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Blog Posts in March, 2011

  • CPSC Warns that Water Walking Balls Pose Drowning, Impact Injury, and Suffocation Dangers

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a warning that using a water walking ball can be dangerous and may cause injury to children and adults—although it is mainly used by kids. The water walking ball has different brand and ride names. The see-through, inflatable plastic ball is large enough for a person to enter. After the rider climbs in, he she is locked inside. There is no ...
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  • Colorado Infant Death Prompts CPSC to Re-Announce Recall of Delta Enterprise Drop-Side Crib Over Safety Peg Defect

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Delta Enterprise Corp. are again announcing recall of over 985,000 drop-side cribs that come with “Crib Trigger Lock and Safety Peg” hardware. This re-announcement comes two months after the crib maker and CPSC learned that a baby girl, 7 months, died in a Colorado crib entrapment accident in 2009. The original recall was announced in October 2008. ...
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  • NHTSA Announces New Child Seat Guidelines

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has unveiled new child restraint guidelines that are categorized by age instead of the type of child seat. NHTSA wants children to use the restraint type recommended for each age for as long as possible before moving on to the next recommended child safety seat. Hopefully, these new guidelines will decrease the number of child injuries during car ...
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  • Colorado-Based CardidianBCT Sold to Japanese

    It was announced March 7, 2011 that CaridianBCT, a Lakewood, Colorado-based medical technology company is being acquired by Tokyo-based Terumo Corp., for a price of $2.63 billion. CaridianBCT, with operations in over 30 countries and sales in more than 96 countries throughout the world, manufactures automated blood component processing technology and medical specialty products. The company was ...
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  • Rear Impact Guards May Not Be Tough Enough to Stop Deadly Underride Truck Crashes

    According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the underride guards on tractor-trailers are not strong enough to prevent a smaller vehicle from getting under a big rig during a rear-end crash. The consequences can prove deadly for the car occupants. Over 350 people a year are killed in truck underride accidents. If weak or inadequate underride guards are causing preventable injuries and ...
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  • The Alarming Foreclosure Crisis

    According to Reuters, banks foreclosed on 1.05 million homes in the U.S. in 2010. Foreclosure filings, including default notices, auctions and repossessions, reached a whopping record of 2.9 million for last year. The outlook for 2011 is bleak, due in part to the fact that an estimated one-quarter million foreclosures that were withdrawn in the latter part of 2010 will likely be re-started in ...
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  • SEC Staffers Fiddled While Investors Got Burned

    We wrote back on April 29, 2010 about what some SEC staffers were doing while Bernard Madoff was busy perpetrating a massive fraud against his investors. Some high-level employees, including SEC attorneys, were spending as much as eight hours a day watching porn on their government computers. Now comes word from The Denver Post that, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by Denver ...
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  • Mother Files $12.5M Oregon Child Injury Lawsuit After Daughter Nearly Drowns in Pool

    Six months after her daughter almost died in an Oregon pool accident, Kimberlee Rhodes is seeking $12.5 million for the child injuries. Victoria, 6, was attending a children’s summer camp when the near-drowning accident happened. Defendants include the U.S. West Coast Taekwondo Association, the Tigard-Tualatin Aquatic District, and school leaders Richard Shin and Jay Shin. In her Oregon drowning ...
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  • Supreme Court: Hateful and Hurtful Picketing by Westboro Baptist Church at Vet's Funeral is Protected Speech

    We wrote back on April 2, 2010 about some members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas who picketed and chanted hateful slogans near the 2006 Maryland funeral of a veteran of the Iraq war. Some of the signs displayed contained statements such as “Thank God for Dead Soldiers,” “Fags Doom Nations,” “America is Doomed,” “Priests Rape Boys,” and “You’re Going to Hell.” The father of the ...
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  • Auto Products Liability: US Supreme Court Sends Window Defect Lawsuit Against Ford and Seat Belt Defect Case Against Mazda Back to the States

    Stepping back from its previous ruling in Geier v. American Honda Motor Company that the automaker could not be sued for car products liability because, at the time, federal safety regulations considered the installation of air bags optional, the US Supreme Court, in Williamson v. Mazda Motor of America , is now saying that this type of auto defect lawsuit—involving the car part chosen by the ...
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  • Reminder That Improper Uses of Mobile Phones While Driving are Illegal in Colorado

    In view of recent news stories that Colorado police have cracked down on allegedly distracted drivers, it appears that some drivers are unaware of the restrictions and prohibitions against certain uses of mobile phones. Effective December 1, 2009, it became unlawful in Colorado for persons under 18 to talk on or listen to a mobile phone or to use such a phone for texting “or other similar forms of ...
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