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Product Recalls in December 2010

There are some important recalls that have been announced over the past few weeks that we would like to bring to your attention.

Drop Side Cribs Banned: On Dec. 15 the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted to ban the manufacture, sale, and resale of drop-side cribs in an effort to prevent child injuries and deaths. Over the past few years, more than 30 infant deaths have been attributed to drop-side cribs. This style of crib was thought to be convenient for parents who could slide one side down so they didn’t have to reach as far to pick up their babies. However, the drop side can become partially detached, creating a space where a child could become stuck. Loose gates and rails on drop-side cribs have been associated with 32 suffocation and strangulation deaths since 2000. The CPSC has initiated new standards that manufacturers must comply with by June 2011. Hotels and childcare centers that use drop-side cribs will have a year to replace them.

Rolaids Recall: Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest health products company, withdrew 13 million packages of Rolaids soft chews on Dec. 9 after consumers reported finding metal and wood particles in the antacid tablets. Bloomberg News (Bloomberg.com) reported that the affected products include Rolaids Extra Strength Softchews, Rolaids Extra Strength plus Gas Softchews, and Rolaids Multi-Symptom plus Anti-Gas Softchews. Although the risk of serious health effects are “remote”, Johnson & Johnson advised consumers who have purchased these products to stop using them. Rolaids tablets were among 500 lots of drugs Johnson & Johnson pulled from shelves in January because of possible contamination with a wood chemical used in shipping and packing materials. That recall included Motrin and Tylenol and was expanded in June after consumers complained of a musty odor coming from some products, as well as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea from consumers who used the products.

Penumbra Stoke Catheters: On Dec. 9 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a class 1 recall – it’s most serious alert – warning stroke patients who have received the Penumbra System Reperfusion Catheter 032. Penumbra, the maker of the catheter, recalled a lot of the medical devices after it was discovered that a joint failure in the catheter could prevent blood from flowing to the brain. This manufacturing error can cause serious injury or death in patients. The recall affects 77 devices. Healthcare professionals with this device should discontinue use and contact Penumbra for a replacement.

If you or a loved one has been injured by any of the products listed above, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the product liability attorneys at Michael J. O’Connor & Associates at 800-518-4LAW. Call us for a free consultation and review of your case.