Fisher Price Recall Infant Motion Seat Due to Fire Hazard

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.

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How Do I Report An Unsafe Product?

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How do I report an unsafe product?

Reporting an unsafe product is very important. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission compiles these reports and uses them when investigating whether a product should be recalled. In those instances, your experience is often not uncommon and might eventually be traced back to a manufacturer’s negligence. Without detailed accounts from a consumer that has been injured, it is very difficult to prove an accident happened as a result of the product and not the consumer.

It starts with an injury. Maybe you were preparing dinner in your kitchen oven and it caught on fire and burned your hands. Or perhaps you set up a safety gate at the top of the stairs only to hear your child tumbling down the stairs after the gate failed. You might have thought you put your car in ‘park’ only to find it rolling down the driveway after you exited and it crashed into another vehicle. All these are accidents that, at first, might have seemed like it was your fault. After investigating the reports filed by the CPSC, the manufacturers were found at fault and a recall for the unsafe product was initiated. These recalls would not have happened without the reports from the injured.

So, how do I report an unsafe product? It’s simple. Visit www.saferproducts.gov. From there follow the prompts to “Report an Unsafe Product”. It will ask for as much detail as possible. And remember, the injury does not need to be severe or catastrophic to be reported.

If you believe an accident occurred that wasn’t your fault, file a report. Afterwards, contact us to see how we can help.

Recall Announced for 6k Youth & Varisty Football Helmets

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Xenith Announces Recall of 6k Youth & Varsity Football Helmets due to Head Injury Hazard

Epic Varisty helmet by Xenith LLC

Epic Varsity helmet by Xenith

Xenith, LLC of Detroit, MI, has voluntarily issued a recall of their Epic Varsity, X2 Varsity, X2E Varsity, and Youth football helmets due to head injury hazard. The helmets in question have a gloss or metallic-painted poly carbonate shell and were sold or factory-reconditioned between May 1, 2015 and March 18, 2016.

Xenith received 29 different reports of the helmets cracking during normal and intended use. To date, they have not received any injury reports. According to a statement by Xenith President Ryan Sullivan, ‘a flex additive chemical compound, which prevents other coating components from causing embrittlement of the shell material, was not included in the paint mixture for gloss and metallic painted helmets from May 2015 through March 2016.’ They corrected the issue beginning in March, but made the decision to recall the affected helmets out of safety concern for their customers.

Xenith will replace the affected helmets at no charge to their customers.

To determine if your child’s helmet is included in the recall, visit www.xenith.com/recall. Always report product defects to The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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CPSC Announces Recall of 500k Hoverboards

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After a thorough investigation, the CPSC announced last week they will recall nearly 500k hoverboards due to a fire hazard linked to the lithium-ion battery packs installed in the device.

Recalled hoverboard sold on overstock.com

Recalled hoverboard sold on overstock.com

Our post in March stated the CPSC was leaving the decision to recall the hoverboards to the distributor. With the number of personal injuries now reaching nearly 100, they decided to take a stand and issue a widespread product recall that affects 8 U.S. hoverboard manufacturing firms, 1 retail store in Pennsylvania and the online retail store overstock.com.  

If you own a hoverboard, stop using it immediately.

Visit the CPSC website to determine if your device is including in the recall and follow the instructors for the replacement, repair or refund of the item.

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Government threatens to seize or recall hoverboards due to fire risk

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Government threatens to seize or recall hoverboards due to fire risk

According to the U.S. government, no hoverboard is safe. After its investigation, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that any device that did not meet the newly-released safety standards by UL, previously known as Underwriters Laboratories, will be subject to detention, seizure or recall. Currently, there are no devices that meet that certification. Companies that don’t comply could face legal action.

Hoverboards grew quickly in popularity over the past year, but reports surfaced of the motorized scooters bursting into flames resulting in as many as 52 fires, over $2 million in property damage and the destruction of two homes, according to CPSC. The defect stems from the lithium-ion battery inside the boards which can overheat and result in the board bursting into flames.

So where does that leave the millions of consumers who already own a hoverboard?

Hopes are that most large retailers such as Amazon and Modell’s will issue recalls, but the other mom and pop shops and LLCs selling the products will most likely not follow suit. The majority of the products are built in China. Many of these small shops will end up having to close up, stop selling the boards or come out as a new company with different products.

If you are a consumer left with a hoverboard in which the manufacturer takes no action, then you have a few decisions to make. Your options include: stop riding it completely, wait for a recall, try to return it, leave it on the shelf at home (but please, keep it unplugged), or contact your local disposal company and ask for a safe way to dispose of the product.  Due to the lithium battery, you cannot simply throw the board in the trash. No matter which option you go with, make sure to practice safety.

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a hoverboard or defective product, contact our law offices today for a free consultation.

CPSC may ban toxic flame retardants in household products

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CPSC may ban toxic flame retardants in household products

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is seeking to ban chemically related flame retardants from children’s products, furniture, mattresses and household electronics.

Although the agency’s job is usually to enforce recalls of defective products, the chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission wants to start forcing toxic chemicals off the market to make households safer. Elliot Kaye, chairman of CPSC and father to two young boys, is hoping to take a more aggressive stance on protecting people from harmful chemicals and substances found in products rather than just the products themselves.

The new petition to ban flame retardants comes from the link of the chemicals to cancer, neurological issues, development problems and impaired fertility. The Academy of Pediatrics is proposing that CPSC use its powers to outlaw the chemicals without a direct order from Congress. Something similar was done in the late 1970s with flame retardants in children’s pajamas after it was discovered the chemical could cause cancer. Since then, the agency has been more proactive in dealing with products that pose immediate risks and letting the EPA handle chemicals. This is often a difficult job for the EPA considering the 40-year-old law that gives chemical manufacturers freedom to put products on the market without ever evaluating their safety, while also preventing them from banning toxic substances even after risks are discovered. Another looming factor is that the chemical industry is one of the biggest lobbying spenders in Washington.

Although most think that flame retardants actually prevent injuries or save lives, they don’t actually protect people from fires like they are marketed. Although a good portion of furniture retailers have stopped using these chemicals, the ones that do, are required by California law to attach a label saying they do. California has also changed flammability standards to require upholstery fabrics to resist cigarettes, which is the leading cause in furniture fires. This is standard has taken away the need for most flame retardants anyways if not altogether.

Furniture is not the only product affected by unnecessary and life threatening chemicals. Phthalates, for example, are very common in plastics, lotions, shampoos and perfumes and can be dangerous to human health. Chemicals are commonly used in toys, mattresses and other household items that are used every day by consumers.

As Kaye works to make positive changes, hopefully safer alternatives will be used and companies and the government will comply. There is no need for chemicals that could cause genetic modifications that could be passed down for generations to come, especially if the chemicals are not really beneficial in the first place.

Source: Chicago Tribune

Madewell Recalls Sandals Due to Fall Hazard

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Madewell Recalls Sandals Due to Fall Hazard

Madewell Inc. is recalling nearly 51,000 pairs of women’s sandals due to a potential fall hazard.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported that the recall includes all Madewell Sightseer sandals from company’s spring 2015 collection. The sandals were sold from February 2015 to July 2015 in Madewell stores and online at madewell.com and shopbop.com for between $60 and $80. The company, which also owns J Crew, is recalling 50,600 pairs in the United States and 300 pairs sold in Canada.

Although there have been no reports of injuries, Madewell received eight reports of metal shanks dislodging and breaking through the bottom to the outsole of the shoes.

CPSC is advising that consumers stop wearing the shoes immediately and contact Madewell to return them for a full refund. For a full list of the 10 styles included in the recall, you can visit the CPSC’s site here.

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Exploding Glass Ovens are Causing Serious Injuries

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Exploding Glass Ovens are Causing Serious Injuries

Glass Ovens are exploding without warning and causing serious injuries. Investigators say the issue is severe and are requesting the products be recalled.

In the past year, The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has received 123 complaints of glass ovens shattering. One oven in particular has had more complaints than the others. The Kenmore 790 model, received the most complaints from CPSC at 52. The Safety Institute, a safety advocacy group, looked further and compiled 337 complaints over four years related to glass ovens exploding. Out of those complaints, 286 were for the Kenmore 790 model. Due to the overwhelming amount of complaints, The Safety Institute, along with other safety advocacy groups are urging the CPSC to recall these ovens.

A recall would ensure consumer’s safety and that no one else is injured from these ovens. Out of the reports The Safety Institute compiled, many included injuries including cuts and burns. Many complaints also shared a common concern over young children and animals being close to the stove when the explosion happens and how severe injuries could be as a result. The reports mentioned that in almost every incident the oven handle became loose or fell off along with the glass shattering.

Sears would not do anything for the consumers out of warranty, and even charged for service calls, repairs or purchase of an extended warranty if the consumer had an expired warranty.

Unfortunately, Kenmore is not the only product that should be investigated for this issue. The internet has dozens of other complaints for manufacturers such as GE and Frigidaire with similar problems. Burns and other kitchen injuries can be expected, but not something such as an oven exploding. Consumers should be able to trust that manufacturers make a product that isn’t dangerous to stand next to or open.

If you or someone you know has been injured due to a defective product, contact our law offices today for a free consultation.

Source: The Safety Institute

CPSC Launches Nation’s Largest Campaign to Prevent Injuries and Death from Tip-Overs

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CPSC Launches Nation’s Largest Campaign to Prevent Injuries and Death from Tip-Overs

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) launched a national public education campaign this year to help bring awareness and prevent injuries and deaths from tip-overs.

Tip-overs can occur as a result of large furniture and TVs not being anchored to the wall. It is a hidden hazard that causes 38,000 Americans to go to the emergency room every year. On average a child is killed every two weeks as a result of a tip-over incident. Between 2000 and 2013, 84 percent of the deaths reported to CPSC were tip-overs involving children under the age of ten. Due to the fact that most parents are unaware of how dangerous this hidden hazard can be, CPSC wanted to bring safety advocates together to help educate parents and caregivers.

There are a safety tips you can practice to keep your child safe and support the Anchor It! Campaign. Buy and install low cost anchoring devices to prevent furniture from tipping. The CPSC reported that a television tipping over from an average size dresser falls with thousands of pounds of force and is like being caught between two NFL linemen colliding at full speed – ten times. Always mount your TV or push base back as far as possible if anchoring is not possible. Another helpful solution is to avoid leaving items such as remote controls and toys where kids may be tempted to reach or climb for them. Storing heavier items on lower shelves and drawers will also help in addition to anchoring furniture. Always make sure if you are replacing or moving furniture that wherever you move it, you don’t forget to anchor it.

For more information on preventing tip-overs or on the anchor it campaign, you can visit http://www.anchorit.gov/.

CPSC no longer believes that artificial turf is safe

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CPSC no longer believes that artificial turf is safe

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has changed its stand on the safety of crumb rubber used in artificial turf and playgrounds. In 2008, the agency shared a release titled, “CPSC Staff Finds Synthetic Turf Fields OK to Install, OK to play on.” Seven years later, the agency is taking back that statement.

“Chariman Elliot Kaye has deep concerns with the (2008) press release and it is not the agency’s current position. What was done in 2008 was not good enough to make a claim either way as to the safety of those fields,” Scott Wolfson, the Communications Director for the Consumer Product Safety Commission, told Channel 2 News.

Even though the agency does not stand behind its previous statement, it is not planning on investigating further due to lack of resources, according to Wolfson. Many parents and safety advocates are upset in the agency’s lack of action. Although the agency said there is no evidence that they have been influenced, Jeff Ruch, an attorney for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, says he has obtained public records which show turf lobbyists’ influence on federal officials.

Since 2008, the Synthetic Turf Council has sent the CPSC fifty independent studies which report that there is no human health risk or environmental risk from synthetic turf with crumb rubber infill.

Despite STC’s studies, several young teens and adults have suffered severe health related issues after prolonged exposure to these turfs. You can learn more about those circumstances on our blog here. We sincerely hope that CPSC will consider opening its own investigation of the turfs.

Source: Channel 2


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