Recalled Toro Mowers have Potentially Dangerous Blade Defect

Recalled Toro Mowers have Potentially Dangerous Blade Defect
Recalled Toro Mowers have Dangerous Blade Defect

Toro is recalling about 800 of its walk-behind power mowers. The affected mowers were assembled with an incorrect blade driver and blade combination, which can cause the blade to break, posing a risk of serious injury.

According to a recall notice posted on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website, the recall applies to 2015 22-inch walk-behind mowers with a red base on four wheels. The affected mowers can be identified by a black plate on the front at reads “Toro Recycler 22.” The mowers have the model number 20337. The affected machines have serial numbers ranging from 315000101 to 315000983 which are located on a decal affixed to the rear of the machine. The mowers were sold at hardware, lawn and garden stores nationwide in February and March 2015 for about $450.

Consumers are urged to stop using the recalled Toro mowers immediately and contact a Toro dealer to schedule a free repair. Consumers with questions about the recall may contact the company at (844) 521-2384 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Central Time, or online at www.toro.com.

Ice Cream Tainted with Listeria Kills Three Patients in Kansas

Ice Cream Tainted with Listeria Kills Three Patients in Kansas
Ice Cream Tainted with Listeria Kills Three Patients in Kansas

Blue Bell ice cream products tainted with listeria have sickened five people in Kansas, killing three of them.

Blue Bell issued its first-ever recall of some of its products after five patients were infected with listeria after eating some of the company’s ice cream while in being treated at a hospital for unrelated conditions. Four of the patients were infected by drinking milkshakes made with a single serving of Blue Bell’s Scoops ice cream at the hospital. The CDC said it believes the infections were acquired in the hospital, the Los Angeles Times (LA Times) reported. Continue reading Ice Cream Tainted with Listeria Kills Three Patients in Kansas

Study Finds Higher Rates of Glioma among Heavy Cell Phone Users

A study published in the journal Pathophysiology has found that heavy mobile phone use is associated with a significant increased risk of glioma, a deadly type of brain cancer. Lead researcher Dr. Lennart Hardell, an oncologist from University Hospital in Orebro, Sweden and his colleagues found a three-fold increased risk after 25 years among participants who reported using their cell phones the most, Fox News reports.

The study involved a group of patients diagnosed with malignant brain tumors compared to a group that did not have this diagnosis. Those who reported talking on their phones the most, over 1,486 hours, were twice as likely to develop glioma compared to those who recalled using their cell phones between between one and 122 hours. In a phone interview with Reuters Health, Dr. Hardell said “The risk is three times higher after 25 years of use. We can see this clearly,” Continue reading Study Finds Higher Rates of Glioma among Heavy Cell Phone Users

Defective Ignition Switch Still Not Fixed in Many GM Cars

Nearly half of the cars affected by the ignition switch recall are still not fixed, The New York Times reports. GM initiated the recall nine months ago, and the issue now affects 2.36 million cars. The problem with the recalled vehicles is that they can suddenly switch out of the “run” position in a jarring event, such as a bump in the road. The defect has been linked to 30 deaths so far.

Federal regulators have been receiving letters from drivers questioning why the repairs are taking so long. Some also expressed safety concerns as the faulty unfixed vehicles remain on the road for a lengthening amount of time. This seems to be reflected in a recent fatal accident, NYT reports. A 25-year old woman was killed on Oct. 9th while driving her red 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. Her mother told NYT she attempted to repair the ignition switch twice but was turned away by both dealers. Continue reading Defective Ignition Switch Still Not Fixed in Many GM Cars

NHTSA Urges 7.8 Million Vehicles Owners to Act on Takata Air Bag Recall

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notified the owners of 7.8 million vehicles urging them to act on the Takata air bags recalls which were issued because the air bags can explode. According to TIME Magazine, the recalls date as far 18 months ago and continued as recently as this week. The recalls included Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles.

“Responding to these recalls, whether old or new, is essential to personal safety and it will help aid our ongoing investigation into Takata airbags and what appears to be a problem related to extended exposure to consistently high humidity and temperatures,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman in the release. Continue reading NHTSA Urges 7.8 Million Vehicles Owners to Act on Takata Air Bag Recall

Doctors Receive Billions from Drug Companies, Government Database Shows

In recent years, there have been concerns about the financial ties between doctors and industry. The government is attempting to address this issue by bringing greater transparency to this relationship. The Sunshine Act, a provision under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, requires drug and medical device companies to disclose payments they make to doctors and teaching hospitals. This data has recently been released in the form of a database compiled by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. According to The Wall Street Journal, the database showed that U.S. Physicians and teaching hospitals were paid at least $3.5 billion from drug and medical device companies in the last five months of 2013. Continue reading Doctors Receive Billions from Drug Companies, Government Database Shows

Ford Becomes Latest Company to Issue Massive Recall Amid Safety Concerns

Ford Motor is the latest automobile company to issue a safety recall over concerns that a short circuit could prevent air bags from properly deploying.

Ford said it is recalling 850,000 vehicles over the issue, joining General Motors and Chrysler as companies who have issued massive recalls over the issue this year, CNN Money reported. Continue reading Ford Becomes Latest Company to Issue Massive Recall Amid Safety Concerns

FDA Critical of Electric Cigarettes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to raise questions concerning the overall safety of electronic cigarettes.

E-cigarettes gained popularity several years ago as an alternative delivery system for nicotine that involve vapors instead of smoke. Makers of e-cigarettes have maintained that their products are safer than traditional cigarettes, but not everyone is buying that claim. Continue reading FDA Critical of Electric Cigarettes

Dr. Oz Warns Women not to put Cell Phones in Bra

Dr. Mehmet Oz recently aired an episode of his television show that discussed the link between cell phones and an increased risk of breast cancer.

On his show, Dr. Oz warned women not to put cell phones in their bra because it could put them at a greater risk of developing breast cancer. Dr. Oz said many women are now using their bra almost like a purse and may be unnecessarily putting themselves at risk. Continue reading Dr. Oz Warns Women not to put Cell Phones in Bra