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Blog Posts in August, 2008

  • CPSC Warns Parents Not to Use Simplicity Bassinets Following Two Infant Deaths

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission is telling parents to stop letting their babies sleep in the “close-sleeper/bedside sleeper” bassinets that are made by Simplicity, Inc. The warning comes following two deaths linked to the sleepers and the refusal of SFCA Inc., the company that purchased Simplicity Inc.’s assets, to issue a recall. SFCA says it is not responsible for the products that ...
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  • Odds of Motor Vehicle Accidents Occurring Due to Tire Blowouts Increase With Rising Summer Heat

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has cautioned motorists that hot summer weather, defective tires, and motor vehicles overloaded with vacationers and cargo make up a deadly combination that can lead to serious auto accidents on US roads and freeways. One reason the summer heat can create an additional hazard to motor vehicle tires—especially those that are poorly maintained ...
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  • Consumer Safety Bill Bans Lead from Toys

    On Thursday, US President Bush signed a consumer safety bill that prohibits lead—except for the smallest levels—in products made for kids 12 years of age and under. The measure, formally called the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, also bans chemical phthalates from children’s products. The bill, which received overwhelming support in both the US House and Senate, addresses the ...
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  • BMW AG Recalls 200,000 Cars and Sport Utility Vehicles Because Front Passenger Air Bags May Not Deploy

    Auto manufacturer BMW AG is recalling 200,000 SUVs and cars over concerns that the front passenger air bag may not deploy during a collision. BMW models affected by the recall include the: 2004-2006 5 Series 2006 3 Series 2004-2006 X3 SUV’s The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that small cracks could affect the seat detection mat and deactivate the air bags. This could also ...
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  • Choosing Your Childs Car Safety Seat

    Each year, hundreds of young children are injured in motor vehicle crashes. Many of these injuries could have been avoided if the child had been restrained in a well-designed and properly functioning child safety seat or booster chair. With all of the child safety seats currently available in the marketplace, it can be difficult to determine which seat to purchase for your son, daughter, or ...
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  • Millions of Motor Vehicles in the US Could Have Tires Fitted With Defective Tire Valve Stems

    There is growing concern that there may be millions of motor vehicles with defective tire valve stems that are currently being driven on US roads. Concern over the hazards associated with defective tire valve stems caught the media spotlight last year, when a Florida man died after the valve stem in one of his tires cracked, causing a rollover crash. The valve stem believed to have triggered his ...
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