This Week in Recalls: Car Seats, Land Rover, Prego Italian Sauce

Another week, another slew of recalls from the U.S. FDA, CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), and NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Among the most significant recalls include nearly 4,000 Range Rover SUVs, 300 cases of Prego Traditional Italian Sauce, and over 33,000 Combi car seats. Product recall lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm

The Combi USA recall was issued because the car seat harnesses do not meet federal standards for strength. Anyone who bought a Combi car seat – labeled Coccoro, Zeus 360 and Zeus Turn – prior to January 2013 is likely affected. Federal standards for harness strength (No. 213) are extremely important for children’s safety; among their requirements, harnesses are subjected to a crash test of 30 MPH and measure the head injury and excursion, force on chest, and knee excursion.

According to federal officials, the Combi harnesses broke during dynamic tests, thus failing to meet minimum strength requirements. Fortunately, Combi car seats manufactured after January 2013 are not affected by the defects. Consumers will receive complimentary harness replacement kits beginning in February 2014. The company can be reached at 800.543.7734.

The Range Rover recall affects model years 2013 and 2014, and is the result of defective front seat airbags. The airbags on both passenger and driver sides can easily be disconnected, rendering them ineffective during a crash. The problems that could result in such a failure, I believe, are self-evident.

The recall will officially begin on January 17, 2014, and consumers will be able to bring their Rovers into dealerships, where the connectors will be modified. Fortunately, there have not yet been any reports of accidents or injuries linked to the airbag defects.

Campbell also recently initiated a recall, which extends to about 300 cases of Prego Traditional Italian Sauce. The sauce is packaged in 24-ounce jars, and is at significant risk of early spoilage due to inadequate quality control testing. The affected cases were distributed to the following states: Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.

The recalled jars were manufactured on December 15, 2013 and can be identified using the “Best By” date, which is June 16, 2015. More identification information may be found here, on the FDA’s website. As with the other recalls, consumers should not use the product and return it to the store it was purchased for a full refund. Any questions should be directed at Campbell, at 866.270.9303.

Additionally, yet another compounding pharmacy recently announced a recall of its sterile drugs. Abrams Royal Pharmacy has recalled all of its unexpired sterile products, which were distributed between June 17 and December 17, 2013. This recall was spurred by at least one report of patient injury in California. Due to the microbial contamination, patients are at risk of serious and even life-threatening injuries. Affected products include injectable medications, eye drops, eye ointments, inhalation solutions, IVs, nasal sprays, and pellet implants.

Drug recall lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm will continue to report on significant recalls affecting consumers throughout the country. If you or a loved one is injured by a defective, recalled, or dangerous drug or product, you need the help of an experienced injury attorney. We offer free legal consultations to injured consumers nationwide, and can inform you or your legal rights and protections, to help you make the best-informed decision.

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