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Bridgestone recalls tires for fear of tread separation, auto accidents

Bridgestone America and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have announced a voluntary safety recall of more than 127,000 Firestone tires because they were produced with insufficient tread base gauge, according to a release by the NHTSA. The model tire affected by the recall is Firestone FR380, size P235/75R15, and they were manufactured between September 9, 2007, and August 2, 2008.

The lack of tread base gauge could lead to vibrations and groove cracking, as well as tread distortion. Any of these damages could lead to loss of vehicle control and serious automobile accidents. Bridgestone representatives urge any consumers using these specific tires to stop immediately, as continued use can lead to serious damage.

Bridgestone will replace the affected tires at no cost to the owner, and the company will also mount and balance the replacement tires. Consumers can contact Bridgestone for replacement details at (800) 465-1904 or visit the Web site at

If you or a loved one owns the affected Bridgestone tire model and have experienced problems with vibrations or tread separation, contact Newsome Law Firm and fill out a case evaluation form today. Our team of attorneys has experience specific to complications associated with tire recalls. Not only can they give you the legal guidance you need, they can help you get the compensation you deserve.


Graco Strollers, Dorel Cribs subject of children’s product recalls

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced a voluntary recall by both Graco Strollers and Dorel Asia Cribs, for unrelated reasons. Both companies have manufactured children’s products that either have caused or have the potential to cause serious injuries to young children. The CSPC and Graco Strollers are urging consumers to stop using any model strollers until they verify with Graco if their product is included in the recall. Dorel is also urging consumers to stop using all model cribs.

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Toyota Recall announced for more than 2.3 million vehicles

Toyota and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have announced a recall of more than 2.3 million models manufactured between 2005 and 2010 due to sudden unintended acceleration and the more severe possibility of the gas pedal sticking. Friction that occurs when the pedal is operated can lead to the pedal becoming difficult to depress, delay in the pedal returning, or becoming all together stuck, according to a release from the NHTSA.

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Reglan Tardive Dyskinesia Lawsuit Not Prevented By Federal Law

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, based in New Orleans, recently denied an argument by Actavis, Inc. – a manufacturer of generic Reglan – that federal law does not allow consumers and users of that specific generic Reglan to file failure-to-warn claims. This particular claim was filed by a woman who now suffers from Tardive Dyskinesia, which is a rare disorder that causes involuntary and repetitive movement of the lower face and extremities.

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Yaz Lawsuit: Class action cases progressing

Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals has recently and rapidly come into legal trouble over its oral contraceptive Yaz and its alleged dangerous and even fatal side effects. Yaz, its predecessor Yasmin, and the generic version Ocella have all come under fire in recent years for their overstated benefits and minimized risks. Experts predict that more than 25,000 cases could eventually be filed by women alleging dangerous to fatal side effects from using the prescription contraceptive.

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Tylenol Recall is second in one month for Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare has recently issued a large voluntary recall of the company’s widely popular over-the-counter drugs Tylenol, Motrin, and Benadryl, among others. The recall is due to an inexplicable mold smell that has been causing illness among consumers. This is the second time in one month that McNeil has recalled these products due to the same smell problem. The recall affects McNeil products sold in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Fiji, most Central and South American countries, and the United Arab Emirates.

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Chrysler recalls 24,000 vehicles amid brake concerns

Chrysler and the Office of Defects Investigation of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced yesterday that more than 24,000 late-model Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles will be recalled in order to repair a defective or missing part that could possibly result in unexpected brake failure. Some vehicles were possibly manufactured with a faulty brake booster rod retaining clip, and some vehicles may have even been built without the clip.

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Honda announces recall of some Acura MDX models

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported a voluntary recall by the American Honda Motor Company of certain model 2010 Acura MDX sports utility vehicle. The models in question were manufactured between October 7 and November 14 of 2009. The NHTSA and Honda/Acura urge consumers who may have purchased one of these models to bring it to an area dealership immediately to remedy the production flaw.

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Popular children’s book recalled for lead exposure

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced that St. Martin’s Press LLC of New York City will conduct a voluntary recall of the children’s books “Big Rex and Friends.” More than 200,000 editions of the book are involved in the recall, and both the CPSC and St. Martin’s Press are urging consumers to stop using the popular books immediately and to contact the publisher for more information regarding the recall.

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Burn hazard forces recall of Acer notebooks

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced that the Acer America Corporation of San Jose, California, is launching a voluntary recall of more than 22,000 various models of Acer-Aspire series laptops and notebook computers. Both the CPSC and Acer urge consumers who have purchased an Acer notebook in the past year to cease using their laptops until they have determined that the specific model is safe from flaws or they have contacted Acer to have the free repair performed.

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