Peloton Agrees to Recall All Treadmills

“Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Tread+ and contact Peloton for a full refund until November 6, 2022.” Following the tragic death of a 6-year-old child who was pulled under the rear of the Tread+ treadmill, and an additional 72 similar, non-fatal reports involving adult users, children, pets, and household objects, Peloton entered into a voluntary agreement with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) to recall its Tread+ treadmills. In 2018, Peloton originally launched the treadmill as the “Peloton Tread.” In September 2020, the company renamed the treadmill to the “Peloton Tread+.” Currently, there are approximately 125,000 units in…

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Supreme Court Makes Suing Corporations Over Defective and Dangerous Products Easier

  The Supreme Court recently released a unanimous 8-0 ruling that will help individuals injured by defective and dangerous products overcome jurisdictional hurdles in filing a lawsuit. The case, Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Judicial District Court, involved two car accidents – one occurring in Montana and another in Minnesota. The first accident involved a driver traveling near her home when her Ford Explorer’s tread suddenly separated from a read tire. The second incident stemmed from a Ford vehicle with an air bag that failed to deploy. The consolidated lawsuits were each brought in the states where the respective…

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Vitamin D Deficiency During the Winter: Why It Happens And How to Avoid It

The ‘typical’ American diet includes excessive amounts of sugar, sodium, and unhealthy fats, while also falling short on several key nutrients. Vitamin D, in particular, tends to be in short supply, with recent research suggesting that nearly six percent of Americans are severely deficient. A lack of vitamin D can lead to a variety of health problems, including reduced bone density, ultimately, osteoporosis. Alarmingly, deficiency also appears to play a problematic role in COVID recovery. Why Is Vitamin D Deficiency So Common During the Winter? For many people, vitamin D levels vary through the seasons, as sun exposure plays heavily…

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Safe Toy Buying Tips for the Holidays

With the holidays and shopping season right around the corner, excitement about toys and gift-giving continues to grow. At such a beautiful time of year, the last thing we would want would be for the toys and gifts we give to cause harm to our loved ones. Thanks to recent toy safety advocacy and awareness, there were only 12 toy recalls in 2019 compared to 172 in 2008. While this is certainly something to celebrate, toy-related injuries continue to be a problem. The CPSC reported that in 2018 (the most recent data available), there were 226,100 toy-related injuries treated in…

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Caution for Excessive Hygiene and Hand Sanitizer

How Our Newfound Obsession with Hygiene And Hand Sanitizer Might Eventually Backfire Our understanding of COVID-19 has come a long way since the early days of the pandemic. Over time, researchers have discovered that transmission is far more likely to occur due to respiratory droplets and close contact than on surfaces. Hence, while hand-washing and sanitizer remain important, they might not play as large a role in mitigation as we initially assumed. There’s no need to let up on hygienic efforts just yet. However, we must nonetheless consider the potential downsides of taking such behavior to an excess: The Danger…

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A New Normal for Airline Travel

  At the end of March, air travel in the United States hit a new low. In recent weeks, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been reporting an increase in air travel as America adjusts to the new normal. COVID-19 considerations have changed the way airports and airlines operate. Many airports are taking special precautions. Regan National Airport, for example, requires everyone wear cloth face coverings at all times in public spaces. They have installed floor decals to assist with social distancing and Plexiglas barriers at counters and TSA checkpoints. Additionally, Regan National has lowered parking rates at garages within…

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Culture and Arts During a COVID-19 Summer

  Every summer, thousands of Americans visit museums, attend art performances, and take part in other cultural activities. But with social distancing guidelines still in effect in the United States, cultural experiences may look different this summer. Museums and cultural centers have been closed since mid-March, and many performances for the summer have been cancelled. Washington, D.C. will enter its second phase of re-opening near the end of the month. The guidelines for Phase 2 allow for the re-opening of libraries, museums, and exhibits. However, these places are only allowed to operate with strict capacity limits and physical distancing measures….

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Post-Quarantine Fitness And Recreation: Is It Possible to Stay Safe?

As the economy begins to open, those with a serious case of cabin fever are eager to resume their usual fitness routines. In many regions, however, gyms and other recreational facilities have been among the last places to become accessible to the public. Even as they open, they remain among the most hazardous locations. After all, ample research indicates that the coronavirus spreads more easily through heavy breathing and exertion. Despite the hazards posed by the gym, it’s still possible to exercise safely. Keep the following considerations in mind as you level up your fitness routine: Stay Safe at the…

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Tips For Using Masks And Hand Sanitizer Safely — And How to Avoid Injury

  Hand sanitizer and face masks are all but impossible to find on store shelves these days, and for good reason: they represent two of the most vital tools available for protecting ourselves and our loved ones against the spread of the novel coronavirus. Unfortunately, while these products can limit the spread of the disease, they’re far from risk-free. Improper use can lead to a variety of injuries. Keep the following in mind as you make the most of these essential tools: Store Hand Sanitizer Carefully Now that your kids are constantly around, they have observed you and other members…

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Readying for the “New Normal”

  Like most businesses, our law office has been operating remotely since March. Our sophisticated technology and resources have allowed us to advance our cases during these challenging times.  States are beginning to loosen restrictions on businesses.  We expect the mayor of DC and the governors of Maryland and Virginia will soon—perhaps in a month or so—permit a more robust return to work in the Metro area. While we would love to see the late spring / early summer activity we have been historically used to, science tells us that we need to plan for a “new normal,” at least…

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