a size sufficient to allow the kid to fall through and get his or her neck tangled up in the unit.  In both models, the walkers do not have measures that ensure stoppage at a dropoff, and they’re also small enough that they can be maneuvered through doors.  Thankfully, there haven’t been any reported injuries, and to ensure safety in the future, a repair kit can be sought from the company and the items shouldn’t be used until that time.  The products were available in California and two other states between November 2011 and last July.

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Carfax Highlights Alarming Number Of Recalled Vehicles For Sale

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 6, 2014

If you are the first person to drive a given vehicle off the lot, you should be able to feel relatively confident that you would know about any recall alerts that get issued on that automobile.  The dealer and the auto company have your address, and assuming you update that address if you move, you should receive the proper notification when some type of defect is discovered.

Where things get a little more complicated is when an automobile has shuffled between various owners and car lots.  It’s easy for recalls to get lost in the shuffle, and as new findings from Carfax show, the number of recalled vehicles that could be on the market is quite alarming.

A new report explores that company’s findings.  Carfax claims that 3.5 million vehicles available from online sellers throughout 2013 had been recalled without undergoing the necessary repairs.

The problem is that there currently isn’t a mechanism in place to ensure that vehicle sellers have fixed issues that led to a recall.  So whether you drop into a used car lot or simply buy from someone selling the vehicle privately, you can never be 100% positive that a vehicle doesn’t suffer from a defect.

Perhaps the best thing you can do to protect yourself and others is to conduct thorough research.  Head online and figure out if the vehicle you’re thinking about has been recalled and, if so, if the proper repairs have taken place.

Cat And Dog Foods Recalled By Pro-Pet Over Salmonella Threat

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 6, 2014

Various types of cat and dog foods are being recalled by the St. Marys, Ohio-based Pro-Pet because of the potential Salmonella threat they could pose to pets and their owners alike.  The recall affects dry products with a Best By date of May 5 or 6 that hail from Lot Number 096 13 SM L2 2A.  Products under the Hubbard Life, QC Plus, and Joy Combo brands are impacted, and these would have been sold in California and numerous other states.  An animal that consumes the food could sustain an illness marked by sluggishness, vomiting, diarrhea, and more, while a person who makes contact with the food could also find themselves experiencing the dangerous effects of Salmonella.  Thankfully, no instances of either situation have come to the fore at this point.  Owners are being asked not to provide the food to pets.

For more about the recall, click here.

Consumers Union Seeks Additional Protections For Implant Recipients

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 5, 2014

Perhaps you’ve heard of California’s Lemon Law for automobiles.  How this works is fairly straightforward.  When a vehicle suffers from an issue, especially if that issue is related to a defect that led to a recall, the consumer brings the automobile in to a dealer to get the necessary repairs.

When all goes is planned, the driver is on their way and the hope is that safety will be assured.  However, if the issue continues to present itself, the driver has certain rights afforded to them.  They are protected from the exorbitant costs of additional repairs or of the purchase of an entirely new vehicle by the Lemon Law.

It’s a vital protection for California drivers, but unfortunately, this protection does not extend to the owners of medical devices.  This is particularly disheartening when you consider the plight that certain recipients of knee and hip implants have gone through.  When these items fail, people usually don’t have the same protections that the Lemon Law could provide.

Revision surgeries typically may require the patient or their insurance agent to foot the bill.  The only recourse in such situations is to file a lawsuit (something that the recipients of the DePuy ASR metal on metal hip implant know a thing or two about).

Consumer Reports and their policy arm Consumers Union want to see things change.  They believe that consumers could benefit greatly from a Lemon Law-type rule for medical implants.  That way, if the device fails before a given timeframe outlined by a doctor prior to a procedure, the recipient of the device would not be on the hook for the expenses that the new implant would create.

These expenses aren’t exactly minor either.  As Consumers Union notes in an editorial on the matter, the complicated nature of revision surgeries means that they’re going to be costlier than the initial operation.  Patients tend to take longer to recuperate from the surgery, and even if all goes well, there are certain risks in the ensuing years.  This isn’t a minor problem either.  The article linked to above points out that almost one in five hip replacement surgeries and one in ten knee replacement surgeries are a revision of an already-implanted product.

Because of all this, Consumers Union has called for a warranty that provides protections for hip and knee implants over the course of two decades.  Should a given device fail before that time, the company behind the device would foot the bill for all expenses accrued in the process of seeking out a revision surgery.  They want patients to be able to track the status of a claim, and they also believe that patients should still be entitled to filing a lawsuit during that timeframe if they feel it is deserved.

Cervelo P5 Bicycles Recalled By 3T Design Over Control Loss Risk

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 5, 2014

Bikes imported by the Carlsbad, California-based Focus Bicycles USA are being recalled because of a safety issue that could lead to user injury.  3T Design announced the recall, which affects Cervelo P5 bicycles of the 2012 through 2013 model years.  The recall pertains to the estimated 1,300 bikes around the country that could have 3T Aduro handlebars.  Detachment of the forward extension mounts is a possibility, and when that takes place, control may not be possible and the rider could find himself or herself steering into an obstacle or falling off the bike.  A broken collar bone has already been reported, as have 27 other incidents.  New handlebars can be obtained from 3T Design, and in the meantime, the bike should not be ridden.  These bikes were sold between May 2012 and August of last year.

For more about the recall, click here.

Crash Hazard Leads To Recall Of Over 5,000 Aston Martin Vehicles

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 4, 2014

Various types of vehicles of model years ranging between 2008 and 2014 are being recalled by Aston Martin because of an issue that has the potential to cause a crash.  The recall affects just over 5,000 Rapide, Rapide S, Virage, V12 Vantage, V8 Vantage S, V8 Vantage, and DB9 automobiles.  A breakage of the accelerator arm is a possibility due to a shortcoming during production.  When this defect occurs, the vehicle can become stuck in idle mode, and in the middle of transit, the inability to accelerate appropriately could contribute to a crash.  The recall should start by the end of this week, and owners can thus expect to hear from Aston Martin.  Repairs can be sought from dealers at that time.

For more about the recall, follow this link.

Sugarfly Children’s Jackets Recalled Over Strangulation Risk

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 4, 2014

Cotton and polyester jackets under the Sugarfly brand are being recalled by the New York City-based Runway Fashions because of the risk that they may lead a user to be strangled.  820 of these children’s jackets could run up against federal regulations designed to eliminate the risk of strangulation to children.  Children’s jackets are not supposed to contain drawstrings near the neck due to the hazard that this would pose, but unfortunately, these particular jackets have those drawstrings and thus federal standards are breached.  No injuries have been reported in relation to the issue, and parents are being asked to protect their own kids by taking out the drawstrings.  A refund can be sought from Burlington Coat Factory, the only retail outlet where these products were available.

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Ginger Snaps Sold In California Recalled Over Undeclared Allergen Risk

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 3, 2014

The threat of an undeclared allergen presence has led to the recall of Special Value Ginger Snap Cookies by Unified Grocers.  12 ounce versions of this product could contain eggs without the label relating as much.  That’s because the packages for Ginger Snaps, which do not have eggs, could instead have cinnamon sugar cookies that do contain eggs.  Persons allergic to the substance could therefore suffer a severe reaction upon contact.  Thankfully, no instances of such have been reported at this time, and owners concerned about the allergen hazard are being asked to bring them back if they’re looking for a refund.  These products were available in California and two other states.

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Amputation Threat Prompts Recall of 216,000 Britax Strollers

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on January 31, 2014

The Fort Mill, South Carolina-based Britax Child Safety has announced the recall of three different types of strollers because they could injure parents under certain circumstances.  216,000 BOB Motion, B-Agile Double, and B-Agile strollers are affected by the recall, which was issued because of a hazard that can crop up when the release strap is yanked and the release button is pushed at the same time.  A folding hinge can then come down on the person’s fingers, leading to a cut, a break, or even an amputation.  Eight reports, including a partial amputation, have already been filed.  A repair kit can be obtained from Britax, and the strollers should not be used until those repairs can be completed.  These strollers were available across the country between May 2011 and last June.

For more about the recall, follow this link.

Weight Loss Supplement Recalled By YoungYou Over DMAA Presence

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on January 31, 2014

A dietary supplement that purportedly facilitates weight loss is being recalled by YoungYou International because the products could contain a potentially dangerous substance known as DMAA.  The recall affects Mega Slim Herbal Appetite Management, and owners of these products are being asked to send them back to the California plant that they came from.  Refund will be provided at that time.  Until then, the pills, which were available in 30-capsule bottles between September 15 and last Thursday, should not be consumed.  The concern of the Food and Drug Administration is that exposure to DMAA could lead an individual to experience various cardiovascular health problems, including heightened blood pressure, breathing problems, and even a heart attack.

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