Product Hazards and Recalls

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…

Regulators, Automakers Urged to Warn Parents About Flawed Seats FairWarining Investigates

Regulators, Automakers Urged to Warn Parents About Flawed Seats

Freakish as it may have seemed, the accident that killed 13-month-old Weston Kingsley was hardly unforeseeable. On the day he died in February 2014, he was buckled into his car seat behind his father, Jonathon Kingsley, who was at the wheel of the family minivan. Jonathon and his wife, Kelsey, of Old Fort, N.C., were…

Study Links Cosmetics Use to Altered Body Chemistry FairWarining Reports

Study Links Cosmetics Use to Altered Body Chemistry

A new study released today suggests that consumers can quickly reduce the amount of hormone-disrupting chemicals in their bodies by switching personal care products. Researchers at the University of California-Berkeley asked 100 teenage girls in Salinas, Calif. to stop using their normal makeups, soaps and shampoos and instead use products free of common ingredients that…

Johnson & Johnson Dealt $72 Million Courtroom Loss in Talc-Ovarian Cancer Case FairWarining Reports

Johnson & Johnson Dealt $72 Million Courtroom Loss in Talc-Ovarian Cancer Case

Johnson & Johnson has suffered a major courtroom defeat in the first in a wave of lawsuits claiming that talc products marketed by the company for feminine hygiene use caused ovarian cancer. A jury in St. Louis late Monday night ordered the health care products giant to pay $72 million in compensatory and punitive damages…

Doubts Raised About Chemical Stew in Fragrances Used in Consumer Products FairWarining Reports

Doubts Raised About Chemical Stew in Fragrances Used in Consumer Products

For Joyce Miller, one sniff of scented laundry detergent can trigger an asthma attack. “What happens is I feel like someone is standing on my chest,” says the 57-year-old professor of library science in upstate New York. “It’s almost like a choking feeling – pressure and choking. And then the coughing starts,” she said. Miller…