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  • Are You at Risk for Food Poisoning?

    Sometimes it seems as if every couple of weeks grocery stores or food manufacturers announce a new recall due to the potential of a product's carrying a foodborne disease. With increased news reports over the years talking about foodborne illnesses, public awareness about causes, symptoms, and the general risks has increased. Unfortunately, thousands of people still die each year from one type of ...
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  • South Florida Weather Puts Drivers at Risk of Injury from Defective Airbags

    Contrary to popular belief, airbags are not soft pillows that float out like clouds when needed. Rather, these supplemental restraints more closely resemble tightly packed explosives. The inflation system is comparable to that of a solid rocket booster , and deployment clocks in at almost 200 miles per hour. Activation comes without warning, filling the space and beginning to deflate in less time ...
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  • Dehumidifiers are Dangerous: Fires and Recalls

    Defective dehumidifiers made by Gree and Midea have been overheating and linked to destructive fires. Sold at well-known national retailers as well as on secondary markets, consumers have to be careful. If you have a dehumidifier, stop using it and unplug it until you have a chance to determine whether it is subject to recall. By entering the brand name, model number, and date code from the label ...
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  • The Dark Side of Solar Panels

    The epitome of clean energy, solar power is a thriving sector across the country. This renewable resource is increasingly affordable with small-scale rooftop system prices dropping almost 30 percent from 2010 to 2013 and large-scale system costs dropping even more. In sunny locations, a five-kilowatt home rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system produces enough yearly kilowatt hours to meet the ...
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  • Talcum Powder Taken to Task

    A seemingly innocuous product that many of us have in our homes has been implicated in claims that its main ingredient causes cancer. First sold in the 1890s, Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder absorbs excess moisture and is commonly used to ease diaper rash and in feminine hygiene. Made of 99.8 percent talc (the remainder is a mix of fragrant oils that gives it that recognizable clean scent), the ...
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  • Hoverboards: Too Hot to Handle?

    The second installment of the beloved “Back to the Future” movie trilogy introduced audiences to the revolutionary hoverboard, which essentially was a levitating skateboard. While that device is currently not commercially available, its familiarity in pop culture made its name ripe for the plucking when a similar product came onto the market. Although this new design resembles an electric scooter ...
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  • December is National Safe Toys & Gifts Month

    The holiday season makes December a popular time for purchasing gifts to celebrate our loved ones, especially the children in our lives. Accordingly, toys are big business. The NPD Group estimates that last year, U.S. retail sales of toys were $18.08 billion; December alone saw a six percent growth over 2013. Whether action figures or dolls, puzzles or paint sets, models or musical instruments, ...
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  • Segue to Segway Safety

    Rarely content with the present, humans love to imagine what the future will look like. Many people are fascinated with the next scientific or technological advance. Ordinary gadgets of today like tanks, earbuds, video phones, rockets and helicopters were all previously considered to be outlandish sci-fi creations. Personal mobility electric vehicles, one of the most anticipated products of the ...
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  • Do You Know Your A-E-Ds?

    About 92 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital, but cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has been shown to more than double a victim’s chance of survival if given properly and immediately. The mouth-to-mouth resuscitation aspect of CPR goes back as far as 1740, when it was first officially recommended by the Paris Academy of Sciences to help drowning victims. The ...
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  • Not All Toys are Fun and Games

    Children’s toys have come a long way from building blocks and baby dolls. In just the span of a few decades, the variety of toys available has expanded almost beyond imagination. This means that toy companies feel immense pressure to create the next best thing or to price their goods lower than the competition. Unfortunately, safety and quality are often sacrificed in the process. Common Injuries ...
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  • Stroller Recalls: Hidden Dangers of a Childhood Necessity

    Along with cribs and car seats, strollers are one of the most commonly used childhood products. These convenient forms of transportation have come a long way since their invention in the 1700s, and the vast assortment of models now available are fabricated to suit a variety of lifestyles. All models should be harmless by design, yet the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled 5.5 ...
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  • GM Recall: Another Example of the Corporate Culture of Profits Over Safety

    The number of General Motors automobiles recalled due to defective ignition switches has risen to over 28 Million. Just as amazing are the reports that GM knew about the problem with the switches for over a decade. As a products liability attorney , that doesn't surprise me. Time and time again, I have seen companies bury their heads in the sand when they believe there might be a safety risk with ...
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  • Widow Wins $1.2 Million in Defective Seat Belt Case

    Todd Stabinski, a Miami car accident lawyer at Stabinski & Funt, P.A., recently represented a woman whose husband was killed in a fatal car crash. His client, Barabara Dourado, filed a lawsuit against Ford Motor Co. in Broward Circuit Court, alleging that they were responsible for her husband's untimely death. 65-year-old Moses Dourado had been on his way to work in his 1994 Ford Escort when he ...
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  • Stabinski & Funt, P.A. Wins Settlement for Aviation Workers

    Two mechanics, Marino Medina and Benjamin Munoz, were working for Fine Air Service on a Boeing 727 cargo jet at Miami International Airport when their cherry picker unexpectedly tipped over, hurling them more than 50 feet to the ground. Munoz died within minutes of the accident, and Medina was severely injured. He had to undergo 16 different surgeries to repair the physical damage that was done, ...
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