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Product failure causes recall of 900,000 cabinet locks

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 30, 2012

At the request of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, Dorel Juvenile Group (or DJG) Incorporated, headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, has announced a voluntary recall for approximately 900,000 of its Push ‘N Snap Cabinet Locks due to a potential for product malfunction. These cabinet locks can be disengaged by young children, allowing them access to the potentially harmful to the contents of the cabinets the locks are intended to secure. Dorel Juvenile Group has received approximately 200 consumer complaints of insufficiently secured cabinets, including several reports of the locks being damaged. An estimated 140 children between the ages of 9 months and 5 years were able to disengage the Push ‘N Snap Cabinet Locks and gain access to the cabinets the locks were intended to secure, according to reports received by DJG. At least three children are reported to have consumed a harmful cleaning product after gaining access to the unsecured cabinet. Push ‘N Snap Cabinet Locks with model numbers 48391 and 48442 are affected by this recall. The model numbers for the locks can be found printed on the back of the product’s packaging, as well as on the back of the product itself.

As a San Francisco personal injury lawyer, I hope this recall is carried out in time to prevent anymore harm to children. If you or someone you care for has been harmed as the result of a defective product, please consider contacting a personal injury attorney in Bakersfield.

Broken Conveyor Belt Leads to Wegmans Bread Recall

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on March 30, 2012

Wegmans has announced a recall of a variety of pita bread products whose safety may have been compromised.

The items that fall under the purview of the recall were only available for purchase on Wednesday.  Numerous products have been affected by this particular safety recall, including mini and regular sized white pita bread, whole wheat mini pita bread, multi grain mini pita bread, multigrain whole wheat thin sandwich rolls, whole grain white thin sandwich rolls, and 100% whole wheat sandwich rolls.  All of the items were sold on March 28 and have a sell by date of either April 3 or April 5.

The issue that prompted the recall has to do with the manufacture of the items.  A conveyor belt was damaged during the manufacturing process, and as such, there is a possibility that plasticized fabric or metal could have made its way into the products.  Although there have been no reports of this yet, users are advised to take caution.

Consumers will be able to return the items to the place of purchase in order to receive a complete refund on the price of the bread products.

As a Riverside personal injury attorney, I’m glad to see this recall issued before an injury was reported.  It’s my hope that this and all the other recalls out there reach their intended audience before disaster strikes, which is why I make it my duty as a Long Beach personal injury lawyer to spread the word whenever I can.

Dorel Recalls Cabinet Locks Due To Product Failure

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on March 22, 2012

Perhaps the saddest recalls pertain to items whose defects cause them to have the exact opposite effect of what was originally intended.

Take this latest recall for example.  It has been reported that 900,000 cabinet locks, designed specifically to keep children out of cabinets that could contain hazardous materials, have been recalled because they can easily be disengaged by youngsters, thus not providing the very function they were designed for in the first place.

Dorel Juvenile Group, importer of the Safety 1st Push ‘N Snap locks in question, has received 200 reports in which the locks failed to secure the cabinets.  140 instances were reported where children up to five years old gained access, and three of those occurrences resulted in trips to the emergency room so the children could be treated for ingesting household cleaner products.

The locks, which have model numbers 48391 and 48442, were sold between January 2004 to February 2012.  They were available for purchase at Bed Bath & Beyond and online at Amazon, but they also made their way into other retail stores across the country.

Consumers have been advised to remove the locks and contact Dorel for a free replacement.  Be sure to also keep the dangerous products out of a child’s reach.

As a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles, I’m sad to see that children had to be hurt before a recall could be issued on this defective product.  It’s my hope as a Fresno personal injury lawyer that incidents like this don’t happen again.

BMW Issues Recall Due To Possible Parking Failure

By PSB Admin on January 26, 2012

Driving a vehicle is hazardous enough, but once you’re parked and out of the car, you think you’re all good, right? Well, as it turns out, you don’t even have to be inside of your car for it to potentially cause damage to others.

BMW AG has announced a recall of certain of its 2012 model 20X5 xDrive 35i sport-utility vehicles. Only six vehicles are affected by the design flaw, but as you’ll see, the safety hazard is a large one. The vehicles were built between December 19 and December 21, 2011.

A production error affected the transmission case, causing the surface not be be properly machined. This means that possible excess friction in the transmission can prevent the vehicle from properly engaging its parking lock. Therefore, if the driver of the vehicle does not set the parking brake, the vehicle could roll away after the operator steps out.

Drivers of the affected automobiles can have their transmissions replaced by the company free of charge.

As a San Diego car accident lawyer, I’m used to dealing with cases involving cars where the driver is actually inside the vehicle, but one can see how this would still be a safety hazard. I hope the problem is fixed before a serious incident occurs, and as a car accident lawyer in San Diego, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to heed all recall directives.

John Deere Issues Third Recall in Three Days

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on September 19, 2011

After receiving reports of engine fires and engines melting, John Deere is recalling 36,500 more lawn tractors due to a faulty cooling fan, according to news sources.

The products subject to recall are the X300, X300R and X304 models, all installed with Kawasaki engines. The cooling fan that is behind the burn hazard can stop working, which causes the plastic around it to overheat and potentially melt. The lawn tractors affected were sold between September 2010 and August 2011 for $3,000 to $4,000.

Total, 163 incidents were reported, and one of those was a minor burn injury.

If you’ve purchased one of these tractors, you can locate the serial number on the frame near the right tire on the front of the product. Consult the recall notice to see if your product has been recalled. If it is, you can contact a dealer to arrange for a replacement fan.

As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, consumer safety and keeping people informed of potential dangers of hazardous products is something I take very seriously. I would like you to know that our product liability lawyers are here to help you and your loved ones if anything ever does happen because of an unsafe product. If a consumer product has cause you pain and suffering, you can contact us 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please come back to our blog regularly so that you keep informed about product recalls that could affect you.

CleanFuel USA Issues School Bus Part Recall

By PSB Admin on September 6, 2011

CleanFUEL USA, a national supplier of alternative fuel infrastructure, has announced a recall regarding a potentially faulty product they use on school buses, according to news sources.

The product subject to recall is the fuel hose fitting used on Blue Bired Propane Vision school buses. Apparently, the hose fittings can separate from the fuel line, which could lead to the release of a small amount of propane fuel. While other safety devices are in place to prevent fuel leakage, the loose fitting could lead to a vehicle stall. No injuries have been reported as a result of this product, but CleanFUEL USA has taken a “proactive” stance in investigating the issue. The supplier has been notified and acknowledges that the potential safety hazard is in relation to the faulty part. The parts will be replaced at no charge.

As a Los Angeles bus accident lawyer, the issue of bus safety is very important to me, especially when children are involved. I would like you to know that a product defect lawyer is here to help you and your loved ones if anything ever does happen because of a hazardous product. Do not hesitate to call us right away if any consumer product has caused you pain and suffering. Please come back to our blog regularly so that we can keep you well informed about products that compromise your safety.

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