Houston's KHOU 11 I-Team recently did an investigation on "pop-up" clothes hampers based on a pattern of people who continue to be seriously injured by these hampers. The I-Team found that such injuries are becoming more common because these hampers contain metal wire that is under constant spring pressure in order to maintain its ability to "pop up." A long piece of vinyl tubing typically surrounds the end of the wire spring to prevent it from breaking through the fabric, but is not always effective.
On Thursday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Bombardier Recreational Products, Inc. (BRP), a manufacturer out of Valcourt, Canada, has recalled several of their 2013 Ski-Doo snowmobile models due to a fire hazard. The recall was prompted by reports that under certain conditions, the fuel pump inlet fitting can potentially come into contact with the oil tank and break. This may lead to a fuel leak. If such leakage occurs, fuel vapor in the presence of an ignition source could result in fire and can potentially cause serious injuries to the Ski-Doo snowmobile rider as well as bystanders.
Start the New Year off right by ridding your life of the following top five most common bad habits, as recently reported by Living magazine.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, Implus Footcare has recalled their Perfect Resistance Bands due to an injury hazard. The Perfect Resistance Bands are rubber tubes connected through a hole and secured by grommets to cloth sewn into loops. The resistance bands can be used alone or in conjunction with optional handles, which are sold separately. The bands are approximately 40 inches long and are used for exercises described on the product packaging card as well as in a Workout Chart available on Implus Footcare's website. The recall was prompted by reports that the resistance bands are able to detach from the mesh cloth loops, posing an injury hazard to the user as well as those in the surrounding vicinity.
There has been a recent boom in the attempts to commercialize space flight. With NASA no longer sending people into space on its ships, attention has turned to new companies like Space X and Virgin Galactic. These companies are on the verge of making commercial space travel an affordable and common practice. Virgin Galactic, for example, has begun selling tickets to space tourists for as early as 2014. Unfortunately, the laws protecting those future passengers are already under attack.
During this Christmas season, it is more important than ever that parents are very careful of what toys they buy their children. Most recently, a small toy that absorbs water and expands to up to 400 times its original size has been voluntarily recalled after a report that baby ingested one of these toys and needed surgery to remove it.
On Wednesday, December 5, 2012, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) filed an administrative complaint against Baby Matters, LLC, for its Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill infant products. CPSC announced this step after failed discussions with the company regarding a voluntary recall of the infant recliners.
Jovan Belcher, an inside linebacker who played for the Kansas City Chiefs, recently killed his girlfriend and later killed himself in front of the general manager and the coach of the Chiefs. Many of the people close to Belcher were shocked by his recent actions and had not noticed any previous behavior which would indicate any underlying problems. Others, however, are looking to whether he acted as a result of depression caused by a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). An autopsy will be able to determine if in fact Jovan Belcher suffered from this disease.
A local Houstonian that was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned has reached a settlement with the city of Houston, according to the Houston Chronicle. George Rodriguez will receive $3.1 million in a compromise settlement, according to Mayor Annise Parker. George Rodriguez spent 17 years in a state prison after being wrongfully convicted for the 1987 kidnapping and rape of a 14-year-old girl. He was convicted based on faulty evidence from the Houston Police Department Crime Lab.