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Underage Drunk Driver Loses Life and Injures Others

Author Tyler Goodwin

A one-vehicle crash claimed the life of 15-year-old Angel Blancas on Sunday morning in Garland, Texas.

Details of the Fatal Garland Accident

According to WFAA, local authorities suspect that alcohol and speeding were the culprits of the crash that claimed the life of Blancas and caused injuries to two others.

Authorities were called to the scene around 5:30 a.m. They reported Blancas was driving a white sedan, lost control of the vehicle, and went off road. The car slammed into a fire hydrant and came to rest after crashing into a utility pole.

One of the two injured occupants was identified as a Jackson Middle School student. The other was not enrolled with the Garland Independent School District. The two were taken to Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. One is in stable condition and the other sustained serious injuries.

After he was taken to Plano Medical Center, Blancas was pronounced dead. Blancas was to start his freshman year at Garland High School on Monday, but due to underage drinking and driving, his time was cut short.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,408 people were killed in auto accidents in 2013 – this averages to one death every 2 hours and 34 minutes.
  • Alcohol was determined to be a factor in 1,053 of the recorded deaths, or 31% of all 2013 traffic fatalities.
  • An additional 232,599 people were injured with 16,807 reporting serious injuries.
  • TxDOT estimates a reportable crash occurred every 71 seconds.

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T8 LED Lamp Recalled – Burn Hazard

Author Stephanie Samedi

Osram Sylvania has recently recalled about 46,300 T8 LED lamp units in the United States due to a burn hazard posed by the overheating and melting of the lamps.

About the Lamp Recall  

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that the lamps can overheat and melt, causing a burn hazard. 

So far, 34 incidents of overheating and melting have been reported to Osram Sylvania. Fortunately there have been no injuries reported.

Consumers who purchased the defective products are urged to discontinue use of the lamps and remove them from the fixture immediately.

Description of the Recalled Lamps

The following information was provided by the CPSC:

  • The recalled lamps are SubstiTUBE IS T8 LED lamps.
  • They were sold at Osram Sylvania distributors from December 2014 to may 2015.
  • They are white cylinders that are 1 inch in diameter and 48 inches long.
  • The name OSRAM SubtiTUBE® IS LED T8” is printed on a silver label on the lamp.

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4,400 Arm Curl Machines Recalled by Cybex International

Author Alexandrea Messner

Cybex International has issued a recall for four different models of arm curl machines. The machines have a swivel handle that can detach from the frame and hit users in the face or head causing an impact injury hazard.

About the Arm Curl Machine Recall

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Cybex has received 108 reports of swivel handles detaching from the machines. 12 of these reports involved injuries with one consumer suffering loss of sight in one eye.

Customers with one of the recalled machines should immediately discontinue use and contact Cybex for a repair kit. Cybex is also reaching out directly to customers who they know have purchased a recalled machine.

Description of the Recalled

  • The machines allow users to use the selected weight of resistance to perform bicep curls.
  • To operate the machine, the user sits on an adjustable seat, adjusts the resistance weight, and grabs the swivel handles in order to perform the curl.
  • The serial number for the machine can be found on the frame tube of the weight stack, near the floor.
  • The name “Cybex” and the model are printed on the top of the machine.
  • Machines affected by the recall were sold by Cybex or its distributors between November 1996 and October 2008, for between $3,700 and $4,200.  
  • The affected models include VR2, VR2TA, Eagle, and VR3.

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