Toys R Us Recalls Activity Centers for Choking Hazards

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Toys R Us Inc. has issued a defective product recall for about 24,000 Imaginarium 5-Sided Activity Centers because of potential choking hazards. According to a news report in, the small wooden knobs attaching the xylophone keys to the end can detach causing a choking hazard to young children. So far, Toys R Us has received eight reports of the knobs detaching. No injuries have been reported to the company.

The recalled products, which were manufactured in China, were sold nationwide and online at from August 2009 through September 2010 for about $25. Anyone who has these products at home is urged to stop using them right away and return them to a Toys R Us store for a refund or store credit. For more information, please contact the company at 1-800-869-7787.

Toy-Related Injuries and Fatalities

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were 17 reports of toy-related deaths that occurred in 2010 among children under 15 years of age. Balloons and small balls were associated with 47 percent of the reported deaths in 2010. Choking was the cause of the majority of deaths and four children died as a result of drowning. In 2010, 11 of the 17 deaths (65 percent) involved choking on small toys or toy parts. Also, during the same year, there were about 251,700 toy-related injuries treated in hospital emergency departments. The 2010 estimate was slightly higher than the 250,100 injuries in 2009.


Medtronic Accused of New Kickback Scheme for Off-Label Use of InFUSE Bone Graft Implant

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Lawyers for a former Medtronic employee filed a lawsuit accusing the company of placing a crony at the head of an influential spinal surgery journal in order to drum up business by spreading positive and premature information about Medtronic’s InFUSE bone graft.

Whistleblower Warned Medtronic InFUSE Bone Graft Improperly Advertised

The whistleblower former Medtronic employee accused a doctor on Medtronic’s payroll of improperly endorsing the medical device. The doctor named in the lawsuit designed the cage used as part of the InFUSE Bone Graft and was paid for each surgery performed. The doctor allegedly swayed articles in the journal to promote the benefits of Medtronic’s InFUSE Bone Graft and increase sales and, in turn, the doctor’s income from royalties on the device.

Off-Label Use of Medtronic InFUSE Implant Advocated by Crony Journal Editor

Medical malpractice lawyers and personal injury lawyers for the whistleblower also argue that the doctor advocated off-label use of Medtronic InFUSE Bone Graft. Back surgery procedures approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were only a part of the total surgeries using the bone graft. More

CDC Lowers Limit for Child Lead Poisoning

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it has reduced the limit for child lead poisoning from 10 micrograms per deciliter of blood to five. According to Consumer Reports, there is no amount of lead level that is safe in children. This move encourages everyone from product manufacturers to consumers and parents to work on eliminating all lead from the environment.

CDC statistics show that about 250,000 children in the United States between the ages of 1 and 5 have blood lead levels greater than 10 micrograms per deciliter of blood. About 450,000 children in that age group have lead levels greater than 5 micrograms per deciliter of blood. Under the earlier rule 10 micrograms was the level at which the CDC recommended that public health actions be initiated. Now that level has been brought down to 5 micrograms. This change also alters the definition of what is considered lead poisoning in children.


FDA Issues Recalls for Organic Baby Spinach and Yeast Due to Salmonella Risks

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing recalls for organic baby spinach and yeast because of food poisoning concerns. According to Consumer Reports, the FDA recalled organic baby spinach due to salmonella contamination from Taylor Farms in Salinas, California, which was distributed in 16 states from May 9 through May 10. The federal agency also recalled salmonella-contaminated Tempeh Starter Yeast and Super Starter Yeast imported from Indonesia. This yeast, distributed nationwide and internationally by in Rockville, Maryland, may be tied to several illnesses that have been reported to date. So far, there have been no reports of illnesses tied to the spinach. More

Vaginal Mesh Attorneys in Orange County

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Not long ago, the Bisnar | Chase vaginal mesh lawyers in Orange County received their first inquiry from a young woman inquiring about the potential dangers of vaginal mesh products on the market. At the time, few believed that these devices were responsible for anything other than an acceptable solution to an age old problem, but evidence soon surfaced putting vaginal mesh manufacturers in the hot seat.

Designed to treat women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse and stress incontinence, the wide variety of vaginal mesh products released were originally considered a godsend. Unfortunately, studies soon found that using these products can lead to bleeding, urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, infections, protrusion of the mesh, pelvic pain, and more. Many different models are proving to be especially dangerous and those who are currently utilizing these implants should speak with their doctor to evaluate any problems. More

General Motors Recalls Chevy Malibu Vehicles for Airbag Issues

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General Motors has issued an auto defect recall for Chevrolet Malibu Eco sedans for potential inadvertent airbag deployment. According to Consumer Reports, there are software issues with the sensors in the vehicle’s airbag and safety systems. Officials say the recall involves approximately 4,300 Chevy Malibu Eco sedans from model year 2013. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the roof rail airbags can unintentionally deploy and the seat belts and air bags may fail to work properly during a collision. Vehicle owners are expected to be notified next month to bring their cars to a dealership for reprogramming. It appears that GM engineers discovered the software issues during tests involving aggressive turning maneuvers. It is not clear if anyone has been injured because of these auto defects.

Chevrolet Recalls

There have been a number of Chevrolet recalls recently. The 2012 Chevrolet Express and Suburban were both recalled for issues with the steering systems. The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox has issues with its pressure monitoring and regulating systems. The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic was recalled for brake issues. The 2012 Chevrolet Colorado was recalled because of seatbelt defects.


Toyota recalls Lexus GS Vehicles for Potential Steering Defects

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Toyota Motor Corporation is issuing an auto defect recall for more than 650 2013 Lexus GS 350 cars because of potential flaws with the steering software. According to a Detroit News report, the steering wheel in these vehicles could be “dramatically off-center” because of the software flaws. The steering control programming could cause the steering wheel to become off-centered by a maximum of 110 degrees when restarting immediately after the vehicle is parked with the steering wheel turned. When this occurs and the driver does not realize it, the vehicle could veer in an unexpected direction and crash. Toyota engineers apparently discovered this problem in February during an in-house test drive.

Toyota told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that if the ignition is turned on again shortly after the ignition is turned off, the system may default to 0 degrees. This could cause the steering wheel to become off-centered. The software system was updated on February 23, 2012 to eliminate this problem. Owners are expected to be notified next month.


Jeep Wrangler SUVs Recalled for Fire Hazard

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Chrysler has announced an auto defect recall for thousands of Jeep Wrangler SUVs because of a potential fire hazard. According to a report in The New York Times, 68,000 Jeep Wranglers from the 2010 model year are being recalled because of reports of vehicle fires. Officials say there is not enough clearance between the exhaust catalyst and the automatic transmission skid plate. If debris gets in that space, there is the potential for an underbody debris fire to occur. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began an investigation after eight complaints of vehicle fires. A Chrysler spokesperson says the company is now aware of 14 complaints of fires but there has been no report of injuries.


Defective Product Lawsuits & Michigan Personal Injury Lawyers

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Personal injury lawyers handle product liability cases for people injured by dangerous products and defective products. When products are poorly designed, badly manufactured, or improperly installed, serious injuries or death can result. Our Michigan personal injury lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire P.C. understand the effects these accidents can have on the victim and the victims’ family.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there are nearly 22,000 deaths and more than 29 million injuries related to consumer products each year. Government agencies should be checking these products to make sure they are safe for consumers before marketing the product for purchase, however sometimes some products might need a second look over for safety and fail to do so.

Michigan defective product lawsuits can include:

• Industrial machines
• Breast implants
• Children’s products (toys, car seats, strollers, etc.)
• Faulty brakes
• Hip and joint replacements
• Tires
• Airbags
• Prescription drugs.

You may be able to recover damages to cover your medical bills, time lost from work and any property damage that was caused by the defective product; pain and suffering (damages for the pain that you endured as a result of your injury); and even punitive damages (if the defendants’ conduct was so egregious the courts may award damages that punish the defendant).

If you or a family member suffers injuries from a defective product, contact our office immediately at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan personal injury lawyers today. Our office will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and witness statements to win and settle your case.

River Ranch Expands Bagged Salad Recall for Potential Listeria Contamination

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California-based River Ranch Fresh Foods LLC is expanding it voluntary recall of retail and food service bagged salads due to food poisoning concerns. According to a news report in, the salads may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a potentially deadly bacteria. The retail salad products under this recall were distributed throughout the United States and Canada and packaged under the brand names of River Ranch, Farm Stand, Hy-Vee, Shurfresh and The Farmer’s Market. Also, salad products for the foodservice industry being included in this recall were distributed nationwide and in Canada under brand names of River Ranch and Sysco.

Listeria Poisoning

Listeria outbreaks have not been very common in United States history. However, when they did occur, they resulted in numerous illnesses and fatalities. Most recently, last year, an outbreak involving listeria-contaminated cantaloupes caused 16 deaths and 72 illnesses in 18 states including California. In 1998, 21 people died as a result of consuming listeria-contaminated hot dogs and deli meat.

The symptoms of listeria poisoning may not be immediately obvious, and could include flu-like conditions, fever, body ache and stiffness. Pregnant women are particularly at risk because listeria can be deadly to fetuses and result in birth defects, miscarriages and stillbirths. The elderly and those with weakened immune systems are more vulnerable to listeria poisoning.


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