Safety Regulators Say Nap Nanny Could be Lethal for Babies

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Nap Nanny RecallGovernment safety regulators are reaching out to parents and caregivers to alert them about the Nap Nanny a product that was recalled and discontinued after more than 92 incidents and at least five deaths.

According to a news report in The Daily Record, an 8-month-old baby in Hopatcong, New Jersey, died as recently as March 16 as a result of this defective product.

The baby had been put to bed on the Nap Nanny in a crib. When the parents checked on the child More

Toys Recalled Due to Potential Choking Hazards

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Cleveland-based Dunecraft Inc. is issuing a defective product recall for a series of marble-sized toys including Water Balz, Skulls, Orbs and Flower toys, that expand when place in water. The recall involves about 95,100 Dunecraft products sold in U.S. and Canada at retailers such as Bed, Bath & Beyond. According to a Consumer Reports article, the toys can be swallowed and cause a life-threatening condition. Officials also say that the ingested toys are not visible on hospital x-rays and must be surgically removed from the boy. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a statement that an 8-month-old Texas girl ingested a Water Balz toy and needed surgery to get it removed in August 2011.

Injuries and Fatalities Relating to Toys

According to a CPSC report, in 2010, the agency received reports of 17 deaths and 251,000 injuries that were linked to toys. The report states that balloons and small balls were associated with 47 percent of the reported deaths in 2010. A majority of the deaths (11) were from choking while drowning caused four deaths.

Taking the Necessary Precautions

These are defective toys that should not be in the market in the first place. However, during this holiday season, store shelves are flooded with dangerous and defective children’s products that can put our little ones in harm’s way. The best way to protect our children is to be aware of the hazardous products out there so we do not bring them into our homes in the first place. Safety experts warn that when it comes to choosing toys, safety comes first. They say if it fits through a toilet paper tube, it’s a choking hazard and a young child should not have access to it.

Product Liability Issues

If a dangerous or defective toy has injured you or a loved one, it is important to understand that you have legal rights. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages by filing a product liability claim against the toy manufacturer. In such cases, victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, hospitalization, treatment costs, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. In the case of a fatal injury, family members may file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking damages. Victims or their families would also be well advised to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who will be able to advise them about their legal rights and options.

Toyota Set to Recall 150,000 Pickups

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Toyota has announced that it will recall 150,000 Tacoma pickups built between 2001 and 2004 due to a rust issue that could cause the spare tire to fall from its position beneath the vehicle, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Toyota has been risking several vehicle recall lawsuits of late after it was forced to recall several of its vehicles for sticky accelerators and other problems. This new recall is the latest in a series of problems for the automaker, and an NHTSA investigation has been opened into the company’s handling of its recall notices and procedures.

What Is A Manufacturer Recall?

Manufacturers are required by law to ensure that their products are safe for those who use them. When a manufacturer fails to meet this standard of quality and safety, lawsuits can be filed against the company for product liability.

In order to stem a flood of lawsuits when a product is known to be defective or dangerous, manufacturers will often issue a recall notice in cooperation with the governing body that manages the type of product in question.

For vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a division of the federal Department of Transportation, is the primary governing body that oversees automobile and truck safety.

A recall occurs when a company admits that a product is defective and offers remedies to those who have purchased the product. In the case of a vehicle recall, this often means free repairs or replacement of defective parts.

In some cases, however, the manufacturer is forced to buy back the vehicle due to insoluble problems related to the structure or operation of the automobile or truck. Toyota faced this problem a few years ago when it was found that the carriage of some Tacoma pickups and other models had rusted so badly that the trucks were unable to be repaired.

Anyone who owns a Toyota Tacoma manufactured between the years of 2001 and 2004 is eligible to take advantage of the recall. The company is offering to rebuild the rusted wheel housing so that a spare will fit on the truck and remain in place.

What Does This Recall Mean for Consumers?

The recall in question concerns rusting in a wheel well that holds the spare tire beneath the truck. The rust-proof coating applied to these vehicles was apparently insufficient to prevent a serious rust problem that resulted in the spare tire being in danger of detaching from the vehicle. If this happened during vehicle operation, it is quite likely that injury or even death could result from an accident caused by the flying or bouncing tire.

Whether a company issues a recall or not, if a victim is injured by a defective vehicle, that victim may be entitled to compensation from the company. Recalls are designed to prevent future accidents, but they do not release the company from liability associated with the defective design or function of a vehicle. Victims should contact a personal injury attorney for more information.

Toyota Recalls 2.8 Million Defective Vehicles

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Toyota is issuing a vehicle defect recall for 2.8 million cars including its high-profile Prius hybrid models. According to an NBC News report, the most recent recall is the result of a water pump problem and a steering shaft defect. These defects can result in steering problems on a variety of Toyota models using the components. The steering shaft defect is involved in the recall of vehicles including the Corolla and Prius models. About 620,000 of those vehicles may also be equipped with the defective water pump.

Vehicles that may need both parts repaired were sold between 2001 and 2010 in Japan and from 2003 to 2011 in the United States. Another 10,000 Toyota vehicles are being recalled solely due to the faulty water pump. This recall is being viewed as a significant setback for Toyota, according to the news article. One month ago, the Japanese automaker announced its biggest recall ever for a single part – 7.4 million vehicles over a faulty power window switch that could pose a fire hazard.

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Britax Child Safety Seats Recalled for Potential Choking Danger

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Car seat manufacturer Britax has issued a defective product recall for children’s safety seats and boosters due to a potential choking hazard. According to a news report in The Wall Street Journal, the chest pads in these safety seats are made of a softer material that could come apart if the child bites or chews on it. If that happens the pieces could become a choking hazard. The recall involved 55,455 restraints.

Once the recall begins, Britax will provide replacement pads made of firmer material, with instructions on how to install them. Those who own these seats are asked to remove the current pads and continue to use the seat until the replacements arrive. Anyone with questions is encouraged to call Britax at 1-888-427-4829.

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Federal Officials Investigating Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable Cars for Sudden Acceleration

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is launching an investigation into 310,000 older model Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles after reports of unintended sudden acceleration. According to an article in the Detroit News, the federal auto safety agency is conducting a preliminary investigation on 2000 and 2003 Taurus and Sable models and has so far received 50 complaints regarding incidents involving stuck throttles. The defect is apparently due to the failure of a plastic bracket that holds the speed control cable in place. The vehicles that are a part of this probe are equipped with 3.0L V6 Duratec engines.

The fractured bracket in these vehicles allows the cable to move, which may cause the throttle to stick. A number of these failures occur in vehicles that have more than 100,000 miles on the odometer. So far, no car accidents or injuries have been linked to this potential vehicle defect.

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Nissan Recalls Altima Vehicles for Incorrectly Torqued Bolts

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Nissan has issued a vehicle defect recall for about 13,919 of its 2012-2013 Altima sedans because they may have been equipped with incorrectly torqued transverse link bolts and power steering rack bolts. According to an article in Consumer Reports, the bolts could become loose and fall out leading to loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a car crash. This recall involves Nissan Altima vehicles made between May 10 and July 26, 2012. When the recall begins at the end of the month, Nissan will notify owners and dealers will tighten the bolts to the proper torque specifications at no charge to car owners.

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Kellogg Issues Massive Recall of Mini-Wheats Due to Contamination

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Kellogg has issued a defective product recall for its Frosted and Unfrosted Mini-Wheats cereal because the products may be contaminated by metal mesh fragments. According to a CBS News report, the recall involves nearly 2.8 million boxes of the cereal including Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size Original and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size products. The “use by” dates for these products range from April 1, 2013 to Sept. 21, 2013. Kellogg had posted the recall information on their web site on October 8, 2012.

However, consumers were not made aware of the potential problem until three days later, on October 11, 2012. Kellogg officials say the public is not at a high risk as a result of the contamination. So far, no injuries or illnesses have been reported due to these recalled products. Anyone with questions or concerns is asked to contact 1-800-962-1413.

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Manufacturer Recalls Bicycles for Potential Crash Danger

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Specialized Bicycle Components Inc. has issued a defective product recall for about 12,000 bicycles because a part can break off and cause riders to fall down and get injured. According to a news report in The Associated Press, the company made the announcement along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stating that the front fork of the bicycles can break. So far, the company has received four reports of these front forks breaking. Victims have suffered facial fractures, head and shoulder injuries as well as lacerations as a result of these defective bicycles.

The recall includes some 2008 and 2009 models of Globe bicycles for both women and men, which were sold from July 2007 through July 2012. Consumers are asked to stop using these recalled bicycles right away and take them to an authorized dealer to have the faulty fork uninstalled and replaced at no cost.

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Rental Car Companies Agree not to Rent or Sell Recalled Vehicles

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The four largest rental car companies in the country have agreed to requests made by two senators who are pushing for legislation to prevent rental companies from renting or selling defective vehicles that have not yet been repaired. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, Senators Barbara Boxer and Charles Schumer announced the agreement Thursday with Hertz, Avis, Enterprise and Dollar Thrifty, the four most popular rental companies in the United States.

The companies have said they will support the law, which will for the first time put them under federal oversight on recalls. The push for this new law came from Cally Houck, the mother of Raechel, 24, and Jacqueline, 20, who were both killed in a fiery crash in 2004 while returning to the Bay Area after visiting their mother in Ojai.

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