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Ikea%20Defective%20Lamp.jpgA 16 month-old child wrongfully died and a 15 month-old child was severely injured after they became entangled in a very popular Ikea’s children’s wall-mounted lamp.

There were 2.9 million lamps sold in the US, 1.1 million in Canada and 23 million worldwide.

Consumers should stop using the defective lamp and contact Ikea at 888 966 4532 for a free repair kit. The repair kit has self-adhesive fasteners for attaching the lamp’s cord to the wall as well as safety instructions.

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To prevent wrongful death and personal injury caused by defective or unsafe bedside sleepers a new federal mandatory standard to improve the safety of bedside sleepers was just approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

A bedside sleeper is a bassinet that is attached to an adult bed for parents to easily access their infant from their bed. It is intended for babies up to approximately 5 months.

Among the changes, the new standard includes modifications to the existing standard to address fabric-sided enclosed opening entrapment hazards. Between 2007 and 2009, the CPSC received 4 reports of infant wrongful deaths associated with fabric-sided openings on the products.

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32 year old Nydja Herring died in a drunk driving car accident in NYC this weekend. The accident happened Saturday at 5.30 pm as the mother of the 2 year old twins had just stepped out to run errands for the toddlers at a store nearby. Nydja was crossing the street at the intersection of East Tremont Ave and Van Nest Ave in the Bronx when a drunk driver, 28 year old Augustus Jenkin plowed into her. Jenkins was driving with a suspended license and had 3 passengers in in the car including two children 4 and 10 years old.

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A 9 year old boy died in a car accident in NYC on Friday night. Copper Stock was walking with his father, the oncologist Richard Stock, on the Upper West Side in New York City on Friday night when the fatal accident occurred. The young boy and his dad were trying to cross the intersection of West End Ave and West 97th Street when they were struck by a taxi driver making a left turn. Cooper, a third grader at The Calhoun School died at the hospital. He loved the Knicks, the New York Yankees and classic rock ‘n’ roll.

Unfortunately, pedestrians being struck by vehicles making left turns are all to common in NYC.

Read more in the New York Times.

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7 pedestrians died in car accidents in NYC during the first 12 days of 2014. The Daily News projected that at this rate, the number of pedestrians who would die after being struck by a car in New York City would reach 200 by the end of the year compared to 156 in 2013, 152 in 2022 and 142 in 2011.

Read more in the Daily News

See our previous blog on alarming pedestrians deaths in NY

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Last Sunday, 27 year old Daniel McClung died and his wife was seriously injured in a fire that started in their apartment on the 20th floor of a high rise building in New York. Their two dogs also died in the fire. According to the FDNY,an extension cord with an overloaded power strip ignited the fire that quickly spread to the Christmas tree. When the couple came back from shopping they opened the door to an apartment full of smoke. The door which was supposed to self close, stayed open and the fire caught up with the couple who were running down the stairs.

Read more in the New York Post

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Howard%20Permut.jpgAfter the recent New York train accident that led to the wrongful death of 4 passengers and injured more than 70, Metro North Chief, Howard Perrmut announced that he is stepping down. He will stay until the end of this month to help his successor, Joseph Giulietti, the executive director of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, with the transition.

Read the complete article in the New York Times

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40% of the people who die in a car accident in New York, are the victims of reckless and dangerous drivers. Drivers who are speeding, not yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks or being distracted while driving have killed too many people on the streets of New York City.
By showing images of grieving families at the location of the accident that killed their loved ones, the New York City Department of Transportation new ad campaign sends a very strong message to New Yorkers to stop driving dangerously to reduce the number of people dying in car accidents caused by dangerous driving.


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In a very sad medical malpractice case a 16 year old girl died of brain cancer after none of the 13 doctors who failed to diagnose the brain tumor ordered an MRI. Natasha Simmons had all the symptoms of a brain tumor: headaches, numbness, back pain, vomiting and problems with her eyesight. She visited 13 doctors over a one year period but none of them ordered an MRI. An ER doctor refused a scan and said they were reserved for life and death situations. 11 months later, an MRI was finally done but it was too late. Natasha Simmons was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor and died 8 days later.

Read more in the Huffington Post

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Elisa Toro is the third person to die in a car accident at the exit of the Queensboro bridge in New York. Despite traffic modifications by the DOT to slow down traffic, the car of the 10 year veteran police officer ended up sideways against one of the store fronts at the bottom of the ramp. The police officer who wasn’t wearing a seat belt was killed in the accident . The Queensboro ramp is a notoriously dangerous location. Two people previously died in car accidents at that same location.

Read more in the New York Times