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Lyft pulls ride share bikes from service

The ride-hailing company Lyft has recently gotten into the business of bicycles. This occurred after the company purchased Motivate, which is the largest bike share operator in the U.S. Unfortunately, Lyft has gotten more than it bargained for, and now pulled 3,000 bikes from the New York, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco markets after reports that the front brake of the company's pedal-assist e-bikes were responding more strongly than expected. This led to some customers going over the bike's handlebars and causing injury, including dozens of reported injuries in New York City. Top speed of these e-bikes is 18 miles per hour

Honda recalls one million vehicles

The Honda Motor Company has announced that it will recall 1.1 million Honda and Acura vehicles because of faulty air bag inflators. This is now the largest motor vehicle recall in history. Not to be confused with an earlier recall involving Takata airbags, this new recall involves the replacements of the previous recall in 2015, which involved propellant that could became unstable and explode upon impact. This led to the deaths of an estimated 220 or more people worldwide, including a dozen here in the U.S.

WATCH releases list of dangerous toys

The holidays are over and it is now time to take stock of the gifts given to the kids. Mom and dad may be careful to pick toys that are fun, safe and age appropriate, but Aunt Kathy who has grown kids or confirmed bachelor Uncle John may not even consider issues of safety. These toys may get lost in the frenzy of Christmas morning, but it is not too late for parents to double check new additions to the toy box.

Company recalls weightlifting equipment after severe injuries

Paralysis and other injuries resulting from using weightlifting equipment from Cybex Smith Press has triggered the recall of 15,000 units manufactured between 1989 and 2009. The news of the recall was officially announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on August 29, 2018.

EPA announces policy changes asbestos and hazardous materials

The Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics recently announced a Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) change in policies regarding asbestos. A mineral once widely used in building materials because of its flame-retardant properties, it has since been deemed a dangerous carcinogen.

Are battery-powered cars REALLY more safe?

There have been recent high profile examples of Tesla's battery-powered cars catching fire. The most notable example recently being the car of actor Mary McCormack's husband. The video shot by her husband of the car on fire went viral recently, spurring another round of questions about the manufacturer's claims that its battery-powered cars are safer than their gas-powered counterparts.

Are electric cars more likely to catch fire?

Electric cars have become commonplace on the roads. But like the ubiquitous smart phone and the difficulty that Samsung Galaxy Note 7 ran into in late 2016, a fiery crash involving a Tesla is still going to make news. The heart of the matter with cars and phones (as well as laptops) is that they use lithium ion batteries.

Essure faces tighter restrictions from FDA

When it was introduced in 2002, Essure seemed revolutionary: An implantable, permanent contraceptive device that would be available throughout the United States. It was an appealing long-term option that could replace hormonal birth control pills that had to be taken every day. But the hype around Essure might have been too good to be true.

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