Arsenic found in products containing brown rice syrup

Foods containing high amounts of organic brown rice syrup have been found to contain dangerously high levels of arsenic, according to a study out of Dartmouth College.

Researchers found that organic baby formulas, cereal bars, and energy shots with brown rice syrup have arsenic levels higher than the EPA allows in drinking water. Brown rice syrup is used as a sweetener and as a healthier alternative to high fructose corn syrup.

Those involved with the study encourage parents of infants to not use baby formula with brown rice syrup, but that adults who occasionally eat food products with brown rice syrup will probably be okay.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a defective or toxic food product, contact the product liability lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates today at 612-334-3444.



Ikea recalls high chairs for falling risk

Ikea will recall 169,000 Antilop high chairs sold in the United States and Canada and an additional 1.2 million sold throughout Europe after the company received eight complaints of children falling out of the chair.

Three of the eight children who have reportedly fallen suffered minor injuries. According to the complaints, the children fell out after the restraint belt buckle unclasped.

The chair was sold from August 2006 to January 2010 for $20 only at Ikea stores. Nearly 133,000 were sold in the states and 36,000 were sold in Canada. Consumers who have purchased the Antilop high chair can contact Ikea for a free replacement of the seat restraint.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective, malfunctioning, or otherwise dangerous product,  contact the Minnesota product liability lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates at 612-334-3444 for more information on what our attorneys can do for you.



Arsenic found in apple and grape juices

A Consumer Reports investigation, perhaps sparked by a startling episode of “The Dr. Oz Show,” has revealed dangerous levels of inorganic arsenic in apple and grape juices.

Inorganic arsenic is a known carcinogen. It has been known to cause an increase risk of cardiovascular disease, immunodeficiencies, and type 2 diabetes. Inorganic arsenic has also been linked to bladder, skin, and lung cancer.

While there is no federal arsenic threshold, public drinking water and bottled water has a limit of 10 parts per billion. Consumer Reports found that 10% of the five juice brands it sampled contained inorganic arsenic levels higher than drinking water standards. However, the FDA has stated that arsenic in fruit juices is mostly organic arsenic, which is “essentially harmless.”

If you or someone you love has been seriously harmed by dangerous product, contact the Minnesota product liability lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates at 612-334-3444 for more information on what our attorneys can do for you.



Teacher files slip and fall lawsuit against school

A teacher is suing Sioux Trail Elementary School in Burnsville after she slipped and fell on a patch of ice in the school parking lot. The accident occurred in January of last year when the woman was dropping her young child off for day care.

The woman is seeking $50,000 for her past and future pain and suffering as well as past and future medical expenses; she claims she sustained severe and permanent injuries as a result of her fall. According to the Minnesota Department of Education, the woman is a third grade teacher at the elementary school where she slipped and fell.

The lawsuit claims Sioux Trail Elementary was negligent when it failed to maintain its property and allowed a dangerous condition to exist.

If you or someone you love has been injured on someone else’s property, contact the Minnesota premises liability lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates today at 612-334-3444.



Children’s toys recalled for choking hazard

Nearly 1.7 million Little Tikes toys have been recalled due to a potential choking hazard. The recall includes over-sized nails in eleven Little Tike Workshop tool set models and trucks. This is an expansion of a recall that was issued in 2009, in which 1.6 million toy nails made by Little Tikes were recalled.

Little Tikes received at least two complaints of children choking on the toy nails after they had become lodged in their throats. Luckily, the children were taken to the hospital and have fully recovered. The Little Tike Workshop tool sets have been made and distributed nationwide from 1990 to 2004.

If you or someone you know has been injured by a defective or malfunctioning product, contact the Minnesota product liability attorneys of Robert Wilson & Associates at 612-334-3444 today.



Honda recalls nearly a million vehicles

Honda Motor Co. is voluntarily recalling 962,000 Honda Fits, CR-Vs, and City models to repair software and electrical defects with the power windows and computer equipment. Honda Fits made between October 2005 and 2009 are involved in the recall. The car company has stated that no reports of injuries or accidents have been caused due to the defect.

Honda says there could be a chance of fire after a design flaw could cause windshield wiper cleaner residue to accumulate inside the door, which could cause the power window switch’s electrical contact to degrade. Earlier this year, Honda recalled 2.3 million vehicles for transmission problems, including the hybrid CR-Z.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective, malfunctioning, or otherwise dangerous product, contact the Minnesota product liability attorneys of Robert Wilson & Associates today at 612-334-3444.



Public Citizen demands recall of surgical mesh

The watchdog group, Public Citizen, has strongly urged the US Food & Drug Administration to recall surgical mesh used in patients with pelvic organ prolapse. The consumer advocacy group argues that the mesh product, made by Minneapolis-based Coloplast and American Medical Systems Inc., exposes women to serious risks and possibly permanent damage.

Nearly 300,000 women a year undergo surgery where surgical mesh is used. Public Citizen says they believe at least 75,000 people have potentially dangerous mesh surgically implanted in their bodies. The FDA had issued a warning for the product last month, but the watchdog group wants the FDA to issue a full recall.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective, malfunctioning, or otherwise dangerous product, contact the Minnesota product liability lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates at 612-334-3444.



Quality Bicycle Products recalls bike racks for posing fall risks

Quality Bicycle Products, a bicycle manufacturing company based out of Minnesota, recently issued a recall of its Civia bike racks after it was found that the racks could potentially cause the bike rider to fall and become injured. The voluntary recall was announced on June 8th by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The recall was issued after inspectors found that the bicycle rack, which attaches to the front of the bicycle, can crack and break, causing the rack to fall into the bike’s front wheel and become stuck. This could then cause the rider to fall off the bike. No injuries caused by the bike rack have been reported so far.

Anyone who owns the bike rack has been instructed to return the rack to the store from which they purchased it for a full refund.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective product, please contact the Minnesota product liability lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates at 612-334-3444.



Bunk beds recalled for safety reasons

Bunk beds that were manufactured by Dorel Asia SRL were recalled last week due to the beds posing serious safety concerns. The side rails of the 466, 700 bunk beds that were recalled were found to split, causing the entire bed to collapse.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the recall after 23 people reported that the beds broke while they were sleeping in them. The people reported suffering bruises and scrapes because of the beds.

The beds were sold at Kmarts and Targets across the country from 2004 through 2009. Anyone who has the bed has been advised to contact Dorel Asia SRL for a kit to repair the beds.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective product, please contact the product liability lawyers Minnesota of Robert Wilson & Associates at 612-334-3444.



Minnesota company announces recall of turkey burgers

A Minnesota company, Jennie-O Turkey Store, has recalled nearly 55,000 pounds of frozen turkey burgers for possible Salmonella contamination.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the recall and stated that the product should be cooked at 165 degrees Fahrenheit in order to prevent the bacteria from causing an illness in consumers.

The recalled products had a sell by date of December 23, 2011 and were packaged November 23, 2010. The products were distributed to retail stores across the country.

If you or a loved one has become ill after consuming a defective food product, contact the Minnesota product liability lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates by calling 612-334-3444 today.