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Toyota pays record fine; is GM next?

According to the U.S. Department of Justice announcement this Wednesday, Toyota will be forced to pay $1.2 billion in fines due to its mishandling of the sudden unintended acceleration defects that plagued millions of its own vehicles. Toyota’s cover-up of the sudden acceleration defects has resulted in the highest settlement to be paid by an auto manufacturer in U.S. history. The Justice Department has found that Toyota intentionally misled federal investigators and the public by concealing important evidence and refusing to address its vehicles’ problems with honesty. Between 2009 and 2010, nearly 9.4 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles were ultimately ... Read More

Honda recalls Acura TL sedans for potential steering problems

Honda, the international car manufacturing corporation, has issued a recall after discovering potential problems with the power steering systems in 2007-2008 luxury Acura TL sedans. In the U.S. alone, the recall will affect nearly 53,000 vehicles. Despite no reported accidents or injuries, in time Acura believes that “prolonged, high under-hood temperatures” could significantly weaken the vehicle’s power steering system, thus creating a fluid leak. This fluid leak would not only lead to loss of the power steering capability, but if it leaks onto a catalytic converter, it could result in smoke and in certain cases, a fire. Acura’s recent statement ... Read More

Tots in Mind crib tents pulled from market after death, serious brain injury reports

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and five retailers have announced a voluntary recall to provide refunds to consumers who own crib tents and play yard tents made by Tots in Mind, Inc. CPSC is warning parents and caregivers who own these products that infants and toddlers are at risk of serious injury or death due to strangulation and entrapment hazards posed by these products. The CPSC is aware of one death and one catastrophic brain injury linked to these products. ... Read More

Morphine drug recalled due to risk of overdose

A nationwide recall of one lot of the potent painkiller injection Hydromorphone has been issued because the syringe system may contain more of the drug than indicated on the label. Hydromorphone is an opioid pain medication that if overdosed can cause respiratory depression (or slowed or suspended breathing), low blood pressure, and reduced heart rate including circulatory collapse, all of which can cause death. ... Read More

Folding step-stools recalled after falls with injuries due to breakage

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in conjunction with Kennedy International Inc., has issued a recall plastic folding step-stools after reports the stool can crack and break, resulting in consumers falling. The manufacturer has received at least 15 reports of incidents where the stool cracked or broke, three resulting in injuries. Reported injuries include two back injuries and one fractured leg. ... Read More

Inflatable pool slides recalled after incidents involving death, severe neck injuries

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Toys R Us Inc. have announced the recall of about 21,000 inflatable Banzai in-ground pool water slides. During use, the slide can deflate, allowing the user to hit the ground underneath the slide and become injured. The CPSC is aware of one death in connection to this product. ... Read More

Trampolines sold at Walmart recalled for fall hazard

A line of trampolines sold exclusively at discount retail giant Walmart has been recalled by the manufacturer due to a fall hazard. The recall involves the Sportspower BouncePro 14' Trampoline. The netting around the trampoline can break, allowing children to fall through the netting and be injured. The manufacturer has received 17 reports of the net breaking, resulting in 11 injuries including broken bones, back and neck injuries, and contusions. ... Read More

Bacteria-contaminated ultrasound gel recalled

Potentially dangerous bacteria has been found in gel used in ultrasound transmission, according to a safety announcement issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A recall was issued on three lots of Other-Sonic Generic Ultrasound Transmission Gel, manufactured by Pharmaceutical Innovations Inc. ... Read More