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April 2016 Archives

Fisher-Price swings recalled due to seat peg issue

Pennsylvania parents with toddlers may be concerned by news that more than 30,000 cradle swings made by Fisher-Price have been recalled. The models covered are the Soothing Savanna Cradle 'n Swing, the Sweet Surroundings Butterfly Friends Cradle 'n Swing and the Sweet Surroundings Cradle 'n Swing. The model numbers of the swings being recalled are CHM84, CMR43 and CMR40. The New York-based toy maker, which has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. since 1993, announced the recall on April 14.

Brain damage evident in many retired NFL players

Big tackles on the football field might impress Pittsburgh Steelers fans, but evidence that football could be linked to long-term brain disorders among players continue to mount. The director of the Florida Center for Headache and Sports Neurology presented findings to fellow neurologists from a study of 40 former NFL players. Brain scans revealed damage in more than 40 percent of the men to the white matter in their brains.

NHTSA could recall all Takata airbag inflators

Many Pennsylvania drivers have a Takata airbag inflator in their vehicle that has been recalled or will soon be recalled. So far, Takata has had to recall 28.8 million airbag inflators around the country over a defect that can result in shrapnel flying at vehicle occupants during a crash. Eleven people have died because of the Takata airbag problem, and the automotive recall has been the largest in U.S. history.

Brain injuries a leading cause of construction deaths

Pennsylvania construction workers may be surprised to learn that head injuries were responsible for 25 percent of all fatalities in their industry around the country between 2003 and 2010, accounting for 2,210 deaths. However, the good news is that traumatic brain injuries decreased by over 6 percent each year during the same period.

Children's product recalls down but dangers still present

Despite an increase in companies that use social media to more widely spread news of their product recalls, many children in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States may still end up using or playing with products that have been deemed unsafe. A 2014 review by the nonprofit group Kids in Danger found that of products sold to consumers that were later recalled, only 1 percent were returned and only 8 percent of total units were removed from circulation.