Monthly Archives: January 2010

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Toyota adds more vehicles to unintended acceleration recall

Toyota announced that it will recall more than a million other cars and trucks in the United States over concerns that the vehicles could accelerate suddenly and unintentionally. The world’s largest car manufacturer added approximately 1.09 million to the recall list of 4.2 million vehicles that it originally announced last September. Toyota claims that the floor mats in these vehicles can become locked with the gas pedal, trapping it in an open position and causing the vehicle to accelerate unexpectedly. The new additions to the sudden acceleration recall include the 2008-2010 Highlander, 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Venza, 2009-2010 Matrix, and 2009-2010 ... Read More

Toyota adds more vehicles to sudden acceleration recall

Toyota announced that it will recall more than a million other cars and trucks in the United States over concerns that the vehicles could accelerate suddenly and unintentionally. The world’s largest car manufacturer added approximately 1.09 million to the recall list of 4.2 million vehicles that it originally announced last September. Toyota claims that the floor mats in these vehicles can become locked with the gas pedal, trapping it in an open position and causing the vehicle to accelerate unexpectedly. The new additions to the sudden acceleration recall include the 2008-2010 Highlander, 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Venza, 2009-2010 Matrix, and 2009-2010 ... Read More

Pedal manufacturer says it’s not to blame for Toyota problems, recalls

In its latest recall involving 2.3 million vehicles, Toyota said that the throttle assemblies in eight models could wear over time, causing the gas pedal to stick in open position, return to idle too slowly, or generally become less responsive. Today, the manufacturer of those throttle mechanisms, CTS Corporation, issued a statement firmly insisting that its parts are not responsible for any of the unintended acceleration incidents involving Toyota vehicles. Toyota’s recall this month of vehicles with sticking accelerator pedals is separate from the record recall it announced last September of more than 4 million vehicles in response to reports ... Read More

More strollers recalled due to fingertip amputation, laceration hazard

Another brand of stroller has been added to the list of strollers being recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission because of a risk of the child's finger being amputated or lacerated. CYBEX Strollers, distributed by Regal Lager in Kennesaw, Ga., is recalling about 1,100 strollers distributed in the United States and in Canada because the strollers' hinge mechanisms pose a fingertip amputation and laceration hazards to children when the consumers are unfolding/opening the strollers. To date, CYBEX has received one report of a child placing his finger in the stroller's hinge mechanism, resulting in a finger fracture. ... Read More

Starbucks recalls glass water bottles

Glass water bottles sold at the popular Starbucks coffeehouse chain are being recalled because the bottles and/or the stoppers on the bottles can shatter when the consumer is removing or inserting the stopper, posing a laceration hazard to those holding the bottle. The recall was announced today by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada. ... Read More

Toyota suspends sales due to unintended acceleration problem

Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. announced Tuesday that it is slamming the brakes on the manufacturing and sales of many of its bestselling models in the U.S. The decision to suspend production and sales follows a series of safety recalls involving millions of vehicles. Toyota announced a recall of more than 4 million cars and trucks last September, saying that driver-side floor mats could interfere with the accelerator pedal and cause the vehicle to accelerate suddenly and unintentionally. On January 22, Toyota announced another recall of 2.3 million American cars and trucks, saying that the gas pedal mechanisms could wear out ... Read More

New rule bans commercial truckers from texting behind the wheel

The Department of Transportation has announced on Tuesday new rules that ban commercial truck and bus drivers from texting while driving. The new rule is part of a growing national effort to crack down on the epidemic of distracted driving that kills 6,000 people every year and injures 500,000 more. Commercial drivers who are found in violation of the new texting and driving ban will face civil or criminal charges of as much as $2,750. The ban went into effect immediately. Researchers have found that texting drivers take their eyes off the road 4.6 seconds out of every 6 seconds ... Read More

Distracted driving: a hard habit to break?

Raleigh, North Carolina’s News Observer published an article Sunday that illustrates with a few poignant examples the deadly distracted driving epidemic that threatens the life of nearly every American. Distracted driving is a term for any activity that steals the driver’s attention away from the road. Eating and playing with the radio, for instance, are dangerous distractions, but the term is most closely associated with talking and texting on cell phones. As the News Observer points out, cell phones can be so addictive that some people who have caused accidents because they were talking or texting still don’t change their ... Read More

Research helps women make more informed decisions about HRT

There is plenty of bad press about hormone replacement therapy (HRT), a striking reversal of just a decade or two ago, when drug makers were touting the many benefits of HRT for menopausal women. Those drug makers spent millions of dollars developing advertising campaigns and paying doctors to write articles in medical journals claiming the pills that combined estrogen and progestin were the fountain of youth. They put an end to nasty menopause symptoms such as mood swings and hot flashes, and offered the added benefit of strengthening bones and protecting women against cancer and heart disease. As we all ... Read More

Infusion sets recalled due to risk of serious injury or death

Needles and infusion sets used to access ports implanted under the skin of chronically ill patients for repeated access to veins for blood withdrawal or infusion of medication, nutritional solutions, blood products and imaging solutions, are being recalled by the manufacturer because the needles may "core" causing silicone slivers to dislodge from the ports, posing a risk of serious injury or death to the patient. ... Read More