Kia and Hyundai owners are currently experiencing an alarming situation due to recent reports of vehicles within these families suddenly bursting into flames. According to the Senate Commerce Committee, there have been 563 registered complaints to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration since 2014 regarding cars manufactured by Kia or Hyundai. According to all of these claims, cars from these two companies were bursting into flames without first having been involved in a collision. In many cases, the fires began while the cars were not even in use. It was also noted that out of all of these claims over 10% of them came from individuals living in Florida.
The 4th of July is, for many throughout America, a chance to enjoy a day off of work, have a couple beers, grill out, and watch fireworks. An additional activity also thrills millions across the nation: lighting off some fireworks of their own. While it is certainly exciting to put a match to a fuse and wait for the whistle and boom that follows, it is also true that many people do not fully appreciate just how dangerous this activity can be.
Paramedics and EMTs working within the city of Edgewater this past Intracoastal 4th of July were on hand to respond to an emergency call made after a firework exploded while still in the hand of a 13-year-old child. According to the report from Volusia County Deputies, the incident happened around 8:40 in the evening, while the child was with their family in a boat that was being piloted around an island that forms a part of the Three Sisters cluster. The boat was believed to be traveling through the Intracoastal Waterway when the incident took place.
We have been waiting for hoverboards ever since Back to the Future: Part II. Over the course of the past few years, it has seemed that this wait was nearly over, and hoverboards, once a staple of science fiction books, have begun entering the world. While the utility of these vehicles remains unproven, they nevertheless retain their allure for those who want to glide several inches above the ground on a floating skateboard. This past Monday, a family in Orange County discovered the dark side of the future when their hoverboard caught fire.
Vape pens or E-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular among people looking to quit cigarettes or just looking to fill their mouths and lungs with billowing plumes of scented white smoke. The various health hazards or concerns with these devices is not well documented, and little testing has been done on their long term safety for users as well as for those breathing in the pungent vapor second hand. This past Tuesday, however, a report issued by the Pinellas-Pasco medical examiner in St. Petersburg brought up a fresh concern around these popular objects.
Much has been written on this blog and throughout almost every news organization in the country on the numerous injuries and deaths caused by Takata airbags. Recent revelations from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration have prompted Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson to come forward and denounce the airbag manufacturer as well as encourage all Floridians to check to ensure that their car does not contain the deadly airbags.
Lovers of fresh bread and fast food were alarmed at the end of January when the popular restaurant chain Panera Bread issued a sudden recall affecting their pre-packaged cream cheese, saying that the product was potentially tainted with listeria. According to the statement from Panera Bread, the recall of this product was a voluntary action performed by the company after testing done within Panera’s quality control department discovered that specific samples from one day of cream cheese manufacturing in a specific factory contained the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes.
A mechanical issue discovered in numerous Ram pickup trucks has resulted in a massive recall from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Almost two million cars are affected in the recall which concerns the shifting mechanism within the popular line of trucks. Specifically, a statement from the Fiat Chrysler Automobile company indicated that it is possible for the truck to shift itself out of park, resulting in the vehicle becoming dangerously mobile when least expected.
The discovery of mold within a significant number of water containers distributed by the Kroger Company has resulted in a large recall. The discovery of mold occurred after several customers complained to Kroger regarding the water, alerting to the company as to the presence of a potential problem. While the exact claims of these complaints are not known (whether or not they identified specific health issues that emerged after the consumption of contaminated water or if they were more benign), the Kroger company did issue a statement saying that they took the complaints seriously, tested the water, and discovered a strain of mold known as Talaromyces penicillium within the water.
Earlier in the year, the Takata company revisited their product recall and decided that they needed to expand the scope of the notice to include 3.3 million more inflators. The Takata airbag controversy broke open a little more than a year ago after numerous individuals were reported to have died over the course of a few years after the airbags in their front and sides of their cars malfunctioned.