Recall Round-Up: February 23, 2018

Recall Round-Up: February 23, 2018

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Recall Round-Up

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

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.

 

 

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.

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.

Mazda Announces Double Recall for RX-8

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Mazda RX-8 Announces Double Recall for RX-8

Mazda North American Operations announced a double recall of nearly 100k RX-8 vehicles for model years 2004-2008.

The first recall applies to model year 2004 of the RX-8 and affects approximately 35k vehicles. The ball joint socket on the front suspension lower control arm may crack and cause a separation of the ball joint and socket. Should this happen, the vehicle could lose steering control, increasing the risk of a crash and injuries.

The second recall, and the larger of the two, applies to model years 2004-2008. Nearly 70k RX-8s are included in this recall. Mazda states that heat from the engine and exhaust may cause the main fuel pump to crack which could cause a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire.

Both recalls are expected to begin July 30th 2017. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500 for more information.

If you or someone you know have been injured in an accident, please contact us today for a complimentary case consultation.

Source: Mazda

 

How Do I Know If My Car Has A Recall?

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How Do I Know If My Car Has A Recall?

There’s a handful of ways to know if your car has a recall. The first, and really the most important, way that you need to know, is you can look at a government website called safercar.gov and they will tell you clearly if there is a recall that applies to your vehicle. They’ll also tell you if it’s a safety related recall.

Most people buy used cars and most people don’t know that when you buy a used car, they can sell you the car without disclosing to you that a recall service hasn’t been performed.

Sometimes you’ll get recall notices in the mail, but don’t count on this. Don’t count on being able to receive all this information effectively through the mail because a manufacturer may or may not know about you. That’s especially true if you’ve bought a used car.

Last, and the most important thing people need to realize about recalls, is just because you don’t have a recall on your vehicle, doesn’t mean that it’s safe. If you are injured by something in your vehicle and you don’t see a recall posted online, that doesn’t mean what happened was right.

When you come to a firm like us and we take your case, the recalls that happen, happen as a result of the work of this firm. Make sure you know what is going on with your vehicle and make sure you know whether a recall has been performed or whether you need to go take care of one.

What does Product Liability mean?

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What does Product Liability Mean?

Product liability means you prove that a product is defective and that a defect has caused an injury or a death. It’s different than an ordinary case because you need experts, engineers, and especially reconstruction experts. You need all of these technical experts to be able to tell you:

“Yes, the product is defective.”

and

“Yes, this defect caused this accident and this injury or death.”

So, it’s a complicated area of the law which requires certain legal knowledge on behalf of the lawyers who handle those cases. It also requires an ability on behalf of those lawyers to hire the right experts to prove the case, ultimately to a jury if that’s required. In many cases, this expert presentation in a trial can cost literally hundreds of thousands of dollars because of the technology that’s needed in order to present those kinds of cases.

Have a potential product liability case? Contact us today.

What does Catastrophic Injury Mean?

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What does catastrophic injury mean?

At The Cooper Firm, we define catastrophic injury as someone who has suffered a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, or burn injury that has resulted in their disability. This really includes any injury that has caused someone to be unable to work or unable to perform daily activities in their life.

These are the types of cases we handle because they require an expertise, such as hiring doctors, to enable the insurance company or the jury to ultimately understand what this injury has done to this person. It also means hiring life care planners, which then allows us to develop evidence, present it to a jury and show that not only has this person been catastrophically injured but this is what it is going to cost to take care of them in the future. With that expertise, more often than not, we are able to get insurance companies or ultimately juries to not only hold defendants accountable but to include in their verdict a just amount of compensation to ensure the victim is taken care of for the rest of their life.

If you or someone you know has been catastrophically injured, please contact us today. Let us help you.

What happens if I’m injured at work?

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What happens if I’m injured at work?

Some people know that if you’re injured at work, you’re only legal recourse is through the workers’ compensation system. You’re not going to be able to file a traditional private lawsuit against your employer. As a result, most people think that when you’re injured at work, the workers’ compensation system is the end of the road.

That is not true.

If you’re injured by a piece of equipment, or if you’re injured by a piece of machinery at work, you should go through the traditional workers’ compensation system. But you should also have it evaluated by a product liability lawyer.

If the product is what caused your injury, if the machinery or equipment is what caused your injury, then a product liability lawyer can hold the manufacturer of the equipment accountable for your injuries and make sure you receive full justice.

If you’ve been injured by a piece of machinery or equipment at work, contact us today.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Again Tops Quarterly Vehicle Safety Watch List

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Again Tops Quarterly Vehicle Safety Watch List

The Safety Institute released the Quarterly Vehicle Safety Watch List this month and Jeep Grand Cherokee again took the top 2 spots. Plagued with power train issues, 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees have held the #1 and #2 positions since November 2016. The report monitors NHTSA investigations and recalls to share the vehicles with the most concerning safety issues at press time.

The powertrain problem with the Jeep Grand Cherokees correlates to the 2016 Fiat Chrysler recall of vehicles equipped with a mono-stable gear selector. This gear shift created great confusion with drivers who exited their vehicles thinking they were in the PARK position, only to have the vehicle roll away, colliding with objects and people. At first Fiat Chrysler attempted to better educate the drivers on the new gear shift when they first were investigated in 2015. After nearly 300 reported incidents of rollaway, and the high profile death of actor Anton Yelchin who was struck and killed by his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Fiat Chrysler initiated a recall of over 800,000 vehicles equipped with this specific gear shifter which includes the 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the 2012-2014 Chrysler 300 (#3 on Watch List) and 2012-2014 Dodge Chargers.

GM’s Chevy Cobalt is a regular on this list for electrical problems stemming from faulty ignition switches discovered by the investigative work of Lance Cooper and The Cooper Firm. The 2009 Toyota Camry also remains on this quarter’s list for its unintended acceleration/speed control issues.

To view the complete list for this year and previous years, visit The Safety Institute’s website.

If you, or someone you know, have been injured by a vehicle with a reported safety defect, please contact us today.

Source: The Safety Institute Press Release


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