Category: Recalls

Toy Recall Affects Easter Toys at Target

By Emily Cox
Easter Toy Recall
Photo by Joshua Houzvicka

Target toy recall due to serious health risks affects toys that could potentially be in hundreds of thousands of Easter baskets tomorrow.

The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the toy recall Thursday. It impacts more than 500,000 water-absorbing toys sold by Target across the country. These products include Easter eggs, Easter grow toys, and dinosaur toys.

No one has reported any injuries or incidents in relation to the recall. However, if swallowed, these expandable toys can be life-threatening. They could potentially cause internal obstructions, vomiting, dehydration, and other serious complications. Furthermore, the CPSC warns that removing the toys from the body would most likely require surgery.

Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs, Easter Grow Toys, and the Hatch Your Own Dino toys all expand several times their initial size upon contact with water.

Both Easter toys have the model number 234-25-1200. It is located on the back of the packaging. The dinosaur toys’ model number 234-09-0016 can be found on a label inside the product’s packaging.

The Hatch & Grow Easter egg comes in pink, blue, or purple. They include a butterfly or a bunny. The Easter Grow toys have a bunny or yellow chick. The Hatch Your Own Dino Eggs are purple or yellow/green. The recalled product line features 11 different dinosaurs.

Target sold the Easter and dinosaur toys in February and March 2017 for $1. Target sold more than 560,000 toys during this time. China manufactured the toys.

Consumers who purchased these toys should return them to Target for a full refund. They can also contact Target at (800) 440-0680 for more information about recall.

Expanding Toy Recall

Expanding toy ingestion has been a growing concern for several years. In December 2012, the CPSC issued a similar expanding toy recall after an 8-month girl ate Dunecraft Water Balz, requiring emergency surgery to remove the expanding toy from her intestines. Consequently, the agency warns that the Easter and dinosaur egg water toys pose the same threat to children.


Metal Hip Replacements Can Poison Recipients

By Emily Cox
Stryker Metal Hip Poisoning
Photo by Andrew Kuznetsov

A new complaint claims that Stryker metal hip design defects with the Accolade hip stem and LFitv40 femoral head released metallic debris into a woman’s body, causing heavy metal poisoning and hip failure less than ten years after implantation.

The lawsuit was filed by Linda Regan in the District of Massachusetts U.S. District Court against Stryker Orthopaedics this past week. Regan claims that the company sold and manufactured metal hip replacement components that are likely to release metal ions into recipients’ blood. Consequently, patients have a high risk of catastrophic hip failures that often result in high risk hip revision surgery.

Stryker Metal Hip Replacement Poisoning

According to the claim, Regan underwent metal hip replacement surgery in July 2007. Surgeons implanted a Stryker Accolade TMZF Hip Stem and Stryker LFit Anatomic V40 Femoral Head. Stryker recalled the femoral head in 2016 due to high incidence of taper lock failure. However, there were also a growing number of heavy metal poisoning reports at this time as well. Regan alleges that all Stryker femoral heads are defective and should be recalled.

“Instead the Stryker defendants have intentionally downplayed the risk of harm and limited the scope of its recall in an effort to hide from surgeons, patients and the FDA the true extent of the problems with their defective hips,” the lawsuit stated.

Regan alleges that she began to experience pain and discomfort after implantation of the metal hip components. Doctors were unable to find an explanation for her symptoms. There was no evidence of infection, hip loosening, or faulty positioning. Finally, further diagnostic tests revealed that Regan’s blood had “markedly increased levels of metal ions.” Namely, these metal ions were cobalt and chromium. Overexposure to these metals can lead to nerve damage, respiratory diseases, kidney diseases, heart damage, and lung and respiratory tract cancer, as well as kidney, liver, and heart lesions.

Due to this and Regan’s declining health, she decided to undergo revision surgery on her hip in July 2014. During surgery, doctors discovered that there was substantial metallosis and trunnionosis in her hip, resulting in soft tissue damage. Her surgeon also noted corrosion at the taper junction between the Accolade stem and Stryker’s LFitV40 Chromium Cobalt femoral head.

Since undergoing revision surgery, Regan has endured extensive rehabilitation and continues to suffer physical and mental injuries because of the damages incurred from the Stryker metal hip, according to the claim.

Stryker Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuits

Regan’s case joins the ranks of a growing number of similar Stryker metal hip replacement lawsuits, alleging metal blood poisoning related injuries. Plaintiffs indicate that Stryker failed to provide adequate warnings or instructions to surgeons.

Hip replacement lawyers are not only pursuing cases for individuals who required revision surgery. They are also reviewing claims for individuals with recalled Stryker hip components still implanted. These could be releasing toxic levels of metal without these individuals having any knowledge that their hip replacement is corroding.

Judicial Panel to Hear Oral Arguments for Proposed Stryker Hip Replacement Lawsuit MDL

By Emily Cox

Arizona — The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) is expected to hear oral arguments over centralizing litigation March 30 for nationwide lawsuits involving injuries allegedly caused by Stryker’s recalled LFIT Anatomic V40 hip replacement component.

Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) helps conserve resources and foster consistent court rulings for multiple lawsuits that share common issues and facts by transferring the cases to a single district court. By consolidating the discovery process and pretrial motions, parties save time and money.

Earlier this month, Stryker’s manufacturer, Howmedica Osteonics Corporation, better known as Stryker Orthopaedics, filed a motion in opposition to the proposed MDL filed in January to centralize lawsuits against its LFIT Anatomic V40 femoral head product that is component in their hip replacement systems.

In its motion, Stryker called the MDL request premature and claimed that the cases do not meet the similarity criteria for an MDL as the LFIT Anatomic v40 is a component of many of its hip replacement systems.

“Because the LFIT Anatomic V40 Femoral Heads are used as part of multiple different total hip replacement systems, individual facts will predominate over common ones,” the company wrote in its opposition motion. “Indeed a plaintiff-specific evaluation will need to be made in each individual case regarding if and how the LFIT femoral head relates to distinct product lines, materials, size, recall status, and injuries.”

Stryker went on to maintain that its LFIT V40 femoral head is not a standalone product and must be used with an entire hip replacement system, resuling in thousands of different combinations.

In response to Styker’s motion, plaintiffs filed an oral argument request this week, arguing that there were inherent similarities between the claims regarding Stryker hip replacements that went beyond the small subset of products that were voluntarily recalled by the company.

“Uniformly, patients in whom these products were implanted suffered from excessive metal wear debris, adverse tissue reaction, loss of mobility, inflammatory response and the need for premature removal of the offending device,” the plaintiffs wrote. “…Far more troubling however, is the undue emphasis Stryker places on the LFIT V40 recall by suggesting its metal head failure problem is related to the recalled devices.”

“Nothing could be farther from the truth,” the plaintiffs asserted. “In fact, patients are experiencing metal wear disease failures across Stryker’s LFIT V40 metal head line.”

On August 29, 2016, Stryker released an Urgent Medical Device Recall Notification to surgeons who had reported problems with the LFIT Anatomical V40 femoral heads that were manufactured before 2011. However, Stryker never asked for any product to be returned and did not direct surgeons to notify patients.

Stryker Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed Over Increased Cobalt Levels reports that a new hip replacement lawsuit alleges that the Stryker Accolade TMZF femoral stem with LFitv40 femoral head led to excessive levels of cobalt being released into a man’s body, resulting in premature failure of the artificial hip.

The complaint was filed by Patton Witt against Howmedica Osteonics Corps in the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska on January 12, 2017. According to the lawsuit, Witt received the implant in March 2008 as part of a left total hip arthroplasty procedure to treat right hip arthritis. After he was diagnosed with high cobalt serum levels and an MRI showed a large soft tissue mass, Witt’s surgeon determined that the corrosion from the Accolade TMZF and the LFitV30 head rubbing together had caused Witt’s problems, necessitating a revision surgery to have the components removed in January 2015.

“[O]ne could clearly see extensive corrosion present at this site,” his orthopedic surgeon noted in the complaint. “There appeared to be some deterioration at the trunnion with loss of the passified layer.”

Witt’s case has claims for manufacturing defect, defective design, failure to warn, and negligence. His wife is included as a plaintiff with a loss of consortium claim. They are seeking compensatory and punitive damages, which are designed to punish the manufacturer for recklessly disregarding consumer safety.

This case joins a growing number of similar recently filed hip replacement lawsuit that address problems with the Stryker Accolade and LFitV40 combination. Hundreds, if not thousands, of additional complaints will likely be filed as more affected individuals learn about the Stryker recall.

Last year, after the manufacture acknowledged that a higher-than-expected number of implant recipients were experiencing problems with adverse tissue reactions, trunnion failure, metal wear, and other problems, a Stryker LFitV40 hip recall was issued, impacting large-diameter femoral heads sold before 2011.

If you or a loved one has received a metal-on-metal Stryker hip replacement, you may be eligible for compensation. Please fill out the contact form on this page, call Arentz Law Group at 1-800-305-6000, or text 800-440-4400 to begin a free review of your claim.

BMW Expands Takata Recall

BMW became the last major automaker to voluntarily agree with NHSTA demands to recall airbags made by the Takata Company. The recall will impact 140,000 vehicles made between 2004 and 2006. Although malfunctioning Takata airbags have been linked to at least five deaths, no BMW airbags have been implicated. Airbag manufacturer Takata maintains that no scientific reason exists to expand the recall nationally.

Takata airbags utilized faulty inflators, which during deployment explode with excessive force, firing shrapnel into the passenger compartment. The airbags have been linked to at least five deaths and dozens of injuries. Takata maintains that the current limited recall of airbags in automobiles operating in humid climates is sufficient to combat any public safety issues. The NHTSA however believes that effort falls short of addressing the ease with which US drivers can migrate to regions that could potentially put them at risk for injury. Takata claims to have tested over 1,000 inflators without experiencing a single failure.

Cars magazine reports that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has recently recalled their models with Takata airbags as well. They describe the move as a “field action” as no defects have been detected it would not be considered a recall.

If you or a loved one have suffered injuries due to a faulty airbag, you may be entitled to significant compensation for medical bills and other damages. For more information and a free consultation concerning your claim, please contact Arentz Law Group P.C. by filling out the form on the right, or by calling 1-800-305-6000.

Power Morcellator Causes Missouri Death

A Missouri woman is one of the latest in a mounting number of patients who may have been adversely affected by power morcellators. The devices have been linked to the spread of cancerous cells throughout the abdominal cavity. The complaint filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Missouri on behalf of Ms. Carl Cecilia Merrill on December 3, 2014, alleges that a device manufactured by Johnson & Johnson caused the spread of leiomyosarcoma, a rare cancer of the uterine and abdominal muscles, leading to her death in August. It is believed that the power morcellator accelerated the spread of an undiagnosed uterine cancer from its most treatable stage to its most lethal in a relatively short period of time.

The FDA now believes that as many as 1 in 350 women who have undergone a laparoscopic uterine fibroid removal may have undiagnosed cancer. As a result, the FDA began discouraging the use of the devices in April 2014. On November 24, 2014 began issuing a “black box warning” for any devices remaining on the market; condemning their use. Currently, the new warnings prohibit use in all but a minority of the women undergoing laparoscopic uterine morcellation procedures annually.

Until recently 1 out of 10,000 women were said to have cancerous fibroids that were previously undiagnosed. However, new studies show that the number is closer to 1 out of 350, putting many more women at a risk of being diagnosed with an advanced stage of cancer after undergoing this routine surgery. If you, or a loved one, have undergone a hysterectomy with a morcellator, and you have seen cancer spread through your abdomen region, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact a morcellation attorney from Arentz Law by filling out the contact form on this page, or by calling 1-800-305-6000 to schedule your no obligation initial case review.

Automakers Expand Takata Recall

Following refusal by faulty airbag manufacturer Takata Corporation, several Japanese car manufacturers are voluntarily expanding recall efforts nationwide.

As of Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Japanese car company Mazda has joined Nissan and Honda in expanded recalls of Takata airbags. These recent actions have increased the number of vehicles affected from approximately 3.5 million to nearly 6 million. Honda, in what it is calling a “safety improvement campaign” is launching further investigations into the root causes of the defect, which is still unknown.

Takata airbags utilized faulty inflators, which during deployment explode with excessive force, firing shrapnel into the passenger compartment. The airbags have been linked to at least five deaths and dozens of injuries. Takata maintains that the current limited recall of airbags in automobiles operating in humid climates is sufficient to combat any public safety issues. The NHTSA however believes that effort falls short of addressing the ease with which US drivers can migrate to regions that could potentially put them at risk for injury. Takata Corporation has agreed to support automakers wishing to voluntarily expand the recall themselves.

Even as the number of airbags being recalled climbs, the NHTSA maintains a limited recall for passenger side airbags to areas of high humidity, as no data suggests a nationwide problem.

If you or a loved one have suffered injuries due to a faulty airbag, you may be entitled to significant compensation for medical bills and other damages. For more information and a free consultation concerning your claim, please contact Arentz Law Group P.C. by filling out the form on the right, or by calling 1-800-305-6000.

Takata VP Apologizes In Senate Hearing

Hiroshi Shimizu, senior vice president in charge of global quality assurance for

embroiled Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata, apologized in a US Senate hearing

Thursday for the deaths of six motorists tied to defective airbags. Airbags manufactured

by the Takata Corporation for at least ten auto manufactures utilized an unstable form

of compound ammonium nitrate, causing them to deploy with excessive force. Upon

deployment, metal shrapnel may be ejected into the passenger compartment, leading to

further injury or death.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently demanding the

expansion of voluntary recall efforts undertaken by Takata and the affected automakers,

which have covered 8 million vehicles within the United States. According to Bloomberg

News, only 6 percent of those vehicles currently eligible for airbag replacement have

been remedied. Car companies point to Takata production shortfalls as the root cause of

these low figures.

“We are currently producing more than 300,000 replacement kits per month and will be

increasing those production levels beginning in January,” Shimizu said. The number of

kits produced each month is expected to reach 450,000 in January.

The death of an Arizona woman mentioned yesterday in the Senate hearings is the sixth death related to Takata airbags. Her case was notable
as it fell outside the current recall area, which has led to a rise in panic among drivers

nationwide. Takata Corporation has responded by claiming that diverting replacement

parts for a national recall from the humid regions may put lives at risk.

If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of the airbag manufacturers, you can fight

back. Contact an experienced attorney from Arentz Law by calling 1-800-305-6000,

or by filling out the contact form on this page, to schedule your free initial consultation.

Attorneys are ready to help you receive the compensation you deserve.

NHTSA Demands Expanded Recall of Takata Airbags

In light of a mounting global scandal, involving the recall of millions of vehicles

containing airbags manufactured by Takata Industries, the National Highway Traffic

Safety Administration has announced that it would like to see recall efforts extended

beyond the most humid regions of the country. This change has been spurred by two

recent incidents in California and South Carolina, two states that are not currently

covered by Takata’s voluntary outreach. Senators Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal

applaud the action the actions taken by the NHTSA saying in a joint statement, “Regional

recalls make little sense as a matter of policy because cars – let alone the Americans who

drive them – are not bound by state lines, and needlessly put lives at risk”.

Utilizing an unstable chemical compound, ammonium nitrate, as a propellant, Takata

airbags are known to explode with incredible force in the event of an accident causing

further injury to passengers. In some cases the deployment of these airbags has led to

death, as discussed in this recent ABC News report.

As of November 20th, Takata Industries has only set aside $400 million dollars for

limited recall efforts worldwide. Having tested nearly 1000 inflators outside the regions

affected by the current recall Takata feels the amount more than adequate. However, as

federal inquiries get under way, millions of vehicles may be at risk of experiencing the

potentially fatal malfunction.

If Takata continues to refuse to extend the recall nationally the Justice Department may

order it do so, charging up to $35 million in fines.

If you have been injured following the deployment of your airbag you may be able to file

your own Takata lawsuit. Contact a highly trained personal injury attorney for Arentz

Law Group P.C. today by calling 1-800-305-6000, or by filling out the contact form on

the right side of this page to schedule your free case evaluation.

Lawmakers Call for Probe of Takata Airbags

Decade-old “secret tests” spark new airbag controversy

As if the legal issues could get any worse for Takata Corp., Congress is looking to put the faulty

airbag manufacturer under the microscope for not bringing to light its product’s malfunctions


The American Association for Justice references articles printed in the Tuesday edition of the

Los Angeles Times as it reports that a group of senators is calling on the U.S. Justice Department

to launch a criminal investigation “into reports that the air bag supplier conducted secret tests on

ruptures a decade ago but didn’t take action or report the results to safety regulators.”

The Times reported that the NHTSA has already begun an investigation into American Honda

Motor Co. to find out if the company reported deadly airbag problems in a timely manner. At

least four airbag-related deaths have been reported in Honda vehicles.

The AAJ references a similar article in the New York Times that Takata Corp. “deleted test data

and disposed of air bag parts that had malfunctioned despite finding flaws and beginning work

on a recall.”

According to the NHTSA, a defective inflator in the recalled vehicles could cause the airbag to

overinflate and rupture. The federal agency said that, in the event of a crash, metal parts in the

airbag assembly could “separate and potentially be propelled toward the interior of the vehicle”

like shrapnel.

The NHTSA believes vehicle owners living in humid climates, like the Gulf States, are at a

higher risk.

If you believe you have been injured by a faulty Takata airbag installed in your vehicle you

may be entitled to significant compensation for medical bills and other damages. For more

information and a free evaluation of your claim, contact Arentz Law Group, P.C. by filling out

the form on the right, or by calling 1-800-305-6000.

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