The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the voluntary recall of two hunting-related products as hunting season is well under way. The first product is the EXO-Tech Safety Harness, which is proving to have difficulty in living up to the product’s name. Manufactured by Gorilla, Inc., the safety harness has a defective webbing attachment, which can lead to ripping. The belt loops on the harness are not properly anchored to the harness webbing, which eliminates the possibility of intended support for climbers, thus allowing falls and consequentially serious injuries.
The defective EXO-Tech harness models, sold primarily at Cabelas, Bass Pro Shops, and other major sporting goods retail stores, were manufactured between April and June of 2009 and were sold between May and August this year. An estimated 90 harness models are affected by this recall. The CPSC and Gorilla, Inc., urge consumers to immediately cease use of the EXO-tech harnesses and to contact the manufacturer at (877) 685-7817 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the Gorilla, Inc., Web site at www.gorillatreestands.com.
Also being voluntarily recalled are the Hang-On fixed-position tree stands manufactured by StrongBuilt, and imported by the Gander Mountain Company. These tree stand models were built with a defective clasp that can open unexpectedly, causing the tree stand to collapse from under the consumer. Multiple injuries have been reported against this tree stand.
The Hang-On units in question (models GMT101 and GMT103) were manufactured between July of 2008 and July of 2009 and sold at Gander Mountain stores. StrongBuilt and Gander Mountain strongly urge consumers to stop using these tree stand models immediately and to contact StrongBuilt for refunds and replacements at (888) 542-6337 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Eastern time on Monday through Friday or on Saturdays and Sundays between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Unilever PLC corporation announced the recall of more than 10 million cans of Slim-Fast diet shakes due to possible contamination. The popular drinks were found to contain the micro-organism Bacillus cereous, which leads to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea when consumed. Read more
The following are decisions issued by Florida courts during the week of 11/31 through 12/4 that are relevant to product liability and other personal injury litigation
Tort Case Decisions
MARVIN RAY HOWARD and JANNIE L. DRISKELL, Appellants, v. BOULANGER DRYWALL CORP., Appellee. 4th District. Read more
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and American Honda Motor Company have announced the voluntary recall of a number of various models of the 2004 and 2005 FourTrax All-Terrain Vehicles. More than 200,000 varying models have been recalled by the Torrance, California-based company due to problems with steering rods. Twenty-seven reports have been received by Honda in regard to the separation of steering rods, a mechanical and structural defect that can lead to loss of control of the ATV, and serious accidents resulting in severe injury or even death. Read more
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced last week the largest recall of child cribs in American history. More than 1.2 million drop-side cribs have been recalled in the U.S., as well as an additional 1 million in Canada, due to at least four cases of suffocation that have been reported. These young children were killed due to part of the crib that slides up and down, supposedly allowing easier access for the parents to remove the children. Read more
The deadliest consumer product recalled under the authority of the CPSC this year was Chenille Apparel (including Full Length Women’s Chenille Robes, Women’s Chenille Jackets, Women’s Chenille Lounge Jackets, and Women’s Chenille Tops) manufactured by A-One Textile & Towel of Pakistan and sold by Blair LLC based in Warren, Pennsylvania. Some of these apparel items failed to meet federal standards for flammability, and presented a serious risk of burns if exposed to open flames. Read more
The product with the largest scale recall (in terms of the number of units recalled) so far in 2009 is a series of inflatable baby floats manufactured by Aqua-Leisure Industries based in Avon, Massachusetts. The CPSC received 31 reports of leg straps on the baby floats that had torn, causing children to fall into the water. While no injuries were reported, the CPSC found the product caused a drowning risk. Aqua-Leisure recalled 4 million of the baby floats and owners were offered a full refund. Read more
On August 13, 2009, the CPSC announced that Little Tikes, based in Hudson, Ohio was recalling 1.6 million Children’s Toy Workshop Sets and Trucks because these products included oversized (about 3 ¼ inches long and 1 inch in diameter) plastic toy nails that can pose a choking hazard to young children. The CPSC received one report of an 11-month boy who choked on one of the nails. The boy made a full recovery after the incident. Owners were sent a replacement nail in a different design. Read more
One of the largest scale and most Read more
widely publicized recalls of children’s products was a play yard distributed by
Kolcraft under these brand names:
Carter’s, Sesame Street, Jeep, Contours, Care Bear and Eric Carle. On
July 8, 2009, the CPSC announced that one million of these play sets were being
recalled. The defect that led to the recall was the play yard’s side rail that,
in a large number of instances, failed to latch properly, allowing children to
open the rail and fall when they pushed against it.
The consumer product accounting for the largest number of different individual brands recalled was children’s apparel with drawstrings at the waist or around the hood. In 1996, the CPSC adopted guidelines for children’s apparel with drawstrings. The guidelines recommend that drawstrings around the waist of garments sized 2T to 16 extend no further than 3 inches outside the garment and no drawstrings at all around the hood of garments sized 2T to 12. Read more