Toyota Recalls Lexus and Prius Vehicles for Airbag Failure Risk

Toyota has issued a recall for 49,000 Prius and Lexus vehicles due to an electrical problem that can prevent the airbags from deploying during a crash. According to Toyota, the issue affects the 2016 Prius, 2016 Lexus RX and the 2015-2016 Lexus NX crossover vehicles. The airbag systems in these vehicles may develop an open circuit. As a result, the airbag warning light may turn on and the front, side and curtain shield airbags may fail to deploy. Toyota will send recall notices to vehicle owners in late March. During this time, Toyota and Lexus dealerships will check and fix…

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Could Positive Train Control Have Prevented Recent Train Crashes?

A recent Amtrak train crash in South Carolina caused two deaths and more than 100 injuries. Over the Super Bowl weekend, Amtrak Train 91 crashed into a stationary CSX freight train. According to investigators, a misaligned track switch caused Amtrak Train 91 to enter the side of the tracks where the other train was resting. There have been four Amtrak train crashes in the last several months. Last December, three people died when Amtrak Train 501 derailed in DuPont, Washington. In mid-January, a pastor and his wife were killed in North Carolina when an Amtrak train hit their SUV. On…

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February is American Heart Month. Here’s What You Need to Know.

Many of us exchange heart-shaped items around this time in honor of Valentine’s Day, but did you know that February is officially American Heart Month? According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular diseases take approximately 2300 American lives each day. The government has designated this month for increased awareness of the risks of heart attack, stroke and related heart diseases. Let’s take this opportunity to review the warning signs of possible heart attack or stroke. Heart Attack Warning Signs Heart attacks often don’t happen with a sudden blast of pain and a collapse like we see in the movies. Many…

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Will Ford Recall Explorers for Carbon Monoxide Leaks?

The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) has once again called on Ford to recall 1.3 million Explorers. According to CAS, Ford should recall 2011-2017 Ford Explorers and replace exhaust manifolds that are causing carbon monoxide leaks. Depending on the outcome of the federal investigation into the possible defect, CAS may get its wish. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received roughly 1,400 complaints from Ford Explorer owners who allege that exhaust fumes are seeping into the passenger cabins of their vehicles. Eighty of the complaints mention injuries. NHTSA began investigating the potential defect in 2016 after receiving dozens…

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Why You Should Be Cautious Around Frozen Bodies of Water

Freezing weather conditions may create safety hazards that can harm you or cause property damage. For instance, we recently discussed how you could cause a house fire by improperly heating your home. Another blog later this week will talk about the hazards of frozen pipes. Frozen bodies of water are a cold-weather hazard that deserve more attention. Each year, people fall through the ice of frozen lakes, rivers and ponds. Any type of activity over frozen bodies of water could put you at risk of drowning. There is no guarantee the ice will be able to support your weight. You…

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How Could I Handle Frozen Water Pipes During Freezing Weather?

It would not be a stretch to argue that the cold weather in recent weeks has been out of this world. Recent weather conditions caused parts of the US to become colder than parts of Mars. Freezing weather conditions create numerous problems, including frozen pipes. You could prevent your pipes from freezing by letting your faucets drip during cold weather conditions. Shutting off outside water sources and raising your thermostat could also work. Although your utilities bill could increase, you could owe far more money if your pipes freeze and burst. There are obvious warning signs when your pipes have…

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Five Medical Mistakes that Could Occur During Your Next Surgery

Research has found that medical mistakes are a major cause of death in the United States. A study published by British Medical Journal in 2015 estimates that medical errors kill 251,000 people in the US each year. There are different types of medical mistakes that contribute to these deaths. For instance, surgical errors kill or injure thousands of people each year. Our blog is going to familiarize you with the different types of errors that can occur during surgery. Possible surgical errors include: Retained surgical items: Surgeons could leave objects behind in patients. These objects, which are known as retained…

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Your Safety Guide to the 2018 Super Bowl

The Super Bowl might as well be an American holiday. Millions of people from across the country will be tuning in for Sunday’s game. While it is important to have fun on Super Bowl Sunday, there are also safety risks that may be overlooked. Instances of drunk driving could increase over the weekend. Foodborne illnesses could cause you, loved ones or friends to become seriously ill. Our guide may help you avoid these hazards. Food Safety Tips for the Super Bowl The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted multiple safety tips that could reduce the chances of…

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Home Safety Tips: Could a Tip-Over Accident Occur in Your Residence?

Millions of homes across the country contain safety hazards that are responsible for thousands of injuries to children each year. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a child is injured every 30 minutes in a furniture tip-over accident. Bookcases, television sets, dressers and chests could fall on your child with thousands of pounds of force. There are a couple of reasons why these accidents occur. Children can be injured while playing with or trying to climb on top-heavy furniture. Tip-over accidents can occur when heavy objects are placed on weaker pieces of furniture. Defective furniture products also…

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