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Summer is here and kids of all ages are being released from school.

Many of our young students are getting to spend a little more time at home because of it. With kids home more often, parents are urged to review some of the latest safety recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to make sure they their child isn’t playing with something that could potentially cause child injuries in Fort Myers or elsewhere.

Parents are one of the biggest influences on a child’s risk for injury. For that reason, our Fort Myers injury attorneys are here to talk with parents about some of the latest safety recalls. Each and every day, more and more products are released on the market that could seriously injure consumers. Make sure that you review the recall list from the CPSC often to make sure that none of these dangerous products are in your household or in the hands of loved ones.

Ridley Bikes Recalls Bicycle Stems:

More than 100 of the 4ZA Threadless Carbon Bicycle Handlebar Stems have been recalled by Race Productions because the bicycle handlebar stems can break or crack and pose a serious fall hazard for users. The company has already received one accident report of a handlebar step breaking causing injury to the rider. Under the recall are the 4ZA 31.8 threadless bicycle handlebar stems. These items were sold individually. They’re black and have the words “4ZA Cycling Performance” painted on them. They were sold at various bicycle stores and online from 2005 through April of 2010. Call the company at (877) 745-7703 for information on a free replacement.

Porter Athletic Recalls Climbing Ropes:

More than 40 of the Athletic Climbing Ropes have been recalled by Porter Athletic because the rope can slip through the clamp on the top of the device and can pose a serious fall hazard to users. There have already been three accident reports filed to the company. One of these accidents resulted in both wrist and back injuries. Model numbers involved in the recall include 00118 and 00119. They were sold at various athletic stores from September of 2009 through September of 2011. If you have one of these items, calls the company at (888) 277-7778 for a free repair.

Children’s Trampolines Recalled by Aqua-Leisure:

About 40,000 of the First Fitness® Trampolines with Handlebars have been recalled by Aqua-Leisure Industries Inc. It has been determined that metal fatigue can cause the handlebar to break, posing a risk of laceration and a fall hazard. There have already been four accident reports submitted to the company. Model number FF-6902TR and Toys R Us SKN 491463 is affected under the recall. The items were sold at Toys “R” Us stores across the country from September of 2010 through April of 2012. If you have one of these products, call Aqua-Leisure for a full refund. Call (888) 912-7087.
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Our Naples injury attorneys like to keep our neighbors informed about the latest recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Staying in the know with this kind of information can help you to protect your family. Oftentimes, common household items and children’s toys can pose some serious risks for injury. Knowing about the most up-to-date recalls can help to head off these accidents and injuries before they happen.

Child injury in Fort Myers can happen with virtually any product, including clothing, indoor toys, outdoor playgrounds, bicycles and other everyday items. Parents are urged to sign up for the CPSC’s email subscription list to get the breaking news in defective and recalled products. Here are some of the latest recalls.

Children’s Play Theaters Recalled by Guidecraft:

Roughly 2,000 of these items were sold in the U.S. through various catalogs and on the website from July of 2012 through April of 2011. They were manufactured by Mega Profit Trading Ltd. What can happen is that the toy can unexpectedly tip over when your child is playing with it and it can pose an entrapment hazard to young children. There have already been accident reports submitted as well as injury reports. The model “G51062” falls under this recall. If you have one of these items, you should take it from your child immediately and contact the company to get a replacement product or a full refund. You can call Guidecraft toll-free at (888) 824-1308.

Boys’ Jackets with Drawstrings Recalled by Umbro:

There were about 250 of these jackets sold throughout the U.S. from April of 2011 through January of 2012. There have been no incidents or injuries reported just yet, but since these jackets fail to meet the CPSC’s drawstring guidelines they must no longer be sold. The CPSC’s regulation is in place to help prevent children from getting entangled or from getting strangled by neck and waist drawstrings in upper outerwear. The boys’ jackets are sized from medium to extra-large and can fit kids who are up to a size 14. The company name, Umbro, is printed on the front upper right side of the jacket. If your child has one of these jackets, please do not let them use it anymore and call the company to get a full refund.

Swing Sets Recalled by BCI Burke:

Nearly 500 of these 2 3/8 inch Arch Swing Sets were sold from January of 2004 through December of 2011. They’re dangerous and can potentially harm your child. What can happen is the welded connection of the sleeve joint that goes into the arch support can break. If these break, the top swing beam can collapse and can cause children on the swings to fall and hurt themselves. There have already been a number of incidents and injuries reported. If your family has one of these swing sets, stop using it immediately and call BCI Burke at (800) 356-2070 to get a free retrofit kit.
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In preparation for the upcoming holidays and toy shopping for your little ones, our Sebring defective product attorneys want to remind parents and gift buyers that there are millions of toys on the market, but some are quite dangerous and cause hazards for your children.

Manufacturers, shippers and retailers have an obligation to catch these defects before they hit the market and cause a preventable serious or fatal injury to a young child.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 19 toy-related deaths and 235,300 toy-related injuries for children 14 and under in 2008. Almost half of the deaths were connected with riding toys but other causes of death for children under 15 in 2008 were choking and drowning. More than 82,000 of the toy-related injuries treated at a hospital emergency rooms in 2008 were children ages 4 and younger.

In order to reduce the risk of toy-related injuries to children in Fort Myers , Port Charlotte, Cape Coral and elsewhere, gift-buyers need to be aware of the dangers associated with toys. Some toys contain toxic substances from paint or PVC plastic while others can cause cuts, bruises, bone fractures, choking or concussions.

The U.S. federation of state Public Interest Research Groups has released an annual publication for the last 25 years called “Trouble in Toyland,” which examines toy safety.

Over the years, the report has led to 150 recalls of child products and defective toys. Last year’s publication looked at the dangers of chemical hazards and phthalates while visiting several national chain toy stores in September and October of 2010. Lead can be found in several children’s products including metal toys, jewelry, lunchboxes, vinyl bibs, and paint or outer coatings used to cover toys.

Lead exposure can affect nearly every organ or system in the body including the central nervous system. Exposure to lead can cause brain damage in small children. Over a twelve-month period, the CPSC recalled over 500,000 children’s products for violation of the lead paint standard. Exposure to phthalates has been found by scientists to cause potential health effects during critical stages of development. Two products were found last year to contain levels of phthalates in excess of limits allowed by CPSIA. offers these tips on how to buy safe toys this holiday season:
-Manufacturers place age restrictions on toys for a reason, so make sure the toy you are purchasing is age appropriate for the child you are buying for.
-When purchasing for a small child or infant, check to make sure small or loose parts can’t be disconnected or chewed off.
-Take the toilet paper tube test. If the toy fits through the tube, it could be hazardous to your child.
-Don’t purchase a toy with straps, cords or strings longer than 7 inches for a young child in order to prevent choking or suffocation hazards.
-Check the product for sharp edges or breakable parts that could cause a severe cut or laceration to a child’s hands or face.
-Dolls, puzzles, action figures and building sets often contain magnets which can be fatal for children when swallowed. Refrain from buying toys with magnets.
-Read warning labels for hazardous substances or toxic chemicals.
-Check riding toys for sturdiness and potential fall hazards. Purchase protective equipment like kneepads, elbow pads or a helmet if required to reduce the risk of injury from a riding toy.
-Check the product for recalls. Visit the CPSC website for a full list of Toy Hazard Recalls.
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Defective products in Fort Myers create substantial hazards for consumers. Holiday weekends can be a particularly dangerous time for both defective product injuries and premise liability injuries in Fort Myers and elsewhere in South Florida.

Our Fort Myers accident lawyers encourage you to check with the Consumer Product Safety Commission for defective product news when making a substantial purchase, such as a crib, gas grill or portable pool. And to use extra caution in supervising children around swimming pools this holiday weekend and throughout the year.
Recent defective product news in South Florida includes:

-A 1-year-old child drowned in the family swimming pool after getting out through a dog door in Deltona Beach, Pet Access Dangers reported. It was the sixth reported drowning in Volusia County so far this year. The site reports 70 percent of preschoolers who drown are in the care of both parents at the time and 75 percent are missing from sight for 5 minutes or less. Even portable pools may pose a significant risk. CNN reported recently that 244 submersion incidents have been reported involving small portable pools in the last decade — in 209 cases the accident resulted in fatal injuries.

-Those concerned about defective vehicle injuries in Fort Myers should be aware that the Detroit News recently reported a recall of 50,000 Cadillac SRX crossovers, which need to have the airbag reprogrammed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports the right side airbag won’t deploy in a crash if no one is in the front seat — as a result, backseat passengers may not be fully protected.

-The Consumer Products Safety Commission is warning about the risks of small fireworks, such as bottle rockets and firecrackers, whether defective or not. “From purchase to ignition, know how you and your family can stay safe and which fireworks are allowed in your state if fireworks are part of your July 4th celebration,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “Never assume that a fireworks device is safe based on its size and never allow young children to play with or light fireworks. By knowing the dangers of all types of fireworks, consumers can prevent tragedies.”

Last year testing of fireworks shipments found that 43 percent were not compliant with the Federal Hazardous Substance Act, meaning users could be at increased risk of serious or fatal injury.

-The government has also announced a recall of 460,000 bottles and jugs of Pourable NAPAfire and FIREGEL. The gel fuel distributed by Napa Home and Garden of Duluth, Georgia can ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people and nearby objects, creating the risk of Fort Myers burn injuries and of structure fires. The product was sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Shopko, Restoration Hardware, and other stores nationwide. Consumers should stop using the fuel and return any unused portion for a full refund.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is increasing warnings about Topamax, an anti-seizure and migraine medication, amid reports of birth defects, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Florida attorneys handling Topamax complaints continue to see data suggesting a high risk of cleft palates and cleft lips in infants whose mothers were prescribed the drug during or even before pregnancy.
The drug, which is topiramate, is sold by Johnson & Johnson under the brand name Topamax but is also available in a generic. Research suggest it may prevent the lip or palate of a newborn infant from fusing properly during the first trimester. It is not Johnson & Johnson’s only high-profile issue involving defective medical products — the company has also been forced to recall its DePuy hip replacement system after health officials in the U.K cited a high failure rate and metal shavings in the blood.

Unfortunately, Topamax is the latest black eye for the FDA, which has come under increasing fire for permitting dangerous drugs or defective medical devices to make it to market. The government watchdog relies upon the research of drug makers, which stand to make billions, in approving a new medicine for sale. Many of the human trials are being conducted in third-world countries, far from the prying eyes of regulators. And even when the agency has information that a medicine is likely dangerous, it has been accused of failing to act to protect the public — the risks of Avandia, a popular diabetes drug, were known for years before the government finally got serious with restrictions late last year.

Florida Topamax lawyers in Fort Myers and throughout the state understand the risks and can assist families dealing with a birth defect as a result of dangerous or defective pharmaceuticals or instances of medical malpractice.

In this case, topiramate is approved to treat seizures and epilepsy. It is also used in the weight-loss drug Qnexa, which was rejected last year by the FDA over concerns about birth defects.

The North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry found problems in 1.4 percent of infants exposed to topiramate during the first trimester — or about 1 of every 65 infants. Those findings confirm data being reported by officials in the United Kingdom.

The drug’s risks had previously been placed in Category C (meaning no human data available). But it is now being elevated to Category D, meaning evidence of fetal risk is present but the benefits may still outweigh the risks in certain situations.

Johnson & Johnson made $2.7 billion on the drug before losing patent protection in 2008. Generics are now available, however the company still made $538 million last year. The company pleaded guilty last year to promoting the drug for unapproved uses and paid an $81.5 million fine.
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The government has announced a recall of nearly 400,000 defective child safety seats for a faulty harness, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported.

Our child injury lawyers in Cape Coral and Fort Myers urge parents to check their safety seats for recall and to periodically conduct a thorough examination for wear and tear, possible defects, or other issues that could impact your child’s safety.
The Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG) is recalling 794,247 seats because the lock and release button on the harness does not always return to the lock position. The defect can result in a loose harness and increased risk of serious or fatal injury during a Fort Myers car crash. The seats were made from May 2008 to April 2009 and feature the “Center Front Adjuster” for the harness. Infant, convertible and booster child-restraint systems are included in the recall, both those sold as stand-alone seats and those sold as part of a (stroller) travel system.

The company is providing a fix kit consisting of a small tube of lubricant. However, many parents may decide to discontinue using the seats.

We encourage you to use extra caution when purchasing toys, clothing items and other products marketed to children. While we as parents would hope that manufacturers would use the utmost care when designing and marketing products for children, that is too often not the case. The Consumer Products Safety Commission recalls more than 100 children’s products each year for a variety of hazards. Products include cribs (more than a dozen recalls in 2010), safety seats and high chairs, as well as clothing and toys.

Just this month, the government announced a recall of 1.7 million video baby monitors because of a strangulation risk posed to infants.

More information on the Florida child safety seat recall is available here, including model numbers and manufacture dates.

Other children’s products recalled this month include night lights, hooded jackets, snow bikes, playsets, and a drop-side crib.
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Perhaps at no other time of the year are defective products injuries in Fort Myers a greater risk than during the holiday season. Holiday decorations, candles, toys and presents — even space heaters for those Southwest Florida cold snaps — can all spell danger if defective or used inappropriately.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced that the number of emergency room visits involving children injured by toys has increased substantially in recent years, from 152,000 in 2005 to 186,000 last year.
“By limiting metals and chemicals in toys and making the voluntary standard mandatory, CPSC has put safeguards in place for toys to better protect children,” said Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “The increase in injuries is a concern, and we want parents to make safe purchases and for children to be safe at play. To help keep what has been called the most wonderful time of the year happy and incident-free, CPSC is encouraging consumers to adopt a three-pronged safety approach.”

The organization reminds parents to choose age-appropriate toys, to purchase necessary safety equipment with skateboards and other toys, and to ensure a child has a safe place in which to play.

The government reports a total of 44 dangerous toys have been recalled so far this year, compared to 50 last year and 172 in 2008, when dangerous Chinese products were being recalled seemingly every week. But toys don’t tell the whole story — more than 100 other children’s products, including strollers, cribs and clothing, have also been recalled because of dangerous or deadly defects.

Fires, falls and other hazards associated with holiday decorating are also a concern. Each year, the government reports about 12,000 consumers are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with holiday decorating. More than 160 are killed in fires caused by Christmas trees and candles.

“Home decorating for the holidays is a wonderful tradition, and CPSC wants to ensure that this holiday season is a safe and happy one,” said Tenenbaum. “To prevent a holiday tradition from becoming a holiday tragedy, keep lighted candles in sight, check trees for freshness, and don’t use lights with broken sockets or frayed wires.”

A safe holiday decorating guide is available here.

List of product recalls in Florida is available here.
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Our Fort Myers child injury lawyers encourage parents to participate in Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 19 to 25) by talking to your kids about dangers around vehicles and having your booster and safety seats checked on National Seat Check Saturday, Sept. 25.

A list of child safety seat check locations in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and throughout South Florida is available here.

1205771_kids_on_family_beach_vacation_2.jpgThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that car accidents remain the leading cause of death for young children ages 3 to 14. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports 1,347 children were killed in car accidents in 2008 and 193,000 were injured. Florida car accidents killed 73 children that year.

fireworks.jpgAs millions of Americans prepare to enjoy a fun family holiday celebrating our nation’s birth, Florida injury lawyers are urging those using fireworks to always put safety before sparklers.

“Please celebrate safely,” notes attorney Bruce L. Scheiner, “No one wants to have such a happy event marred by a negligent or careless accident.”

Each year, injuries resulting from improper use and handling of commonly available fireworks and pyrotechnics turn a family gathering into a catastrophe. With the proliferation of roadside fireworks vendors, and even commercial stores open all year, the opportunities for an accident are plentiful.

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The firm has four decades of experience handling car accidents and other personal injury cases throughout Southwest Florida, including Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral, Arcadia, Port Charlotte, Venice and Sebring.

Started in 1971 by Bruce L. Scheiner, the family-run firm is dedicated to representing Florida residents who have been injured by the negligent or careless acts of other individuals, businesses or insurance companies.

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Bruce L. Scheiner still hand selects each case the firm represents. Together with his wife Cheryl, who runs the office, and son, Preston J. Scheiner, who is an associate attorney, the Scheiner team is dedicated to getting you and your loved ones the compensation you deserve.

After four decades of service in Southwest Florida, there promise to you is simple: at Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Personal Injury Lawyers, you’ll pay nothing unless we win.

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