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Recall Round-Up: February 23, 2018

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Recall Round-Up: February 23, 2018

Every week we scour the internet and bring you the latest information on product and automotive recalls in this recurring series: Recall Round-Up.

  • Toyota Camry

    Toyota announced this week a recall of 11,800 Toyota vehicles for a fuel line leak that could pose a fire hazard. 11,800 2018 Toyota Camrys were included in the recall due to a possibility that fuel hoses were not properly installed, leading to an odor or leak and increasing the risk of fire. Affected owners will be notified by mail in early April, or visit www.toyota.com/recall and enter your VIN number.

  • Toyota Lexus

    Toyota also announced a recall of 9,900 of its Lexus vehicles. Toyota says a high-pressure fuel pump cover can become damaged over time which increases the risk of a fuel leak and possible fire. This recall affects the 2015-2018 Lexus RC F, 2016-2018 Lexus GS F, and the 2018 Lexus LC 500 vehicles. Authorized dealers will replace the fuel pumps at no cost to the consumer. Visit www.toyota.com/recall and enter your VIN to see if your vehicle is included in the recall.

  • 2017-2018 RAM Trucks

    Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 180,000 RAM trucks due to a gear shift problem. Included in the recall are the 2017-2018 RAM 1500, 2500, 3500, and 5500 model pickup trucks. These trucks have steering wheel mounted gear shifters and an internal flaw might allow a driver to inadvertently shift into gear without stepping on the brake. It might also be possible to shift the vehicle out of park when the key is not in the ignition. Both mechanical failures increase the possible of rollaway which could result in a crash or injury. The recall is expected to begin March 30, 2018. Fiat Chrysler will notify owners or you can visit FCA online and enter your VIN.

  • Ionic Pro Hair Dryers

    ISO Beauty has issued a recall for 73,000 hair dryers due to a possible burn hazard. The Ionic Pro 2000 model was sold at Target stores, Amazon.com, Groupon.com and the manufacturers site from March 2013-January 2018. 35 consumers reported  sparking or smoking coming from the cord and 3 reported injuries. ISO Beauty determined the cord can become brittle at the base of the dryer, increasing the risk of a burn. Consumers can visit isobeauty.com for more information on receiving a replacement.

  • KitchenAid Electric Kettles

    Whirlpool is recalling 40,000 KitchenAid electric kettles due to a burn hazard. The manufacturer received 79 reports in the US of handles separating from the kettle, causing the hot contents to spill and increasing the risk of a burn. The item was sold at many retail stores including Bed, Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s, Target, and Williams Sonoma from September 2013-February 2018. Whirlpool is issuing a refund for this product. Please visit www.repair.whirlpool.com for more information.

 

If you’ve been injured as a result of a recalled product, please contact us today. We also encourage anyone to visit the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration websites to file formal complaints about potential safety hazards.

 

Recall Round-Up: February 16, 2018

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Recall Round-Up: February 16, 2018

Every week we scour the internet and bring you the latest information on product and automotive recalls in this recurring series: Recall Round-Up.

  • Harley Davidson

    Nearly 175,000 bikes were recently recalled by Harley Davidson due to a potential brake failure. NHTSA received numerous complaints about sudden brake loss and began an investigation in 2016. They determined that if an owner does not replace the brake fluid after a ‘prolonged period’ beyond the recommended 2 year schedule, deposit may form that increase the risk of failure and crash. Harley Davidson will notify affected owners and offer a free brake fluid flush starting February 12. Visit the Harley Davidson safety recall website and enter your VIN number to see if your motorcycle is affected.

  • Darwin’s Natural Pet Food

    Arrow Reliance Inc, DBA Darwin’s Natural Pet Food, has issued yet another recall of their raw pet foods for dogs after 2 food products tested positive for salmonella. This week’s recall included Zoologics Chicken Meal for Dogs (lot 41567) and Zoologics Duck Meals for Dogs (lot 41957).  Since late 2016, Darwin’s  has recalled 9 batches of Natural Selections and Zoologics branded meals. The FDA received 6 complaints of illness and has launched a full investigation after they’ve determined a ‘pattern of salmonella and listeria monocytogenes contamination in raw pet foods manufactured by Arrow Reliance Inc.’ The company is issuing recall notices to affected customers via email since all of their products are purchased online. Consumers should immediately stop feeding their pets this lot of recalled food.

  • Saker ShopRites Empanadas

    Saker ShopRites, a New Jersey based grocery store, is recalling nearly 20,000 lbs of pork and chicken empanadas due to a undeclared food allergen. FSIS (US Department of Agriculture Food Safety & Inspection Service) determined the prepared frozen empanadas contained egg, a known allergen, but was mislabeled. No injuries have been reported. Consumer who purchased these product should not consume them, and instead throw them away or return to the place of purchase for a refund.

  • Husqvarna Riding Lawn Mowers

    Husqvarna Group announced a recall of approximately 7,100 residential riding lawn mowers due to a possible fuel leak and fire hazard. These zero turn riding mowers involves Husqvarna and Poulon Pro branded machine and were sold at Lowe’s and other home centers and online from July 2017-December 2017. Consumers should immediately stop using and contact Husqvarna for a free inspection and repair.

 

If you’ve been injured as a result of a recalled product, please contact us today. We also encourage anyone to visit the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration websites to file formal complaints about potential safety hazards.

 

 

Recall Round-Up: February 9, 2018

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Recall Round-Up: February 9, 2018

Check our blog for the top recalls affecting consumers every week in our recurring series, Recall Round-Up.

  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

    Lenovo is recalling approximately 78,000 Thinkpads due to a possible fire hazard. Reports indicate an unfastened screw can damage the battery and cause it to overheat. Customers should contact Lenovo support for assistance in determining if their laptop is included and instructions on how to get it repaired.

  • Tiffany & Co. Wheat Leaf Crystal Mugs

    Tiffany & Co. is recalling approximately 3,300 crystal mugs due to a concern over burn and laceration hazards. According to reports, the mugs can crack or break when exposed to hot liquids. Tiffany & Ci. is issuing a full refund for affected customers plus a $100 gift card. Tiffany & Co. is contacting customers who purchased the mugs directly.

  • Kobalt Cordless Electric Chainsaws

    Hongkong Sun Rise Trading is recalling approximately 48,100 cordless electric chainsaws due to a faulty chain brake guard that can fail while allowing the chainsaw to continue operating. These chainsaws were manufactured under the Kobalt, Greenworks Pro, Greenworks Commercial, and Snapper brands and were sold at Lowe’s stores and Amazon.com. Consumers should contact Honkkong Sun Rise Trading for more information.

  • Hyundai 2006 Sonatas and 2006-2011 Azeras

    Hyundai announced they are recalling nearly 88,000 older model Sonatas and Azeras due to an electrical short in the anti-lock brake system. Hyundai will notify vehicle owners through normal recall channels. However, if you own a Sonata or Azera in these model years, contact your closest authorized dealer for more information.

 

If you have been injured as a result of a recalled product, please contact us today. We also encourage anyone to visit the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration websites to file formal complaints about potential safety hazards.

Check back in next week for more Recall Round-Up!

Motorcyclist Sues GM Over Self-Driving Crash

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Motorcyclist Sues GM Over Self-Driving Crash

A San Francisco motorcyclist is suing General Motors after he was struck on the highway by one of their self-driving vehicles, the GM Cruise AV.

Self-driving vehicles, or autonomous vehicles, have been part of the automobile conversation for several years. We’ve seen prototypes from Google, Tesla and General Motors, and even seen reports of Uber testing out special models. Although fully autonomous vehicles are still a futuristic concept, semi-autonomous vehicles are in use and one manufacturer is already under fire.

The victim was on a motorcycle following behind the self-driving GM Cruise AV when a collision occurred during an unexpected lane change. The victim claimed the self-driving vehicle had begun to change lanes and then abruptly returned, colliding with his motorcycle. The driver of the GM Cruise AV confirmed the vehicle was operating under the auto-pilot mode.

In the Fall of 2017, a Federal investigation determined that the design of Tesla’s semi-autonomous vehicle, Tesla Model S, was a contributing factor in a 2016 fatal crash. Investigators stated that the self-driving system allowed the driver to rely too heavily on the car’s automation.

Representatives for Tesla have long taken the stance that when operating their vehicles in the auto-pilot mode, the ‘responsibility remains with the driver’ to safely operate the vehicle and to follow and obey traffic laws. It is not an opportunity to ‘check out’. No statement has been made by GM as of now.

Follow our blog for more updates regarding safety concerns for semi and fully autonomous vehicles as they are introduced to the public.

Source: ABC News

Fisher Price Recall Infant Motion Seat Due to Fire Hazard

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Fisher Price Recall Infant Motion Seat Due to Fire Hazard

Fisher Price has just announced a recall of their infant motion seat due to a fire hazard. The Soothing Motions Seat bounces, sways or does both motions together. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the manufacturer received 36 reports of the motor overheating, including one report of a fire.

The Soothing Motions seat was sold at many national retailers including Target, Toys R Us, BuyBuyBaby and Amazon from November 2015-October 2017. The recall affects nearly 63,000 units.

If you have purchased the Fisher Price Soothing Motions infant seat with model numbers CMR35, CMR36, CMR37, and DYH22 or the Smart Connect Soothing Motions Seat with model number CMR39, stop using the seat immediately. Contact Fisher Price at 800-432-5438 or visit www.service.mattel.com for a full refund.

Representing clients who have suffered an injury or wrongful death related to defective products is a our business. Please contact us today and let us help you get justice.

Ford Explorer Added to Safety Watch List Over Exhaust Leaks

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Ford Explorer Added to Safety Watch List Over Exhaust Leaks

The Safety Institute released its quarterly vehicle safety watch list and 2015-2016 Ford Explorer has taken the number three and number six spot on the list due to reports of exhaust leaks. The 2015-2016 Ford Explorers have been the subject of a 2016 investigation by the NHTSA for carbon monoxide leaks in the SUV’s cabin. Over 2,800 complaints have been filed. Among them, police departments reporting their police interceptors caused at least 5 officers to lose consciousness.

Topping the list for the fourth quarter in a row, the 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees continue to be a concern as related to confusing gear shift operation.  After a 6 month investigation, Fiat-Chrysler recalled these vehicles for over a design flaw that did not alert the driver when the door was opened that the vehicle was not in PARK. This allowed the driver to exit the vehicle while it was still in gear leading to many injuries and over 100 reported accidents. Included in this recall is the 2012-2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300. The 2012 Chrysler 300 is number 7 on this watch list for this same reason.

Each quarter, the Safety Institute releases a list of the top 15 vehicles to watch with regards to safety concerns. The list is compiled by researching public data in addition to consumer complaints filed with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration database.

The Safety Institute is sponsored by Ken and Beth Melton in memory of their daughter, Brooke Melton. Read more about their wrongful death case against GM here.

Read the Safety Institute press release here.

If you have been injured in an accident involving any of the vehicles mentioned on the Watch List, please contact our office immediately. Let us help you get justice!

Inclement Weather: Portable Generator Safety Tips

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Inclement Weather: Portable Generator Safety Tips

Hurricane season and the extreme winter weather is upon us and the use of portable generators drastically increase with the weather conditions. Both the USCPSC and the NSC have issued statements with regards to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if portable generators are not used properly. When it comes to inclement weather, portable generator safety tips should be followed:

  1. Read the label. In 2006, the USCPS fought to include carbon monoxide warning labels on portable generators.
  2. Never use indoors. Although you might be tempted to run your generator inside so you can power certain electronics, the carbon monoxide emitted from the engine can be deadly. This includes operating a generator inside your garage.
  3. Follow 20 feet rule. Keep your portable generator 20 feet from your home. If that means stocking up on extra long extension cords, please do so.
  4. Use outdoor extension cords. Make sure extension cords are the grounded type and keep uncoiled and flat during use.
  5. Prepare for weather. The powerful voltage of the generator means not operating in wet conditions. That may sound impossible during hurricane season, but take the time to prepare early by providing the proper cover and placement to run the generator safely should you lose power. Never run a portable generator that is in or has been submerged in water.

These 5 portable generator safety tips will help you stay safe while you maintain power in your home during inclement weather. Be prepared before the storm hits!

Source: National Safety Commission

Litigation Pushes Ski Boat Manufacturers to Safer Designs – Safety Research & Strategies Inc.

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Litigation Pushes Ski Boat Manufacturers to Safer Designs

By Sean Kane, Safety Research & Strategies Inc.

3 years ago a young boy lost his life while enjoying a day on the lake with his family. 7-year-old Ryan Batchelder, along with 5 other members of his family were out on Lake Rabun when their boat, a Malibu Bowrider manufactured by Malibu Boats, dipped under its own wake and took on water, tossing Ryan and another family member overboard.  To correct the flooding issue, the driver put the boat in reverse. Still in the water, Ryan became entangled with the propeller and died from drowning and loss of blood. It’s a tragic story. A story we believe should have never happened if the Malibu Bowrider had been properly designed and tested.

Sean Kane with Safety Research & Strategies Inc. has more details about this potential design flaw. Read the full investigative story here.

The Cooper Firm is currently representing the Batchelder family to investigate and identify this potential product defect. In addition to seeking justice for their son Ryan, they hope to save more families from experiencing this type of tragedy.

Safety Tips for Solar Eclipse Viewing

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Safety Tips for Solar Eclipse Viewing

NASA estimates more than 300 million people across the United States could witness the total solar eclipse on Monday August 21st. Although the partial eclipse is visible across the continental United States (a phenomenon that hasn’t happened in 99 years), there are 14 states that have the potential to view a total eclipse, where the moon completely covers the sun. Viewing this eclipse means looking directly at the sun which could damage your eyesight pretty significantly.

Here are a few Dos and Don’ts for safely viewing Monday’s eclipse:

  • DO NOT stare directly at the sun until total eclipse occurs (should last approximately 3 minutes).
  • DO purchase approved eclipse viewing glasses. Make sure they are certified with a designated ISO 12312-2 international standard and that the manufacturer’s name and address are printed somewhere on the product.
  • DO NOT use ordinary glasses, binoculars, telescopes, or unfiltered camera.
  • DO create a pinhole projector. All sunlight to stream through a pinhole in a piece of paper onto a makeshift screen (often a second piece of paper). You will see the eclipse through the shadow the moon is creating on the sun.
  • DO NOT allow children to view eclipse unsupervised.
  • DO watch real-time coverage of the event on NASA television here.

 

Amazon recently announced a recall of many eclipse safety glasses falsely claiming to be safe for total eclipse viewing. It’s better to be safe than sorry. If you purchased viewing glasses on Amazon for next week’s eclipse, read the story here to make sure your glasses aren’t part of the safety recall.

For additional information and resources, visit NASA’s eclipse website here.

Autonomous Driving: When Truck Tailgating is a Good Thing

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Autonomous Driving: When Truck Tailgating is a Good Thing

By: Doreen Lundrigan

Autonomous driving vehicles have been in the news more recently. As such, our future is looking much more ‘Jetsons’-like. While smart car technology is being implemented and placed in new cars, full automation is still many years away.

What is much more current and expected to be on the roads this year are partially automated tractor-trailers. Two companies are in the forefront of this technology, Peloton Technology and Omnitracs. Peloton develops active safety systems and is focused on bringing safety, efficiency, and data intelligence to the trucking industry. Omnitracs is a truck fleet management software company. Together, they are working on platooning.

Autonomous Driving - The Cooper Firm Blog

 

‘Platooning’ is when several trucks drive in close proximity to one another, approximately 30-50 feet, to leverage aerodynamics and save fuel. The trucks are coupled electronically and the close distance minimizes drag. The first vehicle serves as the leader with each successive truck in the platoon connected and controlled autonomously by the lead truck.

The two biggest advantages that platoons have over autonomous vehicles is that there is always a driver in a vehicle ready to take control at a moment’s notice, and they generally use technologies already in production and widely available. Those technologies include collision mitigation. A driver in a trailing vehicle could pull his vehicle out of the platoon at any time and all remaining vehicles would automatically close the gap between vehicles. Ultimately, they hope to be able to use the technology by having only a driver in the lead truck.

At first the trucks will travel in convoys of two and additional trucks will be added into the platooning once the public adapts to this new technology. Using the two-truck convoy will allow motorists to become used to the platooning. If a driver is inclined to slide their vehicle between two trucks less than 50 feet apart, the trucks will be programmed to broaden the gap.

This is the first step towards fully autonomous vehicles and will save fuel and change the trucking industry. Companies are working hard to develop self-driving cars, but that is still in our future.

 


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