Toyota Window Switch Defect Results in Recall of 6.5 Million Vehicles

Toyota Window Switch Defect Results in Recall
Toyota Window Switch Defect Results in Recall

Toyota is recalling about 6.5 million vehicles worldwide, including two million vehicles in the United States, because a defect in the driver’s side window switch can lead to a fire.

Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. confirmed last week that the power-window master switch in certain vehicles may have been manufactured without enough lubricant grease, and under certain conditions this can lead to a short circuit that can cause the switch to overheat and melt. The melting switch can produce smoke and potentially result in a fire, Law360 reports. Continue reading Toyota Window Switch Defect Results in Recall of 6.5 Million Vehicles

NHTSA Says Fiat Chrysler Under-Reported Injuries and Deaths

NHTSA Says Fiat Chrysler Under-Reported Injuries and Deaths
NHTSA Says Fiat Chrysler Under-Reported Injuries and Deaths

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Fiat Chrysler under-reported the number of deaths, injuries and legal claims it is required to report to regulators. NHTSA says the number of under-reported incidents is “significant”. Under the Tread Act, carmakers are obliged to report certain information to regulators. Financial Times reports that Fiat Chrysler found “deficiencies” in its system while looking into discrepancies.

NHTSA’s administration Mark Rosekind said “FCA [Fiat Chrysler] has informed NHTSA that in investigating that discrepancy, it has found significant under-reported notices and claims of deaths, injuries and other information required as part of the early warning reporting system,” according to Financial Times. The under-reporting stemmed from “a number of problems” said Mr. Rosekind. “This represents a significant failure to meet a manufacturer’s safety responsibilities.”

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Chewbeads’ Pacifier Clips Recalled Because of Choking Hazard

Chewbeads’ Pacifier Clips Recalled Because of Choking
Chewbeads’ Pacifier Clips Recalled Because of Choking

Chewbeads Inc., a New York company that makes teething jewelry for mothers to wear, has recalled more than 45,000 pacifier clips in the United States and Canada because of a possible choking hazard.

In the recall announcement, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said D-ring on the pacifier clip can break, allowing beads to detach, posing a choking hazard for the child. Chewbeads has received seven reports of beads detaching from the products, though there have been no reports of injuries, according to Fox News. Continue reading Chewbeads’ Pacifier Clips Recalled Because of Choking Hazard

3 Cigarette Companies Receive FDA Warning Letters

3 Cigarette Companies Receive FDA Warning Letters
3 Cigarette Companies Receive FDA Warning Letters

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent warning letters to three cigarette companies for making “additive-free” and/or “natural claims. ITG Brands LLC for Winston and Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Inc. for Natural American Spirit cigarettes were cited for making “additive-free” claims. The FDA also warned Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company and Sherman’s 1400 Broadway N.Y.C. Ltd. for Nat Sherman cigarettes for labeling their products as natural.

In 2009, the FDA gained authority to regulate cigarettes and other tobacco products. The warning letters mark the first time the agency has ever exercised that authority. Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, said in an FDA news release, “The FDA’s job is to ensure tobacco products are not marketed in a way that leads consumers to believe cigarettes with descriptors like ‘additive-free’ and ‘natural’ pose fewer health risks than other cigarettes, unless the claims have been scientifically supported,”

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