L.L. Bean Recall

LL Bean Boat Cart L.L.Bean’s Deluxe Packaway Boat Carts (pictured left) have been recalled due to an injury hazard caused by the potential for the plastic tire rims to burst if the cart’s rubber tires are over-inflated.

These carts are used to haul canoes and kayaks in and out of the water.  If you have purchased one of these carts — sold in L.L. Bean stores, catalogs, and online between March 2012 and June 2013 for about $100 — contact L.L. Bean (by phone (800) 555-9717 or online at www.llbean.com) for new instructions and psi warning stickers to put on the wheels.  Do not add air to the tires before obtaining the new instructions, lest your wheel rims burst and you are injured by flying plastic!

More information can be found here.  If you or someone you know has been injured while using a defective product and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

Expensive Giant Bike Recall

Even expensive bicycles costing many thousands of dollars can have post production problems.  Herndon bike injury lawyer Doug Landau lauds bicycle makers who recognize problems in products that they have supplied and then do the right thing by recalling them  “Placing products into the stream of commerce that turn out to be dangerous can cause permanent injury and death if not rectified quickly,” notes the Herndon cycling injury lawyer. About 200 Giant brand bicycles have been recalled due to a fall hazard from a seat post that can crack.

This recall includes 2013 model year Giant XtC Advanced SL 29er 0 and 29er 1 series bicycles and 27.2 mm carbon fiber seatposts sold separately. The SL 29er 0 model bicycle is white, black and blue.  The SL 29er 1 model is white, black and red. The letters “XTC” appear on the down tube of the frame on both bicycles.  The name “Giant” and “Contact SLR” appear on the 27.2 mm carbon fiber seatposts.

The affected products were sold in bicycle stores nationwide between November 2012 and May 2013 for between $4,300 and $7,700 for the bicycles and $200 for the seatpost sold separately.

Consumers should contact Giant Bicycle Inc., toll-free at (866) 458-2555 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/ and click on Recall Information at the bottom of the page for more information.

For more information and a photo of the bikes, click here.

If you or someone you know has been injured from using a defective product and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

Dietary Supplement Jack3d — Is it Safe?

The safety of dietary supplements is a frequent subject of debate — one which has, in fact, been discussed on this site numerous times and gotten much publicity, including in a recent piece on the popular news show Rock Center on NBC.

Recently, the parents of a soldier who died after taking the supplement Jack3d sued the product’s maker as well as the GNC Corp. store that sold it to him, claiming both companies knew that the product contained a potentially deadly supplement (dimethylamylamine – DMAA), but continued to sell it anyway.  DMAA is a stimulant that narrows blood vessels and arteries.   (Sparling v. USPLabs LLC, No. 37-2013-00034663-CU-PL-CTL (Cal., San Diego Co. Super.filed Feb. 13, 2013).)

In this tragic case, a 22 year old soldier purchased Jack3d at a GNC store on his military base.  The product was advertised as a safe way to build muscles.  After taking the recommended dose before beginning a moderate workout with his unit, the soldier began having cramps halfway into his workout.  He then started convulsing and lost consciousness.  He was pronounced dead from hyperthermia and cardiac arrest Read the rest of this entry »

Product Recall – Krankcycle by Matrix with Detachable Seat

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Johnny G. Krankcycle by Matrix has been recalled.

The Johnny G. Krankcycle with detachable seat, pictured to the left, has been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  The seat can unexpectedly detach during use.  Two injuries from falls have been reported.

Full details of the recall can be found on the CPSC website.

Anyone owning this machine should contact Johnson Health Tech North America toll-free at (866) 218-3674 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at www.matrixfitness.com and click on Safety Notice at the bottom of the page.

If you or someone you know has been injured when using a defective product and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

Bike Safety Laws in Virginia

Cyclists who share the roadways with motorists naturally want some assurance that drivers are operating their vehicles in a safe manner.  Part of that assurance can come in the knowledge that unsafe motorists will be held accountable for their actions.

Herndon bike accident attorney Doug Landau was disturbed to read in the July issue of the Potomac Pedalers newsletter an article about an accident involving a motorist striking and fatally injuring a cyclist in Fauquier County.  The gist of the article is that the Virginia legislature, in its most recent session, failed to pass numerous bills designed to improve the safety of cyclists in the Commonwealth.

Potomac Pedalers is encouraging citizens to contact the Fauquier Commonwealth Attorney — James Fisher — at: james.fisher@fauquiercounty.gov to implore him to consider serious charges against a driver in cases where a preventable accident is caused by the driver of an automobile resulting in injury or death to a cyclist.

An avid cyclist himself, lawyer Landau agrees wholeheartedly that when avoidable death and injury is caused by the unsafe decisions and actions of a car or truck driver, serious legal consequences should ensue.

If you or someone you know has been injured while cycling due to no fault of your own and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).


Car Driving on W&OD Trail

Words probably can not express the fear felt by pedestrians, runners and cyclists out on the W&OD trail one evening in early June.  A car entered the trail in the Reston area and traveled east toward Vienna for about five miles, speeding at around 50 miles per hour.

It turns out the driver was drunk, and was charged with driving while intoxicated and felony hit-and-run.  A cyclist was seriously injured, and many others scampered for safety, literally jumping off the trail and into the woods.

The W&OD Trail runs through Herndon, down the street from the Landau Law Shop.  Herndon Reston area bike safety lawyer Doug Landau ntoes that there signs regularly stating "NO Motorized Vehicles"

The W&OD Trail runs through the center of “downtown” Herndon, down the street from the Landau Law Shop. Herndon Reston area bike safety lawyer Doug Landau ntoes that there signs regularly stating “NO Motorized Vehicles”

The W&OD, which runs almost right past the Herndon law offices of Abrams Landau, Ltd., is a popular spot for cyclists, rollerbladers, runners, serious walkers and those out for a casual stroll — maybe walking their dog, pushing a stroller, or with children skipping beside them.

Herndon injury lawyer and frequent W&OD trail user Doug Landau was shocked and saddened to learn that a beautiful early summer evening had turned to a scene of chaos because of the irresponsible choices made by one woman.

“When you are on a trail, the last thing you expect is a car speeding by,” says injured athletes’ lawyer Landau.

If you or someone you know has been injured due to know fault of your own and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703796-9555).





Is Virginia Bike-Friendly?

Without a larger polic presence, biker safety will continue to be an issue for Virginia's cycling commuters, recreational riders and competitors

Without a larger police presence, biker safety will continue to be an issue for Virginia’s cycling commuters, recreational riders and competitors, according to bicycle safety lawyer Doug Landau of Herndon

In an earlier post, we wrote about Virginia being ranked 16th place in the nation for bike friendliness.

A recent article on Herndon Patch, however, raises the question as to whether or not readers really believe Virginia is safe for cyclists?

Herndon bike accident lawyer Doug Landau believes Virginia still has a long way to go:

“While bike lanes and paths through new neighborhoods take cycling and bikers’ safety into account, the unsafe habits of drivers in Northern Virginia must be addressed,” says Doug.  “For every bumper sticker I see that says Share the Road, I encounter a dozen motorists who subscribe to the mindset of we own the road.  Does any behind-the-wheel driving course cover how to safely pass a cyclist?  Does the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) exam ask about maneuvering around bicycle riders?  When is the last time you have seen a police traffic stop for a driver’s unsafe actions around cyclists that did not involve an injured biker?”

If you or someone you know has been injured while riding a bicycle due to the unsafe driving of motorists around you and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).


Helmet Pledge and Contract

Local Police help with helmet distribution at Guilford Elementary School

Local police officers to help fit students with helmets at Guilford Elementary School.

In our last post, we provided some highlights of the Bike Rodeo and Safety Day held at Guilford Elementary School in Sterling, VA earlier this month.  In this post, we share the Helmet Pledge and Contract that was given by Herndon bike accident attorney Doug Landau to students and their parents who attended the event.

Children should wear a helmet every time they ride a bike, roller blade, longboard, skateboard, scooter etc..  That is why attorney Landau and his firm Abrams Landau, Ltd. have made it a goal to provide bike helmets to local school children who could otherwise not afford one in their “Helmet a Day” campaign.

But, left to their own devices, most children would probably not choose to wear a helmet.  A contract is a good way to make a child commit to wearing a helmet and to think twice about getting on a bike, skateboard, longboard, roller blades, etc. without one.

Here is the one presented at Guilford Elementary:


Helmet Pledge and Contract Parents, please consider using this contract (or some version thereof) to ensure your children always wear a helmet when riding a bike or participating in other activities like rollerblading, skateboarding, longboarding, etc.

If you know of a local group who could benefit from Abrams Landau’s Helmet a Day program, please email or call the Abrams Landau office (703-796-9555).  We want to help save lives!

Click here to access a PDF of the contract.


Helmet a Day Campaign Continues at Guilford Elementary Bike Rodeo

Attorney Doug Landau at Guilford Elementary School Bike Rodeo

Herndon bike accident attorney Doug Landau distributes helmets to students at Guilford Elementary School in Sterling, at its first Bike Rodeo and Safety Day.  The Abrams Landau team also distributed Helmet Pledges to children and their parents.

The first ever Guilford Elementary School Bicycle Rodeo and Safety Day was an enormous success!

Thank you to PE Director Mark Pankau and Principals David Stewart and Lottie Spurlock for sharing the event with Abrams Landau, Ltd.

Herndon bike accident lawyer Doug Landau, his wife Melissa, and daughters Danielle and Nicole attended the event at the Sterling, VA school where they distributed over 100 helmets to children ages 5-11 who otherwise could not afford one.  Abrams Landau’s “Helmet a Day” goal has doubled this year because of the great reception the program has received.

New for Guilford’s Bike Rodeo, Abrams Landau presented a safety contract to each parent and child when the child was given his or her helmet.  Some of the children made a verbal pledge, which included surrendering their bike if they choose to ride without their new helmet.

Local girl scouts assisted by Pat Turner, founder and co-chair of  Bike Loudoun,  helped the Abrams Landau team distribute “ride safe” bags with information and goodies provided by the cycle group.

This event was truly special, because parents attended with their children, making it even more certain that Lawyer Landau’s message would make it home. Helmets save lives, but only when worn; if they sit on a shelf or a handlebar then they do no good.

Parents, PLEASE insist your child wears a helmet, and wear one yourself as well.  Protect your own head and teach your child by example.

In our next post, we will publish our Helmet Pledge and Contract.

If you know of a local group with a NEED for bike helmets, then let us know.  Abrams Landau wants to help.  Email or call us (703-796-9555).


Product Recall — Huffy Slider Tricycle Sold Exclusively at Toys R Us

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled Huffy Slider Tricycles sold in January and February of this year at Toys R Us because the handlebars can loosen, causing the rider to lose control of the bike.

If you have purchased this bike, you should stop using it immediately and contact Huffy for a refund.

Contact information for Huffy:

  • By  phone: (888) 366-3828 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday
  • Online at www.huffybikes.com – click on “Product Recall” on the bottom of the page

If you or someone you know has been injured after using a defective product and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703) 796-9555.

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