IKEA recalls children’s drum kit amid safety concerns

IKEA recalls children’s drum kit amid safety concerns

The international retailer IKEA has issued a recall on one of its children's products after concerns that it could pose a health risk. The toy drum kit includes drumsticks that have a rubber ball attached to the ends, and this is the component that has raised concerns. Parents in Essex who have purc....

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Millions of car recalls cited as a positive action

The large number of recalls by car manufacturers has been cited as a positive development by members of the industry and demonstrates a proactive attitude towards consumer safety. Figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency show that, over the past five years, millions of cars have be....

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Thousands of knock-off bicycle parts sold online

The problem of counterfeit bicycle parts was highlighted following an accident involving a cyclist after the carbon fibre handlebars he had purchased online snapped while he was biking. Consumers in Harlow may be tempted to purchase bargain priced goods on Internet sites such as eBay. However, they ....

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Hoverboard toy explodes while charging

A novelty hoverboard toy that is expected to be a hot buy for Christmas exploded while it was being charged at a home in Kent. The explosion caused £25,000 of damage to the house after the owners plugged the toy to charge up in their kitchen. Families in Essex and across the U.K. have been urged to....

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Safety warning affects millions of tumble dryers

Owners of millions of tumble dryers have been warned after an investigation found that they may pose a fire risk. The potentially dangerous appliances, marketed under the brand names of Indesit, Hotpoint and Creda, have been sold for eleven years, since April 2014, and were still being offered in st....

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Further recalls of cars with faulty airbags

The latest vehicle recall by car manufacturer Toyota is another blow for the company that produced the faulty airbags that have been installed in several makes of cars all over the world. Essex motorists may be aware of the well-publicised stories concerning the defective airbags produced by the Jap....

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Reports of Vauxhall Zafira recall

Vauxhall is investigating instances where some of its Zafira models have suddenly caught fire. Reports indicate that, in some instances, drivers have had to pull over while driving and jump from their burning vehicle. Hundreds of thousands of Vauxhall Zafiras have been sold in Essex and across the U....

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Bicycle recall after safety concerns

Approximately 1.5 million bicycles, produced by seventeen different manufacturers, have been recalled after safety concerns were raised following a number of accidents. The recall is focused around bicycles that use disc brakes with quick release cam levers. Cyclists in Essex can visit a website tha....

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Bisto recalls thousands of products

A range of products from the Bisto brand was recalled following concerns that some of the containers may be contaminated with metal shavings after problems in the production process. According to a spokesman for the manufacturer, the products had been shipped to retailers all across the country, and....

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Ikea products found to be unsafe for children

Parents in Essex may want to examine their children's furniture closely and stay up-to-date on recalls. Furniture that is flammable or unstable can cause serious injuries to infants and toddlers. Recently, 38,400 crib mattresses sold by Ikea were recalled after it was revealed that the mattresses di....

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Weed control device kills gardener

A warning has been issued across the EU in connection with a flame gun designed for controlling the growth of weeds after a man in Lincolnshire was killed while using the product. Gardeners in Essex may have purchased one of these items for use as a weed killer and should ensure that, if it is the K....

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Thousands of faulty heart devices recalled

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has designated the product recall by a medical device manufacturer as Class 1. The faulty medical units are the loading systems for a medical device used in the treatment of severe aortic stenosis, the narrowing of the aortic valve. Heart patients in Essex may h....

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Ikea denies it has recalled unstable furniture

Ikea has decided not to issue a recall of some of its home furnishing products even though it has admitted that a large number of its free standing bedroom furniture items have been described as unstable. Residents of Essex who have bought Ikea furniture may be aware that two young children were kil....

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Fines result after diabetic patient dies

Essex residents who suffer from diabetes may relate to the dangers that can occur if insulin is not obtained in a timely manner. In the case of a Barnsley man, defective insulin injections were found to have contributed to his death. The man was treated in 2010 at a hospital in Sheffield, during whi....

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Safety checks halted at faulty airbag manufacturer

A U.S. Senate Commerce Committee hearing has heard testimony regarding defective airbags that have been responsible for the deaths of eight people and for the injuries of over a hundred more. A report released by the staff of a Democratic senator on the committee has claimed that safety checks....

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Faulty air bags leads to largest recall in U.S. history

Further concerns regarding the safety issues surrounding car air bags has resulted in the largest vehicle recall programme in U.S. history. Potential flaws in some vehicle air bags has meant that when an accident occurs, they can deploy at excessive speeds and eject shards of metal into the vehicle.....

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Over 4.8 million toys recalled in 2014 in the U.S. and Canada

Parents in Harlow may be aware that some toys can be hazardous for their children. The U.S.-based World Against Toys Causing Harm, a consumer group, has claimed that the product recalls of at least seventeen toys in the U.S. and Canada affected over 4.8 million individual units. W.A.T.C.H. held a....

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Legal intoxicating substances may kill

Residents in Harlow may have heard in the news recently about the health hazards connected with 'legal highs'. These substances have become readily available to young people and, according to a detective superintendent from the Hertfordshire safeguarding command, the dangers posed by them can includ....

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The risks of unacknowledged ingredients in food products

Last month, the Food Standards Agency issued an alert on their website regarding certain cumin products in the U.K. contaminated with almonds. This is believed to be due to a poor yield from the last year's cumin crop in the Gujarat region in India, leading producers to substitute or bulk up their s....

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E-cigarettes identified as a fire and public safety hazard

Essex residents may be surprised to learn that e-cigarettes may not be a safe alternative to smoking because they represent a new electrical hazard. A recent report noted Lincolnshire public services' latest warnings about potential fires and injuries caused by the incorrect use or operation of e-ci....

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