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Volkswagen Recalls Minivans for Ignition Issues

Author Jorge De La Fuente

Detroit News reports Volkswagen AG has issued a recall for 20,676 minivans for ignition switch issues that could cause the air bags to fail to deploy in case of a crash.

Volkswagen Recall Information

  • Recall involves 20,000 Routan 2009-10 minivans built for it by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.
  • Reason being that conditions or some other “jarring” event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position.
  • Volkswagen suggests owners remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key.

Additional Safety Information

In March, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it was closing the investigation into the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s recall.

This decision comes after the Fiat Chrysler told the agency in February it will replace Continental ignition-switch modules, along with the key fobs, with Marquardt modules.  

Last year, a similar recall resulted in General Motors being the subject of multiple congressional hearings as lawmakers attempted to determine the best course of action for handling the recall. 84 deaths have been linked to the faulty ignition switches used by GM..

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Hair Dryers Recalled - Electrocution Hazard

Author Kelsey Tucker

Sweet Heat Hair Dryers and AG Hair are recalling approximately 3,100 hair dryers after notice of electrocution hazard.

About the Hair Dryer Recall

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), AG Hair and Sweet Heat are recalling their hair dryers for lacking an immersion protection device, which guards against shock or electrocution if the dryer is submerged into water. There are no incidents or injuries reported.

CPSP suggests immediately unplugging and stopping using the blow dryer. Consumers may contact AG Hair for a pre-paid mailing label and packaging to return the hair dryer for a full refund.

To contact AG Hair, consumers may call toll-free at (866) 924-4247 from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, email at, or go to their website at and click on “Recall Notice” for more information.

Description of Recalled Hair Dryers

  • The Sweet Heat handheld hair dryers are white with the words “Sweet Heat” printed in black on the blower nozzle and “AG Hair” printed in in grey and black above the handle.
  • The Sweet Head blow dryers are sold at hair salons and beauty supply stores, such as ULTA, from March 2013 through March 2015 for about $100.
  • The hair dryers are imported from AG Professional Hair Care Products Ltd., of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada and manufactured in China.

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Effects of Child Abuse on Adult Relationships

Author Jarod Cassidy

Data shows that no matter how much time has passed, untreated childhood abuse can hamper a person’s ability to build healty relationships later in life.

Trust and Intimacy

According to Adults Surviving Child Abuse, many survivors of childhood abuse claim to have trouble building meaningful relationship and report feeling emotions or reactions that they do not fully understand when moving into a new relationship.

In the majority of child abuse cases, the perpetrators of the abuse were the same adults that were supposed to protect, nurture, and love the child. As a result, survivors can often find it difficult to trust others leading to issues with intimacy and emotional closeness and feelings of detachment.

A study of child abuse survivors conducted in Australia found that individuals who had been abused as children experienced significantly higher rates of failed relationships and marriages, and as a whole reported lower levels of social interaction, than adults who were not abused.

Cycles of Abuse

Everyday Health reports that victims of child abuse or neglect are also more likely to become abusers themselves, estimating that one-third of abused and neglected children will act out abuse behavior when they become adults.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, victims of childhood abuse may also become stuck in a cycle called “repetition compulsion.” This is a pattern in which a victim of past abuse finds themselves reliving the abuse.

This can result in an abuse survivor subconsciously seeking partners with the same traits as the perpetrator of their previous abuse and blaming their own behaviors when they are re-victimized.

In order to ensure these cycles are broken before they begin to manifest, it is essential that victims of child abuse seek professional help and support. Data has shown that simply acknowledging and understanding the psychological effects of child abuse can greatly improve a survivors ability to build and maintain healthy, lasting relationships.

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