Category: Product Injury
September 3, 2018 /
Dangerous Hope Chests

Do you have a cedar chest, otherwise known as a “hope chest,” in your home? Perhaps you inherited it, or maybe you bought it secondhand. If you have children in your home, pay close attention to the following recall. They could be at great risk. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wants everyone who has a cedar chest in their home to check and see whether it is a “Lane” or “Virginia Maid” brand chest. These chests ma...

August 13, 2018 /
Liability and the Duck Boat Calamity

Duck boats have become popular for visitor tours, possibly because they are quirky and versatile. As amphibious vessels, they can travel both on water and on land because they have tires. But near Branson, Missouri, a duck boat sank on July 19, 2018, during a thunderstorm. The Table Rock Lake tragedy killed 17 people, including nine from one family alone; only one female family member survived. The vessels have a checkered past when it comes t...

July 9, 2018 /
Death from a “Mech Mod” Vape Pen

It’s been noted previously that e-cigarettes can explode, usually because of the lithium-ion (LI) battery in use. A number of e-cigarette accidents have taken place with horrific results. But in May, 2018, a vape pen malfunction meant death in St. Petersburg, Florida, where a man was found burned on 80 percent of his body. It is believed to be the first death directly attributed to a vape pen or e-cigarette. But it wasn’t the burns that ki...

December 20, 2017 /
There’s Danger Brewing in the Kitchen

Most of us wouldn’t think twice about whether our coffeemakers are unsafe, but surprising developments have come to light about two companies. Keurig Green Mountain, which sells machines that make coffee for you in seconds, has landed in hot water twice. In the most recent case, an insurance corporation is suing Keurig because of a house fire. In the second instance involving 7 million recalled coffeemakers, Keurig must pay $5.8 million because...

December 20, 2017 /
The Trouble with Airbags

It’s estimated that roughly a stadium’s worth of people—39,976—were kept alive by frontal airbags from 1987 to 2012. Side airbags with head protection have done their part as well. An Australian study found that the likelihood of upper-body injuries and deaths to drivers was reduced by 61 percent, a percentage similar to an earlier (2006) IIHS study. However, such protection comes at a cost. Even when airbags deploy as they should, you...

June 30, 2017 /
Recalled Pickup Trucks: Dangerous Vehicles on the Streets of Indiana

Auto recalls in the U.S. hit a record high last year, with more than 50 million vehicles deemed unsafe. A significant percentage of these vehicles, including many best-selling pickup trucks, have not yet been returned to the dealer for repair. This creates a real and ongoing safety hazard for motorists in our state. Traffic accidents occur in various ways. Some result from driver error. The error can be any type of driving mistake, from changing...

May 18, 2016 /
Keyless Equals Dangerous

Do you have a keyless ignition system in your car? It’s likely you do if you drive a newer, higher-end model car. Carmakers from Hyundai to Mercedes-Benz now offer the system in their cars; they are standard issue in 245 automotive models. For those who’ve never experienced keyless ignition, it is also known by some as “push-button-start.” Inside the car is a button you push to start the car—no more ignition key—but the button will n...

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