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500K+ hoverboard recall: CPSC chairman Elliot Kaye calls for consumers to stop using dangerous hoverboards

More than 500,000 self-balancing scooters, better known as hoverboards, have been recalled by 10 different companies upon the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)’s discovery the products fail to meet the Underwriters Laboratories (UL)’s electrical safety requirements. Hoverboards can be identified by their unique design aspects, including two wheels, one at either end of its platform, and are powered by lithium-ion battery packs. The following chart details the retailers, brands and amount of hoverboards affected by the massive hoverboard recall: Manufacturer/Importers:  Company Number of Units Brand/ModelSold Digital Gadgets LLC, of Monroe, N.J. 16,000 Hover-Way/Model # HWSBB601-R Hoverboard LLC, of Scottsdale, Ariz. ... Read More

IHOP Parking Lot Sinkhole Swallows Several Vehicles

Engineers are being sent to Meridian, Miss., to investigate what onlookers described as a giant sinkhole that opened up in the parking lot of a newly opened IHOP (International House of Pancakes) restaurant, swallowing about 15 vehicles. No injuries have been reported in the wake of the incident, which started around 7:15 p.m. Central Time Saturday night. Meridian Police patrol lieutenant Rita Jack told NBC News that about that time, the department “received a call of vehicles going through the pavement at IHOP in Meridian.” Customers eating at IHOP when the collapse occurred reported hearing  a series of loud booms before the restaurant and surrounding ... Read More

California gas utility faces $1.4-billion fine for deadly 2010 pipeline explosions

SAN FRANCISCO – Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) has been hit with $1.4-billion in penalties for thousands of safety violations that led up to a violent 2010 gas pipeline explosion that ripped through a San Francisco suburb and killed eight people. The proposed fine is the largest safety-related penalties ever levied against a public utility company in California history, but the administrative law judges that issued it said it is “meant to send a strong message to PG&E, and all other pipeline operators, that they must comply with mandated federal and state pipeline safety requirements, or face severe consequences.” The ... Read More

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission gains two new commissioners

Two new commissioners have been appointed to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the agency reported. The additional commissioners bring the total number of CPSC commissioners to five, including Chairwoman Inez Tenenbaum. “I extend a very warm welcome to Marietta Robinson and Ann Marie Buerkle to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission,” said Chairman Tenenbaum. “Both Ms. Robinson and Ms. Buerkle have extensive legal and public policy experience and will be an asset to the Commission. I look forward to working with them.” Ms. Robinson has 35 years of experience representing plaintiffs and defendants ad handling complex litigation as a ... Read More

Savannah controversy: who would pay for hazmat trucking disaster?

The potential for a “catastrophic event” and the costs associated with it are at the center of a debate in Savannah, Georgia after a liquid natural gas (LNG) processor nearby petitioned federal regulators to allow overland shipping of volatile gas. Southern LNG, which operates a massive LNG import terminal 5 miles downstream from Savannah, currently receives liquid methane by ship and pipes it out as a gas. The company is seeking approval to ship the gas in liquid form by truck through populated areas, including practically through the heart of Savannah. According to the Savannah Morning News, if the federal ... Read More

Whitco stadium lights may fall, pose risk of serious injury or death

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is reminding the public, school officials, facilities managers, and municipal and public safety officials with Whitco Company LP stadium light poles to have them inspected by a qualified engineer immediately because these 70- to 135-foot, 1- to 4-ton poles can fracture or crack and fall over, posing a risk of serious injury or death to patrons and bystanders from being hit or crushed. The poles could put hundreds of people at risk if they fall toward a crowded stadium or onto a building. CSPC first alerted consumers about the potential risk last August. ... Read More