A federal appellate court ruled recently against Amazon.com in a case that could potentially expose the ubiquitous online retailer to lawsuits from customers who purchase defective products from third-party vendors through its website. According to a Reuters news report, a number of other courts have held that Amazon cannot be held liable as a seller of products from third-party vendors. But, this new ruling from the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, reversed a lower court decision. …Read the rest »
Category: Defective Products
Defective Products - Bisnar Chase Blog
Manufacturers have a responsibility to create products that are safe to use and do not incur the potential for injury under normal use. Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys has represented many clients against product manufacturers when their products have malfunctioned, exploded, or otherwise have created a dangerous situation, injuring the user. We provide information here about defective products that have been recalled so that our readers can be kept safe and can be aware of dangerous products that they may use on a daily basis.
GE Healthcare has alerted health providers to inspect the bedside panels and latch areas of all Giraffe and Panda i-Res infant warmers after receiving 338 complaints of panels malfunctioning. According to news reports, in two cases, infants fell from the warmers and cracked their skulls. However, there have been no reports of fatalities, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states. The FDA has designated this recall as “Class I,” which is its most serious level. The recall involves all Giraffe and Panda i-Res infant warmers made between 2007 and early this year, with a total 25,204 warmers affected in the United States. …Read the rest »
Smoke alarms manufactured by Universal Security Instruments are being recalled because they may fail to alert consumers in the event of a fire. According to an ABC news report, the smoke alarms have a misaligned internal switch causing the alarms to not activate properly, posing a risk of failure to alert consumers to a fire. The recall affects Universal Security Instruments 10-year battery-operated ionization smoke and fire alarms with model numbers MI3050S and MI3050SB and with date codes between 2015JAN19 through 2016JUL11. …Read the rest »
It might be hard to pry away the googly-eyed Forky ( a character from the latest Disney Pixar hit, Toy Story 4) from little kids’ hands. But, according to news reports, parents might have to do just that because Disney has recalled Forky plush toys as the toys’ eyes could potentially detach and pose a choking hazard to young children. This recall involves the 11-inch Forky plush toy with poseable arms, a base, rainbow screen art on top of the foot, and plastic rolling googly eyes. …Read the rest »
Altaire Pharmaceuticals Inc. has issued recalls for potentially defective eye drops and ointments sold at Walgreens and Wal-Mart stores over concerns that the products may not be sterile. According to a USA Today news report, in addition, Perrigo has also issued a recall of prescription eye ointments for the same reason. In total, there are 23 affected products under different product name and brands and 150 affected lots that are potentially not sterile. …Read the rest »
A brand new study on Juul-related Instagram posts highlights the importance of having stricter regulations when it comes to e-cigarette marketing. According to a CNN news report, the study that looked at nearly 15,000 Instagram posts from March through May 2018, found that more than one third of the posts were promotional in nature, containing branded marketing messages or links to websites where users could purchase e-cigarettes.
The study, published in the BMJ journal Tobacco Control and funded by the Truth Initiative, an anti-tobacco advocacy group, also found that more than half of these posts featured content related to youth culture and lifestyle. Researchers say this is particularly important to note because the tobacco industry has historically taken the approach of marketing traditional cigarettes by playing up the ideals of social acceptability and “the cool factor.” …Read the rest »
Days before the Fourth of July celebrations nationwide, federal officials have ordered a recall of almost 40,000 fireworks sold in three states because they are too powerful and pose a serious injury hazard. According to news reports, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled products from Grandma’s Fireworks in Indiana, GS Fireworks in Michigan, Patriot Pyrotechnics/Bill’s Fireworks in Michigan and Keystone Fireworks in Pennsylvania. …Read the rest »
Fisher-Price has issued a product defect recall for an infant sleeper accessory that comes with its Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yards following report of at least 50 child deaths that have been linked to inclined sleepers. According to news reports, the company is recalling an inclined sleeper, which is an accessory that sits on top of the playpen. This action comes months after the company had to recall millions of Rock ‘n Play infant sleepers tied to dozens of tragic infant deaths. …Read the rest »
San Francisco has become the first major city in the United States to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes. According to news reports, supporters say they hope this new law, passed by supervisors in a final vote on June 25, will help curb use of e-cigarettes by young people. However, critics maintain that it will make it more difficult for adults to purchase “an alternative” to regular, tobacco cigarettes. …Read the rest »
The death count of babies who have died in inclined sleepers such as the recently recalled Fisher Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper has gone up to 50 from the previous count of 37. According to Consumer Reports, the additional deaths were reported publicly in the weeks after the organization’s investigation into the deadly dangers posed by these defective products. Even though Fisher-Price and Kids II have recalled millions of their inclined sleepers, several other manufacturers continue to sell similar products that pose the same risks. …Read the rest »