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Alabama family receives $40 million in defective seatbelt case

A Mobile County, Alabama, jury has awarded $40 million to the family of a teenage girl who was killed when the seatbelts in her vehicle failed to restrain her in a 2004 car crash. The wrongful-death lawsuit was filed against Kia, Kia Motors America, and Korean seatbelt manufacturer Celtrion for failing to recall vehicles that they knew had a very dangerous safety defect. On July 4, 2004, the victim was driving the 1999 Kia Sephia that her father had given to her for her 16th birthday just weeks before the crash. Before he gave the vehicle to his daughter, the ... Read More

Hundreds of in-hospital drugs recalled

Hundreds of Aidapak Services pharmaceuticals repackaged for hospital pharmacies, including several varieties of acetaminophen, are being recalled because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has learned of the potential cross contamination of non-penicillin drug products that were repackaged in the same facility. There is the potential for serious anaphylactic reaction in patients with known hypersensitivity to beta-lactam or penicillin products that could result from using these recalled products. A full list of affected products can be found here. The drug products were distributed to in-hospital pharmacies nationwide. Those pharmacies have been notified about the recall and instructed on how to ... Read More

The top 10 deadliest jobs in America

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2009, 4,340 workers left for work never to return home. This number represents a significant decline in the number of fatal on-the-job accidents from 2008, when 5,214 workers lost their lives, but many labor analysts suspect workplace fatalities will rise again in proportion to economic gains and rise in employment. The agency also analyzed these workplace fatalities to determine the top 10 most deadly jobs in America. 1. Fisherman (118 deaths per 100,000) Storms, wind, rogue waves, violent seas, dangerous equipment, illness, isolation, and the constant risk of hypothermia and drowning ... Read More

Sudden acceleration in Ford Freestyles under investigation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating several consumer complaints involving Ford’s Freestyle car-SUV crossover vehicles for their potential to lunge forward unexpectedly. The agency’s database says the investigation was opened on May 11, 2011 after receiving 238 complaints about problems with the vehicles’ speed control. These reports of unintended acceleration have been submitted by owners of 2005 to 2007 model-year Freestyles. Unlike many reports involving sudden, unintended acceleration in Toyota and Lexus vehicles, which many drivers have alleged raced out of control over long distances and at violent speeds even when the brakes were fully pressed, complaints about ... Read More

Popular weight-loss supplements pose injury and death risks, consumer group warns

The over-the-counter weight-loss drug Alli and its prescription form Xenical should be removed from the market immediately, warns Public Citizen, a national non-profit consumer advocacy group based in Washington D.C. The group has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a ban of the popular drugs, citing evidence that they can cause severe, life-threatening injury to liver, pancreas, and kidneys. Alli and Xenical are forms of orlistat. Xenical contains 120 milligrams (mgs), while Alli, which is available without a prescription, contains half the amount of orlistat. Public Citizen says that the risks of serious injury far outweigh the drugs’ ... Read More

Consumer group calls FDA’s unwillingness to ban latex “reckless”

Surgical and patient examination gloves that have cornstarch powder on them or are made of natural latex rubber pose a serious threat to patients and health care workers and must be banned said Public Citizen, a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization, in a petition filed Monday with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Many people are chronically allergic to latex rubber. Health care workers can experience serious or life-threatening allergic reactions when they wear latex gloves or when they inhale the cornstarch powder bound to latex proteins that has been released from latex gloves worn by others. Inhaling the cornstarch ... Read More

CSPC outlines new guidelines for crib manufacturers, consumers

Bombarded with questions about new safety standards for cribs, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a flyer outlining the new, more stringent requirements for crib manufacturers and answering some of the most frequently asked questions from consumers. Most of the questions have been about the drop-sides of cribs, but CSPC says the new rule also encompasses a crib’s mattress support, slats, and hardware, all of which are required to be more durable. Crib manufacturers will also have to test to these new, tougher guidelines in order to prove compliance. The guidelines were established by CSPC following numerous crib ... Read More

CPSC’s product-safety database survives budget cuts, goes online

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s new public database of safety information, part of the www.saferproducts.gov website, offers American consumers for the first time ever a world of valuable safety information at their fingertips. The database went online earlier March 11, but its future appeared bleak when budgets battles raging on Capitol Hill threatened to take the website down before it had a chance to prove its worth. Fortunately, the database was taken off the chopping block and the project remains safe for now. Developed at a cost of $3 million, this new database offers American consumers an easier way ... Read More

Florida bill lets automakers off hook, burdens taxpayers

Last month, the Florida State Senate approved a bill that makes it much more difficult for people harmed by automotive defects to hold carmakers responsible for their injuries. The legislation, which the St. Petersburg Times considers to be the latest attack in the “interminable war” waged by Republican legislators against trial lawyers, will actually hurt Floridians by removing liability for car crash victims from carmakers and placing it on the shoulders of Florida taxpayers. The Crashworthiness Doctrine mandates that because vehicular crashes are inevitable, automakers must be held to a duty to keep the safety of crash victims in mind ... Read More

Beasley Allen files lawsuit against Meds IV over tainted IV fluids

Beasley Allen Law Firm has filed a lawsuit against Meds IV, the Birmingham, Ala.-based pharmaceutical company that is at the center of an IV contamination scandal that has killed nine people and sickened 10 others in six Alabama hospitals. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Barbara Young, whose mother, Mary Ellen Kise, died at Baptist Health Systems in Prattville. “The families who have lost loved ones are not only in shock and grieving their losses, but they are concerned that this problem may be more widespread than is now known,” Jere L. Beasley, the firm’s founding shareholder, said in ... Read More