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Battery-powered toys can pose a fire hazard

The toughest cases within the field of product liability are when children are injured or killed by an unsafe product. Especially toys. Every year, numerous toy manufacturers face recalls (and lawsuits) when a design flaw or other defect in their products causes severe burns or other injuries.

According to Fire and Life Safety America (FLSA), the top toys that are prone to burn injuries and fire hazard include drones, hoverboards, and powered ride-on vehicles. One common thread with these toys is that they are all battery-powered. Typically, the battery itself is often the source of the fire. Some batteries, such as lithium-ion, are especially susceptible to exploding or catching fire. Many of the fires occur while the devices are charging, often overnight.

Borax In Home-Made Slime Has Caused Serious Burns To Children

Homemade “slime” became a viral fad over the past year, even to the point that kids have depleted whole towns of the supply of white school glue. But some parents are thinking twice about letting their children make their own slime now that the borax used to create the substance has been linked to severe chemical burns.

Borax (sodium borate) is one of the active ingredients of homemade slime (also known as flubber, oobleck or glurch). Borax is a caustic substance chiefly used in laundry detergents and household cleaners. While in most cases, borax only mildly irritates the skin, it can potentially leave kids with serious second-and-third-degree burns.

Why cochlear implants fail

If you or your child is deaf, you may be considering a cochlear implant. Major companies in this arena include Advanced Bionics, Cochlear and Med-El. Their devices have helped many people, but cochlear implants do sometimes fail.

Sometimes the failure is because of something a company did. Other times, it is due to factors such as head trauma.

Is your vehicle part of a recall? Find out in 3 easy steps.

It seems like every other day we hear about another auto recall. In fact, just last month Japanese air-bag manufacturer Takata Corp. had to file for bankruptcy protection due to an air-bag recall involving 100 million potentially defective inflators, according to a report by the Associated Press. With 69 million of these inflators in the United States alone, it represents the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.

Given how common recalls have become, you may wonder how you can check to see if your car is safe. Well, you just need to follow these three simple steps:

US regulators investigating defective fuel tank flanges

Even though Volkswagen AG and its Audi and Porsche brands have already recalled nearly a half-million vehicles due to defective fuel tank/pump flanges, U.S. regulators are now worried millions of other cars may be at risk since the manufacturer of these potentially dangerous parts may have sold them to as many as 11 automakers and five supply companies.

According to a report by the Associated Press, the German auto-part supplier Continental Automotive GmbH recently filed recall documents that stated that the flanges could be defective. Specifically, the flanges, which cover openings in the fuel tank for the pump, can crack, resulting in fuel leaks and potentially serious fires.

Lawn mowers and children: A dangerous mix

Countless items in your garage or shed are dangerous to children. One of the biggest household hazards? Lawn mowers.

Nearly 10,000 children end up in the emergency room every year because of lawn mowers, according to one study. Injuries range from cuts and burns to bone fractures, amputations and head injuries. Many victims require long-term rehabilitation, and for some, the consequences last a lifetime.

3 types of defective product claims

Every year, defective products sold in the United States cause countless injuries — and sometimes death. Sadly, with victims ranging from young infants to full-grown adults, no one is ever truly safe from these dangerous products.

However, victims of defective products and their families may be able to seek legal recourse for any injuries sustained or damages suffered by filing what is known as a product liability claim. While there are a broad range of product liability claims, most fall into one of three specific categories:

Fire alarm wireless gateway recalled — is your building safe?

We expect fire alarm systems to do one very important thing: warn us when a building might be on fire. Unfortunately, however, as alarm systems get more complex and reliant on new technology, additional opportunities for errors arise — leading to some systems not being able to perform this one and only function.

In fact, just last Friday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of Honeywell’s SWIFT wireless gateway, which was sold with fire alarm systems and installed primarily in apartment buildings, hotels, office buildings, industrial facilities and other commercial properties.

8 common causes of household fires

While no one ever expects to have to deal with a household fire, the sad reality is that they occur far more often than many people know. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association, there were more than 1.3 million fires reported in 2015 alone — meaning fire departments responded to a fire every 23 seconds that year.

This number, while certainly large, isn’t terribly surprising, especially when you consider the countless fire hazards found in many homes. For instance, below are eight common causes of household fires:

Beware: Easter egg toy recalled due to serious ingestion hazard

Yesterday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of a small, water-absorbing Easter egg toy that, when ingested, can expand within a child’s body. Ultimately, this expansion can cause serious intestinal obstructions, resulting in vomiting, dehydration and severe discomfort. According to the CPSC recall notice, ingestion of this water-absorbing Easter toy can even be life threatening.

With Easter just a few days away, parents need to be aware of this recall. After all, the last thing they would want to do is give their children a dangerous, and potentially life-threatening, toy come Easter morning.

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