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Stroller Activity Trays Recalled Due To Strangulation Hazard

3 September 2014

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a recall for about 860 Tray Vous™ snack and activity trays with connectors sold in the United States and Canada. The opening between the recalled tray and stroller seat bottom allows an unharnessed child’s body to pass through, but could trap a child’s head, posing a strangulation hazard.

The snack and activity trays have connectors that fit into strollers; the three-piece units include a black plastic tray with a cup holder, a left connector and a right connector.  The products were sold at Dainty Baby in Brooklyn, N.Y. and other juvenile product stores nationwide, and online at daintybaby.com, mystroller.com, pacifier.com and trayvous.com from May 2011 through June 2012 for about $50.

At any point during the infant swing design and manufacturing process, significant failures may contribute to products’ hazards, including (1) missteps during the early design stages; (2) inadequate testing to ensure safe performance; and (3) marketing efforts that include inadequate instructions and warnings, or even fail to include any relevant cautions. Even one act of negligence during the process from a product’s conception to its sale can cause catastrophic injuries and wrongful death once the product reaches unsuspecting consumers.

If you or a family member have questions regarding this recall, or generally regarding personal injuries, a defective product or negligence, contact the law office of Swartz & Swartz, P.C. Call (617) 742-1900 in the Boston area, or for clients in greater Massachusetts, New England, or other states across the U.S., call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732.

Toysmith Recalls Toy Light-Up Frogs and Ducks Due to Choking Hazard

8 August 2013

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This recall includes about 30,000 light-up soft plastic toy frogs and ducks. The toys light up when the sensors on the bottom of the product are touched or placed in water.  The frog comes in green and the ducks come in yellow, pink and clear.  The toys are approximately 2.25 inches in length and 1.5 inches in height.  There is a round tag attached to the product with the UPC number 2424 5159.

The government recall comes after a determination that the metal conductor pin on the bottom of the toys can come out, posing a choking hazard. Sadly, choking hazards in children’s toys and other juvenile products account for numerous deaths and injuries each year. A toy that is dangerous because it is hazardously designed may be even more so when badly made, misleadingly advertised, inaccurately labeled, or foolishly and irresponsibly sold to or for children who are too young to appreciate the toy’s hazards or defend against them.

If you or a member of your family has questions about a dangerous toy, please contact us. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Be Amazing! Toys Recalls Monster Science and Super Star Science Colossal Water Balls Due to Serious Ingestion Hazard

1 August 2013

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These soft and colorful water-absorbing polymer balls can be easily mistaken by a child for candy. When the marble-sized toy is ingested, it can expand inside a child’s body and cause intestinal obstructions, resulting in severe discomfort, vomiting, dehydration and could be life threatening. The toys do not show up on an x-ray and require surgery to be removed from the body.

This recall involves more than 15,000 marble-sized toys that absorb water and grow up to 400 times their original size. They were sold as Monster Science Colossal Water Balls (model #7255) and Super Star Science! Colossal Water Balls (model #7704). The government is aware of at least one incident with a similar water-absorbing polymer ball product in which an 8-month-old girl ingested the ball and it had to be surgically removed.

Parents and caregivers should always keep in mind how a product will appear to a child in a school or household setting. Many toys are bright and colorful, and even intentionally designed to resemble food or candy, inviting ingestion and choking injuries. If a toy, or one of its components, is small enough to be mouthed or swallowed, it should not be purchased for use in an environment with small children. Manufacturers and retailers of such toys must also pay more attention to safety issues associated with the marketing and sale of these items.

Sadly, many serious injuries and deaths have occurred over the years due to ingestion of small parts by oral-age children. Please be vigilant regarding not only the design of toys, but also the packaging and inserts with small parts warnings and instructions.

Toys and children’s products may be hazardous because of a defective design, or due to poor manufacturing, misleadingly advertised, inaccurate labels, or inadequate cautions or warnings. If you have questions about these issues, feel free to contact a personal injury lawyer at Swartz and Swartz PC at (617) 742-1900 or Toll Free at (800) 545-3732.

More than 4.8M Units of Potentially Dangerous Imported Products Discovered During Fiscal Year 2012 Government Screenings

29 July 2013

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) ended fiscal year 2012 having stopped a total of about 4.8 million units of products that violated U.S. safety rules or were found to be hazardous during the fiscal year (October 2011 to September 2012). More than 18,000 different imported consumer products were screened, and about 1,500 of those products were found to be violations and were stopped from moving into the U.S. stream of commerce.

As in the previous fiscal quarters, children’s products with lead levels exceeding federal limits continued to make up the bulk of products stopped in the fourth quarter of 2012.  Toys and other articles with small parts that present a choking hazard for children younger than 3 years old and toys and child care articles with phthalate levels in excess of federal limits were also product categories with a high number of seizures.

Screening efforts intensified in 2008 with the creation of a government import surveillance division, and again in 2011 with the creation of the Office of Import Surveillance.

The Import Stoppage Report and the table of Violative Products Seized at the Port during 4th Quarter, FY 2012 are available at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Newsroom/News-Releases/2013/More-than-48M-Units-of-Violative-Imported-Products-Kept-at-Bay-During-Fiscal-Year-2012/.

Toys and children’s products may be hazardous because of a defective design, or due to poor manufacturing, misleadingly advertised, inaccurate labels, or inadequate cautions or warnings. If you or a loved one has experienced personal injury as the result of using a defective product, speak with a personal injury lawyer at Swartz and Swartz PC to learn about the legal options available to you. Contact our Boston Law office – we are here to answer your questions and protect your legal rights. Call us at (617) 742-1900 or Toll Free at (800) 545-3732.

Krankcycle by Matrix with Detachable Seat Recalled Due to Fall Hazard

26 July 2013

KRANKcycleLARGEThis recall involves about 2,200 Johnny G. Krankcycles by Matrix with detachable seats that can be removed from the frame by lifting up on the seat. The Krankcycles have handles that the user turns in a circular motion for cardio exercise. Consumers can use the machine in a seated or standing position. The Krankcycles measure about 57 inches tall by 27 inches wide by 42 inches long. They are black and silver-colored. KRANKcycle and Matrix are printed on the machines.

The seat can unexpectedly detach from the Krankcycle’s frame during use, posing a fall hazard to users. At least two injuries from falls when the seat detached have been reported, including one report of broken ribs and one report of a back injury requiring surgery.

The bikes were sold by Johnson Health Tech to consumers, health clubs, military facilities, physical therapists, public parks facilities nationwide and they were also sold on various websites, including www.bike-on.com, from January 2008 through January 2012.

If you or a family member have suffered significant personal injuries as the result of a defective product, contact the law office of Swartz & Swartz, P.C. Call (617) 742-1900 in the Boston area, or for clients in greater Massachusetts, New England, or other states across the U.S., call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732.

Nap Nanny and Chill Infant Recliners Recalled by Baby Matters LLC After Five Infant Deaths

20 June 2013

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Baby Matters LLC of Berwyn, Pa., announced the recall of all models of its Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill infant recliners and covers. This recall is announced as part of the settlement of an administrative case filed by CPSC in December 2012, which sought a mandatory recall of the Nap Nanny and Chill products.

From 2009 to the present, the Commission staff has received at least 92 incident reports involving the Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill products, including five infant deaths. CPSC is aware of four infants who died in Nap Nanny Generation Two recliners and a fifth death involved in the Chill model. In the incident reports received by CPSC, there were 92 reports of infants hanging or falling over the side of the products, including some infants who were restrained in the product’s harness.

Consumers should immediately stop use of all Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill recliners.  In December 2012, four major retailers-Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com, and Toys R Us/Babies R Us-announced a voluntary recall of Nap Nanny and Chill models sold in their stores.

About 165,000 of the Nap Nanny and Chill products were sold between 2009 and 2012 for about $130. The recalled products were sold at toy and children’s retail stores nationwide and online.

In December 2012, CPSC staff filed an administrative complaint against Baby Matters LLC seeking a recall of the Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill infant recliners.  CPSC staff and Baby Matters LLC reached a settlement agreement that includes the recall announced today and ends the legal proceeding against the firm.

The settlement resolves CPSC staff’s allegations that the Nap Nanny and Chill products create a substantial product hazard. CPSC alleged that the products contain a design defect, their use presents a risk of injury to infants, and the instructions and warnings are inadequate.

At any point during the design and manufacturing process, a manufacturer’s failure to address safety issues associated with its products may contribute to a product’s hazards. Such efforts are of critical importance for devices that are intended for infants and small children, and are expected to be safe for all foreseeable uses.

Country Life Recalls Target-Mins Iron Supplement Bottles Due to Lack of Child-Resistant Packaging

7 June 2013

This recall involves Country Life Target-Mins 25 mg iron supplements bottles. The bottle is brown with a black top and has a white label with a yellow banner at the top and a green banner at the bottom. The words “IRON,” “Country Life” and “90 tablets” are printed on the label. Bar code 015794024927 and Lot Number 13A866B are printed on the far left side of the front label. The packaging is not child-resistant as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. The supplement tablets inside the bottle contain iron, which can cause serious injury or death to young children if multiple tablets are ingested at once.

These supplements were sold at: New Seasons, Sprouts Farmers Market, Vitamin Cottage, Whole Foods Market and other natural food stores nationwide from January 2013 to May 2013 for about $10.

Manufacturer: Country Life LLC, of Hauppauge, New York Manufactured in: USA

Manufacturers have a responsibility to adhere to existing federal standards regarding safety packaging and labeling, which are designed to protect consumers. Contact us if you have questions about or concerns about injuries caused by defective packaging. To speak with an attorney, you can call us at (617) 742-1900, or if you are outside the Boston area, call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732.

DiveAlert Emergency Signaling Devices Recalled by Ideations Due to Drowning Hazard

6 June 2013

Consumers have been advised by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to immediately stop using DiveAlert Emergency Signaling Devices. The signaling device can malfunction when used and restrict the diver’s air flow, posing a drowning hazard.

This recall involves DiveAlert and DiveAlert PLUS scuba dive signaling devices with model numbers DA2, DP2 or DV2. The signaling device is attached to the diver’s buoyancy compensator device (BCD) power inflator/alternate regulator system by a chrome-plated brass coupling and is used to activate a loud surface horn or an underwater percussion noise to alert others in the event of a diver’s emergency. The devices are also used in non-emergencies to get the attention of the pickup boat or other divers.

At any point during the design and manufacturing process, a manufacturer’s failure to address safety issues associated with its products may contribute to a product’s hazards. Such efforts are of critical importance for devices that are intended to be safety devices, and are relied on by consumers to provide potentially life-saving services. If you or a family member have suffered significant personal injuries result from the use of a defective product, contact the law office of Swartz & Swartz, P.C. Call (617) 742-1900 in the Boston area, or for clients in greater Massachusetts, New England, or other states across the U.S., call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732.

Children’s Beds Recalled Due to Fall Hazard

21 May 2013

Consumers have been advised by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to stop using Lea Panel Loft and Bunk Beds.  The identified hazard involves the bed’s side mattress support rails, which can break, thereby posing a fall hazard.

More than 60,000 units were sold in the U.S. and Canada. This recall involves the side rails on 34 different Lea children’s bed collections, including loft, bunk and panel styles in twin, full and queen sizes. The wooden beds were sold in various wood finishes and paint colors, including black or white. The beds have two side mattress support rails connecting the headboard to the footboard and slats or a Bunkie board to support the mattress.

There have been 22 reports of incidents involving the recalled beds in the U.S. since 2009, and one in Canada. Two injuries were reported. In a 2009 incident in Madison, Wisconsin, an 11-year-old girl was placing a fitted sheet on the top bunk when the child, mattress and bed supports collapsed on her 6-year-old sister in the bed below. The 6 year old was treated at a hospital emergency department for a head injury.

Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the beds, which were sold at Direct Buy stores and furniture stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com and various other websites from August 2008 through March 2013 for between $400 and $3,000.

At any point during the design and manufacturing process, failures regarding safety issues associated with children’s beds, toys and other children’s products may contribute to a product’s hazards, including (1) missteps during the early design stages; (2) inadequate testing to ensure safe performance; and (3) marketing efforts that include inadequate instructions and warnings, or failure to include any relevant cautions. Even one act of negligence during the process from product’s conception to its sale can cause catastrophic injuries and even wrongful death once the product reaches homes, schools and workplaces of consumers.

If you or a family member have suffered significant personal injuries as the result of a defective product, contact the law office of Swartz & Swartz, P.C. Call (617) 742-1900 in the Boston area, or for clients in greater Massachusetts, New England, or other states across the U.S., call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732.

Johnson & Johnson’s CEO Steps Down

24 February 2012

Following an embarrassing streak of recalls, Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) longtime CEO, Bill Weldon, has announced his resignation as the health care giant’s top executive. Product recalls ranging from Tylenol to Benadryl have cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars and has eroded consumer trust. Though Weldon has decided to step down, he does not intend to end his 31 year career at J&J unless asked to do so.
 
Products recalled during under Weldon’s tenure resulted from claims of contamination. J&J’s Mcneil Consumer Healthcare unit alone announced 25 product recalls since September 2009. With all of these manufacturing defects has come increased scrutiny and suspicion of many J&J facilities – one facility in Fort Washington, Pa. is being completely rebuilt. The volume of affected products has alarmed industry insiders as well a government officials.
 
At any point during the design and manufacturing process, significant failures may contribute to a product’s hazards, including (1) missteps during the early design stages; (2) inadequate testing to ensure safe performance; and (3) marketing efforts that include inadequate instructions and warnings, or even fail to include any relevant cautions. Even one act of negligence during the process from product’s conception to its sale can cause catastrophic injuries and wrongful death once the product reaches the homes, schools and workplaces of unsuspecting consumers.
 
Many tragic deaths and serious injuries could be avoided if corporations focused on preventive safety engineering and consumer education. Too often, manufacturers and distributors expend significant resources on self-serving public relations campaigns, rather than critical protection of the consumers who use their products.

If you or a family member have suffered significant personal injuries as the result of a defective product, contact the law office of Swartz & Swartz, P.C. Call (617) 742-1900 in the Boston area, or for clients in greater Massachusetts, New England, or other states across the U.S., call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732.

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