Archive for the ‘Product Liability’ Category

Video Monitor Recalled After Infant Deaths

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

1.7 million Summer Infant baby video monitors have been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The recall comes after 7 babies died from strangulation by the cords to these video monitors.

The monitors included in the recall were sold between January 2003 and February 2011 under the brand name Summer.  The retail price was between $60 and $300. 

Parents are being urged to keep the monitor and the cord at least three feet from a baby’s crib to prevent serious injury or death.

If your child has been hurt or killed by a baby monitor in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, we encourage you to contact a New Jersey defective product lawyer for more information about your rights and potential recovery.

How Safe is Your Childs School Bus?

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

According to a recent report, almost half of New Jersey school buses and vans fail their twice a year inspections with violations that are serious enough to remove the vehicles from the road.  The most common problems that require a bus or van to be taken out of service include brake problems, fluid leaks, and problems with the lights or other warning devices.

The state and school transportation officials are urging parents not to worry.  They claim that the high number of violations is due to the rigid tests that New Jersey school buses and vans must pass. 

Thankfully, school bus accidents are rare.  However, if your child is hurt on a defective school bus then your child may be entitled to compensation.  Contact a South Jersey accident lawyer today for more information.

Dehumidifiers Recalled Because of Fire Risk

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Last week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of approximately 198,000 GE and Professional Series dehumidifiers.  The recall was issued because of 14 reports of smoke and fumes and 8 reports of fire from these products.

The recalled dehumidifiers are white 30 pint and 40 pint portable units with digital controls and a front loading water bucket.  The dehumidifiers were sold at stores such as Walmart, Sam’s Club, and Home Depot.

For more information about the recall, please visit the CPSC website and if you’ve been hurt by a defective dehumidifier please call a New Jersey unsafe product lawyer for a free consultation.

A Look Back at Some Big Recalls of 2010

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Old standbys – the products we trusted and considered safe – dominated the product recall news of 2010.  Among the companies announcing recalls were:

  • Toyota: for unintended acceleration and other problems in certain vehicles;
  • Johnson & Johnson: which recalled popular drugs including Motrin products, Tylenol arthritis products and Rolaids;
  • Fisher Price: issued the largest toy recall in U.S. history because of potential choking hazards; and
  • Graco: recalled 2 million strollers because of risk of strangulation.

While consumers have been advised to stop using recalled products or to have the products fixed by the manufacturer, consumers are by no means safe from potentially dangerous products in 2011.

If you have been hurt by a defective product then you have the right to seek damages.  Contact a New Jersey product liability lawyer today for more information.

Has Your Snowblower Been Recalled?

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

While the Blizzard of 2010 is behind us, the people of New Jersey are not out of the woods.  It is still early January and more significant snow is likely before the winter of 2010-2011 is safely behind us.

Many of us use snowblowers to remove the snow that accumulates on our property. Thus, it is important to know that last week, Honda recalled approximately 18,500 snowblowers.  Honda Motor Co. announced that parts of the fuel tank can seep or drip fuel and cause a fire.  The recalled Honda snowblowers were sold between April 2005 and November 2010.  They are red and black. 

If you have been hurt by a defective snowblower then it is important to understand your legal rights.  Contact a New Jersey product liability lawyer today for more information.

Safety Recalls – Should New Jersey Car Owners and Lessees be Treated the Same?

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Drivers of leased vehicles may be a little safer if a New Jersey bill becomes law.  The proposed legislation, which is moving quickly in the New Jersey legislature, would require car dealers to treat car lessees the same way they treat car owners with regard to appointments to fix safety recalls.

Specifically, the legislation would require car dealers to make appoints for safety recall fixes on a first come first served basis regardless of whether the car is owned or leased.   Dealerships that violate the law would have to pay up to $10,000 for the first violation and up to $20,000 for each additional violation.

Drop Side Cribs Banned in the United States

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Last month, we wrote about an important recall of drop side cribs

This month, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a ban on all drop side cribs in the United States.  Over the past decade millions of drop side cribs were recalled and approximately 30 children were killed by drop side cribs.

Accordingly, last Wednesday the CPSC announced that as of June 2011 drop side cribs will be banned in the United States.  This includes the use of drop side cribs in hotels and day care centers, though those facilities will be given another year to buy new cribs and comply with the rule.

If your child has been hurt, or if you suspect that your child died, as a result of a drop side crib, please contact a New Jersey injury lawyer for more information about your rights.

Attorney Larry Coben Offers Important Advice on Toy Safety

Monday, December 13th, 2010

There are few things quite as magical as happy children during the holiday season.   In the next few weeks your kids are likely to receive new toys for the holidays.  Attorney Larry Coben recently spoke on KYW NewsRadio 1060 and offered words of advice for parents to keep their children safe.

Specifically, Attorney Coben advises parents to:

  • Assume the worst.  Assume the toy will be used in the most dangerous way possible and then decide whether or not to allow a child to play with it.
  • Exercise caution when looking at age levels.  There are no uniform standards used when setting recommended age levels on toys.  Individual manufacturers set their own age levels since no government standards exist.
  • Beware of flammable objects.  In this season where space heaters and fireplaces are common be aware of how quickly a fire could start and significantly hurt your child.

Attorney Coben is an experienced defective toy lawyer.  Mr. Coben, his partners and associates all join in wishing you and your family a happy and safe holiday season.

Attorney Larry Coben Offers an Important Car Safety Tip on NBC 10

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Safety is one of the top concerns of most people buying vehicles.  Consumers want to know what to expect from their vehicle if they are in a car crash.  Car salespeople talk a lot about airbags, antilock brakes and other car safety features, but has your car salesperson ever mentioned the seats of the car?  Probably not.

According to a recent report on NBC 10, the federal standard for car seat safety does not require car manufacturers to test what would happen in a rear end collision.  In fact, advocates have been petitioning the government since at least 1989 for updated standards.  Local engineers have found that beach chairs and even chairs made of cardboard comply with the federal standard and, obviously, offer little protection in a car accident.

What Can You Do To Stay Safe?

Attorney Larry Coben recommends looking for a car where the seatbelts are built in to the seat.  Seats with built in seatbelts are typically safer because of the federal seatbelt requirements.

You can watch the entire NBC 10 segment and learn about the danger presented by current car seat standards here.

Is There a Better Way to Protect Our Children?

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Many adults are busy this month.  Yes, we are busy with work, children, and community obligations, but we are also busy buying toys for the special children in our lives.  We don’t have a lot of time to research each and every toy that buy – and even if we did have the time, there are hazards that are not readily apparent to a shopper’s eye.

According to a report issued last week by the American Association for Justice (AAJ), unforeseen hazards are still present in the toys that we are buying.  The AAJ has found that for years toys have been shipped to retailers with known hazards including small parts, loose magnets, asbestos and other dangerous chemicals.  Now, with more than 95% of toys manufactured in foreign countries, it is harder than ever to make sure that toys meet U.S. safety requirements.

What Can You Do to Protect the Children on Your Gift List?

You can protect the children to whom you are giving gifts in a few ways.  First, pay attention to the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls.  Second, stay aware of warnings from public interest groups.  Third, visually inspect all toys before giving them to children.  Finally, contact a New Jersey defective toy lawyer if your child has been injured so that your child can get the recovery that he or she deserves and so that other children are not hurt by the defective toys.

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