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Visual inspection system for manufacturers launched by IBM

In an effort to streamline the assembly line inspection process, and cut down on manufacturing defects, IBM has announced the release of a visual inspection system. The system was released on April 24 and is a Watson-powered Internet of Things (IoT) service. The visual recognition feature is one of the strongest for Watson and with each item inspected, the effectiveness of the system increases.

IBM discovered that inspection times can be reduced by up to 80 percent after just a period of eight days of testing a production cycle. The new system also reduced manufacturing defects by 7-10 percent. The visual inspection system is able to detect defects as small as a pinhole puncture or a scratch. The system will also ensure that the parts are in the correct locations and have the right shape and texture.

What happens if I suspect foodborne illness?

Foodborne illnesses are quite common, even though the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other entities do their best to prevent such consumer illnesses. Foodborne illnesses are preventable health issues that cause an estimated 3,000 deaths per year in the United States. What happens if you suspect foodborne illness?

If you suspect a foodborne illness has affected you, the first thing that must be done is the preservation of evidence. The evidence will be key to any legal case you bring against the restaurant, food manufacturer, grocery store or other entity. For instance, if some of the "suspect" food is still available, package it immediately and put it in a freezer. If you have the packaging for the food, save that as well. If you have identical unopened products, save these items too.

Symptoms of a defective medical device

Defective medical devices are more common than some might realize. Every now and then, various medical devices pop up in the news because they have caused some sort of injury or illness to patients. If you've seen these news reports and wonder if you've been affected by such a problem, you will want to know the symptoms of a defective medical device.

One of the most common defective medical devices is the NuvaRing. This is a birth control device that is inserted into the woman to prevent pregnancy. In order for it to work properly, it must be replaced once per month. Common symptoms of a defective NuvaRing include:

What follows after being injured by a car defect?

Injuries to consumers are serious, no matter the severity, and should be reported as soon as possible. Drivers and passengers in cars and trucks can be injured by more than just an accident. Many are injured by a car defect. If this is the case, you will want to know what follows such an injury and how to deal with it.

Victims of a car defect injury can suffer any slew of injuries, including the following:

Wrongful death and distracted driving accidents

A growing epidemic across the state of Tennessee, and the country, is that of distracted driving. Drivers are often operating their vehicles while distracted due to many different factors. A growing cause of fatal accidents is that of distracted driving. Because of this, many wrongful death cases are being filed by surviving family members.

Drivers have access to so much technology while behind the wheel today, including built-in technology like satellite radio, GPS and other features. Add to that, the ability to bring mobile phones into the car and distracted driving can become very dangerous.

Is primary enforcement of seat belt laws still necessary?

We all know by now that it’s much safer to wear a seatbelt when you are driving or riding as a passenger in a motor vehicle. Seat belts became a standard safety feature in all new passenger vehicles as early as 1964, with dual lap and shoulder belts incorporated into new cars in 1974. By 1996, all but one state (New Hampshire) had put a mandatory law regarding the use of seat belts into effect that applied specifically to both front seat passengers and drivers. 

There are currently two basic sets of seat belt laws in effect across the United States:

How to report a defective product

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, there are steps you can take to prevent someone else from being injured, or even killed. Defective products can be reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission via the agency's website. All you need is information surrounding the product in order to file a report.

There are eight important pieces of information you must provide when filing a report to the CPSC. The first four surround the product and the incident where you were injured:

Common consumer illnesses caused by defective drugs

Consumer illnesses can be caused by various items these days, but a common cause is defective drugs. Defective drugs are distributed on the market for a variety of reasons, one of which is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) simply missed an issue with the drug before issuing approval. Another reason is that the drug manufacturers hid the side effects of the drug.

One of the most common consumer illnesses due to defective drugs is uncontrolled vomiting. Uncontrolled vomiting is very serious and can lead to hospitalization. Most victims will need a trip to the emergency room in order to be issued anti-vomiting medication and to receive IV fluids to stay dehydrated.

What is the Consumer Product Safety Commission?

Consumers hope that when they purchase a product, especially a medical device, that it will work properly. For the most part, products and medical devices do work properly and allow people to go about their lives. When a product or medical device fails or breaks, it can injure the consumer. Consumers want to be protected as much as possible when purchasing products or medical devices.

-- What is the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)?

Warning signs of car electrical system problems

Cars are so important to the lives of billions of people worldwide. They are used to get to and from work, school, home, the store, the doctor and many other places. Even though cars are important, they are also dangerous. Defective auto parts can cause quite a bit of damage to a vehicle and even injury to those inside or near the vehicle. Here are the warnings signs of car electrical system problems.

One of the most common signs of a problem with your car's electrical system is that the engine will not crank. Most drivers automatically assume that their battery is dead or the starter has gone bad. While these are more often than not the reason why the engine won't start, they are not the only reason. There are times when there could be a part in the electrical component of the car that is defective. This can lead to the battery draining and the engine not starting.

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