March Product Safety Recalls & Driverless Car Update

A handful of new recalls issued just this month, plus a perplexing update on those driverless cars.

Handi-Craft Recalls Dr. Brown’s Lovey Pacifier & Teether Holders Due to Choking Hazard

Recall Date: March 15, 2018

Recall Number: 18-126

Recall Details: Dr. Brown’s Lovey pacifier & teether holders

Sold At: Bed Bath & Beyond, H-E-B Grocery, K-Mart, Target, Toys ‘R Us/Babies ‘R Us, Wal-Mart and various stores nationwade and online at Amazon.com from August 2015 to March 2018 for about $10

Hazard: The snap can detach from the pacifier’s ribbon, posing a choking hazard for young children.

Recall Description: This recall involves Dr. Brown’s Lovey pacifier & teether holders. The holders were sold in eight styles: Giraffe, Zebra, Turtle, Reindeer (Special Holiday Edition), Frog (Special Holiday Edition), Spring Bunny (Special Holiday Edition), Deer and Bunny. Only holders with the following lot codes are included in this recall: RICH0615; RICH0715; RICH0815; RICH1215; RICH0516; RICH0616; RICH0716; RICH1116; RICH1016; RICH0916; RICH1216; RICH0317; RICH0417; RICH0517; RICH0617; RICH0717; RICH0817; RICH0917. The lot codes are printed on the tag attached to the holder.  Consumers can confirm lot codes included in the recall at www.drbrownsbaby.com/recall-lovey.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received a total of 67 reports of the ribbon fraying and the snap detaching. No injuries have reported.

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy:

Consumer should immediately take the recalled holders away from young children and contact Handi-Craft for further instructions to receive a replacement product or comparable merchandise of equal or lesser value.

Contact Handi-Craft toll-free at 833.224.7674 from 8a-4p CT Monday – Friday, or online at http://www.drbrownsbaby.com/ and click on Recall Information to learn more.

Read United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s full report here.

Kidde Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire

Recall Date: March 21, 2018

Recall Number: 18-128

Recall Details: Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms – models PI2010 and PI9010

Sold At: Menards, The Home Depot, Walmart, and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com, and other websites from September 2016 through January 2018, ranging from $20-$40.

Hazard: A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke, posing a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire in their home.

Recall Description: This recall involves models PI2010 and PI9010 of Kidde dual sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms. “KIDDE” is printed on the front center of the smoke alarm. The model number and date code are printed on the back of the alarm.

MODEL NO. DATE CODE
PI9010 (DC/battery-powered) September 10, 2016 – October 13, 2017
PI2010 (AC/hardwired) September 10, 2016 – October 13, 2017

Incidents/Injuries: As of this reporting, the firm has received one report of the yellow protective cap being present on a smoke alarm before it was installed in a consumer’s home. No reports of incidents or injuries directly related to the yellow cap as of yet.

What to Do if You Own One:

Remedy: Consumers should remove the alarm from the wall/ceiling and visually inspect it through the opening on the side of the alarm for the presence of a yellow cap. Consumers should not attempt to take apart the alarm, open the casing, or otherwise remove the yellow cap themselves. If a yellow cap is present, the consumer should immediately contact Kidde to receive instructions and request a free replacement smoke alarm. They should remove and discard the recalled smoke alarm only after they receive and install the replacement alarm. If no yellow cap is present, consumers should reinstall the smoke alarm and no further action is needed.

Reach Kidde toll-free at 833-551-7739 from 8:30am – 5pm ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.kidde.com and click “Product Safety Recall” for more information.

Read United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s full report here.

Carrier Recalls to Repair Commercial Rooftop HVAC Units Due to Fire Hazard (Recall Alert)

Recall Date: March 19, 2018

Recall Number: 18-731

Recall Details: Carrier WeatherExpert commercial packaged rooftop HVAC units with humidimizer option

Sold At: Carrier distributors nationwide from March 2014 to September 2017 for between $25,000 and $93,000.

Hazard: The HVAC’s humidimizer fan can fail to shut off when a connected smoke detector is tripped, posing a fire hazard.

Recall Description: This recall involves Carrier WeatherExpert 6-23 ton, 48/50 series, light commercial rooftop HVAC units intended for use in commercial and institutional buildings and that have a factory installed dehumidification feature. The model numbers are 48/50LC07-26 with an A in the 6th digit and a 0 (zero) in the 14th digit of the model number (e.g., 48LCTA24F2M5-0S1B3). Note that dashes should be counted as digits in the model number. The serial numbers are 1214P to 3317P. The model and serial number can be found on the unit rating plate located on the back of the unit.

Incidents/Injuries: Carrier has received one report of a fan not shutting off during installation testing. No injuries have been reported.

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy: Purchasers should immediately contact their Carrier dealer for a free repair, which consists of free replacement and installation of the electronic control board. The firm is contacting all known purchasers.

Contact Carrier toll-free at 844-864-8748 from 8am- 5pm ET Monday-Friday, or online at www.carrier.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” to locate a local Carrier dealer for more information.

Read United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s full report here.

Louis Garneau Recalls Bicycle Helmets Due to Risk of Head Injury

Recall Date: March 15, 2018

Recall Number: 18-125

Recall Details: Bicycle helmets

Sold At: Authorized bicycle dealers nationwide from December 2015 through January 2018 for between $180 and $240.

Hazard: The bicycle helmets do not comply with the impact requirements of the federal safety standard for bicycle helmets, posing a risk of head injury.

Recall Description: This recall involves Louis Garneau Course Helmets with model number LG1261 printed on the inside of the helmet. “Garneau,” “Course” and “LG” are printed on both sides of the recalled bicycle helmets. They were sold in matte black and matte fluo yellow. The manufacturer’s date and serial number are printed on a sticker inside the helmet.

Only lot and serial numbers listed below are included in the recall.

Incidents/Injuries: None as of this reporting.

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled helmets and contact Louis Garneau for instructions on how to receive a free replacement helmet.

Contact Louis Garneau at 800-448-1984 from 8am to 6pm ET Monday – Friday or online at www.garneau.com/us/en/ and click on “Recall Notice” at the bottom of the page for more information.

Read United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s full report here.

Driverless Cars: Are We Really Ready?

In a previous blog, we addressed the possibility of seeing more driverless cars on California roads this year. Just yesterday, the company Waymo said it is planning to move forward to put tens of thousands of driverless cars on public roads within the next several years.

Yet, in the previous week, news broke from Tempe, AZ that a pedestrian had been killed by an Uber robot car. The victim, Elaine Herzberg, is assumed to be the first pedestrian fatality with a driverless vehicle. Uber has since halted its driverless operations in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and Phoenix area and is complying with the investigation.

While positive opinions on driverless vehicles may have recalled with news of this fatality, some experts predict that these options may ultimately be a safer choice on the roads, but in specific circumstances such as drunk, stoned, tired, or distracted drivers.

Additionally, at this time, it’s difficult to determine if a car completely controlled by a human (versus in the Tempe case, where the vehicle was in autonomous mode with a human engineer) would have had a different outcome. Early evidence suggests that the individual stepped in front of the car from a center median, appearing “like a flash”, indicating that a collision of any kind may have been unavoidable.

In light of this incident, it’s expected that policymakers will keep an eye on the investigation and public reaction, both of which could determine how soon we can expect to see more driverless cars on the roads.

We’ll keep you posted on further updates on this topic.

Have a serious injury and need legal advice?
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Check Out These References for Further Reading:

“An Uber robot car kills a pedestrian in Arizona. Will it slow driverless tests?” LA Times. Retrieved 27 March 2018. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-uber-self-driving-20180319-story.html

“Self-driving cars may ultimately be safer than human drivers. But after a pedestrian’s death, will the public buy it?” LA Times. Retrieved 27 March 2018. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-robot-car-safety-pr-20180321-story.html

“Waymo is buying up to 20,000 Jaguars and plans to rev up a driverless ride-hailing service.” LA Times. Retrieved 27 March 2018. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-waymo-jaguar-20180327-story.html

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