In July, a West Chester University employee tested positive for Legionnaire’s disease, a severe form of pneumonia caused by legionella bacteria. A subsequent investigation found “higher-than-acceptable” levels of the bacteria in eight campus buildings. When an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease occurs, it can usually be traced to some industrial or professional setting, where improperly maintained […]

In July 2015, furniture retailer IKEA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a free repair program for customers who owned certain models of IKEA’s MALM dressers. The repair kit contains hardware consumers can use to secure the dressers to a wall. The announcement came after IKEA and the CPSC received several reports of IKEA’s […]

A reporter and two security researchers recently showed that automotive manufacturers may be using technology that puts drivers at risk. Researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek spent about a year figuring out how to hack into a Jeep’s dashboard computer. They were able to do so successfully this year by exploiting a flaw in the […]

On July 26, the National Traffic Safety Administration announced it would fine Fiat Chrysler $105 million for a variety of safety violations. The NHTSA accuses Fiat of deceiving regulators about its vehicles and failing to issue timely warnings to car-owners, dealers, and the NHTSA about potentially deadly defects. The NHTSA complaints stem from 23 Fiat […]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls insufficient sleep a “public health epidemic.” A lack of sleep can cause behavioral problems, mood disorders, and has been linked to occupational accidents and car crashes. Sometimes, a lack of sleep is self-imposed, when busy people don’t allow enough time for adequate rest. But many people suffer […]

In many major U.S. cities, an increasing number of people are leaving their cars at home and commuting by bicycle. With bike share programs and urban bicycle lanes, it’s easier than ever to get around on two wheels. Among the most populous U.S. cities, Philadelphia has the highest percentage of bicycle commuters. But with 551 […]

On July 10, Amtrak filed answers in two lawsuits, stating it would not contest the payment of compensatory damages to passengers of train 188. Train 188 derailed just outside Philadelphia in May. The crash killed eight people and injured more than 200. What’s not clear is how long crash survivors, and family members of those […]

Driving is a privilege many teens look forward to, long before they’re of legal driving age. But it’s also a big responsibility, and statistics indicate many teens don’t understand the risks of driving. In March 2015, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety announced the results of a study about teen driver crashes. In 58 percent […]

Trains are largely seen as a safe and simple form of transportation, but the Amtrak crash late last night shows that even a routine train trip can be deadly. On Tuesday, May 13, an Amtrak train travelling to New York from Washington derailed and overturned in Philadelphia, killing 6 people, leaving many more injured and […]

Were you or a loved one prescribed Zofran® while pregnant? If so, and your child suffers from one of several birth defects, you and your child may be entitled to compensation. Zofran is a prescription medication that is often prescribed for nausea and vomiting. Zofran may be taken orally, via a rapidly disintegrating tablet, or […]