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Man’s Death from Burns Sparks Second Space Heater Recall

An electric space heater manufacturer joined federal safety regulators in re-announcing the recall of thousands of electric space heater fans after a Minnesota man died of burn injuries he sustained in a December 2017 house fire. Vornado LLC of Andover, Kansas, originally recalled about 350,000 VH101 Personal Vortex electric space heaters in April over the risk of fire and burn injuries. On Aug. 22, the company re-announced the recall after the Minnesota death was linked to one of the space heaters. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the recalled space heaters “can overheat when in use, posing ... Read More

Colorado, Florida Tire Defect Plaintiffs Get Class Certification

Drivers in Colorado and Florida suing TBC Corp. and Dynamic Tire Corp. over allegedly defective tires received state class certification for their complaints. Plaintiffs from Arizona, California, Colorado, and Florida filed a complaint in June 2017, alleging they all bought trailers fitted with TBC Corp. and Dynamic Tire Corp. tires with defects that caused their treads to separate from their casings. The plaintiffs allege that the tire companies knew the tires were prone to tread separation but failed to disclose the defect to consumers. The drivers filed a motion for class certification on April 27, 2018. According to Law 360, ... Read More

E-Cigarettes Seldom Help Smokers Quit, Study Finds

E-cigarettes and other vaping devices were designed to help smokers of conventional tobacco cigarettes quit smoking. But do they? According to a new government-sponsored study, the answer is not really. There is no evidence that smokers who use e-cigarettes and other vaping devices are more likely to quit smoking conventional cigarettes than smokers who don’t use e-cigarettes, according to researchers at the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. The study was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products. ... Read More

Risk of Fire, Burn Injuries Prompts Three Product Recalls

The risk of overheating, fire, and burn injuries has triggered a nationwide recall of three consumer products in recent days, federal safety regulators announced. Zebra Technologies Printer Power Supply Units According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Zebra Technologies is expanding a previous recall of the power supply units used on its thermal printers. The power supply units can degrade and corrode over time when exposed to moisture and overheat, posing a fire hazard. The CPSC said Zebra Technologies recalled about 166,000 of the power supply units in Dec. 2016 and then expanded the recall on Aug. 2, ... Read More

Man Sues ZTE For Devastating Cell Phone Fire

A New Mexico man whose Chinese-made ZTE smartphone caught fire as it was charging overnight has filed a lawsuit against a U.S. subsidiary of the manufacturer, alleging the phone’s defective design burned his home and all his possessions and left him with crippling burn injuries. According to the Albuquerque Journal, plaintiff Jose Perez filed the lawsuit in the Judicial District Court in Santa Fe last week. He seeks compensatory and punitive damages for economic losses, future medical expenses, and future pain and suffering, among damages. Mr. Perez says he was charging his ZTE Zmax Pro Blu phone overnight next to ... Read More

Overheated iPhone 7 Burns Virginia Teen’s Arm

A Virginia teen who fell asleep with her iPhone 7 next to her says the device overheated and burned a hole through the skin of her arm. Eighteen-year-old Raele Manning-Moore told Norfolk, Virginia’s WAVY Channel 10 that the pain from the burn injury is the worst pain she’s ever felt. “I’ve never been in that much pain ever,” Ms. Manning-Moore said. She told WAVY that she believes the iPhone overheated while she was lying in bed with it next to her arm. The searing pain from the burn injury woke her up. She said the burn was so severe that ... Read More

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Salmonella outbreak sickens 100

Boxes of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal tainted with Salmonella are still being sold in some stores despite being recalled last month by the company, increasing the number of people who have fallen ill after eating the sweetened puffed wheat cereal to 100 in 33 states, 30 of whom have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported to date. Kellogg Company agreed to recall affected boxes of Honey Smacks in June after consulting with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state partners. The products had been distributed across the United States including Guam ... Read More

Ikea faces another toddler death lawsuit

Eighteen months after Ikea paid $50 million to settle three wrongful death lawsuits involving its dressers tipping onto toddlers, the popular furniture manufacturer is facing yet another lawsuit involving the same issue. Joleen and Craig Dudek of Buena Park, California, are suing Ikea U.S. Retail LLC in Pennsylvania state court in Philadelphia County, alleging they were not adequately warned by the company that its Malm dressers could tip over. On May 24, 2017, Craig Dudek says he found his 2-year-old son pinned between the drawers of a Malm dresser that had fallen on top of him. Craig started CPR, which ... Read More

Family wants dangerous toilet trainer recalled

The parents of a little boy who suffered permanent damage when his penis became stuck on sharp plastic of a toilet-training product are suing the manufacturer and the retailer that sold them the product, arguing that the companies knew about the defect but failed to recall the toilet seat. Natalie and Yosef Belkin filed the putative class action against Target Corp. and juvenile product maker Prince Lionheart Inc., claiming their son’s “near genital dismemberment” was caused by a sharp plastic on the underside of the “pee shield” seat of the weePOD Basix toilet trainer. Target and Prince Lionheart are still ... Read More

73 people infected with Salmonella after eating Honey Smacks cereal

At least 73 people in 31 states have fallen ill from Salmonella infections and health authorities say the likely culprit is Kellogg’s Honey Smacks sweetened puffed wheat cereal. As a result, the Kellogg Company has recalled the cereal, which was distributed throughout the United States as well as Guam and Saipan, and internationally in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean and Tahiti. Consumers are urged not to eat any of the recalled Honey Smacks cereal. Affected products include Honey Smacks 15.3 oz boxes with the BEST if Used By Date listed as JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019, and ... Read More