Consumer Safety Archives - Wooten Kimbrough Damaso & Dennis, PA

Federal Investigation Launched into the Cause of Tesla Battery Fires

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Michael Damaso / 11-12-2019 / Auto Accidents

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation into the cause of Tesla fires due to a defect in the vehicles’ batteries. This investigation covers Model S and Model X Tesla vehicles that were manufactured between the years 2012 and 2019 and were sold in the United States. The term “investigation” is […]

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Which Cars Carry The Greatest Risk For Fatal Accidents?

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Thomas Dennis / 07-13-2018 / Auto Accidents

  If you said “smaller is more dangerous,” you may be on the right track. According to AutoGuide, cars like the Hyundai Accent and the Kia Rio, both small sedan style cars, are the most unsafe cars in the US for 2018. However, there is a safe zone in average sized cars and then the […]

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How To Protect Yourself From Transvaginal Mesh Complications

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Thomas Dennis / 07-06-2018 / Consumer Safety

  What is Transvaginal Mesh/Netting? The transvaginal mesh or netting is usually made of a plastic called polypropylene while other types of mesh can use other materials, even animal tissue. The term “transvaginal,” however, came from the surgical procedure rather than the materials used in the process. The surgery is meant to help support the […]

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Start the New Year with a Safe Bang

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Doug / 12-31-2015 / Consumer Safety

New Year’s Eve is a time for renewal and celebration and, often, fireworks.  Whether you’re enjoying a local fireworks show, or lighting sparklers in your backyard, it is important to remember that safety is as important as fun, especially when handling explosives.  Firework are explosives and safety starts even before your celebration begins. The National […]

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More on the Takata Airbag Recall

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Doug / 07-14-2015 / Auto Accidents

The ongoing recall of Takata Airbags is back in the news again after more vehicles have been added to the recall effort.  According to Automotive News, this past Friday, June 10, 2015, the 2008-2010 Dodge Challenger is now being added to the list of recalled vehicles. The Challenger is being recalled to repair the diver’s […]

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“Safe Phone Zones” introduced by the Florida Department of Transportation

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Doug / 06-02-2015 / Auto Accidents

In a public-private partnership with GEICO, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) unveiled a new campaign to help curb the problem of distracted driving on Florida’s roadways. Sixty four different “Safe Phone Zones” were designated on various roadways throughout Florida. A map of all of the “Safe Phone Zones” throughout Florida can be found online […]

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Takata Expands Airbag Recall

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Doug / 05-20-2015 / Consumer Safety

After increased pressure from U.S. regulation groups, Takata, the Japanese vehicle parts producer, is expanding their airbag recall yesterday.  This recall, which will include 33.8 million vehicles, is now the largest automobile recall in history.  Estimates have been made that one in seven vehicles on the road today have one of the recalled airbag components and […]

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Recent Recalls 04/19/2015 – 04/25/2015

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Doug / 04-28-2015 / Consumer Safety

Recalls are an important way for businesses to inform the public that one of their products may be unsafe.  By issuing a recall the company hopes to inform the public about the issue and take the necessary steps to ensure those products do not harm consumers. For the latest recalls please see the summaries and […]

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Recent Recalls 04/12/15-04/18/15

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Doug / 04-20-2015 / Consumer Safety

It is important to remain aware and cautious about recalls announced for any and all products we used in day to day life. Products of all types are susceptible to defects, contamination, and misbranding. To remain aware of the most recent recalls please see the summaries and links below.  This past week’s recalls consist of […]

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Recent Recalls 04/04/15-04/11/15

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Doug / 04-14-2015 / Consumer Safety

It is important to remain aware and cautious about recalls announced for any and all products we used in day-to-day life. Products of all types are susceptible to defects, contamination, and misbranding. To remain aware of the most recent recalls please see the summaries and links below.  The majority of this week’s recalls involve food […]

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Recent Recalls for 03/28/15-04/04/15

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Doug / 04-06-2015 / Consumer Safety

It is important to remain aware and cautious about recalls announced for any and all products we used in day-to-day life. Products of all types are susceptible to defects, contamination, and misbranding. To remain aware of the most recent recalls please see the summaries and links below.  The majority of this week’s recalls involve food […]

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This Week’s Important Recalls 03/15/15-03/21/15

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Doug / 03-23-2015 / Consumer Safety

It is important to remain aware and cautious about recalls announced for any and all products we used in day to day life. Products of all types are susceptible to defects, contamination, and misbranding. To remain aware of the most recent recalls please see the summaries and links below. Recalls RSS WhiteWave Recalls CreaMiser Refrigerated […]

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Weekly Wrap-up of Recalls 03/08/15-03/14/15

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Doug / 03-17-2015 / Consumer Safety

It is important to remain aware and cautious about recalls announced for any and all products we used in day to day life. Products of all types are susceptible to defects, contamination, and misbranding. To remain aware of the most recent recalls please see the summaries and links below.  Most of the listed recalls over […]

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Weekly Wrap-up of Recalls 03/01/15-03/07/15

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Doug / 03-09-2015 / Consumer Safety

It is important to remain aware and cautious about recalls announced for any and all products we used in day to day life. Products of all types are susceptible to defects, contamination, and misbranding. To remain aware of the most recent recalls please to the summaries and links below. Recalls RSS Flow Sports Inc. Recalls […]

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Weekly Wrap-up of Recalls 02/22/15/02/28/14

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Doug / 03-05-2015 / Consumer Safety

The recalls that were announced over the past week range from consumer goods such as fans to foods and pharmaceuticals. It is important to remain aware and cautious about recalls announced for any and all products we used in day-to-day life. Products of all types are susceptible to defects, contamination, and misbranding. To remain aware […]

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Weekly Wrap-up of Recalls 02/15/15/02/21/14

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Doug / 02-23-2015 / Consumer Safety

This week’s recalls involve many food recalls where products contain undeclared allergens. The misbranding of these products can lead to an increase risk of consumers digesting ingredients, which can cause serious and life threatening allergic reactions.  It is very important that consumers with food allergies remain aware of the ingredients in the products they purchase […]

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Weekly Wrap-up of Recalls 02/08/15/02/14/14

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Doug / 02-16-2015 / Consumer Safety

Most of this week’s recalls involve food related recalls due to undeclared allergens and contamination. It is important to remain aware of recalls of products you and your family consume.  If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a defective product, contaminated food or suffered injury to the negligence of […]

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New Study Deems Florida the Last Place You Want To Get Into an Accident

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Doug / 02-11-2015 / Auto Accidents

Whether you are a tourist on vacation or a Floridian on the way to work, a new study encourages you to remain cautious on the roads. The personal finance website, WalletHub.com, has released the results of a study, which analyzed several risk factors, such as minimum auto insurance coverage requirements and percentage of uninsured drivers, […]

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Weekly Wrap-up of Recalls 02/01/15/02/07/15

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Doug / 02-09-2015 / Consumer Safety

Most of this week’s recalls include product recalls for various increase risks posed to users/consumers. It is important to remain attentive in the working condition and potential safety issues, which can arise with products you purchase. If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a defective product, contaminated food or […]

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Weekly Wrap-up of Recalls 01/24/15-01/31/15

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Doug / 02-03-2015 / Consumer Safety

The majority of the recalls reported for this week involved undeclared allergens. If you or a loved one has a specific food allergy be careful to check the labels of products purchased and remain aware of recalls of household products that you regularly purchase. Recalls RSS Mirka Extends Recall of Compact Electric Random Orbital Sanders […]

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Weekly Wrap-up of Recalls 01/18/15-01/24/15

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Doug / 01-26-2015 / Consumer Safety

A majority of this week’s recalls listed involve food product recalls, some due to undeclared allergens, while others are due to lack of inspection and/or potential contamination. It is important to be aware of the ingredients in the products you purchase especially for those with allergies to particular items such as peanuts, eggs and dairy. […]

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Weekly Wrap-up of Recalls 01/11/15-01/17/15

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Doug / 01-19-2015 / Consumer Safety

Recalls RSS IKEA Recalls Crib Mattresses  (13 Jan., 2015) IKEA has launched the recall of the subject crib mattresses due to an entrapment risk. The mattresses can create a gab between the mattress and crib ends larger than which is permitted by federal regulations. Thus far two incident have been reported of entrapment, but no […]

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Recall Wrap-Up 12/19/14 – 12/19/14

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Doug / 12-19-2014 / Consumer Safety

Most of this past week’s recalls are for consumer products.  If you have purchased any of the following items please discontinue use, keep out of reach of small children and contact the appropriate producer to determine which step to take in order to return or obtain a refund. Recalls RSS WindowTex Recalls Custom Roller Shades […]

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Recall Wrap-up 12/6/14 – 12/12/14

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Doug / 12-15-2014 / Consumer Safety

Most of this past week’s recalls are for various food related allergies.  If you have a food allergy, please make sure you check products being used in the food you’re purchasing. Recalls RSS Bicycle Helmets Recalled by UVEX Sports Due to Risk of Head Injury (Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:30:00 GMT) Helmet’s chinstrap can fail, […]

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Holiday Mishaps to Avoid

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Doug / 12-09-2014 / Consumer Safety

As the holiday season approaches, many of us are decorating, baking and preparing for joyful times with friends and family.  At this happy time it is important to be aware of the hidden and increased risks that come along with some holiday traditions. Some of the most common holiday accidents are poisonings, electrocutions, and fireplace-borne fires. […]

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Recall Wrap-up 11/29/14 – 12/5/14

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Doug / 12-05-2014 / Consumer Safety

This week sees a lot of recalls from the NHTSA on vehicles and tires.  Check to make sure your car isn’t on the list and check with your local mechanic if it is. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Recalls YAMAHA ( 14V644000 ) (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 06:00:01 EST) Dated: OCT 13, 2014 Yamaha Motor […]

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Slips and Falls

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Doug / 11-20-2014 / Consumer Safety

Falls are a leading cause of unintentional injuries in the United States. Approximately 8.9 million emergency department visits annually are associated to falls. They are also the second-leading cause of unintentional deaths in homes and communities. The most common locations where falls are reported to have occurred are: Stairs Ramps Uneven surfaces Unstable work surfaces Cluttered hallways […]

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Trick-or-Treat: Tips for Safely Celebrating Halloween

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Doug / 10-27-2014 / Consumer Safety

We’re just a few days away from one of the most enjoyable holidays, Halloween. This particular holiday always presents a greater risk for those celebrating due to a variety of reasons. This particular Halloween, we’d like to remind everyone about a few safety tips that will help make you have a safe, enjoyable Halloween. Every […]

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Recall Alert: Sling Café Sets Recalled Due to Fall Hazard

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Doug / 10-16-2014 / Consumer Safety

Dimension has launched a recall of Sling Fabric Café sets, which were for sale exclusively at Costco Wholesale Stores nationwide between December 2013 and May of 2014. The set has been recalled due to the discovery of a fall hazard created by the absence of a metal washer plate on the chairs. The sling fabric […]

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2013 Nissan Altima Recalled Due to Steering Risk

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Doug / 10-15-2014 / Consumer Safety

Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013 Nissan Altimas due to a discovered defect discovered which could cause the hood to unexpectedly open while driving. In the event of interference between the hood liner panel and secondary latch, acting in concert with corrosion and/or presence of debris, may cause the secondary […]

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Keeping Warm and Safe this Winter

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Doug / 10-09-2014 / Consumer Safety

As Cooler weather begins to approach us, so does the season of sweaters, jackets and hoodies.  Although we will all begin to bundle up as the colder temperatures begin to roll in, most of us aren’t wondering is the jacket or coat I bought safe. Most consumers do not think about the safety of the […]

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Best Buy & Liquidators Failed to Pull Recalled Products from Store Shelves

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Doug / 10-03-2014 / Consumer Safety

Best Buy by Mike The U.S. Consumer Safety Commission (CPSC) and Best Buy are warning consumers that 10 different products, which were recalled in 2012 and 2013, were sold by Best Buy in store and online as well as through liquidators Best Buy Private Auction, CowBoom and TechLiquidators nationwide. Often stores and distribution centers have […]

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Affirmative Defenses: Pointing the Finger Back at the Plaintiff

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Doug / 10-01-2014 / Auto Accidents

Immediately following an accident victims are often faced with the need for medical care, expenses incurred as a result of medical care, wage loss, and injuries that can be long lasting or permanent. Regardless of the accident or incident which caused the injuries, often the Plaintiff is stuck with expenses and required to live with […]

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Ford Launches Recall of Certain F-150 Trucks

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Doug / 09-24-2014 / Consumer Safety

Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2014 Ford F-150 truck, which were manufactured May 26, 2014 through June 19, 2014. The recalled vehicles were equipped with Electronic Power Assist Steering (EPAS), which it has been discovered may have been installed incorrectly. If incorrectly installed the EPAS gear motor position magnet can cause […]

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GM Under Heat Due to Faulty Ignition Switches Says They Will Pay Victims

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Doug / 09-18-2014 / Auto Accidents

Following almost a decade of problems, which led to at least 13 fatal accidents, an internal probe has failed to find any evidence of intentional cover up of the ignition-switch issues that have resulted in massive recall. Although the investigation uncovered no cover up, it did reveal “a pattern of incompetence and neglect”. GM failed […]

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Firework Safety

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Doug / 07-03-2014 / Consumer Safety

With the Fourth of July weekend approaching, people all over the United States are planning gatherings, cookouts and – an all time favorite to most – fireworks.  Although the Fourth brings with it celebrations in many forms, it also brings with it risks.  Fireworks are explosives and although they have become synonymous with Independence Day […]

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Linear Expands Recall of Personal Emergency Transmitters

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Doug / 07-02-2014 / Consumer Safety

Many of us have seen commercials for products like Life Alert, devices that transmit a signal to summon assistance for individuals often designed and targeted at the elderly community. Linear has produced a similar device which is a button worn around the neck, much like a necklace, which summons assistance when the person when the […]

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Electrocution Hazard Sparks a Nokia Recall of Tablet Chargers

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Doug / 06-24-2014 / Consumer Safety

Nokia has recalled Traveler Charger Kits for the Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablets after discovering that the plastic cover can come loose, separate and pose an electrocution hazard due to exposed inner workings of the device if it remains plugged into a live socket. The recall involves approximately 500 units of the chargers, which were sold […]

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How Safe Is Your Car?

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Doug / 06-17-2014 / Auto Accidents

One of the most important things to consumers when they are looking to purchase a vehicle is safety. Car owners want the security of knowing that should they be involved in a collision the vehicle they are in is going to provide protection from serious bodily injuries and possibly death.  Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing […]

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Bike Riders Beware

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Doug / 06-11-2014 / Consumer Safety

Summer is upon us and although the weather may be inviting bike riders should inspect and confirm the safety of their equipment. SCOTT has recalled its Speedster 30 and 40, and Contessa Speedster 25 and 35 road bicycles.  A defect has been discovered in the above mentioned bikes and the steering tube located in the […]

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The Reality of Slip & Fall Accidents

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Doug / 06-04-2014 / Consumer Safety

Falls account for more than 8 million hospital emergency room visits, making up 21.3% of visits. Of that 8 million, a million involve slip and falls (12% of total falls). Over 9 million disabling slip ad falls occur per year. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has linked flooring material as a direct contributing factor in […]

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Cracking Down on Defective and Violative Goods

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Doug / 06-03-2014 / Consumer Safety

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) system for targeting high-risk cargo showed net results in the latter half of the fiscal year 2013. Targeting method has helped CPSC to identify about 8.2 million units of consumer products that violate U.S. safety rules or that were defective.  In total during the fiscal year of 2013 […]

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Jury Awards $248.6 Million to Plaintiff against Hyundai

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Doug / 05-30-2014 / Auto Accidents

In July 2011, two teenage cousins, Tanner Olsen and Trevor Olsen, were killed as a result of a head-on crash, in which a passenger in the other vehicle passed away as well. Survivors of the cousins brought suit against Hyundai, alleging that the collision was the result of a defect in the vehicle’s steering.  It […]

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BMW Recalls 2014 X5 SAV

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Doug / 05-29-2014 / Car Accident

BMW of North America is recalling certain model year 2014 X5 SAV vehicles, which were manufactured between December, 2013 and March, 2014. The recall is due to the discovery of a defect with child safety locks. The rear locking mechanisms may not have been manufactured correctly, causing a previously engaged child safety lock to disengage […]

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Hot Coffee Lawsuits

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Doug / 05-28-2014 / Consumer Safety

Decades ago a there was a famous suit brought against McDonald’s, involving a patron spilling coffee on themselves and being severely burned as a result of the excessively hot beverage. The case made headlines after the elderly patron was awarded nearly 3 million in 1994, for her injuries. In the years following that case suits […]

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The Defective Tire Investigation: You May Be At Risk!

Doug / 05-15-2014 / Auto Accidents

The first sentence in the ABC News story should send chills to everyone who drives, “because of a badly flawed and archaic government recall system, millions of potentially dangerous recalled tires remain on the roads, on store shelves for sale, or simply unaccounted for.” In fact, the problem is so severe and the potential risk […]

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Ford Recalls 2013-2014 Vehicles

Doug / 04-30-2014 / Auto Accidents

Ford motor Company (Ford) is recalling vehicles due to a manufacturing defects resulting in the seatbacks being insufficient to meet the requirements set by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 207, “Seating Systems”. The affected vehicles include certain 2013-2014 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured August through September 2013, 2013-2014 Ford Escape […]

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Ontel Recalls Isometric Exercise Equipment

Doug / 04-29-2014 / Consumer Safety

Ontel is recalling ISO7X isometric exercise equipment, after it was discovered that the devices contain a defect with the handle grips which can cause parts to come free and forcefully ejected from the shaft of the device. The ejection of parts of the device can potentially cause injury to the user and or bystanders. The […]

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8.7 Million Pounds of Meat Recalled

Doug / 04-25-2014 / Consumer Safety

According to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), as part of an ongoing investigation it has been discovered that meat processed by a California company may not be fit for consumption. A Northern California company has recalled over 8.7 million pounds of meat due to discovery that diseased and unhealthy animals might have […]

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