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Instant Pot recalls one type of multi-cooker

California consumers who own an Instant Pot Gem multi-cooker might want to check to see whether their product is one that has been recalled by the company. Instant Pot issued the recall on March 1. One week earlier, the company had said consumers should stop using the cookers while they worked out a solution to the fact that the units are a fire hazard because they can melt after overheating. The recall is for only one of the 14 pots the company makes.

Double Insight, the parent company of Instant Pot, reported more than 100 overheating incidents. Five had led to fires that caused minor damage although there have been no injuries.

NGA report provides guidelines for road safety

Motor vehicle accidents claimed 37,461 lives in California and around the country in 2016, and a further 4.6 million road users were left injured.

Road safety experts say that law enforcement agencies, regulators and legislators must work together to make the nation's streets and highways safer, and a report released on Feb. 6 by the National Governors Association provides recommendations that are designed to help lawmakers achieve this goal. 

Truck accident leaves several dead dead, 1 injured

At least five people died in a serious multi-vehicle accident in California on Feb. 16. The crash left the entirety of the 10 Freeway in Rialto closed for hours while emergency crews worked to clean up the accident.

At about 1 p.m., a vehicle that appeared to be a concrete pump truck was traveling west when it veered into the median. It went through the guardrail and into the eastbound lanes, hitting multiple cars. Authorities reported that the incident caused an unknown number of vehicles to catch fire. At least five people were killed. The driver of the truck was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

3 signs of brain injury after a bicycle accident in Costa Mesa

Southern California is famous for its wonderful sunny weather, making it an ideal location for cycling enthusiasts. However, despite the perfect environment for cycling, a busy urban environment is a serious hazard for anyone riding a bike.

Accidents can occur, and when they do, the cyclist can suffer anything from a minor injury to a major head trauma. While minor injuries can heal relatively easily, head traumas can leave lasting and permanent damage. The following is a list of three common signs of brain injury after a bicycle accident.

Study shows more car crash deaths around 4/20 holiday

Since the early '90s, April 20 has been a self-proclaimed holiday for many marijuana users in California and the rest of the U.S. Though recreational marijuana is legal in this state, many are not aware that the drug can impair driving skills. This is true elsewhere: a 2016 survey, for example, showed that half of pot smokers in Colorado thought it was safe to drive while being high.

Impaired driving naturally increases the risk for accidents. Even more importantly, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests an overall 12 percent increase in car crash fatalities every April 20. This amounts to an additional 142 deaths. While researchers were unable to say which accidents were marijuana-related, the trend is clear enough.

Why left-hand turns are still common

Quite a few organizations have proven that left-hand turns are dangerous. In fact, they are one of the most dangerous driving moves, yet they are generally legal and used at practically any intersection.

However, thanks to the publicization of UPS trucks' driving methods, more members of the public are learning about the risks of left-hand turns. UPS aims to have its trucks take a left-hand turn only when it is unavoidable, and in doing so, the company helps the environment, saves on gas, improves efficiency, and no doubt, prevents many crashes.

3 examples of defective construction equipment

There are a high number of accidents and injuries on construction sites. While employer negligence and simple mistakes contribute to some of these incidents, defective machinery, products and tools also play a big role. If a crane, forklift or nail gun malfunctions, serious injuries may occur. 

Construction equipment must meet high standards of design and manufacturing to be safe. This is why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has stringent regulations for health and safety in the construction industry. Unfortunately, those standards are not always met. Here are some examples of defective construction equipment and the injuries they cause. 

The criminal traffic offense that can endanger your life

You may have already had this experience at least once in your life. You honked your horn or accidentally cut someone off, and the other person reacted aggressively. Maybe the other driver flipped you off, began tailgating you or swerved into traffic to cut you off in retaliation.

Whatever the situation was, it was probably frightening and made you glad you survived the incident. Unfortunately, for many California drivers, aggressive driving has become an unavoidable part of life.

Sleepy drivers the subject of new AAA study

Though drivers in California are probably aware that drowsy driving is a danger, they may not know that the less sleep people get, the more their behavior behind the wheel can mimic those of drunk drivers. Fatigue is an especially recurrent factor in transit accidents as bus and taxi drivers and train conductors may become overworked.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has just published a study suggesting that close to 10 percent of all car accidents involve drowsiness. This is at odds with current statistics based on police reports and post-crash investigations, which state that 1 to 2 percent of automobile crashes involve drowsiness.

Auto recalls are increasing

Many California residents who have purchased a vehicle in recent years will be contacted at some point about a recall. Recalls are increasing with the addition of computerized features in newer vehicles.

According to a study by Automative News, 53.1 million vehicles were recalled in 2016 alone, costing an estimated $22.1 billion to auto manufacturers and dealers. This represents a 26 percent increase in recalls over 2015. In 2016, Takata recalled vehicles over faulty airbags and General Motors recalled vehicles with a faulty ignition switch, resulting in a combined total of about 23 million vehicles recalled.

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