Unsafe Vehicles

Unsafe Vehicles: Consumer Report’s 2014 List of Cars to Avoid Consumer Reports is known for their annual list of what they consider the best buys in cars and SUVs for that model year. It’s a pretty long list, and shows that there are always great choices every year. All car makers want to be on that list, and they strive to make it. But that list isn’t the end of…

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Fertilizer Explosion Anniversary

Fertilizer Explosion Anniversary: Very Few Safety Changes 1 Year Later April 17 marked the first anniversary of the massive fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer plant that resulted in 15 deaths, hundreds of injuries and caused more than $100 million in damages to the tight-knit town of West, Texas. The blast devastated the town in many ways. It destroyed 120 homes and caused significant damage to 200 others, with…

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California Bus Crash Details

California Bus Crash Details: 911 Calls Released Officials with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) have released recordings of 911 calls from the terrible April 10 accident in which a FedEx tractor-trailer careened out of control and slammed into a tour bus containing 44 high school students. The accident killed five students and three adult chaperones, as well as the drivers of both vehicles. The 911 recordings conveyed the horror of…

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Evenflo Car Seat Buckle Recall

Evenflo Car Seat Buckle Recall: Recall is Voluntary According to a report posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website, the Evenflo Company Inc., based in Piqua, Ohio, has announced a voluntary recall of nearly 1.4 million child safety seat restraints, because the crotch-latch buckle may become stuck closed, which could make it difficult to remove the child from the seat quickly in case of an emergency. The…

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E. coli on Cutting Boards

E. coli on Cutting Boards: Hospital Kitchens Implicated A new study has been published, suggesting that many kitchens – including those in hospitals and those at home – are prime breeding grounds for drug-resistant E. coli bacteria, and we should all take precautions to prevent the spread. For the study, which was published in the May edition of the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, researchers tested 298 cutting boards, 154…

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Houston 18-Wheeler Wreck Kills 1

Houston 18-Wheeler Wreck Kills 1: Rollover and Fire Involved A terrible accident involving an 18-wheeler on Tuesday, April 8 took the life of the big rig’s driver and seriously injured a passenger, and also caused the closing of U.S. 290 near Barker-Cypress for more than 17 hours, so that Harris County officials could clean up and repair the road. According to the Texas Department of Transportation and the Harris County…

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Beef Jerky Recall

Beef Jerky Recall: High End “Natural” Jerky Implicated A California manufacturer of high-priced natural meat snacks without gluten or nitrites, Krave Jerky, has been pulled into the massive recall of millions of pounds of meat  produced by the nearby Rancho Feeding Corporation slaughterhouse. Because some of its jerky was made with beef from Rancho, which is being investigated for processing and selling “diseased and unsound animals” without a full inspection, …

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Toyota’s Billion Dollar Settlement

Toyota’s Billion Dollar Settlement: Sudden Acceleration Cover Up Targeted Executives at General Motors (GM) have something new to worry about, now that the U.S. Department of Justice has announced that Toyota Motor Corporation has agreed to a settlement that will require them to pay a record $1.2 billion to avoid a criminal prosecution for safety issues involving Toyota vehicles. Essentially, according to the lead prosecutor against Toyota, the company is…

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California Bus Wreck

California Bus Wreck: At Least 10 Deaths State and federal investigators are sifting through the considerable wreckage in the aftermath of a horrific crash in Northern California late yesterday afternoon, in which the driver of a FedEx truck swerved across a highway median and slammed head-on into a tour bus full of high school students. The crash has so far claimed the lives of 10 people, including five high school…

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Child Safety Seat Tests

Child Safety Seat Tests: Consumer Reports Weighs In Last week, Consumer Reports announced their ratings for 34 child safety seats designed for infants in front-impact crash tests. Based on these tests, the groups was only able to award the top ranking of “Best” to 13 of them. Consumer Reports invested a lot of money and two years to develop a new testing procedure for evaluating the crash protection provided by…

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