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127,350 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 Automobiles Recalled

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on May 7, 2012

Another massive automobile recall has just been issued.

This time, the recall affects some 127,350 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 automobiles.  The recall, which was announced by the Chrysler Group, concerns those vehicles of the model years 2011 and 2012 that were produced up to December 20 of last year.  The majority are in the United States, with 8,274 residing in Canada.

The defect has to do with the anti lock braking system and the electronic stability control.  The power distribution centers in the vehicles contain a fuse that is in danger of overheating.  If this happens, then the driver would be in danger of losing control of the vehicle, increasing the possibility of a crash.

The company discovered the defect while testing a Michigan police car.  Following that test, Chrysler confirmed their findings by testing various other consumer vehicles.

Consumers can expect to receive a recall notification at some point this month.  Affected persons should be able to bring their automobiles in to an authorized service dealer to receive a free repair.

I’m sorry as a personal injury attorney in San Jose to see yet another recall put lives in danger.  It’s my hope that this issue not imperil safety and that all vehicle owners can get the necessary repairs.  I urge everyone as a San Jose car accident lawyer to get their cars fixed should they have this vehicle in their possession.

FDA Denies Expanded Use of Xgeva Pending Clinical Trial

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 30, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has voted to deny an expansion of a drug currently on the market due to the dangers that might be posed by the new function that the drug’s makers were hoping to market it for.

Xgeva, a drug made by Amgen, has since 2010 been used to prevent bone injuries related to cancer.  But recently, the makers of the drug petitioned the FDA to allow the drug to go to market for a stated use of preventing bone metastases in those persons suffering from prostate cancer resistant to castration.  The FDA has denied that request, saying that an additional clinical trial would be needed.

In February, the Oncologic Drugs Advisery Committee came to a 12 to 1 conclusion that the benefits of this added treatment would not outweigh the risks.  It was discovered that such usage entailed a 5% risk that a patient would suffer some complications in their bones, compared with a 15% lower risk of the aforementioned metastases.  This, combined with no demonstrable effect on survivability of the disease, led to their decision.

I pay close attention to these kinds of developments as a personal injury attorney in San Jose.  With so many drugs coming to market, someone in a position such as mine has to be well versed in the dangers that certain drugs might pose to a consumer.  I hope as a Bakersfield personal injury lawyer that all drugs are guaranteed safe before they’re bestowed upon the general public.

FDA Warns of Cancer-Causing Agent in Japanese Diet Pills

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 3, 2012

Another consumer warning has been issued by the Food and Drug Administration, this one concerning a type of diet pill that contains a dangerous ingredient.

Consumers are being advised to immediately discontinue use of Japan Rapid Weight Loss Diet Pills Green.  This item is available on Amazon and other online retailers.  It is distributed by the firm Xiushentang.

The reason for the warning is the presence of phenolphthalein, which is considered a possible cancer-causing agent in the United States.  This item, typically used in various chemical experiments, is not allowed to be marketed in America.  Going even further, the FDA has said that the item can actually damage or mutate DNA, and that it is neither effective nor safe.

Not surprisingly, the FDA is urging customers to throw the item away if it is in their possession, and not to buy it if they were thinking about doing so.  Consumers and healthcare professionals alike are being asked to file a report about the item with the FDA if adverse effects are experienced.  These effects should also prompt a visit to the nearest doctor.

This is the FDA’s latest attempt to curb the usage of online drugs that purport to help you lose weight but contain unlisted dangerous chemicals.

As a personal injury attorney in San Jose, I understand how potentially hazardous these items can be.  There’s typically a reason why they are not widely available in physical retail outlets, and I hope as a Long Beach personal injury lawyer that consumers are wise to the dangers of unapproved products.

SOUND to Prevent Medical Devices Based Off Recalled Designs

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on March 28, 2012

An act being considered by the Senate and the House of Representatives takes aim at medical devices whose design was based off of previously recalled products.

The Safety of Untested and New Devices Act, known as SOUND, was brought about largely because of complications with a transvaginal mesh implant that had numerous complications.  The issue arose because that item shared much in its design with a previous device that was recalled in 1999.

If instated, the bill would enable the Food and Drug Administration to deny approval of items based off of designs of devices that were recalled in the past or are in the midst of a recall.  To gain approval, the makers of such devices would have to be able to explain the differences in the the two items.  The bill is designed to close what a representative of the bill has called a loophole in the 510(k) device approval process.

One of the other medical devices that would fall under the scrutiny of the new bill is a hip implant device.  The recalled DePuy ASR, for instance, was itself based off of the design of the defective Pinnacle hip implant.

As a personal injury attorney in San Jose, I’ll be keeping a close watch on developments with this story.  With the bill being considered this summer, this could be a monumental change in the safety status of medical devices.  It’s my hope as a San Diego personal injury lawyer that defective products in the market eventually become a thing of the past.

AmerTac Recalls LED Night Lights Due to Fire Hazard

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on March 1, 2012

According to news sources, a recall has been issued for about 227,000 units of LED NIght Light by American Tack & Hardware Co., due to the recalled product posing fire and burn hazards.

The recalled lights can reportedly overheat, smolder and melt as a result of a potential electrical short circuit in the night light. To date, there have been about 25 reports received by the company of the recalled product melting, smoldering and burning. In all the incidents received by the company, no injuries were reported. The recalled LED night lights have model number 711190 or 71190A printed on the back.

Consumers can contact the company at (800) 420-7511 to learn more about receiving a full refund amount for the recalled product. Consumers should also stop using the LED night lights immediately.

As a San Diego personal injury lawyer, I appreciate all efforts being made to ensure consumer products are made safer for those who use them. 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 San Jose to learn about the legal options available to you.

Jammy Sammy Sandwich Bars Recalled Over Mislabeling

By PSB Admin on February 6, 2012

I thought I would bring you news of another product recall that happened over the weekend in case you missed it.

The product in question is called Jammy Sammy Strawberry Jam and Peanut Butter Sandwich Bars.  8,150 units are affected by this recall, which was issued because an inner wrapping did not provide the requisite safety information.  The product listed above contains peanuts, which the outer wrapping says in its ingredient listings.  However, some of the individual items were incorrectly labelled with a different product’s packaging materials that did not mention having peanuts in the ingredients list.  Both products have a warning about the items being made in a facility that processes peanut products.

The items were sold all across the country and came in a 5 ounce package with a Best By date of June 28, 2012 and a UPC of 8 96766 00116 6.  Purchasers can return the product to the place where it was bought for a full refund.

As a personal injury attorney in San Jose, I understand how a product that contains peanuts can affect those with allergies or sensitivities to that product.  Luckily, no adverse effects have been reported yet in conjunction with this product, and it’s my hope as a Fresno personal injury lawyer that it stays that way and no incidents happen.

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