November 29, 2000 |
Conventional wisdom about broken glass and other kinds of hazards encountered on the road abounds. The sight of smashed glass on the highway prompts most motorists to swerve to avoid damaging their tires. Potholes are generally viewed as obstacles, sort of a test of one's driving skills. Rubbing a tire against the curb is considered unfortunately clumsy, but nothing to worry about. Such thinking is correct in some cases and entirely wrong in others.
June 13, 2000 |
The nation's top three crayon manufacturers have agreed to reformulate their product to eliminate an ingredient that may contain asbestos or asbestos-like fibers, after Consumer Product Safety Commission tests found small amounts of the cancer-causing material in some crayons. The findings, to be announced formally today, were not considered serious enough to warrant a recall, commission officials said.
September 27, 1987 |
David Snow didn't even want lawn darts when he went shopping last April. He wanted a volleyball set, but all the department store had was volleyball in a combo pack with two other games. Fine. He took it. The darts would stay in the box.
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October 19, 1994 |
Federal investigators found a decaying rat inside a Diet Pepsi can sold in Orange County, but decided to close the case without issuing warnings to Pepsi-Cola or to the public, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirmed Wednesday, An FDA spokeswoman said that it was not known how the rat got in the can and that the July incident seemed to be "isolated."
December 30, 1987 |
The Consumer Product Safety Commission voted Tuesday to confirm an agreement negotiated by the Justice Department to ban the sale of three-wheeled all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and take other steps designed to reduce deaths and injuries associated with the product. The preliminary decree requires the industry to provide safety courses and warning labels but does not mandate the customer refunds sought by some congressmen and consumer advocates.
October 7, 1991 |
Concerned about gum disease, Gerald Dageford decided to try an anti-tartar toothpaste. Within days, his gums bled and his teeth ached. When he stopped using the toothpaste, his painful symptoms disappeared. Dentists say Dageford's problem isn't unusual. His dentist sees one patient a week with similar ailments. "We used to see more cases," said Torrance dentist Alan Jones. "But we've taken most of our patients off the toothpaste."
November 11, 1988 |
Two models of "Bultina" and "Redi-Match" disposable cigarette lighters are being recalled because they may flare up or could fail to extinguish, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Thursday. The recall covers about 400,000 lighters, models 700LT and 701LT, sold since 1987.
October 3, 2007 |
Target Corp. recalled 82,000 Chinese-made Plush Boys Rattles because they can break, releasing small beads that might choke young children. No injuries have been reported with the recall, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
August 31, 2012 |
Caitlin Sandoval was playing last month with her two young daughters on a futon in her San Jacinto apartment. She left them for just a moment to go to the bathroom. What happened next was every parent's worst nightmare. "I returned to the room and saw my youngest daughter at the window with her arms limp at her sides," Sandoval, 24, recalled. "Then I saw the cord around her neck. " The 14-month-old child was soon pronounced dead at the hospital. Cause of death: accidental strangulation.
October 22, 2007 |
A group of obscure chemical compounds with the tongue-challenging name phthalates popped up in the news last week. Although you may have never heard of them, they're found in scores of consumer products. And they're linked by some people to a variety of health problems. California became the first state to ban phthalates in toys and other products for children when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a hotly debated measure into law.