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Blog Posts in February, 2008

  • Toy Recalls Spurs Toy Industry Association to Unveil New Safety Guidelines

    The Toy Industry Association recently announced a new “testing and safety verification system” intended to restore the confidence of U.S. consumers in the safety of the toys that they buy. The new system follows in the wake of last year’s mass recalls of some 25 million toys due to hazard and health concerns. The three key features of this “testing and safety verification system” asks that toy ...
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  • Family Suing DuPont For Alleged Asbestos Exposure Seeking Over $30 Million

    Frances Barras, a Texas woman, is suing DuPont , Guard-Line, Union Carbide, Anchor Packing Co., Ingersoll-Rand, Guard-Line, Owens-Illinois, and a few other industrial companies for allegedly exposing her to asbestos because she would inhale fibers from her husband’s clothing when doing his laundry. Barras’s husband Louis worked as a refinery worker at the DuPont facility in Beaumont. Barras says ...
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  • FEMA Moving 35,000 Hurricane Katrina Families Out of Toxic Trailers

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is trying to relocate some 35,000 families out of the trailers and mobile homes that the agency had provided after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Results from tests by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirm that there are dangerous levels of formaldehyde fumes in many of the trailers. Formaldehyde is an airborne chemical and a preservative ...
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  • Ford Recall and GM Chevrolet Fire Incidents Rekindle Fire Hazard Concerns

    Ford Motor Co. announced two separate recalls on Monday that affect over 180,000 vans and sports utility vehicles. The larger recall affects almost 124,000 2007-2008 Lincoln Navigator SUVs and Ford Expeditions. Ford says that the spring system located inside the side door handles might break and prevent the door from closing properly or cause it to open unexpectedly during a side collision. The ...
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  • Products Liability Lawsuit Claims Mitsubishi Covered Up Design Flaws that Caused Wrongful Death

    In Florida, a Maine couple is suing Mitsubishi Motors for the death of their son. Donna and Peter Laliberte are accusing the auto manufacturing giant of covering up defect flaws in its Montero Sport line, which resulted in the tragic death of 25-year-old Scott Laliberte. Laliberte was killed while riding in a 2000 Montero Sport in September 2004 on Interstate 95 in Brevard County, Florida. His ...
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  • Evenflo Recalls 1 Million Discovery Infant Car Seats

    Baby product manufacturer Evenflo Company Inc. is voluntarily recalling 1 million Discovery Infant Car seats. The recall comes after Evenflo and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tested the child safety seats. They discovered that during high impact side collisions, the car seat can come off or break apart,which could cause serious injuries or death if either were to occur ...
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