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Risks Rise for Elderly Pedestrians

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Risks Rise for Elderly PedestriansNEW YORK – Millions of Americans use public sidewalks as a safe way to get where they’re going every day but according to a recent New York Times blog, millions more dramatically increase their risk of a pedestrian accident injury.

Those 65 and older make up 13 percent of the population but account for about 20 percent of pedestrian deaths, according to a recent AARP study.

The Times writes not only are older adults at the mercy of cars and trucks on the road while using footpaths, the curbs themselves can be dangerous and even deadly for them.

Many of the accidents involving elderly pedestrians don’t just involve motor vehicles but bicyclists, sidewalk obstructions (snow and ice), and poor street designs are also cited as attributing factors to the spike of injuries in the pedestrian population.

Just this week, an elderly man was critically injured while he was crossing the street in Cheltenham Township, Penn. 

Another 86 year old was struck in Morton Grove, Ill.

And an 84 year old Geneseo, NY woman was injured while getting her mail.

Those are just a few of the accidents involving elderly pedestrians. Since most roadways are unlikely to change anytime soon, experts suggest both drivers and pedestrians heighten their awareness while on the roads and the sidewalks.

 

FDA requests more data on “Low T”

/ Dangerous Drugs /

FDA requests more data on "Low T"NEW YORK – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is asking companies for more safety data on testosterone drugs after a patient broke out in hives during a mid-stage trial.

According to Reuters, the FDA is becoming more cautious with testosterone drugs since it discovered a large percentage of patients didn’t get their hormone levels tested before or during treatment.

Reuters reports the FDA requested data on 350 patients exposed to QuickShot Testosterone, a drug introduced by Antares Pharma Inc. The pharmaceutical company reports it may have to submit more data based on its ongoing late-stage trial.

Antares is currently in the testing phase of QuickShot Testosterone and the government’s request for more data could delay its regulatory and marketing applications.

Report: Mesothelioma a “Global” epidemic

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Mesothelioma a "Global" epidemicNEW YORK – A pair of Italian researchers say mesothelioma has achieved ‘epidemic’ status in many places and it’s not slowing down.

Claudio and Tommaso Bianchi of the Center for the Study of Environmental Cancer issued a new report detailed in the Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Their report crunched numbers from cancer registries around the world and found there was an alarming upward trend of mesothelioma cases.

Although the Bianchis found more and more cases are being reported around the globe, the researchers also said that in many countries, mesothelioma data wasn’t even available.

The deadly disease is most often linked to asbestos exposure. According to the Bianchis’ study, the countries with the highest rates of mesothelioma are also countries where asbestos was generally accepted and heavily used as a building additive after World War II.

The Bianchis’ study suggests mesothelioma cases are not only increasing around the world but many countries continue to ignore the risks.

“The lack of data for a large majority of the world does not allow that the consciousness of the risks related to asbestos exposure is reached,” they concluded in their report.

According to U.S. researchers, nearly 2,500 Americans are diagnosed with the cancer every year.

Possible peanut contamination in brand-name veggie burgers

/ Product Recall /

Possible peanut contaminationNEW YORK – MorningStar Farms is recalling its Spicy Black Bean Burger and its Chipotle Black Bean Burger because the burgers may contain peanuts, an ingredient not listed on the label.

The food maker said on its website that one of the spice ingredients used in the burgers may contain peanut and consumers who have an allergy or sensitivity to this ingredient run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions after eating these products.

MorningStar is calling back any Spicy Black Bean Burgers with a ‘better if used by date’ of April 14, 2016 through June 30, 2016.

The company is also recalling the Chipotle Black Bean Burger with best if used by dates between March 22, 2016 through June 30, 2016.

According to food allergy research, peanut allergies are some of the most common and dangerous allergies in America. A recent study found that peanut allergies among American children more than tripled between 1997 and 2008.

Report: gas tanks still exploding 18 months into recall

/ Auto Accident Information, Car Accident, Dangerous Products, Defective Products, Driver Safety /

Report: gas tanks still explodingDETROIT – Jeep vehicles continue to be linked to deadly collisions more than 18 months after Chrysler issued a recall.

Many Jeep Liberty and Grand Cherokee vehicles were recalled when it was found the gas tanks can explode during rear-end collisions. According to Bloomberg, more than 1 million of these models have not been repaired yet and at least six people have died in highway crashes since the June 2013 recall.

The original recall includes 2002-07 Jeep Liberty and 1993-98 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Deputy Director David Friedman said in November that only 3 percent of the 1.56 million affected vehicles were repaired in a six-month period. Bloomberg puts that repair rate as the lowest for any recall of more than 1 million vehicles in the last five years.

Bloomberg estimates a total of 62 people have died from injuries related to Jeep’s exploding gas tanks.

Automaker must pay $70 million in fines for failing to report a decade of accidents

/ Driver Safety /

WASHINGTON – Honda was ordered to pay a record $70 million in fines for not reporting accidents and other safety issues to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) over 11 years.

According to the NHTSA, Honda did not report 1,729 accidents that caused deaths or serious injuries since 2003. The Japanese automaker attributed the failure to report this data to “computer programming errors.”

“Honda and all of the automakers have a safety responsibility they must live up to – no excuses,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Last year alone, we issued more fines than in NHTSA’s entire history. These fines reflect the tough stance we will take against those who violate the law and fail to do their part in the mission to keep Americans safe on the road.”

On top of the record penalty, Honda was ordered to develop written procedures for reporting compliance. The order also requires Honda to provide information regarding every unreported incident to the NHTSA so the agency can analyze the incidents for safety concerns.

Subaru recalls 200k vehicles in snowy states

/ Product Recall /

Subaru recalls 200k vehiclesLast year, Subaru recalled more than a half-million of its vehicles due to brake line corrosion. The automaker determined road salt had caused the lines to deteriorate, increasing the risk of brake failure.

Now, Subaru is recalling some of those vehicles again. Nearly 200,000 that were covered under the previous recall may still have the same problem. This latest recall is for the 2008-11 Impreza, the 2009-13 Forester and the 2008-14 WRX and STI, specifically for models registered in 20 U.S states which use salt to treat snowy and icy roads, including New York.

As with previous recalls, auto dealers will reapply a special anti-corrosion wax. Owners are asked to bring those models back again due to “incomplete repair instructions provided to dealers” during the last recall.

The following report is from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

 

RECALL Subject : Brake Line Corrosion at Four-Way Connector
Report Receipt Date: DEC 31, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V830000
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Potential Number of Units Affected: 198,900
Manufacturer: Subaru of America, Inc.

SUMMARY:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2008-2011 Impreza, 2008-2014 WRX and STI, and 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, currently, or formerly, registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia that were remedied under recall 14V-311 prior to December 23, 2014. The brake lines may experience brake line corrosion due to salt water splashing on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector.

CONSEQUENCE:
Brake fluid may leak due to the brake line corrosion and may result in longer distances being required to slow or stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will apply an anti-corrosion wax to the four-way joint connector area of the brake line system, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on January 26, 2015. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru’s number for this recall is WQQ-52. Notes: This recall is specific to affected Forester, Impreza, WRX, and STI customers who had their car remedied under NHTSA recall no. 14V-311 prior to December 23, 2014. Subaru has determined that this remedy was inadequate due to incomplete repair instructions provided to dealers. Affected Forester, Impreza, WRX, and STI vehicles that were not repaired under NHTSA recall no. 14V-311 prior to December 23, 2014 will continue to be processed under NHTSA recall no. 14V-311. Affected vehicles not currently, or formerly, registered in the salt belt states identified in this recall are eligible for repair, at no cost to the customer, upon request.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

City agrees to settle in negligence lawsuit

/ Pedestrian Accident /

City agrees to settle in negligence lawsuitThe city of Houston has reached a settlement with a man who claims he was struck by a car the Houston police chief was driving.

According to The Houston Chronicle, a negligence lawsuit accuses Police Chief Charles McClelland of failing to take evasive action when he hit a man who was walking across the street near Houston Police headquarters.

Court records show a settlement was reached on Wednesday but the terms were not disclosed.

Toyota heading to trial 8 years after deadly crash

/ Motor Vehicle Crashes /

Toyota heading to trialOne of the largest recalls in history brought 9 million cars back to the dealership after reports of Toyota Camrys (and other vehicles) that would inexplicably accelerate.

In 2006, one Minnesota driver was sent to prison for his role in a deadly crash but he was later freed after reports and recalls surfaced about a ‘sticking gas pedal.’ The Associated Press reports that driver, Koua Fong Lee, and other survivors of that crash are now demanding justice from Toyota in court.

Lee spent nearly three years in prison when his 1996 Camry rear-ended another vehicle, killing three in St. Paul, Minn. Toyota later recalled several models in 2010 but did not include the 1996 Camry despite Lee’s similar claim of a sticking gas pedal.

Since the recalls, which included several makes and models between 2004 and 2010, Toyota agreed to pay the federal government a $1.2 billion settlement. The automaker also agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle lawsuits by owners who said the vehicle value took a fall after the recalls.

Jury selection for Lee’s lawsuit began Wednesday. Opening statements are expected Thursday.

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