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Tips for Avoiding Salmonella as Current Outbreak Worsens, Spreads to Texas

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a recall for pre-made chicken salad after 65 people reported salmonella infections. A follow-up report suggests the number of infected has nearly tripled to 170, with cases now reported in Texas.

Here are a few things you can do to reduce your risk of salmonella infection.

About the Salmonella Outbreak and Chicken Salad Recall

According to Tech Times, the recall originally affected chicken salad produced by Triple T Specialty Meats, resulting in more than 20,000 pounds of potentially contaminated product being recalled. The recall was relatively limited to the Midwest as the chicken salad was only sold through Fareway grocery stores in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

Unfortunately, the scope of the recall now seems much larger, with cases of salmonella being reported as far away as Texas. Since their original report, 105 more victims have been diagnosed with salmonella, and a total of 62 people have been hospitalized.

Additionally, the number of infected people is expected to increase even further. Customers are urged to throw away any chicken salad from Fareway grocery stores provided that the product was produced between January 2 and February 7. If you cannot tell or have doubts of when your chicken salad was produced, err on the side of caution and dispose of the product.

Quick Tips for Prevention Salmonella Infection

The following information was provided by the CDC:

  • Be sure you cook poultry, ground beef, and eggs thoroughly. Do not eat or drink foods containing raw eggs or unpasteurized milk.
  • Wash your hands, kitchen work surfaces, and utensils with soap and water immediately after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry. Delayed action increases the risk of cross contamination.
  • Be especially careful when preparing around or serving to infants, the elderly, or those with weakened immune systems as they are at increased risk for salmonella infection.
  • Wash hands with soap after handling reptiles, birds, or baby chicks, and after contact with pet feces.

Salmonella Symptoms and Statistics

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

Contact an Experienced Product Liability Attorney

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.

Target Recalls 30,000 Pairs of Kids’ Jeans for Cuts and Lacerations

Target is recalling 30,000 pairs of its Cat & Jacks Girls’ Star Studded Skinny Jeans following reports that metal stars attached to the jeans can detach and pose a laceration hazard.

About the Target Skinny Jeans Recall

According to the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC), there have been six reports of metal stars detaching, five of which involved laceration injuries.

The recalled skinny jeans were sold exclusively through Target in sized 4-18P. Units were distributed between September 2017 and November 2017 for about $18.

Consumers are urged to stop wearing the recalled jeans and return them to any Target for a full refund.

Description of the Recalled Skinny Jeans

The following information was provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC):

  • The recalled Cat & Jack Girls’ Star Studded Skinny Jeans have metal stars on the front bottom portion of each pant leg.
  • “Cat & Jack” and the words “Super Skinny” are printed on the inside of the jeans’ waistband.
  • A hangtag attached to the jeans has one fo the following numbers posted on it:
205-03-1377205-03-1381205-03-1385205-03-1389
205-03-1378205-03-1382205-03-1386205-03-1390
205-03-1379205-03-1383205-03-1387205-03-1391
205-03-1380205-03-1384205-03-1388205-03-1392

 

Hyundai Recalls 155,000 Sonatas Over Airbag Defect

Hyundai has announced a recall for 154,753 of its 2011 Sonata sedans due to an airbag issue that could cause front and side airbags to fail to deploy in the event of a collision.

Details of the Hyundai Sonata Recall

According to CNET, the defect lies with the Sonatas’ airbag control modules. The modules can short-circuit, preventing deployment and stopping seatbelt pretentioners from activating.  Affected Sonatas are from the YF-generation and includes early production model-year vehicles built between Dec. 11, 2009 and Sept. 29, 2010.

Hyundai is currently aware of four incidents involving the defect; however, they did not reveal if these incidents involved crashes or injuries.

A repair has not yet been developed, but documentation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says a recall program will commence in April. The defect will be repaired at no cost to owners.

Common Injuries Caused by Airbag Failures

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.

Other Large Airbag Recalls

Over the past decade, there have been multiple widespread recalls on vehicles containing defective and dangerous airbags.

  • Takata Corp. (2013 – present) — Eleven deaths have been attributed to airbags manufactured by Takata, which are present in 42 million vehicles across 19 different brands
  • Fiat Chrysler (2016) — Several deaths and injuries were linked to a software defect, causing airbag deployment and seatbelt failure
  • GM Chevy Cruze (2014) — Thousands of vehicles were recalled due to a manufacturing flaw that could prevent airbags from deploying in an accident
  • GM SUV (2014) — More than one million GM SUVs were recalled after faulty wiring could keep side airbags from deploying in the event of a collision

Contact an Experienced Airbag Defect Attorney

If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to a defective or faulty airbag, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced vehicle recall lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to provide you with a free case review. If an airbag or vehicle manufacturer’s negligence caused your airbag injury, you may be entitled to recover damages to cover medical costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.

Hyundai Recalls 44,000 Vehicles, Steering Wheels May Detach

Hyundai has issued a recall for nearly 44,000 vehicles after determining the vehicles’ steering wheels may detach from the steering column while the vehicles are being driven, drastically increasing the risks of crash and injury.

Details of the Hyundai Steering Wheel Defect

According to Automotive News, the steering wheel assembly may break, which may result in the steering wheel detaching from the steering column even when the vehicle is in motion.

In a statement, Hyundai acknowledged the issue and traced the defect back to faulty steering wheel assemblies from “a certain suspect production lot from the supplier.” The automaker added that “mold temperature may have increased during the molding process” and caused damage to certain steering wheel assemblies.

Dealers will inspect steering wheel hub assemblies in recalled vehicles and replace the steering wheel assemblies if necessary.

Owners of recalled vehicles will be notified by mail beginning in mid-March.

Vehicles Included in the Hyundai Recall

The recall affects 43,941 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport crossovers.

Included in the recall are 12,574 of the Santa Fe vehicles were produced between June and December in South Korea, 13,749 Santa Fe Sports produced between July and October at Hyundai’s Alabama plant, and 17,618 Santa Fe Sports produced between August and October at Kia’s Georgia plant.

An additional 8,456 vehicles were recalled in Canada.

Contact an Experienced Auto Recall Attorney

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

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

15,000 Pounds of Ground Beef and Pork Products Recalled for E. Coli Concerns

Potential E. coli contamination has led to the recall of roughly 15,000 pounds of raw ground beef and pork products produced by an Oregon-based company.

Details of the Beef and Pork Recall

According to USA Today, the recall was issued after Interstate Meat Distributors notified the U.S. Department of Agriculture of a positive testing. While no adverse reactions have been confirmed, consumers are urged to throw away the products or return them for a refund.

The raw ground beef and pork products were produced and packaged on Feb. 10 and Feb. 12, and were shipped to retail locations in Oregon, Utah, and Washington state.

The products subject to the recall are:

  • 2.25-pound wrapped packages of fresh “ALL NATURAL EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF” containing package code 04118 and with 96% lean and 4% fat on the label.
  • 2.25-pound wrapped packages of fresh “ALL NATURAL GROUND BEEF CHUCK” containing package code 04118 and with 80% lean and 20% fat on the label.
  • 2.25-pound wrapped packages of fresh “GROUND BEEF AND PORK BLEND” containing package code 04118 and with 80% lean and 20% fat on the label.
  • 2.50-pound bag of 10 quarter pound frozen “BROTHERS CHOICE 85% LEAN ANGUS GROUND BEEF PATTIES” containing package code 04318.

What Is E. Coli?

E. coli is a bacteria that can result in serious and fatal infections, especially in young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune symptoms.

According to Food Safety News, E. coli causes an estimated 96,000 illnesses, 3,200 hospitalizations and 31 deaths in the U.S. each year, adding up to $405 million in annual healthcare expenses.

CDC tracked E. coli outbreaks in the 10 years between 2003 and 2012. Between those outbreaks, the agency confirmed 4,930 cases of illness, with 1,274 (26 percent) hospitalizations, 300 (6 percent) cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), and 34 deaths.

Food is the most common source of E. coli, accounting for 65 percent of cases.

The most common food source for E. coli turns out to be beef, which has been implicated in 55 percent of E. coli outbreaks, and breaking those beef sources down even further reveals that ground beef causes 69 percent of related outbreaks.

Double Insight Recalls 104,000 Multicookers for Fire Hazard

Double Insight is recalling 104,000 multicookers due to a defect that can cause the units to overheat and melt on the underside, creating a significant fire hazard.

About the Double Insight Multicooker Recall

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the recall involves Gem 65 8-in-1 multicookers. The product is a multifunctional, programmable cooking appliance which can function as a roaster, baker, stew cooker, slow cooker, and rice cooker.

Double Insight has received 107 reports of units overheating, resulting in at least five instances of property damage.

The units were sold exclusively through Walmart. Consumers should discontinue use of the multicookers and contact Walmart for a free replacement.

Description of the Recalled Multicookers

According to the CPSC:

  • The multicookers were sold between August 2017 and January 2018 for about $80.
  • Affected units will have batchcodes of 1728, 1730, 1731, 1734, or 1746. Batchcodes are printed on the rating label on the underside of the cooker.
  • Instant Pot is printed on the front of the front of the multicookers.

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 a recalled product, call Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys immediately. We represent clients/victims all over the country. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

Graco Recalls Highchairs Sold at Walmart After Child Injuries

Toddler smiling and teething on a toy

Graco has issued a recall for 36,000 children’s highchairs following reports of the chairs tipping over and injuring children.

About the Graco Highchair Recall

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the recall affects Graco Table3Table 6-in-1 highchairs with the model number 1969701. The highchairs were sold exclusively at Walmart.

Graco has received 38 reports of the highchairs’ rear legs pivoting out of position, causing the chairs to tip over. These reports include five reports of injuries to children, including bumps and bruises.

Consumers should stop using the defective highchairs immediately until they have contacted Graco and received a free repair kit.

Description of the Recalled Highchairs

The following information was provided by the CPSC:

  • The recalled highchairs convert into six different modes: reclining infant highchair, traditional highchair, a booster seat, portable booster, toddler chair, and chair and table.
  • The chair’s legs are light grey with dark grey accidents. The highchair’s cushion is white with gold and gray polka dots.
  • The model number is printed on a label located on the underside of the toddler seat and on another label on the back of the booster seat.
  • “Graco” and “Table2Table” are printed on the label on the underside of the toddler seat.
  • Recalled units were sold between October 2016 and December 2017 for roughly $100.

Whirlpool Recalls KitchenAid Electric Kettles for Burn Hazard

Whirlpool has issued a recall for more than 87,500 KitchenAid Electric Kettles following reports of broken handles and burn injuries.

About the KitchenAid Electric Kettle Recall

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the handles on the kettles can loosen and separate, causing hot liquid to spill. So far, Whirlpool has received 79 reports of handles separating in the U.S. and 19 reports of handles separating in Canada.

Reports suggest the defect has resulted in at least four burn injuries.

Consumers are urged to stop using the defective kettles immediately and to contact Whirlpool for a free replacement.

Defective kettles were sold through Bed Bath & Beyond, Dillard’s, Fry’s Electronics, Kitchen Kaboodle, Kohl’s, Navy Exchange, Target, Williams Sonoma, and Amazon.com from September 2013 through February 2018 for about $100 to $120.

About 40,200 units were sold in the United States and 47,300 units were sold in Canada.

Models Included in the KitchenAid Kettle Recall

                    Model Numbers                      Serial Numbers
KEK1722SX (Stainless)YA325***** thru YA724*****
KEK1722ER (Red)YA325***** thru YA724*****
KEK1722OB (Black)YA325***** thru YA724*****
KEK1722WH (White)YA325***** thru YA724*****
KEK1722QG (Liquid Graphite)YA325***** thru YA724*****
KEK1722CS (Cocoa Silver)YA325***** thru YA724*****
RKEK1722SX (Stainless)YA325***** thru YA724*****
RKEK1722ER (Red)YA325***** thru YA724*****
RKEK1722OB (Black)YA325***** thru YA724*****
RKEK1722WH (White)YA325***** thru YA724*****
RKEK1722QG (Liquid)YA325***** thru YA724*****
RKEK1722CS (Cocoa Silver)YA325***** thru YA724*****

 

Texas-Based Food Company Recalls 167 lbs. of Beef

Night Hawk Frozen Foods Inc., a company based in Buda, Texas near Austin, has issued a recall for roughly 167 pounds of frozen beef patty and gravy products due to mislabeling and undeclared allergens.

About the Night Hawk Frozen Beef Recall

According to reports, the recall was issued after the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) determined the product contains milk, a known allergen, but did not list milk on the product label.

The product mislabel puts consumers with a milk allergy at risk of injury or illness. The problem was discovered on February 19 after FSIS officials were notified of two consumer complaints of mislabeled products containing beef patties, mashed potatoes, and cheese.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to eat them. Instead, these products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Description of the Recalled Product

The recall affects heat-treated but not fully cooked frozen beef patty and gravy items were produced on November 8, 2017.

The product was sold in 8.75-ounce board cartons labeled as “”NIGHT HAWK BEEF PATTY ‘N GRAVY, CHARBROILED BEEF PATTY and GRAVY, POTATO ROUNDS and SWEET CORN” with the establishment number “EST. 2117.”

These items were shipped to retail locations in Louisiana and Texas.

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.

 

Toyota Recalls 74,000 Vehicles Over Seat, Software Issues

Toyota issued two separate recalls for its 2017 Tundra and its 2018 Tundra and Sequoia vehicles.

Details of the 2017 Toyota Tundra Recall

The first Tundra recall affects 8,800 pickups which may be equipped with loose second-row seats. The defect poses an increased risk of injury to vehicle occupants in the event of a collision.

It is unclear if the defect has been linked to any accidents or injuries.

As a repair, dealers will tighten the bolts that fasten the seats to the floor. Repairs will be made at no cost to owners.

Details of the 2018 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia Recall

The second recall covers roughly 65,000 2018 Tundras and Sequoias and involves a software glitch that may turn off stability control as well as other systems. Loss of the stability control may result in an increased risk of crash.

Toyota dealers will resolve the issue by updating vehicle software to remove the glitch at no cost to owners.

Notices will begin mailing out recall notifications mid-March.

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.

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