Archive for the 'Product Liability' Category

Microsoft Recalls Power Cords for Surface Pro Devices Because of Fire and Shock Hazard

Filed February 4th, 2016 Fran Kelley

On February 2, 2016, Microsoft Corp. announced the recall of about 2.25 million power cords for Microsoft Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 computers because the cords can overheat, posing a fire or shock hazard. According to the recall notice on the CPSC web site, Microsoft has received 56 reports of AC […]

Lawsuits Allege Eos Lip Balm Causes Blistering, Bleeding, and Rashes

Filed January 22nd, 2016 Fran Kelley

Four proposed class action lawsuits filed in January 2016 claim that use of EOS Lip Balm can lead to cracking, bleeding, and blistering lips and that the company, Evolution of Smooth, does not warn consumers of these possible reactions. One woman who filed suit said her lips felt like “sandpaper” within hours of using the […]

Ikea Faces Another Wrongful Death Lawsuit over Tipped Dresser

Filed January 11th, 2016 admin

A second lawsuit has been filed against Ikea over a dresser that tipped onto a toddler, killing him. Philly.com reports that the lawsuit was filed in the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. Allegedly, Ikea knew the dresser was unstable but sold it regardless. A similar lawsuit was filed over the death of a 2-year-old in February […]

California Jury Awards Close to $10 Million to Woman Injured by Defective Ethicon Hemorrhoid Surgery Device

Filed December 16th, 2015 Fran Kelley

A retired San Jose, California police officer was awarded nearly $10 million in a lawsuit over injuries she suffered during hemorrhoid surgery. The suit was brought against Johnson & Johnson subsidiaries Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc. and J&J Healthcare Systems, Law360 reports, alleging that the Ethicon PPH 03 hemorrhoid stapler misfired, sealing the woman’s anal canal shut.

E-cigarette Flavorings Linked to Serious, Irreversible Lung Disease

Filed December 11th, 2015 Fran Kelley

In a study just published online in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives, a team of Harvard scientists reveal that candy-flavored e-cigarette liquid contains chemicals that cause the obstructive lung disease Popcorn Lung. The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, focused on the chemicals used to flavor e-cigarette liquid. Study results reveal that […]

CPSC Announces Recall of Drill Master Cordless Drills for Burn and Fire Hazards

Filed December 4th, 2015 Fran Kelley

The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the recall of 1.7 million Drill Master 18-Volt Cordless Drills because the drills can overheat and create fire and burn risks. According to the CPSC, an internal switching mechanism in the drill can become stuck in the “on” position, causing the drill to overheat. Harbor Freight Tools, […]

Senators Concerned about Takata’s Accountability in Massive Air Bag Recall

Filed November 13th, 2015 Fran Kelley

Two U.S. senators have written to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for guidance about holding Takata Corporation accountable in the air bag inflator recall if its U.S. subsidiary declares bankruptcy. The air bag recall is one of the largest automotive recalls in U.S. history. In a letter made public on Monday, Sens. Richard […]

Sure Signal Heat-Activated Fire Alarms Recalled Due to Malfunction

Filed November 9th, 2015 admin

A recall is being issued for roughly 375,000 Sure Signal heat-activated fire alarms because they can malfunction, failing to alert consumers in case of a fire. “A defective fusible link sensor (fuse) on the fire alarm can cause the alarm to fail to alert consumers of a fire.” a recall notice posted on the U.S. […]

Toyota Window Switch Defect Results in Recall of 6.5 Million Vehicles

Filed October 26th, 2015 Fran Kelley

Toyota is recalling about 6.5 million vehicles worldwide, including two million vehicles in the United States, because a defect in the driver’s side window switch can lead to a fire. Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. confirmed last week that the power-window master switch in certain vehicles may have been manufactured without enough lubricant grease, and […]

NHTSA Says Fiat Chrysler Under-Reported Injuries and Deaths

Filed October 5th, 2015 admin

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Fiat Chrysler under-reported the number of deaths, injuries and legal claims it is required to report to regulators. NHTSA says the number of under-reported incidents is “significant”. Under the Tread Act, carmakers are obliged to report certain information to regulators. Financial Times reports that Fiat Chrysler […]