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Audi Recalls About 580,000 Vehicles For Engine Fire Hazard and Exploding Airbag Risk

Volkswagen is recalling nearly 580,000 of its luxury brand Audi vehicles in the U.S. to repair problems that could lead to engine fires and exploding airbags. One recall involves 342,867 model year 2013-2017 Audi A5 and Audi A5 Cabriolet cars with turbocharged engines and a coolant pump that can become clogged with debris and catch fire. The company is also recalling 234,054 2011-2017 Q5 SUVs because water from the sunroof drainage system can soak into the foam surrounding the side air bag inflators, potentially causing the inflator to explode. According to Tech Times, “the moisture from the foam could corrode ... Read More

Ohio Worker Crushed To Death in Hydraulic Press

COLUMBUS, OHIO — A worker employed by a metal plastics molding plant in Central Ohio was crushed to death by a hydraulic press Monday morning, Columbus police said. According to Columbus law enforcement authorities investigating the accident, Timothy Underwood, 60, was working in the press area at a Core Molding Technologies plant with a coworker early Monday morning when he fell into one of the hydraulic presses. Police said Mr. Underwood died from a “catastrophic injury to his head.” He was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr. Underwood had worked at the molding plant for about a year. The company, ... Read More

IKEA recalls children’s swing due to fall hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), along with IKEA North America Services LLC, announced on Tuesday that more than 2,000 GUNGGUNG child’s swings, sold in IKEA stores nationwide and online have been recalled. The hazard associated with this product involves the swing’s suspension fittings breaking, causing a child to fall from the swing, which can lead to serious injury. The IKEA GUNGGUNG Swing is intended for children between the ages of 3 and 7, and is built for both indoor and outdoor use. The swing is made of green polyester fabric and hangs from a plastic suspension fitting, which ... Read More

Publix Recall on Bagels Affects Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina

Four southern states have been affected by a recent recall of a popular breakfast food sold in Publix Super Markets. Publix has announced a recall of its store-brand jalapeno bagels following a warning from their supplier that these bagels may contain pieces of glass and small stones. Publix-brand jalapeno bagels are typically sold in the store’s self-service bins and the artisan cases in the bakery department. The potentially hazardous bagels were distributed to Publix store locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, meaning that stores in Tennessee and North Carolina are not impacted by the recall. Maria Brous, media ... Read More

Government sues importers of children’s products to stop flow of dangerous toys to U.S.

The U.S. government has taken legal action against four California companies and six individuals in an effort to halt their illegal importation of dangerous children’s products containing lead, phthalates, small parts that pose a hazard to young children, and other potentially deadly defects. The U.S. Justice Department, acting on a request of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), filed an injunction in California federal court against Toys Distribution Inc. (TDI International); S&J Merchandise Inc., BLJ Apparel Inc., and All Season Sales Inc. Individuals named in the injunction are identified as Loan Tuyet Thai, Lan My Lam, Paul Phuong, Cuc T. ... Read More

Banana Boat sunscreen products recalled over fire risk

Most people use sunscreen to protect themselves from getting burned by the sun, never expecting the lotion could cause them to burst into flames. But the risk of catching on fire is what prompted the maker of Banana Boat sunscreen to recall several of its spray-on products. Energizer Holdings announced Friday that it is pulling 23 varieties of its Banana Boat UltraMist sunscreen products, saying that a defective spray nozzle could be allowing too much of the lotion to be applied to the skin. If a person who uses the recalled products comes into contact with an open flame while ... Read More

Toyota window-switch safety recall the largest single recall in 16 years

Toyota Motor Co. announced another giant safety recall Wednesday, this time involving 7.43 million vehicles worldwide over the risk of driver’s-side window switches that could catch fire. The recall includes about 2.5 million model-year 2007-2009 vehicles sold in the U.S. under the Toyota and Scion brand. According to Toyota, pressing the driver’s-side power window master switch (PWMS) may create a “notchy” or sticky feel. If commercially available lubricants are used to treat the switch, the switch assembly could melt, potentially leading to vehicular smoke and/or fire. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received more than 200 reports of ... Read More

Safety tips and reminders for Baby Safety Month

September is Baby Safety Month, and the perfect time to for parents and caregivers ensure that their baby’s sleep environment is safe and free from potential hazards. “While cribs, bassinets and play yards are the safest places to place your baby to sleep, more than 11 million cribs and numerous bassinets and play yards have been recalled since 2007,” warns the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission (CPSC). Many of these recalls were initiated because defects or design problems created entrapment, smothering or choking hazards. To ensure your baby’s sleep environment is safe, parents can start by checking the CPSC’s ... Read More

Car door fire probe includes 1.4 million Toyota cars and SUVs

Federal safety regulators have expanded a probe of the power window switches in certain Toyota vehicles that could result in fire and other “thermal” hazards. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says on its website that it has added about 600,000 Toyota Camry, Highlander, and Yaris vehicles from the 2007, 2008, and 2009 model years to the investigation, which now encompasses more than 1.4 million cars and SUVs. NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) says that the master power window door switch in the affected vehicles could be to blame for reports it has received about fires erupting inside ... Read More

Pennsylvania tree trimmer falls to death after bucket truck failure

A Pennsylvania man died from falling injuries last Wednesday afternoon, two days after the truck-mounted aerial lift he was in failed as he was cutting back tree limbs. Alan Price, 40, of North York, Penn., was working to remove a tree from a private residence from the bucket of bucket truck when the upper boom lift that supported the bucket broke. The extended arm of the riser collapsed and swung around, throwing Mr. Price from the bucket. According to reports, Mr. Price fell about 50 feet to the ground. Emergency workers transported the victim to Lancaster General Hospital, where he ... Read More