Following a recent investigative report about the risk of explosions with plastic gas cans, federal safety regulators are calling for manufacturers to use flame arrestors, which add minimal cost and may prevent serious fires and burns for consumers. Continued
Recalls and Warnings
More than 100 reports of detached mower blades and fuel line leaks has led to a recall of about 11,000 multi-purpose lawn mowers sold exclusively at Lowe’s, because they may pose a risk of injury for bystanders and operators. Continued
Government safety officials have announced two recalls involving Ford Escape vehicles, after recognizing potential problems with certain models that may impact the engine cylinders and the fuel lines, posing a risk for engine compartment fires. Continued
Government safety officials indicate that roughly 700,000 recalled HeartStart automated external defibrillators (AED) may be defective and fail to deliver a life-saving shock in the event of an emergency. Continued
Thousands of Freestyle blood glucose test strips were recalled last week, after the manufacturer reported that users may receive inaccurate blood test results that could pose a risk of serious or even life-threatening injuries for diabetics. Continued
Federal health officials have determined that problems with SpaceLabs BleaseSirius anesthesia workstations could pose a risk of serious injury or death for patients, resulting in a class I medical device recall. Continued
A CSX train has derailed in Willard, Ohio, causing a chemical spill that resulted in the evacuation of hundreds of residents in the area early this morning due to a risk of potential respiratory damage. Continued
Following multiple reports of trailercycle racks breaking and causing riders to fall, a recall has been issued for roughly 4,167 bicycle racks sold by Burley Designs under the “Tailwind”, “Kazoo” and “Piccolo” brand names.
The trailercycle rack recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on November 26, indicating that at least 11 consumer complaints have been filed that indicate the bicycle racks broke during use, including one case where a rider suffered a broken leg.
The recalled trailercycles are designed to allow young children who have out-grown a bike seat to ride with a parent or adult ride on a low seat that is attached to the back of a bicycle.
Tailwind Racks are aluminum and were sold in black and silver. Additional racks were sold in black under the Kazoo and Piccolo brand names. The racks sold in black have stock code number 939001 and the silver racks have stock code number 9392002. Customers can locate the stock numbers on the original packaging. All affected racks have double side rails and have Burley printed on the curved back plate of the rack.
The affected bicycle racks were manufactured in China under Burley Design LLC, of Eugene, Oregon where they were sold at independent bicycle retailers and specialty outdoor retailers nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Biketrailershop.com, and other various online retailers from November 2011 through September 2013 for $65 for individual racks and between $300 and $350 for the Kazoo and Piccolo trailercycles with Tailwind Racks.
The CPSC recommends that customers stop using the affected racks immediately, disconnect them from their bicycles, and contact Burley Design at 800-311-5294 or visit them online at www.burley.com and navigate to the recall link for instructions on how to receive a free replacement rack.
Federal health officials indicate that Viscocel eye solutions may pose a public health concern, after it was discovered that the product was distributed in the United States without proper FDA approval. Continued