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recalled car seatsGraco Corporation, one of the largest manufacturers of baby and child products, has issued a recall for 11 different models of baby strollers because of reports the products may cause a fingertip amputation hazard. According to an announcement on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) website, the folding hinge, which is located on the side of the stroller, can pinch a baby or small child’s finger, which may result in a laceration or amputation of the child’s finger. Graco has received at least 11 different complaints from consumers where children were injured. Six of those victims had their full fingertip amputated in the incidents, four children received a partial-fingertip amputation injury, and one child received a serious fingertip laceration. The company warns parents and other caregivers, when opening a stroller, to make sure the side hinge has completely locked in place before placing the child in it. The strollers being recalled were manufactured under the Graco and Century names, and were manufactured between 2000 through 2014. The model names the company says which have the defective hinge are:
  • Aspen;
  • Breeze;
  • Capri;
  • Cirrus;
  • Glider;
  • Kite;
  • LiteRider;
  • Sierra;
  • Solara;
  • Sterling; and
  • TravelMate.
Graco estimates that the recall affects approximately 5 million units which were sold in the U.S., 200,000 sold in Canda, and 10,000 units sold in Mexico. Consumers can contact Graco for a free hinge repair kit. Graco has had to issue several recalls this past year. In March, the company was forced to recall over four million car seats and in July another recall was issued for almost two million infant car seats. In both recalls, there was a danger presented to children from the buckles of the harness of the seat becoming stuck and parents unable to remove their child. If your child has been injured in an accident involving a defective product, contact an experienced New Braunfels personal injury attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have against the product’s manufacturer.
fire engine recallFirefighters face dangers on the job every day – the intense heat from fires, as well as the risk of burns from the flames, becoming trapped from collapsing, burning buildings. There is also the risk from carbon monoxide exposure, as well as other deadly chemicals they may inhale or come in contact with. But now, a recent national recall announcement from a fire engine manufacturer exposes the dangers that one model of fire engine presents to not only the firefighters riding the truck, but to everyone else on the road. Navistar Inc. has issued a recall notice for all of their International 4800 models which were manufactured between June 1999 and May 2002, which are also equipped with Fabco TC-200 transfer cases. According to the recall notice, there is a chance that the driveshaft of the truck can separate and cause the axle to lock up. The recall comes as a result of an investigation of a deadly crash in which six people were killed, this past June. According to a report issued by the Montana State Police, the fire chief of the Three Forks Fire Department in Montana was driving a 2002 International fire engine on the highway when the drivetrain of the truck failed. The drivetrain of a vehicle powers its wheels. This failure caused a wheel on the truck to lock and the chief lost control of the truck, which crossed over the lane and slammed into an oncoming pickup truck, causing an explosion and fire. The family of five in the pickup truck, which included three small children, was all killed in the crash, as was the fire chief. Navistar said they have reports of five other incidents of mechanical failure, in addition to the fatal Montana crash, and that is why they were issuing the recall. If you have or a love one has been injured in a vehicle crash caused by a defective or recalled vehicle, contact an experienced New Braunfels personal injury attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have.
bean bag chair recallThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced a recall of over 2 million bean bag chairs after reports that two children have died in separate incidents. According to the recall announcement, the zippers on the chairs are able to be easily opened by children, allowing them to crawl inside the chair. Once inside, a child can become trapped, choke or suffocate on the small foam beads that are in the bean bag chair. Both of the children who died had reportedly opened the zippers of the bags and crawled inside. Each of the children suffocated inside the chair from lack of air and inhaling the beads. One victim from McKinney, Texas was a 13-year-old boy and the other victim was a 3-year-old girl from Lexington, Kentucky. Both of the victims’ bodies were discovered inside the zippered chairs. There is no mandatory standard for bean bag chairs, only a voluntary one, which requires non-refillable bean bag chairs to have closed and permanently disabled zippers. The defective chairs, which are manufactured by Ace Bayou Corp., of New Orleans, Louisiana, did not meet the voluntary standard. These chairs have two zippers, one on the exterior of the chair, and another zipper directly underneath that one. Both zippers can be easily unzipped and opened, creating the hazard for young children. The chairs being recalled were sold prior to July 2013 at the following retailers: Amazon, Bergner's, Big Lots, Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Carson's, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's, Meijer, Pamida, School Specialty, Wayfair, Walmart and Younkers. The price of the chairs ranged from $30 to $100 and came in a range of colors, shapes and sizes. If you or someone in your family has been injured due to a defective product, contact an experienced New Braunfels personal injury attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have for pain and loss.

defective guardrailThe guardrails that line major road roads across the country are supposed to act as safety barriers that reduce the risk of injuries in vehicle accidents by absorbing the impact of the vehicle and slowing it down. The guardrail ends are designed to hold the rail together during the impact of a crash so the metal rail does not impale the vehicle – or the passengers inside it. But one type of guardrail is being blamed for at least four deaths and multiple injuries, according to lawsuits that have been filed in several states. The state of Nevada has even gone so far as to remove the ET-Plus end terminal model of guardrail from its approved list of products. The original model had a guardrail head that was five inches wide. In 2005, Trinity Industries, manufacturer of the product, changed the width to four inches, and at the same time also made the feeder narrower. According to the lawsuits that have been filed, this change to the design causes the guardrail to not work properly. Compounding the issues for the manufacturer is their failure to notify the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of the design change, which they were required to do by law. Trinity argues that the change was done on the recommendation of Texas A&M Transportation Institute researchers who had designed the original product. The company claims the reason why the government was not notified of the change until seven years later was because the researchers “inadvertently omitted” the design drawing that indicated those changes. Several victims of the crashes have been impaled by the guardrails, including one 24 year-old driver who had both legs severed when a guardrail impaled the bottom of his vehicles. That victim did survive the crash. If you have been injured in a vehicle crash and have received those injuries because of defective or malfunctioning product, contact an experienced San Antonio personal injury attorney to find out what compensation you may be entitled to for pain and loss.

The Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Soothe and Glow Seahorse is currently one of the most popular toys available.  Fisher-Price markets the toy as the perfect companion to help babies sleep. When the stuffed animal is hugged, its belly glows and it begins playing lullabies. The company recommends the product for children between the ages of six months to four years old.

However, despite reports of the stuffed animal smoking and even one report of the toy actually catching on fire, Fisher-Price refuses to issue a recall. There are currently over two dozen complaints on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) SaferProducts website. In addition to the formal complaints to the CPSC, many online websites that sell the product have hundreds of negative reviews written by parents who purchased the toy and had similar experiences to those who have filed complaints. Parents have complained about the battery chamber heating up and smoke coming out of the coils. This appears to be a frequent occurrence when the batteries are changed, although many incidents occurred randomly, without a change of batteries.

The heat coming of the coils is so hot that it melts the inside plastic of the chamber. Many parents point out that if this happens when a child is sleeping, bedding could easily catch fire. And if the batteries are contained in a smoldering chamber without being removed, they could explode.

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