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Second Proposed Class Action Claims Old Spice Deodorant Causes Chemical Burns

A California man has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against Proctor & Gambel alleging its Old Spice deodorant caused a severe chemical burn and rash that “turned into open sores.” The lawsuit, filed in a California federal court by Gregory Johnson of San Francisco, is the second such complaint to be filed in connection with Procter & Gambel’s Old Spice-brand deodorant for men. Mr. Johnson alleges that he used Old Spice Swagger and Old Spice Classic deodorants for a month when he developed a painful red rash under his arms that required medical attention and a prescription drug to heal. ... Read More

Whistleblower who reported product-related deaths alleges retaliation, discrimination

A former employee of Lifeline Systems has filed a whistleblower complaint against the Philips subsidiary, alleging the company retaliated against her for years and ultimately terminated her employment for voicing concerns that defective products were causing fires and killing customers. Denise Rock, who was employed as a Lifeline Systems salesperson for several years, filed her complaint in U.S. District Court in Boston on August 1, claiming she was fired in June 2012 after filing discrimination charges with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) and the U.S. Equal Employee Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Ms. Rock’s allegations stretch back to 2007, when she ... Read More

New product safety database a success, but still under attack

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s new Saferproducts database has been operating for little more than four months, but it is already a successful and valuable tool for consumers and manufacturers alike, says Consumer Reports. “There have been hundreds of thousands of visits to the new website, and people are reporting safety problems as intended,” Consumer Reports says. Some manufacturers had even found the database helpful to them in identifying potential hazards in their products and addressing them as needed. Still, a powerful anti-consumer lobby wants the database shut down, and it is using politics to achieve that. While the ... Read More

ER surgeon: Lawn mower injuries among the worst and hardest to treat

More than 200,000 people were treated in U.S. emergency rooms last year for injuries they received while mowing a lawn, according to reports by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Orthapaedic Surgeons, and three other medical organizations. Unfortunately, data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission finds that lawn-mower injuries, considered by many doctors to be among the worst injuries they treat, have been on the rise. The blades on most power mowers can exceed 200 mph and the standard lawn mower spins between 2,880 and 3,600 revolutions per minute, depending on the load, thickness, and height ... Read More

CPSC taking action to reduce table saw finger amputations

On average, 10 people in the United States have their fingers amputated by table saws every day, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The regulatory agency has put its sights on power tool manufacturers to understand why so many of these horrifying injuries occur and what can be done to prevent them. “The safety of table saws needs to be improved in a way that prevents school children in shop class and woodworkers from suffering these life-altering injuries,” CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum told USA TODAY. “All options are on the table for CPSC at this time.” The CPSC ... Read More