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Child Danger Alert- Tide Detergent Pods

Proctor and Gamble is changing the lids on their Tide Pods single dose laundry detergent packages after several reports of children becoming ill as a result of ingesting the colorful detergent packages.

“Poison centers are reporting a recent uptick in calls about exposures of children to laundry detergents packaged in small, single-dose packets. Some young children and toddlers who swallow these small packets have become very ill and have required hospitalization,” American Association of Poison Control Centers.

The Dangers of Single Dose Detergent Pods

Tide Pods, which hit the market this year, deliver a laundry-load dose of detergent in one packet. They come in a fishbowl-like container, and reportedly resemble candy to some young children. Several news outlets are reporting that Proctor and Gamble, the manufacturers of Tide Pods, have decided to put a double latch on the lids of Tide Pods containers to keep children from opening the containers and ingesting the packets inside.

Child Poisoning Incidents

The following single dose laundry detergent poisoning incidents were reported to the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

  • Ten minutes after a 20-month-old swallowed a laundry detergent packet, the child developed profuse vomiting, wheezing and gasping and then became unresponsive to even painful stimuli.
  • A 15-month-old who bit into a pack and swallowed a mouthful had profuse vomiting and, after arrival at a hospital, had to be put on a ventilator for airway protection.
  • A 17-month-old bit into a packet and then rapidly developed drowsiness, vomited, breathed the product into the lungs, and had to be put on a ventilator.
Additional Information for Parents
  • Tide pods are single dose packages of detergent; they are blue, orange and white.
  • Large tide pods are packaged in a clear fish bowl-like container, while traditional tide pods are packaged in resalable bags.
  • Individuals most at risk for detergent poisoning are children. Parents/Caregivers should make it harder for children to reach washing detergents by placing them high up and out of reach.
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2013 Chevrolet Malibu Recall- Airbag Issues

General Motors is recalling 4,304 2013 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured from October 24, 2011 through March 31, 2012 due to various airbag issues which could increase the chance of personal injury in an auto accident.

About the Chevrolet Malibu Recall

General Motors is recalling certain 2013 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles due to an electrical system issue, more specifically a software issue, which could cause the airbags not to deploy.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) could reset itself after a hard breaking event occurs. If this occurs during a strong turn and a potential vehicle rollover event is sensed then the roof rail airbag could deploy unintentionally. Additionally, the airbags and/or seatbelt pretensioners may not deploy during a severe crash. These consequences could increase the risk of personal injury.

Information for Chevy Malibu Owners

  • General Motors will notify the affected owners and dealers will replace the SDM free of charge.
  • This safety recall is expected to begin on June 1, 2012.
  • General Motor’s safety recall campaign number is 12102.
  • Affected owners may contact the NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go online at http://www.safercar.gov.
Contact an Experienced Auto Recall Attorney

Thomas J. Henry are leaders in the area of product liability litigation. Our Defective Drug and Products Division have 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 are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

Pool Slides Recalled- 1 Death Reported

Walmart and Toys R Us have issued an immediate nationwide recall on Banzai in-ground pool water slides because they can deflate, causing the user to hit the ground underneath the slide. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recall release, the slide is also unstable and can topple over in both still and windy conditions and carries inadequate warnings and instructions.

Death and Serious Injuries Reported

  • So far, 21,000 pool slides have been recalled due to reports of death and severe neck injuries.
  • A 29-year-old woman died after fracturing her neck going down a Banzai in-ground pool water slide which had partially deflated.
  • In similar incidents, a 24-year-old man became a quadriplegic and another woman, age unknown, fractured her neck.

Slide Recall Information

Information below provided by the US CPSC.

  • The recall involves Banzai in-ground pool water slides designed for use with in-ground pools.
  • The vinyl slides have a blue base, yellow sliding mat and an arch going over the top of the slide.
  • By connecting a hose to the top of the slide, water can be sprayed on its downward slope.
  • The words ‘Banzai Splash’ are printed in a circular blue, orange and white logo, shaped like a wave on either side of the slide.
  • The slides were sold at Wal-Mart and Toys R Us nationwide from January 2005-June 2009 for $250.
Contact an Experienced Product Liability Attorney

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Your choice does matter. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries because of a recalled product, call Thomas J. Henry immediately. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

27,000 LED Night Lights Recalled

American Tack & Hardware Co. is recalling 227,000 LED night lights due to an electrical short circuit which can cause the lights to overheat and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice, the company has received 25 reports of the night lights smoking, burning, melting, and charring.

LED Night Light Product Information

  • Night lights involved in the recall were sold under the following model names: Amerelle, Amertac, and Everyday Basics.
  • All recalled night lights have model numbers 71190 or 71190A.
  • Night lights were sold at hardware stores, home centers, and lighting showrooms from March 2009 through October 2010 for about $6.

Contact an Experienced Product Liability Attorney

Thomas J. Henry 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 a recalled product, call Thomas J. Henry immediately. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

Adjustable Ottoman Beds Recalled

JN Bailey and Associates Inc. is recalling 800 Adjustable Ottoman Beds due to fall hazards. The beds were sold in Improvements and Skymall catalogs during 2011.

Ottoman Bed Recall- Five Incidents Reported

According to the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC), when the ottoman is converted into a bed and weight is put on it, it can collapse. This poses a fall hazard to consumers. Improvements Catalog is aware of five reports of the bed collapsing, including two reports of injuries.

Description of Adjustable Ottoman Bed

  • The Adjustable Ottoman Bed sits on coasters and has a folding metal frame and high-density polyfoam mattress.
  • The ottoman opens out and can be converted into a twin-sized bed.
  • The Adjustable Ottomans Beds were sold in Improvements and Skymall catalogs and online at Improvementscatolog.com and Skymall.com from May 2011 to August 2011.
Contact an Experienced Product Liability Attorney

Thomas J. Henry 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 a recalled product, call Thomas J. Henry immediately. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

Device Makers Defend Transvaginal Mesh

Several medical device makers are standing by their transvaginal mesh products despite FDA warnings, independent panel findings, and consumer reports of severe complications associated with the transvaginal placement of mesh products.

“Boston Scientific believes that mesh products are a valuable option for surgeons who treat women with pelvic floor disorders and stress urinary incontinence and that these products offer a safe and effective alternative to non-mesh treatment options,” official statement from Boston Scientific.

What the Device Makers are Saying

Boston Scientific- Keep transvaginal mesh in the class II status of medical devices.

  • “We believe that the current 510(k) requirements for Class II devices are appropriate for surgical mesh devices intended to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence,” Boston Scientific.

Cook Medical- Consider the materials used in the devices before making rulings for all transvaginal mesh.

  • “Important differences exist between non-absorbable synthetic mesh products and non-crosslinked biologic grafts,” Cook Medical.

Johnson & Johnson and Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings- More safety studies and labeling changes could help.

  • “[Transvaginal mesh is] not the optimal solution for everyone but it will be for some,” Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit.

About Transvaginal Mesh

Transvaginal mesh and transvaginal mesh patches are woven mesh implants that stretch across the vaginal wall to support damaged tissue or prolapsed organs. The surgical mesh implant, which is made of woven mesh fibers, is used to treat both Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) in women.

In the last three years, the Food and Drug Administration has received thousands of reports of complications stemming from the transvaginal placement of surgical mesh. Complications include:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Vaginal scarring
  • Urinary problems
  • Erosion through the vagina
  • Recurrence of prolapse and/or incontinence
  • Bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation during insertion
  • Dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse)
  • Narrowing of the vaginal wall (in POP repair)
  • Decrease in patient quality of life due to discomfort and pain
Experienced Defective Medical Device Attorney

Thomas J. Henry are leaders in the area of drug and product liability litigation. Our Defective Drug and Products Division have extensive knowledge and resources in order to represent our clients efficiently and aggressively. The Defective Drug and Products Division represent a multitude of people who are battling against manufacturers of medical devices and/ or defective pharmaceuticals.

If you or a loved one have been injured by or have developed serious side effects from the use of transvaginal mesh or transvaginal mesh patches, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

Victory Motorcycles Recall- Backrest Failure

Polaris Industries Inc. has recalled certain Victory motorcycles because of safety issues regarding the passenger backrest. According to the recall notice, the backrest can separate from the motorcycle while it is in use, posing a fall risk to passengers. The company received two confirmed reports of injuries to passengers as a direct result of this defect.

Affected Models:

  • 2006-2011 Victory Kingpin Touring, double backrest seat (part number 2876641-01)
  • 2004-2011 Victory Jackpot Touring with backrest seat (part number 2875961-01)
  • Manufactured from January 1, 2004- May 1, 2011

About the Recall

According to Motorcycle.com, affected seats were “produced with a stress riser in the bend area of the support which may weaken and separate due to metal fatigue or overloading.” Victory will notify dealers and owners and replace the part for free. The recall is scheduled to begin at the end of August.

Contact an Experienced Product Recall Attorney

Thomas J. Henry 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 food, medical devices and defective pharmaceuticals.

Your choice does matter. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries because of any defective drugs and/or products, call the Thomas J. Henry immediately. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

2012 Volvo S60 Recalled

Volvo has issued a recall of 7,558 S60 models due to faulty software in the fuel pump unit. The luxury sedan, released in the 2012 model year, has been in production since 2000.

About the Recall

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Volvo has issued a recall of the model S60 manufactured from November 18, 2010 through May 5, 2011. The recall was issued because “the software used for the fuel pump unit may not be compatible with all fuel pumps and components.” This can cause insufficient fuel transfer and lead to engine stalling even when there is a sufficient amount of gasoline in the tank. According to the NHTSA, this could increase chances of an accident.

For Volvo S60 Owners

Customers owning an affected vehicle will be notified by Volvo. The recall is staged to begin in mid to late June, with Volvo dealerships handling the upgrades to the engine control module software at no cost to the customer.

Experienced Product Liability Attorneys

Thomas J. Henry are leaders in the area of product liability litigation. Our Defective Products Division has extensive knowledge and resources in order to represent our clients efficiently and aggressively. The Defective Products Division represents a multitude of people who are battling against manufacturers of defective devices and equipment.

If you or a loved one have been injured by a defective device or product, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

Botox Lawsuit – Allergan to Pay $212 million

Allergan Ordered to Pay Virginia Man $212 million in Botox Lawsuit

Botox-manufacturer, Allergan Inc. was ordered to pay $12 million in compensatory damages and $200 million in punitive damages to a Virginia man who claimed the drug was the cause of his severe disability.

The U.S. District Court in Richmond, Va., awarded 67 year old, Douglas Ray the largest penalty ever in a Botox injury case.

In 2007, Douglas Ray was injected with Botox to treat tremors in his hand. Ray became sick with a rash and fever, which quickly led to severe brain damage. According to his wife, he requires round-the-clock care and speaks very few words.

Allegations against Allergan

Ray’s lawyer, Ray Chester alleged Botox was administered to the patient for off-label usage and Allergan did not properly warn his doctor about the risks of using the drug.

Usage of Botox for off-label use is not something new. Botox is primarily used as a wrinkle-reducer but doctors have prescribed Botox for treating conditions such as muscle spasms, chronic migraines and cerebral palsy.

“The use of Botox on both cosmetic and medical purposes is only approved for very narrow uses by the FDA, but Allergan has promoted it to doctors all over the country for uses other than wrinkles,” Chester said.

Caroline Van Hove, Allergan spokeswoman said the company has followed all guidelines and may appeal the decision. “The verdict…is inconsistent with Allergen’s past and current actions to properly warn physicians and patients about the potential risks of Botox,” she said.

This is not the first time the Botox manufacturer has had to pay penalties. In September of 2010, the federal government ordered Allergan to pay $600 million to settle civil and criminal allegations against the drug manufacturer for illegally marketing Botox for other uses.

Contact an Experienced Product Recall Attorney

Thomas J. Henry 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 food, medical devices and defective pharmaceuticals.

Your choice does matter. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries because of any defective drugs and/or products, call the Thomas J. Henry immediately. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

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