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Blog Posts in January, 2012

  • Toyota Recalls Over 1 Million Vehicles Over Airbag Defects and Windshield Wiper Problems

    Toyota Motor Corporation has announced that it will recall over one million autos in the United States over two unrelated safety issues. The first problem, involving airbag defects, involves approximately 752,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles (sold in ‘03, ‘04 models), while the second impacts about 270,000 Lexus IS models (sold between ’06 and early ’12. The problem with the airbags is that ...
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  • 248,000 Expandable Lunch Boxes Recalled Over Poison Concerns

    U.S. CPSC and California Innovations Inc. are recalling approximately 248,000 Expandable Insulated Lunch Box with Freezer Gel Pack units over concerns that the freezer gel packs could prove poisonous to children, adults, or pets should they become damaged and leak. So far, there have been two reports of the gel causing injury. In one incident, a dog died after chewing the pack and ingesting the ...
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  • Will Your Helmet Prevent a Traumatic Brain Injury During a Winter Sports Accident?

    The death of freestyle skier Sarah Burke after sustaining a traumatic brain injury during a training accident is once again raising questions about the dangers that can arise when someone is moving swiftly through snow or ice and is involved in an accident. Granted, while freestyle skiing tends is a lot more high-risk than other sports, there are dangers involved in regular skiing, ice hockey, ...
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  • Clothing Defects: Apparel Industry Must Follow Standards for Childrens Loungewear and Sleepwear, Says CPSC

    The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has sent a letter to distributors, manufacturers, retailers, and importers emphasizing the importance of them abiding by Flammable Fabrics Act (FFA) and the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. Children’s sleepwear is defined by the CPSC as apparel ranging from size 0 to 14 that is supposed to be worn mostly for sleeping or during sleep-related ...
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  • Can Loud Toys Impair Childrens Hearing?

    UC Irvine researchers from its otolaryngology department are saying that the sounds coming from toys that make the loudest noises have been known to hit decibel levels similar to sounds made by a subway train or a chainsaw. 10 toys that are popular among kids were tested for loudness. The toys’ sound levels were measured while the objects were placed next to a speaker and from 12 inches away (the ...
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  • Head Injury Risk Prompts Triple Eight Distribution to Recall 30,400 Bicycle Helmets for Kids

    Importer Triple Eight Distribution risk is recalling approximately 30,400 bicycle helmets for youth and kids over concerns that they may not protect riders from head injuries during fall accidents. Testing of the helmets revealed that they are not in compliance with Consumer Product Safety Commission Standards. Considering that a helmet and other safety gear are the only protections that a ...
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