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Product Recalls of the Week

The safety of a product, after its been on the market, is the utmost important part of an evaluation that products most pass through due to continued testing by federal agencies. Without such passage, products such as foods, medicines, cosmetics, cars, etc. will be recalled to ensure that no person suffers from the defective product. 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. 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.

Foods, Medicines & Cosmetics:

  • Reesna Inc., is issuing a voluntary nationwide recall of their product called Fuel Up Plus as well as their other product called Fuel Up High Octane due to the presence of undeclared hydroxythiohomosildenafil which is an analogue for sildenafil. Sildenafil is an FDA-approved drug for the treatment of male Erectile Dysfunction (ED), making Fuel Up an unapproved drug. Due to the nature of sildenafil and the relationship of hydroxythiohomosildenafil, this newer drug is expected to possess a similar pharmacological and adverse event profile. This poses a threat to consumers because sildenafil may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs such as nitroglycerin and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Consumers with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates. No illnesses or injures have been reported to the company to date in connection with this product. Fuel Up is marketed as a dietary supplement sexual enhancer for men. You may contact this company at (818) 576-0576, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm PST.
  • Sweet Leaf is issuing a voluntary recall of Sweet Leaf Tea in 16 ounce glass bottles out of an abundance of caution because of the possible presence of glass fragments. This was a result of glass breakage during the filling process. Consumers should be careful and exercise caution as they could be potentially cut or injured if ingested. While there have been no injuries, the company has received 4 complaints of glass in the product. This recall is limited to specific production codes of the product and dates in which they were distributed. These dates include products disbursed from February 27, 2015 through December 6, 2015. You can view the affected product codes here. As of late, all recalled products are being removed from store shelves. You may contact this company at (877) 832-5323, Monday through Friday, 8am to 9pm EST.
  • Boston Scientific is issuing a voluntary recall of the Chariot Guiding Sheath These devices are intended for the introduction of interventional devices during peripheral vascular procedures and were recalled on November 19th due to the risk of shaft separation. The FDA has classified the action as a Class-1 recall. As of late, the medical manufacturer has received fourteen complaints for shaft separation, four of which involved separation of the distal shaft. These events occurred during device preparation or use. The most severe outcome of this failure is embolism of device fragments, which could lead to obstruction of blood flow or additional intervention to remove a device fragment. Due to this, obstruction of blood flow can result in injuries such as stroke, kidney damages or damage to the intestines or limbs. This recall affects all UPNs of the Chariot Guiding Sheaths. Customers have been advised to remove the affected recalled product from inventory and return it to Boston Scientific. You may contact this company at (800) 811-3211. Additionally, adverse reactions or quality problems experience with the use of the product may be reported to the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program.

Consumer Products:

  • The Craftsman Brand is issuing a recall on their Blower/Vac due to the possibility of fire and burn hazards. The blower/vac’s motor can catch fire, posing the risk of burn. This recall involves two models of Craftsman 12 amp electric blower/vacs. The blower/vacs have a red motor housing and a black blower tube and restrictor nozzle, and measure 12 inches high by 34 inches long. Seven reports of the blower/vacs catching fire have been received by consumer reports. There has also been one injury confirmed. Therefore, consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact the Craftsman brand hotline for a full refund. You may reach this company at (888) 266-7096, Monday through Friday, 9am to 8pm EST.
  • Basler Electric has issued a recall on their Transformers due to a fire and shock hazard. These Electrical Transformers can fail to trip which result in possible fire and electrical shock hazards. This recall involves Basler Class 2 electric transformers with the date codes between 1435 and 1446 which use a Tyco circuit breaker. There have been no injuries reported, however, manufacturers and distributors should immediately stop distributing the recalled transformers and contact Basler to receive replacement transformers. Consumers are also cautioned to not attempt to open or replace the recalled transformers on their own. You may contact this company for further instructions at (618) 654-2341, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm CT.
  • Dollar Tree is recalling burn relief due to the failure to meet child resistant closure requirement. The packaging is not child resistant as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. Therefore the Assured Burn Relief Gel, which contains lidocaine, can possibly poison children is swallowed. The recalled burn relief gel is packaged in a blue box with white letters “Burn Relief” and red letters “Burn Relief Gel” and the brand name is Assured. There have been no injuries or incidents reported, however, consumers should immediately stop using the recalled burn relief gel and take the gel to the store where it was purchased for a full refund. You may contact this company at (800) 876-8697, Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm EST.

Motor Vehicles:

  • Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2016 F-650 manufactured July 29, 2015, to September 3, 2015. The affected vehicles may have been built with an incorrect Park-Reverse-Neutral-Drive-Manual (PRNDM) steering column, instead of Reverse-Neutral-Drive-Manual (RNDM) steering column. If the vehicle has the incorrect steering column, and is parked on a hill, and the PRNDM placed in “P”, park pawl may fracture due to being overloaded. If the park pawl fractures, the vehicle may unexpectedly move, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners and dealers will replace the PRNDM steering column free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 11, 2016. You may contact this company at (866) 436-7332.
  • Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2016 Legacy vehicles manufactured October 24, 2015 to November 16, 2015, and Outback vehicles manufactured October 24, 2015, to November 17, 2015 due to the improper tightening of the securing nuts. This can cause the drive shaft separate from the rear differential. If the drive shaft detaches from the rear differential, it may strike the fuel tank and result in a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire. Subaru has notified owners, and dealers will inspect the fastening nuts, and tighten or replace them, free of charge. The recall began on December 10, 2015. You may contact this company at (856) 488-8500.
  • Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Dodge Dart vehicles manufactured February 27, 2012 to January 23, 2014 and equipped with either a 2.0L or 2.4L engine. In affected vehicles, engine oil from the vacuum pump may seep into the brake booster, damaging the component within the brake booster. Internal damage to the brake booster could result in a loss of brake assist, lengthening the distance needed to stop the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners and dealers will inspect the brake booster grommet for the presence of oil. If no oil is found, the vacuum tube assembly will be replaced. If oil is found, the vacuum pump, vacuum tube assembly, brake booster and master cylinder will be replaced. Parts are not currently available to remedy the vehicles. Owners will be sent an interim notification and then will be sent a second notice when remedy parts are available. You may contact this company at (800) 853-1403.


Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA

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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