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
Recently, BMW recalled over one million cars, sports vehicles, and SUVs, due to defective wiring and electrical conductors in the vehicles’ climate control system overheating resulting in a car fire. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the vehicles crankcase contained manufacturing defects and caught on fire even when they were not in use.… 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
Commonly, dangerous drugs are recalled when they have a defect that may result or has already resulted in harm to an individual consumer. According to the FDA, recalls are intended to remove the dangerous drug from the market in order to avoid harm to the consumer. The manufacturer can initiate a recall, the FDA can request the drug be recalled, or the law may mandate a recall. In addition to recalls, there may also be a market withdrawal or safety alert issued to the public in order to protect consumers against harm from a dangerous drug or medical device.… 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
September is Baby Safety Month and this year’s theme, “Baby Safety Right Out of the Box,” focuses on the importance of product registration cards and product recalls. The theme is designed to educate parents and caregivers on the importance of filling out the registration cards included with most baby and toddler products. For many parents, it can be overwhelming to think about registering the seemingly endless amount of baby gear. However, this is a good way to stay informed about recent product recalls and to ensure that these products for the baby are safe.
Product registration cards are small, paid-postage … Read the rest
Thirty-eight people — including one person from New York — became ill in connection with recalled flour products from General Mills. Patch reported that many of these people contracted E. coli O121 after handling or eating uncooked dough.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 10 people were hospitalized, but no one was diagnosed with kidney failure and no deaths were reported. Although CDC officials recognized the outbreak back in February, the agency did not find the connections to the recall for another two months.
Those who are infected with E. coli O121 may develop hemolytic uremic … Read the rest
Defective children’s toys present inherent hazards to those of all ages. While younger children may be more prone to choking on small items, older children are more prone to taking risks and misusing toys in what can sometimes be a dangerous manner. A defective children’s toy can increase those risks as well as present others.
From 2012 to 2013, the number of recalls related to children’s products increased by 18%. It is important to be aware of any product recalls for children’s toys that can arise during the holiday season and year round. This means keeping an eye out on … Read the rest
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a voluntary recall of SeriScaffold surgical scaffold product (Product Number: SCF10X25AGEN), a bio-resorbable surgical mesh for use in open or laparoscopic procedures manufactured by Allergan, Inc. The reason for the recall is that the mesh may have been packaged in improperly sealed pouches with resultant contamination, and surgical sterility cannot be assured. It is unclear how it was learned that the product packaging was defective, but our office knows of at least one person who suffered an infection believed to have resulted from contamination of SeriScaffold.
More specifically, the outer of the … Read the rest
On September 26, 2012, New England Compounding Center (NECC) recalled more than 17,000 steroids delivered to medical facilities in 23 states because of an outbreak of fungal meningitis suffered by patients injected with the contaminated product. Now this past week Med Prep Consulting, Inc. “voluntarily” recalled all lots of its products after being notified by a Connecticut hospital that it observed visible particulate contaminants confirmed to be mold in 50 ml bags of Magnesium Sulfate 2 grams in Dextrose 5% for Injection products compounded at its facility.
Administration of an intravenous product found to be contaminated with mold could result … Read the rest