Product Liability Cases

 The information below is from the Maryland Asso for Justice, many of the brief blurbs are from other jurisdictions and may very likely not apply to Maryland cases.

Recall Issued on 1.8M Pounds of Ground Beef

A government ordered recall of ground beef products suspected of being tainted with dangerous E. coli bacteria has been issued. According to a Florida-based manufacturer of food safety systems, the recent major recall should serve as a “wake-up call” to the industry. The suspected contaminated beef, which comes from a Detroit-based meat packing company, is believed to have affected 11 diners in four states from April 22 to May 2. As a result of the illnesses, the packing company is voluntarily recalling about 1.8 million pounds of ground beef.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 05/21/2014

Recalled Dehumidifiers Cause Major Property Damage

After a 400% increase in the number of reported incidents involving overheating dehumidifiers since Sept. 2013, Gree is re-announcing a recall on their dehumidifiers. The product has the potential to overheat, smoke and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. The company has received 471 reports of incidents involving nearly $4.5 million in property damage due to dehumidifiers catching fire. They were sold nationwide and in Canada at stores such as Walmart, Home Depot and Sears from Jan. 2005 through Aug. 2013.

Consumers Warned of Storage Chests Dangers After 34 Deaths

After the recent deaths of two children who suffocated inside a Lane cedar chest (recalled in 1996), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning consumers of the dangers of storage, toy, cedar and hope chests. Since 1996, the CPSC has received reports of 34 deaths of children under the age of 18 involving various types of chests. Because many of the chests automatically latch, children have been trapped inside and suffocate. The types of chests which present this hazard include toy chests, cedar chests, cedar trunks, cedar boxes, hope chests, blanket chests, storage benches, and storage trunks.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 03/05/2014

1,500 Play Yard Sheets Recalled

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of about 1,500 4moms breeze Cotton Jersey Playard Sheets due to an entrapment hazard. The agency said the sheets are too small for the play yards, which can pose an entrapment risk and lead to suffocation. There have been no injuries reported in association with the recalled products.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 02/06/2013

Fresh Crab Spread Recalled over Contamination Risk

Giant Food LLC has issued a recall of all Gold Coast Fresh Crab Spread due to possible listeria contamination. The products have an expiration date of Jan. 31, 2013. There have been no reports of illnesses associated with the recall.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 02/02/2013

Triaminic and Theraflu Medications Recalled

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of approximately 2.3 million bottles of Triaminic and Theraflu syrup medications due to federal requirement violations. The agency said the child-resistant caps on the bottles can fail to function properly, which can pose a poisoning risk to kids. There have been 12 reports of children unscrewing the locked caps and one child needing medical attention.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 01/31/2013

120,000 More Trampolines Recalled

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of an additional 120,000 Sportspower BouncePro trampolines – 92,000 were recalled in May 2012 – due to a fall hazard. The trampolines, sold exclusively at WalMart, have netting surrounding them that can break, allowing children to fall off and be injured. There have been nine reports of the netting tearing since the initial recall last May.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 01/30/2013

Suit Filed over Toy Truck that Burned Child

An Ohio couple has filed a lawsuit against the maker of a battery-operated toy riding tractor after it burst into flames, burning their young son. The suit says the fire was caused by either “a defective product or a defective manufacturing process.” The boy suffered burns over 50 percent of his body and faces a lifetime of medical treatment.
Jim Woods , Columbus Dispatch 01/25/2013

Mitsubishi Recalls Electric Vehicles World-Wide

Mitsubishi Motors has issued a world-wide recall of 14,700 electric vehicles due to brake problems with the cars. The recall covers vehicle models i-MiEV and MINICAB-MiEV. About 8,900 of the vehicles will be recalled from Europe

1,400 Mattresses Recalled

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of more than 1,400 Mattress Cloud mattresses due to flammability standard violations. The agency said the mattresses do not meet the mandatory open flame standards, which pose a fire hazard to consumers. There have been no reported injuries associated with the recall.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 01/23/2013

Company Ignored Internal Reports About Hip Device Failures

Newly disclosed court documents show that Johnson & Johnson had estimated that nearly 40 percent of all the company’s metal hip implant devices would fail within five years. The New York Times reports that the company sat on this information during a 2010 recall and played down similar findings from a British implant registry. A trial focused on the failed hip plant devices is scheduled to begin Friday in California Superior Court.
Barry Meier, The New York Times 01/22/2013

Bagels Recalled due to Metal Fragments

A bakery company has issued a recall of Thomas’, Sara Lee, Publix and Weight Watchers bagels due to the possible presence of metal fragments. The company said the metal fragments could have been caused by a faulty piece of equipment during manufacturing. There have been no reports of injuries.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 01/16/2013

168,000 Air Misters Recalled from Target

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of about 168,000 hand-held air misters that can shatter during use, posing an injury risk. The product, sold exclusively at Target retail stores are clear plastic cylinders with colored tops and bases and hold about two ounces of water. There have been three reports of the misters breaking, including one that cut a user’s hand.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 01/16/2013

Subaru Recalls 630,000 Vehicles

This week, Subaru auto makers issued a recall of more than 630,000 vehicles due to a light fuse that can short circuit and lead to fires. The recall covers Subaru Legacy, Outback, Tribeca and Forester vehicles of varying model years from 2006 to 2012. The company said there have been no reports of fires associated with any of the recalled vehicles.
David Undercoffler, LA Times 01/03/2013

3,900 HEICO Power Transformers Recalled

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of more than 3,900 power supply transformers by HEICO due to a fire hazard. The agency said the transformers do not meet UL standards and can pose a fire risk to users. There have been no reported incidents associated with the recalled products.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 01/08/2013

GM Recalls 145,000 Mid-Sized Trucks

General Motors has issued a recall of 145,000 pickup trucks after it was discovered that the vehicle hoods can fly open unexpectedly while driving. The recall covers Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks, model years 2010 through 2012. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said some of the trucks may have not be fitted with a second hood latch, which would prevent hoods from opening.
Wire Report, Detroit Free Press 12/20/2012

Hydrocode, Acetaminophen Tablets Recalled

Mylan Inc. has issued a recall of three lots of Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets. The company issued the recall after discovering that some of the tablets may exceed the weight requirement and potency listed on the label. If taken, the recalled products could cause liver toxicity.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 12/20/2012

Toyota Fined for Failing to Issue Lexus Recall

Federal regulators have hit Toyota Motor Corp. with a $17.35 million fine for failing to promptly issue a recall of Lexus vehicles. In the Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h, the floor mats can jam the gas pedal, causing unintended acceleration. Toyota allegedly knew about the problem as early as 2009 but failed to report the issue until this year.
Jerry Hirsch, LA Times 12/19/2012

2,000 Catalina Outdoor Fireplaces Recalled

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall of about 2,000 Catalina outdoor fireplaces due to burn and laceration hazards. The agency said the glass component of the fireplace can break when a fire is lit. There have been three reports of glass fireplaces breaking but no injuries have occurred.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 12/19/2012

Company Fined for Product Safety Violation

Pennsylvania company The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., has agreed to pay $450,000 in penalties for failing to report violations to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The company allegedly failed to report that it sold children’s hooded jackets and sweatshirts with drawstrings through the hood, a standards and safety violation.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 12/14/2012

10,000 Baby Jogger Strollers Recalled

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of about 10,000 Baby Jogger City Versa strollers in the U.S. and Canada. The agency said the frame on the stroller can fail to lock and collapse during use, increasing the risk that the child could fall from the stroller. The recalled strollers were manufactured between May 15 and Aug. 20.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 12/12/2012

Honda Recalls 870,000 SUVs and Minivans

Honda Motors has issued a recall of more than 870,000 minivans and SUVs across the globe due a defect that allows the vehicles to roll away even if the keys have been removed from the ignition. The recall covers Honda Odyssey minivans and Pilot SUVs from the 2003 and 2004 model years, as well as 2003-2006 Acura MDX SUVs.
Wire Report, Houston Chronicle 12/12/2012