Category: Defective Products

Fisher-Price Recalls Defective Toys – Chinese Lead Paint

Toy-maker Fisher-Price is recalling 83 types of toys — including the popular Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Diego characters — because their paint contains excessive amounts of lead. The worldwide recall being announced Thursday involves 967,000 plastic preschool toys made by a Chinese vendor and sold in the United States between May and August. It is the latest in a wave of recalls that has heightened global concern about the safety of Chinese-made products. Owners of a recalled toy can exchange it for a voucher for another product of the same value. To see pictures of the recalled toys, visit http://www.service.mattel.com.

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CSPC Seeks To Strengthen Policies

Nancy Nord, the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s acting chairman, thinks the agencies policies need to be updated, the law is 35 years old and needs to be changed. Earlier this week, her staff had a meeting with a group representing manufacturers and a meeting with several consumer groups to discuss her ideas and proposals.

Nord wants to make it illegal to sell a product that has been recalled after the date of public notice. As of now this practice is still legal. The CPSC also wants to make manufacturers and importers certify that their products meet mandatory and voluntary standards that the commission relies on as effective safety standards. Since there is already a requirement for certification now, this new provision will make the certification more public.

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Contact Lens Solution Recalled Due to Serious Eye Infection

Advanced Medical Optics issued a voluntary recall of its Complete MoisturePlus contact lens solution after epidemiologists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta linked the product to a rare but serious eye infection known as Acanthamoeba keratitis. Caused by a parasite, Acanthamoeba keratitis can lead to blindness and corneal transplants if left untreated.

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Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch – Ohio’s Pain and Suffering Caps

A woman who says she suffered life-threatening blood clots from a birth control medication wants the Ohio Supreme Court to declare the state’s cap on pain-and-suffering awards unconstitutional.

The court on Tuesday planned to hear arguments in the lawsuit filed by Melisa Arbino of Cincinnati over the Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch, which she contends caused permanent physical damage and threatens her ability to have children in the future.

The challenge to a 2005 law limiting pain-and-suffering awards is the first to reach the court. It is being closed watched across the country by companies who support the concept of caps and attorneys representing injured people.  Read more about the ortho evra birth control patch and the case before the Ohio Supreme Court.

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