(Wade Morgen)

1-Year-Old Suffocates During Home Remedy For Lice

Though its effectiveness is debatable, using mayonnaise to get rid of head lice is a well-known home remedy. But one family’s attempt to rid their child of the tiny insects has apparently resulted in a tragic death by suffocation. [More]

January Recall Roundup: Watch Out For Melted Monkeys

January Recall Roundup: Watch Out For Melted Monkeys

In the Recall Roundup for January, defective candles risk burning people and property, a coffeemaker sprays hot water somewhere other than the coffee grounds, and flammable and drawstring-laden children’s clothes made it to stores despite bans on both. Oh, and a toy monkey melts its own battery compartment. [More]

(Ben Schumin)

Quit Believing These Winter Driving Myths Already

If you’re in one of the places in the world that never has snow, ice, or typical winter weather, good for you. You can sit there and make smug noises while the rest of us learn useful information. There are a lot of common myths about driving in the winter that people accept as true, but probably shouldn’t. Here are a few of them. [More]

United Flight Attendants Refused To Fly Due To Safety Concerns, Were Fired

United Flight Attendants Refused To Fly Due To Safety Concerns, Were Fired

There was something unusual about a United Airlines 747 waiting at the San Francisco airport. Someone had drawn a picture in an oil slick on the back of the plane, and the flight attendants scheduled to work the next flight, to Hong Kong, found it threatening. They refused to fly, fearing an explosive or some other kind of attack. The flight was ultimately canceled, and the flight attendants were fired for insubordination. [More]

December Recall Roundup: Nobody Likes A Melted Battery Charger

December Recall Roundup: Nobody Likes A Melted Battery Charger

The Recall Roundup for December is not very merry, especially if you’re in the market for electronic devices. Here’s a collection of appliances and devices that could cause overheating and discomfort or actual property damage. [More]

Graco Recalls 4.7 Million Strollers To Prevent Amputations Of Tiny Fingertips

Graco Recalls 4.7 Million Strollers To Prevent Amputations Of Tiny Fingertips

Graco and Century strollers with a sliding fold-lock hinge have been on the market since 2000, but they are potentially dangerous. The Consumer Product Safety Commission knows of eleven cases where children have caught their tiny fingers in the hinge. In ten of those cases, their fingertips were amputated or partially amputated. Graco has announced a recall, and will send a repair kit to stroller owners. [More]

Birds smudged because my mother reads this. (@chrisjoonior on Twitter)

We at Consumerist would like to take a moment to discuss something really important, flipping off the Google car safely: As seen in a tweet from @chrisjoonior (via @dhinkel), a driver has apparently succeeded in appearing in a Google Maps image after following the Google Car around for 20 minutes, flipping not one, but two birds. One hand on the wheel, people. That’s the least we can ask.

October Recall Roundup: Let’s Review The Difference Between Tables And Chairs

October Recall Roundup: Let’s Review The Difference Between Tables And Chairs

In the Recall Roundup for October, some American consumers aren’t clear on how tables work, an appliance that’s supposed to kill bedbugs tries to do so by burning your house down, and a Halloween flashlight can overheat and melt in a terrifying way. Here are the consumer items recalled in the last month. [More]

Evenflo Agrees To Recall 202,000 Rear-Facing Infant Car Seats Over Tricky Buckle

Evenflo Agrees To Recall 202,000 Rear-Facing Infant Car Seats Over Tricky Buckle

Earlier this year, both Graco and Evenflo recalled almost six million car seats, all told, due to a safety buckle that regulators said could be tricky to open in the case of an emergency, and hamper attempts to get kids out of the car safely. And now, despite pushing back against a recall for additional rear-facing infant seats that use the same buckle, but that the companies argued don’t pose the same risk, Evenflo says it’s agreed to recall 202,000 more car seats. [More]

(Listener42)

NHTSA Urges Owners Of Vehicles With Defective Airbags To Get Them Fixed, Even Though No Parts Are Available

Federal safety regulators are asking millions of vehicle owners to immediately fix their defective airbags, but it may do little to actually remedy the problem. With more than 14 million cars equipped with faulty Takata airbags, car manufacturers say they don’t have enough replacement parts on hand, meaning consumers consumers will have to wait and decide for themselves whether they want to keep driving affected vehicles. [More]

(frankieleon)

A Bad Idea Gets Even Worse When Lit Candle In Car Sparks Fire At Gas Station

Riding around in a car with an open flame is a bad idea all on its own: Any unexpected movements or sharp turns and that candle you lit for ambiance or use when your interior lights are out is going to go flying. Flying fire is bad, but it’s perhaps an even worse idea to have a flickering flame when your car is sitting still at the gas station. And yes, someone has definitely done this. [More]

(Tiffa Day)

Should Uber Be Responsible If A Driver Attacks A Passenger?

When you think about things that could go wrong while paying an amateur cabdriver to drive you around, there aren’t a lot of possibilities. Maybe there could be a car crash, you could be bitten by a spider in the car, or the driver might grope you. One problem you may not have anticipated: the driver hitting you with a hammer. [More]

(Amazon.com)

Hey Kids, Let’s Not Trick-Or-Treat In This Completely Black Bodysuit

If there’s one problem with kids, it’s that cars can easily see them and avoid hitting them, especially at night. Wait. That’s wrong. Kids are small and easily overlooked when crossing streets, and never more so than when cloaked completely in black on a dark Halloween night. [More]

(Studio d'Xavier)

Woman Pulled Over For Drunk Driving Admits She Was Trying To Find Pizza Online

We as a society are trying so hard to fight distracted driving by warning about the dangers of using your phone while you’re behind the wheel — but it seems we have to expand the message from “Don’t text/use social media/email” while driving to also include, “Don’t try to order pizza online while you maneuver a huge hunk of metal through the world.” And don’t drink and drive on top of that (or at all). [More]

September Recall Roundup – Toppling Televisions And Lead-Painted Sunglasses

September Recall Roundup – Toppling Televisions And Lead-Painted Sunglasses

In the Recall Roundup for September, smoke alarms fail to go off, kids’ sunglasses are decorated with Disney characters rendered in lead paint, and a cooking thermometer adds a little something extra that you didn’t want to your food. [More]

(WFAA)

Woman Breaks Car Windshield With A Tire Iron To Rescue Child Left Inside

While reports of concerned strangers breaking into hot cars to rescue children trapped inside aren’t always what they seem, that didn’t stop one woman from breaking a car’s windshield with a tire iron to save a one-year-old child who’d reportedly been left in there for 40 minutes. [More]

August Recall Roundup – Beware Of Toppling Bar Stools

August Recall Roundup – Beware Of Toppling Bar Stools

In the Recall Roundup for August, dangerous beanbag chairs and overheating heaters could lurk around every corner, and there could be a defective car in your garage right now. Don’t be scared, though. The CPSC is here to protect us all from toppling bar stools and overheating night lights. [More]

Only 1 Out 12 Small Cars Gets “Good” Rating In New Crash Test Results

Only 1 Out 12 Small Cars Gets “Good” Rating In New Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (the place that crashes cars into walls for science) recently ran a dozen popular small cars, including the Chevy Volt, Ford C-Max Hybrid, Mini Cooper Countryman, and the Mazda 5, through its “small overlap” front crash test, where only the front corner of the vehicle is involved in a collision. While several of the tiny cars had okay results, only one earned an overall “good” rating from the IIHS. [More]