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Lithium-Ion battery Car Fires pose a New Challenge For Firefighters

As hybrid and electric cars rise in popularity throughout the U.S., so does the prospect of car fires stemming from the lithium-ion batteries that power “green” engines. Firefighters in Mountain View, California, responded last week to an electric car battery fire. According to the Mountain View Voice, the car’s engine had been converted from a conventional combustion engine to all-electric. For unknown reasons, a lithium-ion battery in the engine overheated to about 500 degrees, casting a plume of noxious smoke. It was the first electric car battery fire the Mountain View Fire Department had to battle, the Mountain View Voice ... Read More

Gree dehumidifiers see expanded recall for overheating

Many Gree dehumidifiers have taken their purpose to the extreme by not only drying the air, but scorching their surroundings. Certain models of the dehumidifiers have been found to pose serious fire and burn risks to consumers due to overheating, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). As a result, the manufacturer has issued a recall for the defective units. An approximate 2.5 million dehumidifiers are included in the recall, which first began in 2013 and was subsequently expanded in 2014 for similar issues. The dehumidifiers have caused 450 fires totaling more than $19 million in property damage after more ... Read More

Ambient Weather radio recall expands to include additional 57K due to fire hazard

Weather radios are often used by those in extreme weather conditions and unable to assess weather news through other means. As such, their importance to consumers is higher than most household goods and they should work properly in the case of an emergency. However, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an additional 57,000 Ambient Weather radios are now being recalled by Ambient Weather due to reports that the device can overheat while plugged into an AC power outlet, thus posing a fire hazard. More than 12,000 of the same radios were recalled once before in August of last ... Read More

Beats Pill XL recall issued by Apple after reports of overheating

Apple, the popular technology company headquartered in California, has opted to voluntarily recall about 222,000 Beats Pill XL wireless speakers in the U.S. The recall notice claims that the speaker’s battery may overheat while in use, leaving consumers vulnerable to a fire and burn hazard. Another 11,000 Beats Pill XL speakers are under recall in Canada. The Beats Pill XL recall encompasses plastic, capsule-shaped speakers with a plastic mesh grille on the front and a built-in handle on the back. Measuring about four inches tall by 13 inches wide by four inches deep, the recalled speaker will have a small ... Read More

More than 5.5M power cords recalled by Hewlett-Packard due to property damage, overheating

Hewlett-Packard (HP), the multinational information technology corporation, has announced an immense recall of nearly 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords, which have the potential to overheat and start a fire. Before the recall’s announcement, HP received word of 29 incidents involving the power cords overheating, melting or charring. As a result, two consumers reported minor burns while 13 claimed minor property damage. HP’s LS-15 AC power cord was distributed by HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook computers and came with other AC adapter-powered accessories. The recalled power cords are black and feature an “LS-15” molded mark on the ... Read More

Google recalls 145,000 “HP Chromebook 11” chargers after reports of overheating and melting

A recall of nearly 145,000 HP Chromebook 11 power supplies/chargers has been announced by one of the most well-known Internet-related corporations in the world, Google. The recalled chargers have a tendency to overheat and possibly melt, causing fire and burn hazards to its consumers. Sold with the HP Chromebook 11, the recalled chargers are black with outlet pins, measuring 1 ¾ inches by ¾ inches. The charger’s cord is 6 feet long, containing a micro-USB connector on the end. Stamped on the face of the battery charger, the model number of the recalled charger is MU15-N1052-A00S. Google has been held ... Read More

14 ways to reduce your baby’s risk of SIDS

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) kills about 2,500 babies in the United States each year. It can happen to seemingly healthy babies, leaving few, if any, clues as to why. But experts have found that taking a few precautions can greatly reduce the risk of babies dying. Get early and adequate medical care. Women should get prenatal care within the first three months of becoming pregnant, and regular checkups throughout the pregnancy. This can reduce the risk for premature birth, which is a risk factor for SIDS. Grow up. SIDS is more common among infants born to teenaged mothers. Pacify ... Read More