DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a division of Johnson and Johnson, recalled its ASR XL Acetabular metal-on-metal hip replacement system on August 24, 2010. The recall came after recent studies showed that the five-year failure rate of this product is approximately 13%, or 1 in 8 patients. DePuy said that its artificial hip system had problems with components loosening and component misalignment. This caused patients to have infections, bone fracturing, hip dislocation, and pain. The studies also showed that the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular hip replacement system also increased metal ion levels in the blood in some patients. Other problems it might cause included bone staining, necrosis (tissue death), swelling, nerve damage, and muscle damage. How do you know if you are affected by this recall? The DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System was first used in the United States in 2005. If you, a loved one, or someone you know had a hip replacement surgery during or after 2005, you might have one of the recalled artificial hips. Most people do not know what type of artificial joint their surgeon used. To find out if this recall affects you, the first thing you need to do is contact your doctor or surgeon to discover what type of replacement was used. Be sure to ask your doctor about running blood tests to measure the level of metal ions in your blood. These levels may be high even if you have not yet experienced any symptoms. Once you know that you received a DePuy artificial hip, you should contact a lawyer in order to best protect your legal rights. A DePuy hip recall lawyer can help you get justice for the damage caused by the DePuy artificial hip recall and represent you in a DePuy hip recall lawsuit. The law firm of Harrison Davis Steakley Morrison, P.C. has been representing people injured by dangerous and defective products for over 30 years. We specialize in products liability lawsuits. From our offices in Waco, Texas, we fight for justice for clients all over the United States, from Maine to California. We specialize in pursuing the manufacturers of dangerous pharmaceuticals and medical devices. We also handle car wreck lawsuits, trucking accident lawsuits, and serious injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Contact us today so that we can help you recover and rebuild.