Author Archives: James A. Swartz

American Museum Of Tort Law Reopens, Including Exhibit Paying Tribute To The Pioneering Work Of Edward M. Swartz

Famed consumer protection advocate Ralph Nader first conceived of a museum honoring tort law in the late 1990s. Last fall, after a fundraising effort, the museum opened its doors in Nader’s hometown of Winsted, Connecticut. The American Museum of Tort … Continue reading

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Investigation Of Deadly Ammonia Leak At Boston Warehouse Raises Safety Questions

A man died on the night of Wednesday, March 23rd as the result of a large ammonia leak in a warehouse operated by Stavis Seafoods in Boston’s Seaport District. The fatality involved a worker, one of several on site at … Continue reading

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Takata’s Faulty Airbags Still Exact Toll as Recalls Lag

Joel Knight, a 52-year-old welder of South Carolina, was injured by the shrapnel from the Ford Ranger airbag, which punctured his neck with so much force that investigators initially thought a fatal shooting had occurred. Mr. Knight hit a stray … Continue reading

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Safety Concerns Raised Regarding Surgical Warming Blankets

A product designed to prevent hypothermia during and after surgery is currently under scrutiny for potential safety hazards, especially when used for hip and knee implant surgeries. Surgical warming blankets, also known as forced-air warming (FAW) blankets, are used to … Continue reading

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Government Issues Statement Regarding Hoverboard Safety

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently issued a statement regarding hoverbaord safety, as concerns grow amid reports of some models catching fire unexpectedly The CPSC, as well as consumer advocates, are working to determine the root cause of the … Continue reading

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Government Continues To Sound The Alarm About Bean Bag Chair Recall

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), along with distributor Ace Bayou, has again issued an alert regarding the voluntary recall of about 2.2 million bean bag chairs sold from 1995 to 2013. So far, only 790 purchasers have responded … Continue reading

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Article: Crib Bumpers Can Cause Infant Deaths

According to a recent article in the Journal of Pediatrics, the number of babies who have died as a result of the use of crib bumpers has tripled in the last seven years data has been available. The authors, all … Continue reading

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WATCH OUT For Toy Hazards This Holiday Season

World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) today revealed its nominees for the “10 Worst Toys of 2015” and demonstrated the reason “Jurassic World Velociraptor Claws,” and other potentially hazardous toys, should not be in the hands of children. According … Continue reading

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A Warning for Families: Dangers Associated With Coats and Car Seats

As winter approaches, parents and caregivers will start to bundle small children in bulky coats and other winter garments prior to placing them into car seats. Many are unaware, however, that doing so presents a significant risk. Safety experts agree … Continue reading

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The American Museum of Tort Law Opens In Winsted, Connecticut

Ralph Nader, renowned consumer advocate, is the driving force behind the opening of a unique museum, called The American Museum of Tort Law, in Winsted, Connecticut. Nader’s consumer-protection advocacy is the lifeblood of the museum. Now 81 years old, he … Continue reading

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