While the federal government is once again open, at least for the time being, the five-week shutdown had some serious impacts that could last far into the future. Besides the drastic effect that the shutdown had on the lives of federal workers and contractors, it also impacted the important regulatory work of federal agencies responsible for ensuring the safety of our food and other products.
Many toys designed for children of all ages contain magnets. While all of us played with magnets and toys containing magnets as kids, the ones in some toys today are high-powered and can be extremely dangerous, and even fatal, if they're swallowed.
Whether you're toy shopping for your own kids this holiday season or for the children of family or friends, safety should be one of your primary concerns. Many people assume that if a toy is on the shelves or available through a reputable online retailer, it must be safe. However, sometimes hazards aren't discovered until after a toy or other product has been on the market for some time. Unfortunately, these discoveries are often made because a child is injured.
Over half of all adults in this country take one or more supplements daily. Despite mixed data on whether they improve our health or do what they claim to do, we still count on them to get the vitamins and minerals we may not get in our diet and to make us feel stronger, healthier and younger. In fact, 10 percent of Americans report that they take four or more dietary supplements every day.
Heavy rains and flooding are part of living in the Southeast and many other parts of the country. Every year throughout the U.S., thousands of vehicles suffer flood damage. Cars that are destroyed may be relinquished to junkyards or turned into scrap metal. However, those that are still operable after some repair work may be resold -- too often to unsuspecting consumers.
Many Americans depend on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to be the "cop on the beat," as one safety advocate put it. They count on it to help ensure that car manufacturers take action to fix vehicle defects and to notify consumers about them.
It seems like it's been years since we first learned of the Takata airbag recall. That's because it has been -- a decade in fact. The first recalls occurred in 2008.