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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.

28,000 Eight-Cup Coffee Presses Recalled By Bodum Over Dual Hazard

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on January 29, 2014

Eight-cup coffee presses are being recalled by Bodum USA because of a possible burn and laceration threat posed.  The recall affects an estimated 28,000 rose gold Chambord presses under the Bodum brand that were available only from Starbucks.  The carafe portion of the product is in danger of falling out of the rest of the unit, and if that part breaks, the various shards could strike persons in the vicinity.  Plus, the contents of the press could scald people.  14 incidents, including four injury reports, have come to the fore, and to prevent future occurrences, owners are being asked to bring the items back to Starbucks to get their money back.

Follow this link for more about the recall.

Laceration Threat Prompts Recall of 3,500 Kids’ Beds From Ikea

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on January 29, 2014

The Conshohocken, Pennsylvania-based IKEA North America Services has announced the recall of SNIGLAR and KRITTER junior beds because of a possible laceration threat posed.  22,000 such items were previously recalled last summer, but this latest announcement adds 3,500 additional beds to the safety announcement.  These products have a guard rail attached to the frame of the bed via a metal rod, but this rod could pose a safety hazard.  It can break, and when that happens, children sleeping in the bed could experience a laceration.  One small scratch has been reported in association with the latest recall, and owners should seek out repairs from the company so that scratches and more serious incidents do not happen in the future.  The products were available across the country between July 2005 and last May.

Click here for more about the recall.

Honda and Columbia Lawnmowers Recalled Over Safety Hazard

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on January 16, 2014

Honda and Columbia Lawnmowers are being recalled by the Torrance, California-based American Honda Motor Company.  There are far more Honda lawnmowers (at 20,800) than Columbia lawnmowers (at 48) affected by the recall, and in addition to the United States, there are 3,000 Columbia lawnmowers in Canada being recalled.  An issue with the engine stop switch could pose a hazard in that, when the user removes pressure from the handlebar blade lever, that blade could continue to twirl without the user’s knowledge.  He or she may then be injured.  11 instances of this hazard have been reported, but thankfully, those did not lead to any injuries.  Free repairs can be sought from Honda dealers, and until that is accomplished, the 21-inch mowers should not be used.  The items were sold all throughout last year.

For more about the recall, follow this link.

Strive To Avoid Snowblower-Related Injuries

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on December 19, 2013

If you live in an area where snow falls in abundance throughout the winter, then you basically have two options when it comes to clearing your driveway and the pathways around your home:  the more labor-intensive shovel, or the relative ease of a snowblower.  If you choose the latter, you’re not completely out of the woods in terms of personal injury.  These items can certainly lead to their share of pain if not used in the right manner.

Consumer Reports recently came out with an article focused on the myriad ways that snowblower users can go about protecting themselves from harm.  The article notes that last year alone saw 3,300 people make an unplanned visit to the emergency room because of an injury related to the device.  Amputations were among those injuries.  To make sure such incidents don’t befall you or your family, make sure to keep safety in mind over the next few months.

Before you even turn on the snowblower, you should make sure that the terrain you’re going to cover isn’t going to pose any hazards all on its own.  A snowblower was meant for snow, not a football or some other toy that has been sitting on your front walk since the beginning of the fall.  Clear the entire area so that nothing is going to get sucked into the blades of the blower.

If for some reason an item does get plugged in the blades, or the snow is simply thicker than you expected and that ends up clogging the device, then what you don’t want to do is reach in without abandon.  The first step you should to take is cutting the engine immediately.  Once that is accomplished, you should head to the electrical outlet that the unit is plugged into (if applicable), and unplug it.

Even when that’s done, you still don’t want to reach into the the chute or the blades.  The auger can always snap one way or another, especially in the midst of pulling out an object that interfered with its trajectory.  You do not want your hand in there when that happens.  A broom handle or some other type of lengthy pole will be far safer when you’re trying to get the unit moving again.  If the broom handle snaps in half while you’re clearing the snow, you’ll understand precisely why you never want your hands inside.

Finally, make sure that you and anyone who sets out to use the snowblower is responsible enough to handle it.  You shouldn’t simply tell your kids to get out there to clear the driveway just because you don’t want to.  In fact, you don’t want kids anywhere near the device.  And when they do get old enough to use it, you’ll want to have set a good example with safe usage.

Laceration Risk Prompts Recall of 218,000 Cocktail Glasses

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on December 18, 2013

Cocktail glasses are being recalled by the Toledo, Ohio-based Libbey Glass because of a possible laceration hazard these items could create.  218,000 glasses under the Bristol Valley brand with a model number of 8555SR are impacted by the recall, which was issued upon the discovery that this glassware could break during usage, a situation that could create jagged edges that cut the user.  16 incidents have come to the fore, and one of those even reportedly contributed to a laceration injury.  These items were available for commercial and personal use across the country from the start of 2013 until last month, and owners of said glasses are being asked to cease usage and seek a refund from Libbey Glass.

For more about the recall, click here.

Laceration Risk Prompts Recall of Slides Sold At Toys R Us

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on December 11, 2013

A series of slides sold only at Toys R us have been recalled by the Hamburg, New York-based Solowave Design Corporation because of a possible laceration hazard posed.  The recall pertains to 10,800 tube slides under the Solowave Tornado brand sold in the United States and 9,900 of the same sold in Canada.  These slides have portholes that are in danger of breaking, and when that happens, kids in and around the slides could be exposed to an increased laceration threat.  23 injury reports have already been filed, and in a bid to minimize further damage, owners are being asked to keep kids away from the slide and to get in touch with the company to obtain new porthole windows.  The products were sold between February 2008 and this past August.

For more about the recall, click here.

25,000 Food Processors Recalled By Cuisinart Over Laceration Risk

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on November 22, 2013

The Stamford, Connecticut-based Cuisinart has announced the recall of nine different types of food processors that are designed to hold seven cups’ worth of food.  25,000 items are affected by the recall, and they would have been available around the country between October of last year and this past June.  While the processors are on, the slicing disc can be partially dislodged, leading the blade to potentially make contact with the plastic casing.  Pieces of plastic could then be flung outward to strike users.  One person has reported being struck by such a piece of debris, although they apparently did not need to seek medical help.  The processors should not be used until a new lid and slicing disc can be obtained from Cuisinart.

For more about the recall, click here.

Prep Your Kitchen For Safety As Thanksgiving Draws Closer

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on November 15, 2013

With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, dinner plans are no doubt being finalized across the country.  But before you start preparing the turkey and assorted other goods for the feast, it’s important that you take certain precautions in order to reduce the risk of an injury in the kitchen.  A new report relates some tips on how to do just that.

First, use caution whenever you’re working with a knife, starting with making sure that the knives you’re using are as sharp as they need to be.  This may seem counter-intuitive, but the truth is that laceration injuries occur more frequently with dull knives because people have to exert more effort to make a cut.  A knife can slip out of your grasp more easily because of this, and the likelihood of an injury rises.

Sharp knives are the way to go, and these should be used in conjunction with an appropriate cutting board that gives you a stable surface to work on.  You should never pull the knife in toward your body as you slice.  When you’re finished, make sure that the knives don’t simply get set someplace on the counter where they could be knocked off and cause an injury.

The same types of precautions need to be taken with motorized chopping and slicing devices, although you also have the extra pressure of dealing with a motor or a cord.  Never leave these on for too long or when you’re not available to supervise.  When you’re through using the item, make sure to place it in the dishwasher.  If hand washing is going to be necessary, then use extra caution so that you don’t cut yourself on the blades.

One thing that you should never place your hand inside of is a blender, the blades of which could mangle your fingers if they make contact while spinning.  Whenever the unit is plugged in, your hands must stay well away.  The link above offers one helpful tip for cleaning that will allow you to stay handy, so to speak:  simply add hot water and detergent to the blender itself and then run the blender with the lid on.  It will be cleaned not unlike how a dishwasher cleans items.

Of course, lacerations aren’t the only threat you have to be aware of.  Burns are also going to be a distinct possibility.  Use oven mitts whenever you’re handling hot pans or even dishes you may have placed in a microwave.  Scalds happen every year because of the steam that escaped from a microwave item, so make sure to give things plenty of time to cool down.  When removing lids or packaging, do it incrementally, keeping your body plenty far away, and be particularly cautious when transporting such items.

Eliminate Laceration Hazards While Carving A Pumpkin

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on October 28, 2013

We recently took a look at the ways that parents can protect their children from an injury associated with pumpkin carving, but it’s not just kids who face risks during the activity.  Even an adult could end up taking a trip to the emergency room if they’re not careful, and to make sure that doesn’t happen to you, you might think about exercising the tips provided by an organization called Pumpkin Masters in a new report.

First, you should get set up in a manner that is conducive to safety.  There should be plenty of space around you as you carve, especially if there’s going to be multiple people carving at once on their own pumpkins.  Anyone not carving should keep a safe distance so that an errant swipe doesn’t prove injurious.  And rather than simply using a kitchen knife for the activity, purchase some kind of carving kit with tools that have been expressly designed for that purpose.

At all times, the blade needs to face away from you.  Get in the habit of pushing out rather than pulling the knife in toward your body, as it could suddenly come dislodged and travel dangerously close to you otherwise.  Keep the fingers of your opposing hand out of the path of the knife, and rather than repeatedly stabbing at the pumpkin, cut as if you’re sawing through a log.  Further protect your hand by holding it atop rather than on the side of the pumpkin.

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