Category: Product Injury
Dangerous Hope Chests
September 3, 2018

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...

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

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...

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

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...

The Trouble with Airbags
December 20, 2017

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...

New Standards and 2017 Recalls for Baby Products
November 28, 2017

As parents, our highest priority is always to protect our children. They trust that we will take the very best care of them. Defective products break that trust. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), nearly 60,000 children under the age of five in 2015 suffered from emergency department-treated injuries caused by nursery products. In the latest figures available for fatalities under the age of five (from 2011 through 2013), ...

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

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 changi...

Baby, It’s Cold Outside—Stay Safe When Using Portable Heaters
January 3, 2017

Many of us dislike winter and the way it sometimes feels as if we can’t get warm enough. But how pleasant it can be to relax in front of our portable heaters! A lot of us also enjoy the money-saving aspects that allow us to feel warm and comfy without heating our entire home. But these pleasures don’t come without some risks attached. Home heating dangers arise largely from space heaters and open flames, such as fireplaces. While the fires, ...

Keyless Equals Dangerous
May 18, 2016

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...

E-cigarettes: The Danger Continues
April 14, 2016

A few months ago we brought the problems of e-cigarettes, or vaping, to your attention. With further local developments, we thought we would revisit the situation, as many folks now use e-cigarettes. While there’s no hard number for how many people are vaping in Indiana, across the U.S. as many as 3.5 million individuals supposedly are using electronic cigarettes instead of the real thing. A large number of these vapers are former cigarette smo...

A Toy Story?
December 1, 2015

Your Children’s Toys: How Safe Are They? It’s difficult to contemplate that items bringing as much happiness as toys do might cause harm. Yet, like it or not, toys are responsible for a significant number of injuries. Over a quarter-million kids visit the ER because of toy-related injuries every year. One-third of injuries happen to children under the age of five. Still, we have to ask ourselves, with the annual lists that appear touting ...