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!

IKEA Recalls 29 Million Unstable Dressers

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IKEA Recalls 29 Million Unstable Dressers

Only a month ago we wrote about the tipping hazard of the IKEA MALM dressers after a 3rd child had been killed from the fallen furniture. IKEA’s response at the time was to inform consumers about the wall anchor kits they developed to address this particular issue. That wasn’t enough for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and they urged IKEA to recall the dresser. The pressure worked. IKEA announced today they will voluntarily recall nearly 29 million dressers and chests that pose the tipping hazard.

IKEA is providing a full refund for anyone that purchased the MALM and other tall dressers after 2002, and a partial refund for older models. This is a big win for CPSC as they have been actively involved in investigating the safety concerns of these IKEA dressers and similar models for several years.

For more information on what models are being recalled, please visit the product recalls section on the IKEA website.

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a product defect or an item under recall, please Contact Us today for a complimentary case consultation.

Source: www.philly.com

Recall Issued for 130k Infant Bike Helmets Sold Exclusively at Target

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Pacific Cycle has issued a recall of nearly 130k infant bike helmets available exclusively at Target stores across the country.

As temperatures rise and the school year comes to an end, you might find your way outdoors on a bike ride with your family feeling confident you’ve taken all the necessary precautions when it involves bicycle safety. You’ve purchased elbow pads and knee pads, taught the basics of road safety and most importantly, fitted everyone for the proper bike helmet. You think your job is done. Unfortunately, it isn’t.

Schwinn No-Pinch Infant Bicyle Helmet

Pacific Cycle recently recalled approximately 130k Schwinn No-Pinch Buckle Infant bicycle helmets. Sold exclusively at Target stores, the helmet have a faulty magnet cover on the chin strap that could pose as a choking hazard or in extreme cases result in magnet poisoning.

The helmet’s magnetic chin-straps are advertised as ‘no-pinch’ so they have become very popular for parents as an alternative to the standard strap that may be difficult to snap under the chin of an excited child ready to go for a ride. Available for sale as recently as April 2016, it is possible you or someone you know may have purchased one or more on a recent shopping trip.

Pacific Cycle encourages you to take the helmet away from your child as soon as possible and contact them immediately for more information on how to receive a complimentary replacement. You can contact Pacific Cycle online at www.schwinnbikes.com or visit www.target.com for product recall information.

The Cooper Firm will continue to provide information on the latest product recalls, so check back often. If you or someone you know has been injured due to a product defect, please Contact Us today for a complimentary case consultation.

Source: US Consumer Product Safety Commission

Girl’s Facebook Post cost her Parents $80,000

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Facebook Post Cost Family $80,000

It’s probably not in your best interest to publicly announce that because your parents won their lawsuit you’re all going to Europe on Facebook, but unfortunately, that is exactly what Patrick Snay’s daughter did.

The previous head of a Gulliver Preparatory School in Miama, Florida is now out an $80,000 discrimination settlement due to the fact his daughter boasted about it on Facebook. Patrick Snay, at age 69 filed an age discrimination complaint when his 2010-2011 contract wasn’t renewed.

An agreement was made between the school and Snay that he would be paid $10,000 in back pay, $80,000 settlement and his attorneys would get a check $60,000 from Gulliver Schools. Before the deal was made final, Snay’s daughter wrote a Facebook post saying, “Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.” The message was seen by 1,200 of her Facebook friends, including many Gulliver students.

Because of the post, Snay was caught in breaking the confidentiality agreement and would not receive the $80,000. Snay filed a motion to enforce the settlement and won in a Circuit Court ruling, but the school appealed. The Third District Court of Appeal for the State of Florida agreed that Snay had violated the confidentiality agreement.

This proves that the rising use of social media can potentially damage cases.  To read more about how social media can hurt your case read our blog here.

Source: CNN, “Girl costs father $80,000 with ‘SUCK IT’ Facebook post,” Matthew Stucker, March 3, 2014.

Lawyer asks feds to force GM to explain recall timing – USA Today


Lawyer asks feds to force GM to explain recall timing – USA Today

By James R. Healey

Read the full story here. 

Buckle Up for Life- Car Seat Safety

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Buckle Up for Life- Car Seat Safety

We recently shared with you some important information on putting your child in the correct car seat. To read more on that story you can visit our blog on Car Seats: How do you know what is best for your child?.

Knowing what kind of car seat your child should be in is important, but you should also know how to use it properly. Your child could be in the correct car seat but if they are not seated and strapped properly they could end up with serious injuries during a car accident. In 2004, Cincinnati Children’s and Toyota teamed up to create Buckle Up For Life, a program to educate others on safety behaviors and to provide free car seats to families who are in need. Buckle Up For Life gives some great pointers for what to do after you have already established the proper seating for your child. Here are four great tests to practice:

-The Inch Test: After you have properly installed the car seat, tug at the base where the seat belt goes through the base. If the car seat is installed properly, it will not move more than an inch on either side or from front to back.

-The Pinch Test: After your child is properly secured in their car seat, you need to ensure that the straps are tight enough. The best way to do this is to make sure the harness is buckled tightly through the correct slots. Ensure that the clip is at armpit level of your child and pinch the strap at your child’s shoulder. If there is any excess webbing when you pinch, then you need to tighten the strap.

-The Latch Test: For both rear and forward facing car seats use the car seat belt of the LATCH system to lock the car seat in place. Do not use both the LATCH system and the car seat at the same time. All vehicles manufactured after 2002 will have a LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) System.

-The Age Test: Keep all children in the back seat until they are at least 13 years old.

Practicing these tests every time you seat your child in the vehicle will ensure the best safety practices in case anything were to happen. For more great safety information and tips, visit Buckle Up For Life’s website at BuckleUpForLife.org or check out our article on car seat safety.

10 Tips for Holiday Home Safety

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10 Tips for Holiday Home Safety

As you start to trim your tree and deck your house for the holidays, be sure to keep safety in mind. An annual average of 230 home structure fires start with Christmas trees and end in four deaths, 21 civilian injuries, and $17.3 million in direct property damage a year. Though the number of accidents has gone down significantly over the past, you do not want one of these studies to include you.

Here are ten safety tips to keep in mind as you start your holiday decorating:

1. Always turn off your holiday lights when you leave the house and before going to bed.

2. Keep open flame candles away from Christmas trees and in an area they cannot be knocked over easily. Be sure to blow the candles out whenever you leave your house and before going to bed.

3. Make sure that lighting cords are not frayed. Look for certification marks when purchasing new lights to make sure they meet the applicable standards on safety and performance.

4. Never connect two extension cords together. Use a single cord long enough to reach the outlet.

5. Keep outdoor lights away from metal gutters and use plastic tape or clips as opposed to nails to hold lights in place.

6. Have someone hold the ladder when hanging decorations to prevent falls.

7. Test to ensure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are in proper order before the holidays.

8. Keep all combustible materials away from gas furnaces.

9. Make sure proper maintenance is done on your furnace and venting system and replace your furnace filter frequently during heating seasons.

10. Always replace broken bulbs with the correct wattage and do not leave any exposed wires.

We hope you enjoy the holiday season as you practice these safety tips in your home.



CSA International – Parents.com, “12 Tips for Holiday Home Safety,” Lexi Walters.

Updated: 12.15.16

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