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15 million defective surge protectors recalled

Posted on Thursday, October 10th, 2013 at 10:02 am    

Schneider Electric IT Corp voluntarily recalled millions of defective electrical surge protectors due to a risk of overheating and causing fires, according to Reuters on Thursday, October 3.

The company is recalling 15 million “SurgeArrest” series 7 and 8 surge protectors sold in the U.S. after receiving reports in which the defective devices overheated and caused fire. About $1.7 million worth of damages affected home and medical properties, and 13 people suffered from burn injuries and inhalation of smoke.

Consumers are advised to avoid using the recalled electrical devices that were sold from 1993 until 2002 and return it immediately for a
product replacement.

Sadly, at the Leehey Olson Law, P.C. our lawyers know that many people in Cedar Rapids sustain serious injuries as a result of defective electrical
devices. If you or a loved one has been harmed by these surge protectors or other unsafe products, call us at (319) 294-4424 to find out how we may be able to help you.

Contaminated sunscreen lotions for kids and babies recalled

Posted on Monday, September 30th, 2013 at 9:27 am    

Thousands of potentially contaminated baby and kids’ sunscreen lotions have been voluntarily recalled by W.S. Badger Co. Inc. News of the recall was reported on Wednesday, September 25 by NBC News.

The recall affects at least 30,000 4 oz. SPF 30 baby and kids sunscreen lotions that may contain Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida parapsilosis, and Acremonium fungi. The mentioned microbial contaminants are known to be hazardous to humans and animals. According to the manufacturer, though the recalled products had passed the required test before being released to the market, its preservatives were found to be compromised after a routine re-testing was performed.

There were no reported illnesses linked to the recalled sunscreen lotions, and consumers were advised to immediately avoid using the product and return it for a refund.

Suffering illnesses caused by recalled products can have serious consequences for the victim and their family. Thus, if you or a loved one has been harmed by a negligent manufacturer in Cedar Rapids, get in touch with a lawyer at the Pete Leehey Law Firm. Call (319) 294-4424 today to learn more about your legal actions.          

2 million electric dehumidifiers with fire risk recalled

Posted on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 at 8:32 am    

Over 2 million electric dehumidifiers manufactured by Gree Electric Appliances are being recalled due to overheating problems that may lead to fires, a USA Today report stated on September 12.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the defective appliances, of various brands and weights, caused 46 fires and around $2 million of property damage. The agency said no one was reportedly injured by the defective dehumidifiers that caused fire. The recalled appliances were sold in major stores in the U.S. and Canada from 2005 through August 2013.

Gree Electric Appliances said in a press release that consumers who own the recalled dehumidifiers should immediately stop using it and call their office for a refund.

Although no one was injured by this particular unsafe product, the legal team at Leehey Olson Law, P.C. knows that many in Cedar Rapids are injured by defective products. If you or a loved one has been harmed by an unsafe product, call (319) 294-4424 to find out if you are eligible to file a product liability claim against the manufacturer or other party.

Legislation introduced to Congress to regulate cosmetic industry

Posted on Thursday, June 30th, 2011 at 12:12 pm    

New legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to regulate the cosmetic industry. Known as the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011, the bill would set up governmental regulations in order to protect consumers from suffering illnesses that have been linked to chemicals found in cosmetic products.

Among the bill's many regulations, it would require that cosmetic companies perform random sample tests of their products, much like food companies do. Cosmetic companies would also be prohibited from using chemicals, such as formaldehyde, that have long been shown to cause health problems. Also, the FDA woud have the authority to issue recalls of cosmetic products if it finds them to be unsafe.

The bill was created by three state representatives who are hoping to protect cosmetic industry workers and consumers with this new legislation.

If you or someone you love has suffered from health problems caused by an unsafe product, such as a cosmetic product, please contact the Cedar Rapids product liability lawyers of Leehey Olson Law, P.C., at (319) 294-4424.

Iowa egg recall expands due to salmonella contamination

Posted on Friday, August 20th, 2010 at 11:43 am    

The egg recall that was announced last week has recently expanded to nearly 380 million eggs nationwide due to salmonella contamination.

Wright County Egg in Galt, an Iowa livestock industry business, has been found to be where the contaminated eggs came from. Hundreds have gotten sick in a salmonella outbreak after consuming the eggs.

The company has shipped the eggs to wholesalers, food service companies and distribution centes in multiple states such as California, Missouri, Colorado, Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wiscinsin. The eggs were sold under many brand names including Albertsons and Lucerne.

If you or a loved one have become ill after consuming a defective food product, contact the Cedar Rapids food product lawyers of the Pete Leehey law firm by calling (319) 294-4424 today.

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