Brain Injury Lawyers and Law, Brain Injury Prevention, Consumer Product Safety, Current Affairs

Recall of Child Helmets-Triple Eight "Little Tricky" Helmets

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall by Triple Eight Distribution of their Little Tricky multi sport helmets which failed impact testing. Over 30,000 of them have been sold, and they have been on the market since 2006. Little Tricky models are classic skate-style hard shell helmets for children and youth, and have "Little Tricky" in large type on both sides. The retail cost is about $40. Only Triple Eight and Sector 9 size "S/M" EPS Liner helmets are being recalled. Consumers should stop using the helmet immediately and contact Triple Eight for a full refund.

The recall info on CPSC's web site includes photos and can be viewed by clicking here

Any child who sustained brain injuries while wearing this helmet should obtain legal representation as soon as possible.  You can contact our brain injury law firm for advice and assistance. 

March 9, 2012 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Consumer Product Safety

A christmas safety message-Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday.

Please share this important safety message on preventing needless fires caused by holiday decorations:

The National Fire Protection Association and US Fire Administration are urging you to Put a Freeze on Winter Fires. These organizations estimate that there are 250 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 170 home fires involving holiday lights and other decorative lighting every year.

For tips on how to reduce your risk of a home fire this holiday season, including a dramatic video demonstration of what happens when fire touches dry and well-watered trees, visit the US Fire Administration

December 25, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Brain Injury Lawyers and Law, Consumer Product Safety, Current Affairs

Low fare buses raise major accident safety concerns

Following a fatal bus accident in the Bronx resulting in the death of 15 individuals and injuries to another 18, the National Transportation Board launched a study on the safety of low-fare curbside bus companies. Bus accidents result in many traumatic brain injuries.

The federal bus safety study found that these bus companies are involved in fatal crashed seven times as often as those run by traditional companies.

The bus driver returning from a Connecticut casino to the Manhattan’s, Chinatown lost control after it struck an overhead sign causing the bus to roll over on its side.

The report is entitled, “Report on Curbside Motorcoach Safety” and contains the following key findings:

 •In general, motorcoach travel is safe. However, curbside carriers with ten or fewer buses AND carriers who have been in business for ten years or less, have higher accident rates and higher roadside inspection violation rates.

•The fatal accident rate for curbside carriers from January 2005 to March 2011 was 7 times that of conventional bus operations: 1.4 fatal accidents per 100 vehicles for curbside carriers compared with 0.2 fatal accidents per 100 vehicles for conventional scheduled carriers.

•The exclusion of buses from routine enroute inspections - especially of curbside carriers that don't operate from terminals - reduces opportunities to discover safety violations.

•The FMCSA is overburdened. For example, 878 FMCSA and state personnel are responsible for compliance reviews for more than 765,000 U.S. motor carriers, a ratio of 1.15 investigators per 1,000 motor carriers.

•Bus driver fatigue, a contributing factor in many accidents, is a continuing safety concern.

You can read the executive summary of the bus safety study by clicking here.

The brain injury law firm of De Caro & Kaplen, LLP can provide legal assistance for injuries caused by a bus accident.

November 6, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Consumer Product Safety

Safety around the BBQ

Consumer Product Safety Tips on Safe Grilling

Summer officially kicks off this weekend and millions of Americans will celebrate with a cookout. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges consumers to check their grills and "fire it up safely" to prevent fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Before lighting the grill, do a safety check.

*Has your grill been recalled? Check SaferProducts.gov. If the grill has been recalled, contact the manufacturer and stop using it until you get a repair or replacement.

*Visually inspect the hoses on a gas grill for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing and that all connections are secure. Replace if necessary.

*Check for propane gas leaks. Open the gas supply valve fully and apply a soapy solution with a brush at the connection point. If bubbles appear, there is a leak. Try tightening the tank connection. If that does not stop the leak, close the gas valve and have the grill repaired by a qualified professional.

*Is the grill clean? Regularly cleaning the grill, as described in the owner's manual, and also cleaning the grease trap, will reduce the risk of flare-ups and grease fires.

Once the safety check is complete, make sure to operate the grill as safely as possible.

*Use grills outside only in a well-ventilated area. Never use a grill indoors or in a garage, breezeway, carport, porch or under a surface that will burn. Gas and charcoal grills present a risk of fire and/or carbon monoxide poisoning that could result in injury or death. An estimated 3,800 gas or charcoal grill-related injuries were treated in hospital emergency departments in 2010. While almost all of the injuries were burns, a few of the charcoal grill injuries were related to carbon monoxide. There were an estimated average of eight CO-related deaths per year between 2005 and 2007 associated with charcoal grills that were used indoors or in enclosed spaces.

*Never leave a grill unattended. If a flare-up occurs, adjust the controls on the gas grill or spread out the coals on a charcoal grill to lower the temperature. If a grease fire occurs, turn off the gas grill and use baking soda and or a kitchen fire extinguisher to put out the fire.

*Keep the grill hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease.

*Keep children away from the grill area. The outside surface of a grill can get hot and burn when touched.

For additional information on see the consumer product safety commission Gas Grill Fact Sheet and Charcoal Grill Safety Tips for more information on charcoal grill safety by clicking here.

May 26, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Important safety information about baby walkers

Baby Walkers Recalled by Suntech Enterprises Due to Fall Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Baby Walkers

Units: About 8,400

Importer: Suntech Enterprises Inc., of Commerce, Calif.

Hazard: The recalled walkers can fit through a standard doorway and fail to have sufficient stair-fall protection to prevent falls down stairs. Babies using these walkers can be seriously injured or killed if they fall down stairs.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The baby walkers have a plastic frame supported by four wheels and eight brake pads. The walkers were sold in blue, pink, and green with a white activity tray and patterned, vinyl seat. Item number WK110 or WK112 is printed on the side of the packaging.

Sold at: Small juvenile product stores in California, Illinois, New York and Texas from January 2007 through December 2009 for between $25 and $30.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the walkers and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Suntech Enterprises toll-free at (888) 268-8139 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.

Note: This recall is being conducted voluntarily, however, in May 2010, CPSC issued a new mandatory rule on baby walkers that is effective on December 21, 2010. The walkers will be required to either: 1) be too wide to fit through a standard doorway, or 2) have features, such as a gripping mechanism, to stop the walker at the edge of a step.

June 26, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Product Safety Recalls

I’ve decided to expand the topics on the brain injury news and information blog to include other safety information which I believe my readers would be interested in. 

Each week, I will be publishing the latest consumer product safety recalls issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  You can obtain more information on each recall by following the links. You can also telephone the CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772

The CPSC advises: Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
 
1. GE Recalls Front Load Washers Due to Fire and Shock Hazards

2. Rhino Toys Inc. Recalls Bead Toy Due to Choking Hazard

3. IKEA Recalls Roller Blinds, all Roman Blinds and all Roll-Up Blinds Due to Risk of Strangulation

4. Dritz(tm) Electric Scissors Recalled by Prym Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

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1. GE Recalls Front Load Washers Due to Fire and Shock Hazards

Name of Product: GE Front-Load Washing Machines

Manufacturer: GE Appliances & Lighting, of Louisville, Ky.

Hazard: A wire can break in the machine and make contact with a metal part on the washtub while the machine is operating, posing fire and shock hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: GE is aware of seven incidents in which flames escaped the units and caused minor smoke damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves GE front-load washing machines without auxiliary water heating. Model and serial numbers are listed in the chart below. Recalled washing machines were manufactured between December 2006 and February 2010. The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom right side and on the bottom door frame of the washers.

Brand: GE
Model Number Begins With: WBVH5
Serial Number Begins With: AM, AR, AS, AT, DM, DR, DS, FM, FR, FS, GM, GS, HM, HR, HS, LM, LR, LS, MM, MR, MS, RM, RR, RS, SM, SR, SS, TM, TR, TS, VM, VR, VS, ZL, ZM, ZR, ZS

Sold at: Department and various retail stores nationwide from December 2006 through May 2010 for about $700.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled washers, unplug it from the electrical outlet and contact GE for a free repair. Consumers should not operate the washer until it has been repaired.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact GE toll-free at (888) 345-4124 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website  See this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product.

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2. Rhino Toys Inc. Recalls Bead Toy Due to Choking Hazard

Name of Product: Beado handheld bead play toys

Units: About 5,500

Importer: Rhino Toys Inc., of Santa Cruz, Calif.

Hazard: The toys' plastic wires can detach from the hubs due to insufficient adhesive, allowing the beads to slide off. The loose beads pose a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves the Beado hand-held beaded play toy with model number 1501 and date code 02910 04323A. The product measures six inches in diameter and is composed of four blue plastic "hubs", six white plastic "wires" and twelve multi-colored beads that slide along the wires. The model number and date code are printed on the bottom of the packaging and the date code is also inside of the blue hubs (see picture below). Beados that have a date code different than 02910 or have a date code of 02910 and an inspection sticker on the bottom of the packaging and a black mark by the date code inside the blue hub (see picture below) are not included in this recall.

Sold at: Specialty toy and juvenile retailers from March 2010 through May 2010 for about $12.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using this recalled toy and return it to the store where it was purchased to receive a full refund or a replacement Beado hand-held beaded toy.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact Rhino Toys toll free at (877) 887-4433 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website

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3. IKEA Recalls Roller Blinds, all Roman Blinds and all Roll-Up Blinds Due to Risk of Strangulation

Expands previous recalls of Roman and roller blinds and has added its name to the retailers joining the voluntary recall announced in December 2009 of ALL Roman shades and roll-up blinds.

Hazards:
Roller Blinds: Strangulations can occur if the blind's looped bead chain is not attached to the wall or the floor with the tension device provided and a child's neck becomes entangled in the free-standing loop.

Roman Blinds: Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck. An additional hazard exists when the Roman blind has a continuous looped bead chain that if not attached to the wall or floor, which poses a strangulation hazard to children.

Roll-up Blinds Strangulations can occur if the lifting loops slide off the side of the blind and a child's neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.

Incidents/Injuries:
Roman Blinds: CPSC and IKEA received a new report of a 1 ½-year old boy in Lowell, Massachusetts who suffered a near strangulation in February 28, 2010. On April 4, 2008, a 1-year old girl in Greenwich, Conn. became entangled in the inner cord of an IKEA Roman blind and strangled. CPSC and IKEA also received a report of a 2-year old boy who suffered a near strangulation. The last two incidents prompted previous recalls.

Description: This recall involves roller blinds that do not have a tension device attached to the bead chain, all Roman blinds and all roll-up blinds.

Sold at: IKEA stores nationwide from January 1998 through June 2009 for between $5 and $55.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the roller blinds that do not have a tension device attached to the chain, all Roman blinds and all roll-up blinds and return them to any IKEA store for a full refund. In a previous recall, IKEA reminded consumers who have roller blinds with a tension device attached to the bead chain to make sure the tension device is installed into the wall or floor. If the consumer has difficulty installing the tension device, contact IKEA for additional information.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact IKEA toll-free at (888) 966-4532 anytime, or visit the firm's website

Note: Examine all shades and blinds in your home. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product. CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.

See this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products.

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4. Dritz(tm) Electric Scissors Recalled by Prym Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

Dritz(tm) Electric Scissors Recalled by Prym Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

Name of Product: Dritz Quick Cut(tm) Electric Scissors

Hazard: The electric scissors can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.

Incidents/Injuries: Prym Consumer USA has received two reports of the electric scissors igniting causing minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The electric scissors are white and blue, about 10" long and include an AC adaptor. "Dritz" is written on the handle on the blue grip.

Sold at: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and other craft stores nationwide from September 2009 through February 2010 for about $50.

June 11, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack