February 2010 Archives

February 24, 2010

FDA Urges Avandia Recall, Diabetes Drug Linked to Heart Problems

The popular diabetes drug Avandia has been reported to cause hundreds of heart attacks each month and has also been linked to heart failure. According to a Senate report and as reported by The New York Times, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is urging a recall on Avandia because of the health risk associated with the drug. The reports state that heart failure and heart attacks suffered as a result of Avandia would be prevented if diabetes patients were instead given the drug Actos.

The Senate report says GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturer of Avandia, was aware of Avandia's health risks for years but did not tell the public. In 2007, The Journal of the American Medical Association challenged Avandia's safety. The same year, a scientific study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed a 43% higher risk of a heart attack from using Avandia. The pharmaceutical giant stood by its product, saying it was safe. Not too long after the study, the FDA added a black box warning of Avandia's heart attack risks.

Avandia (Rosiglitazone) has been on the market since 1999 for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. GlaxoSmithKline continues to stand by its product, claiming there is no link between Avandia and heart attacks. However, the drug is estimated to have induced nearly 100,000 heart attacks in the 11 years it has been on the market.

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February 22, 2010

Infant Deaths Prompt Nationwide Crib Recall

The deaths of three babies, all under one year of age, have spurred a nationwide recall of Generation 2 Worldwide and "ChildESIGNS" drop side cribs. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled these cribs, which are sold in many stores including Walmart, because they pose a threat of death or serious injury. Parents are advised to no longer use these cribs because babies can suffocate or be strangulated by these defective products. The CPSC warns to not try to fix the recalled cribs.

The drop side of these cribs can detach, causing a space where babies have no way of escaping, which can lead to suffocation or strangulation. In addition to the three deaths reported, several injuries, including bruising and a broken arm, have also been reported to the CPSC.

Last month Dorel Asia recalled several crib models because their defective drop sides also posed a threat of strangulation or suffocation. Around the same time, the CPSC recalled 1.5 million dangerous Graco strollers.

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February 11, 2010

Houston Man Sues Toyota over Accident that Killed his Wife

When Toyota recalled over 2 million cars last month, it was too late for one Houston family. Michael Harris is suing Toyota for an accident that caused his wife's death just a week before Christmas 2009.

Trina Harris was killed instantly when her car ran a stop sign and hit a cement wall on December 18th. She was driving a 2009 Corolla, one of the vehicles that Toyota recalled in January. Mr. Harris says his wife had mentioned that her car sometimes sped up on its own. He wants Toyota to be held accountable for its alleged negligence.

Mr. Harris claims Toyota was aware of the vehicle defect in the 2009 Corolla his wife was driving but did nothing to fix the problem. He is also suing the vehicle's gas pedal manufacturer and the company that leased the car to his wife. Mr. Harris, who serves in the Navy, is now left to take care of his two daughters.

Toyota recalled over 4 million cars in November to fix accelerator issues. Unfortunately, the recall did not involve the 2009 Toyota Camry that Trina Harris was driving. In January, it recalled 2.3 million vehicles because of accelerator problems and soon after that stopped sales in the U.S. on several of its models.

In recent news, Toyota has recalled over 400,000 hybrids, including Prius, around the world because of brake issues.

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February 1, 2010

Some Toyota Vehicles Death Threats

After a recent recall that affected 2.3 million vehicles, Toyota has put the brakes on sales of eight of its models in the U.S. because of accelerator problems. In the latest reports, the recall has just been extended to Europe and China, and possibly Britain as well.

Toyota Motor Corp. has announced its decision to stop sales and North American production so that the gas pedal issue on the affected models can be fixed. It is not yet known how many vehicles in Europe or Britain could be recalled. According to the UK's Guardian, plans for Toyota to stop production at its British plants have not yet been announced, however the company warned that 750 jobs could be cut in the UK. Toyota also plans to recall over 75,000 RAV4 vehicles made in China between March 2009 and January 2010.

Toyota has also announced plans to inspect 1.1 million vehicles in the U.S. in addition to the 2.3 million it most recently recalled.

The recalls have been prompted by reports of involuntary acceleration resulting from gas pedal defects. Toyota previously recalled over 4 million vehicles in the U.S. in November 2009 due to gas pedal issues. Several car accidents, and some fatalities, were reported from sudden speed caused by defective gas pedals. U.S. Congress has just announced it will launch an investigation on Toyota's manufacturing problems that may have led to the death of 19 people in the last decade.

The affected models in the U.S. recall include the popular Camry, Corolla and RAV4. For a complete list, visit the Toyota website.

Toyota's cost-cutting methods have been scrutinized in the past few years as the company has aggressively pursued leadership in global sales. Many have blamed Toyota's vigorous growth for the problems in vehicle quality. Toyota's former president, Katsuaki Watanabe, admitted to this after a 2006 criminal investigation was conducted by the Japanese government. Nobody was charged in this investigation, which associated vehicle problems to some car accidents in Japan.

If you have been injured as a result of defective vehicle manufacturing, call us today for a free consultation. Our personal injury attorneys are experienced in handling car accident and dangerous product cases, and will fight to get you the compensation you may be entitled to.

Dan Irving Cytryn is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer handling injury and accident cases for more than 29 years. He has received a 10.0 rating on AVVO, a lawyer rating service, which is the highest rating given for a lawyer. He is also rated the highest ability and ethics rating, "AV", by Martindale Hubbell, a company rating lawyers for more than 100 years.

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