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O’Neill Pluto Boys’ Hoodies Recalled Due to Strangulation Risk

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on May 8, 2012

A potential strangulation hazard has prompted the recall of a children’s clothing product.

The item in question is the O’Neill Pluto boys’ hooded flannel shirt.  The recall was announced by Irvine-based La Jolla Sport USA (doing business as O’Neill Clothing), who imported the defective items from India.  Around 600 pieces of clothing are affected by this recall, and all of them will say Pluto Flannel and have the number 41204106 embroidered upon a label inside the shirt on the lefthand seam.

The recall was initiated when it was discovered that the items fail to comply with a Consumer Product Safety Commission federal regulation issued in 2011 that instituted standards that govern drawstrings in certain children’s wear.  The hoodies that are encompassed by this recall all have a drawstring that puts the child at risk of being strangled.  Thankfully, there have yet to be any reports of this type of incident.

The items were available at a variety of surfing specialty stores across the country, where they retailed for around $60.  Consumers may have purchased the items from September to December of last year.  Affected persons are being advised to take the drawstring out immediately and return the clothing item for a complete refund.

I’m sorry to hear about another recall as a Riverside personal injury attorney.  The standards instituted last July were put in place for a reason, and I’m sorry to see a violation of that regulation.  I hope as a personal injury lawyer in San Jose that this is the last violation of this type.

Water Contact Prompts Recall of Planters Cocktail Peanuts

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 6, 2012

Sometimes product recalls can become just plain nutty.

Today, Kraft Foods has announced a recall of 3,000 cases of Planters Cocktail Peanuts.  The affected items were available in 12 ounce containers and had a UPC of 2900007212.  The date on the bottom of the package should read January 9, 2014.

These items were available in retail outlets all across the country, as well as Puerto Rico.  They were not sold in Canada.

The reason for the recall has to due with the peanuts’ exposure to water.  Apparently, this water was not supposed to come into contact with food during the production process.

There’s no word on what an illness or exposure to this water would entail in terms of a negative reaction in the consumer.  Kraft Foods has said that the recall is simply a precautionary measure, as they have not received any reports of illness in conjunction with this particular product.

Consumers are being advised to immediately discontinue consumption of the peanuts.  Kraft has expressed that persons can bring them back for a complete refund at the place they were obtained.  They may also trade it in for another product.

I’m glad as a Bakersfield personal injury attorney to see a company be proactive with a safety recall.  The old adage is true:  it’s better to be safe than sorry.  This is a credo I like to spout whenever I get the chance as a personal injury lawyer in San Jose.

Plastic Presence Prompts Chicken Apple Sausage Recall

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 2, 2012

Another food recall has been announced, this time because of a foreign contaminant that may have made its way into a product.

Chicken Apple Sausage made by the Eddy Packing Company has been recalled because the item could potentially contain plastic within the meat itself.  The Yoakum, Texas, based company has gone on record as saying that they have received reports from consumers who have found as much within their sausage, although thankfully there have been no injuries or illnesses reported in conjunction with this particular issue.

The items came in one pound vacuum sealed packages that have June 23, 2012 as a sell-by date, or in 36 pound cases that held a dozen three pound packages each.  All of the product affected by the recall was produced on February 9 and distributed on February 14.  More than 26,000 pounds of the chicken sausage fall under the purview of the recall.

Although that distribution date might have been Valentine’s Day, purchasers of the product were decidedly not in love with what they found.  If you or your family have received the item and are concerned that you are at risk, then the company is advising that you seek a healthcare professional.

As a personal injury lawyer in San Jose, I’m sad to see another safety hazard arise with something we ingest.  It’s my hope that incidents like this happen only rarely, if at all, and it’s my desire as a San Bernardino personal injury attorney that safety defects are eradicated from the marketplace completely.

Petition to FDA Seeks Genetically Engineered Food Label

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on March 29, 2012

A campaign to get genetically engineered foods labelled as such by the Food and Drug Administration looks to be gaining support.

The Just Label It Campaign has filed a petition with the FDA to make such labeling a rule, and they have released a statement claiming that more than one million people have pledged their support.  The company also cited statistics which state that 93% of Americans are in favor of such a system.

Such labeling would align the United States with a number of other countries, including Japan, Russia, Australia, and partner countries of the European Union.

The Center for Food Safety tasked its attorneys with crafting the petition.  The FDA now has six months to consider the content of that document and respond to the public.  Proponents of the petition say that genetically engineered crops raises the price of land, preventing new businesses from forming and hindering limited resource farms.  They say that such farmers are also at the mercy of a small group of seed providers that can set a high fixed price.

Right now, the only choice that consumers have to guarantee they’re not consuming genetically engineered products is to purchase food that has been certified organic.

As a personal injury lawyer in San Jose, I’ll be curious to see what happens should the FDA accept the terms of the petition.  Would it mean that if a genetically engineered ingredient slips into a food product, that product might be recalled as a threat to safety?  It’s hard to say at this juncture, but I’ll certainly be paying attention as a Bakersfield personal injury lawyer.

Medicine Bottle Storage Units Recalled Due to Lock Failure

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on March 8, 2012

Nearly 60,000 medicine bottle storage containers have been recalled by their importer, Locker Brand, a company based out of Henderson, Nevada.

The item in question is basically a locker that is used to store prescription medicine bottles so they can’t be tampered with or taken by someone who doesn’t have the code.    The product is orange with a white top, and looks almost as if someone adjoined four bulbous pill bottle containers side by side and slapped a three digit combination lock to the front.

The recalled units were made between May 2010 and December 2010.  They were sold at Walgreens, CVS, and Bed Bath & Beyond stores, plus Locker Brand’s website, between June 2010 and October 2011.  They retailed for around $15.

Concerns with the product stem from the container opening while locked if a person simply applies pressure to the latch.  This might give someone other than the person taking the pills improper access to the medicines contained inside.

Owners have been advised to cease usage of the product and contact Locker Brand to receive a return mailer.  Once they have the product, Rx Locker will issue a free refund.

As a personal injury lawyer in San Jose, I know how uncontrolled medication can be potentially hazardous to a person’s health.  Items like this keep that medication out of the wrong person’s hands, and it’s my hope as a Riverside personal injury lawyer that this issue gets fixed before someone is injured.

Utilimaster Recalls Aeromasters Due To Gear Indicator Error

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on March 7, 2012

The Utilimaster Corporation has announced a recall of 679 Aeromasters from the 2011 and 2012 model years.  These vehicles were made between March 11, 2009 and December 3 of last year.  This particular recall should have begun on March 2 or somewhere thereabouts.

The problem concerns the transmission gear shifter.  Where the transmission control selector arm assembly on the steering column connects to that part, the cable can break.  When this happens, the transmission gear indicator portion of the instrument panel will not switch over to display different gears.  Regardless of what gear the vehicle has been put into, the indicator stays in the first gear position.

The driver is then unable to properly tell what gear the vehicle is in.  The risk of a crash becomes much greater because the operator may not know whether he has placed the vehicle in reverse or park.

Affected owners will be contacted by the company, at which point the vehicles can be brought in to a dealer to have the defective parts replaced for free.

As a personal injury lawyer in San Jose, I’m glad to see any automotive issues get corrected.  Not only are such injuries dangerous to the occupants of the affected vehicle, but other motorists are put at risk as well.  It’s my hope as a San Jose car accident lawyer that no incidents occur as a result of this defect.

High Lead Levels Lead to Recall of Chef’s Pride Candy

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on March 6, 2012

I have yet another recall to report to you today, this time on a candy product that has been imported from Pakistan.

Chef’s Pride Rewadi Candy has been recalled voluntarily by its Ontario based importer, R & R imports, because the product has been found to contain excessive levels of lead.  The product in question comes in 7 ounce jars that contain sesame seed candy that is both chewy and sweet.

Analysis of the item showed that lead levels reached .12 parts per million.  This would put the candy above the legal limit in California.  The importer has asked that all persons in possession of the item immediately return it to the place where he or she bought the candy.  Users are advised to not eat the product.

High levels of lead in the candy can lead to a host of health problems.  Of particular concern is the damage that can be done to pregnant women, infants, and children.

I sincerely hope as a San Francisco personal injury lawyer that nobody has an adverse reaction in conjunction with this product.  I’m glad to see a recall initiated, but I hope it isn’t too late.  As a personal injury lawyer in San Jose, I’ve seen a number of recalls that simply didn’t reach their intended audience in time.  This is why I believe it’s so important that consumers pay attention to recall information on a daily basis.

Honda Recalling Certain Pilot and Acura Models

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on March 2, 2012

According to news sources, a recall has been announced for about 8,709 units of Honda Pilot and Acura vehicles after it was found that they posed a fire hazard.

The company, American Honda Motors Co, announced the recall of its 2012 Pilot and Acura MDX vehicles due to issues affecting the Vent Shut Float (VSF), which could potentially cause the a fuel leak to occur from the tank, thereby increasing the risk of fire.

The company will reportedly begin notifying vehicle owners about the recall. Owners will be able to take their recalled vehicles to their dealer for a free replacement of the fuel tank assembly. Consumers can contact the company at 1-800-999-1009 for additional information.

As a San Diego 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 lawyer San Jose to learn about the legal options available to you. Please, continue to visit our blog for regular updates about unsafe and dangerous consumer products.

Wireless Technology Can Backfire in Disaster Situations

By PSB Admin on January 27, 2012

As the world becomes more and more reliant on wireless technology, a growing number of people are ditching their landlines entirely.  In a world of cell phones and instant communication via the internet, many just don’t see the point.

However, a new report says that there may be danger in such a leap.  In a natural disaster such as a hurricane or a blackout, cell phones and home internet connections can stop working, leaving you at a major disadvantage.  As opposed to the perennial copper-wire based phone services, cell phones rely on electricity and a viable internet connection to operate.

There are, however, a number of things you can do to ensure that you won’t be left without the ability to communicate long-distance in a disaster situation.  For one thing, having extra batteries available for your devices can go a long way.  Otherwise, a backup generator can also be used to run your network interface.  If all else fails, simply consider ponying up for a landline so that you’ll have your bases covered in an emergency.

As a personal injury lawyer in San Jose, I think it’s important to consider every possible scenario that could affect your safety.  Hope for the best, plan for the worst.  If things go wrong, I know as a San Jose personal injury lawyer that you’ll be glad you took every precaution necessary to ensure your family’s well-being.

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