Archive for July, 2014

GM’s Top Pickup Truck has Been Recalled Six Times This Year

Filed July 31st, 2014 Julie Ann Fidler

Owners of 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks have spent a lot of time driving loaner cars in recent months. Both pickup trucks have been recalled six times already this year. The GMC Sierra is more expensive than the Silverado, but they are basically the same vehicle. They share the same body and most […]

Surgeon General Issues First Call to Action on Skin Cancer, Warns of the Risks of Indoor Tanning

Filed July 31st, 2014 Julie Ann Fidler

It’s the best time of the year for sun worshipers, but the quest for the perfect tan can be a deadly pursuit. It’s not any healthier to get a little browner in a tanning booth than it is to lounge by the pool all day, either. Boris Lushniak, the U.S. Surgeon General, issued a warning […]

Feds Consider Regulating Powdered Caffeine After the Death of an Ohio Teen

Filed July 22nd, 2014 Cynthia Diaz-Shephard

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to consumers this week about the dangers of powdered caffeine in the wake of the death of an Ohio teenager back in May. Pure powdered caffeine is sold online and marketed as a dietary supplement. Unlike the caffeine found in coffee, tea and soda, powdered […]

Tattoo Ink and Needles Recalled over Bacteria Concerns

Filed July 18th, 2014 Cynthia Diaz-Shephard

A tattoo company in California has issued a nationwide recall on all of its tattoo ink and needles due to a possible bacterial contamination. The White & Blue Lion, Incorporated in Industry, California informed the public it is voluntarily recalling its products over concern that use of the products could cause a bacterial infection, the […]

BMW Recalls 1.6 Million Vehicles Due to Airbag Concerns

Filed July 17th, 2014 Cynthia Diaz-Shephard

Recalls over airbag deployment continue to make headlines. The latest recall was announced Wednesday as BMW Group said it is recalling 1.6 million of its popular 3 Series vehicles over concerns of airbag safety.

Recalled Fitness Bands Pose Safety Hazard to Consumers

Filed July 17th, 2014 Julie Ann Fidler

Bollinger Fitness is recalling 60,000 of its Bollinger Fitness Classic and SoftTouch resistance bands with door attachment following a report that a consumer was injured when a plastic ball attached to the anchor unexpectedly released and struck the individual. Bollinger Fitness Classic and SoftTouch resistance bands with the following model numbers are affected by the […]

New Food Labels Would Reveal Sugars Not Usually Listed in the Ingredients

Filed July 16th, 2014 Julie Ann Fidler

Public health advocates and lobbyists are fighting over whether labels should provide more information about the added sugars included in food products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a proposal written earlier this year that the average American eats 16 percent of his or her daily calories from sugars added during the […]

Berkeley, California, Hopes to be the First City in the U.S. to Pass an Ordinance Requiring Cancer Warnings on Cellphones

Filed July 16th, 2014 Julie Ann Fidler

The city of Berkeley, California, wants to be the first in the nation to require cellphone manufacturers to put stickers on mobile phone packaging warning that cellphones may emit cancer-causing radiation. Berkeley City Councilman Max Anderson is co-sponsoring the ordinance. He told SFGate.com that the cellphone industry doesn’t scare him and that he is willing […]

GM Replacing More than 500 Faulty Ignition Switch Kits

Filed July 10th, 2014 Cynthia Diaz-Shephard

General Motors Co. is back in the news and once again the story involves its faulty ignition switches. The automaker announced it is replacing 542 ignition switch kits that had a defective tab and is adding a visual inspection at a Delphi Automotive plant in Mexico where the ignition switch parts are being built, The […]

Another Day, Another GM Recall

Filed July 1st, 2014 Julie Ann Fidler

General Motors (GM) issued yet another recall of some of its vehicles this week, again due to faulty ignition switches. GM’s most recent recall affects 8.2 million cars, including 1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibus and 2004 to 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix. The recall also covers a newer model, the 2003-2014 Cadillac CTS. The auto maker said the […]