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Meat Products Recalled For Metal Fragments

By Brian Chase on January 14, 2015 - No comments

Meat RecallUnibright Foods, based in Bell Gardens in Los Angeles County, has recalled nearly 50,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat beef and pork products that could possibly be contaminated with metal fragments.

According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the company recalled 48,139 pounds of Mishima Sukiyaki Beef and Mishima Gingered Pork.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials said the products were shipped to retailers and institutions in seven states including California, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, New York and New Jersey.

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McDonald’s Recalls Hello Kitty Happy Meal Toys for Choking Hazards

By Brian Chase on December 8, 2014 - No comments

McDonalds recalls happy meal toy due to choking hazard for children.McDonald’s is recalling about 2.3 million Hello Kitty toys that came with its Happy Meals because they pose a choking danger. According to a CNN news report, the item in question is a red whistle that came with the Hello Kitty Birthday Lollipop Toy, which is basically a Hello Kitty figurine holding a pink heart-shaped lollipop. The whistle can be detached from the toy and used to make sounds by inhaling and exhaling.
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Faulty Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Detectors Recalled

By Brian Chase on September 29, 2014 - No comments

Kidde Smoke Detector RecallMore than 1 million smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors were recalled because of a defect that could cause them to fail.

According to a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) alert, the Kidde smoke alarms and combination smoke detector/CO alarms are hard-wired and can fail following a power outage.

About 1.2 million of these defective alarms were sold in …Read the rest »

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Amount GM Saved by Avoiding Faulty Ignition Switch Redesign? One Dollar!

By Brian Chase on April 7, 2014 - No comments

 GM Ignition Switch RecallIn 2005, General Motors Co. made a conscious decision – to not change the design of a defective ignition switch eventually linked to 13 deaths. According to a Reuters news report, the automaker saved less than $1 per car by putting off that switch redesign, which could have saved lives and prevented injuries. This information came out through an internal GM document provided to U.S. congressional investigators.

 Documents Shed Light on Cost of Fix

Lawmakers have been questioning GM CEO Mary Barra about the company’s failure to recall 2.6 million cars for faulty ignition switches that could cut off engines and disable airbags, power steering and power brakes. GM knew about the problem more than a decade ago.

Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette cited a 2005 GM document during the hearings, which she said, showed a cost of 57 cents per fix. Although Reuters could not get a copy of that document, they obtained another one which showed that the change in ignition switch design would have cost an extra 90 cents per vehicle and additional tooling costs of $400,000 overall spread over several years. …Read the rest »

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Shire Pharmaceuticals Recalls Vials for Contamination

By Brian Chase on March 20, 2014 - No comments

VPRIV pharmaceutical recallShire Pharmaceuticals has announced a voluntary recall in the United States of vials of enzymes used to treat type 1 Gaucher disease.

According to a press release issued by the company, the batches of VPRIV or a hydrolytic lysosomal glucocerebroside-specific enzyme due to the presence of “visible particulate matter” identified as stainless steel and barium sulfate.

The contamination was found in a “small number of vials” in three packaged lots of VPRIV, the company’s release states.

Contaminated Injections

Shire officials state that the safety risk to patients is …Read the rest »

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Small Cars Perform Poorly in Crash Tests

By Brian Chase on January 24, 2014 - No comments

small cars fail safety  tests 2014Almost all of the smallest vehicles in the U.S. automotive market failed to get passing grades on a tough new crash test from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). According to a Detroit News report, the group points out that only one mini-car out of 11 that were tested received an acceptable rating in the small-overlap front crash test.

That makes mini-cars the poorest performing group of any evaluated so far. The Chevrolet Spark was the only vehicle that received an acceptable overall rating in the small-overlap test along with good ratings in the IIHS’s four other crashworthiness evaluations.

 What is the Small-Overlap Test?

This test was introduced about two years ago and basically replicates what occurs when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object such as a pole or tree. In the test, 25 percent of a vehicle’s front end on the driver’s side strikes a stationary object at 40 mph. Safety experts say that when it comes to crashworthiness, lightweight vehicles have an inherent disadvantage, which is why, if you must buy a mini-car, you should choose one that provides maximum occupant protection. The IIHS test rates all mini-cars, including the Chevy Spark, “poor” or “marginal” for structure.

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