Top Product Dangers in 2021

Once a product becomes available for purchase, it should be safe for consumers — but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. There are many known defective or dangerous products available on the market in 2021 that may pose a serious risk to consumers.

If you or a loved one were injured as a result of any of the dangerous products listed below, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Get in touch with us today to see if Sokolove Law may be able to help with your case.

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Zinus Mattresses

Zinus matress

Mattresses made by Zinus Inc. use fiberglass sleeves as an inexpensive flame-retardant material. Glass fibers from Zinus mattresses, however, can leak when the mattress cover is removed and spread throughout the home, exposing your family and your belongings to fiberglass.

Fiberglass exposure can cause:

  • A variety of injuries, like difficulty breathing or eye and skin irritation
  • Thousands of dollars in property damage

If you or a loved one own or have owned a Zinus mattress, you may be eligible to take legal action.

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Philips Ventilators, BiPAP, and CPAP Machines

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Philips Respironics recently recalled a variety of their respiratory care and sleep apnea machines due to potential health risks.

The affected products include various models of:

  • Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure (Bi-level PAP or BiPAP) Devices
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Machines
  • Mechanical Ventilators

A sound-reducing foam used in these products can break down and be inhaled by the user, potentially leading to sinus infections, respiratory issues, cancer, and more.

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NuVasive Precice® System Devices

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NuVasive Specialized Orthopedics, Inc. has issued a recall of both their stainless steel and titanium-based Precice® System devices due to biocompatibility issues or concerns with how these medical devices will interact with a patient’s body and its biological responses.

Precice System devices are designed to help with:

  • Lengthening or shortening limbs
  • Fixation or resetting and stabilizing bone fractures
  • Malunions and nonunions
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Transporting long bones

NuVasive and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are still looking into what may have caused these issues and have advised health care providers to monitor patients with any of these devices.

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NuVasive MAGEC® System Devices

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NuVasive Specialized Orthopedics, Inc. issued an urgent field safety notice for its MAGEC® System spinal rods, advising health care providers to monitor children implanted with these devices. A mechanical component failure in these spinal growing rods can lead to a range of health risks due to biocompatibility issues.

MAGEC devices are used to help:

  • Correct spinal curvature and deformities as the child grows
  • Lessen the severity of early-onset scoliosis
  • Prevent the need for future invasive surgeries

While the MAGEC X device is back on the market, all other models have been discontinued at this time, pending further biocompatibility testing.

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Gopher Resource Lead Smelter

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The Gopher Resource lead smelting plant in Tampa, Florida focuses on recycling lead-acid batteries. Workers extract lead from used car batteries, melt it down, and reform it as a block of metal.

However, according to an investigation by the Tampa Bay Times and PBS Frontline, Gopher Resource:

  • Exposed employees to lead levels that were hundreds of times higher than the federal limit
  • Knew about the excessive lead dust but didn’t provide workers with effective protection
  • Failed to warn their employees of the dangers of lead dust exposure and lead poisoning

Unfortunately, Gopher Resource’s actions didn’t just put their workers at risk. Their employees often went home covered in lead dust, unknowingly exposing their loved ones as well.

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FiberCel Fiber Viable Bone Matrix

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FiberCel Fiber Viable Bone Matrix is a surgical bone product used to help bones and fractures heal more quickly. In June 2021, however, Aziyo Biologics, Inc. issued an urgent recall of one lot of its fiber powder product due to contamination.

Some of the procedures that utilize the contaminated FiberCel fiber powder product include:

  • Fracture repairs
  • Orthopedic or reconstructive bone grafts
  • Spinal fusions

Patients who received FiberCel from the contaminated lot may have been exposed to the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB). Over 100 patients may have been exposed so far.

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Montelukast (Singulair®)

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Montelukast is an asthma and allergy prescription drug that has been marketed and sold under the brand name Singulair® by Merck & Co., Inc. since 1998.

Singulair, however, has been linked to many neuropsychiatric or mental health side effects, including:

  • Aggression and irritability
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Disorientation, hallucinations, or confusion
  • Sleep problems like insomnia and nightmares
  • Suicidal thoughts and action

As of 2021, at least 10 Singulair class-action lawsuits have been filed and are currently pending in court.

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Peloton® Tread+™

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has called for all households with children and pets to stop using the Peloton Tread+, an at-home treadmill, immediately, citing:

  • Dozens of past reports of children being trapped, pinned, or pulled under the rear roller of the product
  • An accident in February that severely injured a 3-year-old
  • A second safety incident that resulted in a child’s death

No lawsuits related to these injuries have been filed at this time. On May 5, the Peloton Tread+ was recalled and pulled from the market because of these dangers.

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Fisher-Price® Rock ‘n Play™

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The Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper has now been pulled from the market, after an investigation by Consumer Reports found that the overall design of the sleeper poses life-threatening risks to babies.

According to this groundbreaking investigation by Consumer Reports:

  • At least 32 babies have died inside the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper
  • A cardinal rule of infant care is that newborns must lay flat on their backs
  • The Rock ‘n Play Sleeper allows babies to lay on their backs at an incline
  • Laying at an incline increases the risk of a baby accidentally suffocating

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning to consumers in April 2019, but many advocates believe the agency and Fisher-Price didn’t do enough to prevent these tragic deaths.

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GMC® Yukon™

car tire on a GMC Yukon

In March, General Motors LLC was hit with a wrongful death and product liability lawsuit over the unsafe tire pressure monitoring (TPM) system and wheels in their GMC Yukon.

This lawsuit:

  • Alleges these defects in the GMC Yukon can cause car accidents
  • Blames the crash that killed a grandmother and two of her grandchildren on these defects
  • Seeks over $100 million in damages

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Real Water Inc. Alkaline Water

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Southern Nevada Health District are investigating reports of acute non-viral hepatitis that are linked to the Real Water® alkaline water brand.

While the investigation continues, the FDA warns consumers to not drink, cook with or serve “Real Water” alkaline water, not even to pets.

Real Water Inc. products that are affected by this investigation include:

  • 500 ml, 1 liter, 1.5 liter and 1 gallon ready-to-drink alkaline water bottles
  • 5-gallon and 3-gallon containers
  • Bottles of various sizes
  • 4-oz. concentrates

On the same day that the FDA launched their investigation, a lawsuit was filed against Real Water Inc. by Nevada parents whose child suffered liver damage after drinking the company’s bottled alkaline water.

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AmazonBasics® — Multiple Products

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CNN published an investigation in fall 2020 that detailed dozens of dangerous incidents involving AmazonBasics products, including:

  • USB cables
  • Surge protectors
  • Toasters
  • Microwaves

These products short-circuited, melted, or exploded in customers’ homes or vehicles, leading to injuries and safety risks.

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Fight Back Against Dangerous Products With Sokolove Law

If you were injured as a result of a dangerous defective product like those listed above, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit to pursue financial compensation for your injuries.

As a nationwide law firm, Sokolove Law has helped thousands of clients across the country secure over $8 Billion in total results during the last 40 years.

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Last modified: September 2, 2021

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