Food Products Recalled for Listeria Contamination

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San Miguel Produce of Oxnard has issued a food poisoning alert for its bagged kale because the produce tested positive for listeria. According to a news report in The Suburbanite, the kale was tested by the state of Ohio’s Department of Agriculture. Their tests indicated a positive test of listeria. The products involved in this recall are 10-ounce packages with the label “Cut’n’Clean Greens.” No illnesses have been reported as a result of these products. San Miguel Produce is now performing an independent assessment of these products. Company officials say they cannot confirm the presence of the bacteria in their produce. San Miguel has recalled all kale products with the “use by” date of November 9, 2009 with the lot code of 14398 to be discarded.
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Lead-Tainted Toys Still on Store Shelves

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A California-based children’s advocacy group is releasing new defective product information — specifically about toys with high levels of lead in them. According to an Associated Press news report, the Center for Environmental Health tested about 250 children’s products bought at major retailers and found that lead limits exceeded federal limits in seven of them. The toys with high lead levels include those carrying the popular Barbie and Disney logos such as a Barbie Bike Flair Accessory Kit, a Disney Tinkerbell Water Lily necklace, a Dora the Explorer Activity Tote, children’s shoes, belts and ponchos.
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Fatal Riverside Car Accident

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Lisel J. Wiedemann, 17, was killed and four others sustained critical injuries in a Riverside car accident the night of November 15, 2009. According to a news report in The Desert Sun. Lisel was the rear middle passenger in a 2008 Dodge Caliber and sustained a broken neck and head injuries, that were fatal. Joseph Nichol, 18, suffered collapsed lungs, a broken back and a brain injury. Raul Gonzalez, 18, sustained facial and back injuries. Lydia Lee Emer, 18, who was driving the crossover vehicle sustained injuries to her face and arm while a fourth passenger, an unidentified 17-year-old girl, sustained arm and head injuries. All injured victims were transported to an area hospital.
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Defective Spinal Implants Recalled

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a Class I defective product recall for all lots of Synthes USA, Ti Syntex II Vertebral Body Replacement, a medical device used in a portion of the spinal cord to replace a collapsed, damaged or unstable part of the spine. The FDA has received reports of “moderate to severe loss of vertebral body replacement of height” caused by a failure of the central component. This failure is apparently occurring at six to 15 months after the device is implanted.
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Toyota Owners Have Complained About Sudden Acceleration for a Decade, Report Shows

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Even as Toyota is grappling with auto products liability issues surrounding its recent recall of Toyota and Lexus sedans, the Los Angeles Times’ review of federal records is showing that more than 1,000 Toyota and Lexus owners have reported incidents involving “sudden acceleration” since 2001. According to the in-depth, investigative report, these owners reported that their cars suddenly accelerated on their own, “in many cases slamming into trees, parked cars and brick walls, among other obstacles.” These car accidents apparently resulted in at least 19 deaths and numerous injuries over the last 10 years.
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Fatal 15-Passenger Van Accident in Portland Area

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Two people were killed and 14 people sustained injuries in a Portland car accident after their 15-passenger van slid on black ice early morning November 12, 2009 on the Interstate 84 near Baker City, The Oregonian reports. The deceased were identified as Joshua John Pischura, 20, of Geneva, Ohio and Taune Nicole Winter Pepper, 23, of Deer Trail, Colorado. The 2002 Ford van was carrying members of a Colorado Church’s Bible study group that was headed to Portland for a conference. The van was apparently marked with the logo of the New Life Worship Center at Federal Heights, Colorado, and was carrying teenagers and young adults who were enrolled at the church’s Bible school.
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Federal Officials Ask Honda Why It Delayed Product Defect Recall

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is asking Honda Motor Co. and Takata Corporation about why the auto maker delayed an important vehicle defect recall involving defective airbags. According to a news report, the federal agency is questioning Honda and Takata, who are Honda’s airbag supplier, and asking for an explanation as to why the first recall did not include cars from the second recall. A total of 444,000 Accord and Civic sedans were recalled for potentially deadly airbag defects. The airbag inflator in these Honda vehicles can apparently rupture from too much internal air pressure sending metal fragments through the airbag and striking the occupants of the vehicle.
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Tire Tread Separation Causes San Diego SUV Rollover Accident

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Officials say a tire defect may have caused a San Diego car accident, which killed two people on the 15 Freeway the evening of November 9, 2009. According to a 10news report, the 2002 Chevy Trailblazer SUV driver by 40-year-old Ramon Arciniega was going north near Deer Springs Road in Escondido when the tread separated from the left rear tire causing Arciniega to lose control of the SUV. The Trailblazer crossed over onto the right shoulder and rolled down an embankment flipping several times before it came to rest on its roof. Arciniega and a passenger — 52-year-old Evangelina Quiroz – were taken to an area hospital. Two other passengers – both said to be from Mexico – were fatally injured and pronounced dead at the scene. Their identities have not yet been released.
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Umbrella Strollers Recalled for Injury Hazard to Children

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Maclaren is issuing a defective product recall for about 1 million umbrella strollers because of a side hinge that poses serious injury risk to young children. According to an MSNBC news report, a side hinge mechanism in these defective strollers poses the risk of cutting or amputating a child’s fingers when the stroller is being opened or closed. This product recall applies to all Maclaren strollers that were sold in the United States since 1999. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has apparently received reports of 15 incidents in which children were hurt in the past 10 years.
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Los Angeles Fatal Rollover Car Accident

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A 23-year-old man killed in a Los Angeles car accident after he lost control of his 1999 Ford SUV, which rolled over, The Signal reports. The man, who has not yet been identified, was driving his SUV north on Highway 14 in the Antelope Valley when the SUV crashed and overturned just north of Red Rover Mine Road in Acton the night of October 30, 2009. The driver apparently drifted into the median shoulder after which the SUV continued on the dirt median, crashed into a guardrail, hit a sign off the freeway and rolled over. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. California Highway Patrol officials are still investigating the cause of this fatal car crash. No one else was injured.
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