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ThinkCentre Computer Recall Expanded by Lenovo

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 24, 2012

A recall originally reported back in March has been expanded by the company that instituted the measure in the first place.

The recall concerns thousands of Lenovo ThinkCentre M70z and M90z computers.  These computers were manufactured in Mexico by North Carolina-based Lenovo and then imported by same.  The original recall notice that was issued in March concerned 50,500 computers, and this new announcement expands that recall to encompass 13,000 more, bringing the grand total to 63,500 defective units.

The issue has to do with the power supply.  An internal component has a defect which may cause it to overheat, creating a potential fire hazard.  There has yet to be a reported injury, but Lenovo has received one report of smoke and another of fire.

Concerned owners are being advised to contact Lenovo directly to determine if their computers have the affected serial numbers.  In the meantime, people are being advised to unplug the device until an appointment can be made with the firm to have the defective unit replaced.

Due to the expansion, even those who previously thought their computer was safe should contact Lenovo once again.  The items were available through various distributors across the country between May of last year and March of this year.  The M70z cost $500, and the M90z cost $800.

It disturbs me as a Long Beach personal injury attorney that a recall might not always encompass all affected products.  I wish as a personal injury lawyer in Ventura that all recalls could be accurate the first time, because if they’re not, it only invites further injury.

New Survey Shows Prevalence of Roadside Work Zone Crashes

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 23, 2012

A new study shows that construction workers along the roadside might just have one of the most dangerous jobs out there.

Associated General Contractors of America was responsible for conducting the study, which showed that a whopping 68% of highway contractors across the country experienced an automobile crashing into a designated work zone in the past year alone.  400 contractors responded to the survey, which took place over the past two months.

Among the more shocking statistics, 18% of contractors have said that someone on their construction crew was fatally injured by a vehicle driving through the work zone.  And on top of that, an additional 28% had their workers injured.  These accidents in turn cause delays that then lengthen the amount of time construction areas need to be in place along the road.  Nearly half of these accident-induced delays lasted two days or more.

Although the accidents described above are typically more injurious to the defenseless workers than they are to motor vehicle operators, half of all crashes hurt vehicle occupants as well, and 15% prove fatal for a passenger or driver.

Not surprisingly, the people behind the survey emphasize safety, tougher laws, and the importance of the driver slowing down in order to curb these accidents.

Being a personal injury lawyer in Ventura, I know how vital this topic is.  Workers rely on drivers to afford them respect along the roads, as to do otherwise compromises not just their jobs but their lives.  It’s my desire as a Ventura car accident attorney to see all persons employ safe driving practices when near construction zones.

Massachusetts Cops Crack Down on Construction Zone Speeders

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 18, 2012

Massachusetts is doing its part to help cut down on automobile accidents occurring in construction zones filled with numerous defenseless workers.

Tomorrow, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and various officials from local law enforcement agencies are scheduled to announce a measure that will place additional state troopers at road construction areas along the roadways.  Officials are hoping that the increase in police officers will reduce the number of traffic violations such as speeding that compromise safety of both drivers and construction workers in those areas.

Violators of a variety of laws will be receiving citations from officers in the hopes that, over time, dangerous driving behaviors can be changed entirely.  The measure was instituted in response to a rise in construction zone crashes that put lives in danger throughout Massachusetts.  The new program owes its existence to a federal grant.

The initiative is timed to coincide with National Work Zone Awareness Week, which starts next Monday.  At the press conference tomorrow, officials will be demonstrating how troopers will be utilizing equipment to clock drivers who are going over the speed limit.

I’m glad as a Ventura car accident lawyer to see Massachusetts make an effort to improve safety in this critical area.  With cars going by at high rates of speed, construction workers are often put at risk along the road, especially when someone is driving recklessly.  It’s my hope as a personal injury lawyer in Ventura that more states follow suit with plans just like this.

Cancer Drugs Seized After Circumventing FDA Approval Process

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 16, 2012

United States Marshals seized a number of supposed cancer curing drugs from a plant in Bogard, Missouri.

The seizure was initiated following a request by the Food and Drug Administration, who investigated the plant in January following a complaint from a consumer.  The manufacturer in question, Notions-N-Things Distribution, was responsible for marketing drugs that purported to cure cancer.  The FDA has said, though, that these items were not approved by the FDA and may contain ingredients that might be toxic or could pose a danger to those with allergies.

1,600 containers in total were seized by the marshals.  The first item removed was chickweed healing salve, which its makers claimed could cure skin cancer, but that contains an ingredient known as comfrey which the FDA says puts the user in danger of contracting systemic toxicity.  The next item, To-Mor-Gone, was seized because of the aforementioned lack of approval and because it contains bloodroot.  Bloodroot is in fact a corrosive substance which, when applied to human skin, would create a scar that hides a tumor’s presence rather than outright cure it.

The third seized drug, R.E.P., supposedly fights sinus infections and headaches, but its label doesn’t list any ingredients whatsoever, thus not meeting FDA standards.

I know how important the FDA approval process is as a personal injury lawyer in Ventura.  Even when companies have a consumer’s best interests at heart, it’s vital that a product is proven safe before it’s distributed to a consumer.  Perhaps the makers of these items will now seek FDA approval and the items can come out with the proper labels.  As a Bakersfield personal injury attorney, all I care about is that the consumer is safe.

Britax Recalls Baby-Safe Infant Carriers Throughout Europe

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 13, 2012

I previously brought you news about a recall on drop side cribs, and now comes word about another recall that affects a product that children rest in.

This time, the product in question is the Britax Baby-Safe infant carrier.  Britax has taken pains to inform consumers that the recall does not involve their Baby-Safe Plus or their Baby-Safe Plus II SHR models.

The affected items were available for sale in February and March of this year, but only in Europe.  Affected consumers are being advised to cease carrying their children in this carrier and to call Britax to receive recall instructions as soon as possible.

The problem has to do with the handle of the carrier.  There are times when, if the parents lifts the handle to carry the seat, then the handle itself can break off from the main body of the unit.  This can cause the seat to swing apart from the handle or even come off completely, falling to the ground in the process.  This would pose a hazard to the child.

Britax is said to be working on a new design for these and other seats that have reportedly suffered an incident.

I’m sad to see another safety hazard as a personal injury lawyer in Ventura.  When dealing with a children’s product especially, one would hope that manufacturers are taking the necessary steps to ensure safety.  And although Europe might be far away from a Fresno personal injury attorney like me, you never know when a product could make its way into America and pose a danger here.

Mediterra SA Recalls Multiple Food Items Over Allergen Risk

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 12, 2012

A number of food products are being recalled by a New York retailer that ships its items all across the country via internet sales.

The company,  Mediterra S.A., has produced a variety of foods that contain undeclared allergens.  Depending on the product, allergic consumers could be in danger of ingesting eggs, milk, wheat or nuts.  Mediterra has said that they incorrectly labeled their products by not listing albumin as egg albumin or yogurt as milk yogurt.  Interestingly, they have also said that their white bread should have been labeled as wheat bread and that their almonds and pine nuts should have been labeled as nuts.

The items in question are Pie with Chios Mastiha, Halva Pie with Chios Mastiha and Peanuts, Handmade Trahana Pasta with Mastiha, Smoked Eggplant Spread with Chios Mastiha, Spicy Garlic Bread with Chios Mastiha, Honey Pie with Almonds, Figs Stuffed with Almonds, and Greek Garlic Spread with Almonds.  The products have various use by dates and come in different types of packaging.

Thankfully, there have been no reported allergic reactions in conjunction with these recalled products.  Mediterra is advising customers to bring the items back to the store to receive a complete refund on the product.

As a personal injury lawyer in Ventura, I’m used to seeing food recalls, but they don’t usually encompass so many products.  With so many items sold, I just hope as a San Francisco personal injury attorney that an allergic consumer doesn’t ingest something that could imperil their lives.

MacBook Magsafe Adapter Lawsuit Settlement Awaits Approval

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on March 9, 2012

A settlement being sought by consumers of an Apple Macbook product is awaiting approval by the courts.

Plaintiffs have alleged that the MagSafe adapter, which is used in Apple MacBooks and MacBook pros, is defective.  They claim that the item is at risk of sparking, melting, overheating, fraying, or otherwise failing completely.  The adapter in question has since been discontinued by Apple.

The settlement, if approved, will allow consumers to seek $35 to $79 for damages incurred as a result of having to buy a new adapter to replace the old, defective one.  If users of the item have not yet had to replace the item, but it does begin to show signs of wear and tear like what’s described above, then they can receive a replacement from Apple free of cost.

March 21, 2012, is the deadline for becoming a plaintiff in this class-action lawsuit, so that gives purchasers two weeks to figure out if they are eligible.

Being a Riverside personal injury lawyer, I’m sorry to see any products pose a safety hazard to consumers.  It just goes to show that there’s a multitude of items we use on a daily basis that could have hazards we would never even think about.  As a personal injury lawyer in Ventura, I hope that everyone out there pays close attention to all safety issues that might pop up in the news.

Recall: Twin Oaks Hammock Stands Due to Fall Hazard

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 29, 2012

According to news sources, a recall has been announced for about 2,300 units of Standard and Economy Hammock Stands due to the product posing a fall hazard.

The company, Twin Oaks, announced the recall after receiving reports regarding the foot bracket of the recalled hammock cracking. The company received 43 reports of incidents involving a cracked foot bracket, several of which caused consumers to fall to the ground. To date, there have been no reported injuries. The recalled hammock stands include those with model numbers 14015 (green) or 14016 (black).

Consumers will be able to receive a free replacement of the recalled hammocks if returned to the company. Consumers may contact the company at (800) 688-8946 to receive instructions regarding how to return the recalled product.

As a San Bernardino personal injury attorney, I’ve seen recalls of this kind in the past and understand the risks they entail for unsuspecting consumers. I hope that by supplying this information consumers will have an opportunity to learn more 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 Ventura to learn about the legal options available to you.

South Carolina May Ban Children From Riding Motorcycles

By PSB Admin on January 30, 2012

Today I’d like to bring you word on one person’s fight to make it illegal for children under the age of 8 to be passengers on motorcycles (or to be drivers, but that should go without saying, right?)

A State Representative from Goose Creek, South Carolina, has introduced the bill, which has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.  According to reports, the representative is simply concerned about child safety.  If a kid cannot be properly secured to the vehicle, then he is not capable of safely riding that vehicle.

A helmet requirement does not go far enough because that doesn’t protect the children from other forms of injury, he said.  In addition, many smaller kids are not be able reach the pegs or maintain a good grip with their arms.  For all these reasons, the State Representative thinks a new law needs to be in place.

It’s unlawful in many states for kids in the affected age range not to be strapped into car seats, so a law like this makes sense to a Ventura car accident attorney like myself.  Motorcycles simply do not have the same safety standards as an automobile, and as a personal injury lawyer in Ventura, it seems that a law like this could help keep children safe.

BJ’s Wholesale Announces Mass Flashlight Recall

By PSB Admin on January 26, 2012

Recall information can sometimes act like a light in the darkness, warding off danger to ensure that you, the consumer, remains safe from potentially hazardous materials.

Today, this proves literally true as the recall concerns a certain type of flashlight. BJ’s Wholesale Club has announced a recall of around 41,000 LED flashlight and battery sets.

The product is question is a Superex SAFETOGO LED flashlight and battery pack. The pack includes a 9.5 inch flashlight with 10 LEDs, two six inch flashlights with seven LEDs, seven D batteries and four AA batteries. The flashlights are made of red and black plastic and the UPC 0-56986-01008-3 and SKU 700935 are printed on the back of the package.

The flashlights may pose a fire hazard in that they can heat up, smoke, or melt when turned on. Two incidents have been reported at this time, one where the product overheated and even one in which the product burned and issued a loud noise. One consumer suffered a minor injury to his or her hand.

The item, which was sold at BJ’s for $15 between July and December 2011, can be brought back to the store for a full refund. Consumers should stop usage at once.

As a personal injury lawyer in Ventura, I’ve seen a number of cases where a product can malfunction. Recalls are essential in keeping consumers safe, and they should be heeded by all product users. That way, you can avoid an injury that could lead you to a Ventura personal injury lawyer like myself.

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