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Crib bumpers blamed for infant death rate increase

Researchers who conducted a study at the Washington University School of Medicine, which found that crib bumpers play a role in the rise in infant deaths, have advised parents to stop using these dangerous products. The study reveals that twenty-three deaths were linked to the use of these soft cushions between 2006 and 2012. Information from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows that this death rate is significantly higher than those of previous years. Of the forty-eight recorded infant deaths between 1985 and 2012, it was found that thirty-two may have been avoided had these crib bumpers not been used.

Author of the study and professor emeritus of pediatrics at the School of Medicine Dr. Bradley Thach announced that “Crib bumpers are killing kids,” in a news release after the publication of his research. These dangerous products pose a risk of suffocation and entanglement, among other dangers.

Families who are forced to endure the loss or suffering of a loved one have a right to pursue compensation for their pain from those who caused it. At Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A., our product liability attorneys represent clients who take legal action against negligent manufacturers or companies. To learn more, call us today at (561) 689-8180.


Previous recalls failed to address fire risks in GM vehicles

An October 27 report from ABC News revealed that General Motors (GM) is planning to recall 1.4 million vehicles in the U.S. due to fire risks that previous recall fixes failed to correct.

Reports said GM issued recalls in 2008 and 2009 of several of their vehicles due to an oil leak from the valve cover gasket. The affected vehicles may catch fire if the leaking oil reaches the hot surfaces of the engine’s exhaust.

A GM investigation revealed that 1,345 of the previously repaired vehicles caught fire after the corrections were made. There have been nineteen minor injuries related to this issue; however, GM has stated that the defect has not led to any deaths or collisions since the last recall. GM will notify owners of recalled vehicles after they have come up with a final solution to the problem.

The lawyers at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. in West Palm Beach understand that many families experience financial hardships after suffering injuries in accidents caused by defective products. Our legal team will work on your behalf to recover compensation that can help you and your family through the healing process. To learn more, call us at (561) 689-8180 today.


Thousands of Philips bulbs with burn risk recalled in the US

An estimated 370,000 light bulbs in North America are being recalled by Philips Lighting due to a burn risk that can cause personal injuries to consumers, an article from cpsc.gov reported on September 10.

According to reports, the affected halogen light bulbs can cause burn or laceration injuries if the lenses suddenly detach. In the 13 incidents of breaking bulbs received by Philips, at least five resulted in property damage and two resulted to laceration injuries. The halogen bulbs that were sold for about $10 nationwide were manufactured in China. Consumers who might have the recalled Philips bulbs are advised to discontinue use of the product immediately and coordinate with the company to get a new bulb replacement free of charge.

If you think that you have been injured by a defective product in West Palm Beach, the lawyers at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. may work for you. If this happens to you, we may possibly help you get treatment funds from negligent companies for your fast recovery. Get in touch with us today by calling (561) 689-8180 to learn more of your options.


Dodge Chargers recalled for airbags with defective deployment

In the wake of the largest automotive recall in history due to faulty Takata airbags, Fiat Chrysler is now issuing a recall of Dodge Chargers made in 2011-2014 for another airbag defect, according to Autoweek on August 3.

A defect in manufacturing causes the side airbag to suddenly deploy when the door is slammed or kicked closed. Around 300,000 cars are affected by the recall in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that “heavy road inputs” may also cause the airbags to deploy. Previously, Fiat Chrysler had the same airbag defect in their Ram trucks.

The company is aware of at least three separate instances of the side-curtain airbag deploying and causing injury. All cases of injuries were minor in nature. However, this type of defect has the potential to cause serious accidents and injuries if the airbags were to deploy while the car was in motion.

The defective part can be replaced at the dealer level since the fix requires a recalibration of the Occupant Restraint Control. The replacement service will be free of charge to customers.

It is frustrating when a product causes you injury through no fault of your own. The injuries associated with car accidents are significant and can leave you with expensive medical bills. If you or someone you know was injured due to an auto defect, contact Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A., to speak with a West Palm Beach attorney about the compensation for which you may be eligible. Call (561) 689-8180 today for more information about how our automotive defect lawyers can help you.


1.9M pounds of chicken products recalled for bacterial contamination

A poultry company in Illinois issued a recall of almost two million pounds of chicken products in the U.S. after some people fell ill with Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) bacteria, the Food Safety and Inspection Service reported on July 15.

Reports said Aspen Foods is recalling an estimated 1,978,680 lbs of chicken products after federal agencies in June were notified of three incidents of SE bacterial contamination in Minnesota. At least 19 brands of Aspen chicken products made from April to July were distributed nationwide. Consumers, mostly those with weak immune systems, are at high risk of suffering symptoms of salmonellosis, which includes fever, diarrhea, and stomach pain, from eating foods contaminated with SE bacteria.

If you think that you suffered an illness caused by consuming contaminated food, working with a lawyer is crucial to securing the funds you need to cover treatment costs. Get in touch with the West Palm Beach lawyers of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A., today at (561) 689-8180 to find out how we may help you pursue damage claim against negligent companies.


Trek recalls 998,000 bikes over quick-release lever defect

Trek Bicycle Corporation recently issued a recall of 998,000 bicycles in the U.S. and Canada after two riders were injured and another one was permanently paralyzed, Tech Times stated on April 22.

According to Trek the 2000-2015 model bikes that are affected by the recall have a front tire quick-release lever that may suddenly swing and get caught to the front disc brake. If that happens, the bike can suddenly stop or cause the rider to lose control. Trek is urging owners of recalled bikes to have their bikes inspected for free. Bike retailers will also change the front quick-release lever for free. Customers will also receive a $20 coupon that may be used to purchase any Bontrager product, redeemable until December 31, 2015.

The West Palm Beach legal team of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A., understands that many people can no longer continue working after suffering injuries caused by defective products. If you or a loved one has been hurt by a defective product, we may be able to help you obtain both financial compensation and justice from the accountable party. Call us today at (561) 689-8180 to find out how we may help you.


Takata airbag allegedly injured Florida driver

A Takata airbag is being blamed for the neck injuries sustained by a Florida driver last March, Reuters reported on April 10.

According to reports, an owner of a later model of a Honda Civic vehicle underwent a neck operation to extract metal bits that emitted from the exploding airbag. Reports also indicate that the victim plans to file a lawsuit. Though the federal auto safety stated that they have not confirmed if the driver’s injuries were caused by a Takata airbag, Honda began investigating the incident a few days ago. Takata stated that they are assisting Honda in determining the cause of the claim. Several deaths have already been linked to the faulty Takata airbags installed in Honda vehicles.

The skilled legal team of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. helps people in West Palm Beach who believe they have been injured by faulty vehicles. If you think this happened to you or to a loved one, we may possibly help you recover your loss by pursuing damage claims from negligent manufacturers. Call us today at (561) 689-8180 to learn more about your legal options.

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