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Sarah Mahan

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Sarah Mahan joined the Beasley Allen team as a writer after dabbling in newspapers and magazines. Her work, ranging from short news pieces to in-depth features, has been previously found in several community newspapers and the Alabama Alumni Magazine. Sarah’s current position with BA includes writing online content for the firm’s websites, publications and social media along with assorted assignments for outside publications. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, debating if going for a run is actually worth it, or as a University of Alabama grad, obligatorily yelling, “Roll Tide!” with friends and family Saturdays in the fall.

May marks Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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As temperatures rise, so too do the number of motorcycles on our nation’s roadways. Unfortunately, an increase in motorcycle traffic also means an increase in motorcycle accidents. In hopes of reducing the number of motorcyclists killed or injured, May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. “To keep motorcyclists safe, we urge everyone to share the road and be alert, and we’re reminding motorcyclists to make themselves visible, to use DOT-compliant motorcycle helmets, and to always ride sober,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) advises. When following a motorcycle, drivers should allow at least four seconds between vehicles and be extra ... Read More

Audi, Porsche recalled for potential fuel leaks

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Two Volkswagen Group vehicle-manufacturing companies have issued recalls for potential fuel leaks. Volkswagen Group of America and Porsche Cars North America have identified a potentially faulty fuel filter flange as a potential fire risk, according to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA). Approximately 240,500 2013-2017 Audi Q5 and 2013-2017 Audi Q7 vehicles are affected, and an additional 51,500 Porsche 2015-2017 Macan S and Macan Turbo vehicles, and 2017 Macan, Macan Turbo with the Performance Package, and Macan GTS vehicles are affected by the faulty filter flange. Flanges are used to secure and/or strengthen pieces of the fuel pump among ... Read More

Publix recalls dip that may contain glass shards

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Check what’s for lunch before digging in. If you have purchased Publix Supermarket Brand Deli Artichoke and Spinach Dip, lunch could contain an unwelcome surprise. The grocery chain is voluntarily recalling the dip because it could contain small shards of glass, which would be sure to disrupt a lunch break. The 16-ounce artichoke and spinach dip was sold at Publix stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee and was found in the refrigerated cases in the store’s deli department. Purchases with a UPC of 000-41415-15961, and a use-by-date of May 16 A1 and May 16 C1 ... Read More

HoMedics massager could cause shocks, burns

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Nearly half a million HoMedics handheld massagers may give users a little more than they bargained for, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The massagers are under recall for posing electric shock and burn risks. HoMedicts has received 140 reports of the HHP-375H, HHP-250 and the PA-MH-THP massagers having frayed, exposed wires causing sparks, smoke and even shooting flames. All three models have a 120 VAC and a 60 HZ power cord. The company has received 15 reports of burn injuries to fingers and other parts of the body due to the product. An estimated 400,000 massagers are affected by ... Read More

Motorized RipStik recalled after 700 fall hazard complaints

Recall - RipStick motorized caster board, Razor

After receiving more than 700 reports of the rear wheels locking up, Razor USA has launched a voluntary recall of its Razor RipStik electric motorized caster boards, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). More than 150,000 RipStiks are affected by the recall due to a potential fall hazard. The boards were sold at a variety of stores, including Target, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Amazon.com and other stores nationwide, from February 2016 through April 2017. The manufacturing date is located on the back. The boards sold for about $180. They have two wheels, a hub motor, a lithium ion ... Read More

Mercedes-Benz recalls 2017 models for defective seatbelts

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Certain 2017 Mercedes-Benz models may not adequately restrain passengers during a crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the vehicles’ front seat seatbelt pretensioners may fail during a crash, increasing the risk of an injury. The 2017 C300, C300 4Matic, C300 Coupe, C300 Coupe 4Matic, C43 AMG, C43 AMG Coupe, C43 AMG Cabrio, C63 AMG, C63 AMG Coupe, C63S AMG, C63S AMG Coupe, C63S Cabrio, GLC300, GLC300 4Matic, GLC43 AMG, S550, S550 4Matic, S550e, S600, S63 AMG 4Matic, S65, Mercedes-Maybach S550 4Matic and Mercedes-Maybach S600 vehicles are affected by the recall, which was launched because the faulty pretensioners ... Read More

Nissan recalls 25,000 vehicles for airbag defect

Nissan Sentra, 2015 - image courtesy Nissan North America

More than 25,000 Nissan vehicles are under recall for the risk improper airbag deployment. Certain 2015-2017 LEAF and 2014, 2015 and 2017 Sentra vehicles may have airbags that do not properly inflate due to a manufacturing error, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Any interference with a vehicle’s safety mechanisms increases the risk of injury or death in  an accident, and in this case, the air bag inflator may fail and put occupants at risk. Nissan North America Inc. will notify affected owners and instruct dealers to replace the front passenger airbag inflator free of charge. The recall ... Read More

Campbell’s Healthy Request Chicken Soup mislabeled, recalled

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Approximately 4,185 pounds of chicken soup is under recall due to a label mix up, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Campbell Soup Co. has received several complaints due to products labeled as “Campbell’s Homestyle Healthy Request Chicken with Whole Grain Pasta” actually containing “Campbell’s Homestyle Healthy Request Italian-Style Wedding Spinach & Meatballs in Chicken Broth” soup. Though there have been no reports of any incidents due to the mix up, the products contain milk, a known allergen, that is not declared on the product label, leading to the recall. However, the FDA has deemed the health risk ... Read More

McCain hash browns may contain golf ball parts

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What goes with hash browns? For some,  the answer might just be golf balls. Wait, what? According to an announcement by McCain Foods USA, their hash browns could “be contaminated with extraneous golf ball materials, that despite (their) stringent supply standards may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make this product.” Though no injuries have been reported, the golf ball pieces pose a choking and injury hazard, and two brands of hash browns are under recall. Products impacted by the recall include Roundy’s Brand, 2 lb. Bag of Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns (UPC 001115055019) and Harris Teeter Brand, ... Read More

Frito-Lay Jalapeño chips recalled for Salmonella threat

Recall - Frito Lay Jalapeno Kettle Cooked chips

Frito-Lay Jalapeño Flavored Lay’s Kettle Cooked potato chips and Jalapeño Flavored Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked potato chips are under recall for the potential presence of Salmonella. Though no Salmonella was found in Frito-Lay’s seasoning, the company launched a voluntary recall April 21 out of an abundance of caution as a direct result of a supplier’s recent recall of a seasoning blend which includes jalapeno powder that could contain the infectious organism, according to the Food and Drug Administration. All sizes of the Jalapeño Flavored Lay’s Kettle Cooked potato chips and Jalapeño Flavored Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked potato chips with a ... Read More