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Before you buy your children’s Christmas gifts this year, it is important that you do your research.thandy-yung-489168-unsplash-200x300

According to World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H), one child is treated in U.S emergency rooms every three minutes for a toy-related injury. In 2017, thirteen of these cases resulted in death with the victims all being under the age of twelve.

To ensure you are keeping your children and family safe this Christmas, be sure to do the following:

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Dishwasher-on-fire-300x200Manufacturers create and market hundreds of dangerous consumer products every year in the United States. In fact, each year manufacturers or the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls 400 and 450 products. Here are seven unlikely consumer products that may cause injury or death of which you should be aware.

1. Drop Side Cribs

In 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned drop side cribs, but many of them are still being sold at garage sales or through individual sellers. Because the moveable side is droppable, the drop may result in suffocation of a baby. In fact, the cribs were associated with approximately 32 deaths since the year 2000, according to a 2012 article on ConsumerReports.org.

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Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and serious injury for children over one years of age, and every day an unrestrained child under the age of five is killed in a traffic crash in the United States.

The safest place for a child in a car is in a rear seat, properly buckled into a child safety seat, or a booster seat – but what type of Child Car Safety Seat should you be using?

If your child is:

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The article below is a repost of a New York Times article found here, written by Tiffany Hsu.

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Deane Berg of Sioux Falls, S.D., was the first to go to trial after suing Johnson & Johnson over accusations that its talcum powder products caused her ovarian cancer. A jury found the company negligent but did not award damages. Credit Zora J. Murff for The New York Times

Thousands of women across the country are suing the consumer goods giant Johnson & Johnson over its baby powder, claiming that talcum particles in the popular product caused their ovarian cancer.

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Reyes Law Takata Airbags Center of Auto Industry’s Biggest Recall In the late 1990s, General Motors switched airbag suppliers from the Swedish-American company Autoliv to the much cheaper Japanese supplier, Takata.

Prior to the switch, GM asked Autoliv to match the cheaper design, according to Linda Rink, who was a senior scientist at Autoliv assigned to the G.M. account at the time.

But when Autoliv’s scientists studied the Takata airbag, they found that it relied on a dangerously volatile compound in its inflater, a critical part that causes the airbag to expand.

“We just said, ‘No, we can’t do it. We’re not going to use it,’” said Robert Taylor, Autoliv’s head chemist until 2010.

Today, that compound is at the heart of the largest automotive safety recall in history. At least 14 people have been killed and more than 100 have been injured by faulty inflaters made by Takata. More than 100 million of its airbags have been installed in cars in the United States by General Motors and 16 other automakers.

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Jury Awards $72 million in Johnson and Johnson Talcum Powder Verdict

In what is certain to be a landmark decision, a Missouri jury has awarded the son of an African-American woman, and the woman’s estate, a total of $72 million in a wrongful death lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company Johnson and Johnson. Of the $72 million in damages, $10 million are compensatory damages going to the son and $62 million in punitive damages to the estate. The successful plaintiff’s lead attorney, Jim Onder said after the verdict that $31 million of the compensation will go to the Missouri Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund.

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Yesterday, a Philadelphia jury ruled Johnson & Johnson (J&J) must pay an injured woman $5.5 million in compensatory damages for its negligence over the defectively designed Prolift pelvic mesh. Today, the jury also awarded her $7 million in punitive damages – a sum intended to punish Johnson & Johnson for having marketed an unsafe product.

This was the second product liability trial involving Prolift mesh, one of the most widely used pelvic meshes produced. The first Prolift trial of Linda Gross in 2013 resulted in a $11.1 million ruling for Ms. Gross but did not find the mesh was defective in its design. That verdict is still under appeal.

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Buying a pickup truck with an extended cab might seem like a good idea for safety-conscious drivers concerned about transporting their families on our dangerous highways. An extended cab makes more room for passengers or other cargo in the back seat of a pickup truck and is a popular option for families that use their pickup truck as their primary vehicle. Like SUV’s people choose pickup trucks for their assumed safety as they are larger and their occupants ride higher than in most passenger vehicles. Pickups are thought to be a safer option in the event of a frontal collision than a passenger vehicle and ideal for young families. That may have been true until just recently when the Ford Motor Company decided to replace the steel body structure of their popular 2015 F-Series of pickup trucks with lighter, less expensive aluminum, but then failed to add safety steel reinforcements to their extended cab models as they had done to other models.

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nodrugs-300x225Prescription drugs aren’t always safe. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recalled a number of prescription drugs and many drugs are under review because research has linked the drugs to dangerous side effects. Here’s a list of 10 potentially dangerous prescription drugs on the U.S. market today.

Low Testosterone Drugs

Research has linked low testosterone drugs to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Researchers published their results in November 2013 in the Journal of the American Medical Association as well as in PLOS One in 2014.

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12082014-300x225After your child has made his or her holiday wish list, you might want to check it twice to make sure the toys are safe. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), toy-related child injuries have been on the rise over the past couple decades, and one particular toy may be largely to blame for these injuries.

Foot-powered scooters are believed to be largely responsible for a 40 percent increase in child injuries between 1990 and 2011. This is according to a study published in the medical journal Clinical Pediatrics. Other child health professionals agree: child injuries that resulted in emergency room visits increased by more than 70,000 during that period, which translates to an injury rate of 26.9 per 10,000 children in 2011.

The CPSC reported 52,500 injuries in 2013 and one death due to foot-powered scooters, such as the popular Razor line. Child health advocates agree that safety gear and adult supervision are the best solutions to decreasing these injuries, which most commonly include lacerations, contusions, and abrasions.

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