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Burn Injuries, Fires Prompt Hair Dryer Recall

Dozens of reports of smoke, sparks, and burn injuries associated with a hand-held hair dryer have prompted a nationwide recall of Ionic Pro hair dryer sold under the “ISO Beauty” and “Proliss” brand names. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says about 73,000 of the Chinese-made hair dryers have been imported and sold in the U.S. The agency said that the recalled hair dryers were sold online from March 2013 through January 2018 through Amazon.com, Groupon.com, ISObeauty.com, Proliss.com, and Target.com. The devices were priced between $30-$40. An additional 1,000 units were sold in Canada, the CPSC said. The safety hazard stems ... Read More

Pumpkin Spice Air Freshener Sickens Several in Baltimore School

Five people who fell ill after inhaling a pumpkin spice scented aerosol at a Baltimore, Maryland, high school were hospitalized Thursday, Oct. 5 Students and faculty at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School told the Baltimore Sun that they noticed an unusual smell emanating from the third floor. The strange odor “appeared to be getting stronger” as the minutes passed, said school president Bill Heiser. Before long, several students and teachers started to experience respiratory distress, including difficulty breathing, headaches and gastrointestinal problems. Mr. Heisman ordered an evacuation of the school and called the Baltimore Fire Department. First responders promptly ordered ... Read More

Black & Decker Manufacturer Fined For Failure To Recall Dangerous Coffeemaker Carafes

A federal court has ordered the company that produces Black & Decker brand products to pay nearly $2 million in civil penalties for its failure to report dangerously defective SpaceMaker coffee carafes and for continuing to distribute the defective glass carafes after they were recalled. In addition to $1.9 million in civil penalties, U.S. District Judge William M. Conley ordered a permanent injunction against Spectrum Brands Inc. of Madison, Wisconsin, for its violation of the Consumer Product Safety Act related to its handling of the defective Black & Decker carafes. The injunction requires Spectrum to report to the court every ... Read More

Colorado Outdoor Equipment Maker Must Compensate Fired Whistleblower $125K

A Boulder, Colo.-based manufacturer of outdoor recreational equipment violated federal whistleblower protections by firing an employee in retaliation for reporting concerns about product safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said. The agency ordered TruBlue, LLC, which does business as Head Rush Technologies, to pay a worker it terminated more than $125,000 in back wages and damages and take other corrective actions after an investigation found evidence that substantiated the worker’s claims. Head Rush develops and manufactures products used for climbing, zip-line, free-fall and other outdoor recreational activities. According to OSHA, the worker suggested to the company’s chief executive ... Read More

Goodman Pays $5.5 Million Penalty For Delaying Recall of Defective AC/Heater Units linked to dangerous fires

A manufacturer of single-unit air conditioner-heaters whose conduct federal regulators called “illegal, dangerous and unacceptable” has agreed to pay a $5.5 million civil penalty for its failure to recall defective and hazardous units as required by law and for lying to regulators about the number of fires its products had caused. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) sued that Houston, Texas-based Goodman Company, alleging that it intentionally failed to inform safety regulators immediately that its “packaged terminal air conditioner/heaters contained a dangerous defect that posed an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death to consumers.” Goodman sold the defective ... Read More

Class Action Alleges Old Spice Deodorant Causes Severe Chemical Burns, Rashes

Old Spice deodorant is giving “hundreds if not thousands of consumers” agonizing rashes and severe chemical burns, according to a multi-million-dollar class-action lawsuit filed earlier this month in a U.S. court. The lawsuit names 13 of Proctor & Gamble’s popular Old Spice deodorant brands, including Pure Sport and Arctic Force High Endurance, Classic Fresh, Lionpride, and Swagger, calling them “defective” and possibly dangerous. “Indeed, the problem is rampant, and rather than acknowledge the serious issue, Defendant is concealing it in order to continue selling the product and reaping windfall profits,” court papers say. Rodney Colley, an Alexandria, Va., man, filed the ... Read More

Vermont jury awards woman $43 million for injuries blamed on defective car seat

BURLINGTON, Vt.—A jury in Chittenden County, Vt., has awarded $43 million to a woman who became quadriplegic when her 1999 Dodge Neon car seat failed in a traffic collision. Some legal experts believe the award is the largest personal-injury award in Vermont’s history. Essex Junction resident Dzemila Heca and her two sons, Kenan and Emir Heco, sued Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls, Inc., the manufacturer of the car seat in Ms. Heco’s 1999 Dodge Neon. According to the lawsuit, in August 2007, Ms. Heco had been stopped at a traffic light in Essex when another vehicle struck her car from behind. Ms. ... Read More

Children’s beds recalled for fall hazard

Lea Industries has announced a recall of several styles of its Lea Panel, Loft and Bunk Beds due to a fall hazard. The company says the bed’s side mattress support rails can break, posing a fall hazard. There have been 22 reports of incidents involving the recalled beds, including two injuries, including a head injury sustained by a 6-year-old girl. The recall affects about 59,000 beds in the United States and 4,200 in Canada. According to a release from the manufacturer, the recall involves the side rails on 34 Lea children’s bed collections. This includes loft, bunk and panel style ... Read More

Safety regulators propose tougher new standards for strollers

In a push to prevent further deaths and injuries to infants and young children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted unanimously to establish a federal safety standard for strollers. If approved, the proposed rule would go in the Federal Register after it is opened to a 75-day public comment period. The CPSC says the proposed rule incorporates the Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Carriages and Strollers, a current voluntary standard, with one modification that addresses the problem of scissoring, shearing, and pinching hazards associated with folding or foldable strollers. The CPSC based its determination for a new ... Read More

Nationwide recall for Kellogg’s Special K ‘Red Berries’ cereal

Kellogg Company has issued a recall alert for its Kellogg’s Special K Red Berries cereal due to the possible presence of glass fragments in some packages. The recall affects certain lots of three sizes of the cereal packages – 11.2-ounce package, 22.4-ounce twin pack and 37-ounce package. The Kellogg’s Special K Red Berries cereal packages affected by the recall can be identified with the following information: • 11.2 ounce packages, UPC code 3800059923 – Better if Used Before Date of DEC 02 2013 followed by KNC 105 with a time stamp of 00:13-2:30 • 22.4 ounce packages, UPC code 3800078356 ... Read More