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Nikon Warns Consumers About Defective Camera Battery

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 25, 2012

The latest product to get the consumer warning treatment is a camera that could have a defective battery.

Nikon is the company issuing the announcement, although they have stopped short of referring to the warning as a recall.  The alert concerns the company’s D800, D7000, D800E, and 1 V1 cameras.  These cameras all might use a defective EN-EL 15 battery.

Nikon has stated that the battery, which was provided to Nikon by a third party supplier, did not conform to the company’s safety standards.  There are rare instances in which the affected batteries can overheat.  This has the potential to deform the camera’s casing.  There haven’t been any reported incidents from consumers, but Nikon has confirmed the problem having occurred during manufacturing.

This announcement concerns only those batteries bought before February 29 of this year.  Concerned users are being instructed to check the lot number on the bottom of the battery.  If the 9th digit is E or F, the battery is defective.  Affected persons can contact Nikon to receive a free replacement of this component.

As a personal injury attorney in Fresno, I’m sad to see a product that could potentially harm a user.  Although the problem seems minor and there haven’t been any reported injuries or damage, I’m glad to see the company step up early and issue this announcement.  It’s my hope as a San Bernardino personal injury lawyer that the information ends up in the right hands.

647,000 Dangerous Products Denied Entry Into US By CPSC

By PSB Admin on April 12, 2012

Working in conjunction with the United States Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has stopped almost 650,000 dangerous products from entering the country to be sold to consumers.  This was in the first quarter of the fiscal year of 2012 alone.  The first quarter goes from October 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.

Many of the products they prevented from entering the country were children’s toys found to contain lead that exceeded the federal limits for safety.  In fact, there were more children’s products barred from entering the country than any other type of product.  In addition to the threat of lead poisoning, banned phthalates prompted the removal of many items, as did the presence of small parts that children can ingest and choke on.

Typically, tests on a shipment’s product quality involved the usage of an x-ray fluorescence analyzer, or else what’s known as use and abuse testing.  A total of 2,900 shipments were screened by the CPSC and CBP, and some other items that were denied entry include holiday lights, dangerous lamps, and faulty hair dryers.  Throughout 2011, the numbers were even more impressive, with 4.5 million units prevented from going onto store shelves.

As a personal injury lawyer in Fresno, I applaud any organizations’ efforts to make store shelves safer for consumers across the country.  Although I know that it might be impossible to fully eradicate the threat of a defect from every single product there is, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.  Eventually, it’s my hope as a Los Angeles personal injury attorney that products are so safe that they don’t need oversight.

Westinghouse recalls 7,000 ceiling fans due to fire risk

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on March 21, 2012

Westinghouse Lighting Corporation of Philadelphia has issued a voluntary recall of approximately 7,000 ceiling fans due to a shock and fire hazard. The two 60-watt light bulbs contained in the fan’s packaging exceed the fan’s lighting fixture’s maximum allowable wattage. Using the bulbs in the ceiling fan can cause it to malfunction putting users at risk of shock or fire.

The affected models are Westinghouse Lighting Ceiling Fans with 42, 30, or 24 inch blades. The fans’ ceiling canopies are imprinted with the Westinghouse brand name. The item numbers of the recalled fans are as follows: 72243, 78631, 72245, 78763, and 78764. The item number can be found on the ceiling fan’s motor housing.

The affected fan models were sold on amazon.com and at retail stores across the U.S. between January 2011 and January 2012 for $135 to $150. Owners of the recalled fans should immediately stop using them and call Westinghouse or visit the company’s website to get two replacement light bulbs of a lesser wattage. Attempting to resell a previously recalled product is against the law.

As an experienced Ventura personal injury lawyer  I am hopeful that news of this recall reaches all the consumers affected before anyone is injured or any property is damaged, but this isn’t always the case. If you or someone you know has been harmed by a defective product, please consider discussing your situation with a licensed Fresno personal injury attorney.

CPSC Takes Proactive Role In Stopping Unsafe Product At Ports

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on January 10, 2012

According to news sources, recent efforts by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to clamp down on unsafe products entering through the nations ports have begun to bear results, with hundreds of millions of dangerous products reportedly stopped at U.S. ports to date.

The CPSC is collaborating with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to prevent violative or dangerous products from entering into the country, with both agencies reportedly stopping 6.5 million defective products in 2010 and 2011 alone. Of these, about 1,700 involved children’s products that failed to meet existing federal safety standards.

The CPSC has grown its import surveillance and inspection operations beginning in 2008, expanding staff and increasing training between the agencies as well as increasing the use of equipment used to identify non-complying products.

The millions of defective products stopped from entering the country will contribute to increased consumer safety.

As a product liability attorney Los Angeles, I deeply appreciate the ongoing efforts being made to ensure the safety and well being of consumers nationwide. I understand the constant risks posed by defective products and encourage consumers to learn more about recalled products and how to avoid them. If you or a loved one have been injured by a defective product, I urge you to contact a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer to learn about your legal options.

Online Retailers Fined By The FTC After Selling Illegal Contact Lenses

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on November 29, 2011

According to several news outlets, the Federal Trade Commission has issued a statement announcing the settlement they have agreed upon between the Commission and the internet-based firms that have been allegedly selling contact lenses without asking consumers for a valid doctor’s prescription.

The laws are clear, the sale of any type of contact lenses in the U.S. without a prescription is positively prohibited. The FTC has cited three different websites that were selling “circle” cosmetic lenses that present lenses wearers the illusion of larger eyes. Such products have been allegedly proved to cause corneal ulcers, abrasions, blindness and vision impairment.

As of this week, the three cited companies were forced to pay over $68,000 in fines after failing to keep records of all prescriptions from their customers. News sources however, certify that the cited companies were simply incapable of asking customers for valid prescriptions. This reckless business practice was fortunately discovered in a timely manner.

As a Los Angeles product liability lawyer I hope that there aren’t any other companies doing business with the illegal distribution of medical products.

Whenever you were physically harmed by the use of a malfunctioning or defective products, don’t hesitate and call a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles right away.

Batteries In Jacket Heater Must Be Recalled, Overheating Hazard

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on November 17, 2011

According to news from the consumer reports this morning, the jacket heater manufactured by Columbia Sportswear comes with rechargeable batteries that may pose overheating threats to consumers. The company has announced that they’re issuing a recall of the defective products that are used to power the internal heaters present in the jackets.

The news have reported that the affected batteries are omni-heat lithium-polymer rechargeable items that were sold along the following products: Omni-Heat Gale Warning Interchange, Omni-Heat Electric Wader Widgeon and Omni-Heat Electric Big Game.

Each item was distributed with two batteries during the period between July and September by many various sporting goods dealers and outdoor activities stores all over the country.

According to the company and the article, one report regarding an overheating Omni-Heat battery was received from the main French distribution center. There haven’t been any other alleged incidents being reported.

As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer I urge all consumers that may have purchased this product to return it immediately.  No product should pose a threat to your health or the health of your family.

For any situation that might have caused injuries to you or a loved one, don’t hesitate in calling a personal injury lawyer that will assist you with your case so an experienced and reliable attorney will represent you.

Hawaii Candy items Recalled, Reason Undisclosed

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on November 4, 2011

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration along with the State of Hawaii Food and Drug Branch have released an urgent recall of the following products: Hawaii Candy Fortune Cookies, Hawaii Candy Sesame Wafers, Hawaii Candy Petite Wafers and Hawaii Candy Ginger Wafers. The reason for the urgent recall was not made public.

According to the company that manufactures these products, representatives were sent to the stores to add a #6 declaration on the labels. All of those customers who have purchased these items should return the packages immediately so they may be refunded by the store of purchase.

As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer I’m familiar with tragic cases of wrongful death or serious illnesses brought upon clients due to contaminated food. I urge all readers to stay alert and watch for the item you’re consuming, always check the expiration date exposed on the packages and mainly come back to our blog regularly to remain aware of food recalls and personal injury news.

In the case of an involvement with a condition afflicted by a contaminated food sample or a defective product, don’t hesitate to call a personal injury lawyer to assist you with your case.

 

Metal Pieces Prompt Pepperidge Farm Recall

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on September 23, 2011

Pepperidge Farm, Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has announced a recall of some of the company’s Baked Naturals Sesame Sticks product after reports suggested small pieces of wire may be present, according to recent news sources.

The Food and Drug Administration has heard from a few customers who received minor scrapes in their mouth after consuming the product. About 13,000 products are affected.

The boxes are 10.2 ounces and display a “20% MORE!” yellow label across the top. You can view the list of product codes here.

Pepperidge Farms has advised consumers to return their purchase back to where they got it for an exchange or refund.

As a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, I have seen food recalls like this one and know that, although food products are held to rigorous standards and undergo extensive testing before heading to market, mistakes can, and will, be made. Although the product defect  lawyer at our law firm does not handle these type of cases there are food recall lawyers out there that can help your or a loved one if you have been affected by a recall such as this one.

Birth Control Pills Recalled, May Lead to Unintended Pregnancy

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on September 16, 2011

Qualitest Pharmaceuticals has announced a voluntary recall of several lots of their birth control pills due to a packaging error, according to news sources.

Select pill packaging was rotated within the packaging to obscure the lot number and expiration date, as well as reversing the weekly tablet order. Consequently, the daily regimen for the pill could be inaccurate, leading to ineffectiveness of the contraceptive and possible unintentional pregnancies.

The following products are subject to recall: Cyclafem 7/7/7, Cyclafem 1/35, Emoquette, Gildess FE 1.5/30, Gildess FE 1/20, Orsythia, Previfem, Tri-Previfem.

While this defect will not adversely affect the health of consumers, the company has recommended using a non-hormonal form of birth control and to contact their pharmacist.

As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, consumer safety and keeping people informed of defective or malfunctioning products is part of my job. I would like you to know that our product liability lawyers are here to help you if you experience loss because of a dangerous product. Please call us if a product has caused you pain and suffering. I recommend you visit this blog often to stay informed of consumer products that may pose a danger to you or your loved ones.

Kia Sorento Recalled Over Defective Airbag System

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on September 15, 2011

Kia Motors, in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has issued a recall of their Kia Sorento sport utility vehicles, due to a faulty airbag activation system, according to news sources.

The recall includes 10,600 vehicles from the 2007 and 2008 model year in cars manufactured from June 2006 to September 2007.

The issue is with the Occupant Classification System, designed to deactivate the airbag if a small child is in the passenger seat. A glitch in the programming will deactivate the airbag if the front seat is occupied by a heavier adult rider. The warning light telling the driver the airbag is off does notify the driver of the airbag being turned off.

If you own this vehicle, Kia recommends you bring it into your dealership where the system will be repaired.

As a Los Angeles car accident lawyer, I know that car safety features can save a life. In the same light, faulty systems or broken car parts can seriously endanger you and other drivers. Make sure your car is properly maintained by routinely getting it checked out. Additionally, if you have been injured due to a defective car part, it’s in your best interest to contact a personal injury attorney. We know that even with all of the rules and regulation imposed on product manufacturers, things can still go wrong and sometimes companies even put profit before safety. If this has happened to you, call a personal injury attorney today.

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