December, 2011

December 1, 2011

Recently, the batteries in several of GM’s Chevrolet Volts caught fire in crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This has led to a formal safety investigation into the possibility of auto defects involving the lithium-ion batteries used in the Volt, the way the batteries are mounted and other…
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December 1, 2011

The NFL has asked a federal judge to a block a class action lawsuit filed by several retired football players. The players accuse the NFL of exposing them to head injuries by following inadequate head-safety rules as well as by concealing the risks from players. Much of the dispute revolves around the…
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December 1, 2011

A nationally-known DJ was in critical condition Thursday following a bizarre accident. In Portland for a special event, the 40-year-old victim was in bed when a black-and-white cab crashed through the wall of his first-floor hotel room. The cab came to rest on top of the man, pinning him against…
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December 1, 2011

Oregon is a little ahead of the curve when it comes to handheld electronic devices and driving. The state first limited the use of cell phones while driving back in 2007; the law was revised in 2009 and again this year. Legislators may take another crack at it, though, in…
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December 1, 2011

The police are told to “protect and serve” the community at large, but a judge seems to think that may not have been the case when he denied a former Portland police officer’s motion to dismiss a wrongful death suit last week. A Portland man was hit six times with beanbag…
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December 1, 2011

Really organized parents in Portland will have all their Christmas presents bought and wrapped and tagged. The rest of us are still wondering just how busy the stores will be on Saturday. What we shouldn’t be wondering about, though, is whether we’ve unwittingly purchased a dangerous toy. In this day and…
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December 1, 2011

We are picking up where our last post left off in our discussion of safe toys. Some of us will be in a big hurry when we shop for our kids’ Christmas presents, but that’s no reason to throw caution to the wind. A BB gun is a dangerous toy, no…
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