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Product Recalls of the Week

September 15 – September 21

Products get recalled when the government or safety officials collect data that shows how defective a product may be. Sometimes customers complain about the product itself and the company researches what may have been wrong. Other times, the safety regulators like the FDA and NHTSA do an internal review and come up with mistakes the companies have made. Either way, it’s important for the consumers to know what problems may be associated with products in the market. The attorneys at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA have put together a list of some to watch out for.

Foods, Medicines and Cosmetics

  • Segway recalls its Off-Board Charger for Segway Personal Transporters because a wire inside of the charger can detach and touch the side of the charger. This poses a potential threat of being shocked. The recall includes chargers that were manufactured from November 2012 until November 2014 with part number 23288-00001. There is a list of chargers with specific serial numbers that are being recalled in which consumers can find here. Consumers should stop using the recalled chargers due to the shock hazard and return it to the dealer from whom it was purchased to receive a free replacement. If you want to contact this company, you can reach them at (866) 463-4929 from 8am to 5pm ET, Monday through Friday.
  • Bed Handles Inc. is reissuing a previous recall due to the serious ramifications from the defective product. The company’s adult portable bed handles pose a serious risk of entrapment, strangulation and death. When attached to an adult’s bed without the use of safety retention straps, the handles can shift out of place, creating a dangerous gap between the bed handle and the side of the mattress. The recall involves adults portable bed handles sold from 1994 through 2007 as these do not have safety retention straps to secure the bed handle to the bed frame to keep the bed handle from shifting out of place. Three women have died after becoming entrapped between the mattress and the bed handles and there’s been a less than 1% response rate to the original recall. Therefore, it’s in the consumer’s best interest to stop using the product and remedy the situation through the company. Bed Handles Inc. will attach free safety retention straps to fix the issue. You may contact this company at (800) 725-6903 from 8:30am to 4:30pm CT, Monday through Friday.
  • Zak Designs is issuing a recall of their water bottles because of the potential risk of choking. The inner plastic straw in the flip-top portion of the twist-off cap can break. The recall includes 26-ounce water bottles that were sold exclusively at Target stories in a “Back-To-College” promotion. The bottles with a black inner straw and black twist-off cap are not included in this recall. Although no injuries have been sustained, the company has received at least nine reports of the inner plastic straw in the flip-top portion of the cap breaking, including several reports of plastic fragments spit out by children. Customers may contact this company to receive a replacement cap with a straw at (866) 737-1148 from 8am to 5pm ET, Monday through Friday.

Consumer Products

  • Snack Fresh by Appeeling Fruit Inc. is recalling their fresh sliced apples due to the potential risk of being contaminated with Listera monocytogenes. These selected apples slices may have been distributed to schools in Florida’s Palm Beach County School District. The brand’s 2 oz. bagged red apples slices with the Best-if-Used-by date 9/21/15 and production date 310815 was voluntarily recalled on Wednesday, September 9th. However, the company was informed by a consumer that some of the Snack Fresh brand may have been given to the Florida schools. Listeria monocytogenes 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 individuals may suffer an array of short-term symptoms such as fever, headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. However, the infections can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Due to the potential risks and a consumer acknowledging that the product may still be distributed to schools, the company is issuing another statement to product the community. You may contact this company at (866) 873-0468.
  • Butala Emporium, Inc. recalls eleven ayurvedic dietary supplements because of the elevated levels of lead and mercury. These elevated levels may cause health problems to infants, small children, pregnant women and those with underlying kidney disorders of consumed. The problems that might occur are dependent on the duration and degree of exposure. The mercury levels in these products are high and exceed the weekly intake exposure and would likely lead to serious injuries. The eleven supplements are listed on the FDA product warning page and are packaged in white, plastic bottles with green, yellow or orange labeling under the brand name Baidyanath. There have been no complaints or illnesses thus far; however, consumers who have purchased these products are urged to not consume it and to also return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. You may contact this company at (718) 899-5590.
  • Karoun Dairies, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of a variety of cheeses it has distributed due to the possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Although none of the products have tested positive for Listeria, the company is issuing this recall due to the fact that the infection can pose a serious threat to the public. The infection is described above in the other recalled product by Appeeling Fruit Inc. The products specific to this company are vacuum packed, in jars or in pails under the following names; Karoun, Arz, Gopi, Queso De Valle, Central Valley Creamery, Gopi and Yanni. The FDA site has the UPC codes that were sold nationwide and are affected by this recall. Consumers who have purchased this product are urged to dispose of or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. You may contact this company at (866) 272-9393.

Motor Vehicles

  • Cequent Consumer Products, Inc. is recalling certain model Reese Explore Bike Carriers, part numbers 1392900 (two-bike trunk mount bike carrier), 1393100 (four-bike hitch mount bike carrier), and 6314400 (four-bike hitch mount bike carrier), manufactured from January 1, 2015, through July 17, 2015. These bike carriers may have been molded incorrectly, which can cause the cradle to rip and fall. Once this cradle falls, a bicycle on the cradle may fall from the rack which poses a risk to other vehicles on the road. The company will notify owners and will provide a cradle replacement kit. The recall is expected to being sometime in September. You may contact this company at (877) 208-2573.
  • Specialty Products Company (SPC) is issuing a recall for specific aftermarket alignment hardware kits, part number 28810 (for use on certain 1999-2015 Mercedes-Benz vehicles), and part number 66037 (for use on 2005-2015 Chrysler 300 & 300C, 2006-2008 Magnum and 2008-2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger vehicles) that were sold between March 9, 2015 and June 22, 2015. This is due to the fact that the affected suspension bolts may fracture. If this incident occurs, it can cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of an auto accident. SPC will notify owners and dealers will replace the affected bolts, free of charge. The recall began on September 3, 2015. You may contact this company at (303) 772-2103.
  • Micro Bird Inc. (Micro Bird) is recalling certain model year 2013 to 2015 G5 school buses manufactured March 25, 2013 to Mary 1, 2015. In these buses, the positive battery feeder stud that is attached to the positive cable in the battery box may prematurely corrode. Also, the bolts designed to mount the battery box may also be missing. If this problem occurs, a short circuit may result, increasing the risk of a fire. If the battery box is missing the mounting bolts, the battery and box may detach, causing damage to other components. The company will notify owners and dealers will replace the feeder stud components and install a protective cap to prevent corrosion, free of charge. Any missing bolts will be installed. The recall is expected to begin sometime in September and you may contact this company at (819) 477-2012. 

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