Mazda Recalls 109,000 SUVs to Fix Corrosion Issues

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Mazda is recalling 109,000 of its Tribute SUVs to fix possible corrosion issues in the vehicles’ suspension, which can lead to loss of steering. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the recall affects Mazda Tribute SUVs from the 2001-2004 model year and only those sold or currently registered in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The vehicles are being recalled due to corrosion on a piece of the front suspension, also known as the lower control arm. More

Report Shows Millions of Recalled Cars Were Sold Online in 2013

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Auto RecallsNew research has found that about 3.5 million cars that were recalled for various safety issues were listed for sale online in 2013.

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, although 70 percent of people respond to defective auto safety recalls, millions of drivers still ignore them. They also have no problem putting them up for sale online.

Of course, this comes at a time when the number of problems relating to auto recalls is mounting.

Last week, the U.S. Justice Department following a criminal inquiry ordered More

New Report Shows Only 10% of Recalled Children’s Products are Returned or Repaired

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babyA new report, released by safety advocacy group Kids in Danger (KID), states that child product safety recalls have a dismal record of 10 percent.

According to a USA Today report, it typically takes 13 reports of design flaws and at least two injuries to recall defective products.

Most parents do not hear or learn about product recalls until years after they occur or until their own children get injured. More

Listeria Death in California Leads to Cheese Recall

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Roos Foods has recalled 16 varieties of cheese after some of its brands were linked to food poisoning cases including one death in California. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the cheeses said to be contaminated with listeria bacteria were produced by Roos Foods of Kenton, Delaware, and are linked to a listeria outbreak. The recalled products include the company’s Mexicana, Amigo, Santa Rosa De Lima, Suyapa, La Chapina and La Purisima Crema Nica brands.

Officials say there was one death linked to the listeria outbreak in California and seven illnesses in Maryland. Five of the illnesses, including two mother-newborn pairs and a newborn, were related to pregnancy. Also seven of the eight patients were hospitalized and all illnesses were reported between Aug. 1 and Nov. 27. The products were distributed in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. A full list of brand names and varieties can be found on the Food and Drug Administration’s website. More

Nestle Recalls Hot Pockets as Part of Massive Meat Recall

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Nestle USA is recalling 238,000 cases of its Hot Pockets pastries because they may contain meat included in a massive recall of nearly 9 million pounds of potentially diseased and unsound beef products. According to an NBC News report, three different sizes of Philly Steak and Cheese Hot Pockets and Hot Pockets Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese products in the two-pack box are part of the voluntary recall announced this week. Nestle officials say the firm used meat produced by California-based Rancho Feeding Corp. Last week, the plant recalled 8.7 million pounds of beef parts including whole carcasses and heads, feet, livers and so-called “mountain oysters” among other items. More

New Toyota Prius Vehicles Recalled Due to Software Glitch

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airbag recallToyota Motor Corporation is recalling all of the 1.9 million newest-generation Prius hybrid vehicles worldwide because of a programming error that would cause their gas-electric hybrid systems to shut down. According to a report in The New York Times, roughly half of the recalled Prius vehicles are in Japan while 713,000 are in North America and 130,000 are in Europe. Company officials say they are unaware of any accidents or injuries relating to this problem.

The Japanese automaker said problems in software settings on the newest Prius generation, which first went on sale in 2009, could stress and damage transistors. This could set off warning lights and prompt the vehicle to power down as part of a fail-safe mode. In some cases, the hybrid system might shut down as the vehicle is being driven result in loss of power and the vehicle coming to a stop. Owners will need to take the vehicle to a dealer to fix the problem. More

Federal Safety Agency Says 22 Million Vehicles Were Recalled in 2013

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airbag recallThe U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is out with its list of the top 10 recalled vehicles in 2013 and Toyota has topped the list for the second year in a row. According to a news report in The New York Times, cars and trucks from Toyota and its Lexus brand were among the almost 22 million vehicles recalled last year in 632 actions. In 2012, 16.4 million vehicles were recalled in 581 actions. The recall numbers in 2013 are the highest since 2004, when recalled vehicles hit 30.8 million.

 Top 10 Carmakers Who Recalled Vehicles

Toyota’s recalls included about 1.6 million vehicles involved in two recalls for airbags that could deploy suddenly. In one case electronic interference was blamed and in another, spider webs blocking drain holes. Second on the list was Chrysler with 4.7 million vehicles recalled in 36 actions. More

FDA Warns about Defective Philips Defibrillators that May Fail in Emergency

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a fresh warning to consumers about some models of HeartStart automated external defibrillators (AED) may not work during a cardiac emergency. According to a CBS news report, about 700,000 of the medical devices, manufactured by Philips Medical Systems, had been recalled in 2012, but people may still have the faulty models in their possession. The FDA is urging consumers to inspect and monitor the capabilities of these AEDs and also know how to use them during an emergency, particularly when there are no other available options.

The Philips AEDs first got FDA approval in 2004. The AEDs that are being recalled were manufactured and distributed between 2005 and 2012 under the names HeartStart FRx, HeartStart HS1 Home, and HeartStart HS1 OnSite. These devices were recalled in 2012 because an internal electrical component was malfunctioning, causing the machine not to give a shock.

Why an AED is Life Saving

The federal safety agency is also advising that you keep the recalled HeartStart AEDs in service until you obtain a replacement from Philips or another AED manufacturer. The AED’s function is to analyze heart rhythm and deliver an electric shock, which can restart the heartbeat of those who go into cardiac arrest. In 2013 alone, about 359,400 people will have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, the American Heart Association estimates. If you still own one of these devices, contact Philips Healthcare for a replacement AED unit. In North America, call 1-800-263-3342 for more information.

Defective Medical Devices

When an AED fails to work as it is supposed to, it may become difficult or impossible to resuscitate someone whose heart has stopped functioning. Anyone who has been affected by a defective medical device can file a product liability claim against the manufacturer of the defective product. In cases where a person has died, his or her family can file a wrongful death claim against the product manufacturer. Victims or families of deceased victims would be well advised to contact an experienced product liability lawyer who will ensure that the negligent manufacturers are held liable. The best product defect law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.

FDA Issues Warning on Medtronic Devices

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Federal health officials have issued a defective product recall for about 15,000 Medtronic guide wires used in heart procedures. According to a USA Today news report, the recall was issued after Medtronic received four serious complaints. Officials say that the defects are severe enough to cause injury or death. The guide wires involved in this recall are inserted through an artery and are used to guide other devices into place, such as stents to hold open blocked arteries.

Potential for Serious Injury or Death

In one complaint involving this device, a patient went into cardiac arrest but was resuscitated. The recall notice warned hospitals and distributors worldwide that the coating on the guide wires could break off, which could increase the possibility of blocking a blood vessel. The coating on the wires is meant to make them slide through the blood vessels more easily. The FDA has classified this as a Class I recall, a category reserved for defective products with the potential to cause serious injury or death.

Medtronic, which is based in Minneapolis, said the recall affected certain lots of the products manufactured since April. The company said it has taken steps to prevent new shipment of the wires and has notified regulators globally. Any problems with the defective medical devices can be reported by calling 1-877-526-7890 or to the FDA’s web site at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/HowToReport/default.htm.

Defective Medical Devices

Flaws in medical devices may occur due to manufacturing defects, defective design or defective marketing. If you have been injured or have suffered a loss as the result of a defective medical device, a number of parties may be held liable. The manufacturing company, a testing lab, a medical sales representative, medical clinic or doctor, may all be potentially liable parties in a product liability lawsuit involving a faulty medical device.

If you have been injured as a result of using a faulty medical device, an experienced product liability attorney can help you prove that the device was faulty and caused your injuries. All product manufacturers have a legal obligation to consumers to manufacturer products that are safe and of good quality. When they fail to do so, they can and should be held accountable. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, pain and suffering and emotional distress.

Chrysler Recalls 1.2 Million Trucks for Steering Defects

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Chrysler Group LLC has said it will conduct three auto defect recalls, which affect nearly 1.2 million pickup trucks that have a potentially faulty steering. According to a Detroit News report, the recall campaigns are targeting an estimated 453,000 vehicles with steering-system tie rods that may have been misaligned during assembly or steering-system service. One recall will inspect an estimated 842,400 model-year 2003-2008 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks to find approximately 116,000 repaired with tie-rod assemblies that could become misaligned. This defect could lead to component fracture and steering loss.

Vehicles Involved in the Recall

Two other campaigns are being conducted to identify trucks known to have tie-rod assemblies linked to previous recalls. Vehicles included in these campaigns are: 294,000 model-year 2008-2012 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups, chassis cabs and 2008 Ram 1500 4×4 Mega Cabs; plus 43,500 model-year 2008-2012 Ram 4500 and 5500 4×4 chassis cabs. So far Chrysler Group is aware of six accidents and two injuries involving model-year 2008 to 2012 2500 and 3500 trucks. When the recall begins, Chrysler will notify owners with instructions for making service appointments. A majority of the affected vehicles — about 968,000 — are in the United States and 157,000 are in Canada.

Dangerous Defects

There is no question that this is a dangerous defect that has the potential for serious injuries and fatalities. When the driver loses control of the steering, he or she may find it extremely difficult to regain control of the vehicle. In addition to causing injuries to the vehicle’s occupants, these types of defects could also harm passersby such as bicyclists or pedestrians.

If you have been injured as the result of dangerous or defective auto, it is important that you preserve the vehicle for a thorough inspection by a qualified expert. Although you may be tempted to repair your vehicle, that is not a good idea. In an auto product liability case, the vehicle is the most important piece of evidence. An experienced auto product liability lawyer will be able to advise injured victims or their families regarding their legal rights and options.

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