Vehicle Safety Recalls Week Promotes Checking Your Car For Outstanding Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has declared this week to be Vehicle Safety Recalls week. The dedicated week is meant to remind Americans to check their car for active recalls. It is scheduled as the week leading up to the beginning of daylight savings to encourage people to check their recalls at least twice a year, once as daylight savings time starts and once as it ends. Check Your Car For a Recall Checking your car for a recall is simple, just enter your VIN (found on the lower left of your car’s windshield) into www.nhtsa.gov/recalls. This website will…

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Voluntary Recalls of Over 165,000 Inclined Infant Sleepers

The CPSC has announced new recalls totaling more than 165,000 inclined sleepers across four manufacturers. Summer Infant, Evenflo, Delta Enterprise Corp., and Graco voluntarily recalled these products in coordination with the Consumer Product Safety Commission. There have been no incidents or injuries reported to the CPSC for the recalled products. However, these recalls are precautionary since there have been many infant fatalities associated with inclined sleepers from other manufacturers. The recalls include the Summer Infant “SwaddleMe By Your Bed”, Evenflo “Pillo Portable Napper”, Graco “Little Lounger Rocking Seat”, and multiple inclined sleeper models from Delta Enterprise Corp. For a full…

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How to Find Out If Holiday Gifts and Toys Are Safe For Kids

You’re excited to watch your kids unwrap their presents this December, but that joy could quickly turn to despair if special gifts cause them harm. Unfortunately, such catastrophes are more likely than you suspect. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 35 children under the age of 15 were killed in toy-related incidents between 2014 and 2016. Additionally, CPSC data suggests that 240,000 children suffered toy-related injuries in 2016 alone. To reduce the risk of injury, parents should vet toys carefully, as indicated below: Check For Toy Recalls Every year, several toys are recalled due to emerging safety…

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Childcare Centers With Recalled Cribs Highlights Danger of Secondhand Child Products

Childcare Centers Carrying Recalled Products A new joint study by U.S. PIRG and Kids in Danger (KID) has found that 1 in 10 surveyed childcare centers were still using at least one recalled inclined infant sleeper product from Fisher-Price or Kids II over two months after the April recalls that affected over 5 million units total. The study reached out to childcare centers in Wisconsin, Texas, and Georgia throughout June and July, and received 376 responses from childcare centers with children under one year old. State laws in Wisconsin and Texas ban recalled products at childcare facilities, but the study…

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More Companies Recall Inclined Sleeper Cribs

Dorel Juvenile Group USA has become the third company to voluntarily recall inclined sleeper crib models after reports of infant fatalities in similar products. The voluntary recall through the Consumer Product Safety Commission affects about 24,000 units sold by juvenile product stores such as Target, Kmart, Ross, Marshalls, TJ Maxx. Reason for Recall As we have previously highlighted, inclined sleepers are unsafe for children and do not follow the guidelines for safe sleep supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In April, Fisher-Price recalled 4.7 million Rock ‘N Play sleepers that have been linked to 30 deaths and Kids II…

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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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Fisher-Price Recalls Popular Inclined Infant Crib After Series of Deaths: Crib Never Properly Tested for Safety

The Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, developed as an alternative to cribs, elevates the baby’s head to a 30 degree inclined position. The intended use is for infants to lie on their backs on the padded frame as if it were a recliner. The design of the sleeper was inspired by incorrect assumptions about infant sleep that overlooked updated safety guidelines. Concerns were raised after a recent Consumer Reports study linked the crib to infant deaths. The news of this study was followed by a statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics calling for the recall of the crib. After…

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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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1 in 6 Ride-Sharing Vehicles Have Safety Recalls but Remain in Service

A recent Consumer Reports study looked at vehicle registration for ride-sharing companies in Seattle and New York, and found that 16.2% of vehicles in service had at least one or more active safety recalls. The total number of vehicles surveyed in the study with safety recalls was 15,175. One car in service in Seattle had over 5 different open safety recalls, including one for a defective Takata airbag. Overall, the percentage of recalled vehicles on the road for Lyft and Uber is actually lower than other car-hire services such as the traditional taxi industry. However, the scale and frequent use of…

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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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