DePuy ASR Hip Implant Recall

February 7, 2013

Depuy Hip Implant

Over 10,000 lawsuits have been filed against the company Johnson & Johnson for their distribution of the DePuy ASR hip implant, since a recall was issued in August 2010. The DePuy ASR hip implant has a metal on metal design, which means that a metal head rotates within a metal cup. This design causes metal debris, caused from the metal parts rubbing against each other, to be released into the surrounding tissue and cause medical problems. The failure occurs within five years of replacement.

When the recall was first issued, Johnson & Johnson stated that the failure rate was only about 13%, but after documents were released as part of the litigation, it was estimated that the failure rate of the DePuy ASR hip implant is as high as 37%. This means that one out of every eight DePuy ASR hip implants were failing within five years of replacement surgery.

There is currently a case going on in California against Johnson & Johnson for the marketing, manufacturing and sale of the defective DePuy ASR hip implants. It is being said that the company failed to properly warn the public, as well as healthcare professionals, about the risk of loosening and other complications that may develop shortly after hip replacement surgery.

In testimony in the current case being heard in California, a DePuy engineer testified that Johnson & Johnson only tested one angle of implantation and that the company failed to use the right engineering controls when trying to assess potential problems. The engineer further stated that the testing conducted failed to predict how much wear the hip implants would experience and how much they could loosen.

The FDA released a new guidance for metal on metal hip replacements in January of this year. Doctors were advised that metal on metal hip replacement systems should only be used if other artificial hip implants were not appropriate for the patient, and called on all manufacturers to prove that their implants are safe enough to stay on the market. Also, future metal on metal hip designs will have to undergo extensive human clinical trials before being made available for sale to the public.

Counterfeit Airbags Warning Issued by the NHTSA

October 17, 2012

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a warning earlier this week about numerous counterfeit airbags that may have been installed within the last three years by repair shops. These counterfeit airbags were sold for use as replacement parts in vehicles that have been involved in automobile accidents. They look almost identical as real airbags but are extremely dangerous. Some of the dangers include: partially inflating airbags and airbags that deploy but project out fragments inside the vehicle.

Airbag

Testing done by the NHTSA, on about 10 different counterfeit airbags, identified certain makes and models of vehicles to whom these counterfeit airbags may have been available to, but they believe that the issue of these counterfeit airbags affect only about 0.1 % of vehicles in the United States. That percentage means that less than 240,000 cars and trucks, on the road today, have been affected in the U.S. The only vehicles at risk are those that had an air bag replaced within the past three years at repair shops that are not part of a new car dealership or if you purchased your replacement airbag online on such sites as Ebay or other uncertified sites.

VEHICLES FOR WHICH COUNTERFEIT AIR BAGS MAY BE AVAILABLE:

As of today, NHTSA is aware of counterfeit air bags available for the following vehicle makes and models:

Make Model Year(s) Model(s) Acura 2009-2011 TSX Audi 2006-2009 A3, A4, A6, A8, Q5, Q7 BMW 2007-2011 X5, E70, E60, E61 2008-2010 5-series, 528i, 535i 2004-2007 5-Series, 525i, 530, 535, E60, E61 2007-2011 E90, E91 Not listed E92, E93 2007-2011 X5, E70 2004-2007 525i, 530, 535 2011-2012 X3 Buick 2010-2011 Lacrosse Chevrolet 2011-2012 Cruze 2006-2010 Aveo 2011-2012 Volt 2012 Camaro Ford 2012 Focus 2005-2009 Mustang Honda 2003-2012 Accord 2006-2011 Civic 2002-2011 CRV 2007-2011 Fit 2009-2011 Pilot 2009-2011 Insight 2009-2011 Crosstour 2011 Odyssey Hyundai 2007-2011 Elantra Not listed Genesis Not listed Sonata Infiniti 2007-2011 G35, EX35 Kia 2010-2011 Soul/Forte 2004-2009 Spectra Land Rover 2012 Range Rover Evoque Lexus 2006-2011 IS250, IS350, IS-F 2003-2008 GX470 2007-2009 RX350 Not listed ES350 Mazda 2004 Mazda 3 2010-2012 Mazda 3 Mercedes 2009-2011 C, GLK 2010-2011 E350, E550 2007-2008 S550 2006-2009 ML 2009-2010 GL, ML Mitsubishi Not listed Outlander Nissan 1992-2002 Quest 2010-2011 Quest 2009-2011 Cube 2007-2011 Versa 2009-2010 Murano Not listed Altima Subaru 2008-2009 Forester 2008-2009 Imprezza 2008-2009 Outback 2010-2011 Legacy Suzuki 2007-2010 SX4 Toyota 2002-2006 Camry 2012 Camry 2009-2011 Corolla, Matrix 2007-2011 Yaris 2004-2011 Highlander 2004-2011 Sienna 2004-2011 Tacoma 2010-2012 Prius 2003-2006 Tundra 2007-2011 Tundra 2003-2006 Sequoia 2003-2010 Land Cruiser 2004-2007 Highlander 2008-2010 Highlander 2004-2009 4Runner 2007-2009 Solara 2005-2011 RAV4 Volkswagen 2006-2010 Jetta Volvo Not listed XC60, XC70 Not listed V70, S60, S80