Earlier this week, we wrote about the recent influx of product liability lawsuits against New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson regarding its vaginal mesh implant products, which have resulted in injury and death in hundreds of women throughout the country. The vaginal mesh suits are not the only litigation facing Johnson & Johnson at this time. The company is also defending itself against a growing class action products liability lawsuit after "mechanical failure" forced the recall of hundreds of artificial joints.
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.
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.
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 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.
Although there has not been a significant number of cases in New Jersey and most states, with zero total deaths, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a recall of four varieties of fresh, whole papayas after two separate shipments were found to contain the Salmonella Agona virus. According to FDA officials, the latest recall is solid evidence in support of its efforts to increase the sampling of papayas that are imported into the United States.
Ford has issued a recall of over one million F-150 pickup trucks after mass reports of injuries from random, unwarranted airbag deployment. In February, Ford recalled 150,000 trucks, but the automaker resisted government efforts to expand the voluntary recall. However, receiving mass public criticism for its handling of the Toyota sudden acceleration issues, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration was not willing to allow Ford to handle the airbag defects on its own terms.
After millions of recalled vehicles and several years of increased costs and bad press, Toyota executives believed that they finally had reason to celebrate with the release of a NASA study declaring that Toyota vehicles did not have electronic defects that caused sudden acceleration. Last week, however, the tables turned as Toyota announced yet another recall of more than 2 million additional vehicles.
As snow blankets New Jersey and surrounding states yet again during this record-breaking winter, New Jersey residents and state officials once more find themselves dealing with snow removal, flight cancellations, slippery roads and sidewalks, and any of the many headaches that come with heavy snowfall. With a newly announced defective product recall, however, one additional consideration has now been added to the list for Ford Windstar owners.
In recent months, health care product manufacturer Johnson & Johnson has been the subject of multiple recalls and products liability lawsuits after numerous complaints about several of the company's products ranging from children's pain relievers to birth control medication to artificial hips. Because of these seemingly continual product malfunctions, it hardly even seems newsworthy when a new Johnson & Johnson recall is announced. However, the importance of the items manufactured by the company - medication, infant and child care products, health care necessities - it is important to continue to pay attention when Johnson & Johnson announces yet another recall, as it did late last week.