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Earlier this month the FDA announced a major recall of prescription blood pressure and heart drugs which contain the active ingredient valsartan.

Valsartan is an active ingredient that is widely used in a number of brand name and generic drugs used to treat hypertension and heart failure.  It was recently discovered that when valsartan is manufactured in a certain way it can contain a dangerous impurity called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NMDA).

NMDA is a known human carcinogen.  The valsartan medications containing the dangerous NMDA impurity have been linked to a specific pharmaceutical ingredient distributed by a Chinese company — Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals.  Zhejiang Huahai was manufacturing the contaminated valsartan component and selling it to several U.S. pharmaceutical companies including Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and Solco Healthcare.  Zhejiang Huahai discovered NMDA impurities in its product which eventually led to the FDA recall.

Auto parts manufacturer has now doubled the size of its defective air bag recall.   Takata has already issued a recall for 18 million airbags.  This new recall will push that number to approximately 34 million. This is the largest auto recall in human history.  Actually, it is probably the largest recall of anything in history.

Did you watch Game of Thrones last night?  The last scene with Sansa and Ramsey was inevitable, right?  This recall was even more predictable.  Everyone and their mother saw this coming. Federal regulators have been pushing for this for what now seems like forever. Why didn’t they push hardshutterstock_161718986r?  I have no idea.  This has been 15 years in the making when customers first began filing complaints.  The first recall as in 2008.  The handwriting has long been on the wall.

Takata has reportely also agree to cooperate with the federal government in ongoing probes and oversight of the train wreck of an air-bag supplier.  Really, I’m not sure how they stay in business.  Who is buying their airbags?  How are they going to pay for the lawsuits that are coming, not only from victims, but from car makers?

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051413_Force_popUpBanner_grey_oFitbit, makes of a very cool product that tracks you activity level by counting your steps  has announced the call of their Fitbit Force wrist band, affecting almost 1 million units in the U.S., and another 28,000 units in Canada.  The problem?  Rashes.  Approximately 1.7% of Force users reported cases of skin rashes after wearing the device.

The Force, a silicon wristband pedometer, was released in October 2013.  The wireless device contained a small display and sensors for measuring motion, and tracked the wearer’s number of steps, calories burned, distance traveled, and sleep patterns.  The device then syncs the information to a computer or smartphone.

The company first acknowledged complaints last month and offered a full refund or replacement tracker to anyone who experienced skin irritation.  It is believed that some users have allergic reactions to the stainless steel casing, materials used in the strap, or adhesives used to assemble the product.  The reaction results in redness, rashes, or blistering where the skin has been in contact with the tracker.  The company has received about 9,900 reports of the wristband causing skin irritation and about 250 reports of blistering. Continue reading

The date code range is the first 6 numbers of the serial number

The date code range is the first 6 numbers of the serial number

The recall previously announced for the Series 503 Flushmate III Pressure Assist Flushing System has been expanded, affecting approximately an additional 351,000 systems.  This post discusses this recall and talks about how the jury is still out on whether a product is effective and safe even if is has been on the market for many years as these products were. Continue reading

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Playtex Recalls 1.25 million pacifier holder clips

Playtex has announced the recall of their pacifier holder clips, affecting approximately 1.25 million clips. This post talks about this defective product and how the tort system does little to keep consumers safe with these kinds of products.

The Playtex plastic pacifier holder clip, used to attach a pacifier to items such as clothing, a diaper bag, or stroller, can crack allowing small parts to break off and pose a possible choking hazard.  Playtex has received 99 reports of broken clips, thankfully with no injuries.

The pacifier holder clips feature a Playtex copyright logo that slides up and down to adjust the clip, as well as a ribbon and clear plastic ring that stretches to fit the pacifier. The clips were sold in green with a monkey figure, pink with a flower, and blue with a truck, and were sold at online and Walmart and Target, as well as other major retailers and baby stores from July 2010 through October 2013.  Continue reading

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More Problems for Volkswagen and BMW

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced another BMW and Volkswagen recall.  Both companies show concern that, should these recalls not be adhered to, drivers and passengers would increase their likelihood of a crash and/or injuries.
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Wall lamp recall cordIKEA has issued a recall for wall-mounted lamps designed for kids, after a child was killed and another injured.

Geez, wall mounted lamps?  What happened?  Apparently, what happens is that the lamp cord somehow get jerked into the baby’s crib and strangles that child.

This could happen with any product with a cord, right?  I guess.  We don’t know the full details of this yet.  But clearly the problem is not just that there is a lamp with a cord.  There is something about the cord and the way that lamp is mounted on the wall that causes the risk that caused this fatality.  Why do I make this assumption?  Well, IKEA is pulling the product off the market.  So I guess we will wait and see exactly what happened.

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Honda will recall about 374,000 Odyssey minivans and Acura MDX SUVs. There is an electrical problem that may cause a airbag malfunction.

Sony's reputation is taking a hit with recent recalls

Honda recalls approximately 374,000  vehicles for airbags

The company reports that an electrical interference may lead to the vehicles’ supplemental restraint systems to inflate the airbags for no good reason. The car maker characterized the concern as a small but growing number of complaints in recent months of cases where the airbag deployed without caused. Honda says there have been no crashes as a result. It didn’t mention injuries. Ever been popped in the face with a airbag? I remember one breaking my hard contract lens back in 1993.

More than 2 million dehumidifiers are being recalled as a result of reports of fires and property damage totaling $2.15 million. These household appliances have been linked to 46 fires, though thankfully no reports of injuries have been received. The recall affects 12 brands of dehumidifiers prone to overheating, smoking, and even catching fires.


Recall of 2 Million Dehumidifiers

The recall involves the 20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 65, and 70-pint dehumidifiers from the following brand names: