5 Products That Could Kill

  • Dangerous Car Floor Mats

    A number of consumer products have been proven deadly, prompting some massive recalls of everyday items. Here are a few you should keep an eye out for.A car floor mat installed incorrectly may have killed a family of four in August, prompting Toyota Motor (Stock Quote: TM) to urge all dealers to make sure all mats are securely installed.The four deaths may have been caused when an all-weather floor mat interfered with the accelerator pedal in a dealer-loaned Lexus ES 350, Toyota said. Loose floor mats can get caught under accelerator pedals in any car, particularly if the mat was not designed for that car, Toyota says, so the automaker is urging all dealers to inspect their new, used, and loaner vehicles immediately and suggests that all other automakers, dealers, vehicle owners and others to do the same.
    Deadly Off-Road Vehicles
  • Deadly Off-Road Vehicles

    Even at low speeds on even terrain, three types of recalled Yamaha Rhino off-road vehicles have led to nearly 60 deaths and many more injuries. In addition to stressing the need for seatbelt use, Yamaha has offered free upgrades to improve passenger safety. Drivers and passengers are also urged to wear a helmet and never let a child be a passenger if they’re unable to place both feet on the floorboard.In March 2009, the CPSC first called attention to safety issues with these models, though they never officially recalled them. At the time, Yamaha offered free helmets and upgrades, but since then there have been still more deaths. The Consumer Product Safety Commission still urges drivers to stop using the vehicles and to go to their nearest dealership to receive the free upgrades.
    Hazardous Baby Bassinets
  • Hazardous Baby Bassinets

    Four deaths have prompted recall announcements involving 900,000 baby bassinets in which infants have gotten stuck and suffocated. The children’s heads became entrapped between a lower bassinet bar and a mattress support, or their faces were pressed into the adjustable fabric siding of the bassinet which forms a pocket.The recalled convertible "close-sleeper/bedside sleeper" bassinets were manufactured by Simplicity and sold at Wal-Mart (Stock Quote: WMT), Toys "R" Us, Kmart (Stock Quote: SHLD), Big Lots! (Stock Quote: BIG), Target (Stock Quote: TGT), J.C. Penney (Stock Quote: JCP), Amazon.com (Stock Quote: AMZN), Bed Bath & Beyond (Stock Quote: BBBY) and other retailers nationwide.Simplicity appears to no longer be in business, but retailers will provide a refund or store credit to consumers who return the product to the store where purchased, the CPSC says.
    Window Blinds Strangle Children
  • Window Blinds Strangle Children

    Millions of window blinds and shades have been recalled after several reports that children have become entangled and strangled in cords that were exposed or pulled on. About 4.2 million of the recalled shades were sold exclusively at Target Stores (Stock Quote: TGT) .  Target also sold 163,000 Thermal Sailcloth and Matchstick Bamboo Roman Shades that were recalled due to a strangulation risk. Additionally, about 15,400 horizontal, 16,400 vertical and 800 cellular shades made by Vertical Land were recalled because they didn’t include cord tensioning devices or inner cord stop devices for added safety.A 2-year-old boy was found hanging from the looped bead chain of a set of Roman Blinds sold at Ikea, prompting a recall. And more near strangulations were reported involving Pottery Barn Kids roman shades leading that have now been recalled.
    Hooded Sweatshirt Strings
  • Hooded Sweatshirt Strings

    Hooded sweatshirts have been recalled in several announcements by the Consumer Product Safety Commission over several months after reports of strangulations that occurred when children became entangled in their drawstrings.  Children when they get caught on playground equipment, doors and cribs.  Recalls have covered hooded sweatshirts sold in Macy’s stores Nordstrom’s, Village Kids, Kidding Around and other stores The CPSC issued guidelines to prevent child strangulation by avoiding drawstrings and instead opting for snaps, elastic or Velcro to secure the hood of a sweatshirt, but manufacturers have continued to produce kids’ hooded sweatshirts with drawstrings.
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