Defective devices are another category of products that commonly cause injury to West Virginia consumers. As good examples, a number of products have gained notoriety after causing serious and even fatal injuries to their users:
- Firestone Tires – Firestone manufactured defective tires which were sold with Ford Explorers. The tires were the subject of recalls over ten years ago after tread separations resulted in vehicle crashes and many deaths. Many of the defective tires remain in use, however, putting drivers, their passengers, and others on the road at risk. Other major tire manufacturers also have issued recalls in the years since, presumably after determining that certain brands of their tires suffered defects which made them dangerous to use.
- Guidant Pacemakers and Defibrillators – Boston Scientific/Guidant manufactured tens of thousands of pacemakers and implantable heart defibrillators that have been the subjects of medical alerts or recalls since 2005. The devices have suffered failures because of defective components, causing deaths and injuries in patients who depend on the products to prevent life-threatening heart problems.
- ProtoGen Vaginal Sling / Vaginal Mesh Devices – Boston Scientific introduced the ProtoGen Vaginal Sling in the mid-1990s as a means to assist women who suffered urinary incontinence. The company recalled the medical product in 1999, however, after it became apparent that women were suffering a variety of serious complications. Since that time, Boston Scientific and other manufacturers have introduced similar vaginal mesh devices that have likewise proven to be unreliable and the source of many severe injuries and health complications.
- St. Jude Heart Valve – St. Jude Medical, Inc., received FDA approval to sell its mechanical heart valves with Silzone-coated components. St. Jude Medical voluntarily recalled the heart valves in 2000, however, after a clinical trial revealed a risk of heart valve leakage that could require that the valve be removed and replaced. The defective valves have given rise to numerous products liability lawsuits by patients and their families.
- Sulzer Hip Implants – The Sulzer Hip Implant is a synthetic part used during hip replacement surgery. The implant was recalled by the manufacturer, Sulzer Orthopedics, in late 2000 after the company discovered that thousands of the implants accidentally were coated with an oily residue that would prevent the intended bonding with a recipient’s natural bone. In many patients who received the implants, the procedure failed after the implant came loose from the patient’s bone, causing serious injury.
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