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Know the Facts about the Toyota Recall

Toyota has expanded the recall of several models of cars troubled by uncontrolled acceleration (see full list of recalls here).  The recall now includes 2.3 million vehicles including the popular Camry and Corolla models.

Bloomberg News reports that Toyota “faces lawsuits involving at least three deaths that allegedly link so-called sudden acceleration to other causes. Consumers also filed at least three class-action, or group, lawsuits, in November and another last week” in which they “blame the sudden acceleration on the vehicles’ electronic throttle-control system, known as the ETCS-Intelligent System.” Also, “plaintiffs’ lawyers claim that Toyota knew of the sudden acceleration problem for years before the November recall.”

The Wall Street Journal reports that attorneys across the country are hearing from Toyota owners regarding accidents, injuries, deaths or fears regarding their cars. Some are complaining of economic damages from a decline in their car’s resale value. Some experts say they expect Toyota to settle suits.

Meanwhile the USA Today reports that, “CTS, a global operation that supplies the pedals to Toyota (TM), isn’t even the top dog in the arcane world of accelerator pedal suppliers. It holds less than 20% of the global market for such assemblies.” But “all the Toyota vehicles in the pedal recall have CTS assemblies.”

Finally, the New York Times reports that Congress will begin investigating the Toyota recall and with the “involvement of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Toyota faces the most publicized investigation in the industry since problems with Firestone tires on Ford Explorers and other vehicles early last decade.”

If you are have had been injured as a result of a stuck accelerator pedal in a recalled Toyota vehicle, contact a lawyer today.

Massive Recall of Tylenol Products

Johnson & Johnson has issued a massive recall of over-the-counter drugs including Tylenol, Motrin and St. Joseph’s aspirin because of a moldy smell that has made people sick.

The recall includes some batches of regular and extra-strength Tylenol, children’s Tylenol, eight-hour Tylenol, Tylenol arthritis, Tylenol PM, children’s Motrin, Motrin IB, Benadryl Rolaids, Simply Sleep, and St. Joseph’s aspirin.

Consumers should check the full list in order to identify the recalled batches.

Consumer Alert: Maclaren Recalls 1 Million Strollers

On Monday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of some one million Maclaren strollers released nationwide from 1999 through November of this year after about a dozen children have gotten their finger tips amputated by a hinge.  Maclaren will give owners a protective cover to put over the hinges.

The Associated Press reports that the recall includes the following stroller models: Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller. They have been sold at Babies “R” Us, Target and other stores around the country since 1999. The strollers “were manufactured in China and distributed by Maclaren USA Inc of South Norwalk, Conn.”

The New York Times reports that Maclaren

“had received 15 reports of children placing their fingers in the hinge mechanism, resulting in 12 reports of fingertip amputation, the safety commission said. The risk occurs when a child’s finger is placed in the hinge mechanism of a stroller while it is being unfolded and locked into place.”

Some MRI Patients injected with a GE dye develop Disease

Here is an interesting article from Business Week on the possible side effects of a dye used in some MRIs and possible consequences for people with weak kidneys:

In May 2006 medical regulators in Denmark issued a warning that signaled trouble for General Electric (GE). Danish researchers noted that, over a four-year period, 25 patients in Denmark and Austria had suffered a rare and crippling disease after undergoing an MRI, the scanning procedure used to diagnose everything from brain tumors to blown knees. The patients had been injected with a GE dye that makes images more distinct. They all had weak kidneys before receiving the dye. The GE product, Omniscan, has since been linked to other cases of the disease, which appears to affect only MRI patients who have kidney problems. Similar drugs made by Bayer (BAY) and others have also been tied to the sometimes fatal ailment, nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF).