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.
The tragic 2013 fire that engulfed the Southwest Inn in Houston led to the deaths of five firefighters and the severe injury of another. It has stood as the greatest loss of life by the Houston Fire Department.
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.
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.
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.
The summer is fast approaching, and many people are looking forward to dusting off their grills and having a barbecue. What could be more tantalizing than a juicy, perfectly-grilled jalapeno sausage filled with... pieces of sharp plastic?
Complaints of automobile sunroofs shattering without warning have increased in recent years, leading to concerns about the roofs' safety. According to the watchdog group Consumer Reports, these once-rare incidents are occurring with greater frequency. There were 859 complaints of exploding sunroofs filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration since 1995, 71 percent of which occurred after 2011.
The recent recall of Takata airbags is one of the largest in consumer history. Since July of 2017, nearly 46 million defective, potentially dangerous airbags manufactured by the Japanese company have been recalled. Around 34 million cars, trucks and other vehicles have been affected worldwide.
Have you been preoccupied with holiday shopping lately? Picking out the perfect toys for your kids can be a blast--as long as the toys don't turn out to be dangerous. Many people don't think of toys as potential dangers. After all, what could possibly be harmful about cute, colorful playthings that give children so much entertainment? As it turns out, plenty.
Commercial trucks and buses have been chronic dangers on our nation's roads. Commercial carriers and motor coach companies have often been found to cut corners on safety, sometimes leading to tragic results. They may delay required maintenance, cut back on training, employ dangerous drivers and even encourage certain rules violations -- all in the name of improving the bottom line.