Imagine waking up on a February morning in San Diego and feeling unusually cold. You look out your window and see icicles hanging off a busted fire hydrant, your hydrangea bush killed, and kids frolicking across the street as they chip ice off of a frozen fountain in the middle of a park. As you stand frozen looking at the frozen scene, you’re hit with a sudden panic. “What about the car? I didn’t prepare the car for this!”
This icy situation actually happened in San Diego, though it’s doubtful you’ll hear any firsthand accounts of the “Great California Freeze” since it occurred on January 7, 1913. But with the often strange and unpredictable weather in recent years, who can say with all confidence that the mercury won’t hit rock bottom again?
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Vegetable distributor Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego has issued a voluntary food recall on one of its products over fears of salmonella poisoning. As initially reported by Fox News, the suspected outbreak began in July of this year and lasted till August, making nearly 300 people sick and leaving one elderly San Diego resident dead. Read the rest »
Despite a recall of some 160,000 Nap Nanny infant recliners that was issued on June 14, 2013, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reported that another infant has died in the recalled baby seat.
The Nap Nanny Infant Recliner is a portable mattress that has the shape of a bucket seat. Infants were secured into the Nap Nanny via a three-point harness. However, the CPSC received numerous reports of injuries and deaths after children partially fell out of the seat and were found hanging over the side of the recliner. Some infants suffocated when they were trapped between the recliner and crib bumpers. There were also reports that infants strangled to death due to the harness or suffocated when they turned over on to their stomachs and were trapped against the fabric of the seat. Read the rest »
Is a popular Fisher Price toy too dangerous to be sold? That’s what parents across the nation are asking about the company’s Soothe & Glow Seahorse, according to a story that aired on ABC 10 News in San Diego.
The toy is a top seller on Amazon and has been the subject of dozens of negative reviews and at least 10 complaints to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Parents have complained that the battery compartment allegedly gets dangerously hot, which causes the toy to smoke and cause fire and burn hazards.
If true, this is especially disconcerting considering that the toy is often put into bed with children to soothe them before falling asleep.
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced that Britax Child Safety, Inc. is recalling its B-Agile, B-Agile Double, and BOB Motion strollers due to laceration and amputation hazards.
So far, Britax has received reports of eight injuries as a result of a defective folding mechanism on the recalled stroller models. Those injuries include severe lacerations, one broken finger, and one partial fingertip amputation.
The Chinese-manufactured product was imported by Britax Child Safety, Inc. and was sold by major retailers and juvenile products stores nationwide. The strollers were also sold online through major online retailers such as Amazon.com and ToysRUs.com. The items sold from May 2011 through June 2013 and retailed for between $250 and $450.
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At Jurewitz Law Group, our legal team recently learned that Cuisinart recently recalled several of its seven-cup food processors due to a hidden defect that increases the chances a user’s hands or face will be lacerated or cut while using the appliance. The slicing/shredding disc inside the food processor may come loose while the food processor is being used. If this happens, the disc may break the food processor’s cover, sending small, sharp pieces of plastic flying.
The Cuisinart food processors affected by the recall came in several colors, including black, white, and brushed chrome. The recalled food processors carry one of several model numbers, which are printed on the underside of the food processor. Food processors with any of the following model numbers have been recalled: MFP-107, MFP-107BC, MFP-107BCWS, MFP-107BK, MFP-107BKWS, MFP-107DCWS, MFP-107MGSLT, MFP-107MR, or MFP-107WS. Read the rest »
The BreathableSack wearable blanket was recently recalled because it may pose a choking hazard for the infants who use it, according to a report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The BreathableSack is a sleeveless blanket that infants can wear. They were sold in two sizes: small, for 10-18 pound babies, and medium, for 16-24 pound babies. They were also made available in three colors and with various animals stitched on the left side of the blanket. Read the rest »
As many as 13,000 people across 23 states, including California, have been exposed to steroid injections produced by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) that were potentially contaminated with fungal meningitis. The shots, used for pain and inflammation and injected into the spine, have caused at least 105 people to become ill as of October 8, 2012, with eight dying from the illness, according to USA Today.
The steroid, which is preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate, was contaminated with a fungus that may cause meningitis, an inflammation of the membrane surrounding the spine and brain, which can turn deadly if not treated quickly. NECC has recalled all shipments of the defective product as well as every other product it has on the market due to precautionary measures. Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating the manufacturer’s facilities and the NECC has voluntarily suspended its license to operate until the investigation is complete. Read the rest »
J&J’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit are pulling all 574,000 bottles of its grape-flavored, liquid Infants’ Tylenol off the U.S. market because parents are having problems using its redesigned bottles. The company introduced this only 3 months ago in an effort to make measuring doses easier.
17 parents or caregivers have complained that the protective cover on the top of the bottles didn’t work correctly. The plastic cover is meant to act as a flow restrictor, limiting how much of the liquid is drawn into the plastic syringe. When the syringe in inserted into the bottle, it instead pushes the protective cover into the bottle.
J&J’s consumer health segment, McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit, has had about 25 product recalls since September 2009. This recent recall is a huge disappointment to J&J, who firmly believed that the infant Tylenol’s new packaging would limit spillage and “help a mom, dad, or caregiver ensure the correct dosage” because babies are particularly vulnerable to excessive doses of medicine. Read the rest »
The Mississippi-based company Bad Boy Enterprises‚ LLC has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $715‚000 for failingto immediately report a defect with its off-road buggies.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that the problem involved the Classic Buggies off-road utility vehicles with Series brand and SePex brand electric motors. The commission reports that the defect resulted in sudden acceleration incidents and injuries to consumers‚ which occurred during use or while the ignition was in idle. Read the rest »