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National Fire Prevention Week Focuses on Preventing Burn Injuries

By Lipton Law on October 19, 2011 - No comments

This year, National Fire Prevention Week was held between October 9 and 15, and agencies like the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) participated in activities to help people protect themselves and their children from burn injuries. Severe injuries and deaths caused by burns remains a risk for young children especially, who often do not understand the risks involved in handling hot objects or being near sources of heat or flame.

According to Safe Kids USA, approximately 116,000 children in the U.S. are treated for burn injuries each year and nearly 500 children are killed. Young children are more likely to suffer scalding burns from hot liquids or steam, while older children are more likely to suffer burns from direct contact with a hot object, such as a lit firework or a heating unit.

Fireworks are a particular source of danger for children of all ages. In 2006, for instance, 2,304 children were treated in hospital emergency rooms for burns related to fireworks like firecrackers and sparklers. Hot tap water and cigarette lighters are also involved in many burn injuries, especially in younger children. All U.S. states and the federal government now have regulations in place to govern how hot hot water in a water heater is allowed to get in order to help reduce the risk of burns from hot tap water, and the CPSC has created regulations for child-resistant lighters.

Burn injuries are notoriously painful, and they often require intensive specialized care in order to heal properly. If you or someone you love has been burned by a defective consumer product, the experienced Southfield product liability attorneys at Lipton Law can help. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.


Despite Recalls, Drop-Side Cribs Still Sold in Some Metro Detroit Stores

By Lipton Law on October 6, 2011 - No comments

After several reports of injury and 32 deaths caused by drop-side cribs since 2000, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has banned the sale of drop-side cribs in the United States. The agency also passed tough new crib safety regulations. Despite the ban on sales, however, some people in Metro Detroit are still offering drop-side cribs, according to a recent news report from WXYZ.

The CPSC regulations that ban drop-side crib sales don’t just affect stores and businesses, they also ban individual owners from selling these cribs. A quick search of the popular Internet classified ads site Craigslist, however, revealed over a dozen ads offering drop-side cribs for sale in Metro Detroit cities including Plymouth, Romeo, Royal Oak and Westland.

WXYZ notified the sellers who had posted the Craigslist ads that it was now illegal to sell the cribs, which surprised many of them. Most of the sellers were parents whose children had outgrown the drop-side cribs and did not realize it was now illegal to sell the cribs. Some parents were frustrated that the CPSC advised throwing away the cribs, which are often expensive, rather than selling or donating them.

Product recalls that target dangerous children’s products can be especially frightening for a parent. If your child has been injured by a recalled toy or other product, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Southfield product recall attorneys at Lipton Law. To learn more about how we can help, call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free consultation.


Risk of Listeria Contamination Leads to Michigan Salmon Recall

By Lipton Law on October 4, 2011 - No comments

Vita Food Products, Inc., a distributor of various food products, recently issued a recall of 8,088 packages of ready-to-eat salmon sold in Meijer stores throughout Michigan. The salmon has been recalled due to a risk of contamination by Listeria bacteria, according to a recent news report from MyFox Detroit.

Listeria is a bacterium that can cause serious infections, which may be fatal to children, elderly people, and those with compromised immune systems. The infection may also cause miscarriages or stillbirths in pregnant women. Symptoms of Listeria infection include: fever, headache, nausea, stiffness, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Anyone who has experienced these symptoms after eating the packaged salmon, or any other food product, should seek medical attention as soon as possible and preserve the package or any leftover food in case testing is necessary.

The recalled salmon is sold in 4-ounce packages and is labeled with the name “Vita Classic Premium Sliced Smoked Atlantic Nova Salmon.” The sell-by date and code on the package read “DEC 15 2011 01961B.” Consumers who have packages of this salmon can call Vita Foods at 1-800-989-8482 for information.

Products are usually recalled because a defect could cause serious injury, and food recalls are no exception. If you’ve been injured by a defective product, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Michigan product recall attorneys at Lipton Law to learn more about your legal rights and options. For a free consultation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.


Citing Safety Issues, Subaru Plans Multiple Recalls

By Lipton Law on September 15, 2011 - No comments

Auto manufacturer Subaru, a part of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., recently announced that it plans to recall or has begun to recall several recently-produced vehicles due to various equipment or parts problems that can compromise the safety of the vehicle’s occupants and may lead to a crash.

In states like Michigan, where winter weather results in de-icers and salt being placed on roads, Subaru is recalling certain Impreza and Forester vehicles, along with several model years of the Saab 9-2x which Subaru manufactures. These vehicles are being recalled because de-icing chemicals and salt can cause corrosion in the vehicle’s control arm, which can lead to the control arm breaking if the corrosion is not fixed.

Subaru has also recently begun looking into a reported problem with the windshield wipers on its recently manufactured Outback and Legacy vehicles. These vehicles, produced in model years 2010 and 2011, have a defect in the windshield wiper motor that can cause the motor to overheat and the wiper blades to not work, which can cause dangerous loss of visibility in bad weather.

Subaru recommends that owners of vehicles that may have been recalled should call Subaru at 800-782-2783 or take their vehicles back to the dealership where the safety problems will be fixed.

Vehicle product recall information is especially important for families that rely on their vehicles each day since a defective vehicle part may lead to an auto accident. At Lipton Law, our experienced Michigan defective product lawyers are committed to helping families affected by product recalls or car crashes protect their legal rights and get the support and compensation they need. To learn more, call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free consultation.