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Blog Posts in May, 2008

  • Toyota Recalls 90,000 2008 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid SUVs Because of Child Safety Seat Belt Problems

    Toyota is recalling over 90,000 2008 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid SUVS because the seat belts in the third row may not secure a child restraint system properly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the seat belt webbing is not being properly secured by the automatic locking retractor. This is causing the webbing to “spool out during normal driving.” This failure could ...
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  • Walt Disney Recalls Pirates of the Caribbean Sleeping Bags and Tinker Bell Wands Because of Lead Paint Violations

    Last week, Walt Disney Store announced the recall of 8,000 Tinker Bell wands and 4,100 Pirates of the Caribbean sleeping bags due to excessive levels of lead. Both products were made in China. The sleeping bags’ zippers contain lead paint. The wands have lead paint on their pearl beads. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that there have been no reports of injuries related to the products. ...
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  • NHTSA Warning Highlights Dangers of Riding in 15-Passenger Vans

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is warning 15-passenger van users to drive safely this summer. New research shows that the number of deadly 15-passenger van rollovers increases between June through August, with 31% of all 15-passenger van rollover accidents occurring during this busy travel period. While the number of 15-passenger van deaths continues to decline, too many ...
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  • Ford Recalls Over 655,000 Lincoln Mark LT and F-150 Pickup Trucks

    Ford Motor Inc. is voluntarily recalling over 655,000 F-150 and Lincoln Mark LT Pickup Trucks following reports of 11 minor accidents. 2005 and 2006 models with 5.4 liter 3-valve engines are affected by the recall. The automaker wants to repair a hose that could affect a truck’s braking power if the hose were to become swollen and detach from the intake manifold. The driver might then lose the ...
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  • Retailers Pay $320,000 Fine For Selling Defective Childrens Clothing With Drawstrings

    Kohl’s, Neiman Marcus, True Religion Apparel, Life is Good, Gilden Activewear, Dollar Days International, Cayre Group, and Seena International have agreed to pay $320,000 in penalties to settle allegations made by the Consumer Product Safety Commission that they failed to give immediate notice that they were selling clothing with drawstrings—a combination that is known for causingserious injuries ...
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  • 830,000 Waxcessories Electric Simmer Pots Recalled Because Loose Wire Connections May Cause Electric Shock

    On April 24, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Waxcessories® Inc. announced the voluntary recall of 830,000 electric simmer pots. There have been over 160 reports of wires and cords coming loose from the pots, and Waxcessories® and the CPSC were concerned of the electric shock and fire hazards that the simmer pots might pose to users. No injuries have been reported so far. The ...
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