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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.

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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.

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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)

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New Federal Standards Issued for Infant Slings Following Injuries, Deaths

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved new standards for infant sling carriers aimed at reducing the number of child injuries and deaths associated with the products. The new standard applies to any infant sling manufactured or imported into the U.S. after January 30th.

What Are the New Federal Guidelines?

While a number of new standards are going into effect, the most important involves permanently attached warning labels and instructions meant to show the proper position of a child in the sling. According to the CPSC, instructions should include an illustrated diagram to prevent confusion and the warning label must include statements about:

  • The suffocation hazards posed by slings and prevention measures.
  • The hazards of children falling out of slings.
  • A reminder for caregivers to check the buckles, snaps, rings and other hardware to make sure no parts are broken.

In terms of manufacturing and durability, the new standard requires sling carriers to:

  • Be able to carry up to three times the manufacturer’s maximum recommended weight.
  • Be more durable to avoid seam separations, fabric tears, breakage, etc.
  • Be able to keep the child being carried from falling out of the sling during normal use.

Why Are the New Standards Necessary?

The new standards were implemented after the CPSC noted an alarming number of deaths and injuries associated with infant sling carriers.

Between January 2003 and September 2016, the CPSC received 159 incident reports involving infant sling carriers. The reports included 17 infant deaths and 67 injuries to infants.

Other Infant Sling Carrier Safety Tips

Before using an infant sling carrier, be sure that you are using the product properly and know hwo to prevent deaths and injuries resulting from a sling carrier. Things to consider include:

  1. Make sure your child’s face is not covered and is visible at all times.
  2. If nursing your child while using a sling, change your baby’s position after feeding so their head is facing up and is clear of the sling and your body.
  3. Conduct frequent checks of your child to make sure nothing in blocking your baby’s nose and mouth and your child’s chin is away from their chest.

Contact an Experienced Child Safety Recall Attorney

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Toyota Recalls 645,000 Vehicles Due to Airbag Defect

Toyota has issued a recall for roughly 645,000 vehicles due to an electrical problem that could prevent airbags from inflating in the event of a collision.

About the Toyota Airbag Recall

According to the Detroit Free Press, the recall covers certain Toyota vehicles produced between May 2015 and March 2016.

According to Toyota, an open electrical circuit could occur over time, setting off an airbag warning light and stopping the side and front airbags from deploying. Dealers will inspect serial numbers on potentially faulty sensors and replace them if necessary. Repairs will be completed at no cost to owners.

Toyota will begin notifying owners by letter in March. Among vehicle models that could be affected are:

  • Toyota Prius
  • Toyota Alphard
  • Toyota Vellfire
  • Toyota Sienta
  • Toyota Noah
  • Toyota Voxy
  • Toyota Esquire
  • Toyota Probox
  • Toyota Succeed
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Toyota Levin
  • Toyota Hilux
  • Lexus RX
  • Lexus NX

What Causes Airbag Failures?

There are many different causes of airbag failure, and unfortunately, airbag defects are usually only detected after an auto accident.

Airbag malfunctions can be caused by:

  • Design defect
  • Faulty wiring
  • Loss of power prior to collision
  • Manufacturing flaw
  • Sensor failure

Common Injuries Caused by Airbag Failure

Injuries caused by a defective airbag include:

  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Neck and spinal cord injuries
  • Hearing loss
  • Blindness
  • Death

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 576 people were killed in automobile crashes where a front airbag did not deploy between 2001 and 2006. Of these victims, 360 would have benefited from frontal airbag protection.

 

Study: Nicotine in E-Cigarettes May Increase Cancer and Heart Disease Risks

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America has concluded that nicotine used in electronic cigarettes may damage DNA in a similar way as smoke from conventional cigarettes, resulting in an increased risk of cancer and heart disease.

About the E-Cigarette Cancer and Heart Disease Study

The study was conducted by researchers from the New York University School of Medicine seeking to understand the potential long-term health effects of e-cigarette use through animal testing.

For their study, researchers exposed mice to e-cigarette smoke (ECS) for 12 weeks at a dose and duration that would be equivalent to light e-cigarette use for 10 years as a human. By the end of their study, the researchers noted that the smoke had caused DNA damage to the mice’s lungs, bladders, and hearts.

The study’s authors say the evidence indicates that nicotine can convert to a carcinogen once it is inside the human body, going against conventional wisdom that nicotine is mostly innocent when compared to other chemicals and toxins used in conventional cigarettes.

The authors of the study hope their research will help drive home the fact that vaping, especially among young people, is not harmless and that healthcare professionals are still working to understand the potential long-term consequences.

U.S. General Surgeon Considers E-Cigarettes and Major Public Health Concern

Currently, about 18 million Americans use e-cigarettes. Surprisingly, high school students make up 16 percent of those users.

While manufacturers have advertised e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to traditional tobacco products, studies examining the long-term consequences of e-cigarette use have been mixed. In 2016, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy designated e-cigarette use by young Americans a “major public health concern,” citing a 900 percent increase in e-cigarette use among high school students.

Contact an Experienced Product Liability Attorney

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Panera Bread Recalls Cream Cheese Products Due to Listeria Concerns

Panera Bread has issued a nationwide recall of its cream cheese products over concerns of possible listeria contamination.

Details of the Panera Bread Recall

According to USA Today, the recall was issued Sunday with the St. Louis-based food chain reporting samples of one variety of two-ounce cream cheese sold a positive result for the presence of listeria. The recall was issued “out of an abundance of caution”, according to Panera Bread.

Panera Bread said the recall applies to all varieties of its two-ounce and eight-ounce cream cheese products. This includes all cream cheese products with an expiration date on or before April 2, 2018.

More specifically, the recall covers:

  • Plain Cream Cheese
  • Reduced-Fat Plain Cream Cheese
  • Reduced-Fat Chive & Onion Cream Cheese
  • Reduced-Fat Honey Walnut Cream Cheese
  • Reduced-Fat Wild Blueberry Cream Cheese

About Lysteria Contamination and Infection

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can result in a serious infection called listeriosis. Infections are especially threatening to children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.

An estimated 1,600 people fall ill to listeriosis each year, resulting in about 260 deaths. Listeriosis can also result in miscarriage and still birth.

Symptoms of listerioris include:

  • High fever
  • Severe headache
  • Stiffness
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea

Contact an Experienced Product Liability Attorney

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280,000 Infant Rattles Recalled for Choking Hazard

Group of child and infant toys including blocks, rattle, and pull toy

VTech has issued a recall for roughly 280,000 infant rattles after determining the items pose a choking hazard.

About the Vtech Infant Rattle Recall

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the ears on the elephant shaped rattles can break off, posing a choking hazard to young children. VTech has received five incident reports concerning the defect.

Parent should take the recalled rattles from their children and keep them out of reach. They can contact VTech to request a full refund or credit for a replacement product.

The recalled rattles were sold at Walmart, Kmart, Meijer, Mills Fleet Farm, Seventh Avenue, and online at Amazon.com and Zulily.com.

Description of the Recalled Infant Rattles

The following information was provided by the CPSC:

  • The recall involves VTech Shake and Sing Elephant Rattles with the model number 80-14800.
  • The rattles have a purple elephant with yellow and blue ears at one end and a black an white plastic teething ring at the other end.
  • The rattles are roughly seven inches long and the number 1848 is printed on the back near the battery door.
  • Recalled units were sold between November 2015 and November 2017 for around $8.
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VTech Recalls 37,000 Mobiles for Injury Hazard

VTech has issued a recall for 37,000 Lights & Lullabies travel mobiles after determining the products may fall, posing an injury hazard to infants in cribs.

About the VTech Mobile Recall

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the clamp which attaches the mobile to the crib rail can break, causing the mobile to fall into the crib and possible on the infant resting in the crib.

So far, VTech has received six reports of the clamps cracking and breaking.

Consumers should stop using the mobiles immediately and contact VTech for a full refund or replacement product.

Description of the Recalled Mobiles

The following information was provided by the CPSC:

  • The recalled VTech Lights & Lullabies mobiles were sold in blue (model number 80-503000) and pink (model number 80-503050).
  • The mobiles have a white and pink or white and blue plastic arm that clamps to the side of cribs.
  • Three star attachments hand from the top of the mobile, and the mobile has a music button that plays music, nature sounds, and nursery rhymes.
  • The mobile measure 5 inches wide by 15.8 inches tall.
  • The mobiles were sold at Kmart, Walmart, and online at Amazon.com and Zully.com between February 2017 and November 2017 for about $25.

Fire Hazard Leads to Recall of 88,000 Hyundai Vehicles

Hyundai has issued a recall for 88,000 Azera and Sonata vehicles after determining that the vehicles are prone to a fire hazard caused by a manufacturing defect.

Details of the Hyundai Fire Recall

According to CNET, water can enter into the vehicles’ anti-lock brake module, causing an electrical short circuit and possibly cause a fire. A fire may even occur when the vehicle is not running.

The planned fix for the short will consist of dealers installing a relay in the vehicles’ main fuse panel which will eliminate the possibility of the ABS module shorting while the vehicles are off. Hyundai will offer the repair at no cost to customers, but it is unclear if this will resolve shorts that occur when the vehicles are on.

Affected owners can expect the recall to begin around February 23.

Vehicles Affected by the Recall

The recall affects the following vehicles:

  • 2006-2011 Hyundai Azeras
  • 2006 Hyundai Sonatas

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.

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