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Fireworks: Balancing danger and fun

Fireworks are a long-standing tradition to celebrate the Fourth of July across the country, whether families attend professional firework displays or buy firecrackers and sparklers to celebrate at home. While the COVID-19 pandemic will change how Americans celebrate this year, Tennessee families must be mindful of how dangerous fireworks can be.

NHTSA recalls more Takata airbags but leaves many in place

After reviewing the risks of Takata airbags installed in 56 million vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recalled only a minority of the potentially dangerous airbags. Safety watchdogs are concerned that NHTSA lacks a clear vision for keeping drivers safe.

J&J settles pelvic mesh, hip implant marketing case for $3.9 M

Tens of thousands of women have sued Johnson & Johnson over injuries from transvaginal pelvic mesh implants. The implants were sold as a treatment for prolapsed organs, but there were widespread complications such as pain, infection and bleeding. The mesh could also shift from its surgically implanted location and puncture the abdominal wall or nearby organs, and this could require revision surgery.

Beware: Mistakes with cleaners could poison you

According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, poisonings from cleaners and disinfectants were up 20% during the first three months of this year compared to the same periods in 2018 and 2019. Although the authors can't be certain, they think that people stepping up their cleaning in response to the coronavirus may be to blame.

Inclined infant sleepers more dangerous than previously thought

In October, the Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC announced there had been 73 infant deaths reported that were tied to inclined sleepers. Now, Consumer Reports says there have been 19 additional fatalities, these related to the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper. That brings the total number of deaths to at least 92.

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