March 22, 2000 |
The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that the popular diabetes pill Rezulin--a drug that won "fast-track" government approval but was linked to scores of liver failures and deaths--will be withdrawn promptly from the U.S. market. Compared to alternative diabetes treatments, "continued use of Rezulin now poses an unacceptable risk to patients," said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's drug evaluation center.
April 6, 1994 |
The Consumer Product Safety Commission on Tuesday recalled 11 brands of lead-containing crayons imported from China and urged parents who bought them either to throw them away or return them for a refund. Hundreds of thousands of the crayons have been sold at a variety of outlets across the country, the commission said. Three of the brands contain enough lead to pose a poisoning hazard to young children who might eat or chew them.
October 11, 1994 |
Greed was the motive. Housewives were the unwitting perpetrators. So far, nearly four dozen diners have become victims, stricken ill by paprika laced with lead-based paint. The consequences of Europe's latest food-tampering scandal are likely to afflict not just the body but the soul of Hungary, as a nation proud of its culinary culture finds its food under suspicion, and cooks from Sopron to Szeged ponder how they will manage without their signature Hungarian spice.
January 22, 2010 |
Toyota Motor Corp. launched a major new recall Thursday, saying a mechanical problem could cause the gas pedals to stick and cause unwanted acceleration in 2.3 million of its vehicles, including recent models of its popular Camry and Corolla sedans. Most of the vehicles targeted by the new recall were also included in a separate recall of 4.3 million vehicles late last year involving floor mats that could jam the accelerator pedal open. In issuing its latest recall, Toyota has for the first time acknowledged that a mechanical problem could cause its vehicles to accelerate out of control.
May 24, 1995 |
Takata Corp. parlayed its longtime connections with Japan's automotive giants to become the No. 3 player in the $1-billion North American seat belt market. But Tuesday, Japan's leading safety restraints manufacturer made the news not because of its dramatic U.S. expansion--40% growth in sales per year for the past three years--but as the target of one of the largest product recalls in automotive history. Joe Bailey, a spokesman for Takata Inc.
November 10, 2007 |
Seven more U.S. children were sickened after ingesting Chinese-made toy beads that were recalled earlier this week because of a toxic chemical coating, the government said Friday. The reports of the sickened children, six of whom were hospitalized, came from at least five states: Texas, Delaware, New Hampshire, Illinois and Utah, according to a spokeswoman for the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
April 2, 1992 |
Yes, America's health care technology may be the best in the world--but not after you've left the hospital. The truth is that Safeway probably does a better job of tracking who buys Fruit Loops than most medical device companies do in monitoring which patients get surgical implants. Consequently, it's easier today to track down and recall a flammable Ford Pinto than a flawed heart valve. Nevertheless, medical innovations are making more people more prosthetic.
July 9, 2004 |
One of the largest consumer product recalls in U.S. history was issued Thursday as four companies agreed to stop importing toy jewelry from India because it contained toxic levels of lead, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The 150 million pieces of toy rings, necklaces and bracelets recalled were sold through vending machines in malls and in discount, department and grocery stores across the nation from January 2002 to last month.
December 8, 2000 |
Nearly 100,000 scooters--one of this holiday season's most popular toys--were recalled Thursday by federal safety officials because problems with their handlebars can cause riders to lose control. About 90,000 Kent Kickin' Mini Scooters, made by Kent International Inc., are being recalled because the handles can come out of the steering column, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said. And about 7,500 Racer X20 scooters, from Kash 'N Gold Ltd.
September 9, 2000 |
The Firestone tire recall, an operation that could cost $500 million, has spawned its own trickle-down economy, carrying ripples out to everyone from Native Americans who run a desert recycling station to a Garden Grove tire hauler working so much overtime that he has nearly doubled his weekly paycheck. The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians said Friday that it has reached a deal to accept almost 5,000 Firestone tires a day for the next year from dealers across the Southwest.