Over Half A Million Toys Are Recalled In April Due To Lead Paint, Magnet, and Choking Hazard Concerns

Excessive levels of lead and choking/swallowing hazards associated with small toy parts and magnetic pieces were the reasons cited for the toy recalls in April. The Consumer Product Safety Commission and several toy manufacturers announced the recall of more than 500,000 toys this month, beginning April 3 with StyleMark Inc.’s recall of 144,000 Children’s ‘Main [...]

Hyundai Motors Recalls 393,714 Sonata Cars Over Air Bag Failure

Hyundai Motor Co. has announced the recall of 393,714 Sonata passenger cars so that it can fix the air bag system located in the front passenger seat. The recall affects 2006, 2007, and 2008 Sonatas. Hyundai says it has received several reports that the passenger air bag system had shut off when there was a [...]

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Says Many Midsized Cars Still Do Not Provide Proper Occupant Protection During Rear-End Collisions

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that occupant protection provided by midsized cars during side impact collisions is getting better, but passenger protection during rear-end collisions continues to be poor or marginal. The Institute announced its findings after testing a number of midsized cars, including the Chevrolet Malibu, the Nissan Altima, the Dodge Avenger, [...]

Appeals Court Says SUV Rollover Lawsuit Against Mitsubishi For the 2002 Death of Pop Star Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes Can Go Forward

The SUV rollover lawsuit filed against Mitsubishi Motors by the family of TLC Singer Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes will go forward, says the Georgia Court of Appeals. The auto manufacturing giant had tried to have the wrongful death lawsuit dismissed because the company is located abroad and the accident occurred in Honduras. Lopes died while [...]

American Airlines Cancels Over 2,000 Flights This Week To Conduct Plane Safety Inspections

American Airlines announced this week that it was canceling over 2,000 flights to conduct safety inspections on a number of jets. The cancellations affected flights taking off on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and more cancellations may be announced. The airline company also canceled several hundred flights last month for more inspections. Inspectors want to make [...]

U.S. States Impose Their Own Toy Safety Regulations Following Mass Recalls Involving Lead and Other Hazards

This week, Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire signed into law the Children’s Safe Products Act, which imposes the toughest restrictions yet for lead standards for toys among the U.S. states. The law decreases the legally allowed limit for lead in toys from 90 parts per million to 40 parts per million, which is the limit [...]