Lowe’s Recalls 11 Million Shades and Blinds for Strangulation Hazard

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Retailer Lowe’s has announced that the company will issue a defective product recall for more than 11 million Roman shades and blinds because they could pose a strangulation hazard for young children. According to a CNN news report, Lowe’s will recall about six million Roman shades and five million roll-up blinds after getting reports of two children who were nearly strangled by these products. The cords in these shades and the lifting loops in the blinds can cause children to get their necks entangled.
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2.1 Million Defective Cribs Recalled

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Federal officials have issued a defective product recall for more than 2.1 million drop-side cribs made by Stork Craft Manufacturing, in the single biggest crib recall in the nation’s history. According to an MSNBC news report, this product recall involves 1.2 million cribs in the United States and about 1 million in Canada where the company is based. Apparently, these cribs have a serious product defect where the drop-side plastic hardware can break or deform causing the drop-side to detach. This basically creates a space between the drop side and the crib mattress where infants can become entrapped and suffocate. Such unforeseen drop-side detachment can also cause dangerous fall injuries to young children.
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Defective Gas Grills Recalled for Fire Hazard

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L. G. Sourcing has issued a defective product recall for more than 600,000 of its Perfect Flame SLG Series gas grills sold at Lowe’s Stores. According to a news report in Consumeraffairs.com, the burners on these grills can deteriorate causing irregular flames. The lids of some models can ignite, posing serious burn injuries to consumers. So far, the company has received nearly 40 reports of fires from these defective burners and close to 23 reports of the lids igniting. The company stated that one eye injury related to this product defect required surgery. In 21 other incidents, consumers sustained burn injuries to their hands, arms or face.
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Large Recall of Defective Blinds and Shades for Strangulation Hazard

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Several retail stores including IKEA, Bed, Bath & Beyond and Hanover Direct are issuing a defective product recall for nearly 1 million roller blinds and Roman shades because of a serious strangulation hazard to young children. According to a Fox News report, a child’s neck can get tangled in the inner cord of the Roman shades or the exposed loop of the roller blinds. The recall comes after several incidences of near strangulation of children between the ages of 1 and 3. IKEA recalled blinds in August as well as in November 2008 after the death of a child who was strangled in the cords.
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Dangerous and Defective Blinds Pose Strangulation Hazard

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I blogged about recent defective product recalls involving millions of Roman blinds with lengthy inner cords that can pose serious strangulation hazards for young children. Several large nationwide retailers have pulled these dangerous and defective blinds from the market over the last few months. However, a news report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the manufacturers of the defective products may have known about these serious dangers and product defects for the last seven years.
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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Deaths on the Rise

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As a California personal injury lawyer, I have reviewed many cases where defective products have caused carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide or CO is a dangerous gas, also known as a silent killer because of its high toxicity and undetectable odor. Portable generators, heaters and stoves are among the leading causes of carbon monoxide poisoning in the United States.
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Dorel Juvenile Group Product Safety Recall Issued for Defective Gates

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Dorel Juvenile Group is expanding its defective product recall involving its Safety 1st brand of stair gates for children. According to a news report in Consumeraffairs.com, the hinges that hold these stair gates in place can break posing a fall hazard and serious injury hazard to young children, especially if the gate is placed at the top of the stairs. The recent recall is for about 31,500 gates. Another 100,000 gates were recalled in February.
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Black & Decker Issues Product Recall on Defective Trimmers

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Black & Decker is reissuing a defective product recall involving about 200,000 of its GH1000 Grasshog XP String trimmers and edgers because of growing injuries, according to a news report in Consumeraffairs.com. The defective trimmer’s spool, spool cap and pieces of trimmer string can come loose when it is being used and become airborne projectiles, posing a serious personal injury hazard to the user as well as bystanders. These trimmers can also apparently overheat posing a burn hazard to consumers.
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Defective Fire Extinguishers

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Kidde Recalls Defective Fire Extinguishers

Kidde has recalled about 167,000 defective fire extinguishers, which company officials say, could lose pressure and fail to operate in the event of a fire. According to the Consumer watchdog Web site, Consumeraffairs.com, this defective product recall involves the Kidde XL fire extinguishers with model numbers FX340SC, FX340H, FX340GW, XL5MR, FX210R, FX340SC-2, FX210W, XL2.5TCZ-4, E-340-3. These defective products were reportedly manufactured between October 2007 and April 2008.The brand name “Kidde” and the model number can be found on the label on the front of the extinguisher. These products, made in Mexico, were sold at department, home and hardware stores nationwide for about $35.

Consumers are first asked to check the pressure gauge of the Kidde fire extinguisher they own. If it points to the red zone, they can contact Kidde and receive a free replacement extinguisher. If the gauge is not in the red zone, and the fire extinguisher is one of the recalled models, please contact Kidde at 1-888-345-4407 or visit their Web site at www.Kidde.com for more information.
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Maytag Recalls Defective Refrigerators for Fire Hazard

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Maytag is recalling 1.6 million defective Maytag refrigerators that officials say pose a serious fire hazard because of electrical failure that can cause overheating. According to this MSNBC News report, the Newton, Iowa-based company is recalling the defective products because of an electrical failure in the relay. Maytag officials say the component that turns on the refrigerator’s compressor can overheat and cause serious fires. So far, Maytag has received 41 reports of refrigerator relay ignition, including 16 reports of property damage ranging from smoke damage to extensive damage.

This recall includes some of Maytag, Jenn-Air, Amana, Admiral, Magic Chef, Performa by Maytag and Crosley brand of side-by-side and top-freezer refrigerators. The fridges included in this recall were apparently manufactured in black, bisque, white and stainless steel. For more information about the list of model numbers and brands included in this recall, please visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commissions Web site. The refrigerators were manufactured in the United States and were sold in department and appliance stores as well as by homebuilders nationwide from January 2001 through January 2004 for between $350 and $1,600.
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