Category: Product Liability

1.3 Million Dishwashers Recalled for Fire Hazard

August 9, 2012 -- GE Appliances has issued voluntary recall of 1.3 million dishwashers due to the risk of electrical fire in the heating element. No injuries have been reported, but the dishwashers have been linked to at least 15...

Buckyballs Magnet Toy

Magnet Toy Manufacturer Fights CPSC Ban

The CPSC is working to ban or recall Buckyballs and other magnet toys due to the risk of injury and death.

Kenmore Dehumidifier Recall for Injuries, $7 Million in Fire Damage

August 3, 2012 -- The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a voluntary recall of Kenmore dehumidifiers due to the risk of short-circuiting, which could cause a severe fire. Sears and Kmart, the retailers who sell these products, have...

Antiseptic Wipes Recalled for Bacterial Contamination

August 2, 2012 -- Zee antiseptic swabs, Dukal antiseptic wipes, and Dukal BZK swabs are being voluntarily recalled after inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found some lots were contaminated with the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia. No injuries...

Nature Valley Granola Bars Sued Over “100% Natural” Slogan

July 27, 2012 -- Two mothers have filed a lawsuit against General Mills, the company that sells Natural Valley granola bars, for false advertising. They allege that the “100% Natural” slogan is deceptive because the products contain three highly-processed ingredients:...

Tanning Beds Linked to 1 in 20 Cases of Skin Cancer

July 27, 2012 -- The British Medical Journal has published a European study linking tanning beds to a significantly increased risk of melanoma, a type of aggressive skin cancer that can be deadly. The researchers found that people who use...

Buckyballs Magnet Toy

CPSC Sues to Ban Buckyballs Magnet Toys

The CPSC has filed a lawsuit to forcibly recall Buckyballs and other magnet toys.

Peg Perego Stroller Recall 8 Years After Infant Death

July 24, 2012 -- Peg Perego, a major stroller manufacturer, has announced a voluntary recall of the “Venezia” and “Pliko P3” strollers due to the risk of infant entrapment, strangulation, and death. The recall involves approximately 223,000 strollers. The strollers...

BMJ Questions Science Behind Sport Drink Health Claims

July 20, 2012 -- Since the 1980s, the sports-drink industry has boomed into a global, multi-billion dollar industry. Much of the industry’s success is based on the perception that a sports drink is superior to water because they boost athletic...

FDA Bans BPA In Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups

July 18, 2012 -- In response to a request from a plastic industry trade group, yesterday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially banned the use of the chemical BPA (bisphenol A) in baby bottles and sippy cups. Manufacturers...