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Jenny Albano

Lawsuit Over Lead in Thomas Toys Settled for $30 Million

RC2 Corp., the maker of Thomas & Friends Wooden Railways toys, has settled a class-action suit about last year’s recalls because of lead paint for $30 million. The settlement, which received preliminary approval in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill., calls for reimbursements for all its consumers and improved safety. Consumers can be reimbursed in cash for the recalled toys or they can…

Jenny Albano

Many Halloween Toy Recalls Question CPSC's Ability

In the past month the CPSC has recalled numerous Halloween toy products saying they are unsafe for children. Now the government is saying the the recalls aren’t enough to secure consumer safety, they want new measures to protect people from foreign imported products. The recalls include 142,000 purple witch buckets because of excess lead in the surface paint, 55,000 candy-filled skull pails…

Matthew Bergmann

Warning Issued by Kansas AG on Faulty Tires

Faulty tires may be driving on Kansas roads, as Attorney General Paul Morrison issued a warning to consumers this week. The potentially dangerous tires were manufactured by Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co. Ltd. in China and distributed in the U.S.A. under the names Westlake, Compass and YKS. Foreign Tire Sales, Inc., made the inital call that the tires were experiencing high rates of tread…

Jenny Albano

Home Depot Faces Lawsuits Due to Stand 'N Seal grout sealer

Stand ‘N Seal Spray-On Grout Sealer has been generating complaints for months about adverse side effects that are sending consumers to the hospital. Now there are over 160 people across the country that have brought product liability suits against The Home Depot, seller of the product, and five other companies that helped manufacture and distribute the grout sealer. The plaintiffs claim the…

Matthew Bergmann

Contaminated Beef In Kansas?

A Michigan firm has recalled 129,000 pounds of beef products, due to possible contamination with E.coli. Some of this beef was shipped to food service distribution centers and “Marketplace” stores in Kansas. The beef products were produced between March 1 and April 30, 2007. Included are boxes of mechanically tenderized steaks and ground beef of varying weights. Labels on the boxes bear the…

Shannon Weidemann

Cell Phone Toy Sold at Target Recalled

A Parent’s Magazine toy cell phone has been recalled after reports of the hinge pin falling out and possibly causing injury. The toy cell phone was sold at Target stores and is the Record a Voice model. Target stores nationwide sold the phone between September 2006 and January 2007.Only items bearing the date codes 090106 through 101206 are being recalled. The date code can be found on the…

Shannon Weidemann

Rice Protein in Pet Food Contaminated with Melamine

Another company has recalled dog and cat food now known to contain melamine. Natural Balance has recalled all lots of Venison and Brown Rice dog food and Venison and Green Pea cat food. The rice protein in the food has been tested posiive for melamine. The company was alerted to the problem when it was contacted by several pet owners last week.”Recent laboratory results show that the products…

Matthew Bergmann

Rat Poision Put in Pet Food

Rat poision has been identified as the deadly ingredient in pet food that has killed at least 16 cats and dogs. This information was released by the New York State State Department of Agriculture and Markets Friday morning, but no additional information was given as to the source of the chemicals or how it entered the food itself. Initial investigations had focused on wheat gluten in the pet…

Matthew Bergmann

Ruling Against Big Tobacco Thrown Out

A ruling that awarded nearly $80 million to the family of an Oregon man who died from a smoking-related disease has been reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision.Arguments and ultimatley the decision, in the case of Phillip Morris USA v. Williams, focused on what amount of puntitive damages juries can award against tobacco and other well-off companies in product-liability suits. In…

Shannon Weidemann

Weber Gas Grills Recalled

Weber has recalled several models of gas grills due to a potential fire hazard. The gas hose on the side burner may have been damaged during shipping allowing gas to leak. This recall involves the Weber® Genesis® 320â„¢ Series gas grills which are designed to be used with either natural gas or with liquid propane gas tanks, and are equipped with a flush-mounted side burner accessory. All…