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FDA Bans Antibacterial Hand Soap in Effort to Rid Marketplace of 19 Different Chemicals

Sabrina Tavernise with the New York Times reports that the FDA has banned the sale of many antibacterial soaps, in a rule that goes back to 2013, when the federal agency first introduced it. Tavernise quotes scientist Rolf Halden, who works for Arizona State University: "It has boggled my mind why we were clinging to these compounds, and now that they are gone I feel liberated."

Poor Design = Poor Outcomes: From the Jeep Grand Cherokee to the Space Shuttle

You trust companies to put safe products into the marketplace, but that doesn't always happen. From time to time, unsafe or poorly designed products make it to market, with the potential to cause serious injury or death. By no means is this a new phenomenon, as you will see in the recent examples below.

New Does Not Always Mean Improved: The Problem with Jeep's Electronic Shifter

On Sunday, 27-year-old actor Anton Yelchin lost his life when his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled down the driveway and pinned him against his security gate. "[Anton's] death," writes Jeff Guo for the Washington Post, "raised the fear of anyone who's ever parked on a steep incline and worried if the brakes would hold."

Poison Pods: Lock Them Up

If you have young children, be sure to keep both your dishwasher pods and your laundry detergent pods safely locked away. Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich recently cautioned via Facebook that roughly one child per hour suffers poisoning from eating laundry detergent pods (Erin's information comes from a study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics).

Toyota finally found liable in sudden acceleration case

It appears that Toyota is finally being held accountable for problems with its vehicles concerning unintended and sudden acceleration. Toyota has just decided to settle out an acceleration case before a jury had a chance to decide upon punitive damages. The jury had at that point returned a $3 million verdict against Toyota for compensatory damages.

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