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Blog Posts in April, 2011

  • Crib Bumpers: Are They Safe for Babies?

    Should you equip your child’s crib with a bumper? According to USA Today, one mother, Laura Maxwell, intends to file a products liability lawsuit against a crib bumper manufacturer after Preston, her 7-week-old baby, died from asphyxiation when his face got caught between the mattress and crib bumper. Her son ended up against the bumper after rolling off a “sleep positioner,” an accessory that is ...
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  • American-Made Cars Dominate Forbes List of Worst Cars on the Road

    With the exception of the Mercedes-Benz S550, the Nissan Titan, and the Smart Fortwo, American companies made all the vehicles on the Forbes “Worst-Made Cars On The Road” list. The only bright note is that no Ford vehicles made their way onto the list. Forbes’ list starts with the lowest-rated vehicles in at least three of Consumer Reports’ 2011 reliability, safety and performance studies. These ...
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  • Auto Defects: California Assembly Approves Bill that Would Bar Rental Car Companies from Selling or Renting Out Recalled Vehicles Until They Are Repaired

    In a 42-26 vote, the California Assembly has approved a bill that would stop Enterprise, Hertz, Avis and other rental companies from selling or renting vehicles that have been recalled until the autos are fixed. The bill was introduced by Assemblyman Bill Monning following the 2004 deaths of two sisters that were riding in an Enterprise rental. The Orange County Register reports that the parents ...
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  • C.U. Named Nations No. 1 Party School: Good News or Bad News?

    Playboy magazine recently announced that the University of Colorado in Boulder edged out Penn State as the nation’s number 1 party school. Playboy bases that ranking upon observations of current and former students, feedback from Playboy campus representatives, and input of fans on Playboy’s social media pages. The 50-something medical marijuana dispensaries and four beer breweries in Boulder were ...
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  • Number of Button Battery-Linked Deaths and Injuries Rising, Says CPSC

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently issued a warning that as the number of coin-sized batteries used increases, so do the number of injuries and deaths. Seniors and toddlers are most at risk of accidentally swallowing the button batteries. CPSC is asking battery manufacturers and the electronics industry to develop industry standards and warnings to address safety concerns. Our ...
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  • Warning! Your Name and Email Address May Have Been Hacked

    Epsilon, a Dallas-based marketing firm that handles email marketing and database hosting for customers such as JPMorgan Chase Bank, U.S. Bancorp, Capital One, Barclay’s Bank, Kroger, Best Buy Co., TiVo Inc., and Walgreens, reported in the last week of March that a hacker gained access to databases containing millions of customers’ names and possibly their email addresses. These large businesses ...
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  • Parents File Massachusetts $7M SUV Rollover Lawsuit Against Mitsubishi Motors Over Teenagers 2009 Wrongful Death

    The parents of Jason Alan Foster have filed a Massachusetts SUV rollover lawsuit Mitsubishi Motors North America seeking damages for his wrongful death. Foster, 17, died from injuries he sustained in a 2009 SUV rollover crash. He was a passenger in the sport utility vehicle when the driver, a teen motorist, lost control of the vehicle and rolled over on a curve Michelle and Charles Foster say that ...
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  • Air Bag Safety Issue Prompts Ford to Expand Recall of F-150 Pickup Trucks to 1.2 Million

    Pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has prompted Ford to expand its voluntarily recall of F-150 pickup trucks to 1.2 million vehicles. The recall is over concerns that the air bag may deploy unexpectedly. Ford issued the original recall last February, involving 144,000 F-150′s (2005 and 2006 models). The automaker says that an electric short circuit could make the ...
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  • Choking, Entrapment, Fall, and Suffocation Hazards Prompt CPSCs Latest Recalls Involving Children and Infant Products

    It’s only the 5th of the month and already the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled more than 140,000 products that pose a child injury risk. The first recall, issued voluntarily with Infantino LLC, involves approximately 40,500 Troy the Activity Trucks. The toy is a possible choking hazard. The recall comes following 28 reports of the plastic beads detaching from the truck’s bead ...
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