In July, this Connecticut woman was hospitalized and received 30 stitches after being hit in the forehead by a foul ball at Boston's Fenway Park.

Lawsuit Over Safety Nets At Major League Baseball Parks Details Dozens Of Fan Injuries Since July

A little more than three months ago, a class-action lawsuit filed against Major League Baseball called for the installation of safety nets that would extend all the way to both of the foul poles. The lead plaintiff in that complaint had not actually been struck by any errant balls or bats, but a newly amended complaint includes details on numerous recent fan injuries and near-misses, including 90 that have occurred since this lawsuit was first filed. [More]

Nearly One-In-10 Takata Airbag Ruptures Results In Death

Nearly One-In-10 Takata Airbag Ruptures Results In Death

Nearly one-in-10 driver’s side Takata airbag ruptures results in a death, federal regulators revealed during a meeting to discuss the massive recall of shrapnel-shooting devices[More]

Study: Car Infotainment Systems Remain A Distraction, Despite Voice Command Functions

Study: Car Infotainment Systems Remain A Distraction, Despite Voice Command Functions

While it’s handy to use voice commands to make phone calls or change the radio station in your car — instead of taking your hands off the wheel to do so — according to a new study, infotainment systems still provide a distraction for drivers. [More]

Toyota Recalling 6.5M Cars Worldwide Because Windows Should Not Start Fires

Toyota Recalling 6.5M Cars Worldwide Because Windows Should Not Start Fires

Ah, fall: the time of year when you need neither the air conditioning nor the heat on in your car, but just need to roll the window down a few inches to feel that lovely autumn breeze. Unless you are one of the 6.5 million people in the world who own certain model Toyota and Scion cars, in which case rolling down that window might just smell like your driver’s side door catching fire. [More]

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Man Experiences Every New Yorker’s Worst Fear By Falling Through Open Cellar Door In Front Of McDonald’s

You don’t have to be a New Yorker to fear the sidewalk grate — those shuttered cellar doors restaurants and other businesses have out front that are supposed to be safe to walk on — it can strike fear in the heart of any pedestrian, city dweller or tourist. One man embodied that common worry when he stumbled into an open sidewalk door in front of McDonald’s recently in the city’s busy Midtown neighborhood. [More]

Allegiant Airlines Plane Is Second To Catch Fire At Las Vegas Airport In Two Months

Allegiant Airlines Plane Is Second To Catch Fire At Las Vegas Airport In Two Months

For the second time in two months, a commercial airplane full of passengers caught fire at the Las Vegas airport. An Allegiant Airlines flight bound for Fresno was evacuated after a fire broke out in the plane’s engine. [More]

CPSC: 129,000 Dishwashers Recalled Over Power Cords That May Burst Into Flames

CPSC: 129,000 Dishwashers Recalled Over Power Cords That May Burst Into Flames

Because washing dishes shouldn’t result in a fiery inferno, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling 129,000 dishwashers in the U.S., after reports that power cords used for multiple brands can overheat and burst into flame. [More]

Ford Issues Six Recalls Covering 380,000 Vehicles Over Crash, Fire Risks

Ford Issues Six Recalls Covering 380,000 Vehicles Over Crash, Fire Risks

Ford significantly increased the number of vehicles it’s recalled in 2015 on Wednesday when the car manufacturer announced six new recalls covering nearly 380,000 automobiles — some of which have already been called back, but may continue to have issues.  [More]

That Guy Holding A Sign On The Side Of The Road Could Be A Cop Looking For Drivers Breaking The Law

That Guy Holding A Sign On The Side Of The Road Could Be A Cop Looking For Drivers Breaking The Law

So you’re stopped at a traffic light, when you see something interesting out the window. Of course, you pull out your phone and snap a photo to let all your friends on social media see whatever crazy thing you just saw — which is exactly what New Hampshire police think you’ll do, in violation of the state’s laws on cell phone use behind the wheel. And sometimes, that spectacle by the side of the road has been staged by law enforcement to catch you in the act. [More]

Recaro recalled more than 173,000 seats because a tether can break, leaving seats unsecured.

Recaro Recalling More Than 173K Car Seats Over Strap That Can Break, Leave Seat Unsecured

Recaro Child Safety initiated a recall this week of more than 173,000 car seats after finding a strap that holds the seat in place can detatch in the event of a crash. [More]

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Poison Control Centers Say More Kids Under The Age Of 12 Are Getting Drunk On Hand Sanitizer

A new report is cautioning parents about the risks of seemingly harmless liquid hand sanitizer, after an increase in calls to poison control centers about children who’ve ingested enough of substance to make them dangerously drunk. [More]

Regulators Could Call On Other Parts Makers To Increase Production Of Replacement Takata Airbag Inflators

Regulators Could Call On Other Parts Makers To Increase Production Of Replacement Takata Airbag Inflators

Just days after federal regulators announced they would hold a public meeting to once again address the slow replacement of defective, shrapnel-shooting, Takata-produced airbags linked to eight deaths and hundreds of injuries, officials with the agency outlined what steps it could take to finally coordinate the messy recall. [More]

Police: Man Pretended To Be An Uber Driver, Tried To Hug Fleeing Passenger

Police: Man Pretended To Be An Uber Driver, Tried To Hug Fleeing Passenger

Reminder: If you didn’t call that cab or order that Uber ride, it’s not always safe to just hop in the car and hope to get to your destination. Police in Texas have identified a suspect in connection to an odd incident early last Sunday morning, where two female college students reported that a man pretending to be an Uber driver offered them a ride, saying his fare didn’t show up. [More]

Regulators Holding Yet Another Takata Airbag Meeting, Could Finally Coordinate The Messy Recall

Regulators Holding Yet Another Takata Airbag Meeting, Could Finally Coordinate The Messy Recall

Back in June, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it was considering options to speed up replacement of defective shrapnel-shooting Takata-produced airbags linked to eight deaths and hundreds of injuries. Today, the agency announced it will hold yet another public meeting next month, a move that signals the agency’s latest step in taking control of the massive recall effort. [More]

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IKEA Recalls SPELEVINK Crib Mattresses For A Second Time: Now It’s Flammability

If you happen to own IKEA’s VYSSA SPELEVINK crib mattress, that means you’ve already missed two recalls of your kid’s mattress. Those were for potential entrapment: it was possible for the mattress to shift so that a child could become trapped between the mattress and crib frame. Now the Consumer Products Safety Commission reports another risk of this product: flammability. [More]

Proposed Keyless Ignition Alert Rule May Have Prevented Carbon Monoxide Deaths

Proposed Keyless Ignition Alert Rule May Have Prevented Carbon Monoxide Deaths

A recently filed lawsuit alleges that 10 automakers concealed the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in more than five million vehicles with keyless ignitions, resulting in 13 deaths. Meanwhile, a federal regulator’s four-year-old proposal for an alert that could have saved some lives continues to go unimplemented. [More]

New Policy Means AutoNation Won’t Sell Vehicles With Open Safety Recalls

New Policy Means AutoNation Won’t Sell Vehicles With Open Safety Recalls

Although there is no specific federal law prohibiting used car dealers to sell recalled vehicles, nearly a year ago AutoNation – one of the nation’s largest pre-owned vehicle dealers – suspended the sale of cars with potentially deadly Takata airbag defects. Now, the company plans to take things a bit further, announcing it will no longer sell any vehicle that has an open safety recall. [More]

Real locked car, unreal baby. (KOGO ABC 7 News)

Emergency Responders Smash Car’s Window After Report Of Baby Locked Inside, End Up Rescuing Lifelike Doll

If you’re in the habit of leaving eerily lifelike baby dolls strapped into a car seat while you’re out and about, you might want to reconsider, unless, of course, you like having your car’s windows smashed open: police in Oakland, Calif. say emergency responders busted the window of a vehicle after passersby reported a baby locked inside, only to find it was a very human looking doll that’d been placed in a rear-facing car seat, just like a living child would be. [More]