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Mar
25
2010

The reports of three infants deaths have been brought to the attention of the  CPSC. The infants died due to suffocation in these baby slings produced by Infantino, LLC out of San Diego. Our condolences go out to those three families and any others that may have suffered the same loss.

Obviously, you should immediately stop use of these baby slings. The recall uses 4 months of age and younger wording but I would err on the side of caution and stop using it altogether. Over a million slings are being recalled in the United States and fifteen thousand in Canada.

Here’s the link to the CPSC / Infantino recall .

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Mar
24
2010

As an avid triathlete, I could not pass this one by without a post to the blog. It’s hard enough to ride a bicycle down in the aerobars when they work but even harder when they fall apart in your hands. Imagine going downhill about 40 miles per hour and suddenly be left steering with your elbows or forearms. Yikes! Here’s a link to the voluntary recall between CPSC and the aerobar manufacturer, 3T. There is a risk of the rubber grips coming off of the end of the handlebars. The link has the information for replacing the faulty grips.

Sounds like there were only a few hundred sold so hopefully this will help spread the word before any serious injuries occur.

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Mar
18
2010

Just a quick link to the Graco highchair recall. The screws holding the front legs could loosen and fall out causing the highchair to tip over and cause a potential personal injury hazard.

 

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Mar
17
2010
Press Release from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):

March 16, 2010

Release #10-167

Firm’s Recall Hotline: (866) 673-9880

CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772

CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Remote Control Kits for Electric Fireplaces and Stoves Recalled by Dimplex North America Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Remote Control Kits for Electric Fireplaces and Stoves

Units: About 700,000

Importer: Dimplex North America, of Ontario, Canada

Hazard: The plug-in wall unit can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Dimplex has received about 5,000 reports of the plug-in wall units overheating including 19 reports of damage beyond the remote control and one report of a house fire in Columbus, Ohio that resulted in considerable property damage.

Description: The recalled remote control kits are used with Dimplex, Electraflame, Symphony, Optiflame, Electralog and Charmglow brand electric fireplaces, stoves and fireplace inserts. They include a black or dark gray hand-held remote control and also a black or dark gray wall unit that plugs into an electrical wall outlet. Recalled model numbers include 47-1001, 47-1010-R and APT-1315. The model number is printed on either the plug-in unit or the hand-held remote control. The fireplace or stove’s brand name is printed on both units.

Sold at: Mass merchandise, home improvement, specialty fireplace and furniture retailers from January 1998 through December 2008 for between $200 and $1,500 for the fireplaces and stoves. This recall includes remote control kits subsequently replaced under warranty.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the remote control kits, unplug the power cord from the remote control kit’s wall unit, remove the wall unit from the electrical outlet and contact Dimplex for a free replacement kit. Consumers can continue to operate the fireplace or stove by plugging the fireplace or stove’s electrical cord directly into an electrical outlet.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Dimplex North America toll-free at (866) 673-9880 anytime, or visit the firm’s Web site at

To see this recall on CPSC’s web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to:

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10167.htmlwww.recall.dimplex.com

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Mar
16
2010

The first moments following an auto accident can be extremely hectic and confusing. If you are involved in a collision, our auto accident attorneys advise you to take the following steps immediately to ensure that you protect your legal rights. Here are some recommendations as to what you should do following a car accident.

  • Dial 911 – In Florida, a police report must be completed after all auto accidents if property damage exceeds $500 or if it involves an injury or death. Call 911 to report the accident and make sure to advise the 911 operator of any injuries.
  • If possible, move your vehicle to the side of the road and turn off your ignition. Try to stand clear of the accident vehicles while calling for help to avoid injury in case the cars are hit again. If parties are injured, do not attempt to move them unless they are in immediate danger.
  • Our Florida car accident attorneys always recommend that you avoid admitting fault or discussing fault with others involved in the collision. You should always try to avoid confrontation and cooperate fully with law enforcement and/or rescue personnel.
  • Exchange information with all parties involved in the collision without discussing or admitting fault. Make sure to write down registration numbers, drivers license info, and insurance info.
  • Check for witnesses to the auto accident - obtain witness contact information (including work and home phone numbers). Don’t assume the police will write down all the witness information.
  • If you are experiencing any pain, seek immediate medical attention (even if you feel the injury is minor).
  • Make sure to photograph your vehicle (before repairs are completed) and injuries sustained from the crash. If you have a camera available at the scene you may want to photograph the crash scene and vehicles involved in the collision.

Above all, protect your rights. You are not required to give statements to the other party’s insurance company. While you should cooperate with your own insurance company, you may want to consider consulting one of our Jacksonville auto accident attorneys before giving a statement.

Give us a call (800)251-1111 or fill out our convenient online form at www.harrellandharrell.com if we can be of any assistance or just answer a few questions.

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Mar
09
2010

As corporations become more and more fearful of lawsuits stemming from their own negligence, they continue to try to protect themselves by making their customers and clients sign arbitration agreements as part of their contracts. These arbitration agreements eliminate the right for you to bring your case in front of a judge and jury if you’ve been injured due to a corporation’s negligence.

The Boston Herald recently did a story on nursing homes that take advantage of some of our most at-risk citizens by urging seniors to sign complex nursing home contracts with arbitration agreements tucked away inside. This means that the nursing home is less likely to pay for gross negligence or outright abuse of its patients because arbitration agreements almost always result in lower awards for victims and less legal fees for the facility.

Harrell & Harrell has experienced nursing home abuse lawyers in Jacksonville that can talk to you about your case if you or a loved one have been the victim of nursing home abuse. Please contact us by phone or send us an e-mail if you have any questions.

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Mar
09
2010

UPDATEGreat write up of this incident.

People have probably started to become numb to all the automotive recall news they have heard over the last month. Toyota was probably starting to think they were gaining control of their problems until a story like this appears. Thankfully no one was injured but what a hair-raising ride. Imagine being behind the wheel of your runaway Prius – at least it wasn’t a Ferrari – driving down a busy California interstate.

Click on the link to read more of the details……

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Mar
04
2010

In the midst of all the automotive recalls, it is getting difficult to say the least to determine if the car you drive has been affected. If it’s a Toyota there’s a real good chance that you have a problem even if the car was taken in for service.  GM and Nissan are also culprits.

Here’s an easy way to find out. Just click on THIS LINK and enter the pertinent information to determine if your car is one of the many being recalled for safety and design flaws.

Contact us if we can be of any assistance.

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Mar
03
2010

The CPSC and Peachtree Playthings of Atlanta, Ga are working together on the voluntary recall of a faulty fork and spoon set. The recalled designs are Scooby Doo, Tweety and Batman Fork and Spoon Sets. The middle two prongs have been found to break off and pose an immediate choking hazard to children. The fork and spoon sets were sold at Dollar Tree Stores during January 2010 and were manufactured in China. If you have these fork and spoon sets, take them away from children immediately and return them for a full refund. A picture of the recalled items can be found on this link.

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Mar
03
2010

Usually March brings us cool mornings and warm afternoons but this is ridiculous. Looks like the cold pattern may break towards the weekend. Hopefully, it will warm up enough for me to get my Ski Nautique out from under all that I have piled on it in the last 5 months and see if it still runs like a top.

A good couple days of cleaning, preventive maintenance and prep work go a long way towards enjoying a safe accident-free spring and summer boating season. As I finished typing that sentence, Mr Sunshine appeared! Now we’re talking.

I have been around boats all my life and have owned my current one for over 20 years now so I know it pretty well but I never hesitate to make sure everything is functioning properly and all my safety equipment is right where I left it.  Do you know what safety equipment is required on your boat? When is the last time you actually put your hands on your life jackets or tested your fire extinguisher? Have your kids outgrown last year’s stuff? Mine have. I’m still trying to get rid of the infant jackets from 3 0r 4 years ago. You wouldn’t leave the dock without your lunch, drinks, rods and reels, bait etc….but how many times have you thought.. it’s such a nice day why do I need my radio, my anchor. You get my drift! If you have been boating enough you should clearly understand how quickly that nice day can change.

Get in touch with the local Coast Guard Auxiliary or Power Squadron for a Vessel Safety Check or visit the US Coast Guard Boating Safety Division site for lots more information concerning safe and enjoyable boating.

Hope to see you out on the Jacksonville waterways soon!

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