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Tylenol Recalls Cold Products

The maker of Tylenol cold products, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., is recalling three TYLENOL Cold Multi-Symptom liquid products.  The purpose of the recall is to update the labeling.  According to the recall by the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration), some of the flavoring agents have undisclosed alcohol in them.  If you have any Tylenol Multi-Symptom liquid products, you should return them.  The full recall can be found at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm234997.htm

Safest Cities, Statistics Don’t Tell the Whole Story

When one thinks of the most crime-riddled city in the US, few would put St. Louis, Missouri even close to the top.  Still, the Associated Press is reporting that St. Louis is the most dangerous city in the US.  The report is based on a study issued by the FBI on crime in the US.  While true, St. Louis has the most reports of crime in the US, the FBI tells people accessing the study, “The data user is, therefore, cautioned against comparing statistical data of individual reporting units from cities, metropolitan areas, states, or colleges or universities solely on the basis of their population coverage or student enrollment.”  Seems like the FBI does not even think we should be using the stats for that purpose.  Interesting that the FBI shows so many reports in St. Louis but not much else can be gleened from it other than that.  You can read the AP story at this link, http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hjbTudvgLq379jbYawS7w_WOFUjA?docId=22c9981f4ca34807ba7ac8dc07726067

Bicycle Recalls: Frames and Cranks

Several bicycle manufacturers were forced to recall their products in last couple weeks.  For riders, it seems recalls are more and more common. Here are just a couple.

 The Full Speed Ahead Company of Woodinville, Washington, recalled its BB30 Gossamer crankset installed as standard equipment on a number of high-end bikes including Felt, Bianchi, and Cannondale.  The cranks were manufactured in Taiwan by TH Industries.   To find out if your bike has the defective cranks, contact Full Speed Ahead at (877) 743-3372 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, via email to recall@fullspeedahead.com, or visit the firm’s website at www.fullspeedahead.com.

The Giant Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and the importer, Giant Bicycle Inc. have recalled the Giant Anthem X29 bicycle.  The frame can crack during normal use and cause the rider to fall.  These bikes were expensive, between $2,200 and $3,500, and sold all over the country.  If you think you may have one of these bikes, contact Giant at (866) 458-2555 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.giant-bicycles.com

Rollerblade Recall

Rollerblade USA Recalls to Repair Inline Skates Due to Risk of Injury.  About 29,000 pairs of popular rollerblades have been recalled because the frame mounting bolts and wheel axle bolts can be loose on new skates. If so, the loose wheels or frames on the skates can cause the rider to fall, posing a risk of serious injury.  The skates are sold under the names “Spark” or “Spifire.”  The skates were sold in the last year or so.  If you have the skates, go to www.rollerblade.com for instructions on how to fix them.

“Falling Back” Means More Car Crashes

We all love changing our clocks back because we get one more hour of sleep.  While that is great, winter driving means we are all driving daylight fewer hours of the day, even with the time change.  A study published by members of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found that there is a noticeable increase in crashes around the time change.  The article reviews rear-end car crashes and looks at the times of the crashes.  Researchers found that the lack of daylight – especially when there is a sudden change around daylight savings time – contributed to a real increase in crashes.  So, enjoy the sleep but let’s be careful out there!

The article can be found at this link: http://drivingassessment.uiowa.edu/DA2003/pdf/55_Sullivanformat.pdf

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