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Volkswagen Atlas Recalled For Airbag Malfunction

Volkswagen has announced a recall for 9,685 of its 2018 Atlas SUVs over a potential airbag issue.

Details of the Volkswagen Airbag Recall

According to the automaker, a leak from an air conditioning tube may trigger airbags to deploy unintentionally. The issue is caused by an improperly installed air-conditioning drain tube that can leak excess condensation from the air conditioning system onto an airbag control module, which is the computer chip that determines when airbags should be deployed, instead of draining outside the vehicle. Volkswagen says that if the airbag control module gets wet, the vehicle’s airbags could deploy unintentionally.

According to Volkswagen, it has received one report of curtain airbags deploying “without cause” on June 14, 2018.

The twisted tube may also leak water into the passenger compartment, and drivers of affected vehicles may notice warning signs such as a foul odor or a wet carpet inside the vehicle. Warning lights, including those for the airbags, may be illuminated on the dashboard, Volkswagen said.

The Atlas has had seven other recalls, and it is in its first model year. Other recalls address concerns with the airbags, brakes, car seat anchors, and fuel tank.

Volkswagen chose not to respond to a request for comments.

VW dealers will inspect the drain tube. If it is twisted, dealers will replace both the hose and the airbag control module at no charge to owners. Owners affected by the recall can contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen’s number for this recall is 87F9.

Vehicles Included in the Volkswagen Airbag Recall

Make:Model:Year:
VolkswagenAtlas2018

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 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 Tea Caused Teen’s Brain Damage, Lawsuit Alleges

A mother has filed a lawsuit against Mad Hatter’s Ethnobotanical Tea Bar, along with two other Pinellas County businesses, claiming that her 19-year-old daughter’s psychotic episode and brain damage was caused by consuming kratom tea over a four-year period.

Details of the Kratom Lawsuit

According to Mary Tabar, her daughter Brette was a frequent customer for 4 years at 3 Pinellas County bars serving kratom tea. In March, Brette Tabar “suffered psychotic episodes and hallucinations so severe that she was confined pursuant” to the Baker Act, the lawsuit says.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Mary Tabar has decided to sue Bula on the Beach, Bula Kafe and Mad Hatter’s Ethnobotanical Tea Bar for negligence. She is claiming that her daughter suffered frontal lobe damage to her brain after regularly consuming the herbal remedy, which originates from Southeast Asia.

“Our complaint lays out our allegations pretty clearly. The complaint stems from the sale of this dangerous product, kratom,” said Tabar’s lawyer. “It is a dangerous product that has certainly caused injury to people, and it has certainly caused injury to our client.”

About Kratom

Kratom tea leaves have been as a natural medication for years in Southeast Asia. The leaves are dried and crushed, and consumers usually take it in a pill form or brew it into tea.

It gained popularity in tea bars for its opioid-like effects, which can either act as a stimulant or a mild euphoric depending on the dosage, according to the FDA. It is used most commonly as an herbal treatment for anxiety or pain.

Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency have attempted to place regulations on the plant. According to the FDA, they have linked kratom to 44 deaths in the United States over a 9-year period. However, proponents like the American Kratom Agency state that the substance is harmless, and will only produce dangerous side-effects when mixed with other drugs.

Tabar’s attorney said a physician treating Brette Tabar saw a correlation between the brain damage and kratom, but he chose not to elaborate on the details or comment on her current condition, citing pending litigation. In the complaint, the attorney said the bars failed to warn Tabar of dangerous side-effects, making them liable for “bodily injury and resulting pain and suffering, aggravation of a pre-existing condition, mental anguish, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life, past and future medical and nursing care expenses and treatment” and other damages.

Tabar’s attorney would not disclose whether or not Brette had any pre-existing conditions or if she was taking any medication at the time of her episodes.

However, Levi Love, owner of Mad Hatter’s, said this is the first time he’s ever heard of someone suing a tea bar for brain damage. He said the Tampa Bay area’s growing tea scene is close-knit, and that he’s never heard of anything like the side effects described in the lawsuit. He also claims his bartenders always explain the tea to customers and help guide their experience, making sure to warn those taking medication not to try the drink.

“I think it’s completely unfounded. Being around people who drink kratom and use it regularly, I’ve never seen these symptoms or heard of them,” Love said. “Never a psychotic episode and certainly not hallucinating or brain damage.”

Love is also not convinced that Tabar was as frequent a user as her family claims. While Carpenter said he would characterize her as a regular customer, Love claims he does not know her, which is uncommon for his customers.

Based on information provided by her lawyers, Love said Brette Tabar would have been 15 when she became a regular at the bars. He claims that this is impossible, as his bars have a strictly enforced 18-and-over policy.

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CDC Updates Recall of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal

There are now thirty more reports of illness after eating Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal, which was originally recalled in June over salmonella concerns.

Details of the Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Recall

According to USA Today, reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that the total number of cases for the recall has now reached 130.

On Tuesday, the CDC released an update that advised retailers to immediately stop sales of any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal, and the health agency also told consumers not to buy or eat the cereal. This recall reemphasizes a CDC advisory released in July.

The new reports of illness occurred in 19 states, including Delaware, Maine, and Minnesota, which were not on the CDC’s last recall. A total of 36 states have been affected, and full list from the CDC can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/mbandaka-06-18/map.html

Salmonella infection can cause serious illness, including fatal infections, fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, especially for young, frail, or elderly people, according to the CDC. While healthy individuals typically recover within 4 to 7 days of treatment, individuals with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk for illness and death.

According to the CDC, reported illnesses linked to Honey Smacks date back to March, and affected children less than a year old to those as old as 95. More than 30 people have been hospitalized after eating the cereal. No deaths have been reported.

Tips for Preventing Salmonella Infection

The CDC released the following safety tips to prevent salmonella poisoning in addition to avoiding recalled food items:

  • Cook poultry, ground beef, and eggs thoroughly. Do not eat or drink foods containing raw eggs, or raw (unpasteurized) milk.
  • If you are served undercooked meat, poultry or eggs in a restaurant, don’t hesitate to send it back to the kitchen for further cooking.
  • Wash hands, kitchen work surfaces, and utensils with soap and water immediately after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry.
  • Be particularly careful with foods prepared for infants, the elderly, and the immunocompromised.
  • Wash hands with soap after handling reptiles, birds, or baby chicks, and after contact with pet feces.
  • Avoid direct or even indirect contact between reptiles (turtles, iguanas, other lizards, snakes) and infants or immunocompromised persons.
  • Don’t work with raw poultry or meat, and an infant (e.g., feed, change diaper) at the same time.
  • Mother’s milk is the safest food for young infants. Breastfeeding prevents salmonellosis and many other health problems.

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166,000 Nissan Vehicles Recalled For Ignition Switch Issue

Nissan has announced a recall of about 166,000 vehicles in North America due to a problem with the ignition switch that can cause the vehicle to shut off while driving.

Details of the Nissan Recall

According to reports, on certain vehicles equipped with a mechanical key ignition system, a spring in the ignition switch could wear and break, allowing the ignition key to inadvertently move from the “on” position to the “accessory” (ACC) position while driving. If this happens, the engine could shut off, increasing the risk for crashes, and the airbag system could also lose power, leaving the driver unprotected in the event of a crash.

Transport Canada has not disclosed any information regarding crashes, injuries, or fatalities associated with the problem. Nissan’s statement for the U.S. market said it is not aware of any incidents caused by the issue.

The automaker urges all drivers affected by this recall to remove all objects, such as additional keys or keychains, from the ignition key ring in order to lessen their chances of experiencing these problems.

Vehicles Included in the Recall

The recall includes about 153,000 vehicles in the United States and 13,000 in Canada. The following vehicles are affected:

United States:

  • 2017 & 2018 Juke
  • 2017 & 2018 Frontier
  • 2017 & 2018 Sentra
  • 2017 & 2018 Versa
  • 2017 & 2018 Versa Note
  • 2017 & 2018 Mirca
  • 2017 & 2018 NV
  • 2017 & 2018 NV200
  • 2017 & 2018 Taxi

Canada:

  • 2017 & 2018 Frontier
  • 2017 & 2018 Micra
  • 2017 & 2018 Versa Note
  • 2017 Sentra
  • 2017 NV200
  • 2017 NV1500
  • 2017 NV2500
  • 2017 NV3500

Nissan says that drivers will be notified in September. To fix the issue, dealers will inspect the lot number of the ignition switches and replace it with a new one if necessary.

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 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.

Takata Airbags May Explode When Exposed to Extreme Heat

Tens of millions of cars with Takata airbags are being recalled. Takata airbags face a chance of exploding during a collision under extreme heat and humidity warned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

These exploding airbags have caused injuries and death.

Details of the New Takata Airbag Warning

According to the NHTSA, there are 50 million defective Takata airbags in 37 million U.S. vehicles. Many of them are in states such as Texas and California, where years of hot, humid weather can cause a chemical propellant in many Takata airbags to explode, sending shrapnel into vehicle passengers.

Airbags are also at risk for exploding in states including Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina due to the chronic heat and humidity.

There is a database on the NHTSA website detailing the vehicles affected by the Takata recall. Car owners can type in their identification number to see if it has been recalled. However, the NHTSA cautioned that more cars are going to be recalled, bringing the total number of recalled cars to almost 70 million by December 2019.

This is not the first time Takata airbags have had issues. In the U.S. and Japan last year, Takata filed for bankruptcy-court protection after facing tens of billions of dollars in costs and liabilities resulting from almost a decade of recalls and lawsuits. The Japanese company was later bought for $1.6 billion by Key Safety Systems.

180 injuries and 20 deaths have been linked to Takata airbag explosions. Automakers such as Ford, Nissan, Toyota and Mazda have paid out hundreds of millions of dollars to settle consumer loss claims. The recall, the largest in U.S. history, affects vehicles from 19 automakers.

Vehicles Affected by the Takata Airbag Recall

  • Acura
    • 2003 Acura 3.2CL
    • 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL
    • 2013-2016 Acura ILX
    • 2013-2014 Acura ILX Hybrid
    • 2003-2006 Acura MDX
    • 2007-2016 Acura RDX
    • 2005-2012 Acura RL
    • 2009-2014 Acura TL
    • 2009-2014 Acura TSX
    • 2010-2013 Acura ZDX
  • Audi
    • 2006-2013 Audi A3
    • 2005-2008 Audi A4 Avant
    • 2006-2009 Audi A4 Cabriolet
    • 2005-2008 Audi A4 Sedan
    • 2010-2011 Audi A5 Cabriolet
    • 2003-2011 Audi A6 Avant
    • 2005-2011 Audi A6 Sedan
    • 2009-2012 Audi Q5
    • 2017 Audi R8
    • 2008 Audi RS 4 Cabriolet
    • 2007-2008 Audi RS 4 Sedan
    • 2005-2008 Audi S4 Avant
    • 2007-2009 Audi S4 Cabriolet
    • 2005-2008 Audi S4 Sedan
    • 2010-2012 Audi S5 Cabriolet
    • 2007-2011 Audi S6 Sedan
    • 2016-2017 Audi TT
  • BMW
    • 2008-2013 BMW 1 Series
    • 2000-2013 BMW 3 Series
    • 2002-2003 BMW 5 Series
    • 2011-2015 BMW X1
    • 2007-2010 BMW X3
    • 2003-2013 BMW X5
    • 2008-2014 BMW X6
    • 2010-2011 BMW X6 Hybrid
  • Cadillac
    • 2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade
    • 2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade ESV
    • 2007-2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT
  • Chevrolet
    • 2007-2013 Chevrolet Avalanche
    • 2007-2014 Chevrolet Silverado HD
    • 2007-2013 Chevrolet Silverado LD
    • 2007-2014 Chevrolet Suburban
    • 2007-2014 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Chrysler
    • 2005-2015 Chrysler 300
    • 2007-2009 Chrysler Aspen
    • 2007-2008 Chrysler Crossfire
  • Daimler Trucks North America (Sterling Bullet)
    • 2008-2009 Sterling Bullet
  • Daimler Vans USA LLC (Sprinter)
    • 2007-2009 Dodge Sprinter
    • 2007-2017 Freightliner Sprinter
    • 2010-2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
  • Dodge/Ram
    • 2008-2014 Dodge Challenger
    • 2006-2015 Dodge Charger
    • 2005-2011 Dodge Dakota
    • 2004-2009 Dodge Durango
    • 2005-2008 Dodge Magnum
    • 2003-2008 Dodge Ram 1500/2500/3500 Pickup
    • 2005-2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Pickup
    • 2007-2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Cab Chassis
    • 2006-2009 Dodge Ram 3500 Pickup
    • 2008-2010 Dodge Ram 4500/5500 Cab Chassis
  • Ferrari
    • 2010-2015 Ferrari 458 Italia
    • 2014-2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale
    • 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A
    • 2012-2015 Ferrari 458 Spider
    • 2016-2017 Ferrari 488 GTB
    • 2016-2017 Ferrari 488 Spider
    • 2009-2014 Ferrari California
    • 2015-2017 Ferrari California T
    • 2013-2017 Ferrari F12
    • 2016-2017 Ferrari F12 tdf
    • 2016 Ferrari F60
    • 2012-2016 Ferrari FF
    • 2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso
  • Fisker
    • 2012 Fisker Karma
  • Ford
    • 2007-2010 Ford Edge
    • 2006-2012 Ford Fusion
    • 2005-2006 Ford GT
    • 2005-2014 Ford Mustang
    • 2004-2011 Ford Ranger
  • GMC
    • 2007-2014 GMC Sierra HD
    • 2007-2013 GMC Sierra LD
    • 2007-2014 GMC Yukon
    • 2007-2014 GMC Yukon XL
  • Honda
    • 2001-2012 Honda Accord
    • 2001-2011 Honda Civic
    • 2003-2011 Honda Civic Hybrid
    • 2001-2011 Honda Civic NGV
    • 2010-2015 Honda Crosstour
    • 2002-2011 Honda CR-V
    • 2011-2015 Honda CR-Z
    • 2003-2011 Honda Element
    • 2010-2014 Honda FCX Clarity
    • 2007-2013 Honda Fit
    • 2013-2014 Honda Fit EV
    • 2010-2014 Honda Insight
    • 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
    • 2003-2015 Honda Pilot
    • 2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline
  • Infiniti
    • 2003-2008 Infiniti FX
    • 2001 Infiniti I30
    • 2002-2004 Infiniti I35
    • 2006-2010 Infiniti M
    • 2002-2003 Infiniti QX4
  • Jaguar
    • 2009-2015 Jaguar XF
  • Jeep
    • 2007-2016 Jeep Wrangler
  • Land Rover
    • 2007-2012 Land Rover Range Rover
  • Lexus
    • 2007-2012 Lexus ES350
    • 2010-2017 Lexus GX460
    • 2006-2013 Lexus IS250/350
    • 2010-2015 Lexus IS250C/350C
    • 2008-2014 Lexus IS F
    • 2012 Lexus LFA
    • 2002-2010 Lexus SC430
  • Lincoln
    • 2007-2010 Lincoln MKX
    • 2006-2012 Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ
  • Mazda
    • 2004-2009 Mazda B-Series
    • 2007-2012 Mazda CX-7
    • 2007-2015 Mazda CX-9
    • 2003-2011 Mazda6
    • 2006-2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed6
    • 2004-2006 Mazda MPV
    • 2004-2011 Mazda RX-8
  • McLaren
    • 2016-2017 McLaren 570
    • 2015-2016 McLaren 650S
    • 2016 McLaren 675LT
    • 2012-2014 McLaren MP4-12C
    • 2011-2015 McLaren P1
  • Mercedes-Benz
    • 2005-2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    • 2010-2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    • 2011-2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabrio
    • 2010-2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
    • 2009-2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
    • 2010-2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
    • 2009-2010 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class
    • 2009-2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class
    • 2007-2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
    • 2011-2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class
  • Mercury
    • 2006-2011 Mercury Milan
  • Mitsubishi
    • 2012-2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
    • 2004-2007 Mitsubishi Lancer
    • 2004-2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
    • 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
    • 2006-2009 Mitsubishi Raider
  • Nissan
    • 2001-2003 Nissan Maxima
    • 2002-2004 Nissan Pathfinder
    • 2002-2006 Nissan Sentra
    • 2007-2012 Nissan Versa
  • Pontiac
    • 2003-2010 Pontiac Vibe
  • Saab
    • 2005-2006 Saab 9-2x
    • 2006-2011 Saab 9-3
    • 2006-2009 Saab 9-5
  • Saturn
    • 2008-2009 Saturn Astra
  • Scion
    • 2008-2015 Scion XB
  • Subaru
    • 2003-2006 Subaru Baja
    • 2009-2013 Subaru Forester
    • 2004-2011 Subaru Impreza (Including WRX/STI)
    • 2003-2014 Subaru Legacy
    • 2003-2014 Subaru Outback
    • 2006-2014 Subaru Tribeca
    • 2012-2014 Subaru WRX/STI
  • Tesla
    • 2012-2016 Tesla Model S
  • Toyota
    • 2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner
    • 2003-2013 Toyota Corolla
    • 2003-2008 Toyota Corolla Matrix
    • 2009-2013 Toyota Matrix
    • 2004-2005 Toyota Rav4
    • 2002-2006 Toyota Sequoia
    • 2011-2014 Toyota Sienna
    • 2003-2006 Toyota Tundra
    • 2006-2011 Toyota Yaris (Hatch Back)
    • 2007-2012 Toyota Yaris (Sedan)
  • Volkswagen
    • 2009-2017 Volkswagen CC
    • 2010-2014 Volkswagen Eos
    • 2010-2014 Volkswagen Golf
    • 2013 Volkswagen Golf R
    • 2009-2013 Volkswagen GTI
    • 2012-2014 Volkswagen Passat
    • 2006-2010 Volkswagen Passat Sedan
    • 2006-2010 Volkswagen Passat Wagon

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King Bio Recalls 32 Medications for Microbial Contamination

King Bio announces a voluntary recall of 32 children’s medicines, according to reports.

Details of the King Bio Recall

On Wednesday, King Bio released the recall, stating that microbial contamination could result in life-threatening infections to some people that continue to use the medicines.

The company says that the products, which were produced between August 1, 2017 and April 2018, have tested positive for microbial contamination. The recall was issued as a precautionary measure, even though the company describes the number of products affected as a “small percentage”.

King Bio is sending letters to customers and distributors of the medications to arrange for their replacement. King Bio can also be contacted by email at recall@kingbio.com for returns or further concerns.

Medications in the Recall

The recalled products are listed below. All of them come in 2-ounce bottles unless otherwise noted, and the SafeCare RX brand, which is only used by medical professionals, is labeled SCRX.

  • DK Attention & Learning Enh.
  • Chicken Pox Symptom Relief
  • Children’s Appetite & Weight
  • Children’s Appetite Enhance
  • Children’s Cough Relief
  • Children’s Fever Reliever
  • Children’s Growth & Development
  • DK Newborn Tonic
  • DK Nosebleed Relief
  • TonsilPlex
  • Children’s Ear Relief Formula
  • DK Teething
  • DK Colic Relief
  • Tummy Aches
  • Kids Multi-Strain Flu Relief
  • Kids Stress & Anxiety
  • Kids Sleep Aid
  • Kids Bed Wetting (NP)
  • Kids Candida 4 oz
  • Kids Attention & Learning (SCRX)
  • Bed Wetting Prevention (SCRX)
  • Chicken Pox Symptom Relief (SCRX)
  • Children’s Cough (SCRX)
  • Children’s Ear Formula (SCRX)
  • Children’s Fever Reliever (SCRX)
  • Children’s Growth & Development (SCRX)
  • Colic Relief (SCRX)
  • Newborn Tonic (SCRX)
  • Teething (SCRX)
  • Tummy Aches (SCRX)
  • Children’s Appetite & Weight (SCRX)
  • Children’s Appetite Enhancer (SCRX)

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If you or a loved one have been injured by or have developed serious side-effects from the use of recalled medications or pharmaceuticals, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. We represent clients/victims all over the country. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

 

Confer Plastics Recalls Pool Steps For Entrapment & Drowning Risk

Confer Plastics announces a recall on its Pool Step Systems due to concerns of entrapment and drowning hazards.

Details of the Pool Steps Recall

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the pool steps were recalled because a child’s limbs could become entrapped in the side openings of the step systems, posing a drowning hazard.

Confer Plastics has received two reports in which children’s arms were caught in the side panel openings of the steps, which resulted in minor abrasions. No drownings have been reported.

Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the recalled systems. They can contact Confer Plastics for a free repair kit, which includes additional panels that will prevent entrapment as well as instructions for installation.

If consumers have additional questions or concerns, Confer Plastics can be contacted at 800-635-3213 from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at www.conferplastics.com by clicking on “Curve Recall”.

Models Included in the Recall

This recall involves three models of in-pool step systems with curved steps for in-ground and aboveground pools. The steps and handrails are made of gray and beige plastic.  The manufacturing/date code is located on the side walls of each step.

The following models are included in the recall:

ModelProduct DescriptionManufacturing/Date Code Range
#CCX-AGConfer Curve base (staircase) 4-step for aboveground poolAll 2013-2018
#CCX-IGConfer Curve base (staircase) 3-step for in-ground poolAll 2013-2018
#CCX-ADDCurve add-on unit for either in-ground or aboveground stairsAll 2013-2018

The pool step systems were sold by the following retailers from January 2013 to July 2018 for between $200 and $400:

  • Champion Pool Distributors
  • Cinderella
  • EMSCO Distributors
  • Leisure Living
  • Leslie’s
  • Superior Pool Products
  • Water Warehouse

Contact an Experienced Product Liability Attorney

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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.

Vornado Air Recalls Space Heaters, 1 Death Reported

Vornado Air has re-announced a recall for electric space headers following a consumer’s death.

About the Vornado Space Heater Recall

On August 22, 2018 Vornado Air recalled their product VH 101 Personal Vortex electric space heater due. The space heaters have shown to overheat when in use, which poses the risk of fire and burns.

There have been 19 reported incidents of the heaters catching fire. In December 2017, and 90 year-old man in Chanhassen, Minnesota died as a result of a fire involving the heater.

Description of the Recalled Space Heater

The space heaters are sold in the following colors: black, coral orange, grayed jade, cinnamon, fig, ice white and red. The heaters measure about 7.2 inches long by 7.8 inches wide by 7.10 inches high and have two heat settings (low and high) and a fan only/no heat setting. “Vornado” with a “V” behind it is printed on the front of the unit. The model/type “VH101,” serial number and ETL mark are printed on a silver rating label on the bottom of the unit.

The heaters are sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Menards, Orchard Supply, Target and other stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Target.com, Vornado.com and other websites from August 2009 through March 2018 for about $30.

To remedy the situation, customers should immediately stop using the product and contact Vornado about how to receive a full refund, or to receive a replacement space heater.

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Cheerios and Quaker Oats Found to Contain Weed Killer Chemical Roundup

Chemicals from Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup has been found in Cheerios and similar products.

Details of the Roundup Contamination

On Wednesday, the Environmental Working Group released the results of a test it conducted on popular oat-based products to determine whether the herbicide glyphosate, the active chemical in the weed killer Roundup. The oat-based products include brands such as Lucky Charms, Cheerios, Kind Bars, Nature Valley Bars and more. At high levels, the active ingredient glyphosate has been linked to cancer.

Earlier this week, a jury in San Francisco awarded a groundskeeper who worked with Roundup for two years and became terminally ill with non-Hodgkin lymphoma $289 million in damages from Monsanto. Over 4,000 other lawsuits against the agrochemical company are impending.

The test by the EWG involved 45 samples of conventionally grown oats, and 16 samples of organically grown oats. The testing of the conventionally grown oats found that 43 of the 45 samples contained glyphosate. 31 of those samples had glyphosate levels that were above the benchmark set by the EWG at 160 parts per billion. On the other hand, only five of the organic samples contained glyphosate, and none contained more than 160 ppb.

Each product contained different levels of glyphosate, with Quaker Old Fashioned Oats ranking at the top with 1,000 ppb. The Cheerios samples ranged from 470ppb to 530ppb, while two Lucky Charms samples tested at 400ppb and 230ppb.

Nature Valley products also tested, in most cases, above the benchmark set by EWG. The company’s Granola Oats n’ Honey had 220ppb and 170ppb in its two tests. Another product, Crunchy Granola Bars, Oats n’ Honey tested at 340ppb and 120ppb.

Company Reply and Possible Alternatives for Concerned Consumers

The company replied to the results in statement saying “We proudly stand by the safety and quality of our Quaker products, Quaker does not add glyphosate during any part of the milling process. Glyphosate is commonly used by farmers across the industry who apply it pre-harvest.” In addition, the company says the reported levels of glyphosate “are significantly below any regulatory limits.”

The healthiest options appear to be organic, many of which did not contain the chemical at all including Simple Truth Organic Oatmeal, and Kashi’s Heart to Heart Organic Honey Toasted cereal. A healthy option for a granola bar is Cascadian Farm Organic Harvest Berry.

Although the World Health Organization and California state scientists have linked Roundup to cancer, it is the most used pesticide in the U.S. It is often sprayed before harvest, causing it to cling the crops and linger in the food.

Even more concerning, the EWG says that glyphosate poses an even greater risk for children, who intake about 230 times the 160ppb benchmark. Children between the ages of one and two have a much greater exposure the chemical.

Contact an Experienced Food 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 Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free case review.

NHTSA Investigating Seat Belt-Related Fires in Ford F-150s

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) office of defects has opened an investigation following the complaints of five owners due to an alleged defect in Ford F-150 seat belt pretensioners.

About the Ford F-150 Seat Belt Investigation

According to the NHTSA, the owners claimed that fires started in the trucks’ B pillars following crashes that caused the vehicles’ seat belt pretensioners to be activated. Three of the trucks were totaled by the fires, but the other two self-extinguished, according to the Vehicle Owner Questionnaires submitted to the ODI.

Pretensioners lock seat belts in place during a crash. Pyrotechnic pretensioners, which must be replaced after they are activated just like airbags, use small explosions to tighten loose seat belts to protect passengers during crashes in addition to locking the belts in place. Not all pretensioners use pyrotechnics; others types use mechanical or electrical locking mechanisms.

The seat belt pretensioners in the trucks were manufactured by either ZF TRW or Takata. Ford’s F-series trucks 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.

If the ODI determines a recall is necessary due to a defect in the pretensioners, the number of vehicles would likely grow quickly to include other automakers that use pretensioners from the same manufacturers.

No fatalities or injuries were reported following the five complaints.

Trucks Included in Fords Supercrew Investigation

The Ford F-150 trucks involved in the reports and that are being recalled are the 2015-2018 Supercrew pickup trucks.

NHTSA estimated there are approximately 1,425,000 trucks with Supercrew-style cabs from those model years in the U.S.

Consumers can see if their vehicle is part of the recall by entering their VIN into NHTSA’s recall checker.

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.

 

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