Britax Child Safety Seats Recalled for Potential Choking Danger

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Car seat manufacturer Britax has issued a defective product recall for children’s safety seats and boosters due to a potential choking hazard. According to a news report in The Wall Street Journal, the chest pads in these safety seats are made of a softer material that could come apart if the child bites or chews on it. If that happens the pieces could become a choking hazard. The recall involved 55,455 restraints.

Once the recall begins, Britax will provide replacement pads made of firmer material, with instructions on how to install them. Those who own these seats are asked to remove the current pads and continue to use the seat until the replacements arrive. Anyone with questions is encouraged to call Britax at 1-888-427-4829.


Dehumidifiers Recalled for Fire and Burn Hazards

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a defective product recall for hundreds of thousands of Kenmore dehumidifiers for fire and burn hazards. According to a CPSC report, approximately 795,000 of these defective dehumidifiers are part of the recall. Officials say there have already been 107 reports of incidents resulting in $7 million in property damage and three reports of inhalation injuries. The affected units are 35-, 50- and 70-pint dehumidifiers made by Kenmore between the years 2003 and 2005. The defective products were sold at Sears and Kmart. Anyone using these devices is urged to stop using them and return them to the store for a refund.

Kenmore Recalls

This massive recall is not the first time that Kenmore has had an issue with defective and dangerous products. In November of 2009, Kenmore recalled gas ranges because of the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. In August 2009, Kenmore issued a recall on electric ranges for potential fire hazards. Similarly, in May 2008, Kenmore had to recall their wall ovens for fire and burn hazards. More

FDA Panel Sees More Cons than Pros with Metal Hip Implants

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 18-member panel, which met recently to discuss the effectiveness of metal-on-metal hip implants, arrived at the conclusion that there are few reasons to continue using these defective medical devices. According to a news report in The Associated Press, there is a growing body of evidence, which suggests that the devices can break down early and expose patients to dangerous metallic particles. The metal-on-metal hip implants, which are being scrutinized by the FDA following numerous consumer complaints about the failing implants, were originally marketed as a longer lasting alternative to older ceramic and plastic models.