Product Hazards and Recalls

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Off-Road Industry Looks to Congress to Put Brakes on Safety Regulation

Manufacturers of off-road vehicles have mounted fierce resistance to proposed federal rules aimed at reducing rollover crashes that have killed hundreds of riders. After failing to persuade the Consumer Product Safety Commission to shelve the rules, the companies have turned to Congress to run interference. Powered by an aggressive social media campaign and political donations, […]

A fatal motorcycle accident in San Diego County on Jan. 30, 2011. (CAL FIRE San Diego) FairWarining Reports

Feds Want to Run Flimsy Motorcycle Helmets Off the Road

After years of inaction, federal regulators are trying to crack down on the use of cheap novelty helmets linked to thousands of motorcycle crash deaths and injuries in recent years. The novelty helmets do not comply with federal safety standards, and provide little or no protection against head injuries in a crash. Still, as FairWarning […]

Erin Shero and her youngest son, Colton Shero, in the spring of 2013, about five months before the toddler was fatally strangled by a window cord blind. ‘“My son died in less time than it takes to pop a bag of popcorn,” Shero said. FairWarining Investigates

Years of Talking, Kids Still Dying

Strangulation Hazard From Window Blind Cords

After fixing a quick snack for her children one day in October 2013, Erin Shero returned to the downstairs playroom of her suburban Chattanooga, Tenn., home. She wanted to check on the youngest of her five kids, Colton, who was two days away from his second birthday. Thinking he was asleep, Shero reached down to […]

Despite the dismal image of smoking today, cigarette makers formerly used celebrities to promote smoking as sophisticated and chic. See gallery of ads below. (Courtesy of Stanford University collection).Despite the dismal image of smoking today, cigarette makers formerly used celebrities to promote smoking as sophisticated and chic. See gallery of ads below. (Courtesy of Stanford University collection). FairWarining Reports

Long After Loss of its Glamorous Image, Smoking Keeps a Tight Grip on the Mentally Ill

For decades, tobacco companies relied on movie stars and sports heroes to pitch their brands, making cigarettes as much a symbol of sophistication and glamour as limousines and Champagne. Today, the image is vastly different, with smoking largely a habit of the troubled and the poor. A surprising statistic emphasizes the point: 44 percent of […]

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Older Cars Left Behind When Safety Motors Ahead

Federal auto safety regulations cover new cars, of course. But what about older cars? Of the more than 250 million vehicles on the roads, three-quarters are more than five years old, according to the data firm IHS Automotive, and more than 50 million are pre-1999 models. They met the government’s safety rules when they were […]

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Showdown With Industry Looms as Safety Rules for Off-Road Vehicles Advance

Rebuffing off-road vehicle manufacturers, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted today to move forward with rules aimed at preventing rollover crashes that have killed hundreds of riders. The rules would include minimum handling and stability standards for the popular trail machines known as recreational off-highway vehicles, or ROVs. The vehicles also would be engineered […]

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Battling Safety Rules for Off-Road Vehicles, Industry Gets Boost From Senators

Manufacturers of off-road vehicles have enlisted the help of a dozen U.S. senators to try to block regulations intended to prevent rollover crashes that have killed hundreds of riders. In a letter to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the senators urged delaying a pending vote on safety standards for the popular trail machines known as recreational […]

FDA Panels Vote to Keep 'Black Box' Warning on Stop Smoking Drug Chantix FairWarining Reports

FDA Panels Vote to Keep ‘Black Box’ Warning on Stop Smoking Drug Chantix

On every package of the quit-smoking drug Chantix, a warning label alerts doctors and consumers that some people taking the tablets have reported “serious neuropsychiatric events.” As FairWarning has reported, Chantix’s so-called black box warning – the government’s strongest alert – was first imposed in 2009 after thousands of claims of side effects, including reported […]

Packs of Marlboro, the most popular cigarette brand, and images of how the pack would have looked with two  of the graphic warning labels ordered by the FDA in June, 2011. In a 2009 law, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, Congress directed the FDA to create graphic warnings covering 50 percent of the front and back of cigarette packs to replace the text warnings on the side of the pack that have been unchanged since the 1980s. But a group of tobacco companies, led by cigarette makers R.J. Reynolds and Lorillard, sued the FDA, contending the labeling rule violated their 1st Amendment Rights.  (Note, Marlboro maker Philip Morris USA did not join the lawsuit)  U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon agreed with the companies, and his order rejecting the labeling rule was later upheld on appeal. FDA officials say they are working on a new set of warnings. (photos by David LaFontaine). FairWarining Investigates

Tobacco Industry Batting a Thousand With Federal Judge, While FDA Strikes Out

What are the odds? In 2009, Congress passed landmark legislation directing the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products, aiming to cut the toll from the leading preventable cause of disease and death. Three times since, however, cigarette and e-cigarette companies have filed successful legal challenges to thwart rules intended to make their products […]