September 2013 Archive

Mass Nissan and Toyota Recall

If you drive a Nissan Infiniti M luxury sedan or a Toyota Sienna minivan, beware! Nissan and Toyota recently announced a recall of more than 700,000 of these vehicles in the U.S. due to glaring defects that may lead to auto accidents and injuries.

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2013 Top Workplace in Pittsburgh

Earlier this year, employees voted and commented anonymously on the level of leadership, communication, opportunity, atmosphere, and pay and benefits they have with their employer. WorkplaceDynamics and the Post-Gazette then compile this information and those businesses with the highest scores make the Top Places to Work list and receive the Top Workplaces Award.

Tracking Codes on Medical Devices

Even the most mundane goods wear a tracking code; although until recently an extremely important group of products, products upon which peoples’ lives depend, were not required to have them. Up until now medical devices were among the only products on the market that could not be uniquely identified, however this is no longer the case.

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Stop Sign Cameras

Do you always come to a full and complete stop each time you approach a stop sign? Or do you only hit the brakes thoroughly when other vehicles, police officers, or pedestrians are near? Soon, some drivers who casually roll through stop signs will pay the price, literally, even if no law enforcement officer physically witnesses the act.

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Pittsburgh’s Bridges Deteriorating

Pittsburgh, known as the "City of Bridges," now faces a growing problem with the very structures that are its claim to fame. Hundreds of bridges within the city and throughout Western Pennsylvania are structurally deficient and crumbling, and PennDOT is desperate to slow the deterioration.

PennDOT is posting new restrictions on the amount of weight allowed on hundreds of bridges throughout the area. This includes 46 bridges in Allegheny, Lawrence, and Beaver counties alone, such as the Liberty Bridge, the Elizabeth Bridge, and many others.

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Child Passenger Safety Week 2013

This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week— a great reminder to make sure your children are secured properly in their car or booster seats. It could mean the difference between life or death in a car accident.

Recently, a 5-year-old girl was ejected from a car and died in a wooded area of Washington County. The vehicle in which she was a passenger went off of the road and fell 50 feet down a steep hillside. According to state troopers, “There was a booster seat in the car, but it did not appear to be properly restrained.” This tragedy highlights the importance of securing your child correctly in a car or booster seat while driving.

Teenagers Drive After Smoking Marijuana

A Lawrence County family of five, including a 6-month-old baby, was recently rushed to the hospital after a local 19-year-old ran a stop sign and struck their minivan, sending it rolling into the front yard of a nearby home. The teenage driver admitted to smoking marijuana earlier that night and now faces criminal charges and jail time.

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2 Million Dehumidifiers Recalled

Over 2 million dehumidifiers have been recalled after reports of dozens of fires and millions of dollars in property damage. The dehumidifiers were sold at popular retailers like Home Depot, Kmart, and Lowe's.

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Chobani Yogurt Recalled

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it has received reports of 89 people becoming ill after eating Chobani Greek Yogurt. The yogurt may have been contaminated by mold.

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Da Vinci Robot Injuries Underreported
The safety of da Vinci® robots, which have been used for surgical procedures in more than ¼ of all US hospitals, is once again under fire. A recent study out of Johns Hopkins University suggests that mistakes during da Vinci procedures are "vastly underreported."
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Infants Motrin Recalled

Johnson & Johnson is recalling 200,000 bottles of Motrin Infants formula because it may be contaminated with tiny plastic particles.

2013 Coloring Contest
2013 Coloring Contest Now Open

Elementary school students across Western Pennsylvania have the chance to earn cash for their school and themselves in the My Holiday Wish Coloring Contest.

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School Bus Safety

It's back-to-school time! I'm a father and a grandfather myself, and if you're anything like me, you still get a little nervous no matter how many years you have been sending your children off to school. Will they make new friends? Will they do their best in class? Most importantly, will they be safe?

Toyota and Lexus recall
Toyota Recalls 369,000 Cars

Toyota has announced two recalls, affecting 369,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles. While there have not yet been any reported accidents or injuries caused by the faults, there are reports of vehicles stopping on roads mid-operation. Affected vehicle owners will be notified by mail then instructed on how to have the faulty parts replaced.

2013 Coloring Contest
Win $1,000 for Your School!

We invite Western Pennsylvania elementary students to enter our 10th Annual "My Holiday Wish" Coloring Contest by drawing their "Holiday Wish." The winning artist's elementary school will receive a $1,000 donation in their honor, and the winning artwork will be featured on the Edgar Snyder & Associates holiday greeting card.