NHTSA Recall Completion Rates in the Takata Crisis

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) made the naughty list this year. In Washington, DC that is; the North Pole has yet to issue a comment. Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) certainly commented about NHTSA’s recall completion rates in the Takata airbag crisis, though. The Senators’ statement follows.


OnStar Unhelpful to Non-Subscribers in Emergencies?

A potentially sad holiday story had a happy ending. According to 12WHAM in Rochester, New York, 89-year old Anthony DePinto left home on December 17 and got lost. Anthony has dementia. He didn’t have a cell phone but thought that OnStar would be willing to help him and pressed the button. They weren’t, though. OnStar unhelpful to non-subscribers in emergencies?


Removing Asbestos Can Be Deadly Duty

Yesterday, I wrote a piece on the 3rd wave of asbestos disease in America. Today, I want to look at another piece of that problem. People like Kris Penny are exposed to asbestos through working in environments that contain it. There is another segment of the population that will soon be a part of the 3rd wave and they are asbestos remediation workers. Removing asbestos can be deadly duty.


U.S.’ 3rd Wave of Asbestos Disease

When we hear the words “asbestos” and “mesothelioma,” we automatically think of victims in their 60s, 70s or 80s. Individuals who worked as miners, millers & manufacturers or insulators and shipbuilders in a time before safety measures were in place are the usual mesothelioma patients. Meet Kris Penny, the face of the U.S.’ third wave of asbestos disease.


Frankenfish Gets Clear Labeling

I never thought I’d approve of “backdoor bills,” those sneaky little bits of legislation that get tacked onto the end of larger, unrelated legislation. In fact, I really don’t approve of such underhanded tactics. However, our friends in DC just pulled one that at least helps people. A tiny addendum to the 2009 page federal



Driving with NO Airbags

As bad an idea as that may seem, some drivers are choosing driving with no airbags over risking an explosion of defective Takata airbags. Millions of drivers are waiting for recall replacements but, for the majority, there’s no end in sight. One man took matters into his own hands, literally, and removed the Takata airbags from his vehicle.


Hoverboards Often Burst into Flames

They may not be exactly like Marty McFly’s, but hoverboards are now a part of the present. They’re also one of the hottest presents on many holiday lists. In fact, on Cyber Monday, online retailer eBay sold a hoverboard every twelve seconds. I know it’s pretty Grinchy, but maybe a skateboard would be a better gift for your extreme athlete. At least a skateboard won’t allegedly burn down your house.


NYC’s Chain Restaurants Must Use Warning Symbol for High-Sodium Items

It’s official! New Yorkers aren’t able to make decent decisions on what they eat. Well, that’s the mayor of the Big Apple, Bill de Blasio, thinks. It seems he is following in his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg’s, footsteps. Bloomberg’s public health policies targeted trans fats, soda and smoking. In addition, he required calorie counts on restaurant menus. NYC’s chain restaurants must use warning symbol for high-sodium items.