Britax Announces Second Recall in a Month Affecting Strollers and Replacement Top Seats Due to Arm Bar Defect

Britax arm bar

For the second time in the last month, Britax will recall 49,000 B-Ready strollers and replacement top seats due to an arm bar defect.  The defect involves the foam padding on the stroller’s arm bar which can come off in fragments and presents as a serious choking hazard to the child if the child bites the arm bar.  There have already been a reported 117 incidents related to this recall, including five reports of children choking on the foam fragments.  This recall also includes 11,000 units that were sold in Canada.

Click here to read the full recall: Britax B-Ready Stroller Arm Bar Recall

The following B-Ready Strollers and B-Ready replacement top seats recalled were manufactured from April 1, 2010 to December 31, 2012.  Below is a list of the models included in the recall:

Britax strollers affected

If you have one of the defective products, it is highly recommended that consumers immediately remove the arm bar from the stroller/replacement top seat.  Consumers should then contact Britax for a free black, zippered arm bar cover and a warning label to apply to the strollers and replacement top seats.  Consumers can continue to use their strollers without the arm bar attached.  Britax can be contacted at 800-683-2045 or at Britax.Recall@britax.com.

Previously, Britax recalled approximately 71,000 Britax B-Safe 35 and B- Safe 35 Elite infant car seat and travel systems due to a carry handle defect.

Americans rely on manufacturers to provide a safe well-designed product.  Sadly, that is not often the case.  The Auto Defect Attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm have successfully represented many people injured from defective autos such as Toyotas, Fords, Chryslers, Hondas, GM, and their component parts. Additionally, we have successfully represented people injured by defective helmets, bicycles, motorcycles, fuel pumps, brakes, car seats, seat belts, air bags, table saws, pumps, industrial machinery used in the workplace, barbeques, heating systems, and numerous other household and industrial products.

Often times, people involved in accidents do not examine the issues of defective product design, the risks inherent in the design, feasible alternatives, and appropriate warnings. In a car accident, we examine whether the car was truly crashworthy – does it contain the appropriate crash protection.  In accidents where someone strikes a guardrail, people often do not consider the guardrail may be unsafe, installed improperly, or whether there is a contributing factor in the roadway design leading to a dangerous condition.  We have represented a number of people seriously injured in these types of accidents involving dangerous conditions of roads and crashworthy vehicles.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto crash, our attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm are available to consult with you.  Please contact our office at 800-481-1615 or email us.

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Volkswagen, Audi, and BMW Recall 1.7 Million Vehicles due to Takata Air Bag Defect

Volkswagen, Audi, and BMW are joining the continuing recall of the Takata air bag inflators’ defect by recalling 1.7 million vehicles which involve 21 different model vehicles spanning from 2005 to 2015 model years.  The problem with the air bags is with the inflators, which have exploded when involved in accidents causing shards of sharp metal into the vehicle.  Takata reports that manufacturing problems, together with exposure to moisture in cars in humid regions, can cause the propellant to degrade.  This causes the propellant to burn too strongly when the airbag is deployed, and ruptures the inflator.  Last May, Takata finally acknowledged the obvious and admitted that their airbags were defective.

Takata Air Bag

Click here to read the full article:  VW, Audi, BMW Recall Nearly 1.7M Vehicles Due to Air Bags

Since 2008, approximately 24 million U.S. vehicles have been recalled due to this defect.

VW and Audi will recall over 850,000 vehicles, while BMW will recall over 840,000 vehicles, which include the following models and years:

VW

  • 2006 to 2010 Passat sedans and wagons
  • 2012 to 2014 Passat sedans and wagons
  • 2010 to 2014 Golf
  • 2010 to 2014 Jetta SportWagen
  • 2009 to 2014 CC
  • 2012 to 2014 Eos

AUDI

  • 2005 to 2015 A3
  • 2006 to 2009 A4 Cabrios
  • 2009 to 2012 Q5 SUVs
  • 2010 to 2011 A5 Cabrios

BMW

  • 2008 to 2013 1 Series coupes and convertibles
  • 2006 to 2011 3 Series sedans
  • 2009 to 2011 335d sedan
  • 2006 to 2012 3 Series Sports Wagon
  • 2007 to 2013 3 Series Coupe and Convertible
  • 2-13 to 2015 X1 SUV
  • 2007 to 2010 X3 SUV
  • 2007 to 2013 X5 SUV
  • 2009 to 2013 X5 xDrive35d SUV
  • 2008 to 2014 X6 SUV
  • 2010 to 2010 X6 SUV

Americans rely on manufacturers to provide a safe well-designed product.  Sadly, that is not often the case.  The Auto Defect Attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm have successfully represented many people injured from defective autos such as Toyotas, Fords, Chryslers, Hondas, GM, and their component parts. Additionally, we have successfully represented people injured by defective helmets, bicycles, motorcycles, fuel pumps, brakes, car seats, seat belts, air bags, table saws, pumps, industrial machinery used in the workplace, barbeques, heating systems, and numerous other household and industrial products.

Often times, people involved in accidents do not examine the issues of defective product design, the risks inherent in the design, feasible alternatives, and appropriate warnings. In a car accident, we examine whether the car was truly crashworthy – does it contain the appropriate crash protection. In accidents where someone strikes a guardrail, people often do not consider the guardrail may be unsafe, installed improperly, or whether there is a contributing factor in the roadway design leading to a dangerous condition. We have represented a number of people seriously injured in these types of accidents involving dangerous conditions of roads and crashworthy vehicles.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto crash, our attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm are available to consult with you.  Please contact our office at 800-481-1615 or email us.

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Graco Issues Two Separate Recalls Due to Missing Warning Statement

graco warning label

Graco has issued two separate recalls involving four models of their child restraint systems due to the car seats not meeting Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213 regarding the fixed label on the car seat.

The first recall affects 31,838 Graco Classic Ride, ComfortSport, and Ready Ride car seats.  These car seats were manufactured approximately between March 1, 2014 to February 28, 2015.  These child seats are missing the statement on the affixed warning label that informs consumers of the location of the instruction manual, and a statement that consumers should follow the instructions in the printed manual and on the car seat.  The following models are affected:  1794333, 1813040, 1812930, 1924519, and 1924520.

Click here to read about this recall:  Graco ComfortSport/Ready Ride/Class Ride Recall

Graco will notify the registered owners and will mail them corrected labels to affix to the child restraints.  The recall is expected to begin February 22, 2016.  Owners may contact Graco at 1-800-345-4109.

The second recall affects Graco’s Extend2Fit Convertible child restraints.  In these affected child seats, the recline label affixed is at the wrong location, resulting in confusion about how to use the seat properly.  If the instructions are followed as shown currently, a child could be placed in the wrong position in the child seat, increasing the likelihood of injury in the event of the crash.  These child restraints were manufactured from November 27, 2025 to January 20, 20116, and affect approximately 15,000 child seats.

Click here to read the Non-compliance Notice from the NHTSA: Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Recall

Graco will notify owners and provide a new corrected label with application instructions, free of charge.  The recall is expected to begin February 26, 2016.  Owners may contact Graco customer service at 1-800-345-4109.

Recently, Britax recalled 71,000 Britax B-Safe 35 and B- Safe 35 Elite infant car seat and travel systems due to a carry handle defect.

Americans rely on manufacturers to provide a safe well-designed product.  Sadly, that is not often the case.  The Auto Defect Attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm have successfully represented many people injured from defective autos such as Toyotas, Fords, Chryslers, Hondas, GM, and their component parts. Additionally, we have successfully represented people injured by defective helmets, bicycles, motorcycles, fuel pumps, brakes, car seats, seat belts, air bags, table saws, pumps, industrial machinery used in the workplace, barbeques, heating systems, and numerous other household and industrial products.

Often times, people involved in accidents do not examine the issues of defective product design, the risks inherent in the design, feasible alternatives, and appropriate warnings. In a car accident, we examine whether the car was truly crashworthy – does it contain the appropriate crash protection. In accidents where someone strikes a guardrail, people often do not consider the guardrail may be unsafe, installed improperly, or whether there is a contributing factor in the roadway design leading to a dangerous condition. We have represented a number of people seriously injured in these types of accidents involving dangerous conditions of roads and crashworthy vehicles.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto crash, our attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm are available to consult with you.  Please contact our office at 800-481-1615 or email us.

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Britax to Recall 71,000 Infant Car Seats Due to Carry Handle Defect

Britax B-Safe 35

Britax will recall approximately 71,000 Britax B-Safe 35 and B- Safe 35 Elite infant car seat and travel systems due to a carry handle defect.  The reason for the recall is that Britax has received 74 reports of handles that have cracked and fractured while being carried by the handle.  Britax notes that the infant car seat is safe for use when secured in a vehicle or on a stroller.  However, it is warned that the infant car seat should not be carried by the handle until the remedy kit has been installed.  The recall affects those car seats that were manufactured between October 1, 2014 through July 1, 2015.

Click here to read the full recall: Britax Safety Notice

Below is a list of the affected model numbers associated with this recall:

Britax Affected Models 2016

This recall also affects approximately 4,000 units that were sold in Canada and Mexico.

Consumers should immediately stop carrying the car seat by the handle until the repair is installed. All consumers who have previously registered their product with Britax will automatically receive a free repair kit.  To register to receive a repair kit or verify registration, visit www.bsafe35recall.com.  Consumers can continue to use the car seat when secured in a vehicle or on a stroller.  The recall is expected to begin January 22, 2016.  Owners may contact Britax customer service at 1-800-683-2045 or Britax.Recall@Britax.com.

Previously, Britax recalled 213,753 car seats due to a harness defect in August 2015.

Americans rely on manufacturers to provide a safe well-designed product.  Sadly, that is not often the case.  The Auto Defect Attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm have successfully represented many people injured from defective autos such as Toyotas, Fords, Chryslers, Hondas, GM, and their component parts. Additionally, we have successfully represented people injured by defective helmets, bicycles, motorcycles, fuel pumps, brakes, car seats, seat belts, air bags, table saws, pumps, industrial machinery used in the workplace, barbeques, heating systems, and numerous other household and industrial products.

Often times, people involved in accidents do not examine the issues of defective product design, the risks inherent in the design, feasible alternatives, and appropriate warnings.  In a car accident, we examine whether the car was truly crashworthy – does it contain the appropriate crash protection.  In accidents where someone strikes a guardrail, people often do not consider the guardrail may be unsafe, installed improperly, or whether there is a contributing factor in the roadway design leading to a dangerous condition.  We have represented a number of people seriously injured in these types of accidents involving dangerous conditions of roads and crashworthy vehicles.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto crash, our attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm are available to consult with you.  Please contact our office at 800-481-1615 or email us.

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Court Rejects Sealing Settlement for Discharged Employees Who Claimed They Were Fired for Joining Earlier Suit

It is all too common when a corporate defendant settles a case a great deal of effort is made to preclude the public from knowing what happened. In some instances valid concerns about trade secrets or competitive advantages justify sealing settlements.  However, all too often large corporations seek to conceal their misconduct that leads to settlements from public scrutiny.

Recently United States District Court Judge Richard Seeborg was presented with a motion to seal a settlement that was reached by four individuals with their former employer where the former employees alleged they were terminated in retaliation for their participation in earlier litigation.  (Duran vs The Hershey Company USCT Case No. 14cv-01184 RS).  Denying the company’s request, Judge Seeborg analyzed and rejected each of the reasons the company gave to keep the information secret, stating: “While Hershey’s renewed motion satisfies the procedural requirements of Local Rule 79-5, it fails to articulate a substantive basis sufficient to justify sealing the settlement documents in this case.”

Click here for the order: 8.10.15 order denying motion to seal

Judge Seeborg wrote:

This action, however, cannot be viewed in isolation: it must be seen through the lens of the collective action litigation which preceded it.  Plaintiffs allege that they were terminated from employment as punishment for their participation in lawsuits which involved hundreds of plaintiffs and challenged companywide policies.  Campanelli, et al. v. The Hershey Co., 765 F.Supp.2d 1185, 1198 (N.D. Cal. 2011) (granting summary judgment to plaintiffs); Zulewski, et al. v. The Hershey Co., 11-cv-05117-KAW, Dkt. No. 263 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 16, 2013) (order approving collective action settlement).  This type of alleged misconduct would, if true, deeply undermine the “private-public” rights established by the FLSA.  If the public has a significant interest in learning about the resolution of wage and hour litigation—and courts have almost uniformly found that it does—it must also have a significant interest in the settlement of retaliation claims stemming from such litigation.”

All too often defendants conceal activities resulting in settlements through the use of Confidentiality agreements.  As a result, actions giving rise to litigation often go unreported and public access to information is not available.  Judge Seeborg’s decision protects public access.

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FDA Issues Class I Recall to Boston Scientific’s RotaWire Elite Guidewire and wireClip Torquer Guidewire

Last month, the FDA issued a Class I recall to Boston Scientific’s RotaWire Elite Guidewire and wireClip Torquer Guidewire because the core wires may crack and separate from the rest of the Rotablator Rotational Atherectomy System.  This device is used to open narrowed arteries and improve blood flow to the heart, when patients undergo atherectomy procedures.

Click here to read the full FDA press release: Boston Scientific’s RotaWire Elite Guidewire and wireClip Torquer Guidewire May Break and Separate from the Rotablator System

Boston Scientific has received several reports of the guidewires cracking while using the device.  One of these reports included one patient death following medical intervention to remove the broken wire.

The RotaWire Elite Guidewires and wireClip Torquer Guidewires recalled were 600 units in 17 states, which included California, New York, Texas, and Washington.  These guidewires were manufactured between June 26, 2015 and September 10, 2015 and distributed between July 9, 2015 to October 1, 2015.  Below is a full list of the affected devices:

Boston Sci Class I Recall Table

Boston Scientific notified customers of the guidewires beginning in October 9, 2015 warning to stop distributing and using the devices immediately.

If you or a loved one has been injured by RotaWire Elite Guidewire and wireClip Torquer Guidewire, contact our medical device attorneys here at The Brandi Law Firm to discuss your potential case and any legal remedies you may have.

Contact Our Experienced San Francisco Drug Recall Lawyers Today

At The Brandi Law Firm, we help people throughout the country who have been harmed because of a defective drug or medical device such as Actos (Takata), Fosamax (Merck), DePuy (Johnson & Johnson), Lipitor (Pfizer), Yaz (Bayer) and Vaginal Mesh (Johnson & Johnson).  Instead of treating all victims of defective drugs and medical devices the same we take a different, more personalized approach with a team of experienced defective drug attorneys and paralegals working for every client.  Our goal is to provide you with information about your legal options and to help you pursue compensation and holding these drug companies responsible for their dangerous actions.  Please contact The Brandi Law Firm today (1-800-481-1615 or email us) to talk with the experienced San Francisco defective drug attorneys.

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Ford Recalls 451,865 Vehicles Due to Defective Fuel Tanks

2011 Ford Fusion

2011 Ford Fusion

Ford will recall 451,865 Ford Fusions and Mercury Milans in North America due to a defective canister purge valve in the fuel tank.  This recall affects the 2010 and 2011 models of the above referenced vehicles.  Of the affected vehicles, approximately 411,205 vehicles are in the United States.  The vehicles affected were constructed at its Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico.

The reason for the recall is that the affected vehicles have a purge valve that changes the pressure to change inside the gas tank.  Over time, as pressure increases and decreases, a crack can develop which can cause fuel to leak.  Ford is unaware of any accidents, injuries, or fires related to this issue at this time.

To remedy the problem, Ford dealers will update the powertrain control module software, inspect the valve and check the fuel tank for leaks.  At this time, no timetable has been set for the remedy of this defect.

Ford is no stranger to fuel tank and fuel leak issues.  Last November, Ford recalled over 180,000 Edge models due to fuel tank leaks caused by corrosion in the Salt Belt states.

Americans rely on manufacturers to provide a safe well-designed product.  Sadly, that is not often the case.  The Auto Defect Attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm have successfully represented many people injured from defective autos such as Toyotas, Fords, Chryslers, Hondas, GM, and their component parts. Additionally, we have successfully represented people injured by defective helmets, bicycles, motorcycles, fuel pumps, brakes, car seats, seat belts, air bags, table saws, pumps, industrial machinery used in the workplace, barbeques, heating systems, and numerous other household and industrial products.

Often times, people involved in accidents do not examine the issues of defective product design, the risks inherent in the design, feasible alternatives, and appropriate warnings. In a car accident, we examine whether the car was truly crashworthy – does it contain the appropriate crash protection. In accidents where someone strikes a guardrail, people often do not consider the guardrail may be unsafe, installed improperly, or whether there is a contributing factor in the roadway design leading to a dangerous condition. We have represented a number of people seriously injured in these types of accidents involving dangerous conditions of roads and crashworthy vehicles.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto crash, our attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm are available to consult with you.  Please contact our office at 800-481-1615 or email us.

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History Repeats Itself: Volkswagen was Sued by the EPA for Cheating on Emissions in 1974

In 1974, Volkswagen was sued by the U.S. EPA for violating the Clean Air Act by utilizing emissions defeat devices on their vehicles.  VW settled the lawsuit for $120,000 and the promise to comply with the Clean Air Act in the future.  This past violation is virtually identical to the current VW “clean diesel” fraud.

In the early 1970s, VW equipped four models with a temperature sensing devices including one that disabled an emission control system and another that modified the fuel-air ratio on the carburetor at low temperatures.  VW’s violation was based on their failure to report the installation of these devices to the EPA.

Click here to read the 1974 Wall Street Journal Article about VW’s 1974 settlement.

The current controversy involves an eerily similar charge:  VW installed a defeat device in Volkswagen and Audi 2.0 TDI vehicles that disabled certain emission controls and was not disclosed to the EPA.  VW has done it again.

If you wish more information about the VW controversy, please contact Tom Brandi tjb@brandilaw.com or Casey Kaufman cak@brandilaw.com.

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13 Bicycle Manufacturers Recall Nearly 1.3 Million Bicycles in the United States due to Front Disc Brake Defect

Bicycle Defect

Thirteen bicycle manufacturers have recalled nearly 1.3 million bicycles equipped with front disc brakes and quick-release levers on the front wheel hub in the U.S.  These bicycles were manufactured from 1998 to 2015.  Below is a list of the manufacturers, brand and the affected years of the bicycles being recalled:

Company  Brand  Model Year(s)   Web Page Phone Number 
Accell North America Diamondback, Raleigh 2004-2015 www.diamondback.com


www.raleighusa.com

800-251-8435

800-251-8435

Advanced Sports International Breezer, Fuji, SE 2005-2015 www.breezerbikes.com

 

www.fujibikes.com

 

www.sebikes.com

888-286-6263
Cycling Sports Group Inc. Cannondale, GT 1998-2015 www.cannondale.com

 

www.gtbicycles.com

800-245-3872

800-843-2453

 

 

Felt Racing LLC  Felt 2006-2015 www.feltbicycles.com 866-433-5887
G. Joannou Cycle Co. Inc.  Jamis 2005-2015 www.jamisbikes.com 800-533-9010, ext. 237
Giant Bicycle Inc.  Giant 2003-2004 www.giant-bicycles.com 866-458-2555
Haro Bikes  Haro 2000-2015 www.harobikes.com 800-289-4276
LTP Sports Group Inc. Norco 2000-2015 www.norco.com 800-263-2344 (Eastern US and Canada)

 

800-663-8916 (Western U.S. and Canada)

Performance Bicycle Inc. Access 2009-2015 www.performancebike.com 800-727-2453
Quality Bicycle Products Civia Cycles 2008-2012 www.civiacycles.com 877-311-7686
Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) Novara 2002-2015 www.rei.com 800-426-4840
Ridley Bikes Ridley 2014-2015 www.ridley-bikes.com 877-283-7545
Specialized Bicycle Components Inc. Specialized 2002-2015 www.specialized.com 800-722-4423

The reason for the recall is that when the affected bicycle’s quick release lever is open, it can come into contact with the brake rotor causing the front wheel to come to a sudden stop or even separate from the bicycle.  To determine if your bicycle is under recall, visit http://quickreleaserecall.com/.

As a result of the defect, there have been at least 3 reported incidents where the quick release lever came into contact with the front disc brake assembly causing the front wheel to come to a stop or separate from the bicycle.  One incident involved multiple injuries to the bicyclist.

Click here to read the full recall: Quick Release Recall

It has been advised that customers should stop using the bicycles immediately and contact the recalling company for free installation of a new quick release on the front wheel.

Americans rely on manufacturers to provide a safe well-designed product.  Sadly, that is not often the case.  The Auto Defect Attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm have successfully represented many people injured from defective autos such as Toyotas, Fords, Chryslers, Hondas, GM, and their component parts. Additionally, we have successfully represented people injured by defective helmets, bicycles, motorcycles, fuel pumps, brakes, car seats, seat belts, air bags, table saws, pumps, industrial machinery used in the workplace, barbeques, heating systems, and numerous other household and industrial products.

Often times, people involved in accidents do not examine the issues of defective product design, the risks inherent in the design, feasible alternatives, and appropriate warnings.  In a car accident, we examine whether the car was truly crashworthy – does it contain the appropriate crash protection.  In accidents where someone strikes a guardrail, people often do not consider the guardrail may be unsafe, installed improperly, or whether there is a contributing factor in the roadway design leading to a dangerous condition.  We have represented a number of people seriously injured in these types of accidents involving dangerous conditions of roads and crashworthy vehicles.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto crash, our attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm are available to consult with you.  Please contact our office at 800-481-1615 or email us.

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Volkswagen Cheated to Steal Money from Consumers While Damaging the Environment

On September 24, 2015, The Brandi Law Firm filed a proposed class action suit against Volkswagen U.S. for allegedly using software to cheat emissions tests.  (Goodrich et al v. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. and Volkswagen AG, United States District Court Northern District No. 3:15-cv-04397 EDL)

In the complaint, The Brandi Law Firm alleges;

In the late 2000s, Volkswagen introduced a diesel engine that advertised itself as having the desired power and fuel economy while simultaneously meeting these stringent emission standards.  Volkswagen advertised these models as “clean diesel” vehicles and charged more for this new technology.  Unbeknownst to the consumer or any governmental body, these vehicles actually did not meet the CARB emission standards.  Rather, they were equipped with a software “defeat device” that was able to turn the emission controls on or off, depending on whether the vehicle was being driven or undergoing an emissions test.”

As a result, the “CleanDiesel” vehicles emit nitrogen oxides at levels up to 40 times higher than legal limits during normal use.  Many of the people who bought these vehicles did so to provide safe transportation that did not harm the environment.  Now they have vehicles spewing environmental damage and are virtually valueless.

The company admits there were 11 million vehicles worldwide fitted with the device including 5 million VW brand cars, 2.1 million Audis and 1.2 million Skodas.  Reportedly 482,000 of the affected VW’s are in America.  According to the EPA, Volkswagen installed its deceptive software, called a “defeat device,” in at least the following diesel models of its vehicles: Jetta (model years 2009 – 2015), Beetle (model years 2009 – 2015), Audi A3 (model years 2009 – 2015), Golf (model years 2009 – 2015), and Passat (model years 2012 – 2015).

A number of people have contacted The Brandi Law Firm in and out of California and we are seeking information from any affected owner.  If you wish more information, contact Tom Brandi (tjb@brandilaw.com) or Casey Kaufman (cak@brandilaw.com).

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