Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act
The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (P&SS Act) takes its name from Virginia Graeme Baker, a young girl who drowned after she was trapped under water by the powerful suction from a hot tub drain. A twin and the youngest of five, 7-year-old Graeme, as her family called her, was the daughter of Nancy and James Baker IV, the son of former Secretary of State James Baker III. A member of her community swim and diving team, Graeme was able to swim without assistance since she was 3 years old. In June 2002, Graeme became stuck to a hot tub drain and was unable to pull herself fre
Ford Unintended Acceleration
A multistate lawsuit filed Thursday says 2002-10 Ford Motor vehicles contain a "design defect" in the electronic control of the gas pedals, making them susceptible to sudden, unintended acceleration. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Ford owners in 14 states is seeking class-action status and goes into great detail about the alleged defect in the models named in the lawsuit that don't have brake override technology. That technology stops the car if both the brake and the gas pedal are activated at the same time. Ford began installing it, known as "brake over accelerator," in all vehicles it make
Beware, Soccer Moms and Dads!
Did you know that movable soccer goals can fall over and kill or injure children who climb on them or hang from the crossbar. They can also blow over in strong winds. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reports of at least 35 deaths since 1979 resulting from soccer goals falling over. Both homemade and professionally manufactured soccer goals are involved in these incidents. To keep your kids safe and help prevent deaths and injuries associated with soccer goals, follow these safety suggestions: Securely anchor or counter-weight movable soccer goals at all times. Nev
Subaru Moonroof Recall
Subaru is recalling certain model year 2012 Outback and Legacy vehicles manufactured from April 6, 2011, through May 12, 2011. The moonroof glass may come loose or detach. The amount and position of the adhesive between the glass and retainer was inadequately applied. The moonroof glass can loosen and detach from the vehicle during driving, resulting in a potential road hazard for other vehicles, increasing the risk of a crash. Subaru has notified the affected owners, and dealers will inspect the glass adhesion condition and either apply additional adhesive or replace the moonroof glass, fre
Buying A Used Car Soon? Be Concerned about the Tires!
Planning on buying a used car in the near future? Just because a tire looks OK does not mean it is safe to use. Modern tires are highly engineered products that must withstand the weight of a car plus the forces from braking and turning while providing a comfortable ride and increased gas mileage. Even without exposure to heat and friction from the road, certain tire compounds like natural and synthetic rubbers decompose over time. Tire manufacturers must provide the date on which the tire was manufactured, but not the date by after which the tire should not be used. To make matters worse
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