Dangerous Product Recalls in 2019
When a person purchases a product, they feel that everything they buy is safe and expertly tested, but in reality, millions of units get pulled from shelves every year because there are safety hazards.
Recalled items include toys that kids can choke on to cellphones that spontaneously combust, and many more diverse reasons.
Products are recalled because of the danger they pose.
It’s why you shouldn’t take any chances by continuing to use an unsafe product.
If you happen to have a recalled product, you should stop using them immediately. Its important to know what to do if you are injured by a defective product to help your case.
Here are some of the dangerous products recalled in 2019.
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Dangerous Infant Products: Rock ‘n Play Sleepers
Since the release of Rock ‘n Play by the toymaker Fisher-Price, it became one of the most popular baby products on the market as this reclining baby sleeper offered a solution for sleep-deprived parents.
Rock ‘n Play has several features such as rocking, vibrating, and music playing that lets newborns fall asleep without the need of being held since they are comforted by the sound and movement that the sleeper makes.
The Sleeper had many positive reviews, but over time it was found to be unsafe for infants.
However, this beloved product also caused harm to many infants. The baby sleeper had been the cause of at least 32 deaths between 2011 and 2018.
Most of the recorded deaths were found to be due to asphyxia. Infants are at risk of comprised airways and limited breathing known as asphyxia, due to the reclining position of the baby sleeper.
Some models also include pillow headrests and toys. Since several deaths were due to infants rolling from their backs onto their stomach or side while unstrained, the risks of suffocation increased.
After the company was held under scrutiny about the infant deaths, Fisher-Price issued a warning to stop the usage of the sleeper once infants can roll over or at least 3 months old.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) didn’t find the warning to be enough and called on the CPSC to issue a full recall of infant rocker.
The Fisher-Price Rock n’ Play sleepers were recalled from the market on April 2019 after coming under scrutiny for safety concerns. The CPSC has estimated the recall affects about 4.7m products.
Risky Food Recalls: Cadbury Desserts
Fans of Cadbury chocolate, particularly desserts need to check their fridge as two Cadbury desserts have been recalled due to the possible presence of a deadly bacteria.
Supermarkets have pulled both Cadbury Dairy Milk Cheesecake and Cadbury Dairy Milk Caramel Cheesecake puddings from their shelves in fear they contain a potentially deadly strain of bacteria known as Listeria monocytogenes or Listeria
Listeria is a harmful bacteria strain that thrives in ready-to-eat foods that have already been cooked before being purchased. It causes a rare illness called Listeriosis.
While it’s rare to have cases of foodborne illness from Listeria, Listeriosis involves severe symptoms and can lead to several infections such as sepsis, meningitis and encephalitis.
For certain groups of people, it can even result in death, especially people with weakened immune systems such as the elderly and pregnant women.
Auto Recalls: Takata Airbag
On May 2015, Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata agreed to recall 34 million cars from 11 different automakers, which was the largest auto recall in U.S. history.
The defects involved airbag inflators that inflate too forcefully, causing the airbag to explode in a crash. The explosion raptured metal casings, sending shrapnel flying inside the car and into drivers and passengers.
Driving in one of these vehicles is like playing Russian Roulette, you never know if your car will keep you safe or if the airbags will explode like a grenade. The fatal airbags have caused at least 24 deaths worldwide and 300 injuries.
It has been four years since the Takata airbag recall. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 37 million vehicles or 1 in 5 cars are still at risk of faulty airbag inflators.
This year, car manufacturers such as Subaru, Tesla, BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler Vans, Mercedes and Ferrari recalled about 1.7 million cars to replace the dangerous airbags by the airbag manufacturer.
Among the recent recalls is Toyota, issuing another major airbag-related recall of over 1.7 vehicles worldwide, with 1.3 million in the U.S. Ford also adds 953,000 cars to the list. Approximately 1.6 million Honda and Acura cars have been recalled for the same issue.
Hazardous Technology Recalls: Macbook
For those who are familiar with the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, you might notice some similarities with this recall.
In June 2019, Apple released an announcement that numerous older generation 15- inch MacBook Pro units are being recalled due to the fire safety risk that the batteries pose.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has claimed to receive 26 reports of overheated batteries in affected laptops, five claims of minor burns, one smoke inhalation, as well as 17 reports of minor damage to nearby personal property.
The company estimates that more than 432,000 laptops in the U.S. are potentially affected by the recall. Most of them were sold between September 2015 and February 2017. You can determine the product eligibility by the product serial number.
Apple is currently giving eligible consumers numerous options on having their batteries replaced, including going to an Apple Authorized Service Provider or working with Apple Support.
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