Johnson & Johnson has issued a sunscreen recall that includes five popular sunscreens after they were found to have levels of benzene in them. Benzene is a known carcinogen, associated with an increased risk of certain cancers like leukemia.
The Johnson & Johnson recalled products are spray sunscreens, packaged in aerosol cans, which include:
The Lyon Firm is investigating cancer cases linked to the frequent use of toxic sunscreens. Joe Lyon engages corporations nationwide when their defective and dangerous products harm consumers. The Lyon Firm is currently involved in other litigation against Johnson & Johnson and several other multinational companies.
After testing found benzene in the sunscreen products, Johnson & Johnson said consumers should stop using the sunscreens immediately. The company is having the dangerous products from shelves nationwide. JNJ released a statement that read: “While benzene is not an ingredient in any of our sunscreen products, it was detected in some samples of the impacted aerosol sunscreen finished products. We are investigating the cause of this issue, which is limited to certain aerosol sunscreen products.”
Small amounts of benzene were detected in dozens of popular sunscreens, according to recent reports. The chemical was found in 78 of almost 300 sprays and lotions tested, including products sold by Banana Boat and CVS, according to Valisure.
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Benzene was detected in the following sunscreens in a test by Valisure:
If you have used any of the above products frequently for a year or longer and have been diagnosed with cancer (AML, NHL, or MDS), contact The Lyon Firm for a free case review.
According to some researchers, consumers should be wary of applying aerosol sunscreens due to volatile chemicals in the products. Individuals should avoid applying aerosol sunscreen in enclosed places in order to avoid inhaling concentrated doses.
The sunscreen recall is yet another legal hurdle for Johnson & Johnson, which has faced numerous claims of toxic products in recent years like their recalled baby powder.
Each year federal safety agencies issue hundreds of consumer safety warnings and product recall notices. Yet the majority of consumers–up to 90 percent–are either not aware of the consumer product recalls, or fail to return the defective products. Consumer safety attorneys and product liability lawyers are often the last line of defense for consumers in the fight for safe products on the market.
Legal action is typically the only way many injured consumers are able to hold a company responsible for an injury caused by a dangerous product. The Lyon Firm reviews a variety product liability litigation, and has experience settling product recall cases involving dangerous consumer products.
A government safety agency estimates that deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. The majority of the serious product recalls in the U.S. each year involve children’s toys, cribs, sleepers, heaters, strollers, food, auto and pharmaceutical industry products.
Once a product is released and is in widespread use, unforeseen safety issues can lead to a recall. Sometimes companies discover a problem and recall products on their own. Other times, a company is forced to recall a product after consumers, safety agencies and lawyers raise concerns.
Because so many products are put to market every day, several large U.S government safety agencies work to regulate safe commerce. These include:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also work alongside these agencies, and alert the public when they discover a potential consumer and public health hazard.
A product recall is a warning to consumers after the discovery of safety issues or product defects that could endanger consumers or patients, or place manufacturers and distributors at risk of legal action.
Unfortunately, some products on the American market pose dangers for months or even years before a recall is issued, often only when a company is forced to recall a product or when legal pressure mounts from a Product Recall Lawyer.
Many product recall lawsuits have had a positive impact on consumer health and safety, and we have witnessed improved lives and prevented future injuries as companies are forced to recall products and change designs and warnings as a result of litigation.
Following an injury caused by a recalled consumer product, a claim may be filed. Product liability lawsuits typically contain a cause of action for strict liability, negligence, and breach of warranty.
Safety agencies and companies themselves are responsible for recalling products when they pose safety and health risks. Common recalled consumer products include food, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, ATVs, automobiles, toys, home appliances and power tools.
A product may be considered by law “defective” if it is unreasonably dangerous for its intended use. If a consumer is injured in part because of a product defect, legal action can be taken. Plaintiffs may sue a manufacturer, distributor, or retailer if they were aware of risk and failed to warn the public.
The manufacturer is likely liable for a product that fails or has an improper warning attached to it. Distributors and others in the supply chain may be liable as well.
Not always, but if a product is recalled and a consumer suffers an injury due to the product defect, a lawsuit can be filed to recover compensation for the injury.
Defective products that are sold to consumers present safety hazards for adults and children. Cheap and defective products may pose fire and burn risks; electrocution, strangulation and choking risks; and severe health risks. The manufacturers of inferior consumer products have a duty to foresee potential injury and properly design and test products before they are released to the public.
Companies must properly warn consumers of any risks associated with their products. Any failure to protect consumers or recall a product that results in an accident or injury can lead to lawsuits filed by plaintiffs and a product recall lawyer.