The parents of a California toddler crushed to death last year by an Ikea dresser have filed suit against the retailer, alleging the company knew for years that its dressers were unstable but neglected to redesign them.
Recently, the FDA posted a voluntary recall from Raritan Pharmaceuticals of homeopathic children's remedies containing belladonna extract. Belladonna, also known as "deadly nightshade," is a plant traditionally used in herbal remedies that can be poisonous, and even fatal, if consumed in a sufficiently large dose. The recall affects the following Raritan products: Kids Relief Homeopathic Ear Relief Oral Liquid, CVS Homeopathic Kids' Ear Relief Liquid, and CVS Homeopathic Infants' Teething Tablet.
In December 2015, James Dardini's e-cigarette exploded a few hours after he arrived at work. Mr. Dardini, who had smoked his e-cig during his 60 mile commute, suffered burn injuries to his leg. In July 2015, James Lauria also suffered serious injuries to his mouth, face, and hand when his e-cig exploded while taking a break from his job as a concierge at the Beach House in Destin, Florida. Both men have filed suit.
Recently, Samsung has been facing difficulties with its newly released Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones. The phone's battery is prone to overheating, which can result in the phone catching fire or even exploding. To help cure the problem, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones on September 17, 2016 after the company issued a voluntary recall on September 2, 2016.
Since 1979, the toxic sleeper chemical polychlorinated biphenyls has been banned. Commonly known as PCB, the chemical has been proven to cause many ailments such as cancer. One of the more popular uses for the chemical is in window caulks used in schools, and any school built before 1979 could possibly home the PCB poison. Parents worried about their children's welfare took the guilty school districts to court over the matter.
While e-cigarettes have been advertised as a safe alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes, recent events have shown these devices can actually be extremely dangerous. The Internet reveals several pages of headlines about e-cigarette explosions resulting in catastrophic injuries. In 2016 alone, there have been several media reported injuries attributed to e-cigarette explosions, including a truck driver suffering facial injuries when his e-cigarette exploded while driving, a woman who suffered third degree burns to her leg when her e-cigarette exploded in her pocket, and a professional soccer player who received extensive facial injuries when his e-cigarette blew up in his mouth.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of more than 500,000 hoverboards due to fire hazards. The CPSC states that the "lithium-ion battery packs in the self-balancing scooters/hoverboards can overheat, posing a risk of the products smoking, catching fire and/or exploding."
Last July, IKEA, in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), announced a recall of 27 million chests and dressers with their MALM collection because they can tip over and crush children if they aren't property anchored to the wall. The recall came after a year year-old boy from Pennsylvania died after a MALM chest tipped over and fatally pinned him against his bed. A few months later, a 23 month-old from Washington died after he became trapped beneath a 3-drawer MALM chest that tipped over. There were also 14 other reports of tip-over incidents leading to four injuries, and three additional deaths since 1989.
In March 2015, Stella Nicolosi of Brooklyn, New York was working out with the Bellfit Resistance Band she had purchased three years earlier. According to her lawsuit in Brooklyn federal court, she was working out "in compliance with the instructions provided."
The Switzerland-based food giant Nestlé has issued a voluntary recall of about three million boxes of products because of the possibility they might contain small pieces of glass. Nestlé USA, located in Glendale, California, took precautionary action after receiving several consumer complaints. The company immediately removed all potentially hazardous products off store shelves. The voluntary recall includes a limited number of DiGiorno pizzas, Lean Cuisine pizzas, paninis and raviolis, and Stouffer's lasagnas and souffles. The company has traced the glass hazard to spinach used in the products which is a common ingredient in the recalled products. It is unknown if the recall is limited to only products made or shipped to the United States.