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Automakers Miss Takata Airbag Repair Deadline

The deadline for automakers to replace recalled Takata airbags has long passed, yet millions of cars with the potentially deadly devices remain on the road. In 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) set a target date for recalled Takata airbags to be replaced by the end of 2017, yet 42 percent of the recalled repairs haven’t been made. The missed deadline prompted NHTSA acting director Heidi King to send a letter to all automakers affected by the recall. “I am deeply concerned that, despite this progress, millions more vehicles with defective Takata airbag inflators remain on the roads,” ... Read More

Summer Heat Increases Risk of Tire Failures

How Hot Pavement and Soaring Temperatures Can Cause Dangerous Tire Damage Tire maintenance is important all year long, but summer introduces special conditions that subject your vehicle’s tires to extraordinary stress, making summertime tire care a critical part of safe driving. Summer heat and hot pavement subject tires to extra stress and pressure, causing tire treads to degrade more rapidly than in cooler seasons. Tires with excessively worn treads and underinflated tires are especially prone to fail in the hotter months. Friction against scorching-hot pavement and heat buildup inside the tire dramatically accelerate the breakdown of tire rubber. Such degradation ... Read More

On the job amputation results in safety citation for Ohio Manufacturer

In March 2018, Liqui-Box Corp., a plastic bag manufacturer based out of Ashland, Ohio, received citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for repeated violations of safety measures involving the machinery in its manufacturing facility. The corporation is currently facing projected penalties of $155,208 for this failure to implement the standards and regulations put in place by OSHA, which the company is required by law to follow. An investigation was opened by OSHA when an employee of Liqui-Box Corp. suffered a partial amputation of his thumb while attempting to clear a bag-sealing machine of a jam that was ... Read More

E.coli tainted romaine lettuce sickens more people, kills one

The E.coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region has taken the life of one person and sickened an additional 23, bringing the total number of infections to 121 since the outbreak began in March, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To date, infections have been reported in 25 states. A California resident who consumed the romaine lettuce and developed E.coli infection died. It is the first known fatality connected to the multistate E.coli outbreak. Fifty-two of those sickened were hospitalized and 14 developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious complication of E.coli. The ... Read More

Vulto Creamery Under Strict Oversight After Listeria Outbreak

A federal court has barred Vulto Creamery, the New York cheese manufacturer linked to a deadly multistate outbreak of listeriosis, from making, selling, and distributing any food products until it takes specific measures to prevent Listeria and other dangerous foodborne microorganisms from contaminating its food. In a March 19 complaint initiated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. alleged that Vulto Creamery LLC and its owner, Johannes H. Vulto, violated the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by making and distributing ready-to-eat cheese it knew could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a form of cold-resistant bacteria that ... Read More

Cheese maker forced to close operations after listeria outbreak

A New York raw milk cheese company whose soft cheese was linked to an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono) that infected eight people in four states, two of whom died, has been ordered by a federal court not to manufacture its ready-to-eat aged soft, semi-soft, and hard cheeses until it complies with food safety regulations. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against Vulto Creamery LLC and its owner and manager Johannes “Jos” H. Vulto. Under the terms of the consent decree, Vulto cannot prepare, process, manufacture, pack ... Read More

Takata Whistleblowers Split $1.7 Million Award

Three whistleblowers who were instrumental in alerting U.S. authorities to the risks of Takata’s deadly airbag inflators will share an award of $1.7 million, a sum that could grow substantially larger once legislators determine the mechanics of a new auto whistleblower law passed in 2015. The whistleblowers were all former employees of Takata Corp., the Japan-based automotive supplier that manufactured tens of millions of airbags with highly unstable inflators. The dangerously defective airbags were installed in cars, trucks, and SUVs made by 19 automakers Lawyers for the three whistleblowers said the men provided extensive assistance and information that prompted the ... Read More

Hyundai Sonatas Recalled For Potential Airbag, Seatbelt Failure

Hyundai will recall about 155,000 midsize Sonata sedans in the U.S. over concerns that airbags in the vehicles may not deploy and seat belts may not function properly in a crash. The Hyundai recall covers 154,753 model-year Sonata cars manufactured between Dec. 11, 2009, and Sept. 29, 2010, at the South Korean automaker’s plant in Montgomery, Alabama. The airbag problem stems from a short circuit in the airbag control unit, an electronic component that assists with airbag deployment. A short circuit in the control unit could leave motorists without front and side airbag protection in a crash, the National Highway ... Read More

Overheating Instant Pots Trigger Product Safety Warning

The maker of the wildly popular Instant Pot pressure cookers has issued a safety warning to customers, asking them to report any incident of overheating and melting in certain versions of its Gem 65 8-in-1 multicooker. Instant Pot said in a Feb. 17 Facebook post that it had received reports that some of its Gem 65 8-in-1 multicookers were overheating and melting the underside of the unit. The company said it believes the problem is limited to products with the batch codes 1728, 1730, 1731, 1734, and 1746. The numbers are visible on a silver label on the bottom of ... Read More

Salmonella outbreak linked to Jimmy John’s sprouts deemed over

An outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to sprouts served at Jimmy John’s restaurants in Illinois and Wisconsin, as well as a grocery store in Minnesota, appears to be over according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local agencies. Furthermore, any contaminated sprouts that made people sick in this outbreak would be beyond their shelf life and no longer be on the market. Ten people were infected during the outbreak with strains of Salmonella Montevideo – two in Illinois, two in Minnesota, and six in Wisconsin. The CDC notified ... Read More