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Fiat Chrysler Issues Recall Notices to 160,000 Pacifica Owners

Fiat Chrysler will begin mailing out recall notices to more than 160,000 Pacifica owners to address a defect that may cause engines to stall, even when the vehicles are in motion.

Details of the Pacifica Minivan Recall

According to recall reports, certain conditions can cause the Pacificas’ engine control module to incorrectly assess the operating status, potentially causing the engine to stall. Drivers who have experienced the defect report having to shut off and restart their vehicles before they are able to resume driving.

Among the complaints filed by Pacifica owners were reports of engine stalls occurring in intersections and on highways. Fiat Chrysler confirmed one accident in connection with the engine stall defect.

Complaints began last year and after dealers and Chrysler engineers failed to pinpoint the problem. In November, the Center for Auto Safety filed a petition calling on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to open a formal investigation into the defect and order a recall.

Recall Comes After a Series of Fiat Chrysler Recall Controversies

The Pacifica recall comes on the heels of two recent controversies involving Fiat Chrysler’s handling of recalls and recalled vehicles.

In 2015, NHTSA ruled that Fiat Chrysler had failed to promptly notify vehicle owners of recalls and delayed initiating repairs of defective models in 23 recalls covering roughly 11 million vehicles. The automaker was fined $105 million.

Fiat Chrysler was the subject of national headlines again last year when actor Anton Yelchin was killed by his Jeep Grand Cherokee which rolled backward down his driveway and crushed him. The vehicle was part of a recall related to defective electronic gearshifts, but it had not been repaired prior to the fatal accident. A wrongful death lawsuit was filed by Yelchin’s family.

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 Antonio, Austin, 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.

Kratom Linked to Dozens of Illnesses from Salmonella

Kratom, a popular botanical drug that was already under fire from U.S. health officials claiming it is an addictive opioid, is now facing scrutiny following a string of salmonella infections.

About the Kratom Salmonella Outbreak

Kratom is a naturally growing herb found in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. Over recent years, kratom has been sold increasingly as a dietary supplement meant to manage pain and boost energy.

Earlier this month, the FDA issued an alert declaring the botanical an opioid after a computer analysis found that nearly all of kratom’s major compounds bind to opioid receptors on the human brain cells and two of the most prevalent compounds activate opioid receptors. The FDA also noted that 44 deaths have been reported in connection with kratom, often in combination with other substances.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now urging Americans to avoid kratom due to the risk of salmonella.

According to CBS News, at least 28 instances of salmonella infection have been recorded across 20 states. 11 people have been hospitalized, although no deaths have been reported. Of the 11 people interviewed in connection with the outbreak, eight had reported consuming kratom in pill, powder, or tea form.

Among other controversies facing kratom is a sharp spike in kratom-related poisonings, with kratom-related calls to poison centers increasing tenfold between 2010 and 2015 from 26 to 263.

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.

 

Britax Sued for Failing to Recall Strollers

 

The popular B.O.B. Jogging Stroller has fallen under scrutiny as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) sues Britax for refusing to recall the strollers for what it considers to be a significant safety hazard.

Almost 100 Injuries Reported with B.O.B. Jogging Stroller

According to WebMD, the defect occurs when the quick release lever on the jogging stroller’s front wheel is not properly secured. Under these conditions, the front wheel can fall off while the stroller is in motion.

Since 2012, roughly 200 people have reported the defect to regulators, with nearly 100 reports concerning injuries to children and adults. Among the injuries reported are:

  • Concussions
  • Head and Face Injuries
  • Bruises
  • Broken Bones
  • Torn Ligaments
  • Hip Injuries

Still, Britax has refused to recall the strollers saying the issue is not a mechanical defect but one of parents not following instructions for safe use.

In their complaint, the CPSC is calling on Britax to cease distribution on 17 B.O.B. stroller models and to offer a remedy to consumers which may include a repair, replacement, or refund.

Lawsuits by the CPSC are especially rare with the last such action being filed in 2012. That lawsuit dealt with high-powered Zen Magnets which could attract through the intestinal wall if swallowed, resulting in tissue injury, sepsis, and potentially death.

Britax Stroller Models Cited by the CPSC in the Lawsuit

Among the stroller models named in the CPSC’s lawsuit are:

  • Ironman
  • Ironman Duallie
  • Revolution
  • Revolution CE
  • Revolution Flex
  • Revolution Flex Duallie
  • Revolution Pro
  • Revolution Pro Duallie
  • Revolution SE
  • Revolution SE Demo
  • Revolution SE Duallie
  • Revolution SE Duallie Plus
  • Revolution SE Plus
  • Sport Utility Stroller
  • Stroller Strides
  • Stroller Strides Duallie
  • SUS Duallie

Contact an Experienced Stroller Recall Attorney

If your child has suffered an injur due to a defective Britax stroller, 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.

 

 

Fiat Chrysler Issues Recall for Nearly 230,000 Trucks, Faulty Shifters

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to recall roughly 228,500 trucks sold in the United States, Canada, and Mexico to repair faulty shifters.

About the Fiat Chrysler Shifter Recall

According to Reuters, the brake transmission shift interlock (BTSI) equipped in the vehicles may overheat. This can cause the shifter to be repositioned without brake-pedal application even when the key is not in the ignition.

If, for example, the defect were to occur when the vehicle was in the park position, the vehicle could begin moving inadvertently, posing a roll away hazard and increasing the risk of crash and injury.

The company said it is unaware of any injuries or accidents and that the recall is limited to vehicles equipped with gear-shifters on their steering columns.

Fiat Chrysler previously said it would recall 1.8 million in December to fix a defective part that could allow the driver to shift out of park without depressing the brake pedal.

Vehicles Included in the Fiat Chrysler Shifter Recall

The following vehicles models are affected by the Fiat Chrysler:

  • 2017-2018 Dodge Ram 1500
  • 2017-2018 Dodge Ram 2500
  • 2017-2018 Dodge Ram 3500
  • 2017-2018 Dodge Ram 3500 Chassis Cab
  • 2017-2018 Dodge Ram 4500 Chassis Cab
  • 2017-2018 Dodge Ram 5500 Chassis Cab

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 Antonio, Austin, 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.

Nearly 10,000 Lexus Vehicles Recalled for Fire Risk

Lexus has issued a national recall for 9,900 vehicles after determining the vehicles are at an increased risk of catching fire.

Details of the Lexus Fire Recall

According to Consumer Reports, the vehicles are equipped with faulty fuel pumps that can become damaged of time. The damage can lead to a fuel leak and increase the risk of fire.

Lexus dealers will replace the fuel pumps in affected vehicles with improved ones. Repairs will be made at no cost to customers.

Affected owners will be notified via first class mail beginning in April.

Models Included in the Lexus Fuel Pump Recall

The recall affects certain vehicles from the following model years:

  • 2015-2018 Lexus RC F
  • 2016-2018 Lexus GS F
  • 2018 Lexus LC 500

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.

 

Toyota Recalls 21,700 Vehicles for Defective Fuel Lines

Toyota has issued a recall for 21,700 vehicles after determining a defect leaves the vehicles are prone to fuel leaks and engine fires.

About the Toyota Fuel Leak Recall

Consumer Reports states that the Toyota recall is limited to certain 2018 Toyota Camry sedans.

Recall documents suggest the fuel pipes and fuel hoses in the vehicles were not properly connected during assembly, possibly resulting in fuel leaking into the vehicles’ engine compartments. Such a leak creates an increased risk of fire.

Toyota announced that dealers with inspect the fuel pipes and hoses and will conduct any necessary repairs at no cost to customers.

Owners of affected vehicles can expect to be notified beginning n early April.

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.

 

Lawsuit Filed in Harley-Davidson Recall

Harley-Davidson Co. has been named in a lawsuit following a recall concerning defective brakes. In the lawsuit, an Austin resident alleges a brake failure caused him lose control of his motorcycle and crash.

Details of the Harley-Davidson Brake Failure

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, John Alexander Gifford was riding home from work in 2016 when the brakes on his Harley-Davidson Night Rod motorcycle failed to engage. As a result of the failure, he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into trees near the road.

Gifford has undergone at least 11 surgeries as a result of the accident. He is now suing Harley-Davidson for his injuries.

Citing issues with anti-lock brakes, Harley-Davidson recalled more than 251,000 motorcycles worldwide, with nearly 175,000 of those recalls occurring in the United States.

Vehicles Affected by the Harley-Davidson Brake Recall

Motorcycles Included in the Harley-Davidson Brake Recall

The recall may include the following 2008-2011 Harley-Davidson motorcycles:

  • All years
    • Road King (FLHR)
    • Road King Police (EFI) (FLHP)
    • Road King Police (EFI) (FLHPE)
    • Electra Glide Standard Police (EFI) (FLHTP)
    • Electra Glide Classic (EFI) (FLHTC)
    • Electra Glide Ultra Classic (EFI) (FLHTCU)
    • Street Glide (EFI) (FLHX)
  • 2008
    • VROD (VRSCAWA)
    • CVO Road King 4 (FLHRSE4)
    • Night Rod (VRSCDA)
    • CVO Ultra Classic 3 (FLHTCUSE3)
    • Night Rod Special (VRSCDXA)
  • 2008-2010
    • Road King Classic (EFI) (FLHRC)
  • 2008-2009
    • Road Glide (EFI) (FLTR)
    • Electra Glide Standard (EFI) (FLHT)
  • 2009-2010
    • V-Rod (VRSCAW)
  • 2009
    • CVO Ultra Classic (FLHTCUSE4)
    • CVO Road Glide 3 (FLTRSE3)
  • 2009-2011
    • Night Rod Special (VRSCDX)
    • V-Rod Muscle (VRSCF)
  • 2010
    • CVO Ultra Classic 5 (FLHTCUSE5)
    • CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE)
  • 2010-2011
    • Electra Glide Ultra Limited (FLHTK)
    • Road Glide Custom (FLTRX)
  • 2011
    • Road Glide Ultra 103 (FLTRU103)
    • Street Glide 103 (FLHX103)
    • Road King Classic 103 (FLHRC103)
    • CVO Ultra Classic 6 (FLHTCUSE6)
    • CVO Road Glide Ultra (FLTRUSE)
    • Road Glide Custom 103 (FLTRX103)
    • CVO Street Glide 2 (FLHXSE2)

Contact an Experienced Motorcycle 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 Injury Attorneys immediately. We represent clients/victims all over the country. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

 

35,000 Ford and Mazda Pickups Added to Takata “Do Not Drive List”

Ford and Mazda are adding more than 35,000 pickup trucks to a list of vehicles that should not be driven because they are equipped with defective Takata airbag inflators that are at a high risk of exploding upon deployment.

About the Ford and Mazda “Do Not Drive” Order

According to U.S. News, the warning includes 33,428 Ford Rangers and 1,955 Mazda B-Series pickups from the 2006 model year. The warning was issued after testing by Ford revealed the trucks were equipped with Takata airbags that were especially prone to high internal pressure readings ruptures.

All affected vehicles were sold in the U.S. market, and both companies said dealers will tow affected vehicles to service bays and replace the faulty inflators at no cost to owners. The companies will also provide loaner vehicles to owners while repairs are being made.

This announcement expands upon a previous “Do Not Drive” warning that was issued last month following the death of a West Virginia man. The previous announcement was limited to roughly 2,900 2006 Ford Rangers.

Affected Ford Rangers were produced in 2005.

Regulators Consider Issuing More “Do Not Drive” Orders

In a statement released the same day as the Ford/Mazda “Do Not Drive” announcement, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that additional vehicles are being scrutinized to see if they should receive similar treatment. As part of that initiative, NHTSA is calling on Ford, Mazda, and Takata to conduct additional testing on inflators that were built outside of the 2005 production range “to ensure that other vehicles do not need to be included.”

The regulatory agency also called on all Ranger and B-Series owners to work with dealers to get their vehicles repaired as soon as possible, regardless if they are part of the “Do Not Drive” list.

So far, defective Takata airbag inflators have been linked to at least 22 deaths and more than 180 injuries. 69 million inflators have been recalled in the U.S., and more than 100 million inflators have been recalled worldwide.

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 Injury Attorneys immediately. We represent clients/victims all over the country. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

 

4,000 Pounds of Soup Recalled for Fear of Botulism

Guymon Extracts has recalled roughly 4,200 pounds of pork soup after a mistake during processing left the soup vulnerable to spore-forming bacteria, including the bacteria responsible for botulism.

About the Guymon Extracts Soup Recall

According to the Miami Herald, the recall affects soup distributed to seven states, including California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Texas, and Washington.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has designated the recall as a Class 1 recall, meaning the recall involves “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

Along with the botulism bacteria, recall documents listed Clostridium perfingens among possible contaminates According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Clostridium perfingens is responsible for one million foodborne illnesses every year.

The product, “Pork Soup with Rendered Pork Fat (from bone)”, was sold in 2.2-pound bags with a best-by date of December 22, 2019. Affected product will have a product code of 61306 and the lot code 010218-1.

What Is Botulism?

Botulism is a serious and potentially fatal food poisoning often linked to improperly sterilized canned meats and other preserved foods. Upon infection, the toxin attacks the body’s nerves and can cause difficulty breathing, muscle paralysis, and death.

Symptoms of botulism usually start with weakness of the muscles that control the eyes, face, mouth, and throat. This weakness may spread to the neck, arms, torso, and legs. Botulism also can weaken the muscles involved in breathing, which can lead to difficulty breathing and even death.

If you display symptoms of botulism, whether you suspect you have eaten contaminated food or not, it is essential that you see your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately.

Contact an Experienced Product Liability 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 drugs and/or products.

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

 

Harley-Davidson Recalls 175,000 Motorcycles for Brake Failure

Harley-Davidson has decided to recall 175,000 motorcycles at risk of brake failure following pressure from U.S. safety regulators.

About the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Recall

According to FOX 6 News, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating the issue in July 2016 after receiving 43 complaints involving brake failures in Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Three of the reports involved crashes and at least two resulted in injury.

The recall covers more than 30 Harley-Davidson models from the 2008 through 2011 model years. Recall documents say deposits can form on brake parts if brake fluid isn’t changed every two years. The deposits can then cause a valve in the anti-lock brake control unit to stick.

Reports indicate that Harley-Davidson wanted to issue a field service campaign in place of a recall; however, the government refused. Dealers will being flushing and replacing brake fluid in affected vehicles beginning February 12.

Motorcycles Included in the Harley-Davidson Brake Recall

The recall may include the following 2008-2011 Harley-Davidson motorcycles:

  • All years
    • Road King (FLHR)
    • Road King Police (EFI) (FLHP)
    • Road King Police (EFI) (FLHPE)
    • Electra Glide Standard Police (EFI) (FLHTP)
    • Electra Glide Classic (EFI) (FLHTC)
    • Electra Glide Ultra Classic (EFI) (FLHTCU)
    • Street Glide (EFI) (FLHX)
  • 2008
    • VROD (VRSCAWA)
    • CVO Road King 4 (FLHRSE4)
    • Night Rod (VRSCDA)
    • CVO Ultra Classic 3 (FLHTCUSE3)
    • Night Rod Special (VRSCDXA)
  • 2008-2010
    • Road King Classic (EFI) (FLHRC)
  • 2008-2009
    • Road Glide (EFI) (FLTR)
    • Electra Glide Standard (EFI) (FLHT)
  • 2009-2010
    • V-Rod (VRSCAW)
  • 2009
    • CVO Ultra Classic (FLHTCUSE4)
    • CVO Road Glide 3 (FLTRSE3)
  • 2009-2011
    • Night Rod Special (VRSCDX)
    • V-Rod Muscle (VRSCF)
  • 2010
    • CVO Ultra Classic 5 (FLHTCUSE5)
    • CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE)
  • 2010-2011
    • Electra Glide Ultra Limited (FLHTK)
    • Road Glide Custom (FLTRX)
  • 2011
    • Road Glide Ultra 103 (FLTRU103)
    • Street Glide 103 (FLHX103)
    • Road King Classic 103 (FLHRC103)
    • CVO Ultra Classic 6 (FLHTCUSE6)
    • CVO Road Glide Ultra (FLTRUSE)
    • Road Glide Custom 103 (FLTRX103)
    • CVO Street Glide 2 (FLHXSE2)

Contact an Experienced Motorcycle 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 Injury Attorneys immediately. We represent clients/victims all over the country. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

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