Safety

RECALL: Child Car Seats

Approximately 800,000 infant, convertible, and booster child restraint systems, which were sold both as stand-alone seats, or as part of a travel system (with stroller).  The seats were manufactured by the Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG), but are sold under various brand names, including Eddie Bauer, Safety 1st, Maxi-Cosi, and Cosco. On the recalled seats, the …

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Should Helmets Be Mandatory for Skiers and Snowboarders?

Serious snow-sport injuries are quite rare, thank heavens. But a new study published in the British Medical Journal suggests that if skiers and snowboarders are required to wear helmets, injuries could be reduced even further. Every year, approximately 12,000 people go to the hospital with a head injury due to snow sports. There are about …

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RECALL: Attention Phenobarbital Users

A very serious recall was announced by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals. Bottles labeled to contain phenobarbital actually contain hydrocodone with acetaminophen. Phenobarbital is a barbiturate used as a sedative, and also to control convulsions in people with epilepsy. It was discovered that some bottles that were labeled as phenobarbital actually contained the narcotic pain medication commonly known as Vicodin …

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