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FDA Says Fish Affected By Oil Spill Don’t Pose Safety Risk

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 20, 2012

On the heels of an oil spill that many people feared would cause long term damage to the environment, the Food and Drug Administration has said that consumers shouldn’t worry about the safety of fish currently on the market.

Consumers have recently grown concerned about the issue following the release photos which showed fish from the Gulf of Mexico as having deformities and lesions on their bodies.  And although scientists say that this is a sign that the oil spill two years ago does have a lasting impact, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the fish on the market are unsafe.

The FDA says that if a fish really is diseased, it’s illegal to sell that fish.  A spokesperson cites the relatively low number of affected fish as a reason that the public shouldn’t be scared about the threat that such seafood could pose.  And as far as oil contamination is concerned, laboratories on both the state and federal levels have been busy testing 10,000-plus fish and shrimp to determine if oil could pose a threat.  The FDA figures that  the average consumer would need to eat five pounds of oysters or nine pounds of other seafood every day for five years for a danger to become a possibility.

As a personal injury lawyer in Long Beach, I find it incredible and disappointing that there might be safety issues two years after a disaster.  I’m glad to see that testing is ongoing to keep consumers safe, and I hope as a personal injury lawyer in San Bernardino that these efforts continue.

Baja Reissues Dirt Bike Recall Following More Fire Reports

By PSB Admin on April 12, 2012

Baja Motorsports is voluntarily recalling a series of dirt bikes due to fire hazards caused by a possible fuel tank leakage.

The DR50 and DR70 Baja dirt bikes that this recall concerns were made in China and were sold at Pep Boys and other motorsport stores.  4,300 units fall under the purview of this recall.  Each affected dirt bike will have a VIN that begins with L98, a B as its tenth digit, and a yellow dot or line near the VIN.  They retailed from $450 to $650 and were available for purchase between December 2010 and January of this year.

This is actually a reissue of a recall that was announced last month.  Baja felt the need to announce the recall once again because they received ten reports of an incident after the initial recall announcement was made.  Of those ten reports, two people suffered a burn injury, adding up to a total of  16 leaked fuel incidents.

These bikes should stop being used at once.  Baja Motorsports is offering free repairs for them, and consumers are being advised to contact them at once.

As a personal injury lawyer in San Bernardino, I remember reading about this recall the first time it was issued.  It saddens me that the information didn’t get out to all affected consumers the first time.  This is the reason that I take it upon myself as a Long Beach personal injury attorney to spread the word about recalls.

Portland Shellfish Shut Down by FDA For Safety Breaches

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 11, 2012

Another plant is being shut down by the Food and Drug Administration until they can correct numerous safety flaws.

This time, the factory in question is a seafood processing plant in Portland, Maine.  The aptly named Portland Shellfish company based out of that city was shut down by the FDA because the company has exhibited a number of violations of various safety and health regulations and laws at the federal level.

The company will not be able to reopen for business until they demonstrate to the FDA that they have addressed their concerns.  Doing so would entail the safety procedures and plans in place being updated to ensure that their seafood is fit for consumption.

The letter that the FDA sent to the company points to how, in February, a shrimp conveyor belt tested positive for the bacteria known as listeria, which can cause listeriosis.

In addition to the plant shutdown, Portland is required to recall and destroy an estimated $25,000 in shrimp and lobster.  The president of the company believes the FDA is going too far with its punishment.

This isn’t the first time a shutdown of Portland Shellfish has happened.  A similar production halt was administered by the FDA in January 2011.

As a personal injury lawyer in San Bernardino, I’m still shocked by how many companies fail to follow important safety procedures.  It’s my hope that this company gets its safety issues worked out, and I hope as a Ventura personal injury attorney that no one suffers an illness due to this or any other contamination.

Webasto Recalls Sun Roofs Equipped on Hollandia Vehicles

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on March 30, 2012

Webasto Product North America Inc. is recalling some of their Hollandia passenger vehicles due to a defect detected in the sunroof supplied by Restyling Concepts.  The specific vehicles in question are Hollandia 600, 700, and TVS 900.  Five units are affected by this particular recall.

The problem that has been brought to light involves gradual de-bonding of the sunroof glass from its metal frame, leading to the potential danger of falling glass and associated injuries to passengers and /or passing vehicles.

There are a number of ways for a user to tell if their vehicle is facing this danger.  Excessive vibration, the sound of wind filtering through the sunroof, water leaking in, or obvious corrosion are all signs that the glass is separating from the frame.

The manufacturer will directly notify affected owners.  Webasto has in fact received from Restyling Concepts a list of those vehicles that have the defect, and there is a website that consumers can check to make sure their vehicle is not listed.

As a personal injury lawyer in San Bernardino, I know how important it is that this type of information get out to the public.  A five unit recall might not seem like much, but most people would change their tune if they were the ones with the affected vehicle.  I hope as a San Bernardino car accident attorney that this notice is spread to the right people.

CPSC Safer Product Website Reaches One Year Anniversary

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on March 29, 2012

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has just reached a milestone.  Their website Saferproducts.gov has now been in service for precisely one year.

The database found on that site lets concerned persons search for any relevant recall information as well as post their own complaints directly to the site.  6,000 reports were submitted to the site within the first ten months of its existence.  A study has shown that most reports, 37%, concerned kitchen products, while children’s products were the next biggest area of concern at 15% of reports.

The site was started as the result of a survey which suggested that a whopping 82% of citizens would be interested in a webpage that tracks dangerous products.  Consumers make up the lion’s share of those persons filing a report to the site, with contributions from medical professionals and public safety entities conspicuously absent for the most part.

Concerned consumers may visit the site to browse recall information, or else they can file reports and use a keyword search to see various other safety reports that may or may not have resulted in a recall.

As a personal injury lawyer in San Bernardino, I can see how a tool like this would be indispensable for millions of Americans.  It’s never guaranteed that a product you own is completely safe, but being able to see if anyone else has had problems is a comforting thought.  It’s my hope as a Los Angeles personal injury attorney that more people utilize this excellent site.

McNeilus Recalls 100 Autocar ACX Trucks Due to Crash Hazard

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on March 7, 2012

More recall news to share with you today, this time regarding a defective line of trucks.

McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing has announced a recall of 111 Autocar ACX trucks of the 2012 model year.  The specific vehicles affected were produced between March 17, 2011 and February 10 of this year.  An issue could arise wherein the brakes do not get applied properly, increasing the likelihood that a crash could occur.

This issue stems from the refuse truck manufacturing process.  During this process, the tag axle often has to be removed.  A couple of air lines then need to be reinstalled in the proper position.  If this proper positioning fails to occur, the axle brakes do not function correctly.  When the tag axle is lifted, then the brakes are applied, but when this axle is lowered, the brakes don’t work.

Owners can expect so start hearing from McNeilus starting some time around March 15.  At that point, persons can have their vehicle inspected and have repairs made at no cost to the consumer.

It doesn’t take a San Bernardino car accident lawyer to see that improper functioning of the brake system could be hazardous to drivers and to other motorists.  I hope that the hundred plus owners of these vehicles have the issue taken care of before someone gets hurt.  As a personal injury lawyer in San Bernardino, I know how important such recall information is.

Recalled Items Sold By Meijer Shipped to Other Outlets

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on March 6, 2012

When a product gets recalled, most people probably think that the danger is over and done.  As you’ll soon discover, though, just because a product has been recalled doesn’t mean it won’t make its way to other shelves.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a warning to consumers that an error has resulted in the continued sale of products originally sold at Meijer Inc.  These products, which were recalled for a variety of safety reasons, did not get disposed of properly.  Instead, they were given to thrift stores, discount retail outlets, flea markets, and dollar stores to be sold for a deep discount.

The warning covers Innovage Discovery Kids Animated Lamps, Infantino Baby Slings, Hoover Windtunnel Bagless Vacuums, Fisher Price Ocean Wonders Aquariums, FP Little People Stand and Play Rampways, FP Barbie and Kawasaki Tough Trikes, Munchkin Bathtub Subs, and Sassy Refreshing Rings Infant Teethers.

Each of the recalled products listed above entails its own recall procedures, and consumers worried that they might be in possession of the items in question should head over to the CPSC’s website to learn more information.  All products should have their usage discontinued at once.

As a Bakersfield personal injury lawyer, I hate to see safety defects in products, but I think I’m more disheartened by the fact these items still made their way onto store shelves.  This is simply unacceptable to a personal injury lawyer in San Bernardino like myself.

Recall: GlaxoSmithKline Drug Packaged In Nebraska

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 29, 2012

According to news sources, a recall has recently been announced by GlaxoSmithKline for a drug packaged in Nebraska. The recall affects about 400,000 bottles of a blood pressure drug called DynaCirc CR, which was packaged in Nebraska at a Novartis plant.

The plant is reportedly manufacturing the generic drug on a contract basis. There have been no reported contamination complaints or tablet mix-ups to date in association with the recalled drug. The recall was reportedly issued after the Food and Drug Administration voiced “compliance concerns” regarding the packaging process of the generic drug.

The recall is the second one to be issued by the company for drugs manufactured at the same plant during this year. The plant was also temporarily shut down in mid-December due to an FDA investigation.

As a Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer, I appreciate all efforts being made to ensure increased drug safety standards and encourage consumers to learn more about the potential risks associated with similar product recalls. If you or a loved one has been injured through the use or consumption of a defective product, speak with a personal injury lawyer San Bernardino learn about the legal options available to you.

Recall: Greenlee Utility Knives Due to Laceration Hazard

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 28, 2012

According to news sources, Greenlee Textron Inc. announced the recall of about 1,800 units of its Folding Pocket Utility Knife due to a laceration hazard.

The company issued the recall after receiving a report regarding the blade locking mechanism failing. There have been no injuries reported to date. The blades can potentially fold inward towards the handle if the locking mechanism fails, thereby posing a laceration hazard to consumers. The recalled utility knives include those with model numbers 0652-27 and UT652-27. The retail price for the recalled unit is estimated to be about $20.

Consumers should stop using the recalled product immediately to avoid potential injury and return it to the distributor to receive a full refund amount. Consumers may contact the company at (800) 435-0786 for any additional information.

As a Ventura 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 lawyer San Bernardino to learn about the legal options available to you.

ECHO Recalling Backpack Blowers

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 27, 2012

According to news sources, a recall is being issued by ECHO for its Gas Powered Backpack Blowers after it was discovered that an assembly line mistake could have potentially caused damage to the fuel line connecting the carburetor and the fuel tank, thereby posing a fire hazard to consumers.

The recall affects about 16,000 units and includes those with model number PB-265L and serial numbers P093121 35519 through P093121 50152 and P078110 20732 through P078110 22309. The serial numbers can be located near the gas filler cap on a printed label. There have been no reported injuries to date in connection with the recalled product.

Those with the recalled backpack blower models should stop using them immediately and return them to the place of purchase for a repair if necessary, free of charge. Consumers may also contact the company at (800) 432-3246.

As a personal injury lawyer San Bernardino, 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. As a Ventura personal injury attorney, I hope this information helps keep consumers safe.

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