Defective Razor ATV Vehicles Recalled

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Razor USA has issued a recall of about 30,000 Dirt Quad Electric Power Ride-On Vehicles for a defective control module on it’s throttle, which can fail and cause this off-road all-terrain vehicle to unexpectedly accelerate forward. Such a failure poses a risk of serious injury to the ATV user or a bystander, according to a Sept. 25 article on the watchdog Web site, Consumeraffairs.com. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has also issued an alert about this defective all-terrain vehicle.

Razor USA, which is based in Cerritos, California, has received 60 reports of these vehicles unexpectedly surging forward. Two of these reports involved injuries. This particular recall involves Razor Dirt Quad electrically powered ride-on vehicles. The product ID numbers included in the recall begin with 103110-01 or 103110-02. These numbers are located on the bar code attached to the right step of the vehicle, on the charger and on the retail packaging. Product ID numbers beginning with 103110-03 or later are reportedly not included in this recall. These defective ATVs, which were manufactured in China, were sold by authorized dealers all over the United States between August 2006 and September 2007 for about $400.
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Defective Tires Likely Caused South Carolina Learjet Plane Crash

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Federal investigators are saying that a blown tire may have caused the Learjet chartered plane crash in South Carolina. The plane crash victims included four Southern California residents and two celebrity musicians – former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker and disc jockey DJ AM aka Adam Goldstein. The celebrity musicians were the only survivors of the crash, suffering serious burns. According to a Sept. 22 article in The Orange County Register, those who died in the crash were Sara Lemmon, 31, of Anaheim Hills; James Bland, 52, of Carlsbad; Chris Baker, 29; and Charles Still, 25. The musicians who suffered severe burns are expected to survive and recover.

Investigators for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the cockpit crew reported the tire blowout to the air traffic controller. A recording obtained by investigators also indicates what seemed to be a tire blowout. According to air traffic controllers at Columbia Metropolitan Airport in South Carolina, they saw sparks fly from the Learjet. NTSB investigators say pieces of tire recovered from the runway indicated that Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. manufactured the tires for Learjet. The jet, headed for Van Nuys, is owned by Global Exec Aviation.
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Defective Saturn Vue Crossovers Recalled By GM

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General Motors is recalling 42,408 of its 2008 and 2009 Saturn Vue crossovers because the power steering fluid in these vehicles could leak onto the exhaust system causing hazardous vehicle fires. According to an article on Consumeraffairs.com, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that some of these vehicles have a condition in which “the nut securing the power steering line to the power steering pump may loosen.”

As a result of the nut loosening, the fluid could leak from the power steering system and come in contact with hot exhaust components. This condition increases the likelihood of an engine compartment fire, which could result in injuries or fatalaties, NHTSA officials warn.
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600,000 Defective Simplicity Cribs Recalled

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Last week, retailers and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled about 600,000 Simplicity drop-side cribs because of an entrapment and suffocation hazard, Consumeraffairs.com reported. This alert is the latest in a series of safety warnings and recalls that have to do with Simplicity baby furniture, especially cribs and bassinets.

Apparently, the drop side in these defective cribs can come off of the tracks creating a dangerous gap where infants can get trapped, suffocate and die, according to this CPSC alert. Large retail outlets such as Wal-Mart have been pulling Simplicity bassinets off of their shelves after they were said to be responsible for the deaths of two infants. With the drop-side cribs, there have reportedly been at least nine incidents where the drop side detached, but so far there have been no reports of injuries or death.
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Defective Soccer Goal Netting Causes Toddler’s Death

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More than 190,000 folding soccer nets sold under the brand names MacGregor and Mitre are being recalled after a 20-month-old boy fell through the mesh of the netting and was strangled to death by the cords. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has so far received two reports of head entanglement in the netting and that’s including the toddler who died. According to the CPSC alert, the openings in the netting are too large and pose a danger to young children.

CPSC officials say the nylon mesh nets have 5-inch spaces between them instead of 4-inch spaces. The recalled goals with these product defects have a foldable white frame with a white net that is attached by Velcro strips. The MacGregor soccer goal reportedly has model number 97236 printed on the assembly instructions and UPC code number 029807972365 printed on the net’s packaging. The Mitre soccer goal has model number 89186 printed on the assembly instructions and UPC code number 029807891864 printed on the net’s packaging. Nets manufactured after April 2007 with 4-inch by 4-inch square openings are not included in the recall. These nets were sold at Wal-Mart, Ace Hardware and sports and toy stores across the country from May 2002 through May 2008 for $26.
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Defective Simplicity Bassinets Recall Expanded

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A number of top retailers stopped selling defective Simplicity bassinets that had recently led to the death of at least two infants in Kansas and Missouri. This week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued another safety alert stating that bassinet models with the Graco logo and other models with Winnie the Pooh motifs were also included in the 900,000 defective bassinets that were part of a CPSC-issued alert. Graco also issued a notice on its Web site warning consumers about 17 Simplicity-made bassinet models that carry the Graco logo because of a past licensing agreement with Simplicity.

This action by Graco is the latest development in this product safety issue that has put Simplicity out of business. The company refused to issue a voluntary recall even after the product defects were pointed out. So CPSC issued a safety alert on Aug. 28 asking parents to stop using the 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 convertible Simplicity bassinets. Large retailers such as Wal-Mart and Babies ‘R’ Us also pulled these Simplicity bassinets off of their shelves.
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Seatbelt Failure In SUV Rollover Accident

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Last week, our firm filed an auto product liability and wrongful death lawsuit against Suzuki Motor Corporation on behalf of our client, Steven Bardonner and his minor children. Andrea Bardonner, Steven’s wife, died after the Grand Vitara sport utility vehicle she was in rolled over causing her seatbelt to fail. We are representing Bardonner and his two minor daughters who suffered serious, permanent injuries in this fatal Suzuki Grand Vitara rollover accident.

Andrea Bardonner and her daughters, Nichelle and Makayla, were traveling on Highway 16 near Alberta, Canada when the driver lost control. The Vitara rolled over and Bardonner was ejected through the vehicle’s window after her seatbelt failed and died on the scene. Both her daughters suffered severe injuries. According to the court documents filed in Orange County Superior Court, the Vitara had insufficient lateral and roll stability that caused it to overturn. The Bardonners are seeking unspecified monetary damages to compensate for medical expenses, loss of past earnings and future earning capacity, funeral and burial expenses, wrongful death, pain and suffering.
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Defective Cribs: Products of Weak Federal Durability Standards

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In the last three years, more than 1.5 million full-sized cribs have been recalled for a variety of product defects. A majority of them have been recalled because of failures of the hardware or of the wooden slats and spindles, according to this Consumer Reports article. These are serious product defects, which can result in strangulation, entrapment and fall hazards. These defects reportedly contribute to more than 11,000 serious crib and mattress-related injuries every year and about 32 deaths each year in children under 5 years of age.

Cribs account for more deaths than any other children’s products and about 25 percent of crib-related deaths were a direct result of broken or missing components. The article says that the problem here may be with the safety standards. While ASTM International, a standard-setting organization, requires durability testing for crib mattress supports and side rails, there is no such mandate for spindles, slats or drop-side hardware that can wear out and fail as a result of repeated use.
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California Meat Producer Sued by Boy Scout for E. Coli Infection

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A Boy Scout has filed a lawsuit against Southern California-based meat producer, S & S Foods, alleging that their E. Coli-tainted hamburger meat made him sick while attending Boy Scout camp in Goshen, Virginia. According to a news report by WDBJ-TV, the lawsuit was filed on behalf of the boy, Zachary Yost, by his mother Devon Drew Sept. 5 in the Circuit Court of Rockbridge County.

Nearly 85 people were infected with a highly toxic strain of E. Coli in August 2008 during their stay at the Boy Scout camp. The outbreak was attributed to hamburger meat made and distributed by Azusa-based S & S Foods. Zachary was at the camp July20-26. He reportedly ate the contaminated meat while staying at the camp and on July 26, experienced all the classic symptoms of E. Coli poisoning – cramping, bloody diarrhea, and nausea. He tested positive for E. Coli 0157:H7, the same strain that the hamburger meat also tested positive for. S & S eventually recalled 150,000 pounds of their hamburger meat.
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Nine Product Manufacturers Fined For Failing To Comply With Safety Standards

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has ordered nine manufacturers – including three in California — to pay more than $350,000 in civil penalties. According to this Aug. 6 CPSC news release, the fines will basically settle allegations that these companies knowingly failed to report their product defects to the federal agency.

Of these firms, the California based– Cobmex Inc. of Lakewood, Rebelette International Trading Corp. of South El Monte and Siegfried & Parzival Inc. of City of Industry — manufactured hooded sweatshirts, jackets or sweaters sold with drawstrings at the hood and neck, which posed a strangulation hazard that can cause death to children. The firms eventually recalled these defective children products.

In 1996 the CPSC drafted drawstring guidelines in children’s wear to help prevent choking or strangulation after a young girl in Florida died when the drawstrings on her jacket got caught in the school bus door. In May 2006, CPSC’s Office of Compliance announced that children’s jackets and sweatshirts with drawstrings at the hood or neck would be regarded as defective and a substantial risk of injury to young children.
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