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Poor communication is often to blame for manufacturing flaws

While there are many moving parts in the manufacturing process that make mistakes inevitable, there are steps manufacturers can take to greatly reduce the incidence rate of problems.

Manufacturers can greatly reduce their risk of producing dangerous or defective products by seeking out the input of more qualified individuals before they start fabricating them. It can be helpful for workers on the front lines to be brought in to the negotiation process for a manufacturing contract. By getting them involved, they can shed light on the plant's capabilities and whether runtimes that are quoted are realistic.

What are the most common signs of tire failure?

It doesn't matter what type of car you drive, you rely on your tires to get you from point A to point B in a safe and efficient manner. If you're riding on a defective tire (or tires), you're taking a big risk with your health and well-being.

Here are some of the most common signs of tire failure:

  • Uneven tread wear: Regularly checking how your tires are wearing will tell you if this is a problem.
  • Cracking in the sidewalls: This is a major concern, as sidewall cracks can lead to a blowout. Keep a close eye out for this problem.
  • Bulges: It doesn't matter if it's big or small, any size bulge is a sign of trouble.
  • Excessive vibration: It's not always something you see that points toward a tire defect. If you feel vibration when driving and it can't be attributed to the vehicle itself, turn your attention to the tires.
  • Excessive tread wear: Although tires are expected to wear over time, this shouldn't happen quickly. If you notice your new tires are looking worn after a few months, have your mechanic take a closer look.

Tips for protecting your children from potentially defective toys

Children have plenty of toys to play with around the home and when in school. What many parents don't think about is the safety of the toys their children are using. Monitoring recall notices in the news is easier said than done. Parents can be on the lookout for defective toys without having to wait for a recall notice to hit the newspapers. Let's take a look at how this can be done.

When buying a new toy for a child, you need to read the safety instructions from top to bottom before letting them play with it. Parents should review the warnings on the toys and ensure that their children know how to use the toys the right way so as to avoid any possible injury.

Common causes of a medical device failure

Have you ever wondered why your medical device might have failed? Many people suffer from injuries caused by a medical device that has been inserted in them or that they carry with them regularly. These devices are made to help patients live a better, healthier life. Let's take a look at the most common causes of a medical device failure in today's post.

One of the biggest reasons why medical devices fail is that they have not received sufficient testing. This is especially important when it comes to devices that use electricity to keep a person's heart pumping strongly.

At least 150,000 Dodges and Jeeps are recalled for brake issues

Just last week, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) recalled at least 150,000 of its vehicles manufactured under both the Dodge and Jeep brands. A failure of the cars' braking system led to the voluntary recall being ordered.

A press release put out by FCA shows that their supplier found a defect with a brake-system part that could result in bubbles accumulating in the car's brake fluid. If this were to occur, then it could impact how quickly a motorist would be able to stop once they applied their brakes.

Four things you need to know about your car insurance

Nobody wants to obsessively worry about their car insurance and coverage limits after they purchase a policy. Unfortunately, accidents can, and often do, happen, so it's a good idea to understand just exactly what is and isn't covered.

Heart attack or indigestion? Don’t hope for the best

You should never lose sight of the fact that it's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your health. Therefore, if you have any reason to believe that you're suffering a heart attack, you should seek immediate medical attention.

It's possible that you may mistake indigestion symptoms for a heart attack. However, it makes the most sense to receive a professional diagnosis. If you guess wrong, it could cost you your life.

Fast-track approved orthopedic devices are facing more recalls

A study published in the medical journal Cureus shows that an increasing number of orthopedic devices created for the ankle or foot are being fast-tracked for approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The researchers also found that those that those quickly introduced to the market via the 501(k) pre-market notification process as opposed to the pre-market approval (PMA) process were most apt to be recalled.

Researchers at both San Diego's Navy Medical Center and Galveston's University of Texas Medical Center analyzed the recall records for these recalled orthopedic devices up during the 10-year period leading up to 2017. During that time frame, 161 devices ended up being recalled. The approval process for all but three of them was fast-tracked.

What do I do after a workplace accident?

You always want to feel safe when you're at work, but unfortunately, work accidents do happen. Do you know what to do if you're involved in an accident at work or what you could be entitled to?

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