You probably hear fairly frequently about food and products that are subject to recalls, but it also happens with both prescription and over-the-counter medications. A pharmaceutical recall can be scary, because if you have taken a particular drug for many years (or even short-term), you could be worried about its long-term effects. Defective drug recalls are commonplace, and if you’ve experienced uncommon side-effects from a particular drug, you might be wondering how to handle that. In our two-part series, we’ll walk you through why an FDA drug recall is issued, how approval and reporting systems work, how the Food and Drug Administration evaluates claims, and more. Continue reading
Danger, Pokémon ahead! To be fair, a Pokemon, itself, isn’t dangerous (or so I’m told), but the new game Pokémon GO, released by Niantic in July, is causing a stir — in part because it has already started to cause Pokémon GO accidents in cars. That’s right… what started as a fun mobile phone app with some nostalgia value to the Pokémon generation has become a dangerous, high-stakes endeavor. The app has been out only a short time, and we’ve already seen news of a car crashing into a tree because the driver was distracted by playing Pokémon GO. Continue reading
When you’re riding in a car with your children, you’re probably careful to be sure that they are properly buckled into child safety seats in order to keep them safe. But, what about keeping your children safe around the car—not just in it? One of the less-known causes of fatalities in children is backover accidents. Continue reading
It’s never good news when a favorite product has been recalled. Even if you’ve been using it and not had any trouble, it’s always a good idea to find out specifically why it’s been recalled and take whatever measures the manufacturer recommends in order to make it safer for consumer use. Sometimes, that just means calling the manufacturer for a replacement part, or it might mean that the item should be returned and exchanged for a different model. Regardless, it’s hard to keep track of all of the recalls that happen (and you probably aren’t notified of them if it’s not an item that is registered), so we try to keep you aware of the big ones. Continue reading
It’s spring (finally), and for a lot of people, that means getting those gears back in action—literally—by hopping back on their bikes. Before you do that, though, it’s always good to have a little refresher of some bike safety precautions you can take to help reduce your risk of being involved in a bike/car accident. Continue reading
Have you child-proofed your home? If you are living with young children, you probably have taken plenty of precautions — making sure medications and cleaning products are out of reach, covering electrical outlets, and avoiding choking hazards are all important. But, you might not suspect that your child could be seriously injured or killed because of falling furniture. Continue reading
Last fall, the news broke that there would be a huge Volkswagen recall that had to do with the manufacturer’s having falsified emissions tests. Some Volkswagens had been manufactured to include software that could misrepresent the amount of pollutants that cars were putting into the air. For consumers, this caused a lot of problems, including Volkswagens that would fail inspections or that would lose resale value because of the faulty emissions software.
April showers bring… well, you know the saying. But, sometimes, an “April shower” (or any downpour) is more than a shower. Heavy rains, especially in the spring, can cause severe flooding. Driving on flooded roads can be very dangerous. In any harsh weather situation, the best option is to stay off the roads, but that’s not always possible. If you do need to drive when there are flooded roads, keep these cautions in mind:
Like any responsible vehicle owner, you probably keep track of certain maintenance needs—oil changes, belts and other things crucial to keeping your car working optimally and safely. But, how often do you think about your tires? Until you get a flat, you might think that everything’s just fine, but that’s not necessarily the case. Your tires’ quality and maintenance is one of the keys to safety on the road. It’s not just safety, either. Good tires not only protect against some breakdowns and crashes, but they also give you increased fuel economy and longer tire life.
An underride accident is when a passenger vehicle crashes into the rear or a tractor-trailer, and the result is often fatal. Although tractor-trailers are required to be equipped with underride guards, these often fail, even in low-speed crashes. When a passenger vehicle crashes into the rear of a tractor-trailer, the upper part of the passenger compartment can be crushed because the body of the truck has such an impact on the vehicle safety cage. Continue reading