Product Hazards and Recalls

Miles to Go on Highway Safety

Miles to Go on Highway Safety

The 50th anniversary of federal auto safety regulation approaches, but there’s not much to celebrate. Signing the regulatory laws on Sept. 9, 1966, President Johnson predicted they would “cure the highway disease.”  They haven’t. The “disease” was a deadly pandemic, and still is. The year the laws were passed, some 50,000 people were killed in…

Maker of Drain-Cleaning Fluid Getting Steady Drip of Complaints About Acid Burns

Maker of Drain-Cleaning Fluid Getting Steady Drip of Complaints About Acid Burns

On the afternoon of June 30, Michael Taillard and his wife and four kids emerged from the Shop-N-Save in Benzonia, Mich., with a shopping cart full of groceries. On the lower rack sat a 128-ounce bottle of Rooto Professional Drain Opener, a powerful cleaner made almost entirely of sulfuric acid and sold in a protective,…

Even Furniture That Meets Industry Standards Can Tip Over and Kill Kids, Report Says FairWarining Reports

Even Furniture That Meets Industry Standards Can Tip Over and Kill Kids, Report Says

Furniture manufacturers don’t always follow voluntary industry standards designed to prevent tip-overs that can injure and kill children. That was underscored by IKEA’s recent recall of 29 million chests and dressers after the company admitted that many of its products didn’t meet voluntary industry standards and that six children have been killed since 1989 in…

Former Chief of Consumer Agency Testifying for Accused Company FairWarining Reports

Former Chief of Consumer Agency Testifying for Accused Company

As head of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission until 2013, Inez Tenenbaum spoke out about the public health threat that button batteries pose to small children. These days Tenenbaum is serving as an expert witness for Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. in connection with a negligence lawsuit against the discount store chain – a case…

Federal Regulators Open Investigation Amid Reports of Exhaust Fumes Wafting into Ford Explorers FairWarining Reports

Federal Regulators Open Investigation Amid Reports of Exhaust Fumes Wafting into Ford Explorers

Federal regulators are investigating a possible defect in Ford Explorers following scores of complaints about exhaust and carbon monoxide pouring into the passenger compartments of the popular SUVs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it had received 154 complaints from owners of 2011 to 2015 Explorers, who reported exhaust leaks into their vehicles. According…

IKEA Agrees to Massive Recall of Chests Linked to Tipover Deaths of Young Children FairWarining Reports

IKEA Agrees to Massive Recall of Chests Linked to Tipover Deaths of Young Children

IKEA, the home furnishings giant, announced today that it is recalling about 180 models of chests and dressers that it admitted do not meet voluntary industry safety standards, including the popular MALM-style dresser, which has killed three children by tipping over and falling on them. “The recalled chests and dressers are unstable if they are…

Another Big Defeat for Johnson & Johnson in Talc-Ovarian Cancer Case FairWarining Reports

Another Big Defeat for Johnson & Johnson in Talc-Ovarian Cancer Case

Johnson & Johnson suffered a second straight legal defeat in defense of its signature talc products on Monday when it was ordered to pay $55 million in damages to a woman who blamed her ovarian cancer on the use of Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene. After about 10 hours of deliberations, a state court…

IKEA and U.S. Safety Agency in New Talks After Third Child Dies in Dresser Tip-Over FairWarining Reports

IKEA and U.S. Safety Agency in New Talks After Third Child Dies in Dresser Tip-Over

A toddler from Minnesota has become the third child to die after an IKEA dresser tipped over and fell on top of him. Now the home furnishings giant and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have re-opened negotiations on how to address the hazard. Last July, after two similar deaths were reported, the agency endorsed…

How Secrecy Pacts Keep Regulators, Public in the Dark

How Secrecy Pacts Keep Regulators, Public in the Dark

For businesses that make and sell dangerous products, secrecy is a cherished ally. They work hard to prevent safety regulators and litigants from learning about their products’ hazards. One way they accomplish this is by concealing information revealed in lawsuits for those killed or injured by such products. Automobiles are often targeted in lawsuits, so…