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Hybrid SUV Recall: Toyota and Lexus Vehicles Affected

Toyota announced a hybrid SUV recall on Wednesday in order to correct a problem that impacts the affected vehicles' gasoline-electric power systems, causing them to lose power or stop running completely.

The recall covers the Highlander Hybrid and Lexus Rx400h models sold in the United States during 2006 and 2007.

No other models are affected.

The recall is tied to inadequate transistor soldering on the Intelligent Power Module (IPM) control boards, which the Detroit Free Press reports can lead to wire damage in high-load driving conditions that generate extreme heat.

Cars that experience a problem will be alerted via a warning lamp on the dashboard, according to Toyota. Vehicles will also either enter fail-safe driving mode, permitting the car to drive short distances on reduced power, or, if a transistor blows, cruise to a complete stop.

There have been no reports of accidents.

Repairs for the recall cover about 45,500 Highlander Hybrid and 36,700 Lexus Rx400h vehicles, but customers involved in the hybrid SUV recall will not be alerted until mid-July, when the company expects to start scheduling service appointments.

Dealers will inspect the parts and install a replacement at no charge to the customer.

The delay is a result of March's Japanese earthquake and tsunami, from which many of Toyota's primarily parts supplies are still recovering. Additionally, the Wall Street Journal reports that the company wishes to have enough replacement parts before it begins service.

If your vehicle is part of the hybrid SUV recall, you can learn more about the recall here (Toyota) and here (Lexus).

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Oh San Francisco, such a trendsetter, and this one is no different.

A push from animal activists, city supervisors will be considering a pet sale ban this month that will effectively make it illegal to sell any living animal within city limits.

Including goldfish.

But, the measure, named the Humane Pet Acquisition Proposal, has a few exceptions.

For those who like to kill their food and eat it too, the law still permits the sale of live animals for the purpose of consumption.

And pet lovers can still adopt pets, or purchase them from outside the city.

So, what's the sentiment behind the pet sale ban?

Mostly symbolic, the Los Angeles Times reports that supporters want to curb inhumane treatment, overpopulation, and cut back on tax money that goes to animal control.

While the law is probably legal, there are better ways to meet these goals than banning the sale of all pets within the city.

For one, banning puppy mills and kitten factories is a good place to start, as is setting standards for treatment of animals while living in a pet store.

For two, requiring that all pets that leave the home be microchipped so as to cut down on shelter overcrowding is a brilliant idea.

And for three, when animal rights activists speak about overpopulation in cities, they speak primarily about stray cats. That concern can be diminished if cats become inside-only pets so that they cannot breed.

Given these alternatives, the pet sale ban shouldn't pass. But it's San Francisco, so who knows?

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Silicone breast implant risks have not barred the FDA from declaring the breast implants as safe.

Silicone-gel breast implants hadn't been used for 14 years until the FDA made them available again in 2006, reports CBS News. The FDA has only recently reviewed its findings, coming to the conclusion that they are safe and effective, if used as intended.

According to the FDA's preliminary data, there was no indication that the breast implants caused breast cancer, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or reproductive issues, according to CBS News.

Though, these health risks are different than the risks of complications associated with having breast implants or getting breast implant surgery. For example, studies have shown that if a woman gets breast implants, additional surgeries are often necessary to correct any complications, reports CBS News.

"As many as one in five women who receive silicone-gel filled implants to increase the size of their breasts will need to have those implants removed in 10 years," says Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, the head of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, according to CBS News. About 50% of women who get silicone-gel breast implants to reconstruct their breasts (such as post-cancer patients) will need to get them replaced as well.

Complications from having breast implants can include capsular contracture (hardening of the area around the implant), implant rupture, wrinkling, breast asymmetry, scarring, pain and infection, reports CBS News.

FDA officials are underscoring the need for women to perform follow-ups and check-ups with their physicians, especially if they notice any changes after they receive their implants. Without proper follow up and care, the risk that surgery will be needed to reverse, fix or mitigate the effects of complications are a lot higher, CBS News reports. Patients should get MRIs every two years to check for things like "silent ruptures," since silicone-gel implants don't deflate when they rupture, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Silicon breast implant risk and whether or not breast implants are safe are a huge concern for women - about 300,000 got breast implants last year alone, and more than 60% ended up choosing silicone, reports the Los Angeles Times.

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Before you set up the backyard pool this summer, it's important that you take the time to brush up on your portable pool safety.

According to new study published by researchers at Nationwide hospital and Independent Safety Consulting in Rockville, Maryland, between the years 2001 and 2009, every five days, a child died as a result of a portable pool.

Most of these children were under the age of 5 and died during the summer.

The study, which focused on inflatable and soft-sided pools up to 4 feet tall, concluded that portable pools are just as deadly as in-ground pools, reports the Associated Press.

Even though so-called kiddie pools are small and often shallow, they may still be quite larger in comparison to a young child. Additionally, their lack of depth and location on a hard surface poses a situation ripe for injury that can also lead to drowning.

What are the rules for portable pool safety?

Supervision, supervision, and more supervision. A child can drown in less than a minute, meaning vigilant attention is necessary to react.

Researchers also suggest safety jackets as a second layer of protection, according to Reuters. You should also do your best to make it difficult for children to enter the pool without the help of an adult.

Though draining the pool after every use might be a hassle, it can also be effective as a last resort.

Regardless of how you decide to approach portable pool safety this summer, you need to do something. Your child's life may depend on it.

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Frequent Driving Increases Deadliest Skin Cancer Risk?

Are driving and skin cancer linked? Should you wear sunscreen when driving?

A new study from the University of Washington in Seattle has found that if skin cancer is on one side of the body, about 52% of melanoma cases and 53% of merkel cell carcinomas were on the left side. And, if the cancer was on the upper arms, about 55% of the merkel cell cases were on the left side.

Researchers say that Americans' driving habits may be the blame for this increased risk of cancer on the left side of the body, according to USA Today. After all, for the majority of Americans who drive on the left side, the left side of the body gets a lot more sun.

And conversely, in countries where people drive on the other side of the road, exposing their right side to more sun, they seem to show a higher propensity to develop precancerous growths on that side, USA Today reports.

But, do you need to slather on the sunscreen when driving? Maybe, if you drive with your windows down, if you have skin sensitivity or if you have a higher risk to develop skin cancer. Most windshields are designed to block UVA and UVB rays, while side and rear windows are usually designed to block only UVB rays, reports WebMD Health News.

UVB rays usually cause sunburns. UVA rays cause skin cancer.

So, if you want some broader protection for your skin when driving, putting on some sunscreen could be helpful. But be aware - in the U.S., "SPF" only refers to protection from UVB rays, not UVA rays, so the sunscreen you are putting on may not be as helpful as you think, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Next year, new FDA regulations will make it so that SPF will have to refer to both UVA and UVB rays, but until then, reading the labels is key.

Because this study does tend to show a correlation between driving and skin cancer, putting on sunscreen when driving can be a preventative step. It is probably also advisable to keep the windows rolled up for the most part to further limit exposure to harmful rays.

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Mazda is recalling certain Mazda3 and Mazdaspeed3 compact cars from the 2008 and 2009 model year to fix a potential electrical problem with their windshield wipers.

The windshield-wiper motor has prompted Mazda to recall about 409,000 models worldwide, including about 103,000 in the United States.

Mazda told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the ground terminal of the wiper motor may be bent and, over time, the wiper motor may stop. The condition could raise the risk of a crash, the automaker noted.

In the report filed on the agency’s website over the weekend, Mazda said it received the first reports of wiper failures late in 2009.

In 2010, “based on an increasing trend of concern,” the automaker investigated and discovered the cause of the wiper motor failures. Mazda told the agency that rather than issue a recall, it decided to continue monitoring “the field status because the concern frequency was still low.”

Earlier this month, Mazda concluded there were enough reports of failures that a recall was warranted.

Mazda was not aware of any accidents, according to The New York Times.

Mazda described the recall as voluntary, but once a manufacturer is aware of a safety problem, it has no choice but to conduct a recall and has five working days to report its plan to N.H.T.S.A. or face civil fines.

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How to Pick a Suncreen: New FDA Sunscreen Guidelines

The FDA released new sunscreen guidelines last week, and though they won't be effective until summertime next year, they do raise some important considerations for those of you trying to figure out how to pick a sunscreen for this year's summer fun.

Perhaps the biggest change brought by the new sunscreen guidelines is to sunscreen's SPF labeling.

As you may know, there are two types of ultraviolent light--A and B (UVA, UVB). UVB causes sunburns, whereas UVA causes skin cancer.

SPF only warns you about a sunscreen's ability to fend off UVB light, not cancer-causing UVA.

While you should be looking for products that affirmatively state that they protect against both, starting in 2012, NPR reports that instead you should be looking for products labeled "broad spectrum."

To adorn this label, a sunscreen must offer both UVA and UVB protection. As of now, this is not a requirement.

By summer 2012, you also won't see any sunscreens with an SPF value over 50. Finding that there is no evidence that higher numbers offer more protection, the FDA has decided to institute an SPF number cap.

You also won't be seeing anymore claims of waterproof sunscreen. While sunscreen can be somewhat water resistant, a dip or two in the pool will render it obsolete, meaning that you actually need to reapply more often than a label may imply.

For more information on the FDA's new sunscreen guidelines, take a peek at their website. For help choosing a sunscreen, talk to your physician.

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When using Facebook, it's all too easy to forget that you're actually beaming your personal information across the web, and if your settings aren't correct, strangers - and even criminals - can view your updates.

An Illinois woman posted a picture on her Facebook account showing her with a large sum of cash she had just received from a civil car accident lawsuit.

Not long after, two armed men stormed the house. They asked the woman where the cash was but left with only a firearm and jewelry after they realized that the money was not in the house, the AP reports. The thieves were motivated to rob the woman when they saw the Facebook posting, according to the AP.

Social media sites like Facebook can blast updates to everybody in your social circle - friends, family, coworkers... and robbers.

This home invasion in Illinois may very well be a good lesson in how not to use Facebook - and how important privacy settings are. 

Why was this home invasion considered a robbery and not a simple theft? It's because the two robbers used physical force or fear in order to commit the theft, which elevates a simple theft or larceny into a robbery.

And, unlike burglary, since robbery requires use of force or fear against a victim, a robbery can only occur if the person is home. Burglary can occur even if the house is empty.

So, for all you social media addicts out there, next time, if you don't want to attract a robber, Facebook posts should be kept private - especially those posts that have pictures of you posing with large sums of money.

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Forgotten Cash: Top 5 Ways to Claim Your Cash

Good Morning America has made headlines with stories about ordinary Americans finding missing money and unclaimed money.

And, one of those ordinary Americans could very well be you. According to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, there is about $32.877 billion dollars of unclaimed funds from lost checking accounts, saving accounts, safety deposit accounts, insurance claims and other sources.

So, if you think you may have some unclaimed cash just waiting for you - here are the top 5 tips on how to get it back:

  1. Start your search for the money - for free: There are some free databases out there that can let you search for lost accounts, like MissingMoney.com. The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators also maintains a database linking to all the missing money/unclaimed property search engines provided by the different states.
  2. Search under different names: Even though you may not have any missing money, one of your relatives might. A deceased parent, or a deceased relative, may very well have opened an account before they passed that was not included in their will or that nobody knew about.
  3. Search using different titles: If you search for a deceased relatives' name, some accounts still won't come up if they are special accounts. Some have suggested using other nontraditional "titles" in the "last name" box for a search, like entering in "estate of," "payable on death," "trustee," or "executor" into the search field.
  4. Figure out what accounts you do have: Unclaimed money and property results from people simply forgetting about - or not telling anybody about - their assets. Writing down and compiling an organized list of what accounts you have may remind you that you're forgetting something.
  5. Beware of companies advertising to "find" the money for you: Searching for money via state databases is free for everybody. Companies that advertise running the search for you for a fee should be regarded with a grain of salt - after all, you can actually do all the leg work yourself without having to pay.

With so much missing money/unclaimed money out there, it seems wise to at least do a cursory search. Happy hunting, and good luck!

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Citi Breach: Bank Card Data Hacked

News of a recent Citibank data breach into customer's credit card information should be putting consumers on high alert.

After all, the hack occurred more than a month ago - but Citi only recently confirmed the breach. According to Citi, certain information, including credit card numbers, e-mail addresses, and other contact information, was breached for about 1% of its 21 million North American card holders.

Other information, like social security numbers, birth dates, credit card security codes and expiration dates were not stolen.

Customers whose data was taken will be contacted by Citi via either e-mail or a notification in their online accounts. Customers will also be receiving a replacement credit card, reports The New York Times.

Consumers who are worried about their information should take a few steps to help safeguard their information as well, and should probably not just wait for Citi to take action.

Some simple tips include:

  • Check up on your credit card statements to make sure there has been no suspicious activity. If there have been fraudulent charges, or charges you don't remember making, contact the bank.
  • If you get e-mails from the bank, be wary since the e-mails could be phishing e-mails trying to get more information on your account. Always check the links in the e-mails to make sure they are actually directing you to the bank's site and not some phony website.
  • Be careful with your passwords and security question answers. When choosing passwords, use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols if possible. Also, choose security questions and answers that other people will have trouble figuring out.

For now, the perpetrators of the Citibank data breach have not been found, reports The New York Times. The last time Citigroup was hacked, the hackers were reportedly tied to a Russian group.

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Zocor's risks at high doses may post an increased risk of muscle injury, the FDA reports. Patients on the highest dose of Zocor (simvastatin) seem to be at an elevated risk of this side effect, so doctors should stop prescribing that dose for most people, the FDA has advised.

An 80-milligram dose of Zocor (or similar drugs Vytorin and Simcor) should continue to be taken only by patients who have taken it for at least 12 months without muscle injury, the agency said Wednesday in a safety announcement.

Everyone else should heed the FDA’s updated labels on simvastatin, and simvastatin-containing drugs. The labels for Vytorin and Simcorthe will reflect the new dose-restriction recommendation. The labels for all three will offer more guidance about possible interaction risks when used with other drugs.

People take statins, which block an enzyme necessary for the cholesterol-making process, to lower “bad” cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease, the Los Angeles Times explains. Statins come in several brands and generics.

Many patients take an 80-milligram version of simvastatin—about 2.1 million people were prescribed a medication containing that dosage last year, the FDA said.

The FDA alerted consumers in March 2010 that this dosage may be dangerous after a clinical trial found that patients taking 80-milligram doses of Zocor were more likely to developmyopathy, a type of muscle pain or weakness, than those on the 20-milligram dose (0.9% of participants compared to 0.02%), the Times reports.

These Zocor risks, which apply equally for Vytorin and Simcor should be heeded by all patients.

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South Carolina has filed an Avandia lawsuit against pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmitheKline on the grounds that it allegedly employed deceptive marketing tactics when promoting the diabetes drug within the state.

The lawsuit's major claim is that GSK knew that Avandia increased patients' risk for heart attacks and cardiac death, but still publically claimed that the drug could actually reduce such incidents.

On the market in 1999, the Associated Press reports that the medical community began to take interest in 2007 when the New England Journal of Medicine evaluated dozens of studies on the diabetes medication.

All of them linked Avandia to an increased risk of heart attack.

In fact, an FDA panel has said that 83,000 heart attacks have been caused by Avandia, which the AP reports has caused the drug to be pulled from shelves in Europe, has limited its sale in the United States, and has forced GSK to issue new labels.

The South Carolina Attorney General believes that prior to these events, GSK knew or should have known about these risks.

The Avandia lawsuit appears to be part of a series of claims filed against pharmaceutical companies by officials in South Carolina. In fact, just last week the state won a massive judgment against Johnson & Johnson that alleged that it, too, understated the risks of its drug Risperdal.

If true, the Avandia lawsuit is destined to be just as big. The state is requesting $7,000 per violation according to the Associated Press, which will put recovery in the hundreds of millions.

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Food Poisoning on the Rise: Salmonella blamed

The U.S. saw a rise in food poisoning cases last year, and the main culprit was salmonella.

The latest figures from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that more than 19,000 people in 10 states fell ill after eating contaminated food last year, compared with 17,500 the year before. Salmonella accounted for more than 8,000 of those illnesses and nearly 30 deaths.

"Salmonella is the single most important food-borne disease right now," Dr. Thomas Frieden, a CDC director, told The Oregonian. "Prevention will require action from the farm to the table." 

The 10 states reporting to the CDC are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, and Tennessee.

Salmonella infections have not decreased over the past 15 years. They've risen since 2009. There are more than 2,500 strains of the bacteria, which is found in a wide range of food, from poultry and eggs to pork, beef, vegetables and nuts. 

"Salmonella is a big challenge because it's spread through so many foods," said Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods at the Food and Drug Administration

Taylor said rules being enacted through the Food Safety Modernization Act, which went into effect in January, should help reduce illness. 

The 10 states that report to the CDC marked a drop in infections of E. coli O157:H7 last year. But there could be a rise in infections caused by other toxic strains that many labs do not tract because of the cost of adding the testing kit. 

The outbreak in Germany, which so far has sickened more than 2,400 and killed 24, was traced to a mutant E. coli strain that has rarely been seen worldwide and has never been reported in the United States. 

The CDC does not expect the outbreak to jump to the United States but highly toxic E. coli strains could end up here, epidemiologists say.

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Volvo Recall: 2012 s60s May Have Stalling Problem

A Volvo recall of almost 7,600 2012 S60 sedans is because of a possible stalling problem, the automaker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Volvo attributed the problem to software incompatibility, where the software used to regulate the fuel pump on models equipped with 5-cylinder engines might not distribute sufficient fuel “to the active part of the fuel tank,” which could cause engine hesitation or stalling.

The problem is with the software that controls the fuel pumps. The software is not compatible with some of the fuel pumps installed in the new cars, and could cause the engine to hesitate or stall even with as much as 1/4 tank of fuel remaining.

The 5-cylinder engine is only available on entry-level, front-wheel-drive S60 sedans. The all-wheel-drive T6 and R Design models have 6-cylinders, reports The New York Times.

The automaker said it learned of the problem early in May and had received 23 warranty claims for the condition, but was not aware of any accidents because of the problem.

The notice from Volvo was posted on the agency’s Web site over the weekend.

Volvo will fix the problem, free of charge, at dealers, with a software update. The recall action is set to start on June 17. For more details, or to get your car serviced, you can contact Volvo at 1-201-768-7300, or the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.

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Do Yasmin Birth Control Pills Pose Blood Clot Risk?

The FDA has issued a safety warning about increased blood clot risk and Yasmin birth control pills. Certain birth control pills that contain drospirenone, a female sex hormone, are now under scrutiny.

The safety alert focused on two new studies that seem to demonstrate that women who take these birth control pills are 2 or 3 times more likely to develop blood clots, published in the British Medical Journal.

The blood clots, or venous thromboembolism (VTE), are potentially dangerous. Blood clots may block the flow of blood, and could block an artery or the lungs. Symptoms of blood clots can include severe chest pain, throbbing in the legs, or shortness of breath.

Drospirenone is most commonly found in newer birth control pills, including leading pills like Yaz and Yasmin, reports The Washington Post.

The FDA is currently not advising women to stop taking these pills. Instead, the FDA is urging women to discuss their birth control options with their healthcare professional first before making any decisions, according to the FDA safety warning.

The FDA is also strongly urging women who have any of the symptoms of VTE to contact their healthcare provider immediately.

As part of the safety warning, the FDA also states that women who are smoking and are over the age of 35 should not take combination oral contraceptives because they could greatly increase the likelihood of Yasmin-related blood clots.

For now, the FDA is urging that any women who have suffered any side effects from taking these medications contact the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program, available online.

And, all women who are worried about the increased Yasmin blood clot risk should check the FDA's MedWatch Safety website for further updates.

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Toyota says a problem with electric power steering is prompting a Prius recall. About 52,000 Priuses from 2001-3 in the United States are affected, part of 106,000 global vehicles.

In a news release early Wednesday, the automaker said the electric power steering pinion-shaft attachment nuts could loosen and “over time, the customer will gradually notice significant increased steering effort when making a left turn.”

Toyota’s announcement did not mention any accidents, but Toyota spokeman Brian Lyons told The New York Times it received one unconfirmed report of a minor accident. The company described the recall as voluntary, but under federal regulations, once a manufacturer was aware of a safety problemit must inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationwithin five business days of its plan for a recall.

The problem is related to tightening and lubricating grease from the rack-and-pinion assembly reaching the nuts. Because of differences between the right- and left-hand-drive models, the steering wheels on the Prius sold in the United States would not stick, although there could be a significant increase in driver effort, the company said.

The Prius recall has been in the works for almost four years, according to NHTSA filing, where Toyota said it received a field technical report in August 2007 that the steering wheel locked up on a first-generation Japanese-market Prius.

Toyota told the agency it discovered that the locking nuts were loose and began investigating how the condition was created, the Times reports. It received sporadic reports of other vehicles with such problems, but it was not until late May 2011 that brand engineers determined the cause and concluded a recall was necessary.

Owners of the vehicles involved in the recall will receive notices in the mail, beginning in July. More detailed information as available to customers at on the Toytoa website or by calling the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.

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Michaels Credit Card Lawsuit Filed Over Data Breach

A Michaels credit card lawsuit has been filed in response to the recent news of a security breach at Michaels Stores. This is a warning for consumers who may have shopped at Michaels, as PIN theft of customer's debit cards has made the news.

The new class action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Illinois. The lead plaintiff in that suit, Mary Allen of Illinois, claimed that she made about $18.16 in purchases at a local Michaels store on March 15th. Subsequently, her PIN number was likely stolen by thieves, as two unauthorized transactions of $503 showed up in her bank account, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Other Michaels customers have filed reports claiming that their bank accounts also had unauthorized transactions or withdrawals of several hundred dollars, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Allen's class action suit would encompass all U.S. residents who made a purchase at Michaels Stores after January 1, 2011 using a debit or credit card swiped through the PIN pad.

The lawsuit alleges that it was Michaels' lack of security that enabled the PIN thieves to gain access to the credit cards. According to the company, fewer than a hundred credit cards or debit cards were affected, according to the Chicago Tribune.

On May 15th, Michaels did send a notice to customers informing them that their account information may have been comprised, and advising them to seek guidance from their banks on how to safeguard their information. Allen alleges that this was too little too late, and that the stores did not adequately notify all affected customers since she never received this notice, reports the Chicago Tribune.

So what should you do if you shopped at a Michaels store? So far, it seems that only stores in the Chicago area have been hit by the PIN theft. In any case, it is important to closely monitor your bank accounts to ensure that there is no suspicious activity. If there is, notify your bank and the local police.

The Michaels credit card lawsuit is still underway. If the class action proceeds, Michaels' PIN theft may end up being very costly for the company.

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Bell Sports is recalling about 33,600 youth-size bicycle helmets because of a problem with the chin strap buckle that could lead to the helmet coming off, which would pose a head injury hazard.

Bell Sports, along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, said Tuesday that the recall includes about 31,100 full-face helmets in the U.S. and approximately 2,500 in Canada.

The company received one report of a buckle failing during an accident, resulting in an injury that required stitches below the wearer's eye, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada.

The Bell Exodus helmets have angled visors and were sold at Walmart stores across the U.S. and on Amazon.com between August 2009 and March 2011 for $50 to $60.

  • Those sold in orange, grey and black contain part/model number 1003825/035011898025.
  • Helmets sold in blue, grey, gold, white and black had part/model number 1006714/035011917719.

The part/model number can be found on a removable sticker on the helmet's side.

Consumers should stop using the helmets immediately and contact Bell Sports for a replacement or refund. Contact Bell Sports at (866) 892-6059, via email at answer_desk@bellsports.com, or visit the firm's website at bellsports.com

The U.S. CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. You can tell the agency about your experience with the product at saferproducts.gov.

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