Category Archives: Recent Product Liability Recalls

Honda Odyssey Minivan Recall

Honda has announced a recall of over 344,000 2007-2008 Odyssey minivans. The product recall was initiated to fix an issue that is responsible for sudden unintended braking. It is reported that a combination of defective software and parts are causing a build up of hydraulic pressure in the braking system. When the buildup is released after a restart, the Odyssey is reported to brake suddenly without the brake lights coming on.

Honda has reported that the recall will allow them to replace a “yaw sensor”. However, Honda reports that the sensor will not be available until the beginning of next year. What is a 2007-2008 Honda Odyssey owner supposed to do in the meantime? Honda has issued a press release with instructions on how to drive the vehicles safely until the part arrives. Owners should receive notice shortly from Honda. Honda has stated that in order to prevent unintedend braking, you should follow this procedure every time you start your Honda Odyssey:

  1. After you start your vehicle, keep the minivan stationary until the VSA indicator lights up and then goes off. It is reported this will take approximately two seconds.
  2. Make sure your front wheels are pointing straight ahead before you take the vehicle out of park.
  3. Whether you are in forward or reverse, you must keep your front wheels in a straight position for the initial several feet. This allows proper calibration of theVSA system.

Honda also reports that if you must turn the wheels of your vehicle in the initial several feet of movement immediately after you start your car, such as curbside parking, you should:

  • Drive the minivan less than 25 mph; or
  • Turn off the VSA system. This can be done by holding the VSA OFF button until you hear a beep.

For a complete set of instructions, see the Honda and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration Recall 13V-500 instructions.

Other Honda Recalls

Honda has also recently recalled 318,000 2003 and 2004 Honda Odyssey minivans. The recall was initiated due to problems with the airbags. Following a National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration investigation, it has been determined that exposure to electoral noise may cause the airbags to inflate without warning. Injuries caused from this sudden and unintended airbag inflation have been reported.

The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration provides current recall updates on recent product recalls and safety information. If you have sustained an injury or the loss of a loved one due to sudden braking or airbag inflation, you are entitled to reimbursement for your harms and losses. Call today for a FREE products liability consultation regarding your legal rights: 855-40-CRASH or (314) 409-7060.

General Motors Recall

General Motors is currently recalling several 2013 Buick LaCrosse vehicles, and 2013 Cadillac SRX vehicles, for failing to comply with federal motor vehicle safety standards. The issue is apparently in the transmission shift sequence, the starter interlock, and in the transmission braking. The FMVSA (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Administration) notes that a software problem is causing the transmission to shift modes, causing problems while driving. If engine breaking is suddenly removed, it will increase the risk of a car crash.

To fix this problem, GM will notify owners if their vehicle is defective.  Dealers will then reprogram the transmission control module for free. This recall is scheduled to begin on March 28, 2013, in the meantime, Cadillac owners can contact 1.866.982.2339 with questions; Buick owners can contact 1.866.694.6546.  The GM number for this particular recall is 13053, have it readily avaliable when contacting help lines.

Product’s Liability Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, it is important that you keep the product, as well as any applicable instruction manuals or labels.  These items will be important for establishing your case. Defective products cases are typically complex and expensive. It is important that you chose a law firm with substantial expertise and resources. If you would like to speak with an attorney about your injuries stemming from a defective product or vehicle, please call a Missouri product recall attorney at 314.409.7060 or at 855.40.CRASH today.

Missouri Walmarts Recall Chicken Breasts

Walmarts in Carthage, Neosho, Joplin, Springfiled, Monett, Webb City, Aurora, Republic and Nixa, have pulled chicken breasts which may contain pieces of metal. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Saturday that thousands of pounds of these chicken’s must be recalled.

Chicken Recalled From Walmart

The USDA said that Advanced Pierre Foods is recalling 1,200 pounds of Fast Classics chick breasts. The recall came after they received 2 consumer complaints. According to authorities, a metal tool fell into the grinder and tainted the chicken breasts. Mistakes of this nature may results in food poising or physical injury.

Advanced Pierre Foods recalled their 22.75 ounce pouches of the Fast Classics chicken fired chicken breasts, as well as, the 22.75 ounce pouches of chicken breasts. In order to find out if you have the recalled chicken, you will need to check inside the USDA mark of inspection. If it contains: P-2260Y and a best by date of 1/22/2014, you should immediately contact Advance Pierre Consumer Affairs at (855) 328-8888.

If you have received an injury as a result of consuming the chicken breasts, seek immediate medical attention. A Missouri product liability lawyer will answer any questions you may have regarding your right to reimbursement for your harms and losses. Call 314-409-7060 to discuss your rights.

Monsanto Corn Linked to Tumors

According to a French study in Food and Chemical Toxicology, a peer reviewed scientific journal, rats fed Monsanto’s transgenic corn or its pesticide Roundup, had higher rates of premature death and tumors. The study, performed by Gilles Eric Seralini, a microbiology professor with the University of Caen, is reported to be the longest and most detailed experiment ever conducted on a GMO or pesticide.

The study observed over two hundred rats over a two year period. The average life of a rat is two years, and the study showed that rats fed Roundup or corn developed tumors or had kidney damage after only 90 days. The study also utilized a control group of control rats which were not exposed to water containing Roundup or Monsanto’s NK603. The control group did not experience this increased rate of disease.

The results have brought attention to the testing methods of governments around the world. According to Seralini, most “regulatory tests last only three months” and his research has showed that tumors begin to develop after that duration. Many scientists are calling for repeat studies to confirm the results. Monsanto continues to assert that there are ample peer reviewed scientific studies confirming the safety of their products.

If true, the results could have a lasting impact in the US. The Monsanto Roundup Ready system, which keeps crops alive while killing weeds, is widely used. It is the primary system in America and used across millions of domestic acreage. These chemicals penetrate the ground through absorption and runoff, threatening communities water supplies.

This case illustrates another example of the need for more stringent testing for all products used across the world. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, Monsanto is only one of many companies constantly under shareholder pressure to push products to the market. The failure to properly test all such products can result in devastating effects on our local communities.

If you have been injured by a negligently designed product or negligently tested product, you are not without help. Companies are responsible for the products they create. If they rush to push their designs to market and you are injured as a result, that company is responsible for your harms and losses in a products liability case. This is not a one way street in which companies are allowed to privatize their profits and socialize the risk. Consumers have rights as well.

If you have been injured, you should contact a Missouri products liability lawyer to discuss your path for reimbursement. In addition, we should all be conscious of our state’s and our nation’s process and procedures for testing these potentially deadly substances. More stringent initial testing procedures can avoid future harm.

 

Burn Hazard Prompts Recall of Honeywell Electric Heaters

20,000 Honeywell Surround Select Portable Heaters are being recalled due to burn hazards. According to reports, the internal housing may detach from the main unit and burn consumers.

The Honeywell Surround Select Portable Heaters were sold nationwide at Walmart, Best Buy, and Meijer stores. The recalled units were sold between July and December of 2011, nationwide. The recall affects Honeywell Surround Select Series portable electric heathers, model numbers HZ-420 / HZ-430 / HZ-440. The model number can be found on the bottom of the heather. In addition, any Honeywell Surround Select Series portable electric heaters with five digit date codes ending with an 11 as the last two digits have also been recalled. The date code can be found on the metal prongs of the electrical plugin. The affected models have a white or black cylinder, handle on top, and have the words Honeywell and Surround Heat printed on the front.

It is imperative that users stop using the Honeywell heaters immediately to prevent the risk of injury. Consumers using an affected heater should call Kaz (800) 370-8137 or visit www.kaz.com/recall for a full refund.

Products liability lawsuits revolving around electric blankets and space heaters are all too common. In a hurry to get a product to market, manufacturers fail to properly test the devices in the name of profit. If you have suffered a burn injury from a Honeywell Electric Heater or other electric device, contact a products liability lawyer to discuss the process of seeking recovery for you burn injury. It is also important to never throw the electrical unit or device away prior to speaking to a products liability attorney.  Call 314.409.7060 to discuss your products liability case.

 

Circo Childrens’ Travel Cases Recalled by Target

Target has recalled approximately 139,000 17′ Circo Children’s Travel Cases. The Target Corporation, of Minneapolis, Minn., has recalled the travel cases due to the excessive levels of lead contained in the surface coating. The lead coating contained in the travel cases violates the federal lead paint standard.

The version designed for girls is pictured with a pink and blue/teal design, while the boys version comes in blue and red.  The girl travel bags have a butterfly attached to the zipper, while the boys have an airplane attached to their zipper. The travel bags were sold for $21.00 each.

The travel cases subject to recall were exclusively sold at Target.com and Target stores across the United States from April of 2011 through August of 2011. In order to determine the date codes of the travel cases, you can check the round Circo tag hanging underneath the UPC bar code or on the white tag inside the main compartment.

Anyone using these bags should stop immediately and return to any Target store to request a refund. Target can be reached at (800) 440-0680 during the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., Central Standard Time Monday through Friday. For additional information regarding the recall, visit www.target.com

Court Upholds $327 Million Dollar Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson has been held accountable for overstating the safety of their antipsychotic drug Risperdal. Risperdal was intended to be used for the treatment of bipolar disorders and schizophrenia. A Judge in South Carolina has upheld the jury’s verdict of the $327 million. This award pales in comparison to the $3.4 billion that Johnson & Johnson made from the drug Risperdal.

The extreme profit made by Johnson & Johnson on Risperdal was allegedly done so through underhanded and backroom tactics. Johnson & Johnson has been in involved in lengthily litigation over alleged promotion of Risperdal for unapproved uses, illegal kickbacks, and other attempts to place Risperdal ahead in the market over competing antipsychotic medication. The promotion and marketing efforts of Risperdal are also the subject of numerous civil and criminal investigations.

One of the main goals of the numerous cases pending against Johnson & Johnson for the marketing of Risperdal is for reimbursement of Medicaid payments. In a whistleblower lawsuit, one former official is charged with accepting large gifts from Johnson & Johnson to fly around the country to persuade doctors in other states’ mental health and Medicaid programs to use Risperdal over competitors drugs. Numerous state’s Attorneys Generals are exploring undertaking similar litigation against Johnson & Johnson.

The original jury in the Spartanburg Court of Common Pleas found that Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceutica Inc, which manufactures Risperdal, broke states law when they provided false and misleading information about the effectiveness and risk of Risperdal. The South Carolina Judge overseeing Johnson & Johnson’s request for a new trial or to overturn/amend the verdict denied their attempt to escape full responsibility for the harms and losses they have caused.

The $327.1 million dollar verdict was calculated as follows: $4,000 for each of 43,000 letters sent to doctors which provided misleading information on Risperdal, and $300 each for 509,000 packets sent without charge to doctors which contained misleading information on the drugs safety and effects.

This case illustrates the growing problem of drug manufactures creating a drug with a larger emphasis on profit than treatment. It is almost as if drug manufacturers create a drug first and then attempt to come up with what exactly it can ‘treat’. Then an obscure public marketing campaign begins which is packed with side effects and pleasant images. What is more disturbing is the cost benefit calculation which occurs within these companies where a certain portion of the profit is set aside to cover known future litigaiton costs. It is almost as if they say:  Well, we are going to make 2 billion from this drug and it will certainly kill and harm a percentage of people who take it, so let’s set aside $250,000,000 for that and we will still make a profit of $1.5 billion.

This sort of pharmaceutical misconduct places the health and welfare of millions of people in jeopardy. If you have been harmed when taking Risperdal, contact a pharmaceutical injury lawyer today to discuss your rights.

DePuy Implant Recall – Missouri Product Liability Information

In late 2010, DePuy Orthopedics began a recall on its hip implants, which are known as the ASR XL Acetabular and ASR Hip Resurfacing systems.  These implants are all-metal artificial hip implants, which were used in more than 40,000 patients nationwide from August 2005 to August 2010. Similarly, the DePuy Pinnacle implant with Pinnacle Metal Insert have been recalled as many of these implants have prematurely failed.

The devices are faulty due to design flaws.  The first being that the device shell does not sit in the proper place in the hip and it resists bone growth.  The friction caused by the metal hip ball rubbing with the metal hip socket causes small shavings of metal debris to be released in the tissue and blood.  Metal flakes in surrounding tissue and blood can lead to a painful inflammatory reaction in the tissue as well as a high blood metal content.

Among data that has recently been released on the ills of metal-on-metal artificial hips are studies done by the Food and Drug Administration.  One study found that up to one in two individuals with the implant may be forced to have revision surgery because of the extremely high premature failure rate associated with the DePuy ASR artificial hip implant.  Similarly, the Food and Drug Administration released a statement admitting that there are various risks in these types of artificial hips as metal ions can wear off and cause damage to nearby tissue. Individuals who have any type of all-metal implant should understand potential risks and symptoms that may indicate that the implant is defective and not working properly.  The most common symptoms reported include, but are not limited to:

  • Implant dislocation
  • Loosening of either implant or bone
  • Fractured bone around implant
  • Pain in related areas (groin, hip or leg)
  • Swelling near hip joint
  • Change in walking ability such as a limp

Patients filing lawsuits on these grounds have sought compensation for pain, suffering, physical injuries, cost of replacement surgery and other related costs that resulted from the failure of the DePuy hip implant.

If you or a loved one is experiencing problems with a defective DePuy metal hip implant or have been told that the implant needs to be replaced, contact an experienced defective product lawyer today.

Zimmer NexGen Knee Replacement Recall

Zimmer NexGen has recently issued a number of recalls related to Zimmer NexGen knee replacement knee components.  The design of the replacement knee is flawed and has resulted in an increased risk of loosening or early failure.  These problems then result in the need for knee revision surgery.

Various problems have resulted from Zimmer Nexgen Knee replacements.  Well over 200,000 Zimmer NexGen knee replacement components have been used in the United States in recent years.  Thus, numerous Americans may be experiencing problems or even requiring knee revision surgery due to early failure.  Numerous surgeons of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons revealed that Zimmer NexGen components have a higher-than-expected failure rate.  In a 2010 study, the surgeons revealed that use of Zimmer NexGen replacements resulted in a substantial number of individuals being forced to undergo revision surgery within around two years and numerous other individuals showed that the replacement knee was loosening.  The product recalls were issued due to their design and manufacturing problems and also high numbers of reports of problems associated with the devices.  Similarly, the Zimmer NexGen LPS knee parts were recalled for their inconsistent geometry and non-conforming designs, resulting in debilitating knee injuries.

The problems and complications that could potentially stem from the Zimmer NexGen knee replacements include:

  • Knee or joint pain
  • Inability to balance, stand or walk
  • Loosening of the replacement knee parts
  • Knee replacement failure
  • Revision surgery

Financial compensation may be achieved through a lawsuit for individuals who have received certain Zimmer Next Gen components, including:

  • Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex and CR-Flex Porous
  • Zimmer NexGen MIS
  • Zimmer NexGen LPS
  • Or, other Zimmer Knee Replacements

If you are experiencing and issues with a Zimmer Nex Gen knee replacement, or any other knee replacement, contact a knee replacement lawyer today to discuss your case.  Our products liability lawyers are standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your questions and explain your legal rights.  Call 314.409.7060, or toll free at 1.866.869.2590.

Kawasaki Motorcycle Recall

Kawasaki is currently recalling certain model 2009 and 2010 KLX250 motorcycles. The recall began last month and currently, owners of these Kawasaki models are asked to contact Kawasaki consumer services department at 866-802-9381. According to Kawasaki, the fuel tank can potentially leak from holes in the spot welds, which are located on the side mount tabs. These holes are supposedly caused by stress from excessive space between the fuel tank and its rubber damper. Leaking fuel in the presence of sparks or flames can potentially cause a fire or even explosion that could result in injuries or death. Upon contacting the costumer service department, Kawasaki dealers will review and if needed, correct the fuel tank, for free.

Product recalls can be extremely dangerous if they are not tended to correctly. Most defective products pose an increased risk of both injuries and death for consumers who are using them. If you or a loved one has suffered from injuries or has even died in some sort of accident involving a faulty or defective product, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important that you call a Missouri products liability attorney to discuss your potential case and learn your rights after an accident involving a product defect. Contact experienced product defect lawyers today at 314.409.7060 or toll free at 1.866.869.2590.

Defective Products: Ford Recall Affecting F-150s

A new day, a new Ford recall.  Ford’s most recent recall is said to affect around 1.2 million pick-up trucks that are currently being used in the United States and Canada.  The recall is in effect because of fears that certain Ford fuel tanks may fall off and in turn start vehicle fires.  Supposedly, the fear rests in the thought that the straps fastening the fuel tank on the truck can be easily corroded by road salt.  Thus far, the defect has caused around eight fires and one injury.

Ranking among the Ford versions affected by the recall, is one of America’s bestselling trucks, the F-150.  Other versions affected include the F-250 and Lincoln Blackwood trucks built between ’97 and ’04.  If you are a Ford owner, you will be contacted and advised to return to your dealer in order to have the vehicle’s straps replaced.

Manufacturer defects can be extremely dangerous if they are not tended to correctly.  If you or a loved one has been injured or even killed in an accident involving a defective product or defective vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation.  Discuss your potential case with a product recall attorney who specializes in product liability cases today.  Call us at 314.409.7060.

Products Liability Attorney: Big Lots Bunk Bed Recall

Big Lots is recalling around 30,000 futon bunk beds due to the recent death of a three-year old Iowa boy.  The young boy died from compression asphyxiation while entrapped in one of the recalled bunk beds.  Aside from this possibility, the CPSC is also warning that the amount of space between the rung on the ladder and the mattress is too small and that a child’s head could easily become trapped in that space.  The futon bunk beds with model number BFB1008GE are being recalled and Big Lot’s asks that customers quit using the bunk beds or that they contact Big Lots for a repair kit.

Faulty products are very dangerous and pose several risks.  If you or a loved one has sustained an injury or a loss as the result of a product defect, a Missouri products liability attorney is available for a free consultation regarding this manner.  Call an experienced products liability lawyer today at 314.409.7060 or at 1.866.869.2590.

Missouri Automobile Safety – VOLVO S60 Recall

VOLVO Cars are currently recalling several 2012 S60 cars. Around 8,000 cars are projected to be affected by this recall. The root of the recall stems from faulty software for the vehicle’s fuel pump units that is not compatible with the individual fuel pumps. This is resulting in problems with fuel transfer, which could lead to engine hesitations and stalls, which would increase the risk of a car accident.

Owners may contact VOLVO at 1.201.768.7300 for more information on the recall and a software replacement or upgrade.

Automobile defects should be taken very seriously as they can potentially cause car accidents. If you or someone you know has been injured or even died as a result of a defective consumer product, a Missouri defective product lawyer should be contacted immediately. A products liability lawyer such as Chris Dixon can help to file a claim and achieve reimbursement for injuries or losses sustained from faulty products. To discuss this serious matter, call 314.409.7060.

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Kenworth Vehicle Recall – Missouri Accident Safety

Owners of 2011-2012 Kenworth T440 tractors are urged to have their tractor inspected. Paccar is recalling certain models of the tractors because they do not comply with federal standards. An important and required air valve may not have been installed in the vehicle. The omission of this valve may lead to a delayed release of the brake, which significantly increases the risk of a truck accident.

Kenworth dealers are installing the valve free of charge. Owners are advised to contact Paccar at 1.425.468.7400.

Faulty products, especially those that fail to comply with federal standards, pose numerous safety threats. If you or someone you know has been harmed in an accident involving a faulty motor vehicle, or other product defect, a product liability attorney is available to answer your questions. Contact experienced products liability attorney Chris Dixon today at 314.409.7060.