Recall Round-Up: February 23, 2018

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!

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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