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AED.jpgWhen a person is injured or dies because of an automated external defibrillator failure, it is often the result of a defective design or a manufacturing flaw such as the inadequate quality control of outsourced components. Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are usually stored in public places and ready for use if someone suddenly suffers from a life threatening cardiac arrhythmia. Unfortunately these medical devices have a history of malfunctions. In the last 10 years the FDA received more than 72,000 medical reports associated with defective AEDs. During the same period of time, 111 recalls were conducted affecting more than two million defective products.

Therefore the FDA decided to take additional steps to improve the quality of these products. The agency issued a final order that will require AED manufacturers to submit premarket approval applications (PMAs), which undergo a more rigorous review than what was required to market these products in the past.

Read the FDA press release here

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Death, injury and warranty claims can serve as an early warning of defects or other problems in a car and manufacturers are required by law to submit this information to the government. For the last 11 years, Honda consistently under reported these claims and was fined $70 million for not doing so (see Honda Fined for Violations of Safety Law).Even though this penalty is the highest amount ever fined a car manufacturer by the federal regulators it still seems very modest in comparison to the revenue of the giant car manufacturers. The Obama administration wants to raise the maximum fine to $300 million but would that be enough?


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To administer non sterile products intended for training to patients is medical malpractice that can have very dangerous consequences. Recently Wallcur, a company that sells medical products intended for training purposes only, received reports that some of its training Sodium Chloride IV Bags had been used outside of their intended use and administered to patients. These bags are not sterile and are for simulation purposes only. To prevent these products from being injected in humans or animals, the company recently issued a product recall and is intending to improve the labels before to continue the distribution of these products..


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Baja%20Motorsports%20mini-bike1.jpgBaja Motorsports knowingly failed to report immediately defects and an unreasonable risk of serious injury involving 11 models of minibikes and go-carts said the Consumer Product Safety Commission in charges that were resolved by a settlement reached recently between the two parties.

The defective minibikes and go-carts were sold by Baja Inc., and its corporate affiliate, One World Technologies Inc., of Anderson, S.C. in the United States from 2004 to 2010. During that period of time Baja received several reports that people had been injured, including a child who was severely burned, after the gas cap leaked or detached from the fuel tank. Baja also received reports of stuck throttles. The CPSC charged that the the throttle could stick, due to an improperly positioned fuel line and throttle cable, posing a sudden acceleration hazard. The company didn’t file a full report with the CPSC until June 2010.

Read more on the CPSC website

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Two children died after they opened the zippers of an Ace Bayou bean bag chair , crawled inside the chair’s foam bed and got trapped. They suffocated from the lack of air and inhaled the foam beads.
The voluntary standard requires non-refillable bean bag chairs to have closed and permanently disabled zippers. The Ace Bayou Bean Bag Chairs don’t comply with this standard. The recalled products have two zippers, one on the exterior cover and one underneath on the bean bag itself. Both can be easily opened by children who can then crawl inside and get trapped.

The recalled products were manufactured in China and come in various shape colors and sizes. For more information click here

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Impact%20on%20GM.jpgFor over a decade, GM knowingly kept 2.6 million defective cars on the road killing and injuring an untold numbers of road users. From the civil lawsuit brought by personal injury lawyer Lance Cooper who discovered that GM hid information about the defective ignition switch to the multiple recalls of 2014, Impact Magazine, the quarterly issue from the Center for Justice and Democracy focuses on General Motors’ product liability. The magazine looks at the history of the recalls as well as the bankruptcy shield, the issues with used and rented cars and also questions the NHTSA stand.
Download the complete issue of Impact here

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1.18 million mid-sized crossovers are being recalled because a defective wiring harness of seat-mounted side airbags may prevent the side airbags from deploying. Another 303,000 full size vans are also being recalled to replace plastic material in the passenger instrument panel to meet federal head-impact crash standards for unbelted passengers and finally 63,9000 XTS models are also recalled because a brake booster pump wiring issue can lead to overheating, melting of plastic parts and a possible engine compartment fire.

Read more in Reuters

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90% of dangerous and defective children products are not being returned or repaired according to a new report by the Children Safety Advocate Group Kids in Danger. Because it takes an average 14 reports of design complaints and two reports of personal injury related to the product for the manufacturer to initiate a recall, some of the products may have been discarded or may not be used anymore by the parents at the date of the recall. However such a high percentage indicates that many dangerous products that have already injured or killed children are still being used by parents that are unaware of the recall. According to the report, in 2012, 584 incidents and 39 personal injuries were reported after a juvenile product was recalled.

These numbers demonstrate that manufacturers and the Consumer Product Safety Commission have to find a way to better communicate recalls to consumers. The report also shows that social media is a very effective way to communicate recalls but is not used enough by manufacturers.

Parents also have to be responsible and fill out the product registration card for all juveniles products so that the manufacturer can automatically reach out to them in case of a product recall or any other safety issue. Unfortunately only 30% of parents fill out the registration card for juvenile products.

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Our partner Anthony Gair was invited by the New York State Bar Association to speak at their seminar LITIGATING THE PRODUCTS LIABILITY CASE: LAW AND PRACTICE in New York City on October 24th.

This is a video from his presentation. If you would like to see the complete program (with different speakers) a live webcast option will be available on Friday November 1st 2013 for the Albany Program. Click here for more info.

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defective%20stent.jpg The defective stents may cause serious personal injury such as complications of bleeding, loss of limb, heart attack (myocardial infarction), stroke, vascular surgery, and/or death if they fail to deploy properly.

The LifeStent Solo Vascular Stent manufactured by Bard Peripheral Vascular is an implantable self-expanding stent and delivery system used to improve the inner open space of a blood vessel in patients who have lesions caused by abnormal narrowing of the affected blood vessel.

Defective products were manufactured and distributed from November 2011 to June 13, 2012 , the defective implants code information can be found on the FDA website