Top Product Dangers in 2022

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 2022 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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Gardasil® HPV Vaccine

Thousands of adults and adolescents who received the Gardasil HPV vaccine have reported suffering from severe and debilitating side effects.

Some of the most commonly reported Gardasil side effects include:

  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)
  • Movement disorders
  • Neurological disorders
  • Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)

If you’ve experienced serious side effects after receiving the Gardasil vaccine, we may be able to help you pursue compensation through a Gardasil side effects lawsuit.

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Exactech® Implants

Exactech Inc. has recalled various implant and replacement products due to the risk of premature device failure and other adverse health events.

Included among the recall are certain models of:

  • Exactech ankle implant systems
  • Exactech hip replacement systems
  • Exactech knee replacement systems

If you or your loved one suffered side effects from an Exactech ankle, knee, or hip replacement, you may be eligible to pursue compensation through an Exactech lawsuit.

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Chemotherapy Drug Taxotere®

Taxotere®, which is the brand name of docetaxel, is an intravenous chemotherapy drug that works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancerous cells.

This chemotherapy drug is used to treat various types of cancer, including:

  • Breast cancer
  • Head/neck cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Stomach cancer

Unfortunately, Taxotere has been linked to severe, potentially permanent, eye injuries and vision damage.

If you or a loved one suffered eye damage after being treated with Taxotere, you may be entitled to compensation.

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Royal Sovereign Portable Air Conditioners

Over 30,000 Royal Sovereign and Royal Centurian portable air conditioners were recalled due to the risk of serious injury, property damage, and death. In certain AC units, a faulty drain motor can ignite the unit’s plastic encasing and pose fire and burn hazards to consumers.

The recalled Royal Sovereign portable AC units include the following models:

  • ARP-3012
  • ARP-3012 KIT
  • ARP-3012S
  • ARP-3014
  • ARP-3014 SC
  • PAC-3012
  • PAC-3012 RB

If you or your loved one suffered injuries from a recalled Royal Sovereign AC unit, you may have legal options available to you.

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Drive DeVilbiss® Adult Bed Rails

Nearly 500,000 Drive DeVilbiss® adult bed rails were recalled in December 2021, following at least two asphyxiation deaths nationwide.

The recall affects certain models of the following adult bed rail products:

  • Bed Assist Handle
  • Bed Assist Rail with Folding Board
  • Home Bed Assist Handle

If you suffered injuries, or your loved one died, from using a recalled Drive DeVilbiss adult bed rail, you may be eligible to take legal action to pursue compensation.

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Cow’s Milk-Based Baby Formula and Milk Fortifiers

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Cow’s milk-based baby formula and milk fortifier products can greatly increase the risk of low-birth-weight and premature babies developing a serious, potentially fatal, intestinal disease called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).

Unfortunately, many popular baby formula and milk fortifier products on the market today have cow’s milk in them, including certain variations of:

  • Enfamil™
  • Similac®

If your baby was premature and developed NEC after being fed cow’s milk-based formula products, even while still under hospital care, you may be able to seek justice and compensation through a baby formula lawsuit.

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Irbesartan Blood Pressure Medication

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Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has recalled all batches of the following high blood pressure medications due to potential health risks:

  • Irbesartan (which is sold under several brand names, like Avapro®)
  • Irbesartan hydrochlorothiazide (sold under brand name Avalide®)

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the company found unsafe levels of a probable human carcinogen known as N-nitrosoirbesartan in certain batches.

If you took either of these medications and were later diagnosed with cancer, you may be eligible to file an irbesartan recall lawsuit.

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Boppy® Pillows

After at least eight infants suffocated to death in Boppy® Newborn Loungers, The Boppy Company issued a recall of all 3.3 million makes, models, and color variations of their Newborn Lounger products.

The recalled Boppy baby products include:

  • Boppy Original Newborn Loungers
  • Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers
  • Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers

If your child was injured in a Boppy baby lounger, you may be able to file a Boppy lawsuit to pursue compensation.

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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. issued an urgent advisory for 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 have advised health care providers to monitor patients with any of these devices until more is known.

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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

Multiple Singulair class action lawsuits have been filed and are still pending in court. If you or your child took Singulair and experienced mental health side effects, you may be able to take legal action to pursue compensation.

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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

As a result of these dangers, the Peloton Tread+ was recalled and pulled from the market. If you or your loved one were injured on a Peloton Tread+, contact Sokolove Law today.

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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 2019, but these dangerous infant sleepers remained on the markets for years afterwards. Many advocates believe the agency and Fisher-Price didn’t do enough to prevent these tragic deaths.

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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.

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Last modified: May 2, 2022

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