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Pressure Cooker Accidents Leave Kids With Lifelong Injuries

The Instant Pot pressure cooker craze that has swept the nation in recent years has inspired a multitude of manufacturers to cash in on the trend by making their own models. Unfortunately, in the rush to market, it seems that some pressure cooker models weren’t properly designed or manufactured, leaving unsuspecting consumers at risk of burns and other injuries. As we have seen in the past, many of the victims of pressure cooker malfunctions are children. Late last summer, an Idaho toddler was severely burned when the Sunday dinner his mother was cooking erupted from the pressure cooker, showering the ... Read More

Window Blinds Injure Two Children Every Day in the U.S.

Window blinds injure two children every day and kill one child each month on average in the U.S., according to an epidemiologic study published in the journal Pediatrics. From 1990 to 2015, nearly 17,000 children younger than 6 years old were treated in U.S emergency rooms for window blind-related injuries. A little less than half the injuries involved being struck by a window blind, such as being hit by a falling blind. Just 12 percent of the injuries involved entanglements, mostly with the cords on the blinds, but these injuries accounted for most of the hospitalizations and deaths, researchers found. Data ... Read More

Costco Pays $3.85 Million Penalty For Failing to Report Hazardous Trash Cans

Costco Wholesale Corp. has agreed to pay a $3.85 million civil penalty for its failure to report dangerously defective trash cans that pose a laceration hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said in an Oct. 9 announcement that Costco knew its EKO Sensible Eco Living Trash Cans posed an unreasonable risk of injury to consumers but chose not to disclose the problem to the CPSC as federal regulations require, The Issaquah, Washington-based retail giant, famous for its bulk products and wholesale prices, received 92 consumer complaints about the EKO trash cans, including 60 complaints from consumers who were ... Read More

Man’s Death from Burns Sparks Second Space Heater Recall

An electric space heater manufacturer joined federal safety regulators in re-announcing the recall of thousands of electric space heater fans after a Minnesota man died of burn injuries he sustained in a December 2017 house fire. Vornado LLC of Andover, Kansas, originally recalled about 350,000 VH101 Personal Vortex electric space heaters in April over the risk of fire and burn injuries. On Aug. 22, the company re-announced the recall after the Minnesota death was linked to one of the space heaters. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the recalled space heaters “can overheat when in use, posing ... Read More

Risk of Fire, Burn Injuries Prompts Three Product Recalls

The risk of overheating, fire, and burn injuries has triggered a nationwide recall of three consumer products in recent days, federal safety regulators announced. Zebra Technologies Printer Power Supply Units According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Zebra Technologies is expanding a previous recall of the power supply units used on its thermal printers. The power supply units can degrade and corrode over time when exposed to moisture and overheat, posing a fire hazard. The CPSC said Zebra Technologies recalled about 166,000 of the power supply units in Dec. 2016 and then expanded the recall on Aug. 2, ... Read More

Plaintiff Alleges Benzene in Consumer Products Caused Husband’s Death

An Illinois woman who lost her husband to an aggressive form of brain cancer has filed a lawsuit against several manufacturers, alleging their products exposed her husband to benzene and other potentially carcinogenic pollutants containing benzene. According to the Madison County Record, Cheryl Stamper filed her complaint in Madison County Circuit Court in Illinois Oct. 18, naming as defendants Turtle Wax Inc., Shell Oil Co., Shell Chemical LP, BP Products North America, and others. Ms. Stamper claims that her late husband, Steve Stamper, “was exposed to and inhaled or ingested benzene and benzene-containing pollutants that were negligently released into the ... Read More

Lead, other toxic metals found in most lipstick samples, study finds

When it comes to potentially dangerous consumer products, one of the last things that may come to mind is lipstick, yet a recent study found that many samples randomly gathered from their owners tested positive for toxic metals, including lead and cadmium, which in small amounts can have an adverse effect on health. Although researchers found traces of the lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum, and manganese in all of the lipstick and lip gloss samples they tested, some contained levels high enough to pose a serious health risk if used frequently. Researchers found that women who applied lipstick two or three ... Read More

5 health products that are dangerous to women

Medical devices, prescription drugs, and even consumer products offer unique benefits to women. But sometimes they can cause unexpected harm. Here are some products that women should use with caution: 1. Talcum powder – It might sound far-fetched, but women who apply baby powder or body powder regularly to their genitals are a third more likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who do not use the product. Talcum powder, derived from talc, contains various elements, including asbestos, which is a known carcinogen. Researchers say the powder when applied to the genitals can travel up the vagina through the uterus ... Read More

Poor crash-test ratings prompt Consumer Reports to pull Toyotas from recommended list

Consumer Reports has withdrawn its recommendations for three Toyota vehicles, including its top-selling Camry sedan, after newly expanded crash-test reports showed they performed poorly. The trusted consumer magazine, which millions of readers turn to for its reviews and ratings of a broad spectrum of consumer products, said that the Camry, Prius V, and RAV4 sport utility vehicle performed poorly on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) overlap crash tests, which the non-profit industry group introduced last year. The Corolla, another of Toyota’s top-selling models in the U.S., received a “marginal” rating on the overlap crash test. Despite the poor ... Read More

Nap Nanny and Chill infant recliners recalled after five infant deaths

Baby Matters LLC of Berwyn, Penn., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a voluntary recall of all models of its Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill infant recliners and covers. Since 2009, the CPSC has received 92 reports of incidents involving these products, including five infant deaths. Four of the deaths were related to the Nap Nanny Generation Two recliners and one death involved the Chill model. According to the incident reports received by CPSC, infants were able to fall or hang over the side of the product, including infants who were supposedly restrained ... Read More