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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How Self-Driving Vehicles Endanger Pedestrians: Part II

In the first part of our series on self-driving vehicles, we examined a few of the main factors that underlie pedestrian-related accidents. Now, we’ll take a closer look at the latest statistics in the interest of determining how these vehicles are already impacting those traveling on two feet. Pedestrian Deaths on the Rise For years, American automakers and drivers have consistently made design and purchasing decisions that benefit drivers and passengers while placing pedestrians at risk. As a result, deaths have declined dramatically for vehicle occupants, while pedestrian and cyclist fatalities have seen a dramatic upswing. Federal data suggests that…

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How Self-Driving Vehicles Endanger Pedestrians: Part I

Self-driving vehicles are poised to take over our roads in the near future. While preliminary research suggests that they will reduce accidents by removing human error from the equation, they remain far from perfect. Pedestrians, in particular, could be at risk as these vehicles become more prevalent. Below, we examine the many ways in which self-driving cars can prove dangerous: Poor Detection Detection issues often lie at the heart of self-driving accidents. Autonomous vehicles simply cannot respond appropriately to pedestrians if they are not detected quickly enough. Unfortunately, detection issues abound. Research from the Georgia Institute of Technology suggests that…

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American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Reminds Parents that Napping in Car Seats Can Result in Death

A recent recall of an inclined Fisher-Price crib, due to dozens of infant deaths, highlighted concerns over safe infant sleeping practices. The recall comes at a time when infant sleeping safety is already well-known in the pediatrics community, following the release of a long-term study published in Pediatrics that looked at infant mortality. The study found that most infant deaths in a seated position occurred in car seats where infants had been sleeping. Safest Sleeping Position for Infants? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that the most safe sleeping position for infants is on their back using a firm,…

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Lawn Care Safety: By the Numbers

Many homeowners take pride in their perfectly manicured lawns. Unfortunately, those beautiful lawns sometimes come at a huge cost. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, lawn mowers prompt over 80,000 emergency room visits every year. The scope of these injuries can prove surprisingly broad, with homeowners harmed not only by lawn mowers, but also by trimmers and other implements. With the help of statistics, we highlight the greatest threats below: Riding Lawn Mowers All lawn care tools can prove dangerous, but riding mowers are especially likely to cause harm. Small children may be the most at risk; the Consumer…

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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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Is Your Medical Device a Hacking Risk?

More and more, Americans are relying on medical devices to extend and improve the quality of their lives. From insulin pumps to pacemakers, there is a medical device for every part of your body. Unfortunately, every one of them is vulnerable to hacking. “We’ve yet to find a device that we’ve looked at that we haven’t been able to hack,” said Jonathan Butts, a cybersecurity researcher. Medical devices have computers. Anyone who can hack a computer can hack into a medical device and take control, potentially putting the patient’s life in jeopardy. It is not even necessary to be in…

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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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Was My Car Accident Due to a Defective Part?

In many cases, after a car accident due to a defective part, victims do not know that manufacturer negligence caused the wreck. However, a car accident attorney can investigate the crash and work with industry experts to find whether any parts, including tires and steering systems, contained dangerous defects. In this video, attorney Patrick Regan explains these types of claims and offers an example of a case involving Jeep defects that he successfully handled. In many instances, clients don’t know that the accident was caused by a defective product. Defective car, a defective axle, a defective tire. They don’t know…

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