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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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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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airbag-300x199A national recall has been issued for 7.8 million vehicles containing defective models of Takata airbag inflators. The defective inflators cause the airbag to explode and in several instances send shrapnel into the passenger cabin. At least four deaths and dozens of injuries have been attributed to the faulty airbags, which have been in use in vehicle model years from 2000 to 2011.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging the following vehicle manufacturers to issue recall notices to owners whose vehicles are potentially affected by the defective airbags.

  • BMW
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10072014The Safety Institute released the results of a study conducted on the ET-Plus® guardrail system using crash data from Missouri and Ohio that shows the system is more likely to cause injury and death than prevent it.

In fact, in the past decade, several victims have filed lawsuits against the company for defective and unreasonably dangerous products, claiming the guardrails are causing more harm than help.

Victims such as Aaron Rausche, who was severely injured when his vehicle drifted off the road and was impaled, which caused severe damage to his legs. And Lisa Antonicelli, who had a seizure while driving on Highway 80 near Mesquite and hit a guardrail that tore through her car. She sustained major injuries that left her as a paraplegic.

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