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Most luxury cars flunk partial collision tests, new study finds

Consumers paying top dollar for luxury automobiles might expect nothing but the best in vehicle performance, but most would be sadly mistaken if they believed the quality of their vehicles extended to matters of safety, according to the results of a new study. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tested the performance of 11 midsize model-year 2012 luxury and “near luxury” cars in what it called “small overlap frontal crashes,” a type of crash that affects the vehicle’s vulnerable edges, such as when a car strikes a tree, pole, or clips the backside of another vehicle. Frontal overlap crashes ... Read More

Grisly paper mill death leads to $288,000 penalty for paper company

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited APC Paper Co. Inc. with numerous safety violations following the grisly death of an employee at the company’s Claremont, N.H. paper mill. The citations included three willful, one serious, and seven repeat safety violations carrying a total of $288,000 in proposed fines. The July 26, 2010 incident occurred while the worker was hand-feeding feeding paper into a large industrial roller. The paper mill lacked a safe method of feeding paper through the rollers, relying on workers to direct the paper through the machine with their hands. The plant also failed to ... Read More

FMCSA closes busing company over serious safety violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered a Pennsylvania-based commercial busing company to cease its operations entirely over serious violations uncovered by a comprehensive safety compliance review. Authorities found RLT Tours of Lake Pond, Pennsylvania, in violation of multiple safety regulations, including hours-of-service requirements, mandatory insurance requirements, vehicle maintenance standards, and compliance with drug and alcohol testing. While the vast majority of bus charter companies takes safety seriously, every now and then inspections turn up a company that operates with little regard for the law and the safety of its passengers, its drivers, and other motorists. Too often, ... Read More

New Compliance Safety Accountability model goes nationwide

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) this week announced it had taken a major step toward improving commercial truck and bus safety with the launch of its Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program nationwide. FMCSA first launched a field test of CSA in Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, and New Jersey in February 2008. Last year, the agency added Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, and Montana to the test group. The program was then modified according to testing results and feedback provided by industry partners. The goal of the CSA (or CSA 2010 as it is commonly called) operational model is to reduce commercial ... Read More

Note to CMV drivers: Roadcheck 2010 takes place June 8-10

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will help mobilize thousands of roadside inspectors who patrol American and Canadian highways June 8-10 for Roadcheck 2010. Approximately 14 trucks and buses will be inspected every minute during the intense three-day campaign. Typically, 20 percent of vehicles are found in violation of federal safety standards and placed out of service, based on Roadchecks in previous years. For 72 consecutive hours, inspectors and law enforcement officers will be conducting the annual Roadcheck, an event that involves federal, state, provincial and local inspectors at more than 1,500 locations across the continent. They conduct comprehensive North ... Read More

CPSC issues mandatory safety standards on infant, baby walkers

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has zeroed in on infant/baby walkers as part of its ongoing effort to provide mandatory safety standards on a range of infant and toddler products. Infant/baby walkers are an enclosed framework on casters or wheels designed to help babies learn to walk. The new standards adopt the voluntary industry standard and include using the actual weight of a walker in calculation to determine the launching distance for the “stair fall” test, specifying equipment used in the “stair fall” test, and adding a parking brake test for walkers equipped with parking brakes. The new mandatory ... Read More

CPSC announces federal safety standards on infant bath seats

Infant bath seats are now required by law to meet a list of safety standards in an effort to reduce the number of preventable deaths and incidents involving the bath seats. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced this week that it has approved the first mandatory standard on a range of infant and toddler products as required under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The new federal requirements enhance the current voluntary standard by adding stricter stability requirements to prevent the seats from tipping over, tighter leg opening requirements to prevent children from slipping through, and a ... Read More

Window cleaners say employers cut corners, jeopardize safety

Window cleaners took to the streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota, last week after their employers locked them out jobs for raising safety concerns. Members of Service Employees International Union Local 26 have grown more concerned about the condition of the equipment their lives depend upon as they work suspended hundreds of feet above the city streets. The window cleaners say that economic conditions have led their employers to scale back and cut corners, compromising safety. Derek Eggert, a long-time window cleaner, told Workday Minnesota that in recent years he and his fellow workers have had to work with rusty and cracked ... Read More

Chinese manufacturers substitute toxic cadmium for lead

Earlier this month, the Associated Press exposed yet another disturbing Chinese trade secret when it reported that some manufacturers in China are making children’s jewelry with the highly toxic metal cadmium. Children’s jewelry now joins the growing list of dangerous and sometimes deadly products pouring into the United States from China – a list that includes toys covered with lead paint, pet food and baby formula tainted with melamine, sulfuric drywall that has ruined thousands of homes, and other poorly made or defective merchandise. Evidence suggests that Chinese manufacturers are turning to cadmium as a substitute for lead, which the ... Read More

Wal-Mart, CPSC act to foil use of cadmium in children’s products

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the world’s largest retailer, is pulling items of children’s jewelry known or suspected to be manufactured with high levels of toxic cadmium from store shelves. The move follows an Associated Press investigation published earlier this week which found some China-based manufacturers were creating children’s jewelry with varying amounts of cadmium — a heavy medal considered by the federal government to be one of the most toxic substances on earth. Cadmium is a soft metal that occurs naturally in soil. Exposure to concentrated quantities of it, however, can have debilitating effects on humans. The metal is known to cause cancer ... Read More