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Recall issued for bicycle wheels

Picture of Recalled Model WH-7850 C24CL Carbon Clincher Wheel
Shimano American Corp. Recalls Wheels for Bicycles; Flat Tire Can Pose Injury Risk to Riders

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 23, 2008) - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Shimano Dura Ace Carbon Clincher Wheels for Bicycles

Units: About 275

Importer: Shimano American Corp., of Irving, Calif.

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Firestone Tire Recall Issued

NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation issues Firestone Tire Recall

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 08T026

Bridgestone/Firestone North America Tire, LLC (BFNT) is recalling 135,310 Firestone FR380 tires, size P235/75R15, manufactured between June 4, 2006 and September 8, 2007, and 26,941 Lemans Champion SE tires, size P235/75R15, manufactured between June 4, 2006 and September 2, 2006. These tires were produced with insufficient tread base gauge. Continued use of the subject tires may lead to vibration and groove cracking. Extended use could lead to tread distortion or tread separation and loss of vehicle control. BFNT will notify owners and replace the affected tires free of charge. BFNT will also mount and balance the replacement tires, all at no charge or expense to the owner. The recall is expected to begin on or about October 29, 2008. Owners may contact BFNT toll-free at 1-800-465-1904 or visit their website at www.firestonetire.com.

For more information for this particular recall, please go to 08T026.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


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Youth All Terrain Vehicles Recalled

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October 1, 2008

BRP U.S. Inc. Recalls Youth All Terrain Vehicles Due to Collision Hazard

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Alert #09-701

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

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Booster seats effectiveness questioned

Many booster seats aren't up to the job of improving safety belt fit for children

ARLINGTON, VA — Booster seats are meant to do one thing — elevate children so that safety belts designed for adults are in the right position to restrain kids during a crash. Thirteen of the 41 belt-positioning booster seats the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety evaluated with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute did such a poor job of improving the fit of lap and shoulder belts for children that the Institute doesn't recommend them at all. Ten models are best bets and 5 are good bets. These evaluations are the first to tell consumers how well boosters sold by US retailers improve belt fit for children in cars, minivans, and SUVs. The Institute plans to continue these assessments.

Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety


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IIHS Status Report, Vol. 43, No. 7

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Status Report, Vol. 43, No. 7

Licensing teenagers later reduces their crashes

Comparison of licensing ages

Hybrid cars and SUVs have higher costs under insurance collision coverage than their counterparts powered by gasoline only

Pregnant women should buckle up to help protect their fetuses

Distracted driving is widespread among owners of cellphones, insurer's survey finds

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