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Recall for Fisher-Price swings

Tennessee parents whose young children have a Fisher-Price cradle swing should be aware that the product has been recalled. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has received two reports of the moving seat falling out because of the peg that holds the seat in place becoming disengaged. So far, no injuries have been reported.

Additional 70 to 90 million Takata airbags may be recalled

Tennessee residents may have heard about the recall of 20 million airbags manufactured by Takata, a Japanese company. The airbags have a design defect that causes them to sometimes explode violently, sending projectiles into the bodies of car occupants. The airbags were initially recalled after more than 100 people were injured and 10 were killed.

Hoverboards may harm Tennessee residents

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced on Feb. 18 that hoverboards that don't meet safety standards could be seized or recalled. The first safety standards for the products were created by UL and released on Feb. 2. One of the main concerns is that hoverboards have a propensity to burst into flames, which creates an unacceptable safety hazard for users.

Salmonella outbreak from Raw Meal products

Those who consume Raw Meal shakes and meal powders from Garden of Life should exercise caution as more items were added to the product recall list on Feb. 12. The supplement mixes seem to be linked to a Salmonella outbreak that may have come from the moringa leaf powder found in the Raw Meal products. People in Tennessee and other states reported contracting Salmonella Virchow.

FDA announces new regulations for pelvic mesh makers

On Jan. 4, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that manufacturers of pelvic mesh implants must reapply for the agency's approval of their products. The implants, which are used to treat pelvic collapse in women in Tennessee and elsewhere, have reportedly caused thousands of injuries to their users.

Judge allows punitive damages in GM ignition switch cases

A ruling by a federal bankruptcy judge may benefit those Kentucky motorists who were affected by the faulty ignition switches present in countless General Motors vehicles for more than a decade. The judge's ruling now makes it possible for plaintiffs who file a lawsuit against GM involving the faulty ignition switches to demand the company pay punitive damages related to its alleged misconduct in handling the situation.

Airbag recall expanded to include 34 million vehicles

Tennessee motorists may wish to visit a website provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to find out if their vehicle is included in what safety experts say is the largest vehicle recall in history. The auto parts maker Takata had already recalled approximately 18 million vehicles because of defective airbags, but that number has since been doubled. Many of the vehicles involved were manufactured by Honda, but Takata also provided airbags to several other manufacturers for installation in vehicles produced between 2000 and 2011.

The violence and benefits of airbags

Some people in Tennessee might question the safety of airbags as they can injure people when going off at the wrong time or even when deploying during an accident. This safety device seems to have a certain amount of risk inherent but can also save lives, and these devices work the way they do in an aim to be effective during an accident as there is typically less than a second before a driver or passenger makes contact with a steering wheel or front panel during a collision.

Vaginal implant manufacturer to pay $21 million in settlement

Eastern Tennessee residents may be interested to know that C.R. Bard Inc. has agreed to a $21 million settlement stemming from their defective vaginal-mesh implants. The implants are meant to help fortify the pelvic muscle by being sewn to the vaginal wall, which can then better support internal organs. According to lawsuits, these implants begin to disintegrate after being inserted.

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