A Texas jury awarded a woman $1.2 million after she filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, which claimed that the vaginal sling implants designed by the company were defective. The woman said that the defective product caused her to suffer pelvic pain.
Texas consumers routinely run the risk of purchasing a defective product. However, when a considerable number of products of a given make and model are defective, a recall may be in order. Recent recalls include Rollerblade inline skates, heated gloves, lacrosse throat protectors and mountain climbing rescue devices. The inline skates have been reported to have skate boots that detach from the skate body, the heated gloves have been reported to overheat and the STX lacrosse throat protectors can break when hit with a lacrosse ball, causing bruising and lacerations. The rescue devices have a pull cord lock cam that can fail, increasing the risk of injury and death in attempted rescues.
Toyota Motor Corp. has notified its dealers in Texas and across North America to stop selling various models that have a non-compliant part in the seat heaters. The part does not meet current fire retardation standards set forth in both South Korea and the United States. The problem was initially identified by safety officials in South Korea. Toyota says that about 36,000 vehicles equipped with heated seats made after August 2012 are involved. They include the 2013 and 2014 models of the Camry sedan, Camry hybrid, Corolla subcompact, Avalon sedan, Avalon hybrid, Sienna minivan, Tacoma pickup and Tundra pickup. August 2012 was when the Japanese automaker changed fabric suppliers for these eight models.
Survivors of an accident, which occurred on March 30 involving a 2005 Dodge Durango, filed a $1 million plus lawsuit in Galveston County District Court on Dec. 2. The deadly rollover accident, which occurred on I-45 South, was allegedly caused by the delamination of a left rear tire on the SUV. One person in the vehicle, a female passenger, was killed in the accident. She and a male passenger were ejected from the vehicle in spite of the fact that they were allegedly appropriately strapped in with their seat belts.
Texas workout enthusiasts might want to note that the company Physique Enhancing Science recalled two of its nutritional offerings. PES recalled some lots of Enhanced, a supplement used before workouts, and the advertised fat-burner Alphamine for possibly being dangerous products. The supplements contained an ingredient, aegeline, that federal regulators claim lacks evidence of being safe. PES stated that Enhanced was being reformulated, and the updated product is expected to be released in January.
Texas residents who have purchased Crunch Pak Apple Slices may want to ensure that products they have bought are not part of a recall before consuming them. According to the manufacturer, the apple slices are considered a defective product because they may contain Listeria monocytogenes. While no illnesses have been reported due to people consuming affected Crunch Pak Apple Slices, Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can be dangerous to children, the elderly and pregnant women.
Texas parents should be aware of a recent product recall of an acetaminophen infant suspension liquid in the 160mg, 5mL size, which is sold in 2 oz. and 4 oz bottles. The recall was issued by The Perrigo Company due to a potential defect with the oral syringe that is packaged with the liquid suspension bottles.
Taylor Farms, a producer of bagged salad kits and other foods beloved by some Texas denizens, recently issued a recall for more than 5,000 pounds of one of its products. The affected items were "Broccoli Crunch" salad kits that may have been contaminated with the Listeria bacteria, and reports said that they were produced between Oct. 21 and 23.
In a case that may be cautionary for Texas meat plants, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is threatening to shutter three chicken processing plants run by Foster Farms in California. This was after salmonella allegedly made the chicken a dangerous product that sickened almost 300 people in 17 states. Foster Farms had reportedly not responded to a letter sent by USDA officials regarding high levels of the salmonella Heidelberg bacteria at the plants. The USDA said it would withhold inspections if Foster Farms did not respond by Oct. 10, which would effectively close the processing facilities.
Texas residents should be aware that on June 30, the Ford Motor Co. announced that it will recall over 13,000 vehicles due to faulty door latches due to a defective product. According to the report, opening and closing a door may cause the child safety lock to deactivate.