Recall of Todson Bicycle Child Carrier Seats

Todson Bike Carrier SeatThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Todson, Inc. announced a voluntary recall of Topeak Babyseat II Bicycle Carrier Seat due to the possibility of a child’s finger getting caught in the hinge mechanism located on the grab bar. According to the recall, a child’s fingertips could be lacerated or amputated by the hinge when the grab bar is lifted to remove the child from the seat. The company received two reports of injuries caused by the seat, including a crushed finger and a near amputation. The model numbers included in the recall are: TCS2100, TCS2101, & TCS2102. For more information about the recall see the CPSC press release. Consumers may also contact Todson directly at (800)250-3068 or visit the company website at www.todson.com.

Jeep Wrangler Fires

Jeep WranglerFederal regulators have expanded an investigation into complaints of engine fires in Jeep Wranglers. According to recent news reports, the government stated that 23 Wrangler owners have complained about fires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is asking Chrysler to provide information about Wranglers from the years 2007 through 2012. The investigation opened on March 28 and was originally focussed on the 2010 model year. Although the safety agency has not determined the cause of the fires, they suspect the problem is related to overheated transmission fluid and electrical wiring. In one incident, a 2007 Wrangler caught fire in the owner’s driveway and then exploded, setting fire to a nearby house. In another complaint, a 2009 Jeep caught fire in a garage, destroying the vehicle and damaging the house. The owner of a 2008 Wrangler reported that his vehicle became engulfed in flames after he pulled over when he smelled something burning. The NHTSA has given Chrysler until May 22nd to provide information needed to complete the investigation.

NHTSA Investigation of BMW-7 Series

BMW 7 seriesAn eight month investigation of transmission control problems with the BMW 7 Series found 16 crashes and 5 injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated that BMW has received 50 complaints related to this issue. The probe, which began last August, has been upgraded to an engineering analysis, suggesting the possibility of a recall. Nearly 122,000 BMWs from the years 2002 through 2008 are covered by the investigation. The cars have a push button start and electronic transmission controls. According to reports, the car rolls unexpectedly because owners think the vehicle is in park when it’s actually in neutral. In one complaint the driver reported that his 2002 model was parked in a daycare center lot when it rolled 40 yards and crashed into an embankment. In another incident, a 2006 model rolled about 100 feet, crashing into a lamp post. In both cases there were no injuries.

Petition to Ban BPA Rejected by FDA

BPA free symbolThe Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) petitioned the U.S.Food & Drug Administration to ban the controversial agent bisphenol A (BPA) from food packaging due to concerns that BPA “is a hormone-disrupting chemical linked to cancer, obesity and a host of other health problems in the food supply.” The FDA found that there is not sufficient scientific evidence to justify a complete ban and denied the NRDC petition. The agency agrees that some studies indicate the potential for the chemical to have adverse effects on the brain, and prostate glands in fetuses, infants and young children. However, they remain unconvinced that current levels of human exposure to BPA are unsafe. The FDA supports voluntary actions on the part of industry to discontinue the use of BPA in baby bottles and limit the content of the agent in food can linings. The FDA stressed that they will continue to research the safety of BPA with the National Institute of Environmental Studies. According to the March 30th letter to the NRDC, the “FDA has determined, as a matter of science and regulatory policy, that the best course of action at this time is to continue our review and study of emerging data on BPA. Because the information provided in your petition was not sufficient to persuade FDA, at this time, to initiate rulemaking to prohibit the use of BPA in human food and food packaging, or to revoke all regulations permitting the use of any food additive that may result in BPA becoming a component of food, FDA is denying your petition in accordance with 21 CFR 10.30(e)(3). FDA is performing, monitoring, and reviewing new studies and data as they become available, and depending on the results, any of these studies or data could influence FDA’s assessment and future regulatory decisions about BPA.”

The American Chemistry Council continues to assert the safety of BPA.