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Black Diamond Recalls Climbing Ascenders Due to a Fall Hazard

Author Emma D'Arpino

According to the Consumer Product Safe Commission (CPSC), a recall of Black Diamond Index Ascenders for climbing and mountaineering was issued due to a falling hazard

About the Climbing Ascenders Recall

The recall was issued because the rivet holding the toothed cam on the Index Ascender can release, allowing the ascender to slide on the rope or become detached from the rope, creating a falling hazard to climbers. 

Thus far, no injuries or deaths related to the recalled Index Ascenders have been reported. 

Consumer should stop using the recalled ascendersand contact Black Diamond for further instructions.

Description of the Recalled Climbing Ascenders

All information is provided by the CPSC. 

  • About 2,800 of the recalled Index Ascenders were sold in the U.S. and 300 were sold in Canada.
  • The metal ascenders are either orange with a black and gray grip, or silver with a black and gray grip.
  • The recall covers Index Ascenders that have a manufacturing code number from 4356 to 6015 (the code is located on the frame of the ascenders and Black Diamond is imprinted on both sides of the handles)
  • The recalled Index Ascenders were sold at Eastern Mountain Sports, Moosejaw Mountaineering, Outdoors Inc., REI, Sport Chalet, and other specialty outdoor stores nationwide, as well as online at and, for about $80. 

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Endo’s AMS Claims Needless Pelvic Mesh Surgeries Were Performed

Author Kaitlynn Martin

Numerous businessman, doctors, and lawyers were accused by Endo International American Medical Systems Holdings of convincing women to go through unnecessary surgeries to remove pelvic mesh implants, as well as inflate their damage claims.

Overview of Pelvic Mesh Accusation

Accoreing to MassDevice, $1.9 billion has been set aside by AMS to cover as many as 49,000 product liability lawsuits, claiming injury from the devices.

The company claims, however, that it has found at least 4 instances of women undergoing explanation procedures that their own doctors did not approve of. It is alleged that hundreds more have been influenced to have these surgeries, by countless lenders, doctors and lawyers.

A practice that has been used by medical funders is they buy up all the unpaid surgical bills for these mesh implants at a discount, they then put a lien on the settlement for the full amount of the bill, thus receiving profit. Any wrong doing is denied however, by the network, and they state that these women received necessary care they could not otherwise obtain.

About Pelvic Mesh Implants

The following information was provided by DrugWatch:

  • Pelvic/transvaginal mesh is made of a plastic called polypropylene. The mesh is implanted through the vagina.
  • Created to permanently fix pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.
  • Complications can arise, such as organ perforation, infection, and erosion of vaginal tissues.
  • Nearly 70,000 lawsuits were filed by women claiming injury from mesh, in West Virginia courts alone.

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One Killed, Ten Injured in Police Chase Accident

Author Jonathan Hernandez

One person was injured and 10 others were injured in a police chase accident that happened over the weekend.

Details about the Fatal Police Chase Accident

KSAT 12 News is reporting that one person was killed and another 10 others were injured on Sunday evening just north of Laredo in a police chase that ended in a fatal crash.

US Border Patrol agents report that the chase began at about 5:30 p.m. when agents spotted a suspicious truck that was driving north along Interstate 35 access road about 37 miles north of the city of Laredo. Agents attempted to stop the vehicle when the driver sped off.

Officers attempted to use tire deflation devices to stop the chase, but the driver of the truck lost control of the vehicle while attempting to avoid the device. One person was killed at the scene and 10 others were taken to hospitals in Laredo, San Antonio, and Dilley.

At this time, Border Patrol agents are investigating why the driver did not stop the vehicle and decided to evade police.

Important Information about Large Truck Accidents

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of people involved in accidents with large trucks every year in the United States:

  • In 2013, there were a total of 3,964 people who were killed in accidents involving large trucks.
  • 71 percent of people who were killed in large truck accidents were the occupants of other vehicles at the time of the accident.
  • An estimated 95,000 people were non-fatally injured in large truck accidents in 2013.

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