A Texas couple is suing over claims that their motorcycle did not come with sufficient safety features. The pair filed a lawsuit June 16 in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas against Harley-Davidson Inc., citing product liability. In the complaint, the product manufacturer is also accused of failure to warn of a product defect and negligence.
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.
Texas parents should be aware that Monster Beverage Corp., a company best known for its energy drinks, became the center of an investigation after they were accused of marketing their product to children. The beverage company was thrust into the spotlight in 2009 after parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against them, claiming that their teenager consumed 480 milligrams of caffeine and died as a result. The lawsuit was eventually dropped after experts stated that that the amount she consumed would not have likely caused her death.
The Texas Public Interest Research Group recently published its "Trouble in Toyland" annual report. The report highlights common dangers posed by children's toys and is intended to inform parents when they are buying gifts for children. Not every toy is examined during the product investigation, but the report covers a sample of toys purchased off-the-shelf from toy stores in Austin, which are broken down into four categories of potential harm: noise, toxicity, magnets and risk of choking.
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 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.