According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2016 more than half of the motor vehicle deaths involved a single-vehicle crash. In addition, in New York State there were almost 700 deaths as a result of a single-vehicle crash.… 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 involving an injured consumer and their product. Commonly, product recalls can be issued in conjunction with a government agency, such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).… Read the rest
Everyone loves BBQ! BBQ and smoked meat have become a summer staple in many households across the nation. However, this seemingly easy method of cooking can sometimes lead to a tragic event. Unfortunately, every summer thousands of people are injured, due to grilling accidents. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there are more than two thousand BBQ related fires every summer that result in millions of dollars in property damage.… Read the rest
In October 2017, Fisher-Price and Mattel announced a recall of about 65,000 motorized infant motion seats after discovering that the motors were overheating and could lead to a fire. These motion seats retail for approximately $160.00 to $200.00. The seats feature a number of soothing features that include bouncing, vibrating, and swaying, while also playing music. The affected models were sold nationwide between November 2015 and October 2017 online and in retail stores, such as Buy Buy Baby, Target, Toys R Us, Walmart, and Amazon, among others.… Read the rest
The recall applies to 359 different lots (as many as 359 million strips) of glucose test strips marketed under the following brand names: Precision Xceed Pro, Precision Xtra, Medisense Optium, Optium, OptiumEZ, and ReliOn Ultima. These strips are used with Abbotts blood glucose monitoring systems. The test strips being recalled may give falsely low blood glucose results. False results may lead patients to try to raise their blood glucose unnecessarily, or they may fail to treat elevated blood glucose because of a false, low reading. Both scenarios pose risks to a patients health.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends … Read the rest
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety (CPSC) this week announced that after decreasing from 2007 to 2008, toddlers were injured due to defective cribs and other nursery items rose 21% in 2009. There were 77,300 emergency room visits for products geared to young children in 2009 – in 2008, that figure was 63,700. 2009 saw the most nursery product recalls in history.
The CPSC report also stated that nursery products and clothing surpassed toys with the most recalls, representing 28 and 27 percent of children’s product recalls, respectively; products were recalled mainly due to entrapment, fall, and choking hazards. Children’s clothing … Read the rest
Although the publicity was much greater last year, 45 children’s toys have been recalled due to lead paint issues so far this year. The toys include Casper the Friendly Ghost Halloween Figurines, xylophones, jewelry and classroom reading and math aids. But overall, toy recalls are down 46 percent from last year, it was announced at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)’s annual toy safety news conference this past week on November 12.
We recently wrote about the efforts of the chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commision (CPSC), Nancy Nord, to oppose a Senate bill that would increase the budget and authority of the Commission to regulate consumer products such as children’s toys. It seemed more than a little odd that the government official in charge of protecting consumers would oppose legislation designed to improve product safety. Now a review of internal CPSC documents by The Washington Post reveals that since 2002 Chairman Nord, as well as her predecessor, Hal Stratton, have enjoyed nearly 30 trips totaling nearly $60,000.00 that were … Read the rest
In an attempt to rectify problems and ensure the safety of our children, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation voted yesterday to approve a bill which would overhaul federal standards on consumer products, and includes vital whistle-blower provisions to protect employees who report consumer safety violations. Yet notwithstanding the widely reported recalls of children’s products and the real risks posed to consumers, the top U.S. official for consumer product safety, Nancy A. Nord, the acting chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), had asked Congress in recent days to reject the legislation.
Mattel, the world’s largest toy company and the maker of Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars, yesterday announced the biggest recall in its history. The company said it was recalling 436,000 Chinese-made die-cast toy cars depicting the character Sarge from the animated film Cars because they are covered with lead paint.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advises consumers to immediately take the recalled toys away from children and contact Mattel. Consumers will need to return the product to receive a replacement toy.
At the same time, the toy maker said it was recalling 18.2 million other toys because their … Read the rest