Yankee Candle recalls Luminous Collection candles for laceration hazard

Yankee Candle recall
Photo courtesy of Yankee Candle.

‘Tis the season to make sure gifts, given and received, are safe to use. The Yankee Candle Company, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, recently issued a voluntary recall on its line of Luminous Collection candles.

The company received an influx of consumer feedback reporting the candles’ glass spontaneously cracking, creating a possible laceration hazard.

Affected Yankee Candles

The collection is made up of six scented candles with the following product numbers:

  • Sea Salt and Coral (1535651)
  • Blackberry and Sage (1535890)
  • Apple Blossom and Melon (1535891)
  • Sugarcane and Honey (1535892)
  • Pine and Sandalwood (1535893)
  • Cinnamon and Cedar (1535894)

If you purchased or received a Luminous Collection candle, Yankee Candle is offering a full refund and an additional candle of your choice upon return. If the candle was purchased at another store, you must return it to a Yankee Candle location to receive the refund and additional candle.

For more information, call 877-803-6890 during business hours.

To view more holiday product recalls, visit safekids.org.

5 Things You Need to Know About Hernia Mesh

hernia meshPhysiomesh®, a surgical mesh commonly used in laparoscopic procedures to repair hernias, was recently withdrawn from the market. The products may be off the market, but anyone who underwent surgery prior to the withdrawal could still be at risk of suffering serious complications and injuries.

Here are five things you need to know about the hernia mesh withdrawal:

  1. Physiomesh was granted market entrance without clinic trials. The FDA prematurely approved the product based on its similarity to other mesh products already on the market.
  2. Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, voluntarily withdrew its Physiomesh products from the market in May following reports of severe complications and risks.
  3. Side effects and complications linked to the recalled hernia mesh products include organ damage, infection, chronic pain, migration or shrinkage of the mesh or a need for corrective surgery.
  4. Multiple types of flexible hernia mesh are putting patients at risk. Ten variations of the product in different shapes and sizes were used in procedures to prevent the reemergence of hernias.
    View the full list of affected Physiomesh products.
  5. If you suffered complications after a laparoscopic hernia surgery, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Elk & Elk is currently investigating hernia mesh claims related to surgeries that took place after March 2010.

If you know hernia mesh was used in your laparoscopic hernia procedure, but do not know the product code or type, we can help you find the answers to your questions.

Call 1-800-ELK-OHIO or fill out an online contact form for a free case evaluation.

GM Recalls another 3.16 Million Vehicles

gmrecallGeneral Motors has announced yet another recall of 3.13 million vehicles with ignition switch problems. The defect can cause engines to shut off, leaving unsuspecting motorists to struggle with a sudden loss of power steering and power brakes, and, in the event of a crash, the air bags may fail to deploy. The defect has been linked to at least 54 crashes and 13 deaths.

The latest GM recalls include the following vehicles:

  • Buick Lacrosse (2005-2009)
  • Chevrolet Impala (2006-2014)
  • Cadillac DeVille (2000-2005)
  • Cadillac DTS (2004-2011)
  • Buick Lucerne (2006-2011)
  • Buick Regal LS and GS (2004-2005)
  • Chevrolet Monte Carlo (2006-2008)

Officials at General Motors announced fixes to the keys of the recalled vehicles will be available “in the next few weeks” and urged customers “to remove additional weight from their key chains and drive with only the ignition key” until a dealer can perform necessary repairs.

Earlier in 2014, GM recalled the following vehicles for the same ignition switch problem:

  • Chevy Cobalt (2005-2010)
  • Pontiac G5 (2007-2010)
  • Pontiac Solstice (2006-2010)
  • Saturn Ion (2003-2007)
  • Saturn Sky (2007-2010)
  • Chevy HHR (2006-2011)

Reports indicate that GM engineers were aware of serious problems with ignition switches for more than a decade, but failed to act.

20 million GM vehicles affected

Facing scrutiny from Congress and the Department of Justice, GM has recalled nearly 20 million vehicles in recent months. Of those, nearly 6.5 million were recalled for ignition switch-related issues. On June 13, 2014 GM also recalled all Chevrolet Camaros model year 2010 or newer for a similar ignition switch problem.

Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, told reporters that over the long run, the auto industry is unlikely to make significant changes to their safety policies unless Congress grants NHTSA the “teeth” to fine automakers more than $35 million maximum penalty, which he said is “petty cash” to a company like GM.

 

Sources:

General Motors grapples with safety crisis” Compiled by Matthew Lewis, Chicago newsroom; Editing by Jonathan Oatis, Reuters, June 17, 2014.

GM’s recalls of 20 million cars signals ‘sea change;’ will it last?” by Greg Gordon, Miami Herald, June 18, 2014.

 

Vehicle Recalls Abound

Recently, General Motors has been the subject of extensive media attention and congressional hearings amid allegations the car manufacturer covered up a dangerous ignition switch defect that has been linked to 31 crashes and 13 deaths. However, GM isn’t the only auto manufacturer experiencing problems.

The Motley Fool writes:

“Meanwhile, competitors in the automotive industry are taking advantage of General Motors’ massive recall by scheduling recalls of their own, knowing the media spotlight will remain focused on GM.”

Vehicle Recalls

Chrysler also recently announced a worldwide recall of nearly 870,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos to address problems with the brake system.

Ford issued two recalls involving nearly 435,000 vehicles. The first recall affects nearly 386,000 Ford Escape SUVs to fix rusty frame parts. The second recall warns consumers to replace improperly welded seat back frames on 49,000 cars, including the Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Ford Escape, and C-Max vehicles.

Toyota has announced the recall of 2.34 million vehicles in North America (6.39 million vehicles worldwide) due to several separate issues, including seats not locking properly, airbags not deploying, and faulty windshield wipers. The recall spans 27 Toyota models including the RAV4 SUV, Yaris, Corolla and Camry.

New Mandatory Recall Mailing Label

When sorting through your mail, sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between a legitimate manufacturer’s recall and junk mail. To address this issue, the NHTSA now requires all auto manufacturers to use a distinctive label, notifying owners of recalled vehicles or equipment.

“Recalls only work if consumers are aware of them,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This new label will allow consumers to quickly recognize recall notices mailed to their homes so they can act quickly to get their vehicles, child restraints, tires, or other motor vehicle equipment fixed.”

NHTSA Recall Label

 Consumers can also receive relevant notifications by utilizing a variety of online tools, such as:

  • Email notifications  – Receive updates when register your cars, tires and car seats.
  • Mobile Alerts – NHTSA’s Safercar mobile app sends recall information directly to Android and iPhone users and is available for both Apple devices and Android devices, or RSS feed. It provides information on crash test ratings and child seat installation locations.
  • Check for Open Recalls on Used Cars – The NHTSA’s website, www.safercar.gov, provides a general search tool to help consumers identify recalls that may affect their vehicle. Later this year, a VIN look-up will be available on the site when a new NHTSA mandate goes into effect making it easier for consumers to access this information.

Remember, no matter how you hear about a vehicle recall, don’t ignore it—follow up with your dealer.

Death of 2 Children Renews Storage Chest Concerns

Officials warn of dangers associated with storage, cedar, hope and toy chests

It seems you can’t go more than a few days without hearing about the recall of a car, toy, or other product, and it may be a bit overwhelming. However, here at Elk & Elk, we post news of numerous recalls in our blog and through social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter to help keep you safe and warn the public about dangerous products – and for good reason.

Lane chest dangers
Lane Cedar Chest – photo courtesy of CPSC

The deaths of two young children have reignited decades-old concerns about product that was first recalled nearly 30 years ago. The Boston Globe reports that 8-year-old Lexi Munroe died due to suffocation along with her brother, Sean, 7, in January 2014 – their small bodies found inside a common storage chest.

Following the deaths of these siblings in Massachusetts, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is renewing its warning to consumers about the dangers associated with storage, cedar, hope and toy chests. Lids on millions of storage chests and trunks can automatically latch shut, locking children inside and suffocating them. In addition, the lid supports on older toy chests can fail to prevent the lid from closing suddenly, entrapping or strangling children by the head or neck.

Lane Cedar Chest Recall

In 1996, Lane Furniture issued the first recall of 12 million of its popular “Lane” and “Virginia Maid”-brand cedar storage chests, made between 1912 and 1987. Since the chests latch automatically when the lid is closed, young children playing in the chest can become trapped inside and suffocate. Between 1977 and 1994, six children died inside Lane cedar chests. The recall was re-announced four years later, with the company calling for a renewed search for the affected cedar chests to replace the locking mechanism.

Lane and Virginia Made Labels
“Virginia Maid” and “Lane” Brand Name Logos

Now, once again, Lane Furniture is asking the public to search their homes for these chests and is offering a free, easy to install, latch replacement kit.

Although dozens of companies have taken action to correct more than 14 million toy and storage chests that posed a risk to children, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has received reports of 34 deaths since 1996 involving children.

If you have a storage chest in your home, follow these important steps to protect your family

  • Consumers should remove the latch from the recalled Lane and Virginia Maid brand cedar chest made between 1912 and 1987 and contact Lane for free replacement hardware.
  • For all other chests that have not been recalled but have an automatic latch/lock, disable or remove the lock and check with the chest manufacturer to see if the manufacturer is offering replacement hardware.
  • If the lid support does not keep the lid open in every position, you should remove the lid’s support or replace it with a spring-loaded lid support that will keep the lid open in any position. Remove or replace an unsafe adjustable lid support on these toy chests.
  • All toy chests should have ventilation holes that are not blocked by the floor or against the wall.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a press release that it is working with the National Association of Resale Thrift Shops (NARTS), Goodwill Industries, and the Salvation Army to take steps to ensure that resale store managers and staff do not accept or sell chests that have been recalled or pose a danger to children. Do not purchase or sell any recalled chest that has not been repaired.

To obtain a replacement latch, contact Lane Furniture at (800) 327-6944, Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT, or access their web site at http://www.lanefurniture.com

 

Source: “Two Franklin children die after being trapped inside hope chest while playing” by Peter Schworm and John R. Ellement/Globe Staff, The Boston Globe, January 13, 2014.

IKEA Beds Recalled

Scandinavian furniture chain IKEA has recalled 40,000 children’s beds. The U.S. Consumer Product Commission and Canadian officials both received reports of breakage and an increased risk of injury.

IKEA announced Thursday it is recalling KRITTER and SNIGLAR junior beds because a metal rod may detach, causing partial detachment of the guard rail and exposed sharp metal edges that present a laceration hazard.

If you own either of these beds, you should immediately check the product label, located either on the headboard or on the underside of the bed. According to IKEA, the company is “recalling for repair” batches of KRITTER beds stamped with manufacturing dates 1114-1322 and SNIGLAR beds labeled 1114-1318.

The beds were sold at IKEA stores and on its website from July 2005 through May 2013. Customers should stop using the beds immediately and contact customer service at (888) 966-4532 for a free repair kit.

While we’re on the topic of children’s beds, here’s some information I’d like to share:

Bunk Bed Safety Tips

Playing on any bed can be risky, but bunk beds are especially dangerous. In the United States, kids sustain around 36,000 bunk bed-related injuries every year. Accidents don’t just happen when children are playing around on the beds, they can also be at risk while sleeping. It’s important to talk to your kids about bunk bed safety. Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio suggests the following guidelines:

  • Use guardrails on both sides of the top bunk. The gaps in the guardrails should be 3.5 inches or smaller to prevent strangulation.
  • Guardrails need to extend at least 5 inches above the mattress top to prevent kids from rolling off.
  • Check that the mattress foundation is strong and that the right mattress size is used.
  • Children younger than 6 are too young to sleep in the top bunk.
  • Never let kids play on the bunk or ladder.
  • Remove dangerous objects from around the bed.
  • Keep the top bunk away from ceiling fans.
  • Install a night light near the ladder.
  • Do not use the bunk bed or ladder if any parts are damaged or broken.
  • Teach kids how to carefully climb the ladder.
  • Do not allow children to attach belts, scarves or ropes to the bunk bed. This can lead to strangulation.

Be especially careful if you have an older bunk bed, as materials may deteriorate and safety regulations have changed over the years.  For current federal bunk bed requirements, click here.

 

Sources:

IKEA Recalls 40,000 Children’s Beds in U.S., Canada” by Kristin Jones, Wall Street Journal, August 15, 2013.

Bunk Bed SafetyNationwide Children’s Hospital, accessed August 15, 2013.

Pet Food Recall Due to Salmonella

imageProcter and Gamble has issued a recall of several types of pet foods for dogs and cats, citing an increased risk of salmonella poisoning. The FDA reports that salmonella bacteria can affect not only the animals eating the contaminated food, but also people who handle it or come into contact with exposed surfaces.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most persons infected with the Salmonella bacteria will develop symptoms within 12 to 72 hours after infection and recover without treatment within 4 to 7 days.

Salmonella poisoning in people can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody stools, abdominal cramping and fever. If you experience high fever, dehydration, muscle pain, joint pain, eye irritation or urinary tract symptoms after coming in contact with the product, you should call your doctor. The risk of developing a severe illness is higher in the elderly, infants, and those with an impaired immune system.

Monitor your pet

If your pet is infected, it may become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever or vomiting. Some pets only develop mild side effects that can be harder to detect, such as decreased appetite, fever, or abdominal pain. If your pet has consumed infected food and has any of these symptoms, talk to your veterinarian.

The recall is for specific lots of Eukanuba dry dog food and Iams dry food for cats and dogs. For a detailed list of recalled products and lot numbers, visit the FDA website. Consumers who purchased recalled pet food should stop using the product and throw it away.

 

Source:

U.S. Food and Drug administration recalls dry pet foods due to salmonella contamination” by Jay Seaton, Newsnet5.com, August 15, 2013.

Airbag recall may extend to Honda

by  Arthur M. Elk

The National Highway traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating older model minivans to determine whether faulty airbags should lead to a recall. Reports indicate that front air bags on 2003-04 model Honda Odyssey minivans can spontaneously inflate, possibly causing an accident and injury to drivers and passengers.  When combined with two previous recalls, more than 2 million vehicles are at risk.

The vans have the same components (manufactured by TRW Automotive) that have already resulted in massive recalls for both Toyota and Chrysler. Earlier this year, Toyota recalled nearly 1 million vehicles — including Corolla and Matrix cars (2003-04) as well as the Pontiac Vibe, which Toyota made for GM.  In 2012, Chrysler recalled 919,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs and Dodge Vipers to repair faulty airbags.

The NHTSA says it has received six complaints involving the Odyssey in which the airbags suddenly inflated while the van was being driven. According to The Columbus Dispatch, “In one of the complaints about the Odyssey, a driver in Hattiesburg, Miss., told NHTSA that the air bags went off suddenly in May of 2012 while a 2003 Odyssey was parked and the driver had an iPad on the steering wheel. The air bags threw the iPad into the female driver’s face. She ended up at a hospital emergency room, and a plastic surgeon had to be called in to stitch a cut in her upper lip. Some teeth were chipped and needed dental work.”

The NHTSA will investigate the problem to determine whether or not to initiate a widespread recall of the minivans.

Source:  “Feds widen airbag probe to include older-model Honda Odyssey minivans,” The Columbus Dispatch, June 10, 2013.

New Mobile App provides recall information

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced the release of a free mobile app that will provide real-time recall and vehicle safety information to consumers.  Using data from the NHTSA’s Safercar.gov site, the “Safer Car” app allows users to search its 5-Star Safety Ratings for vehicles by make and model. Users will be able to access information about recalls, car seat installation, as well as file a safety complaint.SaferCar

According to their website, the new SaferCar app will allow consumers to receive important news and information from the NHTSA. Users may also subscribe to receive automatic notices about specific vehicles.

“Safety is our highest priority, and we’re always working to find new and better ways for people to access SaferCar, one of the most popular programs on our website,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “This app takes advantage of the latest technology to ensure that consumers have the real-time information they need to buy safe, drive safe and stay safe.”

Product Information*

Several online reviews found that the app is easy to use, but recall searches only go back to 2000. The NHTSA’s website allows for more comprehensive searches, dating as far back as the 1949 model year.

The SaferCar app can be downloaded from Apple’s iTunes Store. It requires iOS 5.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Development is also underway for a version compatible with Android devices, but no release date has been set at the time of this posting.

Sources:

NHTSA Unveils ‘SaferCar’ App for iPhones,” U.S. Department of Transportation, March 21, 2013.

 *Reference in this web site to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by Elk & Elk Co., Ltd.

 

IMPORTANT RECALL: Pottery Barn Kids crib bumper poses infant hazard

Pottery Barn Recall

The Pottery Barn Kids “Sweet Lambie” crib bumper is being recalled because of a potential hazard to infants.  Consumers should immediately check the tag on the bumper for the month and year. The manufacturer reports, “The decorative stitching on the bumper can come loose, posing an entanglement hazard to young children. If your bumper contains a date code between 04/2009 and 07/2012, please stop using it immediately.” Model numbers included in the recall are: 708859, 708917, and 7988348.

The bumpers were sold at Pottery Barn Kids stores nationwide, by catalog, and online from April 2009 through July 2012. If you have a recalled bumper, contact Pottery Barn Kids toll-free at (855) 323-5138 for instructions. The company is offering a free replacement bumper or a gift card in the amount of a full refund.

Keeping your baby safe

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that between 1992 and 2010 there were nearly 700 deaths involving infants 12 months and younger related to pillows and cushions placed in or near a baby’s sleep environment. Nearly half of the infant crib deaths and two-thirds of bassinet deaths reported to CPSC each year are suffocations caused by pillows, thick quilts and/or overcrowding in the baby’s sleeping space.

American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following tips to keep your sleeping baby safe. This information should also be shared with anyone who cares for babies, including grandparents, family, friends, babysitters, and child care centers.

  • Place your baby to sleep on his back for every sleep. Babies up to 1 year of age should always be placed on their backs to sleep during naps and at night. However, if your baby has rolled from his back to his side or stomach on his own, he can be left in that position if he is already able to roll from tummy to back and back to tummy. If your baby falls asleep in a car safety seat, stroller, swing, infant carrier, or infant sling he should be moved to a firm sleep surface as soon as possible.
  • Place your baby to sleep on a firm sleep surface. The crib, bassinet, portable crib, or play yard should meet current safety standards. Check to make sure the product has not been recalled. Do not use a crib that is broken or missing parts, or has drop-side rails. Cover the mattress that comes with the product with a fitted sheet. Do not put blankets or pillows between the mattress and the fitted sheet. Never put your baby to sleep on a chair, sofa, water bed, cushion, or sheepskin. For more information about crib safety standards, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission Web site at www.cpsc.gov.
  • Keep soft objects, loose bedding, or any objects that could increase the risk of entrapment, suffocation, or strangulation out of the crib. Pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, bumper pads, and stuffed toys can cause your baby to suffocate. Note: Research has not shown us when it’s 100% safe to have these objects in the crib; however, most experts agree that after 12 months of age these objects pose little risk to healthy babies.

Click HERE for more information from the American Academy of Pediatrics on how you can create a safe sleep environment for your baby.

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