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Eric T. Chaffin

Researchers Develop New Lithium-Ion Battery Less Likely to Explode

Lithium-ion batteries have been linked with a number of explosions in recent years. Manufacturers love them because they pack a lot of power into a small space, but even the slightest design flaw can leave them vulnerable to short-circuiting, overheating, […]

Eric T. Chaffin

More Parents Using Proper Car Seats, but Young Children Still at Risk

Are you using the right safety seat for your child? Safety groups hope that you are. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2015, 663 children ages 12 years and younger died as occupants in motor […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Over One Million Dressers Recalled for Tip-Over Hazards

On September 6, 2017, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of about 1.6 million chests of drawers because of tip-over and entrapment hazards. The dressers were sold primarily at Walmart and can create a risk of […]

Eric T. Chaffin

New Table Saw Safety Regulations Face Additional Delays

The U.S. Commission for Product Safety (CPSC) encouraged updated table saw safety regulations back in 2006, but now it looks like those updates will face additional delays. Back in 2006, the CPSC issued a letter in which they expressed support […]

Eric T. Chaffin

10 Million High-Risk Takata Air Bags Still Not Repaired

Despite years of dealership repairs, nearly 10 million of the highest risk Takata air bag inflators have still not been replaced, according to the latest documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These are the air bags that […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Polaris Recalls Thousands More ATVs Because of Fuel Leaks and Fire Hazards

Polaris has recalled thousands more ATVs because of potential fire hazards. Two separate recalls implemented in July affect RZR and Sportsman 570 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Consumers are encouraged to take their machines in for free repairs. Polaris Recalls Thousands of […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Takata Bankruptcy Should “Not” Delay Repairs

On June 26, 2017, safety products manufacturer Takata filed for bankruptcy. Their debts at the time totaled about $9 billion, with high costs and liabilities connected to the company’s defective airbags. U.S.-based rival Key Safety Systems, a Chinese company, paid […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Kerosene Heaters Can Cause Home Fires and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Do you have a kerosene heater in your home? If so, it’s important you understand the risks associated with it and learn the requirements for operation to avoid damage to your home. Back in January of 2015, a Johnstown, Pennsylvania […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Yamaha Recalls Over 22,000 Bikes Due to Handlebar Defect

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, a total of 186 motorcyclists were killed in 2014 in traffic crashes, with 3,207 injured. The total number of motorcycle accidents decreased by 4.2 percent from 2013, but fatal motorcycle accidents rose 5.1 […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Ryobi Agrees to $2 Million Settlement with Man Injured by Table Saw

Back in 2010, a Massachusetts jury awarded a woodworker $1.5 million for injuries he suffered while working on a Ryobi table saw. The verdict held that Ryobi Technologies and parent company One World Technologies were liable because they failed to […]