Dangerous Products: May 2009 Archives

May 19, 2009

HP Laptop Batteries Pose Danger of Serious Burn Injuries

Hewlett-Packard Co. (better known as HP) has announced that approximately 70,000 computer batteries found in various models of HP and Compaq laptop computers pose a risk of serious burn injuries and property damage.  The company, in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), announced a recall of the lithium-ion battery packs because the batteries can overheat and explode causing damage to property and burn injuries. 

Although no injuries have been reported thus far, HP acknowledges two reports of their batteries overheating and rupturing resulting in fire damage.  The Chinese-manufactured battery packs were included with various HP and Compaq laptop models and sold separately from August 2007 through March 2008.  According to the CPSC, HP and Compaq laptop users should immediately remove the battery packs from their laptops and contact HP to determine if their batteries are included in the potential hazard recall.

This defective laptop battery recall is the latest in a long line of recalls due to defective battery packs with the potential to cause fire damage and burn injuries.  In 2008, approximately 100,000 laptop battery packs manufactured by Sony Energy Devices Corp. and included with HP, Toshiba and Dell computers worldwide were recalled because of their potential fire hazard.  In 2006, some 526,000 defective laptop batteries found in Lenovo and IBM ThinkPad notebook computers worldwide were recalled because of their potential to overheat and cause burn injuries and other fire hazards.

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May 6, 2009

Dangerous Diet Pill Hydroxycut Causes Injury And Death

Florida residents should immediately stop using the potentially defective dietary supplement, Hydroxycut, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which recently warned of serious injuries associated with the product across the U.S.  The FDA has tracked 23 cases of people reporting health complications after taking Hydroxycut including jaundice, liver damage, seizures, cardiovascular disorders, and rhabdomyolysis.  One death linked to the dietary supplement has also been reported to the FDA.

Dietary supplements are not regulated by the FDA until after they have reached the market.  Unlike prescription drug manufacturers, dietary supplement makers are self-regulated and responsible for ensuring their products are safe and effective and contain the proper warnings prior to coming on the market.  Once on the market, the manufacturers are responsible for reporting known health hazards caused by their product, and the FDA takes action against products found to be harmful or adulterated.  Hydroxycut is the latest in a long line of dietary supplements tracked by the FDA found to either cause serious health issues or contain undeclared, active pharmaceutical ingredients.

If you have the associated symptoms or develop new symptoms after taking Hydroxycut, you should see your doctor as soon as possible.

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