Los Angeles Car Accident Proves Fatal for Elderly Woman

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Lynn Le, 77, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after she lost control of her car and crashed the morning of August 28, 2010. According to a news report in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the fatal crash occurred on Colima Road at Camino Del Sur in Hacienda Heights when Le’s 1997 Honda Accord went over a raised concrete divider, continued into southbound traffic and crashed into a cinder block wall. Officials say Le was driving about 60 mph at the time of the crash. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that it is not known what caused the Honda to veer into oncoming traffic. An investigation is ongoing.
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So Many Recalls: So Little Time

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With all the car recalls in the news lately, you may have a hard time keeping track of them all. From Toyota to GM, many major car companies have some consumer product recall on the books right now. The latest recall by General Motors involves middle-seat restraint system defects in the 2009-2010 crossover SUVs.

The GM Seat Belt Failure Recall involves nearly a quarter of a million GM vehicles in the United States, Mexico, Canada and overseas.
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Mice, Filies and Maggots Found by FDA Inspections at Egg Farms

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New updates in the salmonella egg contamination outbreak was announced. Yesterday, the ABC World News reported a shocking update regarding the federal inspection of an Iowa farm for possible salmonella contaminated eggs. After two weeks of inspections, the FDA released a report of their findings which included live mice, flies (dead & alive), and maggots that were too numerous to count. While testing the water used to clean the eggs before they are packaged, laboratory tests confirmed the presence of Salmonealla enteritidis, according to Jeff Farrar, FDA associate commissioner for food protection. Salmonella contaminated eggs has been linked to feed but these disgusting conditions certainly add some insight as to why these eggs may have been recalled. The Los Angeles Times noted that conditions described in the reports are some of the worst food safety experts have seen in decades.
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General Motors Recalls Nearly a Quarter of a Million Crossover SUVs Because of Seat Belt Malfunctions

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We all know that wearing a seat belt is safer than not wearing one. When it works properly, your seat belt is indisputably the most important safety device in your car. However, when it functions poorly or completely fails to work, your seat belt can cause serious injury and even death.

This week, GM, one of the largest domestic car manufacturers, announced it is recalling over a quarter of a million vehicles because the seat belts could falsely latch and fail to protect you in an accident.
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Orange County Car Accident Injures One

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A driver sustained injuries in an Orange County car accident after he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the back yard of a home. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the injury accident occurred the morning of August 27, 2010, when a silver Honda was making a right turn onto Via del Rio from Trabuco Road, in Lake Forest. The driver failed to negotiate the turn. The vehicle went over the sidewalk and through a fence. The car fell about 30 feet and nearly went into a swimming pool. An ambulance took the driver of the four-door sedan to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of this car accident.

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Are You Consuming Salmonella Tainted Eggs?

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A number of food poisoning cases involving salmonella tainted eggs are under investigation by the FDA and CDC. The agencies have been searching for potential sources of the tainted eggs. So far, potential sources include Wright County Egg in Iowa and Hillandale Farms of Iowa, Inc.

In late August 2010, Hillandale Farms conducted a voluntary recall due to the possibility of salmonella contamination. A number of these eggs could still be in restaurants, grocery stores or your home. If you feel ill after eating a recalled egg, you should consult with your doctor.
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Orange County Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident

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Phuong Le, 26, was killed in a motorcycle accident on Ortega Highway near the Orange and Riverside county lines, the morning of August 21, 2010. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, Le was traveling east on the highway when he lost control of his 2009 Kawasaki 650R at a curve. California Highway Patrol officials said Le crossed into opposing lanes of traffic on the two-lane highway and struck a guardrail. He died at the scene.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Phuong Le for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
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Baby Hammocks Recalled for Suffocation Hazard

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A company called MammaLittleHelper LLC is issuing a defective product recall for about 500 baby hammocks because of a potential suffocation risk. According to a news report in Consumeraffairs.com, the hammocks can cause the infant to roll and become entrapped or wedged against the hammock’s fabric and/or mattress pad, resulting in a suffocation hazard.
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Defective Johnson & Johnson Hip Replacement Implants Recalled

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Johnson & Johnson has issued a recall for defective hip replacement implants after many patients complained that the implants failed and that they had to have more unnecessary surgery as a result. According to a news report in the New York Times, the recall came this week, over two years after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began receiving complaints about the failure of these hip replacement implants, manufactured by DePuy Orthopedics, a unit of Johnson & Johnson.

Hundreds of Complaints

DePuy is recalling two products — the ASR XL Acetabular System, a hip socket used in traditional hip replacement, and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, a partial hip replacement that involves placing a metal cap on the ball of the femur, a method intended to preserve more bone. About 93,000 of these devices have been implanted worldwide. Since the beginning of 2008, the FDA has received about 400 complaints from patients who got the devices.
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Tainted Mamey Fruit Pulp Linked to Typhoid Fever Outbreak

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Fruit Pops Inc., a company based in Santa Fe Springs has recalled its mamey frozen fruit bars over food poisoning concerns. The frozen fruit bars have been linked to rare outbreak of typhoid fever in the United States. According to an MSNBC news report, the fruit bars were distributed in California, Arizona and Texas through retail stores, ice cream trucks and vending machines. The recalled frozen fruit bars have the UPC number 763734000097.
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