One Million Trek Bikes Recalled For Defects

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Trek RecallNearly one million defective Trek bikes are being recalled in the United States after an injury that left one rider paralyzed.

According to a USA Today news report, the recall includes 900,000 bikes in the United States and 98,000 sold in Canada.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) states that a quick-release lever on the bike’s front wheel hub can come into contact with the front disc brake assembly resulting in either complete wheel separation or the wheel coming to an instant stop.

Defect Caused Catastrophic Injury

Three accidents were reported and Trek said all including injuries, some to the face, a fractured wrist and one that resulted in the rider becoming a permanent quadriplegic.

The recall includes all models of Trek bicycles built from 2000 to 2015 that are equipped with front disc brakes and a black or silver quick-release lever on the front wheel hub.

This lever can open beyond 180 degrees and come into contact with the disc brake.

Bicycles with front quick-release levers that don’t open a full 180 degrees are not included in the recall.

The bikes included in the recall were sold September 1999 to now, priced anywhere from $480 to $1,650.

Trek advises consumers to stop using the bicycles immediately and contact an authorized retailer for free installation of a new quick release lever.

Actions You Can Take

Bicycle accidents can result from design defects, manufacturing defects or the manufacturer’s failure to warn consumers about possible accident or injury prevention methods.

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, seek medical attention for your injuries right away. This not only helps put you on the road to recovery, but documents your case.

Make sure you keep the bike. It can be an extremely important piece of evidence.

An expert should inspect your bicycle to look specifically for defects. So, do not have it repaired or destroyed or don’t try to fix it yourself.

Contact an experienced product defect lawyer who can help preserve key evidence in your case and get the claims process started.

Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injury, disability, and pain and suffering.

The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.

Bicycle Helmets Recalled For Head Injury Risk

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Bike Helmet Safety RecallThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) along with UVEX Sports has announced a recall of seven models of bicycle helmets because the anchor for the chinstrap can fail.

According to news reports consumers are asked to stop using the recalled products right away because they have the potential to cause riders serious head injuries.

Helmets Could Slide Off

The recall involves seven models of UVEX bike helmets that come in a variety of colors and different colored chinstraps. The helmets also have a model number inside them under the fitting pad on the top right side.

According to CPSC officials, the anchor in the chinstrap can fail causing the helmets to slide off the head and posing an injury hazard. The bicycle helmets also fail to comply with the impact requirement of the CPSC safety standards for bicycle helmets.

So far no injuries or deaths have been reported as a result of these defective products. The helmets included in the recall were sold in bicycle specialty stores nationwide from September 2009 through June 2014 for about $100 to $260.

Consumers should stop using the helmets and contact UVEX for a free compliant helmet or a refund of the purchase price. For more information, call UVEX at 1-844-767-0656.

The Danger of Head Injuries

There are four main types of head injuries. A closed injury does not break open your skull or penetrate brain tissue, but it can cause bruising or swelling of the brain.

An open injury is any damage that penetrates the skull that could cause bleeding within the brain tissue. An open head injury could also lead to skull fractures.

A concussion occurs when the brain is shaken and could lead to severe headaches or loss of consciousness. Scalp wounds may lead to bleeding or tissue damage.

Head injuries may have serious or life-changing consequences depending on the nature and extent of the injury.

If the injury was caused by a defective product, injured victims can file a product liability claim against the manufacturer seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress.

If a defective product has injured you, make sure you preserve it in its current condition so that an expert can examine it thoroughly for design flaws, defects and other malfunctions.

The best product defect law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.

Bean Bag Chairs Recalled After Deaths

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Ace Bayou Bean Bag RecallFederal officials have issued a defective product recall for 2.2 million bean bag chairs after two children unzipped the chairs, climbed inside and suffocated to death.

According to a news report in the Miami Herald, both victims, a 13-year-old Texas boy and a 3-year-old girl from Kentucky, were found inside the chairs.

The children had apparently become trapped inside and choked on the foam beads that were used to stuff the bean bag chairs.

Dangerous and Defective Products

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the chairs, manufactured by Ace Bayou Corp. of New Orleans, did not meet the industry’s voluntary safety standard, which required non-refillable bean bag chairs to have closed and permanently disabled zippers.

The chairs included in the recall were sold before July 2013 for between $30 and $100 at Bon-Ton, Meijer, Pamida, School Specialty, Wayfair and Walmart stores and online at, and

The chairs were manufactured in China and come in a variety of sizes and colors. Consumers who have these chairs at home are asked to remove them right away and keep them out of children’s reach.

Ace will provide a free repair kit to consumers so they can permanently disable the zippers.

For more information, call the company directly at (855) 751-8151 or visit their website at

Product Liability Issues

Based on this news report, it appears that the manufacturer of the bean bag chairs failed to follow the voluntary industry standards, which is to ensure that the zippers are disabled. These standards are in place specifically to prevent such tragedies. No parent thinks that their child could unzip a piece of furniture and climb into it.

It is appalling that this standard pertaining to bean bag furniture is still voluntary and is not a federal standard.

As product liability attorneys who represent seriously injured victims, we hope that these tragedies will urge federal officials to pass a new rule and hold violators accountable.

Anyone who has been injured by a defective product can file a product liability claim seek compensation for the injuries, damages and losses sustained. Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim against the product manufacturer seeking damages as well.

Plaintiffs in such cases must prove that the products in question were defective, that the product caused injuries and that they suffered damages as a result.

An experienced product defect law firm can help victims and families in such cases better understand their legal rights and options.

Baby Monitors Recalled For Potential Strangulation Hazard

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Baby Monitor RecallAbout 25,000 baby monitors sold at Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores and online are being recalled because of a potential strangulation hazard.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Tommee Tippee monitors with movement sensor pads are the subject of a defective product recall because a child can pull the sensor pad’s cord into the crib and cause the cords to get wrapped around the neck.

This recall involves two models of Tommee Tippee Movement and Sound Baby Monitors with Sensor Pads. The product includes the baby unit, parent unit and the movement sensor pad.

Defective Product Design

The pad in question is white with a 10-foot cord that runs from the pad to the baby monitor unit. Both models come with a sensor pad that fits under the baby’s crib mattress and sounds an alarm if no movement is detected for 20 seconds. There is a keypad and small screen above the keypad on both the baby and parent units.

The units were sold at Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores and since September 2011 for about $150. Anyone who has these monitors at home should immediately ensure that all monitor cords are out of reach of young children and contact Mayborn USA for a free cord cover kit that has rigid protective cord covers through which the sensor pad can be threaded.

For more information, please call 866-214-1537.

Nursery Product Accidents

CPSC statistics show that in 2012 there were about 77,900 emergency department treated injuries associated with nursery products among children under 5 years of age.

Falls were the leading cause of injury. Internal organ injuries, contusions, abrasions and lacerations accounted for 73 percent of the injuries.

For the three-year period between 2008 and 2010, CPSC staff reported 333 deaths associated with nursery products among children under 5. Common causes of death included asphyxia and strangulation.

Product Liability Issues

When a dangerous or defective product causes serious injury or death, victims or families of deceased victims have rights.

Injured victims can file a product liability claim against the manufacturer seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, permanent injury, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking damages as well.

An experienced product liability lawyer will be able to advise victims or families in such cases regarding their legal rights and options.

Major Retailers Recall Fruits for Listeria Poisoning

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RecallsWawona Packing Co. is issuing a voluntary recall of peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots that were packed at its Cutler, California facilities between June 1 and July 12.

According to a CNN news report, major retailers such as Costco, Trader Joe’s, Wal-Mart and Kroger are part of this recall. The fruits in question are said to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

This is a nationwide recall according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Internal testing at Wawona apparently revealed the potential bacterial contamination, officials said.

The production facility has been shut down and sanitized and subsequent tests have turned out negative for food poisoning. So far, no illnesses have been reported due to this food contamination.

Listeria Infections Could Be Deadly

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths are caused by listeriosis.

The largest and deadliest listeria outbreak in the United States was related to fruit and occurred in 2011. Cantaloupes from a Colorado farm killed nearly three dozen and sickened 147.

Common symptoms for listeria include diarrhea, fever, muscle aches and other gastrointestinal issues. Listeria could cause stillbirths in pregnant women.

So, pregnant women, infants, seniors and those with a weakened immune system are particularly at risk for a serious listeria infection.

Protecting Yourself

Trader Joe’s has urged consumers not to eat any of these “stone fruits” that have large pits and to return them to a nearby store for a full refund. Also, Wegmans Food Markets has recalled many of its baked goods that may contain the contaminated fruit. These products include pies, tarts, cakes and other pastries.

There are also many other steps you can take to prevent listeriosis through food contamination:

  • Stay away from raw milk or soft cheeses that are made from raw milk.
  • Make sure that leftovers are refrigerated within two hours in shallow covered containers.
  • Avoid cross contamination by properly cleaning all cooking and cutting surfaces.
  • Heat deli meats and hot dogs to a steaming hot temperature before consuming.
  • It is important to identify which foods are risky for the elderly and those who are pregnant.

If you or a loved one has been sickened as a result of food poisoning, it is important that you isolate the preserve the contaminated food so it can be tested at a lab for pathogens. Report your illness to the local health department.

If you had to be hospitalized and suffered other losses as a result of your illness, contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.

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

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

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

Automakers and Dealers Oppose Rental Car Recall Bill

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Automakers are being criticized for objecting to a bill that would mandate rental car companies to park all recalled vehicles until they are repaired. According to a report in Detroit Press, car manufacturers say they are concerned about a proposed law that could force them to fix rental cars before repairing individual owners’ cars. Automakers are also worried, they say, that rental companies could sue them for lost revenue while recalled vehicles are out of commission.

Objection from Corporations

The opposition to this rental recall bill comes from an alliance representing Detroit’s big three automakers as well as Toyota and Volkswagen among others. The alliance also includes the National Automobile Dealers Association, which represents 16,000 new car dealers. Senator Barbara Boxer, who got major rental firms to agree to back her bill to stop leasing out unrepaired, recalled vehicles, shot down the idea that rental car companies get first dibs at repairs if this legislation passes.

Bill Has Tragic Origins

As is the case with many bills and laws that had tragic origins, this one, named the Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act, is named after two young women, sisters, who were killed in 2004 while driving a rental car that had been recalled for a defective power steering hose that could cause a fire. The sisters were killed when the car, which the rental company had not repaired, caught fire and crashed head-on into a truck. Their mother, Cally Houck, has been pushing for congressional action to prevent such accidents in the future.

Saving Precious Lives

It is heartbreaking that it often takes these types of tragedies to bring about positive change in our communities and our country. Unrepaired recalled vehicles – whether they are on our roadways, an auto dealership or in the parking lot of a rental car company ready to be leased out – are extremely dangerous.

As a auto defect lawyer who represents victims of defective auto accidents and their families, I can only hope for the passage of this bill, which requires every company that rents out cars – be it a large, nationwide company or a small local used car dealer – to fix these hazardous defects before someone gets behind the wheel. It is also important to remember that recalled cars not only endanger the lives of drivers and vehicle occupants, but also the lives of everyone one shares the roadways – other drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists and other commuters. Of course, automakers and dealers worry about the financial consequences and their bottom line. But for many of us, this bill is a matter of life and death.

Honda Recalls 44,000 Fit Sport Vehicles Due to Defective Stability Control

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Honda has recalled nearly 44,000 2012-13 Honda Fit Sport models because of a problem with the cars’ electronic stability control system. The New York Times reports that Honda will update the software on the “vehicle stability assist” to rectify the problem. Honda officials said that the Fit Sport’s stability control system was programmed according to the handling characteristics of the Bridgestone Turanza tire model. However, some vehicles were equipped with Dunlop SP tires.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that the system did not react as quickly as it should have to stop a slide. The Fit Sport is different from the standard Fit because it has larger tires and a rear stabilizer bar. The Honda Fit’s vehicle stability assist system basically uses sensors and a computer to determine if the vehicle is moving in a direction at odds with what the driver is doing with the steering wheel. The system then applies the brakes on single wheels to try and correct the movement.

Danger of a Rollover

Honda says the stability control system can cause the car to tilt too far before it applies the brakes to prevent a crash. This software glitch could cause the vehicle to tip over or roll over. The defect was discovered in government testing of the vehicle models.

Honda says so far no crashes or injuries have been linked to this defective vehicle. Honda dealers will update the system’s software free of charge when the recall notifications begin in mid-May. So far, this year alone, Honda has recalled about 183,000 vehicles for problems with the electronic stability control system, which could cause the vehicles to slow down unexpectedly.

NHTSA has required electronic stability control as standard equipment on all light duty vehicles. These systems are said to significantly reduce the chance of a rollover accident. Rollover crashes, according to NHTSA, account for about 30 percent of all traffic accident deaths. In fact, NHTSA estimates that when all cars have stability control systems, up to 9,600 lives will be saved each year in the United States.

Liability Issues

But, when these systems fail to function as they are expected to, the consequences can be devastating for vehicle occupants. Apart from fatal injuries, rollovers can also cause catastrophic injuries such as brain trauma and spinal cord damage that could result in paralysis.

Anyone who has been in a rollover crash caused by a defective vehicle would be well advised to contact an experienced auto product liability lawyer who has a successful track record of fighting large automakers on behalf of injured consumers, and holding them accountable.

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