2nd Nature Built To Grow Cribs Recalled Due To Entrapment Hazard

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (in conjunction with Stanley Furniture) has issued a recall for 2nd Nature Built To Grow cribs due to a potential entrapment hazard.  Consumers have been asked to stop using this product immediately, as infants may get stuck in a gap between the crib and the mattress when used on the medium setting. The cribs subject to this recall were sold in furniture and department stores between March 2006 and December 2007 for approximately $1100.  The specific model and serial numbers covered by the recall include: 353-14-220-L-01, 353-14-220-L-02, 353-14-220-L-03, 353-14-220-L-04, 353-14-220-L-05, … [Read more...]

New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act

The laws surrounding whistleblower protection can be confusing.  One aspect of whistleblower protection is covered by the NJ False Claims Act, which allows residents in New Jersey to bring an action, against anyone, who intentionally causes the State to pay a false claim. With regard to retaliation in the workplace for reporting illegal activities, etc., a NJ resident would be protected under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Act.  The act states as follows: New Jersey law prohibits an employer from taking any retaliatory action against an employee because the employee does any of the following: Discloses, or threatens to … [Read more...]

Businesses one-step closer to legal immunity for defective or deadly products

The current war against the American consumer by Big Business and the Bush Administration has gotten a bit nastier.  Apparently, this team of powerful executives and government officials have circumvented an unfavorable Congress and are now using agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration to create rules that make it virtually impossible to sue a business for a defective or dangerous product.  With these rules in place, large corporations can continue to sell toxic dog food, toothpaste, lead paint toys, contaminated heparin and dangerous drugs such as Vioxx and Trasylol, while making millions at the expense of injured consumers. To … [Read more...]

DEFECTIVE PARTS PROMPT PLAYWORLD SYSTEMS TO RECALL SWING SETS

Playground Swing Sets by Playworld Systems Inc., of Lewisburg, PA have been voluntarily recalled in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. These defective products have been distributed throughout the United States. The clevis bearing on the swing set can wear, causing the swing to detach and the user to fall. Authorized dealers sold the swing sets to day care centers and children’s learning centers nationwide from January 2007 through February 2008 for $770 and $3,100.  So far, only minor injuries have been reported; however, the defect … [Read more...]

ATV Recall Alert: 2008 Honda TRX500

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that American Honda Motor Co. has recalled it’s 2008 Honda TRX500 due to steering control problems. The electric power steering shaft, (also known as Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4), may break unexpectedly and cause the driver to lose control of the ATV. The recalled ATV’s were sold at Honda dealerships between October 2007 and March 2008. The CPSC has asked that consumers stop using the product immediately. Registered owners are advised to contact Honda for a free repair of the power steering shaft. Consumers can contact Honda toll-free at (866) 784-1870 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday … [Read more...]

Expectant Mothers Beware– New Studies Show Premature Births Linked to Increased Childhood Death Rates and Barrenness

The Journal of the American Medical Association released a study which found that premature children have higher death rates during childhood, and these risks continue to increase with age. In addition, the study showed that these preemies were more likely to be childless in adulthood. The study followed 1.2 million Norwegian's births over many decades. More than 60,000 of these Norwegian children were born premature. These findings emphasize the importance in preventing premature birth. Dr. Alan Fleishman of the March of Dimes states that "in the United States, there is an epidemic of pre-term birth, and prevention is absolutely critical. … [Read more...]

More Defective Products From China Being Recalled

On St. Patricks'day, 2008, Mega Brands Inc. recalled about 2.4 million Chinese-made defective product/toys, because small magnets could fall out and cause personal injury such as internal damage. A week later, the same defective product manufacturer recalled 1 million Magtastik and Magnetix Jr. preschool toys. These toys also contained magnets in the small flexible parts of the animals, vehicles and building sets can detach. Since magnets attract, if more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attach to one another and cause personal injury such as additional intestinal perforations or blockages, which can be fatal. The Consumer … [Read more...]

Should Parents Decide Whether Their Infant Is Screened For Treatable Diseases?

LiveScience.com ran a story last week about a Nebraskan couple who did not want any health screenings for their newborn. The couple was appealing mandatory testing laws that exist in every state, claiming that it was a violation of their freedom of religion. The couple practices Scientology. The mandatory health screening consists of nothing more than drawing blood from the baby's foot and then testing it for rare health diseases that can be cured. Some of these diseases can lead to brain damage and even early death. The parent intentions are honorable. They claim that their religous practices prohibit such testing. However, the religous … [Read more...]

Heart Risk Falls When Patients Stop Taking Vioxx

There's good news for Vioxx patients. It seems that cardiovascular risks decline when patients stop taking the drug. Merck continued its 3 year Vioxx study for a 4th year. Those fourth-year results, as analyzed by Merck and released yesterday, showed that former Vioxx and placebo users reported a nearly similar rate of cardiovascular events. Among 2,178 patients, 28 formerly on Vioxx and 16 formerly on placebo suffered confirmed thrombotic cardiovascular events. An undisclosed number died. Peter S. Kim, head of West Point-based Merck Research Laboratories, said the 28-to-16 difference is not statistically significant and might be due … [Read more...]