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The defective product, the OASYS Midline Occiput Plate, is a specific part of the OASYS system which is used in spinal surgery to promote fusion and provide stabilization at the junction between the occipital bone and the vertebrae in the cervical and thoracic spine (see picture below of the plate and of the whole OASYS system installed on the spine).

According to the FDA, the pin that connects the tulip head to the plate body can break after the surgery has been performed which may cause serious adverse health consequences including blood loss, nerve injury, and the need for revision surgery to replace the fractured implant.

Class I recalls are issued by the FDA for dangerous or defective products that predictably could cause serious health problems or death.

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Kingfisher, an Indian carrier owned by United Breweries has filed a $ 236 million lawsuit against U.S.-based International Aero Engines, which is part owned by United Technologies Corp’s Pratt & Whitney unit. Kingfisher alleged that the IAE V-2500 A5 engines supplied to Kingfisher were “inherently defective, both in design and manufacture,” .
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To assure the safety and the quality of their products manufactured abroad, Western companies are relying on factory inspections conducted by external monitoring companies. Audits not only monitor timing and quality of the production before it is shipped abroad but also make sure that working hours, compensation, management practices and health and safety are adequate so workers are protected and big companies can project a good corporate image to their consumers.
An extensive investigation by Stephanie Clifford and Steven Greenhouse from the New York Times, reveals that the inspection system intended to protect workers and make product safer is riddled by flaws.

Source: Jonathan Browming for the New York Times

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Defective%20Kettle.jpgYou won’t believe how many things can go wrong with this simple kettle: the spout is defective and water can spill posing a burn hazard, the steam can travel up to the handle and burn your hands. Additionally the leaking steam can prevent the kettle from whistling and if all the water evaporates the kettle may actually melt on your stove!

If you recently bought a Chefmate Tea Kettle at Target please stop using it immediately. This defective product has been recalled because it poses a serious burn hazard. For more info visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website

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Nine Lawyers from The New York Personal Injury Firm, Gair Gair Conason Steigman Mackauf Bloom&Rubinowitz were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014.

Jeffrey B. Bloom, Seymour Boyers, Anthony H. Gair, Howard S. Hershenhorn, Jerome I. Katz, Stephen H. Mackauf, Ben B. Rubinowitz, Ernest R. Steigman and Richard M. Steigman were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014.

The above lawyers were selected in the following practice areas:

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Char-Broil has received 26 reports of defective products including four reports of burns, including one with burns to the nose, chin and hair, and seven other reports of “burned” or “singed” hair. Reports indicated that the burner flame was going out and then unexpectedly reigniting when the consumer turned the control knob to “OFF.”

Two models are being recalled: the model 240 Full Size grill and the model 180 Table Top grill. Consumers should stop using the product and contact the manufacturer for repair.


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Black & Decker Spacemaker Coffeemaker coffee pot handle can break, causing cuts and burns to the consumer. So far Black and Decker has received 1607 reports of handles breaking with 83 reports of burns and cuts. Consumers who own this product should stop using it immediately and contact Applica Consumer Products Inc. of Miramar, Fla. for a full refund.

For more info go to the Consumer Product Safety Commission webiste.


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If a car, a motorcycle or a small truck is defective, the manufacturer has to initiate a recall campaign to correct the defect by repairing or replacing the vehicle or by offering a refund to the consumer. Despite the manufacturer’s efforts, recall campaigns are not always successful especially when the cars, motorcycles and trucks being recalled are older and are likely to have been resold at least once. Too many vehicles owners are not aware of recalls and continue to drive unrepaired cars, trucks or motorcycles unknowingly exposing themselves, their passengers and other road users to potential accidents, damages or injuries.

Starting next year every owner or potential buyer of a car, a motorcycle or a small truck will be able to check if all recalls related to their vehicle were addressed. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) just announced its plans to require automakers and motorcycle manufacturers to provide consumers with a free online tool that will enable them to search recall information by Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Consumers will be able to instantly check if their vehicle is safe and address any defect related issue if necessary.

This new measure is a step ahead to protect consumers from the harm and property damage that can be caused by a vehicle with a serious safety defect.

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football%20helmet.jpg“No helmet system can protect you from serious brain and/or neck injuries including paralysis or death. To avoid these risks, do not engage in the sport of football” is the type of language that consumers will read on most warning labels when they purchase a football helmet these days.

Football has a very high incidence of catastrophic personal injuries with traumatic brain injury and cervical spinal cord injury being the most common. Recent lawsuits have accused the league and some product manufacturers of hiding evidence or not properly warning about the dangers of repeated head trauma.

In a recent article, Ken Belson, a sport reporter for the New York Times, gives a complete overview of what type of warning helmet manufacturers are using Today to warn the players and to protect themselves from a product liability lawsuit.

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product%20recall.pngMillions of toys that contained dangerous levels of lead paint and other toxins as well as dangerous children products have been recalled since the Consumer Safety Improvement Act was signed into law 5 years ago.

This bipartisan legislation made a real difference in protecting young Americans from personal injury and wrongful death.

Read more in Consumer Reports.