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Hundreds of Takata’s Recalled Airbag Inflators Explode During Testing

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Hundreds of airbag inflators made by Takata and taken out of recalled airbag units ruptured during laboratory testing, further demonstrating the threat to motorists posed by the faulty devices. According to Bloomberg, documents released Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that during testing, 660 of the 245,000 recalled airbag inflators exploded during testing. A consent decree Takata signed last year with NHTSA officials required the Tokyo-based supplier to disclose test findings. The faulty airbag inflators have been blamed for at least 15 deaths worldwide, most of which were in the U.S., and more than 100 injuries. The ... Read More

Multistate E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Ground Beef From Massachusetts Company

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Ground beef, veal, and bison products from a Massachusetts company are being recalled after a multi-state outbreak of E. coli illnesses, federal officials announced Saturday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that seven confirmed E. coli illnesses, including five that required hospitalization, were linked to ground beef from Adams Farm Slaughterhouse in Athol, Mass. Three illnesses stemming from the Adams Farm beef were reported in Mass., two cases were reported in Connecticut, one in Pennsylvania, and one in West Virginia. The contaminated products were sold to farmer’s markets, retail locations and restaurants in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and ... Read More

Is Kellogg’s Eggo Recall Evidence That Stricter Food-Safety Laws Are Working?

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Kellogg Company announced Monday that it is voluntarily recalling about 10,000 cases of Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles after routine quality tests indicated they could be infected with listeria monocytogenes bacteria – a potentially deadly germ that is notorious for its ability to thrive in damp, refrigerated and sub-freezing environments. While the Eggo recall itself isn’t unusual – there have been major listeria-induced food recalls in the past couple of years – the fact that Kellogg initiated a recall before receiving any reports of illnesses could signify that tougher federal food-safety laws are starting to take effect. Before provisions of ... Read More

CPSC Announces Official Recall of All Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones

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U.S. safety regulators announced a formal recall of all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones Thursday amid a mounting number of reports of the devices exploding and starting fires. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges all Samsung Note 7 users to stop using the devices immediately and make sure they are powered off. The recall affects about one million of the Samsung smartphones in the U.S. sold through wireless carriers and electronics stores nationwide for about $850. Customers who have purchased a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone since they were first made available to the public on Aug. 19 ... Read More

BLACK+DECKER announces electric blower/vacuum/mulcher tool recall; more than 560K recalled

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BLACK+DECKER™, an American manufacturer of power tools, accessories and home improvement products, has announced an electric blower/vacuum/mulcher tool recall encompassing more than 560,000 units. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the tool’s fan cover may unlatch without warning, thus posing a laceration hazard. The BLACK+DECKER recall includes its 3-in-1 electric blower/vacuum/mulchers with one of the three following model numbers: BV5600, BV6000 and BV6600. To find the model number, check along the name plate on the ride side of the motor housing. “Type 1” should also be printed beside it and are the only blower/vacuum/mulchers included in the ... Read More

Florida Family Blames Samsung Note 7 Phone For Incinerating Jeep

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A St. Petersburg, Fla., family whose Jeep became engulfed in flames on Labor Day believes a newly purchased Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is to blame. Nathan Dornacher told WTSP Tampa Bay that he and his family were dropping some things off at the house on Labor day and left the Samsung smartphone on the center console of the Jeep Grand Cherokee charging. When Mr. Dornacher went back outside he discovered the inside of the vehicle was on fire. Within minutes, the fire had spread from the dash to the entire vehicle, leaving it a skeleton full of ash and melted ... Read More

NTSB May Deepen Probe of Deadly Takata Truck Explosion

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Federal investigators trying to determine what caused a truckload of Takata airbag components to explode in Texas last month said that documentation they’ve reviewed indicates the parts were shipped properly. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials continue to probe the deadly blast, which completely leveled a house in the border town of Quemado, Texas, August 22, killing one woman and injuring four others. So far, shipping documents reviewed by the NTSB reveal no problems in the way the airbag inflators containing the highly unstable chemical compound ammonium nitrate were shipped. “Initial indicators are that the materials were packaged properly. If ... Read More

Goodman Pays $5.5 Million Penalty For Delaying Recall of Defective AC/Heater Units linked to dangerous fires

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A manufacturer of single-unit air conditioner-heaters whose conduct federal regulators called “illegal, dangerous and unacceptable” has agreed to pay a $5.5 million civil penalty for its failure to recall defective and hazardous units as required by law and for lying to regulators about the number of fires its products had caused. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) sued that Houston, Texas-based Goodman Company, alleging that it intentionally failed to inform safety regulators immediately that its “packaged terminal air conditioner/heaters contained a dangerous defect that posed an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death to consumers.” Goodman sold the defective ... Read More

Brooklyn Boy Burned By Exploding Samsung Note 7 Smartphone

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A Samsung Note 7 smartphone exploded in a Brooklyn child’s hands over the weekend, leaving him with burn injuries and a fear of other electronic devices. According to the New York Post, the 6-year-old boy was using one of Samsung’s recalled Note 7 phones at his East Flatbush home Saturday, Sept. 10, when it exploded and caught fire. “The child was watching videos on the phone when the battery exploded,” Linda Lewis, the boy’s grandmother, told the New York Post, adding that the incident set off the smoke alarms in her house. The family called 911 around 8 p.m. Saturday ... Read More

FAA, CPSC Advise Consumers Not To Use Samsung Note 7 Smartphones

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U.S. air safety regulators are urging air travelers to refrain from charging, turning on, and packing their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after reports of the newly released devices exploding and starting fires. The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) unusual announcement stated that “In light of recent incidents and concerns” about Samsung’s new smartphones, it “strongly advises passengers” to refrain from activating or charging them onboard aircraft and “not to stow them in any checked baggage.” The FAA advisory is the latest measure the FAA has taken to address the risk posed by the proliferation of devices powered by rechargeable lithium-ion ... Read More