July 12, 2018 CPSC; Allura recalls multiple models of children’s sleepwear because the pajamas fail to meet flammability standards for children’s clothing, posing a risk of burn injuries to children. Units: About 64,000.
August 1, 2018 CPSC; BMC recalls Timemachine 01 bicycles because variations in tire dimension, tire pressure, head set play and ride load can result in insufficient space between the front wheel and downtube, posing a fall hazard. Units: About 430.
July 27, 2018 CPSC; Hirsch Gift recalls CloudCharge Qi Wireless Charging Pads because the wireless phone charger can overheat while in use, posing a burn hazard to consumers. Units: About 21,000.
July 26, 2018 CPSC; Trek recalls Bontrager Line Pro flat bicycle pedals because the spindle of the pedals can break, posing a fall hazard to users. Units: About 9,630 pairs (an additional 600 pairs were sold in Canada).
July 26, 2018 CPSC; Jimmy Hack Golf recalls Orange Whip golf swing trainers because the orange ball can detach from the trainer while in use, posing an injury hazard to the user and bystanders. Units: About 6,100.
July 24, 2018 CPSC; JCPenney recalls Okie Dokie Denim Patches Shortie shorts because the patches on the shorts can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. Units: About 5,400.
July 24, 2018 CPSC; Ross Stores recalls Bronze Hammered Bistro Chairs because the chair’s frame can break, posing a fall hazard to consumers. Units: About 2,300.
July 18, 2018 CPSC; Crate and Barrel recalls Josephine floor mirrors because the mirror’s glass can separate from the wooden back and fall, posing a laceration hazard. Units: About 830.
July 11, 2018 CPSC; Burton recalls Step On snowboard boots because the boots can release from the binding unexpectedly, posing a fall hazard to the user. Units: About 4,800.
July 10, 2018 CPSC; ORTOVOX recalls avalanche transceivers because the transceiver can fail to work properly due to a software error and fail to transmit the position of survivors of an avalanche, resulting in delayed search and rescue operations. Units: About 20,000 (an additional 7,000 were sold in Canada).
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CDC Announces Salmonella Outbreak in Raw Turkey Products; Salmonella Season at Full Swing
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are warning consumers of an outbreak of multi-drug resistant Salmonella in raw turkey products which has sickened 90 people in 26 states. CDC officials are advising the public to use caution when handling and preparing raw turkey, and to fully cook all raw turkey products to a temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit. The outbreak strain of Salmonella has been found by public health officials in a variety of products, ranging from ground turkey to pet food, as well as live turkeys. CDC and the Department of Agriculture are working with the turkey industry to reduce potential contamination and track down potentially infected products. Although lab-testing has shown this strain of Salmonella to be resistant to some antibiotics, the drugs typically used to treat Salmonella are thought to be effective against it.
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CPSC Official Says Unsafe Consumer Products Cost U.S. Economy $1 Trillion Annually
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, injuries and deaths resulting from unsafe consumer products incur a cost of roughly $1 trillion yearly to the U.S. economy. Richard O’Brien, Director of the Office of International Programs at CPSC spoke to an expert group convened by the UN Conference on Trade and Development on July 10. O’Brien said that many of these costs are the result of entirely preventable injuries. He called for increased data sharing between global product safety agencies, so that knowledge of dangerous products and designs can be spread more quickly.
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Former NTSB Chair Calls for Ban on Duck Boats After Missouri Tragedy
Jim Hall, former National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chair, has called for a ban on amphibious “duck boat” tours like the one that sank a few weeks ago on Table Rock Lake outside of Branson, Missouri. That tragedy killed 17 people, including five children and nine members of one family. Hall cited a lack of appropriate safety regulations for these craft, which fall somewhere between a bus and a boat. He also noted similarities between the Branson incident and a 1999 duck boat sinking in Arkansas which resulted in 13 deaths, including three children. The NTSB investigation into that earlier incident identified factors contributing to the loss of life to be modifications to the craft that reduced reserve buoyancy and the addition of a canopy.
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Las Vegas TV Station “Stings” Ride Share Companies on Car Seats
KTNV, the ABC affiliate in Las Vegas, conducted an undercover investigation to see whether ride share drivers require younger kids to sit in car seats. In a trio of rides with both Lyft and Uber, five of the six drivers volunteered to carry a woman and her 2-year-old daughter without a seat. Unfortunately, ride shares, like taxis, are specifically exempted from CPS requirements in Nevada. Maybe the Nevada law needs to change? In the story, Heather Watson, President of Safe Kids Clark County, offered, "If they take one ride, without a car seat or booster seat, who is to say that one ride isn't the ride that they are involved in a crash.”
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Back to School Safety Law Signed by Governor in North Carolina
A law was signed by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper that will allow school districts to place cameras on the side of school buses to deter and catch school bus passers. The law also boosted fines to $400 or more. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol says an average 3,100 cars pass school buses every year. "I believe this will serve as a strong deterrent, these fines will serve as a deterrent," said Governor Cooper in signing the bill. The School Bus Cameras and Civil Penalties, SB 55, was sponsored by Senator Edward Hanes.
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“Dragon’s Breath” Cereal Infused With Liquid Nitrogen Linked to Severe Asthma Attack
Desserts, snacks and cereal products infused with liquid nitrogen, sold under names like “Dragon’s Breath” may pose a serious health risk to people with asthma, as one Florida family learned. Racheal McKenny let her son Johnny try one of these treats, which allowed her son to blow “smoke.” Soon after on the ride home, the boy began to cough so severely he couldn’t catch his breath. Rachael’s husband John fortunately knew of a nearby firehouse, where paramedics began treating Johnny. His asthma attack became so severe that Johnny required treatment with epinephrine and steroids during an ambulance ride to the hospital. Luckily, he was able to return home soon and is in good condition. Racheal McKenny commended the kiosk where the treat was purchased for swiftly providing her with ingredient information and putting up a sign to warn future customers with asthma.
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This service collects recalls from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Food and Drug Administration and Food Safety and Inspection Service. Parents Central at NHTSA’s safercar.gov is another go-to resource on car seats. Safe Kids has developed an on-line tool to help parents in choosing and correctly using car seats, the Ultimate Car Seat Guide in English and in Spanish.
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