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  • Treadmill Accident: Mike Tysons Daughter Dies After Her Neck Gets Caught in Exercise Machine Cord

    A tragic treadmill accident this week claimed the life of former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson’s 4-year-old daughter Exodus On Monday, her 7-year-old brother found her with the cord that hangs from a treadmill console wrapped around her neck. Following the strangulation accident, Exodus’s mother tried to revive her with CPR while waiting for the paramedics to arrive at their home. The ...
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  • CPSC Now Ready to Talk About Tougher Safety Regulations for Table Saws

    Nearly a decade after finding out that table saws can cause serious injuries to users, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is now ready to talk about creating tougher safety standards for these products. The delay comes after years of bureaucratic hurdles, extensive study into the matter, and other regulatory work. Table saws cause about 10 finger amputations a year. Fractures are also a common ...
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  • Hyundai Recalls 140,000 Sonata Sedans Over Steering Column Defect and General Motors Recalls 20,224 Cadillac CTS Because of Air Bag Problem

    Two automakers have just announced voluntary vehicle recalls. Hyundai Motor Co. is recalling some 140,000 Sonata sedans because of a problem with the steering column that could cause a driver to experience partial or complete loss of steering ability. The cars affected by the recall were made between December 11, 2009 and September 10, 2010. Hyundai says that it will update the power steering ...
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  • Toyota Recalls Another 1.1 Million Autos Over Floor Mat - Gas Pedal Defect

    Expanding upon its auto recall from last November of 4.2 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles, the automaker announced that it is including another 1.1 million vehicles to the recall list. The recall was issued because of the possibility that the gas pedal could get caught on the removable floor mat, causing the vehicle to accelerate to the highest speeds and making it impossible to stop the car even ...
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  • Gas Pedal Defect Prompts Toyota Recall of Another 2.3 Million Vehicles in US

    A faulty gas pedal that can get stuck has prompted another large auto recall by Toyota in the US. Last Thursday, the car manufacturer announced it was recalling about 2.3 million autos in the US. Toyota will likely recall another 2 million autos in Europe over the same auto defect. The massive recalls come at a bad time for the automaker, whose reputation for making safe, reliable cars has taken a ...
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  • Recall of 1.5 Million Graco Strollers Following Fingertip Lacerations and Amputations

    Graco and the Consumer Products Safety Commission are recalling 1.5 million strollers because their canopy hinge mechanisms pose a fingertip laceration and amputation hazard. Already, five children’s fingertips were amputated and two kids suffered fingertip lacerations because they put their fingers in the hinge mechanism while the stroller was being opened or closed. The Graco strollers affected ...
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  • Toyota and Ford Top Are Automakers with Most Vehicles Recalled in 2009

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that car manufacturers recalled 16.4 million vehicles last year. While there were less recall campaigns overall—492 recall campaigns in 2009 compared to 684 campaigns in 2008, automakers recalled 6 million more autos last year. Toyota led the car manufacturer list with most vehicles recalled. The car manufacturer’s reputation for passenger ...
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  • IIHSs New Booster Seat Ratings Offers 9 Best Bets; Doesnt Recommend 11 Child Safety Seats Because of Poor Fit with Seat Belts

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has published its newest booster seat ratings to help consumers choose the child safety seat that most safely fits their vehicle. Out of 60 booster seats, the IIHS is offering 9 BEST BETS and 6 GOOD BETS based on their ability to fit with vehicle seat belts so that a child is kept secure and protected during a car crash. The IIHS is not recommending 11 of ...
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  • 213,000 Dorel Juvenile Play Yards and 600 IKEA LEOPARD Highchairs are Among Latest Childrens Furniture Product Recalls by CPSC

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today that it is recalling approximately 213,000 play yards with bassinets because of concern that the infant product posses a suffocation risk. The recall includes Eddie Bauer Complete Care Play Yards and Safety 1st Disney Care Center™ Play Yard. There are no reports of any related injuries to date. Hover, the metal bars that support the sleeper’s ...
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  • 7-Month-Old Baby is 11th Child Fatality Involving Simplicity Drop-Side Cribs

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission is once again warning parents and guardians about the dangers associated with Simplicity drop-side cribs. The CPSC began recalling these child sleepers, made by SFCA Inc. and Simplicity Inc., in December 2005. Over 2 million Simplicity drop-side cribs have been recalled because of the hazard they pose to children. CPSC’s other Simplicity recalls were ...
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  • 24,000 Amboy Baby Motion Beds and Hammocks Recalled Following Two Infant Suffocation Deaths

    At least two baby deaths have been linked to the Amby Baby Motion Beds and Hammocks, which is why Amby Baby USA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are recalling about 24,000 of these child sleepers. One of the victims was a 4-month old Georgia baby who died in an Amby baby hammock in June. Another infant, a 5-month-old Oregon boy, died from suffocation last August. If the baby gets wedged ...
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  • WATCH and PIRG Unveil Dangerous Toys Lists

    With the opening of the holiday shopping season, it is important that buyers be wary of toys that may be dangerous for kids. Unfortunately, toys that are choking hazards, poking hazards, lead hazards, eye hazards, or pose other kinds of injury hazards continue be found on toy store shelves throughout the US. While toy manufacturers can be held liable for products liability in the event of injury ...
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  • Toyota Says it Will Fix Accelerator Pedal Defect on 3.8 Million Recalled Autos

    Following its recall of 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles because the floor mat on the driver side could trap the accelerator pedal and cause it to jam, Toyota has announced that it will remedy the auto defect by replacing the gas pedal with a modified pedal while it develops a permanent replacement pedal for the vehicles. Toyota says it will shorten the gas pedal by approximately 20 ...
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  • CPSC Recalls 2.1 Million Stork Craft Cribs Following Infant Suffocation, Entrapment, and Fall Accidents

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc. have announced the recall of 2.1 million drop-side cribs following 110 reports of the drop-sides detaching from the crib. 1,213,000 crib units were distributed in the US. The remaining units that were recalled are in Canada. 147,000 of the cribs come with a Fisher-Price logo. A detached drop-side can create a gap ...
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  • Two Judges Refuse to Seal the Record in Toyota Document Discovery Abuse Case

    As a follow-up to my September 4, 2009 blog entitled, “Toyota Rollover Lawsuits: Automaker’s Former Attorney Accuses Auto Manufacturer of Concealing Evidence in Over 300 Auto Products Liability Cases,” U.S. District Judge George H. King, the judge presently assigned to the case, refused to grant Toyota’s request to seal the lawsuit in the face of Toyota allegaions that Toyota will suffer “further ...
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  • Injuries to Children: Maclaren Recalls About 1 Million Strollers After Children Injured During Finger Amputations

    The Consumer Product and Safety Commission and Maclaren USA are warning consumers to immediately stop using their Maclaren Strollers. Some 1 million strollers were recalled yesterday following reports that 12 children sustained fingertip amputation injuries. The injuries occurred when the kids put their fingers in the hinge mechanism of the stroller while it was being secured into place or opened ...
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  • Dangerous Auto Part?: Power Window Can Cause Injuries, Says Consumer Group

    Kids and Cars is calling on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to require that all motor vehicle manufacturers make sure that the power windows on their vehicles come with an auto-reverse feature that automatically would stop a window from rolling up if there was an object or person in the way. The consumer group’s new surveys report some 13.6 million power window injuries over an ...
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  • Deadly Auto Defects: NHTSA Identifies Possible Design Flaws that May Have Contributed to Toyota Car Crash Involving Floor Mat

    Auto manufacturing giant Toyota is sending out letters to the owners of 3.8 million vehicles telling them to remove the floor mat on the driver’s side until they fix the problem that killed four people on August 28. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the tragic car crash could have been avoided. Mark Saylor, his wife, daughter, and brother-in-law died. Saylor was unable to ...
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  • Infant Car Seats Responsible for Thousands of Injuries When Used Outside Motor Vehicles, Says New Study

    Our child seat defect lawyers have handled many cases involving injuries to children and babies who were seated in defective car seats that malfunctioned during motor vehicle crashes. Now, a new study is reporting that infant car seats are involved in thousands of injuries that occur when the safety device is used outside a motor vehicle. It is indisputable that child car safety seats are ...
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  • Ford Recall of 4.5 Million Autos Over Faulty Cruise Control Deactivation Switch Increases Number of Vehicles Affected to Over 14 Million

    Over the last 10 years, Ford Motor Co. has issued several recalls over a cruise-control deactivation switch that is considered a potential fire hazard. There is concern that if hydraulic fluid leaks from the switch, the car might overheat even when the ignition is off, which may start a fire. Already, several auto products liability lawsuits have been filed over the defect. Ford, however, is quick ...
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  • Following Toyotas 3.8 Million Auto Recall Over Dangerous Floor Mats, Automakers President Issues Apology

    Last week, Toyota announced what to date is its largest auto recall ever. 3.8 million Lexus and Toyota cars are to be called back over concerns that the all-weather floor mat might cause the accelerator pedal to jam. The recall comes one month after a California highway patrol officer and his family died in a tragic car crash after he was unable to stop his 2009 Lexus ES 350. Witnesses say the ...
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  • 12-Year-Old Awarded $12 Million Tire Defect Verdict Against Michelin

    A jury has awarded a 12-year-old boy a $12 million tire tread separation verdict for injuries he sustained in a 2006 New Years Eve auto accident in Mexico. Jesus Guzman, who was 10 at the time, is now paralyzed. The tire was a Goodrich tire made by Michelin & Cie. The deadly motor vehicle accident happened outside Matamoros when one of the tires of a 2002 Ford F-250 pickup truck failed, causing ...
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  • $24 Million Auto Products Liability Settlement Against Chrysler Alleging Wrongful Death is Approved by Bankruptcy Judge

    A bankruptcy judge has approved a $24 million auto products liability settlement between Chrysler and the family of Richard Mraz. In 2007, Mraz’s loved ones won a $55 million jury award for the 38-year-old’s wrongful death. DaimlerChrysler, however, appealed the verdict, and the appeal was delayed after the auto manufacturer filed for bankruptcy in April. Negotiations between the automaker and the ...
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  • Mothers Florida Products Liability Lawsuit Against Simplicity Claims Crib Defect Caused Daughters Wrongful Death

    Two years after the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Connie Bergey is suing now defunct crib maker Simplicity for wrongful death. Her Florida furniture products liability lawsuit contends that a defect in the Simplicity ‘Crib n Changer Combo, a drop side crib her daughter Serenity was using, is what caused her death. Serenity’s head got caught in the crib’s frame. Two days after she died, a ...
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  • 475,000 Kids Under the Age of 14 Suffer from Traumatic Brain Injuries

    According to EMS Magazine, some 475,000 US kids in the 14 and under age group suffer from traumatic brain injuries. While 90% of TBI kid patients are seen in emergency rooms and then released, there are still over 47,000 patients a year who end up hospitalized because of a TBI. Fall accidents, car accidents, and incidents involving the victim getting hit by or struck against a hard object continue ...
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