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Blog Posts in February, 2014

  • Report: Few parents heed children's defective product recalls

    We recently discussed the recall of millions of Graco child car seats. Now comes disturbing news that very few recalls of child products are heeded by parents. According to advocacy group Kids in Danger, just 10 percent of recalled children's products are returned or repaired. Much of this, sadly, is caused by lack of awareness. The group's executive director says that parents are typically aware ...
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  • GM Recalls Cars With Ignition Switch Defect

    Last week, GM recalled 778,000 vehicles in the United States and Canada due to a problem with the ignition switch that could prevent air bags from deploying in a crash. However, some are saying the recall is too little, too late with one attorney claiming the car manufacturer dragged its feet for a decade on a defect that has led to six deaths. In 2006, GM sent dealers a bulletin, warning that ...
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  • Florida prison accused of denying needed eye treatment

    We have previously discussed medical care issues within the Florida prison system. As we have detailed, some of these have resulted in wrongful death and medical malpractice suits against the companies that provide health care to prisoners, as well as against prisons and other government entities in Florida. A federal appeals court has ruled that a former prisoner can sue the Florida Department of ...
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  • Miami Prius drivers: Software issue could cause car to stall

    South Florida Toyota Prius owners learned of a recall this month that impacts millions of these popular cars. The recall affects over half of all Priuses sold around the world. The issue is with the software in the cars that manages the vehicles' electronics system. The software problem could cause the circuit transistors to heat up. This can damage the system and activate warning lights. This ...
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  • Graco Car Seats Recalled Over Defective Buckle

    Almost 3.8 million car seats have been recalled by Graco Children's Products due to faulty buckles that make it hard to free a child in an emergency. However, federal safety regulators said the product recall did not go far enough and have asked for an additional 1.8 million seats to be included because they use the same buckle. The recall, the largest in five years, includes 2009 to 2013 models ...
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  • Florida among states impacted by recalled beef products

    Beef eaters in Florida got some disturbing news recently. A company in California has announced a recall of close to 9 million pounds of beef that was distributed in four states, including ours. This is the second recall for the company, Rancho Feeding Corp., this year. In January, it recalled 40,000 pounds of "meat products." The United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and ...
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  • Seat Belts & Car Seats Still Underused By Children

    A new study has revealed that although the death rate of children in auto accidents has decreased over the years, seat belts would have saved many more lives. Between 2002 and 2011, more than 9,000 children under 12 died in auto accidents and in many cases because they were not properly buckled in. Although the death rate has decreased from 2.2 per 100,000 in 2002 to 1.2 in 2011. In 2011, 33 ...
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  • Toyota seat heater issue could impact Florida consumers

    We have discussed multiple vehicle recalls due to potential or known defects that could cause a vehicle to malfunction and perhaps result in serious injury. There are other steps that car makers take instead of or in addition to recalls, though. Toyota has instructed its dealers to halt their sale of a number of 2013 and 2014 vehicles due to a potential problem with the heated seats. This includes ...
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  • Will medical marijuana impact Florida malpractice laws?

    Florida could become the first Southern state to legalize "medical marijuana" if 60 percent of voters support a November ballot measure. The proposed measure, which has just received the approval of the Florida Supreme Court in a 4-to-3 ruling, would make the drug legal with a doctor's recommendation if purchased from a dispensary regulated by the state. This legalization would be accomplished via ...
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