Consumer Reports, the Food & Drug Administration and Consumer Product Safety Commission are just some of the reputable sources where consumers can look through a list of product defects and recalls. When companies have a defective product, it is their legal obligation to warn consumers through these protection agencies so that there is no legal recourse. Even so, a defective product is liable for damages sustained to a consumer and can be sued for compensation. Please look over the list of denounced products to learn of any liable products in your home.
Foods, Medicines & Cosmetics:
- Garden of Life LLC, is expanding its voluntary recall to include additional lots of Raw Meal products due to possible salmonella contamination. This expansion is due to the fact that the company found the source of the problem and has determined that these additional products contain this ingredient. After extensive testing of the product, the Company identified the likely source of salmonella contamination to be Organic Moringa Leaf powder from a supplier that is only used in Raw Meal. Because other Garden of Life products containing Moringa use different suppliers, only this specific product (Raw Meal) is exposed. Healthy persons infected with salmonella can often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis. In addition, the FDA website has past recalled products associated with this company listed as well as the newer ones involved in this updated recall. You may reach this company at (866) 211-9058, Monday through Friday from 9 to 5.
- Cook Medical has initiated a voluntary recall of 360 specific lots of Single Lumen Central Venous Catheters and Pressure Monitoring Sets and Trays due to the catheter tip possibly fracturing and/or separating. Globally, 17,827 devices are subject to this recall. The recalled products are specific versions and lot numbers of the Single Lumen Central Venous Catheter Sets and Trays, Single Lumen Pressure Monitoring Sets, Femoral Artery Pressure Monitoring Catheter Sets and Trays, and Radial Artery Pressure Monitoring Catheter Sets and Trays. These products are intended for use in venous or arterial pressure monitoring, blood sampling and administration of drugs and fluids. Investigation revealed that the technique used by the product assembler while tipping the catheter is likely to have contributed to this nonconformance. There have been no illnesses or injuries associated with this recall, however, potential adverse events may occur as a result of the catheter tip fracturing and/or separating. These events include loss of device function, the need for medical intervention to retrieve a separated segment, and complication resulting for a separated tip obstructing blood flow to end organs. The devices were distributed globally between April 24, 2015, and October 23, 2015. You can reach this company at (800) 457-4500, Monday through Friday from 7:30 to 5.
- International Foodsource, LLC has issued a voluntary recall of various raw pistachios due to a possible salmonella risk. Salmonella, as described before, is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with salmonella can experience fever diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Other rare circumstances include arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis. There have been no illnesses in connection with this product. However, this issue was brought to the FDA’s attention after they tested the product through their contractual obligatory laboratory evaluation. As a precaution, the company has decided to recall all products associated with the packaging company who originally produced the product. You may call this company at (973) 361-7044, Monday through Friday from 8:15-4:30 pm.
- Classic Characters, Inc. is recalling infant knit Elf Booties sold exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store because of the potential choking hazard it presents. The pompoms at the tip of the toe can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. This recall involves sizes sold including 6 months through 12 months. The SKU number is 507665 and the style number is 28046; which is printed on the price tag. The infant booties are green with red and white trim, and a yellow pompom on the tip of the toe. While no injuries have been reported, the company has received two reports of pompoms detaching from the shoes. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled elf booties and return them to a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store for a full refund, or contact Classic Characters for instructions on returning them for a full refund. You may reach this company at (866) 274-3452, Monday through Friday from 9 to 5.
- Pier 1 Imports is recalling their Capella Island Swivel Dining chairs due to a possible fall hazard. The chairs can break at the base, posing such a hazard. The plastic wicker chairs have a natural wood color and measures about 26 inches wide by 26 inches deep and 39 inches high. Pier 1 Imports has received three reports of the chairs breaking, including two reports of customers falling. While no injuries have been reported, consumers should immediately stop using the recalled chairs and return them to any Pier 1 Imports store for a full refund or merchandise credit. You may reach this company at (800) 245-4595, Monday through Friday from 8-7.
- Nuna Baby Essentials is recalling their high chairs due to a fall hazard. The arm bar can bend or detach during use, posing a fall hazard to children. This recall includes ZAAZ high chairs in eight models that are listed on the CPSC website. ZAAZ and the model number are printed under the high chair seat on a white sticker. These high chairs look like a regular kitchen table chairs and have removable trays, arm bars, footrests, seat pads and harnesses so that they can convert into toddler chairs. “Nuna” is printed above the footrest of the unit. The company has received 50 reports of the arm bar detaching, including six reports of children falling from the high chair, four of these incidents resulted in injuries, including bruising and a cut on the forehead. Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled high chairs and contact the firm to receive a free new arm bar and instructions on how to replace it. You may reach this company at (855) 686-2872, Monday through Friday 8:30 to 4:30.
- Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. (MBUSA) is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 ML320 BlueTec 4Matic, GL320 BlueTec 4Matic and R320 CDI 4Matic, 2011 E350 Cabriolet and E550 Cabriolet, 2009-2011 ML350, ML350 4Matic, ML550 4Matic, ML63 AMG, and C63 AMG, 2010-2011 ML450 4Matic Hybrid, E350 Coupe, E350 4Matic, E550 Coupe, E550 4Matic, and E63 AMG, 2011-2012 GL350 BlueTec 4Matic and R350 BlueTec 4Matic, 2009-2012 GL450 4Matic, GL550 4Matic and R350 4Matic, 2007-2008 SLK280, SLK350, and SLK55 AMG, 2011-2014 SLS AMG Coupe, 2012 SLS AMG Cabriolet, 2013-2014 SLS AMG GT and SLS AMG GT Cabriolet, 2005 C230 Kompressor and C320, 2006-2007 C230, 2006-2011 C350, 2008-2011 C300 and C300 4Matic, 2010-2012 GLK350 and GLK350 4Matic and 2006-2007 Chrysler Crossfire vehicles. This is due to the fact that in the event of a crash necessitating the deployment of the driver’s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments, striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death. This is the result of excessive internal pressure that may cause the inflator to rupture. MBUSA will notify their owners and Fiat Chrysler will notify their owners. Dealers for the respective brands will replace the driver’s frontal air bag module, free of charge. There hasn’t been a set schedule to indicate the beginning of notification or repairs; however, consumers may contact MBUSA at (800) 367-6372 and Chrysler owners may contact Fiat Chrysler at (800) 853-1403.
- General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 heavy duty trucks manufactured October 1, 2013 to February 1, 2016, 2015 -2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicles (PPV) manufactured March 1, 2014, to February 1, 2016, and 2015-2016 GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 heavy duty trucks manufactured October 29, 2013, to February 1, 2016. On these affected vehicles, the brake pedal pivot nut may loosen, causing the brake pedal to be loose or inoperative. If the brake pedal becomes loose or inoperative, the driver may be unable to stop the vehicle by using the brake pedal. Additionally, a loose pedal may also interfere with the accelerator pedal. Either condition may increase the risk of a crash. GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake pedal pivot nuts, adding thread adhesive and tightening the nut as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has yet to provide a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet at (800) 222-1020 or GMC at (800) 462-8782.
- Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2006-2014 Tribeca vehicles manufactured November 16, 2004 to January 27, 2014. Due to a possible malfunction of the hood safety system and hood lock system, the hood may open unexpectedly while driving. If the hood unexpectedly opens while driving, it may interfere with the driver’s visibility, increasing the risk of a crash. Subaru will notify owners and dealers will complete this recall in two phases. Phase one will involve inspection, cleaning and lubricating the hood safety and hood lock systems. IF after this is performed, the hood latch does not operate properly, it will be replaced with a new current style part. Phase two will involve installing an improved hood safety system and hood lock system. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Subaru at (800) 782-2783.
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