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Hyundai Sonatas Recalled For Potential Airbag, Seatbelt Failure

Hyundai will recall about 155,000 midsize Sonata sedans in the U.S. over concerns that airbags in the vehicles may not deploy and seat belts may not function properly in a crash. The Hyundai recall covers 154,753 model-year Sonata cars manufactured between Dec. 11, 2009, and Sept. 29, 2010, at the South Korean automaker’s plant in Montgomery, Alabama. The airbag problem stems from a short circuit in the airbag control unit, an electronic component that assists with airbag deployment. A short circuit in the control unit could leave motorists without front and side airbag protection in a crash, the National Highway ... Read More

Fatal Amputation Injury Leads to Heavy Fines For Alabama Co

A fatal amputation injury at an Alabama plastics manufacturing company has led to nearly $200,000 in proposed fines for violations the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says could have been prevented with the proper safety measures in place. OSHA says it cited ABC Polymer Industries LLC of Helena for multiple safety violations including one willful violation – the agency’s most serious – for failing to prevent workers from suffering amputation and other injuries in its industrial machinery. According to AL.com, Catalina Estillado, aka Eva Saenz, died Aug. 16 at the ABC Polymer Industries plant after she was pulled into ... Read More

Chiropractor Arrested for Falsifying Truck Driver Medical Certifications

Falsely certifying commercial truck driver medical exams is as much a serious offense under federal law as it is a threat to public safety. A central Alabama chiropractor and two of his employees are learning this lesson the hard way, federal authorities say. According to the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Alabama, Louis V. Franklin, Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards, who resides in Columbus, Georgia, and operates a chiropractic clinic in Phenix City, was arrested Feb. 20 along with two of his employees, Joann Bush and Andrea Daigle. A federal grand jury charged the three on multiple fraud counts relating to ... Read More

Kratom linked to reports of Salmonella infections

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is continuing its crackdown on the herbal supplement kratom announcing this week that it, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other state and local officials are investigating a multi-state breakout of Salmonella infections linked to products reportedly containing kratom. Because of this health risk, the FDA is advising consumers to avoid kratom and kratom-containing products. Salmonella infections cause symptoms such as diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Most people recover without treatment, but the diarrhea may be so severe for some people that they need to be hospitalized. In some ... Read More

Accidental Amputation Leads To $75K Fines for Mobile Manufacturer

A worker’s accidental finger amputation at a fiberglass pipe manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama, has led to a dozen citations for safety violations and a fine of nearly $75,000. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that the accidental amputation occurred at RPS Composites Alabama Inc. and faulted the company for its failure to properly guard machines, including the one that the injured worker had been using. The agency noted that the worker was wearing safety gloves when using a pipe-winding machine and that the gloved hand was pulled into the machine, resulting in the finger amputation. After an ... Read More

Opioid makers paid millions to pain-treatment groups

The financial ties between opioid manufacturers and pain-treatment advocacy groups appears to have played a significant role in creating the necessary conditions for the country’s opioid epidemic, according to a new report released by Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. The report, Fueling an Epidemic: Exposing the Financial Ties Between Opioid Manufacturers and Third Party Advocacy Groups, reveals that during a five-year period beginning in 2012, drug companies funneled millions of dollars to pain-treatment groups, essentially crafting public opinion in favor of the highly addictive painkillers like OxyContin and fentanyl. “The pharmaceutical industry spent a generation downplaying the risks of opioid ... Read More

Purdue will no longer promote OxyContin to doctors

Purdue Pharma, maker of the powerful opioid painkiller OxyContin, under growing pressure and lawsuits from groups blaming the company for fueling the country’s opioid epidemic, will stop promoting its opioids to doctors. From now on, questions and requests for information about Purdue’s opioid products will be handled through direct communications with its medical affairs department, the company said in a statement. “We have restructured and significantly reduced our commercial operation and will no longer be promoting our opioids to prescribers,” the statement said. Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma whittled its sales force in half. Only 200 sales representatives remain in the U.S., ... Read More

Alabama sues OxyContin maker for fueling opioid epidemic

Major opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma L.P., was hit with a lawsuit by Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall on behalf of the State of Alabama alleging the drug company is fueling the nation’s opioid epidemic, causing unnecessary deaths as well as millions of dollars in economic damages to the state. “Alabama’s opioid crisis has been, and is still being, fueled by pharmaceutical manufacturer Purdue, which has deceptively and illegally marketed opioids in order to generate billions of dollars in sales,” said Beasley Allen lawyer Rhon E. Jones, head of the firm’s Toxic Torts Section and acting Deputy Attorney General in this ... Read More

Alabama Benzene Spill Site Removed From EPA Priority List

More than 50 years after a massive benzene spill released from a derailed train contaminated a South Alabama community, the federal government has removed the site from a list of one of America’s most polluted places. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that all monitoring wells at the Perdido Groundwater Contamination Site in north Baldwin County have shown levels of benzene to be below 5 micrograms per liter five consecutive years – the target of the cleanup plan and low enough to warrant its removal from the Superfund National Priorities List. Anyone who lived in Alabama in 1965 likely ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Hits Two Greyhound Buses, Injuring 8

A tractor-trailer collided with two Greyhound buses on a Kentucky highway Thursday, Jan. 4, injuring 8 people. Police in Walton, Kentucky, said that a Greyhound bus carrying 41 passengers had pulled over on the side of the northbound lanes of Interstate 71 due to mechanical problems. A replacement Greyhound bus arrived, and passengers and luggage were moving to the second bus when a tractor-trailer sideswiped both buses. Norla Bennett, 67, was traveling from Birmingham, Alabama, to Toledo, Ohio. She told Cincinnati’s WLWT Channel 5 that she was in the doorway of one of the buses when they were hit. The ... Read More