Many individuals put a great deal of thought into the purchase of an automobile. While a person may have a partial interest in areas such as fuel efficiency and style, the safety of a vehicle is often a crucial factor in the decision-making process. Vehicles that have defective products have been the cause of countless injuries and/or deaths over the years. The recent discovery of defective airbags has led to the recall of millions of vehicles in Texas and across the country.
The fuel system in a car has the potential to make that vehicle a bomb on wheels. A single spark or a drop of gasoline on a hot surface can suddenly produce a huge fire that spreads extremely quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there were approximately 174,000 vehicle fires in 2015. These fires killed 445 people and caused 1,550 injuries.
Numerous complaints by people who have had shoulder replacement implants have spurred the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to action. The FDA has issued a Class 1 recall for the Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder Humeral. This is the most serious recall issued by FDA. It means that the device may cause serious injuries or death.
Many Americans were shocked last year when they learned about the high levels of lead in the municipal water of Flint, Michigan. In that city, about 5 percent of children were found to have elevated levels of lead in their bodies. But that level pales in comparison to many areas in Texas, including San Antonio.
As rates of cigarette smoking continue to decline in the U.S., Americans are turning to an alternative trend: e-cigarettes. So-called "vaping" has become immensely popular, with many users claiming (with almost no medical evidence) that these products are a healthy alternative to smoking tobacco.
Head down any aisle at the local pharmacy or beauty store, and you'll find a range of products marketed specifically to women of color. You'll find specialty relaxers, texturizers, shampoos, treatments, conditioners and much more, all intended for "textured" hair. This seems like a good thing, right? After all, African-American women spend $7.5 billion every year on hair care products, so it's a market that companies would be foolish to ignore.
When you buy a product from a reputable manufacturer, you have a reasonable expectation that they put the product through extensive testing to ensure it is safe. Most of the time, this happens just fine and we enjoy our goods without worrying about safety. However, there are times when manufacturers either deliberately cut corners or make mistakes that lead to injuries.
Every month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) publishes a list of manufacturer recalls affecting motor vehicles and components. For October 2016, there were 95 new recalls on the list. This is an important service that contributes to safety on America's freeways, highways and streets. Some of the most significant recall notices that appear in NHTSA's October 2016 report appear below.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) publishes a list of manufacturer recalls affecting motor vehicles and components each month. These are some of the most significant recall notices issued during September 2016:
When you purchase products in this country, you do so with the expectation that they've been vetted for safety and that their reasonable use won't cause you injury. However, there are times when companies fail to warn consumers about risk and even go to great lengths to cover up injuries caused by the products they sell. When this happens, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) can step in and issue fines.