Amazon, the popular online shopping company, recently lost a case in the United States Appeals Court for failure to appropriately notify customers about a known defect in a hoverboard it sold. As a result, it may be forced to pay damages to those harmed by the defective hoverboard, which Amazon knew sometimes could catch fire or explode, but failed to … Read the rest
A product recall is usually issued by a manufacturer informing customers that one or multiple products is unsafe as a result of a defect and can potentially cause death or serious injury to a consumer. A product recall can occur as a result of testing by a manufacturer or as a result of prior incidents … Read the rest
Summertime is finally here! It is the best time of year for a family BBQ, which oftentimes involves hot dogs, hamburgers, and steaks. The most common staple at every summer cookout is hotdogs because they are quick and easy food to make. Recently, a popular hot dog brand company had its “dogs” recalled, due to concerns about safety.… Read the rest
With the onslaught of cold weather and the forecast for snow, one feels the urge to hit the ski slopes. One of the most trustworthy names in ski bindings for many, many years is Salomon. But last month the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Salomon, announced a voluntary recall of about 10,000 alpine ski bindings and directed … Read the rest
Under New York City’s Weights and Measures law, the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) tests all gas pumps for accuracy. In the past year, DCA has performed more than 1,800 gas station inspections, checking more than 12,000 individual gas pumps throughout the five boroughs. The Department condemned 227 gas pumps for inaccurately dispensing fuel over the past year.
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Recall after recall has resulted from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expansion of the Peanut Corporation of America’s (PCA) Salmonella related recall to include all peanut ingredient products produced in PCA’s Plainview, Texas facility since January 1, 2007. Just last week, the FDA announced recalls of 18 peanut-containing products because the products have the potential to be contaminated … Read the rest
Home renovation, repair, and painting activities cause elevated blood lead levels in children no doubt about it. A 1997 analysis conducted by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) indicated that home renovation, repair, and painting (RRP) activities were important sources of lead exposure among children with blood lead levels (BLLs) >20 g/dL in New York state. The Centers … Read the rest
With little notice and without a public comment period, a Bush administration change in federal rules on nursing home inspections will have the practical effect of forcing litigants to go to greater lengths, including seeking court orders, to get inspection reports or depositions for cases they are pursuing or defending.
The new rule generally prohibits state health departments and contractors … Read the rest
Congress’ boosting in 2007 of fuel economy standards to 35 miles per gallon by 2020 should not be the only way the government can improve fuel economy, cut greenhouse gases and boost safety. So contends Joseph D. Younger in an article “5 Ways to Turn Traffic Greener” published in AAA’s Car & Travel magazine. The article suggests 5 ways that … Read the rest
Last year was a record-setter when it came to recalls and warnings about dangerous children’s toys, especially lead paint laden toys imported from China. In response to the much-publicized controversy, Congress strengthened the Consumer Product Safety Act of 1972 (CPSA) to prohibit the sale and distribution of children’s toy or child care articles containing excessive levels of toxic … Read the rest