Buying Used Tires Not Worth the Safety Risks

New sets of tires can be expensive, but purchasing used tires for their cost savings is not worth the risk. Although used tires are cheaper than new ones, opting to purchase used is not the same as making a similar decision when shopping for other expensive items. Hidden Risks of Used Tires While many consumers believe that finding a used tire with good tread depth implies it is safe to drive, there are many hidden factors in buying tires used. Tires degrade more quickly if they are driven for long periods of time while underinflated, overinflated, overloaded, or at high…

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Federal Appeals Court Rules Amazon Not Liable for Defective Third-Party Products

In 2014, a Maryland couple’s house was burned down by a headlamp purchased on Amazon. The couple sued Amazon for damages, but Amazon asserted that the Chinese company that manufactured the product was at fault. A Maryland judge sided with Amazon, stating that Amazon was only the platform for selling the product and never actually owned the product. The couple appealed the ruling, but the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond agreed with the original decision. Amazon and Product Liability This isn’t the first time Amazon has had trouble with product liability allegations. In 2016, a Tennessee family’s…

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How Patients Can Evaluate Different Hospitals

An alarming disparity exists among hospitals and other health care facilities in the United States. Some hospitals provide stellar care, while others see continued medical errors or may be breeding grounds for infection. Clearly, where you stay can have a huge impact on both your current symptoms and long-term health. If possible, you’ll want to assess local options while you feel healthy to ensure that you make the right decision in the event of a medical emergency. The following are a few of the many factors worth considering as you select the best possible location for treatment: Look at a…

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Replacement Takata Airbag Recall: What You Need to Know (Part I)

Takata lies at the center of what the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration calls the “largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history.” A recent Honda recall involving replacement airbags is just the latest in the long Takata saga. According to the automaker, the airbags’ improper manufacturing could prompt explosions that might send sharp metal fragments flying within vehicle cabins. In this two-part series, we will explore the latest recall and its relation to the overarching Takata drama. How Honda Discovered the Malfunction The dangers of replacement Takata airbags were brought to light in January, 2018, when a 2004…

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New EPA Restrictions on Methylene Chloride: What Is It and Why Is It Dangerous?

From bathtub refinishing to furniture stripping, methylene chloride takes center stage in a variety of household projects. Increasingly, however, health authorities are alerting the public to the substance’s dangers — and claiming that it’s to blame for a myriad of tragic deaths. What Is Methylene Chloride? Why Should Consumers Avoid It? Sometimes referred to as dichloromethane or DCM, methylene chloride is a solvent used in a wide array of products. It is most commonly seen in paint strippers, but can also be used in adhesives such as acrylic cement. The substance is also sometimes seen in automotive and general cleaning…

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Lime Scooter Braking Injuries: Are Electric Scooters Too Dangerous?

When the electric scooter craze first swept the nation, many people were thrilled about this convenient new mode of transportation. This enthusiasm has since been dampened by reports of “sudden excessive braking” said to be caused by a firmware glitch. If you’d like to ride an electric scooter but are worried about injury, you’re far from alone. Below, we examine the prevalence of electric scooter injuries — and show how you can stay safe. How Common Are Electric Scooter Injuries? A study from Consumer Reports shows that scooter crashes are increasingly common, with experts pointing to over 1,500 injuries involving…

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Electric Scooters Are Sending People to the Emergency Room

Scooters are becoming more and more popular, especially in cities, where commuters might find a car to be inconvenient. A scooter allows for rapid transit along city streets without the hassle of parking. As scooter use increases, however, emergency room visits have sky-rocketed. Injuries It is common for scooter accidents to cause broken noses, wrists and shoulders, as well as facial fractures and lacerations. As with any other kind of vehicular accident, the victim may sustain permanent brain damage from blunt head trauma. At this time there is no national data on scooter injuries, but if you talk to emergency…

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Can Thieves Unlock Your Car Electronically?

Do you have an electronic lock on your vehicle? You may be at risk for car theft. Many people have reported experiencing difficulties unlocking their cars in public places. Authorities believe that radio frequency jammers could impact how people can unlock their cars and enable car thieves to break in. What Are Radio Frequency Jammers? Radio frequency jammers are devices that could prevent the reception of radio waves to devices that need it to function. Jammers emit what is known as an “electromagnetic disturbance” on a band that is too intense for the device to receive the frequency. Jammers can…

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Staying Safe During Extreme Cold Temperatures

Much of the United States recently experienced extremely cold temperatures. The Polar Vortex can be quite dangerous – many people risk serious health conditions, such as hypothermia, during these cold temperatures. Follow these Far North tips to stay safe and warm during the Polar Vortex. Wear Lots of Layers If you’re not used to cold weather, you may believe that you do not have an appropriate winter wardrobe. The key to surviving the winter does not necessarily involve special cold weather gear – layers are key. By layering lots of clothes on top of each other, you can trap warm…

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Nootropics: How Safe Are They, Exactly?

In a competitive workforce and academic sphere, employees and students are more desperate than ever to gain an edge on the competition. Several believe that nootropics — drugs specifically designed to enhance cognitive function — represent that edge. Proponents claim that nootropics are highly beneficial and 100 percent safe, but a growing body of research suggests otherwise. Read on to learn more about these drugs — and why experts are sounding the alarm. Defining Nootropics Much of the danger surrounding nootropics lies in the struggle to define and classify these substances. Depending on whom you ask, nootropics could include dietary…

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