Many people in Louisiana recognize the Ikea brand name. The Swedish company supplies furniture to millions of households, but the instability its three-drawer Malm dresser has left as many as eight small children dead and the company owing millions of dollars for product liability settlements. Ikea's most recent settlement with the family of a 2-year-old boy who was killed when the dresser tipped over totals $46 million. Three other similar settlements with families cost the furniture maker an additional $50 million.
Louisiana car owners may have heard that Toyota recently announced a recall of 928,000 vehicles with defective Takata air bags. The recall is the last phase of the automaker's multiyear effort to replace the explosion-prone air bags with safe ones.
About 25 children are killed in Louisiana and around the country each year after being struck by falling television sets or items of furniture, and many of these tragic accidents involve dressers that topple over. Furniture manufacturers voluntarily conduct tip-over tests on dressers over 30 inches tall, but this has not been enough to prevent four dresser recalls over a five-month period. Two such recalls were announced on Oct. 3, and one of them is the first involving a dresser shorter than 30 inches.
AAA is reaching out to drivers to encourage them to have a large number of air bags repaired or replaced as soon as they can. A recall was issued in 2015 covering vehicles in Louisiana and across the country that had certain Takata air bags installed. These air bags pose a serious risk to both drivers and passengers, and roughly 15.4 million vehicles remain on the road with these air bags equipped. According to a senior manager of traffic safety for AAA, the air bags will be repaired for free at dealerships all over the country.
Women in Louisiana and elsewhere around the country are advised to be aware of the possible risks associated with textured breast implants. This comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asked the manufacturer of Biocell textured breast implants and tissue expanders to issue a voluntary recall. The reason is because of a link to a rare form of cancer.
Almost 100,000 Porsche owners in Louisiana and around the country will soon be receiving recall notices in the mail. The German carmaker recently announced that 99,665 Cayenne SUVs produced between 2003 and 2010 and Panamera sedans built between 2010 and 2016 have transmission bushings that will likely need to be replaced. The recall is scheduled to begin on Aug. 11 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
First developed in the 1950s, hernia mesh products have become an accepted method for repairing hernias. However, Louisiana residents should be aware that not all of these products are safe. Many are defective and may lead to long-term injuries and additional surgery. While severe pain is considered only a minor side effect in these cases, the worst complications include bowel obstruction and infection.
According to a Consumer Reports study, there is a chance that individuals in Louisiana who use Uber or Lyft are riding in vehicles that have a current recall. The recalls range from the use of Takata airbags to engine defects that could result in a vehicle stalling. Consumer Reports acknowledges that it is unclear if anyone has been injured while in an Uber or Lyft vehicle that has a current recall.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. has just announced a recall of more than 320,000 Dodge Dart compact cars all of North America. Louisiana residents should know that the 2013 to 2016 model automatic transmission Dart cars may have a defective part that allows the shift cable to detach from the transmission, preventing vehicles from shifting into park.
Parents in Louisiana should take note if they own a Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, together with Fisher-Price, has issued a warning that all models of the Rock 'n Play Sleeper, an inclined baby seat, can put babies at risk for injuries or death if they roll over in the product.