The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission was not able to collect sufficient evidence proving that faulty drywall is a dangerous product capable of inflicting homeowners with illness or other ailments. The organization will therefore not ask the manufacturers to recall the products.
Later this week, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee is scheduled to hear a bill which, if passed, will significantly increase the potential fines to automakers who delay automobile recalls for any reason. The bill also aims to toughen safety requirements for car manufacturers and commercial bus companies in the wake of several fatal car and bus accidents that have taken place in recent months.
During the cold winter months, there are few things more comforting than a hot cup of soup. But that comfort can quickly turn to agony when the cup tips over, spilling hot soup on your hands, arms, and torso. Unfortunately, that is a fairly common occurrence in popular instant soup products, which come in unstable Styrofoam cups that are prone to tipping over.
Recently, the J.M. Smucker Co. announced that it was instituting a recall of more than 3,000 jars of its Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter Chunky product amidst concerns that the peanut butter was tainted with salmonella. If consumed, the salmonella bacteria found in unsafe foods causes fever, cramps, and diarrhea which can persist for several days and lead to hospitalization, lasting injury and death. Smucker claims that it has received no reports of illnesses as a result of the salmonella contamination.
More than two years ago, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics released a report aiming to call attention to the fact that several of Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo product contains two carcinogens which could potentially cause lasting harm to babies and their parents. The campaign recently released a second report, alerting parents that Johnson & Johnson has not altered the chemical makeup of that dangerous product, leaving millions of babies at risk.
A jury recently ruled that a popular toy store franchise failed to examine the safety of one of the products in its store, and was to blame for the fatal injury that the product caused. The store was ordered to pay $20.6 million in a recent products liability lawsuit that was filed by the family of a woman who died when sliding down an inflatable pool slide that ultimately collapsed.
New Jersey law dictates that children aged 7 years or younger and weighing less than 80 pounds must be in appropriate child restraints and in rear seat while riding in a motor vehicle. Although the law was created to keep small children safe from injuries in car accidents, its effectiveness is often undermined by the insufficiency of booster seats, according to a recent release from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).
Honda recently announced a worldwide recall of more than 1 million cars from two model lines in order to fix potential electrical problems and a software malfunctions in the vehicles. The recall is the second of its kind in a month: in early August, the automaker recalled about 1.5 million vehicles after learning of design defects in the vehicles' transmissions.
In New Jersey and throughout the country, plaintiffs are filing lawsuits against shoe manufacturers Skechers U.S.A. Inc., claiming that the company's Shape-Ups shoes have caused them serious injury. According to the products liability lawsuits, the shape of the shoes causes a substantial risk of falling and causing serious injury.
In what experts are calling one of the largest meat recalls in U.S. history, meat producer Cargill has recalled approximately 36 million pounds of ground turkey after more than 75 people reportedly contracted salmonella after consuming the affected products. In addition, the unsafe food is believed to be responsible for one death.