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Defective Tires Lead to Goodyear Tire Recall

by on on 02/28/2012

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has issued a substantial tire recall for 41,000 of its Wrangler Silent Armor tires. The recalled tires are light truck tires, and are being taken off the market because they can cause a partial tread separation, resulting in loss of control and possibly vehicle rollover. The affected tires are placed on a variety of vehicles, including construction vehicles, off-road vehicles, pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles, vans, and family vehicles. The...
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Thousands of Possibly Defective Michelin Tires Recalled

by on on 05/11/2012

An increased risk of tire failure, possibly causing accidents, is behind a new recall announced by Michelin.  The company last month announced a recall of more than 37,000 bus tires.  According to the company, the recall is linked to a sidewall defect, that increases the risk that the tire will lose air rapidly, possibly causing an accident. The tires included in the recall are the Michelin XZU2, XZU3, and XM505.  These tires were manufactured between 2005 and 2011 at the...
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FDA Proposes Training Programs to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse

by on on 07/22/2012

The Food and Drug Administration is putting much of the onus on preventing and reducing the number of prescription drug use and abuse-related fatalities every year on the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture these drugs.  Concerned at the increasing number of prescription drug fatalities, especially opioid painkiller-related fatalities in the country, the agency has proposed rules that would require pharmaceutical companies to invest in training programs for both doctors as...
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Peg Perergo Strollers Linked to Entrapment, Strangulation Hazards

by on on 08/19/2012

After several reports of entrapment and strangulation involving infants in its strollers, Peg Perergo has announced a massive recall that involves hundreds of thousands of the offending strollers. The defect in the strollers is linked to a narrow gap between the tray and the bottom of the seat, which can cause a child to become trapped.  A child can slip through the gap, and become trapped between the tray and the seat.  Strangulation can result.  At least one fatality has already...
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Study Shows Increase in Medical Device Recalls

by on on 09/10/2012

Medical device recalls in the 2nd quarter 2012 hit a 2-year high, with close to 123 million medical devices being recalled.  However, the increase in the number of medical devices being recalled did not necessarily mean that there were a greater number of recalls this quarter than in the previous quarter.  In fact, the number of recalls actually dropped over the previous quarter. The number of medical device recalls, as indicated by Food and Drug Administration enforcement reports,...
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Thalidomide Maker’s Apology Comes Too Late

by on on 10/10/2012

Earlier this month, the German company that was responsible for developing the morning sickness drug, Thalidomide that resulted in thousands of babies being born with deformities, issued an apology for the catastrophic injuries that its product caused.  For the thousands of children who suffered birth defects as a result of the drug, the apology is far too little, too late. The company, Gruenenthal developed Thalidomide back in the 50s, and marketed it as a drug for pregnant women...
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Feds Received Close to 30,000 Auto Defect Complaints in 2011

by on on 10/04/2012

Consumers filed close to 30,000 auto defect complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2011.  Over the past five years, the agency has received more than 130,000 complaints of auto defects.  These complaints, according to a new analysis, have ranged all the way from sudden and unintended acceleration to engine fires. Some vehicles seem to have a much higher risk of being associated with auto defect complaints.  For instance, according to an analysis of...
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Spine Problems Threaten Victims of Contaminated Steroid Infections

by on on 11/13/2012

The bad news continues for victims who contracted fungal meningitis, after receiving contaminated steroid injections manufactured by a Massachusetts-based company.  New reports now claim that many of these people are now suffering from dangerous spine infections.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the total number of people who have contracted infections after being administered the tainted injections, is now 424.  The number of fatalities linked to these...
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Trouble in Toyland Documents Dangerous Toys This Holiday Season

by on on 12/06/2012

Parents and anyone looking to buy a toy for children this season must check out the annual Trouble in Toyland report issued by the US Public Interest Research Group.  Every year, the group comes out with a list of some of the most dangerous toys, just in time for the holiday season when so many people are out there buying gifts for little ones. This year's report contains a number of toys that contain every kind of hazard, from excessive lead content hazards to choking and noise...
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General Motors Worldwide Recall Due to Rollaway Risk

by on on 01/12/2013

General Motors is recalling nearly 69,000 motor vehicles worldwide because they may unexpectedly roll away. The recall applies to full-size trucks and vans with a potential steering column defect. According to the NHTSA Campaign Number 13V-001, the GM recall affects its pickup trucks, SUVs and vans, including certain 2013 models of: Chevrolet Silverado Chevrolet Suburban Chevrolet Tahoe Chevrolet Avalanche Chevrolet Express GMC Sierra GMC Savana GMC Yukon Cadillac...
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Defective Infant Sleep Aids in the Spotlight

by on on 01/15/2013

Parents around the country make use of recliners, sleepers and other infant sleep aids in order to put their children to sleep at home or in the car.  However, Houston product liability attorneys have found a number of recent product recalls and warnings of defects involving these products.  Four retailers across the country recently issued a voluntary recall of Nap Nanny baby recliners, after these were linked to several fatalities.  In another case, Fisher Price has recalled...
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FDA Warns Medical Device Maker about Safety Problems

by on on 01/23/2013

The Food and the Administration has warned medical device manufacturer St. Jude Medical about several safety issues at a plant which manufactures implantable heart defibrillators. The plant in question is located in Sylmar in California.   According to the company, it is trying to correct the problems that the FDA is concerned about.  In October, St. Jude Medical announced that federal inspectors had visited the plant in California, and found several safety problems.   The...
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NHTSA Played Significant Role in Auto Recalls in 2012

by on on 01/27/2013

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration played a significant role in the number of auto recalls last year, influencing recalls of more than 9 million vehicles in 2012.  Overall, the agency announced a total of more than 650 safety recalls that included more than 17.8 million vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration acts as a regulatory body, and can influence recalls, but does not have the authority to order a recall.  Typically, the agency analyses...
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J&J Did Not Warn Consumers about Hip Implant Failure Rates

by on on 01/28/2013

Hip implant failure-related personal injury lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson are going to trial.  As these lawsuits go to trial, Texas product liability attorneys now find from internal company documents that Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary DePuy Orthopedics Inc. was aware back when it was denying the high failure rates of its hip implants that these devices were very likely to fail in a large number of the people in whom they were implanted. In 2008, according to the documents,...
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ATV Accidents Very Likely to result in Additional Spinal Injuries

by on on 02/22/2013

An analysis of pediatric ATV-related injuries finds that children are very likely to suffer spinal injuries, and also associated spinal and non-spinal injuries. The researchers analyzed a national database of ATV-related injuries, and found that there have been significant increases both in the number as well as severity of the injuries.  There was a 240% increase in the number of child-related ATV injuries between 1997 and 2006, as well as a 436% increase in the number of spine...
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Report Faults FDAs Safety Regulations

by on on 03/03/2013

A new report by the Office of Inspector General at the Department Of Health And Human Services has some very disturbing questions about the effectiveness of the Food And Drug Administration's drug safety regulations.  The report specifically focuses on the drug safety regulations that are commonly known as Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies, or REMS. The strategies have been in place for years now, and the Food and Drug Administration uses these as part of its condition for...
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Most Dangerous Toys Announced for Black Friday

by on on 11/26/2013

With the largest in-store and online shopping days upon us, the non-profit group World Against Toys Causing Harm Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) revealed its nominees for this year’s “most dangerous” children’s toys.  Parents and caregivers need to know what dangers to look for when purchasing toys for children this holiday season and year-round. Unfortunately, many deaths and injuries to children have occurred as the result of poorly designed and manufactured toys. Many toy-related injuries can...
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More Than Two Million Gree Dehumidifiers Recalled

by on on 12/13/2013

Gree Electronic Appliances, Inc., a Chinese company, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled 12 brands of dehumidifiers in September of this year.  In October, they expanded the recall to include four more models.  The total recall now applies to over 2.2 million devices sold in the United States alone.  Over 50,000 units were also sold in Canada.  The dehumidifiers are overheating, smoking, and then catching fire.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission...
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Acetaminophen Warning from the FDA

by on on 01/23/2014

Acetaminophen is one of the most widely consumed drugs in the United States. It has been marketed as one of the safest drugs on the market for decades, when in fact, acetaminophen overdoses are one of the most common worldwide. In 2011, the FDA asked manufacturers to begin cutting back the acetaminophen in their products by 2014.  Manufacturers that have not complied to date will begin to receive attention from the FDA, including withdrawal of government permission to continue...
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Medical Devices for Kids Often Only Tested on Adults

by on on 04/15/2014

Medical devices have proven useful in the treatment of a variety of diseases, but few of them have been specifically approved for use in children. The 2007 Pediatric Medical Device Safety and Improvement Act was passed to encourage pediatric device development. Most medical devices approved for pediatric use since the Act was passed were never tested on children, according to a new study. Almost all pediatric medical devices considered had solely been tested on people age 18 and...
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