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Another Recall on Volvo Air Bags

After metal fragments from an exploding air bag killed a driver, Volvo Cars USA is recalling as many as 54,124 additional vehicles due to an air bag defect. This newest recall is on an air bag inflator made by auto parts supplier ZF/TRW, which has its headquarters in Detroit, Michigan. (Bloomberg.com).

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said this incident is the only known death worldwide caused by this specific air bag. “It is reviewing data with Volvo about other vehicles equipped with the inflators and will decide whether to take further action.” (TheWashingtonPost)

This recall covers Volvo S60 and S80 cars, model years 2001 through 2003, “that were sold or registered in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands.”

Volvo says they will contact owners of these vehicles and will replace the “inflators with a modern propellant and inflator [at no cost]. Parts are expected to be available by March.” (Reuters.com)

The Takata airbag recall, the largest auto recall in history, began in 2015. According to the NHTSA, as of October 29, 2019, this recall had affected around 70 million airbags.

Many drivers who own vehicles containing these defective airbags either haven’t received the recall notices or just haven’t taken the risk seriously. In October of 2019, the NHTSA estimated that “more than 200,000 South Carolina cars are being driven with defective airbags made by the Takata Corp.” (PostandCourier.com)

How to find out if your vehicle is affected by this recall, or any other recall:

  • Go to checktoprotect.org, and type in your vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • Call your dealership.
  • Sign up for future recall alerts on NHTSA’s website.

What to do if your vehicle is affected by a recall:

Call the nearest dealership for your vehicle. “Manufacturers are required to fix the problem by repairing it, replacing it, offering a refund, or in rare cases repurchasing the vehicle.” (NHTSA)

CONTACT DAVID L. HOOD IF YOU’VE BEEN HURT BY A DEFECTIVE PRODUCT IN SOUTH CAROLINA

If you or a loved one has been injured by a recalled or defective product, schedule your free consultation by calling the Law Offices of David L. Hood at (843) 491-6025 or filling out our brief online contact form.

We know how difficult it can be to deal with the effects of product defect-related injuries and the untold pain and suffering they cause. At the Law Offices of David L. Hood, we work hard to protect your rights and make things simple for you and your family so you can focus on healing. After a free case evaluation, if we believe we can help you and your family, Attorney David L. Hood, co-counsel, and our team of experts will vigorously pursue your case to get you the best result we can achieve. Let us put our years of experience to work for you!

*Clients are not liable for any expenses unless there is a recovery in their case; however, if there is a recovery in their case, clients will be liable for expenses. Attorney’s fees are based on a percentage of the recovery, which will be computed before deducting expenses.

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Metformin Recall Expanded

Metformin is prescribed by doctors for the management of type 2 diabetes. It is sold under several different brand names: Fortamet, Glucophage, Glumetza, and Riomet. (EverydayHealth.com)

Marksans Pharma Limited of India has expanded its recall from June 5, 2020 to include 76 additional lots of unexpired Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets in 500 mg and 750 mg packages, sold under the name Time-Cap Labs, Inc.

Although there have been no adverse effects reported by patients taking the medication, the company recalled the additional lots after testing showed Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) “content in some lots exceeded the acceptable daily intake limit.” (TheState.com) Marksans Pharma Limited pulled the lots “out of an abundance of caution.” The actual recall, along with specifics on the 76 additional lots that are now being recalled can be found on the FDA’s website.

NMDA

According to The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry, NDMA “is very harmful to the liver of animals and humans…Although there are no reports of NMDA causing cancer in humans, it is reasonable to expect that exposure to NDMA by eating, drinking, or breathing could cause cancer in humans.” Tests done on rats and mice showed when exposed to low levels of NMDA for periods of more than several weeks, liver and lung cancer occurred, as well as noncancerous liver damage.

As of October 16, 2020, eight drug companies: Amneal, Apotex, Bayshore, Granules, Lupin, Marksans, Sun Pharmaceuticals, and Teva have recalled their metformin-ER, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

If you are currently taking metformin, do not stop taking it without speaking to your doctor first. Doing so could cause your blood sugar to dip or spike, which could be dangerous. Instead, check the prescription bottle to find the exact type of metformin prescribed. Then check the FDA list of all metformin recalls to date to see if yours is on the recall list. If your medication is on the recall list, contact the doctor who prescribed it and ask what you need to do. If your medication is not on the recall list, continue to check the list of recalled metformin on the FDA’s website to make sure your medication is not recalled. If you’re not sure whether or not the metformin you’re taking has been recalled, call the physician who prescribed it.

CONTACT DAVID L. HOOD IF YOU’VE BEEN HURT BY A DEFECTIVE PRODUCT IN SOUTH CAROLINA

If you or a loved one has been injured by a recalled or defective product, schedule your free consultation by calling the Law Offices of David L. Hood at (843) 491-6025 or filling out our brief online contact form.

We know how difficult it can be to deal with the effects of product defect-related injuries and the untold pain and suffering they cause. At the Law Offices of David L. Hood, we work hard to protect your rights and make things simple for you and your family so you can focus on healing. After a free case evaluation, if we believe we can help you and your family, Attorney David L. Hood, co-counsel, and our team of experts will vigorously pursue your case to get you the best result we can achieve. Let us put our years of experience to work for you!

*Clients are not liable for any expenses unless there is a recovery in their case; however, if there is a recovery in their case, clients will be liable for expenses. Attorney’s fees are based on a percentage of the recovery, which will be computed before deducting expenses.

Other online resources used for this article:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/09/health/fda-recall-diabetes-medication-metformin-cancer-trnd/index.html?fbclid=IwAR1ndqS1GQ-VkFVAP1h0bOgP3A1B2xT6R8EIcBaYfQZ4UM1Ek8qSW17KeQI

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FDA Warns Some Hand Sanitizers May Be Toxic

Hand sanitizer demand has skyrocketed during the Coronavirus pandemic. Health advisors have advised American consumers to wash our hands often with soap and water to limit the spread of COVID-19. If soap and water are not available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends we use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

The high demand for hand sanitizer, along with shortages of standard brands “have sparked a rush of new brands onto the market.”(WashingtonPost.com) Some of these new brands, already on store shelves are questionable. “Unfortunately, there are some companies taking advantage of the increased usage of hand sanitizer during the coronavirus pandemic and putting lives at risk by selling products with dangerous and unacceptable ingredients,” said FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn in a statement on July 2.(NBCNews.com)

In June, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first warned consumers that some hand sanitizers tested positive for methanol (wood alcohol) contamination. The FDA warned consumers to stop using these products, since methanol is a potentially fatal ingredient. “Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its toxic effects.”(USAToday.com)

What is Methanol?

According to the CDC, methanol is “used industrially as a solvent, pesticide and alternative fuel source.”

Methanol is toxic if absorbed through the skin.(CNN.com) It can be life-threatening when ingested.

Exposure can cause nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, agitation, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, amnesia, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system and death.

The FDA says if you have been exposed to hand sanitizer that contains methanol and are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please seek immediate treatment “for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning.”(FDA.gov)

The FDA is also keeping an eye out for other quality issues with hand sanitizers such as:

  • Not containing a sufficient amount of ethyl or isopropyl alcohol.
  • False, misleading, unproven claims that a hand sanitizer can prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Products claiming “FDA-approved”; no hand sanitizers are approved by the FDA.
  • Products that are packaged to look like drinks, candy, or liquor bottles, since their appearance could result in, or encourage accidental ingestion. Ingesting only a small amount of hand sanitizer can be lethal in a young child.

For more information, and to find out which hand sanitizers have been recalled, please go to FDA.gov.

CONTACT DAVID L. HOOD IF YOU’VE BEEN HURT BY A DEFECTIVE PRODUCT IN SOUTH CAROLINA

If you or a loved one has been injured by a recalled or defective product, please schedule a free consultation with attorney David L. Hood by calling (843) 491-6025 or filling out our brief online contact form.

We know how difficult it can be to deal with the effects of product defect-related injuries and the untold pain and suffering they cause. At the Law Offices of David L. Hood, we work hard to protect your rights and make things simple for you and your family so you can focus on healing. After a free case evaluation, if we believe we can help you and your family, Attorney David L. Hood, co-counsel, and our team of experts will vigorously pursue your case to get you the best result we can achieve. Let us put years of experience to work for you!

*Clients are not liable for any expenses unless there is a recovery in their case; however, if there is a recovery in their case, clients will be liable for expenses. Attorney’s fees are based on a percentage of the recovery, which will be computed before deducting expenses.

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Recall of Some Metformin Diabetes Medication

Since 2010, the FDA has been investigating the presence of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in Metformin, “after several batches of the diabetes drug sold outside the U.S. were found to contain low levels of the substance.” (Healthline.com)

In 2018, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled some blood pressure medications due to the drugs containing NDMA.

Ranitidine, a popular medication which reduces acid in the stomach, used for health issues like heartburn, sour stomach, and acid indigestion, was recalled in 2019 because of NDMA.

What is NDMA?

“NDMA is a common contaminant found in water and foods including cured and grilled meats, dairy products and vegetables.” (FDA.gov) Per Dr. Amir Masoud, a Yale Medicine gastroenterologist, “NMDA is classified as a probable human carcinogen, meaning it could potentially cause cancer.” NDMA is not expected to cause any harm when ingested at low levels (under 96 nanograms/day). However, at higher levels, or over long periods of time, the risk of cancer increases.

According to research done on animals, NDMA can cause lung, liver and kidney issues. It can also cause gastric or colorectal cancer, per the World Health Organization (WHO). It has been used to induce cancer in lab rats.

The FDA “stated that there are multiple reasons for the presence of NDMA in drugs…The source of NDMA can be related to the drug’s manufacturing process or its chemical structure or even the conditions in which they are stored or packaged.” (Healio.com)

Metformin Recalls

On May 28, 2020, the FDA announced that several lots of extended-release (ER) forms of metformin had been found to contain levels of NDMA above acceptable intake limits, and recommended those medications be recalled.

In another press release on June 11, 2020 the FDA announced that five companies had voluntarily recalled certain ER lots of Metformin. Not all metformin is being recalled at this time; only the following specific lots have been recalled:

  • Apotex – All lots
  • Amneal – All lots
  • Marksans (labeled as Time-Cap) – One lot (XP9004)
  • Lupin – One lot (G901203)
  • Teva (labeled as Actavis) – 14 lots

What is metformin?

Metformin is commonly prescribed for lowering blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.

What should you do if you are currently taking metformin?   

Do not stop taking any prescribed medications or alter your intake without first talking to your health provider.

Contact your physician to find out whether the specific metformin you are taking has been recalled. Then ask what he/she recommends.

The ER formulation of metformin is normally used for convenience (only requires one pill a day), and/or because it is tolerated better by some patients. So far, no immediate-release formulation has been recalled. Switching to that may be an option for some patients.

Keep an eye/ear out for further recalls.

So far there have been no reports of shortages on Metformin. CVS spokesman Mike DeAngelis said, “We have an adequate supply of non-recalled product to take care of our patients’ needs and will dispense alternate metformin products that have not been recalled”.(PharmacyPracticeNews.com)

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If you or a loved one has been injured by a recalled or defective product, please schedule a free consultation with attorney David L. Hood by calling (843) 491-6025 or filling out our brief online contact form.

We know how difficult it can be to deal with the effects of product defect-related injuries and the untold pain and suffering they cause. At the Law Offices of David L. Hood, we work hard to protect your rights and make things simple for you and your family so you can focus on healing. After a free case evaluation, if we believe we can help you and your family, Attorney David L. Hood, co-counsel, and our team of experts will vigorously pursue your case to get you the best result we can achieve. Let us put years of experience to work for you!

*Clients are not liable for any expenses unless there is a recovery in their case; however, if there is a recovery in their case, clients will be liable for expenses. Attorney’s fees are based on a percentage of the recovery, which will be computed before deducting expenses.

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FDA Recalls All Ranitidine (Zantac) Products Due to Cancer Risk

On April 1, 2020 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was pulling all ranitidine off the shelves due to a possible link to cancer. This recall includes all prescription and over the counter ranitidine (best known by the brand name Zantac).

In September of last year, the FDA put out a warning that an independent laboratory had found Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a probable human carcinogen in ranitidine.(AJMC.com) Harvard epidemiology professor Joshua Gagne  describes NMDA as “an environmental contaminant that can be produced by industrial processes like water treatment.”(Popsci.com) There is currently limited data on the relationship of NMDA to human cancer; but there is some evidence that it can cause cancer in animals.

At the time of the September warning, the FDA said patients could continue to take the medication, and would not face any health risk from low levels of NDMA. The FDA did not have “enough scientific evidence to recommend whether individuals should continue or stop taking ranitidine medicines and continued its investigation.”

In subsequent testing, the FDA determined that levels of NDMA “in the heartburn medications increase over time and when stored at higher-than-normal temperatures, pose a risk to public health.”(CNN.com) “While low levels of NDMA are not harmful to humans, sustained higher levels may increase the risk of cancer.”

What is Ranitidine?

According to the FDA, “ranitidine is an H2 (histamine-2) blocker, which decreases the amount of acid created by the stomach.” It is used for health issues like heartburn, sour stomach, and acid indigestion.

There are over the counter (OTC) ranitidine drugs (Zantac, for example), and there is also prescription ranitidine for “treatment and prevention of ulcers and treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease.”

Does Zantac Cause Cancer?

Joshua Gagne says there is no data at this time that links ranitidine to cancer in humans. There is only data that shows that some ranitidine tested has contained NDMA.

When ranitidine is exposed to high temperatures, it can break down to form NDMA, which is a possible carcinogen. “But not all samples tested by the FDA were found to have an unacceptable level of the potential carcinogen.” More long-term studies are needed to find out if long-term use of ranitidine causes cancer in humans.

What should I do if I currently take ranitidine?

Per the FDA, consumers taking OTC ranitidine should immediately stop taking it, dispose of the medicine properly, and not buy anymore. If you wish to continue treatment, consider using other OTC products.

Patients taking prescription ranitidine need to talk to their doctor before stopping the medicine. There are other drugs approved for the same or similar uses that to date have not been found to contain NDMA. Some examples are famotidine (Pepcid), cimetidine (Tagamet), esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid), and omeprazole (Prilosec).

“The FDA encourages health care professionals and patients to report adverse reactions or quality problems with any human drugs to the agency’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program:

or

  • Download and complete the form, then submit it via fax to 1-800-332-0178.

CONTACT DAVID L. HOOD IF YOU’VE BEEN HURT BY A DEFECTIVE PRODUCT IN SOUTH CAROLINA

If you or a loved one has been injured by a recalled or defective product, please schedule a free consultation with attorney David L. Hood by calling (843) 491-6025 or filling out our brief online contact form.

We know how difficult it can be to deal with the effects of product defect-related injuries and the untold pain and suffering they cause. At the Law Offices of David L. Hood, we work hard to protect your rights and make things simple for you and your family so you can focus on healing. After a free case evaluation, if we believe we can help you and your family, Attorney David L. Hood, co-counsel, and our team of experts will vigorously pursue your case to get you the best result we can achieve. Let us put years of experience to work for you!

*Clients are not liable for any expenses unless there is a recovery in their case; however, if there is a recovery in their case, clients will be liable for expenses. Attorney’s fees are based on a percentage of the recovery, which will be computed before deducting expenses.

Other online resources used for this article:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/zantac-recall-heartburn-drugs-possible-cancer-link/

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Higher Safety Standards for ATV’s Don’t Seem to Affect Death Rate in SC

All-terrian vehicles (ATV’s) can be a lot of fun, but can also be very dangerous. Injuries and deaths can be caused by: not having proper safety equipment, riding incorrectly, riding in unsafe places or conditions, and letting children ride adult-size ATV’s. Before you ride, make sure you are aware of the hazards, and the rules and regulations in place.

In South Carolina, despite “the best efforts of state and federal regulators and industry leaders to reduce accidents and deaths and protect ATV riders through rules and education,” the number of deaths from ATV’s accidents remains steady.(PostandCourier.com) During the years 1999 to 2008, there were 104 ATV-related deaths in South Carolina. Between 2009 and 2018, there were 106. During those same time periods, there has been a decline in the number of ATV-related deaths nationwide.

In 2011, South Carolina passed Chandler’s Law, which put “minimum age requirements in place for ATV ridership and mandated safety training for riders under 15.” The law also requires youth under 16 to wear a helmet and eye protection. Chandler Saylor, a 16-year old from Swansea, SC was killed in May of 2003 while riding an ATV at a friend’s birthday party.(thetandd.com)

Even after Chandler’s Law was passed, the number of ATV-related deaths have not declined in South Carolina; and approximately 6 of those who die from ATV-related injuries each year are children.(SCDHEC.gov)

Authorities say with the population increasing in South Carolina and more people riding ATV’s, simply following the rules of ridership and heeding safety warnings can prevent further deaths.

Tom Yager, vice president of the ATV Safety Institute suggests following the Safety Institute’s 8 Golden Rules to prevent injury and death when riding ATV’s:

  1. “Always wear a Department of Transportation (DOT)-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots and gloves.
  2. Never ride on paved roads, except to cross safely and where allowed by law.
  3. Never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  4. Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV, or more than one passenger on an ATV designed for two people.
  5. Ride an ATV that’s right for your age.
  6. Supervise riders younger than 16.
  7. Only ride on designated trails and at a safe speed.
  8. Take a hands-on ATV safety course: ATVsafety.org or call 1-800-887-2887.

Yager says, “It boils down to adherence to the golden rules. It’s when you don’t have that when the problems occur.”

Go riding and have fun; just be safe!

CONTACT DAVID L. HOOD IF YOU’VE BEEN HURT BY A DEFECTIVE PRODUCT IN SOUTH CAROLINA

If you or a loved one has been injured by a recalled or defective product, please schedule a free consultation with attorney David L. Hood by calling (843) 491-6025 or filling out our brief online contact form.

We know how difficult it can be to deal with the effects of product defect-related injuries and the untold pain and suffering they cause. At the Law Offices of David L. Hood, we work hard to protect your rights and make things simple for you and your family so you can focus on healing. After a free case evaluation, attorney David L. Hood, co-counsel, and our team of experts will vigorously pursue your case to get you the best result we can achieve. Let us put years of experience to work for you!

*Clients are not liable for any expenses unless there is a recovery in their case; however, if there is a recovery in their case, clients will be liable for expenses. Attorney’s fees are based on a percentage of the recovery, which will be computed before deducting expenses.

Other online resources used for this article:

https://www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/ATV-Safety-Information-Center/

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Second Recall on Contigo Kids’ Water Bottles Due to Choking Hazard

                                  

If you have one of these water bottles, please take it away from your child immediately. Contigo (a water bottle company) has issued a second recall on “about 5.7 million of its kids water bottles over fears its spout can detach and cause a child to choke.”(CNN.com)

The first recall was issued back in August of 2019. You can find a press release about the first recall here.

The most recent recall, however, also includes the replacement lids that were provided in the August 2019 recall. A February, 2020 release by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says “Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled water bottles and the replacement lids provided in the previous recall. Take them away from children.”(CPSC.org)

Contigo has received more than 425 reports of the spout detaching from the bottle. At least 27 of those detached spouts were found in the mouths of children.

The Kids Cleanable Water Bottles were sold between April 2018 and February 7, 2020 in Target, Walmart, Costco, and various online stores. These water bottles come in four colors (solid, graphics, stainless steel and stainless steel solid colors), and in three sizes (13 oz., 14 oz., and 20 oz.). They were sold in the price range of $9 and $24. They were sold individually and in two-packs and three-packs.

Only models that have a black colored base and spout cover (as shown in the picture above) are being recalled.

If you have one of the recalled water bottles, use one of these three methods to get a replacement:

CONTACT DAVID L. HOOD IF YOU’VE BEEN HURT BY A DEFECTIVE PRODUCT IN SOUTH CAROLINA

If you or a loved one has been injured by a recalled or defective product, please schedule a free consultation with attorney David L. Hood by calling (843) 491-6025 or filling out our brief online contact form.

We know how difficult it can be to deal with the effects of product defect-related injuries and the untold pain and suffering they cause. At the Law Offices of David L. Hood, we work hard to protect your rights and make things simple for you and your family so you can focus on healing. After a free case evaluation, attorney David L. Hood, co-counsel, and our team of experts will vigorously pursue your case to get you the best result we can achieve. Let us put years of experience to work for you!

*Clients are not liable for any expenses unless there is a recovery in their case; however, if there is a recovery in their case, clients will be liable for expenses. Attorney’s fees are based on a percentage of the recovery, which will be computed before deducting expenses.

Other online resources used in this article:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/27/health/contigo-water-bottle-recall-trnd/index.html

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Are You Being Exposed to a Carcinogen Without Realizing It?

In our daily lives, we are coming into contact with thousands of chemicals that we know almost nothing about. Most of these chemicals are harmless in small doses, but others have the potential for adverse health effects. (NTP.gov) In fact, it is estimated that 2000 new chemicals are introduced into the market each year. (YourGreenPal.com)

One of these many chemicals, Glyphosate is linked to a range of diseases and illnesses, and we are being exposed to it every day, sometimes without realizing it. It’s “in the lawns, gardens and homes of America. It is at your child’s school. Worst of all it’s even in the food you eat!” Glyphosate, a weed killer, is the most widely used herbicide in the United States. (USNews.com) Glyphosate is the main active ingredient in Roundup, which Mansanto began selling in 1974.

In 2017, glyphosate was recognized as a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO).

In United States courtrooms, over 9,000 cases are being heard linking Monsanto Company’s (now Bayer’s) Roundup to several types of cancer, autism, birth defects, chronic kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, and numerous other illnesses.

The most common illness associated with Roundup is non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which has led to nearly 9,300 lawsuits against Monsanto. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a “blood cancer that affects the lymph nodes and tissues, and sometimes even bone marrow. Some studies have suggested that frequent glyphosate exposure could double the risk of developing lymphoma within a decade.”

“The first two trials ended with juries ruling that Monsanto’s weed killer was a substantial contributing factor in causing the plaintiffs to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and giving large awards for liability and damages…. “For news and tips about the ongoing legislation, see Carey Gillam’s Roundup Trial Tracker.” (USRTK.org)

Are you at risk?

These groups of people are most at risk for exposure to Roundup, because they use it frequently, often as part of their jobs:

  • Professional gardeners
  • Landscapers
  • Farmers
  • Agricultural workers
  • Herbicide applicators
  • Groundskeepers

There are three ways you can be exposed to Roundup:

  1. Breathing it in through the nose or mouth
  2. Eating food treated or tainted with it
  3. Absorbing it through the skin

Signs and Symptoms of Roundup Exposure:

  • Eye irritation
  • Skin rashes
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Sore throat
  • Asthma
  • Headache
  • Lethargy
  • Nose bleeds

If you have any of these symptoms after being chronically exposed to Roundup, please start a dialogue with your physician.

How to protect yourself from harmful exposure:

  • Wear sturdy rubber gloves
  • Wear safety glasses
  • Wear socks and close toed shoes
  • Wear long-sleeve shirts and long pants
  • Make sure the sprayer you’re using is not leaking

Contact David L. Hood if You’ve Been Exposed to Roundup in South Carolina

If you or someone you love has been exposed to Roundup on a regular basis, and now has an illness that is known to be linked to exposure, please schedule a free consultation with attorney David L. Hood by calling (843) 491-6025 or filling out our brief online contact form.

We know how difficult it can be to deal with the effects of product defect-related injuries and the untold pain and suffering they cause. At the Law Offices of David L. Hood, we work hard to protect your rights and make things simple for you and your family so you can focus on healing. After a free case evaluation, attorney David L. Hood, co-counsel, and our team of experts will vigorously pursue your case to get you the best result we can achieve. Let us put years of experience to work for you!

*Clients are not liable for any expenses unless there is a recovery in their case; however, if there is a recovery in their case, clients will be liable for expenses. Attorney’s fees are based on a percentage of the recovery, which will be computed before deducting expenses.

Additional online resources used for this article:

https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/what-to-know-about-glyphosate-the-pesticide-in-roundup-weed-killer

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/is-it-safe-for-you-to-use-roundup-weed-killer-on-your-lawn-this-spring

https://www.ecowatch.com/15-health-problems-linked-to-monsantos-roundup-1882002128.html

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/what-you-need-to-know-about-a-popular-weed-killers-alleged-link-to-cancer

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Investigation on Additional 12.3 Million Vehicles for Airbag Malfunction

Malfunctioning Takata Airbags have been in the news since 2001, with the first recalls by Isuzu. According to NPR, this has been the largest ever recall on automobiles in United States history.(IbTimes)

Defective Takata airbags are responsible for at least 15 deaths and 250 injuries in the US, to date.

The first recalls were due to faulty airbags exploding, hurling sharp pieces of broken metal all over the vehicle. “The airbags use ammonium nitrate to inflate the airbag upon impact; over time, the chemical can become unstable especially when exposed to high heat and humidity, causing inflators to explode….”(Financial Buzz)

This newest investigation focuses on faulty airbags (produced by ZF-TRW) that do not inflate on impact, which could lead to death. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “…the control unit, which is supposed to sense when a crash occurs but may be having electrical inference by the crash impact itself…” is the cause of the affected airbags not deploying. This has resulted in at least eight deaths.

“The probe covers parts installed in Toyota, Honda, Kia, Hyundai, Mitsubishi and Fiat Chrysler vehicles from 2010-2019 model years.”(ABC6)

Also, Honda issued a second recall in February, after an airbag that had already been fixed deployed during a crash, and the inflator ruptured, injuring the driver. After investigation of this crash, “Honda found that inflators manufactured at Takata’s factory in Monclova, Mexico, experienced manufacturing errors which introduced excessive moisture into the inflator during assembly. …since moisture can accelerate degradation of the ammonium nitrate used for inflating the airbag, this can result in overly forceful deployment of the airbag and possible rupture of the inflator.”

Unfortunately, recall notices received by mail are often ignored by consumers, which can be very dangerous. Please pay close attention to anything you receive from an automobile manufacturer.

How to find out if your vehicle is affected by a recall:

  • Recall notifications are mailed out to owners by manufacturers.
  • Search the NHTSA website by Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), which you can find on your car’s registration card, or in the lower part of the driver’s side windshield.
  • Call your dealership.
  • Sign up for future recall alerts on NHTSA’s website.

What to do if your vehicle is affected by a recall:

Call the nearest dealership for your vehicle. “Manufacturers are required to fix the problem by repairing it, replacing it, offering a refund, or in rare cases repurchasing the vehicle.” (NHTSA)

Contact David L. Hood If You’ve Been Hurt by a Defective Product in South Carolina

If you or a loved one has been injured by a recalled or defective product, please schedule a free consultation with attorney David L. Hood by calling (843) 491-6025 or filling out our brief online contact form.

We know how difficult it can be to deal with the effects of product defect-related injuries and the untold pain and suffering they cause. At the Law Offices of David L. Hood, we work hard to protect your rights and make things simple for you and your family so you can focus on healing. After a free case evaluation, attorney David L. Hood, co-counsel, and our team of experts will vigorously pursue your case to get you the best result we can achieve. Let us put years of experience to work for you!

*Clients are not liable for any expenses unless there is a recovery in their case; however, if there is a recovery in their case, clients will be liable for expenses. Attorney’s fees are based on a percentage of the recovery, which will be computed before deducting expenses.

Other online resources used in this article:

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/24/716614132/government-expands-air-bag-investigation-to-include-more-than-12-million-vehicle

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/air-bag-probe-expands-include-12-3m-vehicles-your-car-n997466

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Fisher-Price Recalls Rock ‘n Play Sleeper

On April 12th, Fisher-Price recalled all Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, after at least 32 babies have died using the product. This voluntary recall covers nearly 5 million of the infant sleepers, which have been sold since 2009. If you have one of the Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, please stop using it immediately, and contact Fisher-Price online at www.service.mattel.com or toll-free at 866-812-6518, for a refund.

The Rock ‘n Play “sleeper features a fabric cradle on a metal stand that rocks babies so they can be soothed to sleep.”(The New York Times)

A week prior to this voluntary recall, The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Fisher-Price had put out a warning to stop using the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play as soon as an infant can roll over (usually around 3 months of age), and to use the three-point harness restraint when putting a baby in the Rock ‘n Play.(US CPSC)

The American Academy of Pediatrics, called the Rock ‘n Play “deadly”, and urged CPSC and Fisher-Price to recall the product.

Safe sleep guidelines by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) state “babies should not be put to bed at an incline because it can increase the risk of suffocation.”(AAP) The guidelines also state that babies should be put to bed on a firm, flat surface. The Rock ‘n Play is not firm or flat.

Here are the specific instructions and warnings included with the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper:

“Failure to follow these warnings and the instructions could result in serious injury or death.

  • ALWAYS use the restraint system.
  • ALWAYS use the pad provided, which includes the restraint. NEVER add

a mattress, pillow, comforter, or padding.

  • SUFFOCATION HAZARD – Infants can suffocate:

– in gaps between an extra pad and the side of the product.

– on soft bedding.

  • FALL HAZARD – To prevent falls, DO NOT use this product when the infant begins

to push up on hands and knees, can pull up or sit unassisted or has reached

25 lbs (11 kg), whichever comes first.

  • Strings can cause strangulation! NEVER place items with a string around a child’s

neck such as hood strings or pacifier cords. NEVER suspend strings over product

or attach strings to toys.

  • NEVER place product near a window where cords from blinds or drapes can

strangle a child.

  • To reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), pediatricians

recommend healthy infants be placed on their backs to sleep, unless otherwise

advised by your physician.

  • Always provide the supervision necessary for the continued safety of your child.
  • When used for playing, never leave child unattended.” (Mattel.com)

Fisher-Price says that it stands by the safety of its product and issued the recall “due to reported incidents in which the product was used contrary to the safety warnings and instructions.” (NBCNews.com)

To see the actual recall on the US CPSC website, click here.

Contact David L. Hood If You’ve Been Hurt by a Defective Product in South Carolina

If you or a loved one has been injured by a recalled or defective product, please schedule a free consultation with attorney David L. Hood by calling (843) 491-6025 or filling out our brief online contact form.

We know how difficult it can be to deal with the effects of product defect-related injuries and the untold pain and suffering they cause. At the Law Offices of David L. Hood, we work hard to protect your rights and make things simple for you and your family so you can focus on healing. After a free case evaluation, attorney David L. Hood, co-counsel, and our team of experts will vigorously pursue your case to get you the best result we can achieve. Let us put years of experience to work for you!

*Clients are not liable for any expenses unless there is a recovery in their case; however, if there is a recovery in their case, clients will be liable for expenses. Attorney’s fees are based on a percentage of the recovery, which will be computed before deducting expenses.

Other online research used in this article:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/04/08/fisher-price-rock-n-play-consumer-reports-calls-immediate-recall/3402268002/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/04/05/fisher-price-rock-n-play-warning-issued-after-10-babies-died/3379241002/

https://6abc.com/health/consumer-reports-more-than-30-deaths-associated-with-sleeper/5238786/