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87 More Cases of Salmonella Linked to Recalled Beef

According to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 87 more people have fallen ill due to salmonella contaminated beef products.

12 Million Pounds of Beef Recalled for Salmonella Contamination

JBS Tolleson Inc. has recalled more than 12 million pounds of beef products due to potential salmonella contamination. The products were distributed to major retailers across the nation including Wal-Mart, Sprouts, Sam’s Club, Kroger, and Fiesta mart.

So far, 333 people from 28 states have been sickened by the contaminated beef since August, 91 of whom had to be hospitalized.

The recalled beef was packaged between July 26 and September 7. Consumers should check their freezers for beef product with an establishment number EST. 267. Recalled beef products should be returned or discarded.

What Are Symptoms of Salmonella Infection?

Salmonella symptoms usually appear within 12 to 72 hours of consuming contaminated food and include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Blood in stool

Typically, symptoms will subside within seven days; however, hospitalization may be necessary depending on the severity of symptoms.

Children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems are at an increased risk of severe infection and death.

Contact an Experienced Product Recall Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or illness due to a defective or dangerous product, contact Thomas J. Henry. Over two decades of experience handling a multitude of defective product cases and extensive legal and financial resources allow us to provide our clients with truly dynamic legal representation. Thomas J. Henry has a proven track record of achieving real results for clients devastated by recalled products.

Let us help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free case review.

Toyota Recalls 70,000 Vehicles Equipped with Defective Takata Air Bag Inflators

Toyota is recalling roughly 70,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles to replace faulty Takata brand air bag inflators that can explode upon deployment, sending shrapnel into vehicle cabins and at drivers and passengers.

About the Toyota Exploding Air Bag Recall

ABC 11 reports that the recall covers the following vehicles:

  • 2003-2005 Toyota Corolla
  • 2002-2005 Toyota Sequoia
  • 2003-2005 Toyota Tundra
  • 2002-2005 Lexus SC

The air bags use ammonium nitrate to trigger small explosion that inflates air bags in the event of a collision. However, the ammonium nitrate mixture can deteriorate and burn too fast, causing the metal inflators to blow apart.

The vehicles were previously recalled for the same reason, but the replace air bags equipped in the vehicles still used ammonium nitrate is a propellant. Toyota is now looking to replace the airbags with safer air bags made by another company.

Exploding Takata Air Bags Linked to 23 Deaths

The Takata recalls deal with some 125 million vehicles worldwide that are equipped with faulty airbags that can explode on deployment, unleashing metal shrapnel into vehicle cabins. At least 42 million of the affected vehicles were sold in the United States.

So far, 23 deaths and hundreds of injuries have been linked to the faulty airbag inflators, most of which have occurred in the U.S.

The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June, allowing it to sell its non-airbag inflator business to Key Safety Systems, a unit of China’s Ningo Joyson Electric Corp.

As of July, less than half of affected vehicles had been repaired.

In February, Ford issued a “stop driving” warning to 35,000 Ford ranger and Mazda B-Series owners.

Contact an Experienced Airbag Recall Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured by a defective and dangerous Takata airbag, call Thomas J. Henry today. Our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim and provide you with a free legal consultation. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

Recall Issued for Infant Ibuprofen

A recall has been issued for liquid infant ibuprofen sold as major retailers including Walmart, CVS, and Family Dollar because the drug may contain a higher concentrations of ibuprofen than indicated on product labels.

Recalled Ibuprofen Could Cause Permanent Kidney Damage to Children

WANE reports that the recall affects three lots of product from New Jersey-based Tris Pharma.

The high concentration of ibuprofen contained in the medications could result in children suffering serious adverse reactions including permanent kidney injuries, stomach ulcers, and even elevated blood pressure.

Other adverse effects may include nausea, vomiting, epigastric pain, and diarrhea. Tinnitus, headache, and gastrointestinal bleeding may also occur.

Recalled products are labeled “Infants’ Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID) 50 mg per 1.25 mL.

Lots Covered by the Infant Ibuprofen Recall

NDC LOT EXPIRATION DESCRIPTION COMPANY
49035-125-23 00717009A

00717015A

00717024A

02/19

04/19

08/19

Equate: Infants’

Ibuprofen

Concentrated Oral

Suspension,

USP (NSAID), 50

mg per 1.25 mL,

0.5 oz. bottle

Wal-Mart

Stores Inc

59779-925-23 00717024A 08/19 CVS Health:

Infants’ Ibuprofen

Concentrated Oral

Suspension,

USP (NSAID), 50

mg per 1.25 mL,

0.5 oz. bottle

CVS

Pharmacy

55319-250-23 00717024A 08/19 Family Wellness:

Infants’ Ibuprofen

Concentrated Oral

Suspension,

USP (NSAID), 50

mg per 1.25 mL,

0.5 oz. bottle

Family Dollar

Services Inc.

 

Has Your Child Suffered Injury from Recalled Ibuprofen?

If your child suffered a severe injury or illness due to a recalled batch of ibuprofen, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Our experienced defective medical product attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to hear your case, answer your questions, and evaluate your claim. Time is of the essence when it comes to cases involving defective products. Our team of legal professionals will take immediate action on your case.

Let Thomas J. Henry advocate for you, your family, and your injured child. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.

 

Recall Issued for Nearly 100,000 Pounds of Ground Beef, E. Coli Concerns

JBS USA has issued a recall for nearly 100,000 pounds of ground beef due to concerns that it may be contaminated with E. coli.

Details of the Ground Beef Recall

According to WTKR, a JBS USA subsidiary, Swift Beef, previously recalled 6.9 million pounds of beef in October. The recall was issued after the beef was linked to a 25-state salmonella outbreak that affected more than 200 people.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) says contaminated beef from the latest recall was distributed to California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington for further processing.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 2,000 lb. – bulk pallets of Swift Ground Beef 81/19 (81% lean) Fine Grind Combo bearing product code 42982.
  • 8-10 lb. – plastic wrapped chubs of “blue ribbon BEEF” Ground Beef 81/19 (81% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42410.
  • 8-10 lb. – plastic wrapped chubs of “blue ribbon BEEF” Ground Beef 93/07 (93% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42413.
  • 8-10 lb. – plastic wrapped chubs of “blue ribbon BEEF” Ground Beef 85/15 (85% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42415.
  • 8-10 lb. – plastic wrapped chubs of “blue ribbon BEEF” Ground Beef 73/27 (73% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42510.

Tips to Avoid E-Coli

Here are a few helpful tips to avoid E-coli infections.

  1. Thoroughly cook all of your food especially meat
  2. Avoid unpasteurized dairy products and juices
  3. Do not swallow the water when swimming
  4. Wash your hands regularly

Statistics on E-coli E-Coli Infections

According to Food Safety News:

  1. Anywhere from 11 to 28 percent of the U.S. population is estimated to consume ground beef raw or uncooked.
  2. CDC counted at least 75 outbreaks associated with beef over the five-year period between 2009 and 2013. Of those, 35 percent were caused by E. coli.
  3. E. coli O157:H7, the pathogen most commonly associated with ground beef, causes an estimated 96,000 illnesses, 3,200 hospitalizations and 31 deaths in the U.S. each year.
  4. CDC tracked 391 E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks in the 10 years between 2003 and 2012. Between those outbreaks, the agency confirmed 4,930 cases of illness, with 1,274 (26 percent) hospitalizations, 300 (6 percent) cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), and 34 deaths.
  5. Food is by far the most common source of E. coli O157:H7, accounting for 65 percent of cases. The other major sources of E. coli are animal contact (10 percent) and person-to-person transmission (10 percent).
  6. The most common food source for E. coli turns out to be beef, which has been implicated in 55 percent of E. coli outbreaks.
  7. CDC also tracked more E. coli outbreaks from 2003-2012 than in the previous 20 years.

Contact an Experienced Product Recall Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or illness due to a defective or dangerous product, contact Thomas J. Henry. Over two decades of experience handling a multitude of defective product cases and extensive legal and financial resources allow us to provide our clients with truly dynamic legal representation. Thomas J. Henry has a proven track record of achieving real results for clients devastated by recalled products.

Let us help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free case review.

Honda Odyssey Minivans Recalled: Sliding Doors May Open While Driving

Honda has issued a recall for 107,000 Odyssey minivans due to concerns that the vehicles’ sliding doors may open while the vehicle is being driven.

About the Honda Odyssey Minivan Recall

FOX 8 News reports that sliding doors on 2018 and 2019 model year Odyssey minivans may not properly latch, meaning they can open while the vehicle is in motion.

Honda says they have not received any reports of injuries in connection with the defect. The company will replace the left and right power sliding door rear latches at no costs to consumers.

Currently, there are only a limited supply of latch repair kits, but the company expects more to be shipped in December.

Previous Odyssey Minivan Recall Linked to 46 Injuries

Honda issued a previous recall for more than 900,000 Odyssey minivans due to a defect that could result in second-row seats tipping forward.

According to the automaker, if a second-row seat is not properly latched after adjusting it side-to-side or reinstalling a removed seat, the seat can tip forward during moderate to heavy braking, resulting in an increased risk of injury to the occupant.

That recall affected 2011-2017 model year Honda Odysseys.

Contact an Experienced Auto Recall Attorney

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys are leaders in the area of product liability litigation. Our Defective Drug and Products Division has extensive knowledge and resources in order to represent our clients efficiently and aggressively. We represent a multitude of people who are battling against manufacturers of defective vehicles and auto parts.

Your choice does matter. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries because of a recalled vehicle or defective auto part, call Thomas J. Henry immediately. We represent clients/victims all over the country. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

NHTSA Updates Car Seat and Booster Seat Recalls

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has updated information on several existing recalls of booster and child car seats impacting thousands of products from several manufacturers.

Diono Car Seat Recall

Diono, formerly known as SUNSHINE KIDS JUVENILE, has issued a recall for 519,052 convertible and booster car seats due to an increased risk of chest injuries in the event of a collision when the seat is used with a lap belt.

The recall covers the following convertible and booster car seats:

  • Radian R100
  • Radian R120
  • Radian RXT
  • Olympia
  • Pacifica
  • Rainier

All the recalled car seats were manufactured between November 25, 2013 and September 5, 2017.

Britax Car Seat Recall

Britax Child Safety, Inc. has recalled 207,037 child seats because defective chest clips may break, posing a choking hazard to the child occupant. NHTSA says affected units have a center tab on the chest clip labeled “ABS” that may break.

Among the car seats included in the Britax car seat recall are:

  • B-Safe 35
  • B-Safe 35 Travel Systems
  • B-Safe 35 Elite
  • B-Safe 35 Elite Travel Systems
  • BOB B-Safe

Britax will notify owners and provide a replace clip free of charge.

Harmony Juvenile Products Car Seat Recall

Harmony Juvenile Products has issued a recall for 148,165 Big Boost Deluxe booster seats because the seat belt “may cause excessive force to be applied to the restrained child’s chest” in the event of a collision.

A remedy for the recall is still under development.

Graco Car Seat Recall

Graco is recalling certain My Ride 65 convertible child restraints because the seats may not adequately restrain the child in the event of a crash. The recall affects 25,494 seats with the following model numbers:

  • 1871689
  • 1908152
  • 1813074
  • 1872691
  • 1853478
  • 1877535
  • 1813015
  • 1794334

Contact an Experienced Car Seat Failure Attorney

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys are experienced in defective child car seats and recalls. Your choice does matter. If your child has suffered because of a defective car seat, contact Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys immediately. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

Ford Recalls Nearly 2 Million F-150 Pickups for Seat Belt Defect Causing Fires

Ford Motor Company has announced a recall for nearly 2 million pickups to fix a seat belt defect that could cause vehicle fires.

Details of the Ford F-150 Seat Belt Defect and Fires

According to USA Today, seat belt pretensioners equipped in F-150 pickups  can generate excessive sparks when they deploy. When sufficient, these sparks can ignite gases exhausted inside the lower portion of the B-pillar causing components, insulation, and carpet inside the vehicle cabin to catch fire.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into the defect in August, after receiving five reports of vehicle fires. This included three instances in which vehicles were completely engulfed in flames and destroyed.

The seat belt pretensioners in the trucks were manufactured by either ZF TRW or Takata. Takata is the same parts manufacturer behind a massive recall of airbags that can explode upon deployment. Both airbags and seat belt pretensions rely on volatile, combustible materials to deploy.

Vehicles Included in the Ford Seat Belt Fire Recall

According to NPR, The recall affects certain Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cab pickups from the 2015 through 2018 model years:

  • 2015-18 Ford F-150 pickup trucks built at the Dearborn, Mich., Assembly Plant from March 12, 2014 through Aug. 23, 2018
  • 2015-18 Ford F-150 pickup trucks built at the Kansas City, Mo., Assembly Plant from Aug. 20, 2014 through Aug. 23, 2018

Ford’s F-series trucks serve as the automakers flagship product and have been the best-selling trucks in America for more than 40 years and the best-selling vehicle of any type for more than 30 years.

Ford sold almost 2.5 million F-series trucks from 2015 through 2017 and more than 500,000 trucks through July 2018, with five months to go. If all F-series trucks in the four years were to be recalled, the total number of vehicles involved would be close to 3.5 million.

Contact an Experienced Vehicle Recall Attorney

Drivers have enough to worry about while traversing the roadways on a daily basis. When a person gets behind the wheel of a car, there is a reasonable expectation that the car is going to perform in a matter that would not put the operator’s life in jeopardy. Unfortunately there are hundreds of vehicle recalls each year due to manufacturer defects, from the tires to the ignition switches, that can cause catastrophic injuries and in some cases death. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a defective part in a vehicle, contact Thomas J. Henry.

Our experienced defective vehicle lawyers have handled a multitude of injury claims caused by recalled vehicles. We continue to handle cases involving faulty and dangerous GM ignition switches and Takata airbags. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free legal consultation — our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

 

Subaru Recalls 400,000 Vehicles for Stalling Issue

Subaru has issued a recalls for nearly 400,000 vehicles in the U.S. to fix two issues that can cause vehicles to stall.

Details of the Subaru Engine Stall Recalls

According to the Star Tribune, the automaker has issued two recalls covering vehicles that can stall while being operated.

The first recall covers 229,000 Outback and Legacy vehicles from the 2018 model year. Recall documents say a software glitch can stop the low-fuel warning light from illuminating and cause the miles-to-empty display inaccurate. This can cause drivers to run out of fuel and stall, possibly resulting in crash.

The second covers 166,000 2012 to 2014 model year Impreza, and BRZ, XV Crosstrek, and Toyota Scion FR-S from the 2013 model years. Reports say engine valve springs can fracture, causing the engines to malfunction or stall.

For both recall, owners can expect to be notified starting this month.

Millions of Vehicles Recalled Every Year?

In 2016, a record high 53.2 million vehicles were recalled in the United States. More than 50 million cars have been recalled in each of the past three years, a stunning fact considering auto recalls over the previous two decades have ranged between 10.2 million and 30.8 million. Many of these recalls were associated with two prominent defects:

  1. Faulty ignition switches equipped in General Motors vehicles (linked to approximately 124 deaths)
  2. Faulty airbags manufactured by Takata Corporation (linked to approximately 16 deaths)

These two recalls have been linked to hundreds of injuries and dozens of deaths, and both have been the subject of congressional hearings and federal investigations. The number of total recall campaigns (927) was also record-breaking in 2016. Sadly, government action came too late for those adversely affected by these defective products.

What Are the Most Common Vehicle Defects?

While the General Motors and Takata recalls have garnished the most attention, it is important to remember that safety defects can occur in any vehicle. Among those most commonly cited by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and automakers are:

  • Defective steering components
  • Door latch failures
  • Defective gas tanks and fuel lines
  • Seat belt failures
  • Defective child seat anchors (LATCH System anchors)
  • Defective airbags
  • Tire defects
  • Weak vehicle structure

Cars, trucks, and SUVs are not the only vehicles that experience recalls. Recalled motorcycles and ATVs have caused many severe injuries and deaths due to manufacturer defects as well.

Contact an Experienced Vehicle Defect Attorney

Drivers have enough to worry about while traversing the roadways on a daily basis. When a person gets behind the wheel of a car, there is a reasonable expectation that the car is going to perform in a matter that would not put the operator’s life in jeopardy. Unfortunately there are hundreds of vehicle recalls each year due to manufacturer defects, from the tires to the ignition switches, that can cause catastrophic injuries and in some cases death. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a defective part in a vehicle, contact Thomas J. Henry.

Our experienced defective vehicle lawyers have handled a multitude of injury claims caused by recalled vehicles. We continue to handle cases involving faulty and dangerous GM ignition switches and Takata airbags. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free legal consultation — our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

5 Biggest Car Recall of October

October was a busy month for auto recalls. While some recalls involve relatively minor defects, others, like those involving defective Takata airbag inflators, deal with potentially life-threatening consequences. It can be difficult to keep up to speed on all the latest car defects, so here are a list of the most significant recalls issued last month.

2012-2018 Ford Focus Recall

  • # of Vehicle Recalled:3 million
  • Problem: Defective canister purge valves may become stuck in the open position, causing an excessive vacuum in the fuel vapor management system. This can cause engines to stall while being driven, without warning or an ability to restart the vehicle, resulting in an increased risk of crash.
  • Fix: Ford advises owners to keep the fuel tank at least halfway full until the vehicle’s powertrain modules can be reprogrammed.

2010-2014 Toyota Prius, Prius V

  • # of Vehicle Recalled: 807,000
  • Problem: Vehicles may not enter a fail-safe mode as intended, resulting in loss of power and stalls even when the vehicle is in motion.
  • Fix: Dealers will update the software for all affected vehicles.

2018-2019 Toyota Avalon, Sequoia, Tundra

  • # of Vehicle Recalled: 168,000
  • Problem: A fault with airbag electronic control units may result in side and curtain shield airbags and/or front and knee airbags not deploying in the event of a collision.
  • Fix: Dealers will update the airbag ECU programming for free.

2009-2010 Mazda6

  • # of Vehicle Recalled: 49,000
  • Problem: Malfunctioning powertrain controllers may calls vehicles to stall during deceleration, most often while slowing to a stop, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Fix: Dealers will inspect the cross-member and either install a side member and drain hose and apply wax to protect from rust, or install a drain hose and an improved front cross-member.

2019 Jeep Cherokee

  • # of Vehicle Recalled: 86,000
  • Problem: The front cross-member may corrode after exposure to road salt, weakening the mounting point for the passenger-side lower control arm, unexpectedly changing the steering alignment and increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Fix: Dealers will reflash the powertrain controller for free.

Contact an Experienced Vehicle Recall Attorney

Drivers have enough to worry about while traversing the roadways on a daily basis. When a person gets behind the wheel of a car, there is a reasonable expectation that the car is going to perform in a matter that would not put the operator’s life in jeopardy. Unfortunately there are hundreds of vehicle recalls each year due to manufacturer defects, from the tires to the ignition switches, that can cause catastrophic injuries and in some cases death. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a defective part in a vehicle, contact Thomas J. Henry.

Our experienced defective vehicle lawyers have handled a multitude of injury claims caused by recalled vehicles. We continue to handle cases involving faulty and dangerous GM ignition switches and Takata airbags. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free legal consultation — our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

120 Sick in in National Ground Beef Recall

120 people have fallen ill across 22 states in connection with an ongoing recall of salmonella-contaminated ground beef.

Details of the Ground Beef Recall

NBC News reports that beef distributed by JBS Tolleson, Inc. of Tolleson, Arizona was sold by several large retailers including Walmart and Sam’s Club. The company recalled 6.5 million pounds of beef products earlier this month when the contamination was discovered.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 33 of the 120 people who have fallen ill were hospitalized with severe infections. Fortunately, no deaths have been reported.

The products were sold under several labels, including Cedar River Farms, Gourmet Burger, Grass Run Farms Natural Beef, JBS Generic, Showcase and Showcase/Walmart. Affected products were sold at retailers including Walmart Stores in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Texas.

Other affected Texas retailers, include:

  • Acacia Food Mart of Houston, Texas
  • Ali Baba International Food Market, Inc. of San Antonio, Texas
  • Bakkal Mart of Richardson, Texas
  • Giza Specialty Foods of Bedford, Texas
  • International Food Market of Austin, Texas
  • Mark Specialty Food LLC of Euless, Texas

Salmonella Symptoms and Statistics

  • According to the CDC, Salmonella causes in one million food borne illnesses every year, resulting in 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths.
  • Common symptoms include:
    • Diarrhea
    • Fever
    • Abdominal cramps
  • Symptoms appear 12 to 72 hours after infection and usually persist for four to seven days.
  • Infections and illness tend to be more serious in young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.

Contact an Experienced Product Liability Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or illness due to a defective or dangerous product, contact Thomas J. Henry. Over two decades of experience handling a multitude of defective product cases and extensive legal and financial resources allow us to provide our clients with truly dynamic legal representation. Thomas J. Henry has a proven track record of achieving real results for clients devastated by recalled products.

Let us help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free case review.

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