Monday, January 29, 2007

Motorcycle Fatalities On the Rise

A National Highway Transportation Safety Administration study shows that motorcycle-related fatalities have more than doubled between 1995 and 2005, with more than 4,500 people dying on motorcycles in 2005, compared with 2,227 in 1995. Sales of scooters and motorbikes have more than tripled during the same time period, rising to more than one million bike sales in 2005. Helmet laws are a huge factor in lives saved - the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that over 1,500 lives were saved in 2005 thanks to helmets. It also claims that an additional 728 riders could have lived if they had been wearing helmets.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Britax Child Safety Seats Recalled

A recall has been issued by the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the Britax "Companion" child safety seats after discovering that the carrier may fail in a crash. The rear-facing, infant-only child safety seat (Model E9L14) could result in serious injury or death to a child in the event of an accident. Due to incorrect assembly of some of the carriers, tabs on the bottom of the seats may not be properly placed, causing the restraints to fail to conform to federal standards. Britax have offered to replace the base of the carriers for no charge, and advise owners to continue to use the carrier without a base until the replacements arrive.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Hernia Mesh Patch Recall

Lawyers that practice in the area of defective medical devices have begun to prepare cases against Davol, the manufacturer of the recalled Bard Composix® Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch. The FDA has urged any patients who have had a hernia repair that utilizes a mesh patch to contact their surgeon or hospital immediately. "Adequate testing of this device by the manufacturer would have revealed the defects with the device and saved many of these patients from multiple additional surgeries, complications and a lifetime of pain," according to Johnson Law Firm attorney Steven Johnson. The Composix® Kugel Mesh Patch is used to repair ventral (incisional) hernias caused by thinning or stretching of scar tissue that forms after surgery. The "memory recoil ring" can break and may lead to numerous complications including infections, bowel perforations and/or chronic intestinal fistulae (abnormal connections or passageways between the intestines and other organs.