The crayons and toys that contained asbestos were made in China and imported in the U.S., according to the package labels. Four brands of children’s crayons and two kids’ crime scene fingerprint kits were found to contain asbestos, according a report released Wednesday.  Several were marketed under the names of the popular characters Mickey…

  The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports  Chevron agreed to pay $5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a contract worker killed last year when fire engulfed a shale gas well.  An Allegheny County judge this month approved the settlement of the lawsuit brought by the family of…

Posted by Michael Monheit April 16, 2015 9:17 PM In our last article, we reviewed the two primary causes of cleft lip and cleft  palate: genetic abnormalities and environmental factors, or “teratogens.” Our description ended with an overview of one prescription drug, ondansetron. Several studies have now identified a possible link between ondansetron and an…

On Tuesday, nearly 34 million cars and trucks nationwide were declared defective because of deadly air bags made by auto-parts giant Takata.  It is expected to be the biggest recall of any consumer product in U.S. history. This expanded recall is due to air bags which can blast out sharp metal shrapnel when deployed, a…

The recall on IKEA’s SULTAN and VYSSA crib mattresses have expanded due to a risk of entrapment. The recall states “the crib mattresses could create a gap between the mattress and crib ends larger than allowed by federal regulations, posing an entrapment hazard to infants.” The recall includes approximately 300,000 crib mattresses in the United States and about…

Study Warns of Diet Supplement Dangers Kept Quiet by F.D.A. In hundreds of vitamin shops across the nation, popular weight-loss and workout supplements  containing a chemical nearly identical to amphetamine are being sold.  The powerful stimulant poses dangers to the health of those who take them, according to a new study. In December, the Canadian…

Lumber Liquidators’ Chinese-made wood laminate flooring emits levels of formaldehyde six to seven times higher than emissions standards allow. Lumber Liquidators’ Chinese-made wood laminate flooring emits levels of formaldehyde six to seven times higher than emissions standards allow, and the manufacturer lied about the product’s safety, plaintiffs allege. State and federal agencies are investigating. Between…

GM received another 57 claims for compensation for ignition switch defects in its cars in the past week, bringing the total to 4,237, according to the administrator of the company’s compensation program. Through Friday, GM had received 462 claims for death, 282 for catastrophic injuries and 3,493 for less-serious injuries requiring hospitalization, according to a…

Under heavy pressure from U.S. regulators, automakers and rival suppliers, Takata is racing to increase output of replacement inflators for automakers that have recalled nearly 25 million vehicles. Plans to double production to 900,000 units a month by September include the ramp-up of two new assembly lines at a plant in Monclova, Mexico, which will…