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Infant bath tubs must meet new federal safety standards

New federal safety standards for infant bath tubs went into effect Oct. 2. The regulations require manufacturers to improve warning statements printed on infant bath tubs to protect babies. The safety label will provide caregivers with information about drowning and fall hazards, and how to avoid them, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The new safety standard additionally requires infant bath tubs to meet improved performance requirements to protect against breakage and broken locking mechanisms. According to the CPSC, there were 31 infant deaths associated with infant bath tubs between 2004 and 2015. That number only includes ... Read More

Officials investigate loose steering wheels on Ford Fusions

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation after receiving reports that Ford Fusion steering wheels have come loose or fallen off the midsized sedan. In one case, a Georgia resident said that the steering wheel of their 2015 Fusion fell into their lap in September while turning into a gas station. (Individuals who file complaints with the NHTSA’s public database are not identified.) NHTSA opened the probe after receiving three complaints about the steering wheels on Ford Fusion vehicles. Two other people said that the bolt attaching the wheel to the steering column came loose while ... Read More

Black & Decker Manufacturer Fined For Failure To Recall Dangerous Coffeemaker Carafes

A federal court has ordered the company that produces Black & Decker brand products to pay nearly $2 million in civil penalties for its failure to report dangerously defective SpaceMaker coffee carafes and for continuing to distribute the defective glass carafes after they were recalled. In addition to $1.9 million in civil penalties, U.S. District Judge William M. Conley ordered a permanent injunction against Spectrum Brands Inc. of Madison, Wisconsin, for its violation of the Consumer Product Safety Act related to its handling of the defective Black & Decker carafes. The injunction requires Spectrum to report to the court every ... Read More

Ford trucks recalled for seat belt defect

More than 100,000 Ford 2015-2017 F-150, F-250 and F-350 trucks equipped with a crew cab are under recall for a potentially defective seat belts. Certain trucks are equipped with a left rear inflatable seat belt buckle that may separate from its mounting bracket, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The defect fails to adhere to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety standards ensuring seat belts are correctly anchored to prevent occupants from being injured in an accident, including being thrown from a car. This recall comes as almost a million Hyundai Sonatas were recalled earlier this year for a ... Read More

Dressers recalled at start of Baby Safety Month

This month the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association along with safety organizations across the country are stressing the importance of childproofing your home as part of Baby Safety Month 2017. This year’s theme is properly using straps on children’s products, according to Baby Safety Zone. Falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries to children, and each day 8,000 American children are treated for fall-related injuries. Experts stress the importance of always using the straps on baby gear to secure your precious cargo as the best way to reduce the risk of a fall. Other potential injuries to address when babyproofing ... Read More

Rule Clearing Way For Self-Driving Cars Passed By House

The U.S. House passed a bold proposal Wednesday that would help get self-driving cars without human control on the roads faster and preemptively bar states from taking any actions to ban the automated cars. The proposed bill, which now goes to the Senate for a vote, would allow automakers exemptions to deploy as many as 25,000 autonomous vehicles on the road without meeting existing auto safety standards in the first year and as many as 100,000 annually over the next three years, Reuters reported. Waymo and other automakers developing self-driving technologies have been pushing federal legislators for measures that would ... Read More

Honda Reaches $605 Million Takata Airbag Settlement

Honda Motor Co. agreed Friday to pay $605 million to settle its part of multidistrict litigation (MDL) over defective Takata airbags, opening the door to compensation for customers who have incurred out-of-pocket expenses and speeding up replacement of the faulty airbags in remaining vehicles. The preliminary deal includes an outreach program that is designed to help owners of about 16.5 million of Honda and Acura vehicles get their Takata airbags repaired more quickly, including payments up to $500 per owner, free rental cars, and providing reimbursements for lost wages, childcare, and other expenses vehicle owners rack up to get their ... Read More

Dr. Martens boots recalled for possible chemical exposure

Dr. Martens Vegan boots are under a voluntary recall for possible chemical exposure. The boots’ tongue lining may cause exposure to benzidine, a cancer causing substance that has not been sold in the U.S. since the 1970s, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The unisex 1460 boots in cherry red, made in Vietnam and imported by Airwair of Portland, Oregon, are the “original Dr. Martens boot,” according to the iconic company’s website. “Its boot’s recognizable DNA looks like this: 8 eyes, classic Dr. Martens Smooth leather, grooved sides, a heel-loop, yellow stitching, and a comfortable, air-cushioned sole.” According to ... Read More

Las Vegas Teen Sues Over Takata Airbag Injuries

A Las Vegas teen who nearly died when the Takata airbag installed in her refurbished 2002 Honda Accord exploded is suing the salvage yard that sold the recalled airbag and the auto dealers who bought it for re-use. Eighteen-year-old Karina Dorado was driving home from work March 3 when her Honda Accord was rear-ended by another vehicle. What should have been a relatively minor rear-end collision, however, turned into a fight for life when the Takata airbag inside Ms. Dorado’s car exploded, puncturing her trachea with metal shrapnel. Now 19, Ms. Dorado had to spend several days in a trauma ... Read More

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 refurbished phone batteries recalled

Samsung phones are once again taking heat for a battery defect that could lead to fire and burn hazards. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall last week on batteries placed in approximately 10,000 refurbished AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 4 cellphones by FedEX Supply Chain. “FedEx and Samsung have determined that some of the recalled batteries are counterfeit and show anomalies that can lead the batteries to overheat. The batteries are non-OEM, which means they were not supplied as original equipment by the phone’s manufacturer, Samsung,” according to a CPSC release. The refurbished cellphones were distributed by FedEx ... Read More