Airbag Defect Recalls

Takata Airbag Defect Recalls Expand, Warnings Intensify Yesterday, Toyota released a statement saying that it was redoubling its efforts to identify and re-notify owners of about 218,000 vehicles that were previously recalled for problems with airbags manufactured and distributed by Takata. In addition to those vehicles, the company has added  28,515 vehicles that are located in areas with high humidity to the recall. Toyota’s concern stems from the fact that many…

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Unsafe Texas Retail Workplace

Texas Dollar Tree Store Hit With Multiple OSHA Violations Dollar Tree Stores Inc., which is based in Chesapeake, Virginia, was recently cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for willful and repeated violations at their Watauga, Texas store. The proposed penalty for these violations, for exposing workers to serious hazards, total more than $262,000. The Texas Dollar Tree in Watauga was cited for two willful violations, including one for failing…

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Lexus Vehicles Recalled

Toyota Recalls 1.67 Vehicles Worldwide, 423,000 Lexus Vehicles Recalled in US The parade of vehicle recalls continues unabated this year, with records being set all over. This week, the Toyota Motor Corp. announced another massive recall of more than 1.67 million vehicles worldwide, including about 423,000 Lexus vehicles recalled in the United States. The recall was issued to deal with several defects. One defect involves vehicles that are being recalled so…

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Pesto Sauce Botulism Recall

Williams-Sonoma brand Pesto Sauce Botulism Recall Issued The Food and Drug Administration has announced that Sutter, California -based California Olive and Vine, LLC has issued a voluntary recall of their Pumpkin Seed Pesto products, which are sold at Willams-Sonoma stores nationwide, including those in Texas. The company decided to take what it refers to as a “precautionary measure” because of internal lab test results indicating that the jarred pesto sauce…

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More Texas Traffic Fatalities

Oil and Gas Boom Driving More Texas Traffic Fatalities There is little doubt that the oil and gas boom in the United States has been good for a number of state economies, especially Texas, which has benefited greatly from the boom. Unfortunately, based on recent reports, there is also definitely a downside to the Texas oil and gas boom, in that our state now leads the nation in highway fatalities. This is because…

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Truck-Bus Crash Follow-up

Drugs Found in Cab of Tractor-Trailer; Truck-Bus Crash Follow-up According to a new report with more details about an accident between a tractor-trailer and a bus carrying a Texas college softball team, Oklahoma State Police later found a pipe used to smoke marijuana and a bag of prescription drugs in the truck’s cab. The accident occurred on Sept. 26, when the driver of a truck owned by Quickway Transportation, Inc.,…

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Baby Shoes Recalled

Toys R Us Baby Shoes Recalled for Choking Hazard After receiving  at least one report from a consumer who found a piece of a shoe in their child’s mouth, Toys “R” Us and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have announced a voluntary recall of approximately 19,000 Koala children’s sandals adorned with butterfly wings. This is because parts of the baby sandals can be easily detached, thus resulting in a potential…

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Distracted Driving Studies

Studies: Voice-Operated Systems May Worsen Distracted Driving While they are intended to reduce the problem of distracted driving, two just-released studies suggest that voice-activated dashboard systems and smartphones may actually worsen distracted driving. These two studies, by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the University of Utah, paint a troubling picture. These types of systems are supposed to be designed to allow drivers to perform functions that used to…

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Another Texas Ground Beef Recall

Company Issues Another Texas Ground Beef Recall The problems with ground beef produced in Texas continue, and it has led to another Texas ground beef recall. Over the weekend, according to a press release by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Corpus Christi-based Sam Kane Beef Processors issued a huge recall of more than 45 tons of its ground beef products because of reports that some of the beef may have…

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Mandatory Electronic Safety Standards

NHTSA Mulls Mandatory Electronic Safety Standards for Vehicles In a notice released earlier today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that it is seriously considering a series of mandatory electronic safety standards and requirements. In the notice, the agency asked the largest automakers to consider seriously whether voluntary standards for vehicle electronics make sense. Safety agency released a notice as part of its attempt to continually update carmakers…

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Two Texas Beef Recalls

Two Texas Beef Recalls Announced This Week According to an announcement from the US Department of Agriculture, Texas meat packer Caviness Beef Packers, which is based in Hereford, has issued a voluntary recall of more than 23,000 pounds of beef trimmings products because of the fear that the beef may be contaminated with E. coli. The beef that is being recalled includes “combo bins” that are marked as follows: Combo bins…

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Truck-Bus Accident

Texas College Softball Team Devastated by Truck-Bus Accident Four women, all members of the North Central Texas College softball team, were killed last Friday night when an 18-wheeler crossed the center median and collided with the team bus, which was carrying 15 players at the time, on Interstate 35 near the Texas-Oklahoma border. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol,  the softball team was returning to North Central Texas College in Gainesville,…

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Pet Food Recalled for Salmonella

Pet Food Recalled for Salmonella According to a news release from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a number of types of pet food for both dogs and cats are being recalled nationwide. The pet food is manufactured and distributed by Connecticut-based Bravo! The recall was ordered by the company after a round of routine testing by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture uncovered the presence of Salmonella in two lots of their…

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Foodborne Illness and Canning

Improperly Canned Food Can lead to Foodborne Illness People began canning centuries ago, because they needed to preserve foods to get  them through the long, cold winter. Later, canning was seen as a way for people to enjoy their favorite fruits and vegetables year-round, without the inflationary effects on the price of groceries. To this day, many people turn to canning  for many of the same reasons.  They also serve as…

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False Claims Act Violations

Big Pharma Company to Pay Millions for False Claims Act Violations The US Department of Justice has announced that Shire Pharmaceuticals LLC will pay $56.5 million to resolve civil allegations that its marketing and promotion of a number of its drugs violated the False Claims Act.  Among the drugs that Shire manufactures and sells include Adderall XR,  Daytrana and Vyvanse, which have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration…

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Natural Gas Leaks on the Increase

Natural Gas Leaks on the Increase According to a new study, as natural gas pipelines become older and more outdated and begin to crumble, the number of hazardous gas leaks in several states, including Texas, have skyrocketed in the recent past. One of the largest gas utilities in the nation has seen the number of hazardous leaks requiring immediate repair quadruple over the past decade. Over that period of time,…

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Back Overtime Pay

Houston-Based Shell Oil Workers to Get Back Overtime Pay After the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division investigated eight of their facilities in five states including Texas, the Shell Oil Co. and one of its marketing companies, Motiva Enterprises LLC, will now pay nearly $4.5 million to more than 2,600 workers in their chemical and refinery divisions for back overtime wages. According to the Wage and Hour Division’s Houston…

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