Category Archives:Recalls

Why Do Vehicle Recalls Take So Long?

The Lengthy Process behind Vehicle Recalls

When there are defects in the manufacturing process, automobiles may be recalled. Determining the need for a recall is a lengthy process, which is why many recalls take months or even years to begin.

When motorists believe there is a safety issue with the a vehicle, they often report their concerns to the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission. After a certain number of complaints have been filed, the agency may alert automakers there is a possibility a vehicle has a defect. From there, an investigation takes place to determine whether further action needs to be taken.

Many times, car manufacturers initiate a recall on their own; however, the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission may also force automakers to recall vehicles if they pose a serious safety risk. Consumers may also petition this agency to conduct their own investigation into defective vehicle components if they believe a manufacturer isn’t responding appropriately.

If an investigation shows that a potential problem exists, an engineering analysis is then performed to confirm this fact. During this stage of the process, a potential solution to the problem may also be sought. Once automakers are confident they understand the problem and have an appropriate remedy for it, a recall is then initiated.

Consumers can find out about recent recalls by visiting the official website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission,http://www.nhtsa.gov/. Those who have suffered an injury due to a defective vehicle may have a remedy available to them under the law and should immediately contact a lawyer.

Internal Bleeding or Heart Attack Linked to Pradaxa

Critics of Pradaxa claim that manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH, would have discovered the extent of the drug’s dangerous side effects if the company had not rushed the drug through the approval process to beat competing drugs to the market. It is the drug maker’s responsibility to conduct thorough testing for potential deadly side effects and warn users of the extent of all risks. Boehringer did not uphold this responsibility and those individuals and families affected by their negligence should consider speaking with legal counsel to understand their rights.

 

 

Symptoms include but are not limited to:

• Brain Hemorrhaging/Bleeding
• Gastrointestinal (GI) Bleeding
• Kidney Bleeding
• Internal Bleeding
• Heart Attack/ Cardiac Injury
• Death

Hundreds of deaths worldwide have already been attributed to this dangerous drug. Causes of death from Pradaxa use have occurred from:

• Having a medical condition such as an ulcer that began bleeding and could not be stopped
• A traffic accident or trauma resulting in unstoppable bleeding
• Not being able to receive emergency surgery due to risk of uncontrollable bleeding
• Heart attack (Myocardial infarction)

If you or someone you love has suffered excessive and uncontrollable bleeding, or a heart attack after taking Pradaxa, you deserve compensation. Call us immediately at (702)240-0000 to see if you have a case.Edward M Bernstein and Associates

Movable Drop-Side Cribs Banned

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is banning all movable drop-side cribs because due to safety concerns.

The ban will take effect in June, stopping the manufacture, sale, resale, and distribution of drop-side cribs. The new rules also will prohibit drop-side crib use at motels, hotels, and child care facilities.

Federal regulators say drop-side cribs are blamed for more than 30 infant deaths in the last 10 years.

An article in the USA Today says, “In addition to at least 32 deaths in drop-side cribs, there were 14 deaths because  of entrapment that could have been caused by a drop-side, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission http://content.usatoday.com/

topics/topic/Organizations/Government+Bodies/Consumer+Product+Safety+Commission , which issued the new crib standards.”

CPSC urges consumers to check at www.cpsc.gov to see if their drop-side crib has been recalled. If it hasn’t, CPSC says to stop using the drop side and check for broken or missing parts.

And if you or someone in your family has been hurt by a defective product, contact my office at 702-240-0000 or go to www.edbernstein.com.

CPSC’s ban on drop-side cribs takes effect in June

By Jayne O’Donnell, USA TODAY

Cribs that have movable drop-down sides were banned by federal regulators Wednesday after reports of more than 30 infant deaths in 10 years.

Find article at: USA Today

Dangerous Toys still on Store Shelves

Although the process of getting dangerous toys off store shelves has improved in recent years, a consumer group says there are still far too many toys on store shelves that pose a health risk to children. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group says some toys contain toxic chemicals and many are choking hazards.

The government agency that regulates toy makers, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), says toy-related injuries sent more than 250,000 children to emergency rooms and 12 of those children died in 2009 because of toy-related injures.

Below is a list of the toys the group thinks are dangerous and a link to a WebMD article about the study. If you or someone you love is hurt by a dangerous product or drug, call my office at 702-240-0000 or go to www.edbernstein.com.

Graco Stroller Recall: 5 years after deaths?

Last week 2 million Graco strollers were recalled because 4 babies died of strangulation. But the baby deaths happened between 2003 and 2005. So now consumer advocates are asking: why are they just being recalled?

Donald Mays, the senior director of product safety for Consumer Reports, said “This troubles me very much. It seems to me way too long before Graco recalled these products. It seems that for this company there are lots of cases where injuries mounted before something was done.”

But the president of Graco told the media the recall was recently prompted because many more parents were buying and selling secondhand strollers. But no information was given as to why these same strollers weren’t recalled 5 years ago.

Toyota Recalls 1.53 million

An article in the USA Today says that just when it seemed Toyota was putting its quality issues behind it, the company announced another recall of 1.53 million cars. According to the article, in the last year Toyota has now called back more than 11.5 million cars and trucks worldwide for defects.

Below is a list of the model affect by this most recent recall and an explanation of what’s wrong from Toyota.

If you or someone you love is ever hurt by a defective product, call my office at 702-240-0000 or go to www.edbernstein.com.

-Edward M Bernstein and Associates

Dangerous Drug Recall: Meridia

The Food and Drug Administration says the diet drug Meridia is being pulled from the market because of heart attack and stroke risks. The company that makes Meridia, Abbott Laboratories, says it disagrees with the FDA’s evaluation of Meridia but says it will comply with the federal agency’s request.

The FDA says the drug, approved in 1997, raises the risk of heart attack and stroke but “offers little benefit.”