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.
The German automaker BMW has announced a recall of some 1.4 million cars and SUVs, citing a risk of engine fire even when the vehicle is not in use. A spokesperson said the risk is low, but recommended parking the vehicles outside until repairs are made. Repairs are expected to be available beginning Dec. 18.
Daimler Chrysler has recalled 495,000 Mercedes-Benz cars and SUVs in the U.S. and more abroad. The problem is with the airbags, which can go off unexpectedly.
A jury in California recently awarded a 63-year-old woman $417 million in a verdict against Johnson & Johnson because its product caused her ovarian cancer. She had used the company's baby powder for feminine hygiene since childhood. Plaintiffs in several states have brought suits against Johnson & Johnson, claiming that talc-based products cause cancer when routinely used for feminine hygiene.