Product Recalls

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GM Recall — Bad Switches, Bad Relations, Bad Acts

Why is GM in so much trouble? Is it just about bad switches or improperly operating air bags; recalls of millions of vehicles? Isn’t about more than that? Isn’t it really about corporate attitude, corporate responsibility and...more

Are Product Recalls Effective? Report Suggests Children’s Products Recalls Are Largely Ineffective

For most Americans, hearing news that one of our children’s products has been recalled can induce much anxiety. When we buy products for our kids, such as a car seat or a high chair, we expect that they are going to be safe...more

FDA Reports Rise in Medical Device Recalls and Warnings

This news is not surprising to anyone who pays attention to medical device recalls. There has been a substantial jump in medical device recalls – up 97 percent over the last decade! This news comes from the division...more

Graco Car Seat Recall

This February Graco Children's Products, Inc. (Graco) announced a massive recall of its toddler and booster child restraint systems. With an estimated 3.7 million units affected, the recall is one of the largest in history....more

Recent Notable Recalls

By now most subrogation professionals understand the importance of keeping current with the frequent Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notices. For this blog post we note the following recent notable recalls for the...more

Toyota Fails to Report Recalls and Will Now Pay Big Bucks in Penalties

Toyota will have to pay $1.2 billion in penalties in order to settle the criminal probe of acceleration problems, which has led to more than 8 million recalls. Attorney General, Eric Holder, said this is the largest criminal...more

The Fitbit Recall: Is a “One Size Fits All” Approach the Most Effective Way to Remedy Potential Hazards?

Last week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a voluntary recall notice for the popular wireless, activity-tracking wristband Fitbit Force. Fitbit’s wristband allows consumers to monitor and measure...more

Graco Recalls Millions of Faulty Car Seats

On the road, young children need to be in their seat — a safe car seat. Recently, Graco Children’s Products, Inc. recalled almost four million car seats because of a faulty buckle. ...more

Why Drug Approval and Recall Systems Leave Patients Vulnerable to Harmful Drugs

The drug is on the market, so it must be safe, right? Although this assumption is entirely reasonable, it is not always true. The FDA approval and recall processes can allow harmful pharmaceuticals to remain on the market...more

General Motors Faulty Ignition Recall Leads to a Number of Fatalities

The federal safety regulators have received more than 260 complaints about General Motors indicating that that the vehicles suddenly turned off while being driven. Many of the complaints detailed frightening events in which...more

GM’s Recalls 1.3 Million Vehicles Over Ignition Switch - What Did Company Know?

General Motors has received reports of 13 deaths caused by an ignition-switch failure. GM’s Chief Executive says she is sorry. Mary Barra, who took over the Detroit-based company in January, told Reuters the company will...more

Case Filings Grow as Two Year Anniversary of Granuflo Recall Looms

March 29th marks the two year anniversary for the Granuflo recalls, begun in 2012. Cases for victims who suffered one or multiple catastrophic cardiac events due to the use of the drug, whether they survived or that resulted...more

Car Seat Recall and Child Safety Concerns: Graco Recalls Nearly 4 Million Car Seats Over Faulty Buckle

When we buy a car seat for our children, we expect that it will be safe for use. However, car seats, like other products, can fail to meet our expectations and can present serious risks for children. Graco Children’s...more

Chrysler Jeep SUVs Subject to Two Different Recalls for Serious Safety Problems

This past spring, Chrysler announced two separate recalls of several models of its Jeep SUVs because of reports of accidents and deaths caused by dangerous defects. The National Health and Safety Transportation...more

IKEA Recalls Lamp for Strangulation Hazard

A glowing heart, seashell or star attracts the interest of a 16-month-old child. The cord attached to the magical-looking lamp is within reach of small, grasping hands. The baby dies strangled by the cord attached to the...more

Bipartisan Letter from US Senators Casey & Toomey Joins 45 Others Critical of CPSC’s Changes to Voluntary Recalls

In a somewhat unusual development for a CPSC rulemaking, Pennsylvania Senators Robert Casey and Patrick Toomey submitted a bipartisan comment letter into the official administrative record for CPSC’s proposed voluntary...more

What You Need To Know About The Granuflo Recall

In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration recalled Naturalyte and GranuFlo, which are manufactured by Frensenius Medical Care. Naturalyte and GranuFlo are used in the treatment of acute and chronic renal failure during...more

What Does Product Liability Mean Anyway?

Ralph Nader worked as a lawyer while he researched his 1965 book Unsafe at Any Speed. The book focused on the Chevrolet Corvair, but many of the problems he detailed, including the lack of standard seatbelts, metal dashboards...more

Honda Owners Continue to Endure Recalls Published

In 2012, Honda recalled the second-largest number of cars in the United States. This marked the fifth straight year that Honda ranked first or second in recalls. Unfortunately for Honda, and for many consumers, 2013 has...more

Can a Product Recall Derail Your Personal Injury Case?

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, more than 38 million Americans sought medical attention for injuries from consumer products in 2010 alone. Those injured by defective or dangerous products are often...more

Amendments to the Law on the Protection of the Rights and Interests of Consumers to Take Effect on March 15, 2014

On Oct. 25, 2013, China's Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (the “NPC’s Standing Committee”) promulgated the Amendments to the Law on the Protections of the Rights and Interests of Consumers (the...more

How Do I Find Out Whether A Product Is Dangerous?

When you spend your hard-earned money on a product, you are hoping it works as promised, stands up to its expected use and generally provides you with some kind of convenience or enjoyment. You are probably not thinking about...more

Jury To Decide Whether Replacement Vehicle Can Be A Different Color

Back in February 2010, Dave and Mary Porter purchased a red Ford Escape. After a few months, Ford issued a recall on the vehicle’s transmission system. ...more

Hyundai Puts the Brake on its Genesis Vehicle That Does Not Brake

Hyundai is recalling 27,500 Genesis luxury cars from the years 2009 through 2012 following an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The affected models were found to have problems with...more

Medtronic Cardiac Guidewire Warning

The procedure to implant a cardiac stent, which keeps blocked arteries open, includes inserting guidewires to move the device into place. Federal health officials have issued a warning about a defect in some Medtronic...more

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