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July 2, 2014

Firework Use Can Be Deadly. Use with Caution on this Upcoming Independence Day Holiday

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging all Americans to celebrate this upcoming Fourth of July safely. In 2013, firework injuries and deaths increased, and so the CPSC is urging consumers to celebrate this year's festivities safely and caution when using fireworks.

The CPSC issues a report on fireworks safety report every year prior to the Fourth of July to remind consumers to be safe. In 2013, there was an in the number of injuries and deaths associated with the use of fireworks. Toddlers being the most affected. It was reported that 11,400 people were injured, up from 9,000 in 2012, and eight people lost their lives as a result of unsafe fireworks use and fireworks malfunction. 65% of these injuries occurred within 30 days surrounding the Independence Day holiday. Most of the fireworks being used during the days right before and after the holiday.

In order for the report to be issued, the agency reviewed fireworks incident reports from hospital emergency rooms, death certificate information, newspaper articles and other media sources to estimate the injuries and gather the necessary data for their statistics.
The injuries resulted from the consumer playing with lit fireworks or igniting fireworks while holding the actual firework device, by the malfunction of the devices and by the firework having an errant flight path, being tipped over or by it blowing itself out.

As stated earlier, toddlers were the most affected in 2012. Children under the age of five were injured more than any other age group in the U.S.. It was reported that most of these children were injured by the use of sparklers and bottle rockets, which parents/adults consider safer for children, when in actuality they are not. Sparklers burn at a temperature of 2,000 degrees, a temperature hot enough to melt some metals, therefore; sparklers and bottle rockets accounted for more than 40 percent of all injuries in the CPSC's report.

Also, it was reported that the eight deaths from fireworks usage in 2013 were a result of the consumer using banned, professional or home manufactured devices. These devices are often not acceptable or compliant with federal regulations, and therefore; are unsafe for consumers to use.

The CPSC urges consumers to only purchase fireworks which are sold legally in the U.S. and to never allow a child to play or ignite fireworks, including sparklers or bottle rockets on their own. It is also recommended that consumers not buy fireworks packaged or sold in brown bags, as most of the time these fireworks are made to be used by professionals and can pose a heightened danger to someone who isn't educated on the proper way to use these devices.

In conclusion, consumers are urged to use fireworks safely and to not allow children to use them. There are plenty of professional fireworks celebrations nationwide and those are the safest places for children to enjoy the use and demonstration of fireworks. Do your part to avoid any injury during the holiday season. Safety comes first.

April 3, 2013

Magura Hydraulic Disc Brake Recall Issued by the CPSC

Magura USA Hydraulic disc brakes have been recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) after it was determined that the brakes can malfunction in low temperatures and can lead to loss of brake pressure. The recall includes Magura MT6 and MT8 hydraulic disc brakes that consist of a brake lever, master cylinder linked to the handle bars, and a hose running from the master cylinder to the caliper that is attached to the rear wheel. These specific hydraulic disc brakes were manufactured from March 2011 to May 2011 with the date codes ranging from 10301 to 20531, which are printed on the bicycle. This means that about 2,800 bicycle hydraulic brakes have been recalled due to the risk that they may fail, posing potential crashes and injuries for riders. All other Magera hydraulic disc brakes are not included in this recall or affected by the faulty part that can cause injury.

The Magura MT6 was sold in black and silver and the MT8 was sold in black and red. Both have the word "Magura" located on the caliper and the "MT" logo on the master cylinder. The MT6 model has the word "six" printed on the brake lever and the MT8 model has the word "eight" written on the brake lever. The Magura MT6 and MT8 were priced at $269 and $379 respectively. Also, included in this recall are all MT6 and MT8 brake systems without date codes.

Magura disc brakes are manufactured in Bad Urach, Germany and imported by Magura USA, of Olney Illinois.

The CPSC recommends that owners and riders of these bicycles stop riding them, contact Magura USA at (800)448-3876 for a free repair, and/or visit them online at and click on "Recall Information".

Also, please be aware that it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

The CPSC responsible for protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion a year. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard.

No injuries have been reported to date, but if you or someone you know does become a victim or is injured by the use of either the MT6 or MT8 Magura USA Hydraulic disc brakes, please contact the CPSC and file a report/complaint and contact an attorney to assisting you in your claim.

July 17, 2012

Recall: Old Navy Toddler Aqua Socks for Girls

Old Navy Toddler aqua socks for girls are being recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for slip and fall hazard. It was determined by the CPSC that these Old Navy socks have less traction when used on wet or smooth surfaces.

The recall is being issued for all socks with style number 896452. The style number can be found in a small tag inside the sock. The socks were priced between $12 and $15. They were sold in Toddler sizes 5-11 and in colors pink and purple.

More than 30,000 units were sold in the US in the first 6 months of 2012.

People who have purchased the Old Navy Toddler Aqua Sock for girls should immediately stop using them and return them to any Old Navy store for a full refund.

For more information, contact Old Navy at (866)580-9930 or by e-mail at

June 5, 2012

Dangerous Vehicles on the Road

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The following vehicles have been determined to be the most dangerous vehicles on the road, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS):

1) Dodge Ram 1500; score 2/5; bad ratings: side collisions and rollover

2) Colorado Crew Cab; score 3/5; bad ratings: side collisions, rollover & rear end

3) Mazda CX-7; score 4/5; bad ratings: rollover and rear end collisions

4) Mazda CX-9; score 4/5; bad ratings: rollover and rear end collisions

5) Nissan Pathfinder; score 3/5; bad ratings: rollover and rear end collisions

6) Jeep Wrangler; score 3/5; bad ratings: side collisions and rear end collisions

7) Suzuki SX4; score 2/5; bad ratings: rollover and rear end collisions

These vehicles were deemed the most dangerous based on 4 rating categories of the IIHS tests. The categories were: (1) a front crash test where a vehicle travels at 40 mph and hits a barrier head on; (2) a side-impact crash test where an SUV type vehicle strikes the driver side of the testing vehicle at a speed of 30 mph; (3) rollover crash testing where the vehicle is hit by metal plates on the corners to determine force capacity before the vehicle rolls over; and (4) a rear-end crash test where seats and seat belts are tested for protection against whiplash and other head and neck injuries.

Consumer Reports and crash safety ratings performed by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the JD Power's Initial Quality reports were also used to analyze the vehicles performance.

November 7, 2011

Harper Truck Recall Due to Overinflated Exploding Tires

On October 27, 2011 almost 300,000 Harper Trucks, Inc. hand trucks were recalled after multiple injuries were reported due to exploding overinflated tires. The recall was made by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) when 19 people reported injuries by overinflated tires that exploded. The exploding overinflated tires caused the victims broken bones, contusions, lacerations and one victim even lost his eye sight in one eye.

The tires not only explode, but due to the blast, the wheel hub breaks off and/or separates, causing pieces of it to fly about, which could potentially cause injury to bystanders, according to the CPSC.
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The following Harper Trucks, Inc. models are affected by the recall:
Model K52K16, with a P Handle and 1-piece, composite wheel
Model JEDKT1935P, with a dual hand/platform truck (convertible) and a 3-piece, four bolt, metal/chorme plated wheel
Model 51K19 with dual handles and a 3-piece, four bolt, metal/chrome plated wheel
Model BKTAK19 with a P handle and a 3-piece, four bolt, metal/chrome plated wheel
Model PGCSK19BLK with a dual hand handle and a 3-piece, four bolt, metal/chrome plated wheel

The model numbers on the Harper Trucks can be found on an adhesive sticker on the trucks frame cross member. The trucks were sold at Home Depot from September 2008 thru March 2009 and at Sam's Club from January 1993 thru January 2002. The recalled trucks cost between $28 and $42.

Any consumers using the affected trucks are recommended, by the CPSC, to stop using them and contact Harper Trucks, Inc immediately at (800)835-4099 or Harper Trucks will send you a repair kit at no cost.

July 12, 2011

Basis for Product Liability Legal Claims

When consumers make purchases they expect them to function properly and safely. It is when the purchased defective item causes injuries and illnesses that there are basis for product liability lawsuits. Some of these items are: automobiles, prescription drugs, beauty products, frozen foods, automobile parts and tires, etc.

When Manufactures realize that a product is defective they issue out a recall of that item to consumers. However, recalls do not always keep the consumer safe.

Product liability claims are based on the theory of negligence. The manufacturer has a duty to exercise a reasonable standard of care for developing a particular product, and has failed to do so; thus resulting in harm to the consumer. When making a negligence claim, the injured consumer must prove that the defective product was the actual and proximate cause of the injury. One must show that had it not been for the defective product, the injury would not have occurred. The manufacturer should have foreseen the danger and risk when it sold the product.

Design defect, failure to warn/improper labeling and manufacturing defects are the most common scenarios that form the basis for a product liability claim.

Product liability claims can also be based on the following legal theories:
- Breach of Warranty - failure to fulfill terms of a promise or claim made regarding the quality and safety of a product. A manufacturer must guarantee certain warranties on products sold and needs to be held accountable when they are breached;

- Strict Liability - responsibility of the manufacturer to all consumers who might be injured by a product and does not require the injured consumer to prove negligence. The consumer only needs to prove that the product was defective and therefore cause the injury, therefore; making the product unreasonable defective and dangerous. The designer, manufacturer, distributor and seller of the defective product can and should be held liable for the injury and illnesses cause to the consumer.

- Misrepresentation - when a manufacturer gives the consumer false or misleading information on the safety and reliance of a product. When the consumer relies on this information and is harmed, they can recover money damages.

A consumer can also contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission for further details and advice.

November 22, 2010

E. Coli Contamination Outbreak in Maryland

A food poisoning case was filed in Baltimore, Maryland as a result of E. coli contamination found in Baugher's Orchard Apple Cider. This apple cider is sold in Maryland and Pennsylvania and has since been taken off the market. Consumers are instructed not to drink this cider and to dispose of it immediately. Several cases of E. coli food poisoning were reported.

What is E. coli?
- a bacteria that can survive in an environment with or without air and can produce hair-like structures that allow the bacteria to move and attach to human cells. These bacteria most commonly live in the intestines of animals and humans. Though there are many types of E. coli in the United States, the most common is E. coli O157:H7.
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Symptoms of E. coli Infections:
- nausea
- vomiting
- mild fever
- stomach cramps, and
- diarrhea that is often bloody

If E. coli infections go untreated they can lead to hospitalizations and in rare instances Hemolytic-Uremia Syndrome (HUS), which is a form of kidney failure, that occurs when the toxin/bacteria enters the blood stream. If left untreated, it can lead to dehydration and potentially life-threatening illnesses. However, most adults recover from food poisoning cause by E. coli within a few weeks. Young children and the elderly are at higher risks for more sever illnesses.

The most common type of E. coli is E. coli O157:H7. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that about 70,000 people are affected with this specific type of E. coli each year. This type of E. coli is most commonly associates with hamburger meats; therefore, it is commonly referred to as the hamburger disease. It is also associated with contaminated water, foods and unpasteurized dairy products.

If you believe that you may be suffering from E. coli food poisoning please seek immediate medical attention. The sooner you seek treatment, the lower the risk of potential health complications.

October 13, 2010

Serious Injuries Cause by Segway Scooter Accidents in the District of Columbia

Segway Scooters are self-balancing personal transporters. The scooter runs on two wheels and has a battery operated electric motor. It also comes with specialized software that provides the self balancing aspect. The operator of the scooter controls the speed by standing upright and leaning forward and the direction by tilting the handles to the left or the right. The maximum speed for the scooter is 12.5 miles per hour. The Segway Scooter was first introduced in the US in December 2001 and are currently being used both for leisure and professional use. They are used by sightseeing tours, police departments, airport security, the military, and even emergency response officials.
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The problem with the Segway Scooter is that they are not considered motor vehicles in the District of Columbia. Local regulations state that they are allowed to be operated on bicycle lanes and/or sidewalks and an operator is not required to wear a helmet. It is because of these regulations that traumatic head injuries are occurring.

A study conducted at the George Washington University Hospital Emergency Department in the District of Columbia included cases from April 1, 2005 through November 30, 2009 showed that there were 44 hospital visits that involved Segway Scooter operators. Out of these 44 patients, only 7 were wearing helmets. The cases involved operators who unintentionally struck immobile objects. These objects included park benches, signposts, light poles and trees. The cases increased dramatically over the 3 year study. There were 5 cases reported in 2005, 3 in 2006, 8 in 2007, and 25 in 2008. 10 of the 44 patients were admitted (24.4%). Four patients were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit and suffered traumatic brain injuries. The average hospital stay was 2 days, with a 2 to 7 day range. Hospital charges ranged from $25,733 to $69,139 for admitted patients. Other injuries reported were facial, clavicular, rib, tibial and ankle fractures.

Traumatic brain injuries are one of the leading causes of death as well as permanent disabilities world wide. Research shows that 1.4 to 1.7 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries each year.

Researchers suggest that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) further investigate injury risks from Segway scooter use.