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Product Recalls: March 14 – March 21

When a product recall is issued, it’s imperative for consumers to know of the information because of the potential injuries that may accumulate after usage. As a response to product defects, federal agencies have set up a system to list the foods, consumer goods and motor vehicles that should be flagged for any issues deemed dangerous. While companies produce products in the effort to support consumers in some fashion, sometimes these products are improperly made or not known to be dangerous until after the fact. The lawyers at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA have picked out some of the products that the community should be aware of to make sure there are no injuries or potentially, lives lost.

Food Medicine & Cosmetics:

  • Tri-Union Seafoods LLC is voluntarily recalling 2,745 cases (equal to 107,280 cans) of Chicken of the Sea brand 5 oz. canned chunk light tuna in oil and 5 oz. canned chunk light tuna in water. The recall has been initiated because the product may have been undercooked due to an equipment malfunction, which was uncovered during a routine inspection. These issues were part of the commercial sterilization process and could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed. There have been no reported illnesses to date in connection with the affected products. However, due to the popularity and consumption level of these products, the company is issuing the recall to ensure the highest level of safety and quality. The UPC code, Best By date and lot codes are listed on the FDA website. Consumers are encouraged to return the product to the store where they purchased it for a full refund. For more information or if you have questions, please contact the company at (866) 600- 2681, 24 hour recall information line.
  • NOW Health Group, Inc. is voluntarily recalling limited quantities of six dietary supplements that are mislabeled due to a printing error from the label supplier. The recall affects approximately 165 total units that were distributed nationally and sold in retail stores and online. No other NOW products are affected or are involved in this recall. Specific products and lots are listed on the FDA website with more information. Two of the products, Goldenseal Root and Cranberry Ext Caps with products codes and lots numbers have undeclared allergens that may affect people who are unaware of such a deviation. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. There have been no other health hazards associated with the use of any of the other recalled products. Consumers who have purchased these recalled products should stop using the product immediately and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact this company at (888) 669-3663, Monday through Friday from 8am to 6pm CT.
  • Hospira, Inc., a Pfizer company, is voluntarily recalling one lot of 8.4% Sodium Bicarbonate Injection, USP (NDC: 0409-6625-02, Lot 56-148-EV, Expiry 1AUG2017) at the hospital/retail level due to the presence of a particulate within a single-dose glass flip-top vial. The issue was identified through a confirmed complaint. If the particulate is not observed prior to IV administration and breaks off into smaller particulates, passing through the catheter, it may result in localized inflammation, allergic reaction, including anaphylaxis, granuloma formation or microembolic effects (IV only). Larger particulates may block the infusion of solution, potentially resulting in a delay in therapy. The likelihood of risk to the patient is low due to the high detectability of the particulate prior to or at the point of care. Although serious in nature, the probability of harm in this case is low due to the high detectability of the non-conformance. To date, Hospira has not received reports of any adverse events associated with this issue for this lot. Hospira places the utmost emphasis on patient safety and product quality at every step in the manufacturing and supply chain process. Anyone with inventory of the recalled lot should stop use and distribution and quarantine the product immediately. If you have any questions regarding this recall, please call Stericycle at (888) 965-6077, Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm ET.

Consumer Products:

  • GE Lighting is recalling their High-intensity LED replacement lamps due an impact hazard. These lamps can separate from its base and fall onto consumers below, posing an impact hazard. This recall involves GE Lighting high intensity discharge (HID) LED lamps. The lamps are commonly used in fixtures for warehouses, schools and gymnasiums. The lamps are 5 ½ inches in diameter by 11 ½ inches long and weigh about 3 pounds. The lamps were sold in a blue and white carton with “ED37/EX39 base” on the front and “PC: 21259” on the back above the bar code. Recalled lamps have the GE logo and information on the white plastic base of the lamp. These codes can be found on the CPSC website. As such, the firm has received four reports of the lamp separating from the lamp base. No injuries or property damage have been reported. Consumers should immediately contact GE Lighting for a free repair kit and installation guide. You can reach this company at (800) 338-4999, Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm ET.
  • RacerMate is recalling CompuTrainer Blue Flywheels. The blue flywheel can shatter while in use and throw metal pieces into the air. This poses a risk of injury from impact to the rider and any bystanders. This recall involves blue CompuTrainer Flywheels manufactured before 2008. The CompuTrainer Flywheels are used to make bicycles stationary for indoor training. The blue flywheel is a die casting made of zinc. It measures 4.75 inches in diameter and weighs 1.1 pounds. Flywheels manufactured after 2008 are silver in color, and are not included in this recall. RacerMate has received five reports of flywheels that have shattered, including three reports of injuries, including lacerations and leg bruises. Consumers should immediately stop using and remove the recalled blue flywheels. Consumers can contact RacerMate for instructions on receiving a free, silver replacement flywheel. If you have any questions, you may contact this company at (800) 522-3610, Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm.
  • Panasonic recalls lithium-ion laptop computer battery packs. As a consequence of manufacturing, conductive foreign material was mixed into the battery cells, posing a risk of fire. This recall involves Panasonic six-cell lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery packs sold in Panasonic CF-S10 Series laptop computers. “Panasonic” and “CF-S10” are on the surface of the laptop on the left side below keyboard. Battery packs with the following model numbers and production lot numbers are being recalled. The model number and lot number are located on the battery pack nameplate. While no incidents have been reported, consumers should immediately stop using the laptop computer with the recalled battery, power off the device, remove the battery pack and contact Panasonic for a free replacement battery pack. You can reach this company at (855) 772-8324.

Motor Vehicles:

  • Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Santa Fe vehicles manufactured September 1, 2015 to February 12, 2016. In the affected vehicles, the wires in the front seat belt buckle harnesses may be damaged by the seat’s height adjuster mechanism, resulting in a failure to provide an audible warning when front seat occupants do not fasten their seat belts. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208 “Occupant Crash Protection.” Without a warning to remind the front seat occupants that their seat belts are not buckled, they may forget to buckle their seat belt, increasing their risk of injury in the event of a crash. Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and reroute the wires in the front seat belt buckle harnesses to their proper locations, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to being May 6, 2016, Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at (800) 633-5151.
  • Mack Trucks, Inc. (Mack) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Titan vehicles manufactured from February 25, 2015, through February 12, 2016. The bolt connecting the upper steering shaft to the lower steering shaft may not properly secure the upper steering shaft, which can lead to separation of the steering shaft. Separation of the steering shaft will result in complete loss of steering which may lead to a vehicle crash. Mack strongly recommends that the affected vehicles not be driven until the interim remedy is applied. An interim notice was sent to Mack owners on March 21, 2016, and an interim repair is available now. A second notice will be sent when the final remedy is available. Both remedies will be free of charge. Owners may contact Mack customer service at (877) 800-4945.
  • Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2014 Nissan Rogue vehicles manufactured July 25, 2013, to December 21, 2013 and February 1, 2014, to June 7, 2014. Improper nickel plating of components with the fuel pump may result in the fuel pump failing. If the fuel pump fails, the vehicle may stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash. Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. However, owners may contact Nissan for more information at (800) 647-7261.

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Companies are responsible for illnesses or damages caused by their products and need to be confronted legally. However, they’ll often take very precise steps to make sure this doesn’t happen, or to make sure that it goes in their favor; so, if you find yourself in a situation where a product has impaired or caused damage to you or a loved one in any way, contact Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA immediately for a free consultation and case evaluation. We have experienced product liability attorneys on site in Clearwater, Florida who will aggressively fight for your rights and make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Call the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA today at 727-451-6900.

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References:

[1] https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm491206.htm
[2] https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm491674.htm
[3] https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm491476.htm
[4] https://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/GE-Lighting-Recalls-High-Intensity-LED-Replacement-Lamps/
[5] https://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/RacerMate-Recalls-CompuTrainer-Blue-Flywheels/
[6] https://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/Panasonic-Recalls-Lithium-ion-Laptop-Battery-Packs/
[7] https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/jaxrs/download/doc/UCM499991/RCAK-16V145-3427.pdf
[8] https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/jaxrs/download/doc/UCM500251/RCAK-16V156-3795.pdf
[9] https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/jaxrs/download/doc/UCM499655/RCLRPT-16V149-3053.PDF