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Some Hyundai and Kia Drivers Reporting Flames, Explosions

Federal auto safety regulators said they are “reviewing” reports that certain Hyundai and Kia vehicles are catching fire for unknown reasons, sometimes burning into unusable, charred ruins. That’s what happened to a Virginia woman’s 2012 Kia Soul. Michelle Belcher told Richmond’s WTVR Channel 6 that her son Bailey was driving the Kia Soul home from work when he noticed smoke coming from the vehicle and pulled over. Outside the vehicle, he noticed the glow of fire underneath the vehicle and  “the whole car went up in flames, it was crazy,” Bailey Belcher told WVTR. Neither Hyundai, which owns about a ... Read More

Audit Slams NHTSA For Poor Handling of Takata Airbags Recalls

Federal auto safety regulators have done a sloppy job handling the Takata airbag recalls, which may have left millions of motorists exposed to the potentially deadly airbags longer than necessary, a government audit has found. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) failed to follow its own procedures in addressing low recall repair completion rates, according to a report compiled by the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General and released to Congress July 18. U.S. lawmakers asked Transportation Department officials in 2015 to investigate how effectively its own auto safety regulators were overseeing the sweeping Takata airbag recalls, which ... Read More

Several Ritz Cracker Products Recalled For Salmonella Risk

The manufacturer of Ritz crackers is recalling several of its Ritz cracker sandwich and Ritz Bits products over the risk of potential Salmonella contamination. Deerfield, Illinois-based Mondelez Global, one of the world’s largest producers of snack foods, confections, and beverages, announced the voluntary recall on Saturday, July 21.  The company said the potential Salmonella contamination stems from the whey powder it uses in certain Ritz products. An external supplier provides the whey powder to Mondelez. The Ritz products covered by the recall have been sold in every state, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mondelez said it is not ... Read More

McDonald’s Salads Linked to Intestinal Parasite Across the Midwest

McDonald’s has stopped selling salads at thousands of its Midwestern locations after dozens of people fell ill with cyclosporiasis, an illness caused by the intestinal parasite cyclospora. As of Sunday, July 15, public health officials in Illinois have confirmed 90 cases of cylclosporiasis in patients who had eaten at McDonald’s in the previous days, while officials in Iowa reported 15 cases. Health officials in Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin, and South Dakota are also reporting cyclosporiasis illnesses that they believe stem from McDonald’s salads. According to USA Today, each of the states has two cases, except for Missouri, which has seven, and ... Read More

CA sues toddler formula makers for excessive lead in products

Nutraceutrical Corp. and Graceleigh Inc., were hit with a lawsuit by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra over claims that the companies’ toddler formulas contained dangerously high levels of lead – 14 to 16 times higher than state requirements for businesses to issue lead exposure warnings. Natraceuticals, which makes Peaceful Planet Toddler Supreme, and Graceleigh, which makes Sammy’s Milk Free-Range Goat Milk Toddler Formula, agreed to stop selling their products in California after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from the attorney general earlier this month. Becerra called the issue “a parent’s worst nightmare. Toddler formula should contain nutrients that help children grow, ... Read More

Tesla Settles Class Action Over ‘Dangerous’ Autopilot System

Owners of Tesla Model S and Model X cars who alleged the Autopilot system in their vehicles was “essentially unusable and demonstrably dangerous” have settled a class-action lawsuit with the California automaker. According to Reuters, Tesla agreed to allocate $5 million to a settlement fund that will partially compensate Model S and Model X owners who file a claim for the allegedly worthless feature. Owners of the vehicles claimed they spent an extra $5,000 to have their vehicles equipped with Tesla’s Autopilot system, which the company claimed on its website would make driving safer with capabilities such as automated emergency ... Read More

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