Posts Tagged James A. Swartz

Build-A-Bear Recalls Stuffed Animal Toy Due to Choking Hazard

30 August 2013

 

Sulley_LARGE

A recall has been issued for more than 25,000 Sulley character stuffed animal sold at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores and online. The stuffed animal’s eye can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Sulley is a furry blue creature from the Monsters movies. The Build-A-Bear stuffed monster is covered in blue furry fabric with purple spots, horn on its head and has blue eyes measuring about 1 inch in diameter. The stuffed monster is about 17 inches high and 10.5 inches wide.

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.

New Effort in Boston To Enhance Bicycle Safety With Helmet Rental Program

28 August 2013

Biking in Boston, like many cities across the country, has become more popular during the last couple of years, as consumers use bikes more often for commuting, as well as in competitions, in charity rides, and for pleasure. Also, Boston now offers a bike sharing option, with stations strategically located across the city, allowing users to rent bikes for a fee.

Bike safety, as a result, has required more attention. In particular, the use of helmets is seen as a critical issue in preventing catastrophic head injuries. HelmetHub is a new venture in Boston, attempting to address the lack of helmet availability for urban bike share programs. Starting in early September, bike helmet vending machines will be installed next to several high-volume Hubway bike-sharing stations. Riders can rent a helmet for 24 hours that has been sanitized and inspected for safety, similar to renting a ski helmet.

The importance of wearing a helmet while biking, or using other recreational items like skateboards and rollerblades, cannot be overstated. When a sudden impact or trauma occurs, the result can be a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The TBI can be moderate or severe in medical terms, however the impact on one’s life in either case can be significant and chronic. Symptoms associated with brain injury include: headaches, confusion, dizziness, blurred vision, and fatigue, loss of memory and mood changes. In severe cases, victims can suffer a catastrophically debilitating injury, leaving them unable to speak or care for themselves.Medical attention should be sought immediately in any brain injury case so the patient can be stabilized to prevent further damage. The primary focus medically is to insure proper oxygen flow to the brain and entire body, and to maintain blood flow and proper blood pressure. In significant brain injury cases, rehabilitation often includes physical and occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and other psychological and social support systems.

If you have questions about your legal rights relating to traumatic brain and other head injuries, feel free to contact us.

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

8 August 2013

ToySmithLARGE

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.

Kids II Inc. Recalls Baby Einstein Activity Jumpers Due to Impact Hazard

26 July 2013

product 023

Units: About 400,000 and 8,500 in Canada

Description: This recall includes more than 408,000 Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumpers with model number 90564, mostly sold in the United States, though some were sold in Canada as well. There is a yellow sun toy attached to the seat frame on a flexible stalk with either three or five brightly colored rings. The “sun” toy attachment on the activity jumper can rebound with force and injure the infant, posing an impact hazard.

There have been at least 100 reports of incidents including 61 injuries. One 7-month-old boy sustained a lineal skull fracture.

The toys, imported from China by  Kids II Inc., of Atlanta, GA, were sold at Target, Toys R Us and other retails stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com between May 2010 and May 2013.

At Swartz & Swartz, P.C., our personal injury and product liability attorneys have pursued justice on behalf of victims of hazardous products in Massachusetts, and throughout the United States. Our firm has a national reputation for successfully representing consumers and their families who have been victimized by defective products, often suffering severe and catastrophic injuries.

If you or a loved one has experienced personal injury resulting from the use of 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.

Propane Explosion Kills Man in Yarmouth, Maine

26 June 2013

A Yarmouth, Maine man was killed and at least a dozen of his neighbors were displaced by an explosion Tuesday, June 25th that destroyed or damaged homes. The effects of the blast were felt miles away. Police and fire officials said the blast, believed to be a propane explosion, occurred about 6:17 a.m. and destroyed a condominium unit at 50 Gables Drive, where Peter Corey lived. Mr. Corey, 66 years old, lived alone and was described as severely disabled.

The blast was being investigated by the state Fire Marshal’s Office, and was reportedly likely caused by a propane leak in one of the units.

According to reports, several propane tanks serve the 14 units on Gables Drive. The tank that fed into the building that exploded is four units away and was not damaged by the blast. It was thought initially that any leaking gas must have been inside the condominium. Propane is heavier than air, so a leak can cause a dangerous accumulation in low spots in enclosed spaces.

A structural engineer was hired to check each of the buildings to determine which ones are safe for residents to enter to gather belongings, said the police chief.

Explosions caused by various ignition sources, such as gas explosions, as well as burns caused by fire and electrocution, can have a devastating and catastrophic impact, resulting in death or severe, permanent disabilities. Surviving burn victims and their families suffer through long months of painful and costly medical procedures and rehabilitation in order to regain function. The psychological damage of a burn injury, especially highly visible burns to the face or hands, may last a lifetime. Therefore, proper precautions must always be taken in and around homes and businesses using gas, including propane. If a leak is suspected, users should immediately leave the area and call emergency officials to investigate, since combustible vapors can quickly accumulate.

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.

Philips Recalls Metal Halide Lamps Due to Fire, Laceration Hazards

7 June 2013

These metal halide lamps have internal wiring which can arc, causing the lamp to catch fire or the glass to shatter. This poses fire and laceration hazards.

The recalled items are egg-shaped, clear glass, 150-watt industrial metal halide lamps. They are about five inches long and have a medium base. Recalled lamps were manufactured between November 2012 and March 2013. “Philips,” “150W” “ALTO M142/0,” “Hg,” “USA 3A-1” and “MHC150/U/MP/4K” are stamped on the lamp. Each lamp comes in a protective cardboard sleeve. The Philips logo appears at the top of the protective sleeve on all sides. “MasterColor,” “Ceramic Metal Halide ED-17 Protected,” “Hg-Lamp Contains Mercury” are on the side of the sleeve. “MHC150/U/MP/4K ALTO” and Universal Product Code (UPC) “46677 37724” are on a label on the side of the sleeve.

If you or a family member have suffered significant burn injuries as the result of a fire, or if a loved one has suffered a wrongful death  or other damages as the result of burn injuries, please contact one of our personal injury attorney at Swartz & Swartz, P.C.. You can call us at (617) 742-1900, or if you are outside the Boston area, call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732. We are here to answer your questions and discuss how to protect your legal rights.

IKEA Recalls LYDA Jumbo Coffee and Tea Cups Due To a Burn Hazard

7 June 2013

This recall involves 220,000 (worldwide) of IKEA’s LYDA jumbo coffee and tea cups. The cups can break when hot liquid is poured into them, posing a burn hazard. There have been 20 incidents reported worldwide, including 10 scalding injuries.

The 20-ounce cups are four inches tall and are white with a pink rose and green leaves.  Printed on the bottom of the cup is the following information:  Model number 302.033.7; Supplier number 10866; the IKEA logo; the words “IKEA of Sweden Design and Quality,” and “Made in Thailand.”

If you or a family member have suffered significant burn injuries as the result of using a defective product, please contact one of our personal injury attorney at Swartz & Swartz, P.C.. You can call us at (617) 742-1900, or if you are outside the Boston area, call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732. We are here to answer your questions and discuss how to protect your legal rights

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.

Next Page »