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GM recalls pickups and SUVs over power steering failure

General Motors has issued a recall for over a million trucks and SUVs because the power steering goes out temporarily when the voltage drops and then comes back suddenly. According to CNBC, the failure mainly occurs during low-speed turns, but it could increase the chances of getting into a vehicle crash.

The recall includes 2015 Chevrolet Silverados, GMC Sierra 1500 pickups, Chevrolet Tahoes, Suburban SUVs, Cadillac Escalades and GMC Yukon SUVs.

Potential dangers of tipping overbed tables in nursing homes

In the United States, there are about 2.5 million hospital and nursing home beds in use. Hospitals, nursing homes and home care providers deal with various kinds of beds every day. For individuals who have loved ones in nursing homes, it's important that those beds meet safety regulations. The improper use of electric beds has serious, even deadly, consequences. 

Netflix documentary highlights dangers in medical devices

Netflix recently released a documentary, called The Bleeding Edge, which exposes some aspects of the medical device industry. The main purpose of the film was to call out the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for being lax about what devices hit the U.S. market. Doctors and patients alike participated in highly-personal interviews, describing their frightening and sometimes devastating experiences. 

Three vehicle dangers parents need to know

An accident is not the only way a child can be injured in a vehicle. Unfortunately, there are numerous dangers present in all vehicles, even when they are stationary. Learn what you can do to protect your children at all times.

Seat belts: While they are meant to keep passengers safe in an accident, seat belts can be dangerous for children if they are used improperly. You should ensure that your child is sitting in the correct position and using child car seats or booster seats as appropriate. In addition, children should not play with seat belts. If they pull a seat belt all the way out, they may become entangled in it. This is especially dangerous if they wrap the seat belt around the neck, head or waist.

Speeding causes more fatal accidents than drunk driving

Drivers may be surprised to learn that speeding is the number one cause of traffic deaths in Alabama. With all of the focus on drunk driving and distracted driving, the issue of speeding doesn't get as much attention as it should.

According to Drive Safe Alabama, in 2016, speeding was the cause of nearly 31 percent of fatal car accidents. The next highest cause was drunk or drugged driving at almost 25 percent. Other top causes include:

Olympic swimmer encourages parents to rethink pool safety

Bode Miller and his wife, Morgan, are grieving over the loss of their 19-month-old daughter. They opened up to the Today Show about the day their little girl drowned in their family pool. "There's not a day that goes by that I don't pray for the opportunity to go back to that day and make it different," an emotional Morgan Miller said.

The couple are choosing to live life with a purpose, and hope to make sure no other parent feels the pain that they do. 

Why accident victims need to share their stories

Serious accidents affect not only the individual, but the loved ones who are an integral part of their lives. Many times, people are injured while working or because of a serious car accident. In some cases, it is important that loved ones and victims speak out.

Not only should justice be served in terms of fair compensation and just restitution. There may be benefits to family members and victims speaking up about the incident. Here are some top reasons why it is encouraged that victims and loved ones speak out when they have been seriously injured in an accident.

Drunk walking carries dangers of its own

It is common knowledge that driving while intoxicated is both extremely dangerous and a serious crime. A DUI can cost you your license, freedom and a good chunk of your bank account. What may be surprising is that walking while intoxicated can also be a serious risk to your safety and may even land you in jail.

According to a 2016 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 2000 people – or one third of all pedestrians killed in accidents that year – were intoxicated at the time of the accident. These numbers are too high to not pay attention to.

Potty training seat recall and lawsuit for Target corporation

Children are at a high risk for serious injuries whenever a children’s manufacturer releases a defective product. No parent wants to ever see their child suffer at the hands of a toy or item they bought specifically for their child’s use. Safety testing and evaluation is expected before landing on the shelves of the local Target.

Unfortunately, a potty training item sold by Target corporation has been in the spotlight of a nation-wide recall. Multiple sets of parents were outraged when they purchased the item only to discover that it was causing cuts to their child’s genital area. Parents have testified before the court as to the serious damage caused and the inconsistent recall of the item.

Outside workers: know the risk of heat exhaustion

Alabama residents are used to the high heat by now. In the summer, temperatures hover around ninety degrees and can soar to nearly a hundred degrees every so often.

With hot conditions, occupational heat exposure may spike. Workers and employers need to be aware of the hazards from heat and sun.

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