Manufacturer Recalls Bicycles for Potential Crash Danger

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Specialized Bicycle Components Inc. has issued a defective product recall for about 12,000 bicycles because a part can break off and cause riders to fall down and get injured. According to a news report in The Associated Press, the company made the announcement along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stating that the front fork of the bicycles can break. So far, the company has received four reports of these front forks breaking. Victims have suffered facial fractures, head and shoulder injuries as well as lacerations as a result of these defective bicycles.

The recall includes some 2008 and 2009 models of Globe bicycles for both women and men, which were sold from July 2007 through July 2012. Consumers are asked to stop using these recalled bicycles right away and take them to an authorized dealer to have the faulty fork uninstalled and replaced at no cost.

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Man Killed in Angeles Crest Highway Motorcycle Accident

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Dan Cretu, 38, was killed in a Los Angeles County motorcycle crash, after he lost control of his cycle near mile marker 27 of the Angeles Crest Highway. According to a report in The Pasadena Star-News, the fatal accident occurred the morning of September 22, 2012 in La Canada Flintridge about four miles north of the 210 Freeway. Cretu was riding a 2012 Aprilia motorcycle when it veered off the right side of the roadway and struck a sign, California Highway Patrol officials said. Cretu was thrown off his motorcycle and landed on a dirt and grass embankment. He was transported to an area hospital where he died. Officials are still looking into what caused this fatal injury accident.

I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved Dan Cretu for their terrible loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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Trader Joe’s Supplier Recalls Peanut Butter for Salmonella Contamination

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Sunland Inc., which makes the Trader Joe’s brand peanut butter, has recalled 76 different defective products due to the possibility of salmonella contamination. According to an NBC News report, the company has recalled three brands of Trader Joe’s peanut butter and almond butter. The products have been linked to 29 infections in 18 states including California caused by the rare salmonella Bredeney. Sunland is also recalling peanut and almond products sold under popular brands including Archer’s, Earth Balance, Fresh & Easy, Heinen’s, Natural Value, Naturally More, Sprout’s and Serious Food. The products have best-by dates between May 1, 2013 and September 24, 2013.

The food poisoning cases linked to these products were reported between June 11 and September 2, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So far four people have been hospitalized. The company is recalling the products although officials say they have not detected positive results for the rare salmonella strain in the products. Symptoms of a salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain and cramping. The illness may last four to seven days. Some people who become more seriously ill may require hospitalization.

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FDA Halts Imports of Mexican Mangoes due to Salmonella Contamination

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is putting a hold on mango imports from a Mexican packinghouse after the company’s mangoes have been related to food-borne illnesses in 15 states including California. According to an Associated Press news report, the FDA announced the safety alert against Agricola Daniella, a mango supplier with multiple plantations and one packinghouse in Sinaloa, Mexico. This alert basically means that the U.S. government will not accept any further imports from the company unless it can show testing that proves that the mangoes are no longer contaminated.

The company’s mangoes have been linked to salmonella illnesses in 15 states. So far, 121 people have been sickened. No deaths have been reported. A California importer recalled the Daniella brand mangoes last month after they were linked to dozens of illnesses nationwide, a majority of them in California. Various retailers sold those mangoes from July 12 to August 29.

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Man Killed in Monrovia Car Accident

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Jimmy Hughes Jr., 37, was killed in a Los Angeles County car accident after he lost control of his SUV and crashed into another vehicle. According to a City News Service report, the fatal crash occurred on the 134 Freeway near Harvey Drive in Monrovia, the morning of September 14, 2012. California Highway Patrol officials say Hughes was westbound on the freeway when he lost control of his Chevy Suburban SUV, which went off the shoulder, across the median and into eastbound lanes. The SUV then collided with a Toyota Solara and overturned. Hughes sustained fatal injuries. The driver of the Toyota Solara suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Jimmy Hughes Jr. for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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Fresno-Based Company Recalls Cantaloupe for Salmonella Contamination

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DFI Marketing of Fresno is recalling cantaloupe due to food poisoning concerns. According to a news report in The Newport Beach Patch, salmonella was found on a single sample of cantaloupe during routine testing conducted at a wholesale produce distribution center, which is part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) testing program. So far, no illnesses have been reported. The recalled products include about 28,000 cartons of bulk-packed product. The fruit was packed on August 26, 2012 and distributed primarily to retail customers in 21 states including California. Some of the fruit was also exported to Mexico. Anyone who has these defective products at home would be well advised to not consume them.

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Man Killed in San Bernardino County Rollover Crash

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David Alex Trujillo, 26, was killed and two others – 21-year-old Frankie J. Ruiz of Colton and a 3-year-old Rialto boy – were injured in a rollover accident, the night of September 8, 2012. According to The Press-Enterprise, the fatal crash occurred along Highway 259 near Highland Avenue in San Bernardino. California Highway Patrol officials say the southbound 1993 Jeep Cherokee veered to the right and struck the curb causing it to roll over. The vehicle then hit the guardrail and tumbled down a steep embankment. Trujillo was ejected and died at the scene. Ruiz sustained major injuries while the boy escaped with minor injuries. Officials suspect that Trujillo and Ruiz were not wearing their seatbelts. The investigation into the cause of this crash is ongoing.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and many friends of David Alex Trujillo. My thoughts and prayers are also with the two injured victims. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

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Hercules Truck Tires Recalled for Potential Tread Separation Issues

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Hercules Tire & Rubber Company has issued a product defect recall for certain H502 radial medium tubeless truck tires due to the potential for tire tread separation. According to a news report in The Modern Tire Dealer, the affected tires, about 1,222 in all, may have been produced with insufficient tire liner thickness due to an improperly working machine. This may cause U-cracks in the tires, which could in turn result in tire tread separations, increasing the risk of a crash. Hercules has stated that the defective tires will be replaced free of charge and has begun notifying owners. Owners may also contact Hercules at 800-677-3573 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s web site at www.safercar.gov.

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Child’s Death Leads to Recall of Window Blinds

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Michigan-based Blind Xpress is issuing a defective product recall for about 139,000 custom-made vertical and horizontal blinds after a toddler was strangled by the cord loop of a vertical blind. According to a Consumeraffairs.com report, the incident occurred in 2009 when the 2-year-old girl from Commerce Township, Michigan, died from strangulation injuries. The loop of the cord in that case was not attached to the wall or floor. Blind Xpress custom vertical blinds apparently have an adjustment cord and sometimes, a weighted device at the bottom. The horizontal blinds don’t have inner cord stop devices to prevent the accessible inner cords from being pulled out. This exposes children to the risk of becoming entangled in the cord loop.

The recall involves all Blind Xpress vertical blinds that do not have a cord-tensioning device that attaches to the wall or floor and all horizontal blinds that do not have inner cord stop devices. The blinds, which were made in the United States, were sold at various blind specialty stores from January 1995 through December 2011 for between $16 and $380. Anyone who has these window coverings at home is asked to stop using them immediately and contact the Window Covering Safety Council at 800-506-4636 to receive a free repair kit.

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Mr. Coffee Single Cup Brewers Recalled for Burn Injury Hazard

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Sunbeam Products Inc. has issued a defective product recall for about 600,000 Mr. Coffee Single Cup Brewing Systems for potential burn injury hazards. According to a news report in Consumeraffairs.com, a build-up of steam in the water reservoir can force the brewing chamber open and expel hot coffee grounds and water, posing a burn hazard to consumers. So far, the company has received 164 repots of the brewing chamber opening and 59 reports of burn injuries to consumers’ face, upper torso and hands, in the United States and Canada.

The recalled coffeemakers, which were manufactured in China, were sold by retailers nationwide including Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart, Lowe’s, JC Penney and Bed Bath & Beyond from September 2010 through August 2012. The coffeemakers were priced between $60 and $80. Consumers are asked to stop using these defective coffee brewers immediately and contact the manufacturer at (800) 993-8609 to receive instructions about obtaining a free replacement unit.

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