In general, consumers have a reasonable expectation that the everyday products that they use will not harm them. Airbag maker Takata recently announced that it is nearly doubling its recall of defective airbags. The already expansive recall will now hold the title of the most significant and largest auto recall in history. The expanded recall now impacts almost one in seven automobiles in the United States. The company previously recalled approximately 18 million vehicles for the auto defect and the recently announced additions will increase the number of airbags recalled to approximately 34 million vehicles. Many different models of vehicles, primarily built from 2000 to 2011, are impacted.
As this blog has discussed many times in the past, the food that Virginians consume is not always safe. There are times when manufactures fail to uphold safety standards and food becomes contaminated. This can lead to sickness and death for the people who eat the food. When company -- or in some cases, the government -- learns of a defective product, a product recall is issued. This recall will generally encourage people not to eat the damaged goods and, possibly, to return the goods for a refund.
Virginia families expect the food that they are eating to be safe for them to eat. In other words, people do not expect to get sick from the food they purchase. In many cases, people rely on companies to produce food for them. In particular, pre-packaged meals and snacks are popular in today's busy society. People like the convenience of grabbing something quick and healthy for their families to eat while they are on the go.
While most of us want to believe that every baby-related product sold online or in popular retail stores has been thoroughly tested and is 100 percent safe, this is often not the case.
Anyone who follows the news on regular basis would likely conclude that the number of recalls initiated by automakers over the last several years has jumped considerably. While they may base this conclusion on nothing more than the sheer volume of reports they have either read or watched, this is actually the reality.
Virginia residents may be interested in knowing about a recall by Giant Eagle because of a labeling error that could cause health problems for those with peanut allergies. According to a press release from the supermarket chain, Candy Place Chocolate Santas were sold in stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland beginning on Oct. 1, 2013. The store says that nearly 1,100 units had been sold since that time.
Virginia patients who received Zimmer implants may be interested to know that the firm was sued in late 2013 by a military veteran. The Texas vet had gotten his implants after a 2007 motorcycle accident left him with two fractures in his lower leg. The Zimmer plate that the doctors used to stabilize the bone broke unexpectedly following his initial surgery.
Families in Roanoke, Virginia, may be affected by a Food and Drug Administration investigation of a major medical supplier undergoing a worldwide recall. Federal officials are investigating surgical robots used at three hospitals in Maine because of increasing reports of malfunctions in the area. Intuitive Surgical Inc., the manufacturer of the defective product, initially issued an urgent recall on Nov. 11, 2013.
Many Virginia parents of toddlers use high chairs every day, and few would consider them to be dangerous products. However, some parents are discovering that children might be hurt when using them. In fact, during the last decade, reported high chair injuries have increased by more than 20 percent. Approximately 9400 children are injured per year while sitting in or climbing on high chairs.
Virginia residents who own 2013 Nissan minivans may be interested to learn that one model is being recalled by the Japanese manufacturer. The recall of 2,529 vehicles is due to a problem with the battery terminal fuse.