GM responds to shattering sunroof incidentsJanuary 24, 2018

Product Safety: Consumer Reports analyzed “a federal consumer complaints database identified nearly 900 incidents spanning 208 models and 35 brands.” The analysis “found that shattering incidents are not such freak occurrences.” Roughly “70 percent of the incidents reported by consumers have occurred in the last 6 years, when larger, so-called panoramic sunroofs became more prevalent in …

Keurig Green Mountain agreed to pay $5.8 million for safety defect

Keurig Green Mountain agreed to pay a $5.8 million penalty to settle charges that it knowingly failed to report a safety defect in Keurig K-Cup MINI Plus Brewing Systems that could cause burn injuries. The settlement is the 2nd-largest in the history of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), but it is a drop …

Study suggests e-cigarette use may increase risk of inflammatory diseasesOctober 31, 2017

The Daily Mail reported on research at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill which found that e-cigarette smokers are likely to develop dangerous proteins associated with COPD and cystic fibrosis. Based on observations of 15 e-cigarette users, 14 cigarette smokers, and 15 nonsmokers, the researchers found e-cigarette use was associated with “elevated levels of neutrophil-extracellular-trap (NET)-related …

Graco recalls 25,000 car seats over flaw in harness webbingMay 25, 2017

AP (5/24) reports Graco Children’s Products has issued a recall for “more than 25,000 car seats because the harness webbing can break in a crash and may not keep children restrained.” According to the AP, “the recall affects certain My Ride 65 convertible seats” made on July 22, 2014, “with model numbers 1871689, 1908152, 1813074, …

Electrolux faces another lawsuit over faulty dishwasherFebruary 16, 2017

Law360 (2/15, Boysen, 23K) reports Philadelphia Contributionship Insurance Co. has filed a lawsuit against Electrolux Home Products in New Jersey federal court “alleging faulty wiring issue with the company’s dishwashers that is at the center of eight proposed class actions is also to blame for a fire that erupted at a policyholder’s home.” According to …

IKEA Dresser RecallJune 28, 2016

IKEA Dresser Recall June 2016: Ikea has issued a recall for at least 29 million chests and dressers that can easily tip over onto children, injuring or killing them, NBC News confirmed. At least six children have been crushed to death by toppling Ikea chests, prompting the voluntary recall of about 29 million chests and …

Johnson & Johnson Pays $55M In Second Baby Powder LawsuitMay 9, 2016

A woman from South Dakota was granted $5 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages after she claimed Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder-based products caused her ovarian cancer, reported by The New York Daily News. This was the second lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson in the last three months. The baby powder lawsuit ruling came …

Ford recalling nearly 400,000 trucks due to air bag defectJanuary 28, 2016

ABC World News reported that Ford is “recalling nearly 400,000 Ranger pickups because of driver side air bags made by Takata that can explode and cause serious injury, even death.” ABC says the recall comes after the death of a man in South Carolina was linked to those Takata air bags, the 10th death linked …

Judge rejects GM’s motion to dismiss faulty ignition switch caseDecember 30, 2015

Judge rejects GM’s motion to dismiss faulty ignition switch case The USA Today reports that US District Judge Jesse Furman rejected a motion by General Motors asking him to dismiss a lawsuit from plaintiff Robert Scheuer, who “is suing GM over injuries he received in 2014 when his 2003 Saturn Ion crashed.” Scheuer claims the front …

Product SafetyOctober 15, 2015

Unrefrigerated caramel apples may be source of listeria. The Washington Post reports that a study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Food Research Institute has concluded that a 2014 Listeria outbreak was most likely due to “the sticks used to dip caramel apples…and that apples stored at room temperature pose the highest risk.” NBC News reports …