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New Zealand Woman Experiences Severe Metal Toxicity Two Years After Receiving Double Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

Lynne McKay was a healthy 50-year old former nurse that suffered from hip dysplasia, a painful condition in which growths form at the hip joints. She could barely make it to the mailbox and back. “I got to a place where I could only walk to the letterbox with two walking sticks,” McKay recalls. She was admitted in 2007 for a double hip replacement and received the Stryker Mitch THR (total hip replacement) System, with metal components made of cobalt and chromium. She was excited to finally get her life back. Almost immediately, McKay began experiencing pain. Her hips clicked when she walked. ... Read More

Patients with metal-on-metal hip exhibit increase in cobalt and chromium levels

Just two years ago, a five-year follow-up was performed on 52 randomized patients that had received either a metal-on-metal hip or metal-on-polyethylene hip implant. Tests confirmed an alarming 10- to 20-fold increase in cobalt and chromium levels in the systems of the patients who received the metal-on-metal hip implant. Most hip implants last for 20 years or more. However, patients are reporting metal hip implants like the ASR metal-on-metal hip implants made by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, are failing in only five years Other metal-on-metal hip implant makers are Smith & Nephew, Wright Medical, Zimmer Biomet Holdings and Stryker. All  have faced an onslaught ... Read More

Man diagnosed with Cobalt Poisoning After Receiving Metal Hip Implant

A patient with severe heart failure was referred to the Marburg University clinic in Germany in 2012. A possible cause was coronary artery disease, but after further examinations, the medical team ruled it out. However, some of the medics working on the case noticed a few notable similarities between the patient’s symptoms and the symptoms of a patient on House, a TV series in which British actor Hugh Laurie plays the lead character, Gregory House, M.D. On the TV show, a patient was experiencing strikingly similar symptoms and was diagnosed as having cobalt poisoning, which was caused by the debris shed ... Read More

GM announces more safety recalls over weekend, 57,000 vehicles affected

General Motors (GM) announced two more safety recalls over the weekend affecting more than 57,000 vehicles in the United States for problems involving overheating fuel pumps, loose electrical connections, and yet more potentially deadly ignition switch defects. The new recalls came just one day after the Detroit automaker recalled more than half a million cars and SUVs for loose joint and hood latch defects. On Saturday, GM said that it’s recalling about 47,000 2008-09 Pontiac G8 cars and about 7,600 model-year 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice police cars because drivers may bump the ignition key with their knee, inadvertently switching the key ... Read More

GM launching two new safety recalls of more than half a million cars, SUVs

General Motors (GM) announced two new safety recalls on Friday for loose joints and a hood latch problem that together affect more than 524,000 cars and SUVs. The first recall encompasses 430,550 Cadillac SRX and Saab 9-4X SUVs for possible loose joints and worn threads in the rear toe link assembly, which could cause the toe adjuster link to separate and in turn cause the vehicle to veer off the intended course at highway speeds and potentially crash. GM said it knows of three crashes and two injuries linked to the rear toe link defect. The recall affects 2010-2015 model-year ... Read More

General Motors ignition switch death toll rises to 23

The number of deaths linked to the ignition switch defect in more than a decade of General Motors (GM) vehicles continues to climb, with the latest toll hitting 23, according to a report by Kenneth Feinberg, the lawyer overseeing a fund established to compensate crash victims and their families. After it finally began recalling vehicles affected by the potentially deadly ignition flaw last February, GM said that it had linked the defect to 13 deaths and 54 crashes. Underscoring the seriousness of the problem, safety advocates and plaintiffs’ lawyers, however, said the real toll was likely to be much higher. ... Read More

U.S. Treasury approved GM exec pay raises despite poor performance, losses

Top executives at General Motors (GM) and Ally Finance (formerly GMAC, GM’s former consumer finance offspring) received “excessive” pay hikes approved by the U.S. Treasury Department, which has monitored and approved executive salaries and bonuses since the companies received $66.7 billion in taxpayer-funded bailout money. According to a report released Wednesday by the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), the Treasury Department allowed total pay packages of at least $1 million for all of the top executives at both companies. The report also says several GM executives who received a combined $3 million ... Read More

GM announces two new recalls to repair fire hazards

General Motors (GM) has announced two new safety recalls over defects that could potentially result in fire, and in some cases, explosion. Last week, GM said it was recalling about 3,200 natural gas-powered cargo vans for gas leaks that could lead to an explosion and fire. The recall affects 3,196 Chevrolet Express CNG and GMC Sahara vans powered by compressed natural gas. The Detroit automaker informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the affected vehicles “may have a CNG (compressed natural gas) high pressure regulator that leaks natural gas into the atmosphere,” adding that this flaw “could cause ... Read More

NHTSA’s failure to address GM ignition switch problem detailed in Congressional report

Federal auto safety regulators fell under scathing criticism again this week following the release of a House committee report that underscored their failures in policing General Motors (GM) while consumer complaints about defects and accident reports piled up in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) database. “The agency’s repeated failure to identify, let alone explore, the potential defect theory related to the ignition switch — even after it was spelled out in a report the agency commissioned — is inexcusable,” the House Energy and Commerce Committee concluded in its report. The report blames NHTSA for failing to notice a ... Read More

Readers warn people with metal hip implants to have their blood checked for metal ions

“If you have a metal-on-metal (hip) replacement, it is imperative to have the metal ion test as soon as possible,” warned BJackson, in a comment on Missoulian’s Letters to the Editor. “My neighbor’s wife passed away a little over a year ago because of cobalt and chromium poisoning. .. she had the offending metal-on-metal (hip implant) removed and a new hip put in, (but) it was too late for her. They had spent three years telling her that she had ALS, but they were incorrect, and it was the metal-on-metal (hip implant) that killed her.” The comment was posted in ... Read More