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Fall Hazard Prompts Recall of 2,350 Sonoma Valley Bar Stools

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on May 8, 2012

Defects can occur in just about any product, and as you’ll soon see, even the very chair you’re sitting on might be deemed unsafe.

Salt Lake City-based Intercon has announced a recall of their Sonoma Valley Swivel Top Bar Stools due to a potential danger these items could pose to users.  Manufactured in China by Gaomi Yatai Wooden Wooden Ware and then imported by Intercon, around 2,350 stools in total are affected.

There are two models encompassed by the recall:  a 24” model and a 30” model.  Each of these models are wooden with a cream-colored cushion.  Although the stools have separate model numbers, neither type has the number displayed anywhere on the chair.

The problem has to do with the bolts holding the legs to the stool.  These bolts can loosen, posing a fall hazard due to the seat suddenly being dislodged from the legs.  One report of bolt loosening has been brought to the attention of Havertys Furniture Company, the exclusive retailer of this stool, but in that instance, no one was injured.

The items were sold between October 2010 and this past March for either $270 or $300.  Consumers can expect to receive a repair kit and free installation of the new bolts.

I know firsthand as a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer how many seemingly safe household items can be hiding a potentially devastating defect.  This is why I urge as a personal injury attorney in Long Beach that everyone out there pay close attention to recall announcements.

FDA Might Allow More Over the Counter Drugs

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 30, 2012

In an effort to curb costs, officials with the Food and Drug Administration may soon allow patients to get certain types of medications without having to worry about obtaining a prescription.

The new over the counter distribution method being considered by officials will encompass such drugs as diabetes and high blood pressure medications.  The FDA is hoping that implementing this new method will make things easy for those on Medicare, as these persons would no longer have to fret over the expenses that a doctor’s visit might create.  However, it should be noted that many people would still feel some type of added cost, as many insurance companies don’t cover over the counter drugs.

The new system would work by letting a patient obtain certain drugs by filling out a questionnaire at their local pharmacy or online.  Kiosks could be used to diagnose such conditions as allergies, certain infections, asthma, and more.

Some question the safety of this move, saying that the FDA ought to prove that such a system would not hinder patient care by the patients administering medicine on their own.  Comments are due to the FDA by May 7, at which point officials will review what has been said and make a decision.  There is no time frame on that, however.

I’ll be following this story closely as a San Francisco personal injury lawyer.  This could have far reaching implications for the entire country, not just a personal injury attorney in Long Beach like me.  No matter what decision is reached, I just hope it makes the country a little safer.

FDA Warns About the Risks Fentanyl Poses to Children

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 19, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration is warning parents about the dangers that a certain pain reliever could pose to children should they come into contact with it.

The item is question is called the fentanyl transdermal system, more commonly known as Duragesic.  This system is a patch that for three days at a time supplies the human body with a steady dosage of the pain reliever and potent opioid fentanyl.  It is commonly used by persons who suffer from some kind of constant pain malady.

When children come into contact with this patch, the consequences can be injurious and even deadly.  The patch is much more potent when it is swallowed, and even after three days it likely has 50% of the opioid still inside.  The FDA knows of 12 children being checked into a hospital and an additional 10 deaths because of exposure to fentanyl since 1997.

To help parents combat the risks that the patch could pose to their children, the FDA advises following a few simple steps.  The first is to store the patch out of reach of children.  Next, they suggest placing some kind of adhesive over the patch while in use so that it doesn’t come off the user’s body.  Users should check that the patch is affixed throughout the day, and when usage is complete, the item should be flushed down the toilet.

Being a personal injury attorney in Long Beach, I applaud the efforts of the FDA to raise awareness about this important topic.  I hope as a San Bernardino personal injury lawyer that people across the country do what they can to mitigate the risks of fentanyl.

Michigan Mandatory Motorcycle Helmet Usage Brought to an End

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 13, 2012

A long standing rule that forced motorcycle riders in the state of Michigan to always wear a helmet when on their bikes has been brought to an end.

Today, the governor of that state signed Senate Bill 291, which gives riders who are over 21 the choice of whether or not they want to wear a helmet.  If they decide that they do not want to wear a helmet while on a motorcycle, they must first meet a handful of criteria.  First is the aforementioned age limit.  The, they must also have more insurance than a rider with a helmet, and they must either have two years of licensed riding under their belt or pass a safety course.

30 other states have made riding with a helmet optional.  The helmet requirement has been on the books in Michigan since 1967, when the United States Department of Transportation provided additional federal funds to the state on the condition that such a law was in place.

The governor has said that he hopes that all riders make an informed decision when it comes to their protection.  A group called American Bikers Aiming Toward Education supports the new bill.  They pointed to statisticss which they say show no correlation between optional helmet laws and rising insurance premiums.

As a personal injury attorney in Long Beach, I find it important to keep track of what other parts of our country are doing to promote safety.  Whether wearing a helmet or not, I just hope as a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer that riders drive as safely as possible.

Compromised Vision Prompts Recall of 2012 Ford Focus

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 9, 2012

One of the best selling automobiles in the country has been recalled because of an issue that affects a driver’s vision.

The vehicle in question is the 2012 Ford Focus, one of the company’s biggest sellers.  It is also a vehicle that Consumer Reports had deemed one of the most fun small cars in the country to drive.  Over 140,000 vehicles are encompassed by this particular recall.  They were all manufactured between August 2010 and October of last year.

At issue is the fact that the cars were accidentally made without seals being installed on the passenger side windshield wiper blade motor wiring.  This can cause the wiper blade on the passenger’s side to cease functioning completely, and if a storm or some other obstacle presents itself on the road, then the risk of a crash becomes much greater due to a lack of proper sight.

Beginning in May, Ford will be contacting affected users with instructions on how to get the issue taken care of.  This will involve bringing the automobile to a licensed dealer, who can provide a mechanic to inspect, clean, and seal the damaged unit as necessary, or else replace a failed motor.  All of this will be done at no cost to the consumer.

As a personal injury attorney in Long Beach, I’m sorry to see a defect compromise the safety of a driver, passengers, and other commuters on the road.  Highways can be dangerous places, but they are made even more so when a vehicle has a design flaw.  It’s my hope as a Long Beach car accident lawyer that automobile owners across the country pay attention to recall information and promptly get the issue taken care of when their vehicle is the one in question.

BCI Burke Swing Sets Recalled Following Breaks, Injuries

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on March 7, 2012

BCI Burke, a Wisconsin-based company, has announced a recall of their 2 and 3/8 inch Arch Swing Sets.  This is in response to seven reports of the swing sets breaking, two of which contributed to minor injuries to those using the item.

250 swing sets fall under the purview of this recall.  The issue has to do with the welded area that connects the sleeve joint to the arch support.  This connection has a propensity to crack or even break.  As a result, the beam that the swings hang from can totally collapse, causing the swings to fall and the children on them to become injured.

The sets were sold by Burke distributors between January 2004 and December of last year.  They retailed between $700 and $1100.  Purchasers of the item are advised to discontinue use at once and disassemble the chains and swings.  By contacting the firm, consumers can obtain a free retrofit kit.

As a personal injury attorney in Long Beach, I consider children’s product recalls to be some of the most devastating because they affect those who aren’t expected to worry about such dangers.  As such, I hope all parents pay attention to this recall so they can protect their children.  That’s why I do what I can in my capacity as a San Diego personal injury attorney to give out such recall information.

Tremella Recalled Over Undeclared Sulfite Allergy Risk

By PSB Admin on February 3, 2012

S & M USA Enterprise has announced a recall of Zhang Zhou Brand Tremella, as it may consist of sulfites that are not mentioned on the labels, posing a risk of an allergic reaction to those sensitive to that material.

The product in question was sold in New York and New Jersey. A regular sampling by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and an ensuing product analysis led to confirmation of the sulfite presence. A mere 10 milligrams of sulfite can cause anaphylactic shock in sulfite-allergic individuals, but no illness has been reported thus far. Buyers may return the product to the purchase location.

The item, which was imported from China, comes in a 150 gram plastic bag and does not have any identifying codes.

As a personal injury attorney in Long Beach, I know that just about any food item on the market can face a recall.  Even if the presence of an ingredient isn’t hazardous to everyone, it’s crucial that labeling is correct so that the portion of the population that would be endangered by the item knows so before purchasing a product.  It’s my hope as a Fresno personal injury attorney that this problem gets corrected before anyone gets hurt.

Glaval Buses Recalled Due to Possibly Defective Fuses

By PSB Admin on February 1, 2012

Glaval buses, model year 2006 to 2011, may contain defective fuses in the air conditioner unit and are being recalled for this reason. The fuses may loosen over time and cause damage to the vehicular structure, possibly resulting in a fire. The fuses are reportedly affected by the passage of time, vibrations resulting from use and other factors such as temperature.

The transit buses affected by the recall were built on chassis from Ford, Chevrolet, GMC and Freightliner and contain Carrier GenV EM-1 Evaporator Units.

Glaval will contact all owners of these models and inform them of the fault.  They will attempt to rectify the situation by providing a free retrofit kit and repair instructions.

As a personal injury attorney in Long Beach, I’ve seen a number of recalls due to a faulty part.  Vehicles are quite often some of the most serious forms of recall that can be had.  The road can be a dangerous place, and we rely on our automobiles to get us to a destination safely.  I hope that vehicles affected by this recall get fixed before damage can be done.  As a Long Beach car accident attorney, I advise everyone to stay cautious on the roads, because you never know who’s driving around in a car with a part that’s been recalled.

Recall: Kia Optima and Rondo Due to Faulty Air Bags

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on January 20, 2012

According to news sources, a recall has been issued for about 145,800 2006-2008 Kia Optima and 2007-2008 Kia Rondo vehicles due to a faulty air bag which can potentially fail to deploy in case of crash, thereby increasing the risk of injury to drivers.

The company, Kia Motors America, announced the recall in cooperation with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), due to the faulty air bag issue. The problem arises from the air bag systems clock spring assembly, which can reportedly become damaged with time and prevent the air bags from deploying in case of collision.

Vehicle owners can expect to be notified by the company in March to bring in their recalled vehicles to their local dealers for a free repair and replacement of the faulty safety device.

Consumers may also contact the company at 800-333-4542.

As a Long Beach personal injury attorney, I’ve seen recalls of this kind in the past and know the severity of the hazards they entail. I hope this information can help raise awareness about this recalled product. If you or a loved one has been injured through the use or consumption of a defective product, speak with a personal injury attorney Long Beach to learn about the legal options available to you. Please, continue to visit our blog for regular updates about unsafe and dangerous consumer products.

Recall: Daimler Trucks Due to Crash Hazard

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on January 18, 2012

According to news sources, a recall has been issued for about 60 units of 2012 Freightliner Daimler Trucks with custom chassis (FCC) model S2 10 CH due to a crash hazard arising from a malfunctioning exterior light turn signal, which may fail to operate properly 5 to 13 minutes after vehicle operation.

The recall was announced due to a bulk-head software issue affecting the light turn signal that causes the lights to fail after minutes of vehicle operation.  The failure of the turn signal light to illuminate may misinform or confuse other drivers on the roadway as to what the intended direction of the vehicle is, thereby increasing the risk of collision. The recall number associated with this specific vehicle recall is FL-620.

Vehicle owners can expect to be contacted by the company and instructed to take the vehicle to a DTNA authorized service facility, where they will receive a free inspection and software update if necessary.

As a Long Beach personal injury lawyer, I appreciate all efforts made to ensure higher safety standards to protect motorists and pedestrians. I hope this information can help raise awareness about this recalled product and keep consumers safe. If you or a loved one has been injured through the use or consumption of a defective product, speak with a personal injury attorney Long Beach to learn about the legal options available to you.

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