Rescue Workers Share The 2 Car Seat Tips That Will Save A Child’s Life

There are a lot of things that parents will just never agree on (and I know, because I see the arguments on my Facebook feed every day).

What is the right way to discipline your children?

What sleeping arrangement should you use?

And don’t even get us started about breast feeding versus formula.

But one of the most contentious debates of all is about what is the right kind of car seat to use – or whether to buy one at all.

Whatever side of the issue you stand on, a pair of emergency workers have shared important safety tips for parents that apply to every car seat.

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The most surprising piece of advice comes courtesy of mother and paramedic Kaitlyn Lawson, and has nothing to do with the car seat itself.

In a post that has since gone viral, Lawson appealed to other parents to print a label for their child’s car seat.

“It takes two minutes of your time to write out your child’s name, date of birth, emergency contacts, any medical conditions, any medicine your child is on, and even your child’s doctor, then stick it to the child’s car seat,” she explained.

“This helps EMS a ton and can also help save your child’s life.”

Lawson explains that after an accident, parents aren’t always able to provide this important information to rescue workers.

By attaching it to your child’s car seat, you can guarantee they’ll get the treatment they need, and quickly.

But another mother and rescue worker has her own car seat tip for parents.

7 Things We Use Every Day That Are Making It Harder For Us To Breathe

We try our best to make sure our homes are the safest place possible for our family, but sometimes things slip by that we had no idea were unsafe. There are things throughout your home that are creating air pollutants, and sometimes even poisoning the air you are breathing in every day.

Overtime, these pollutants can cause strokes, heart disease, asthma and sometimes even lung cancer. Here are seven things you have in your house that are causing air pollution and how you can make them safer.

1. Candles

Candles are an awesome way to fill your house with a beautiful smell and also create a peaceful ambiance. The problem with scented candles is that they release harmful formaldehyde.

Formaldehyde is a respiratory irritant that causes chest pain, shortness of breath, coughing, and nose and throat irritation, according to the ATSDR. It can also cause cancer, and has been linked to an increased risk of asthma and allergies in kids. Beeswax or soy candles are better options if you love candles.

2. Wood-Burning Fireplaces

Although wood-burning fireplaces are very cozy and a great way to heat your home, they can also be polluting your air. Depending on the size of the room, a fire can create high levels of particulate pollution and carbon monoxide exposure in your home.

Once inhaled, these particles can affect the heart and lungs and cause serious health effects. To avoid this, make sure the room your fireplace is in is very ventilated.

3. Paint

Don’t worry, it’s not the paint on your walls that is causing air pollutants, it’s where the paint came from. When you finish painting and store your paint cans in the garage, the cans can release VOC gases that can affect air quality and impact breathing.

To avoid this, try to buy paints that are the least toxic. The best thing to do with leftover paint is to use it up. If you can’t use it, give it to someone who can.

If you already have paint cans in your garage that you don’t want to part with, you should make sure they are sealed. Make sure the lid is secured to prevent leakage. Then store sealed cans upside down to create an airtight seal around the lid.

4. Granite Counters

These expensive and very good looking countertops can produce radon, which is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. Radon is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the US. Luckily, granite doesn’t significantly produce radon.

You’re more likely to be exposed to radon through cracks in your walls or in the foundation. So, look for these cracks and repair them right away. In the meantime, you can buy a radon test kit for your home.

My Daughter Goes To School But I Don’t Know If She’ll Make It Home

It’s been an emotional couple of days for me and my family in the wake of the preventable tragedy that claimed 17 lives at a Florida School. Sure, we didn’t lose a loved one, but as a parent I can only imagine what the families who lost their children are going through.

Watching parents struggle through losing their child hits me and hurts me. When I allow myself to really listen to their pain and their experience, it physically and emotionally sickens me. I am sad, angry, terrified, and shocked, because it could’ve been my child’s school instead of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

My daughter is the center of my universe, and to lose her, especially in such a violent manner, would shatter my world. But the sad reality it that this is a real possibility.

Unfortunately, I can no longer say “this won’t happen to me” and these days, I spend every waking minute worrying about what I would do without her.

For years, I’ve been driving my daughter to school, we hug goodbye, and we go about our day. I head to work without a worry in the world, because I knew that she was in safe hands.

Her father and I have had conversations with her about stranger danger, road safety, bullying, and how to handle certain situations that may arise while she’s at school, but we never thought there would come a day when we had to sit her down and talk about school shootings.

The thing is we can talk and protest about it all we want, but that’s not going to protect my daughter or bring back the one’s who were slain. Gun control aside, we’re failing to protect our kids while we sit and argue about what can be done, and it breaks my heart to know that right now my child could be unexpectedly taken away from me at any given time.

The image of Andrew Pollack talking about losing his daughter, Meadow, during the listening session held by President Donald Trump at the White House is burned in my mind, because with the way things have been going, that could’ve been me in his place. No school, child, teacher or parents is immune, and he reminded all of us of that.

It’s Not About Guns, It’s Not About Mental Illness, This Is About Dead Children

How many more senseless deaths of innocent children will it take before our nation collectively decides that enough is enough?

Following the tragic events that unfolded at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week, claiming the lives of 17 students and teachers, the issue of public safety, mental illness, and of course, gun control has been brought back to the debate table.

We’re not even two full months into 2018 and there have already been 17 school shootings, according to gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety. The organization reports any time that a firearm is intentionally or accidentally discharged on a campus, even if there are no fatalities.

Since the latest mass shooting, the whole nation has been up in arms about the dire need for stricter gun laws, however, there is another issue that deserves to be in the forefront: why don’t we have stricter security measures in our schools?

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On February 21, President Donald Trump held a “listening session” at the White House with students and parents to discuss mass school shootings and safety. While every individual had an important point to present, Andrew Pollack, the father of slain Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student, Meadow, gave one of the most impactful statements that not only holds those with authority responsible, but everyone else in the country.

“It is not about gun laws. That is another fight, another battle,” Pollack said. “Let’s fix the schools and then you guys can battle it out whatever you want. But we need our children safe. Monday, tomorrow, whatever day it is, kids go to school. Do you think everyone’s kids are safe?”

It’s not to downplay the significant role weapons, like guns, play in our society, however as parents, whose roles include ensuring our children are safe at all times, it’s time we start taking action. Just talking about implementing stricter gun laws or blaming lawmakers isn’t going to fix a problem that’s been haunting the nation for decades.

When school shootings happen, the loss of innocent lives is felt by everyone, regardless of race, religious beliefs or political affiliations. So why can’t we put those differences aside and work together to make sure our kids will come back from school every day?

“It almost makes me want to go insane. It’s anger, fear, sadness, pain all exponentially greater than the words in a sentence or two can describe,” one parent said after reflecting on the the recent school shootings.

9 Tips For Cleaning Out Your Medicine Cabinet That You Shouldn’t Ignore

So it’s something most of us neglect to do during our spring cleaning, but it’s more important than cleaning out your pantry or digging through your crawlspace.

The American Medical Association recommends that everyone cleans out their medicine cabinet once per year, but how do you decide what stays and what goes?

A 1980s study conducted by the Food and Drug Administration revealed that many pills remain effective years after their posted expiry date. But how can you be sure that the ones in your medicine cabinet are?

Here are some guidelines to help you make decisions about what you’re storing in your bathroom.

“In general, I would say many oral medications are safe to take a year or two beyond their marked expiration date,” says Sara Bingel, PharmD, clinical pharmacist at New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital.

It’s safe to save pain relieving drugs, such as Tylenol, Advil and Aspirin, allergy medication, stomach pills like Tums and Zantac, as well as cold and flu pills past their posted expiry dates.

You will want to toss any antibotics, nitroglycerine (for chest pain), life-saving medication, anything that is suspended in liquid and children’s medication once it has reached its expiry date.

Expiry dates are more about the potency level of the drug. Over time drugs can change their potency level to either be strong, or weaker. Once it changes it’s potency level from the correct dosage, it is deemed as expired.

“How important is it that you need to get the right amount into your body?” says Michael J. Negrete, PharmD, CEO of the Pharmacy Foundation of California. “I might be willing to roll the dice with cough syrup. It’s no big deal if the potency is down and it doesn’t help my cough. But imagine an EpiPen, which keeps people from going into anaphylactic shock, not working.”

Exact changes is potency is not available because drug companies don’t want to spend the money to test for that.

“Let’s say it takes a year for a drug’s potency to decrease to 95%,” says Paul Langevin, MD, director of cardiac anesthesiology at Waterbury Hospital in Waterbury, Connecticut. “I can’t tell you six months later if it’s at 93% potency or at 33%. That data’s not available.”

At the end of the day, if you’re uncomfortable with guessing, go with the marked date on the box.

Where do you keep your boxes of allergy medication? It’s important to take note of where you’re storing your medication when deciding what to keep and what to toss. If you keep it in a cool, dark drawer it could last for years after its expiry date. In comparison, if your medicine cabinet is located in a humid bathroom it is more likely to degrade and not last as long.

You want to pay close attention to any liquid medication in your medicine cabinet. Gel capsules, liquids and any medication that is ‘suspended’ in a liquid is at risk of being contaminated with bacteria. Once those hit their expiry date, it’s time to toss them.

Best Before Dates Aren’t Always As Simple As They Seem

When we reach inside our fridge and find something that is past its best-before date, we usually assume it’s gone bad and throw it out. This is not right, don’t waste your money and your food!

Best-before dates have to do with food quality: freshness, texture, flavour and nutritional value, not safety. They are not expiry dates. Best-before dates are usually just a quality assurance.

By not treating best before-dates as expiry, you’ll waste less food, you’ll save money and, you’ll avoid sending food waste to the landfill, which contributes to increasing methane emissions.

So how are we suppose to know when things are actually expired? Unfortunately expiration dates only appear on products such as: Baby formula and other human milk substitutes, nutritional supplements, meal replacements, pharmacist-sold foods for very low-energy diets and formulated liquid diets.

For a better look of how long it takes for things to be expired, and no longer good/safe to eat, follow this list:

15 Times People Very Nearly Missed Being Hit By Vehicles

Driving a car is such a common thing in the modern world, we sometimes forget that these vehicles are steel and plastic death machines that are capable of doing some serious damage to everyone around them.

There have been plenty of documented cases where people have to scramble to not be hit by a speeding vehicle, and in the case of these 15, it’s such a close call you’ll have to gasp.

This Arizona man was able to evade a runaway car by sheer inches.

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Same with these pedestrians who narrowly avoid being part of a much bigger accident.

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Even gas pumps aren’t safe!

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And of course there’s someone not being careful on their skateboard.

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Be very careful when cutting between parked cars…

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Even the police have to be careful sometimes.

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Don’t piss off Russian pedestrians…

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Keep reading for more crazy near-misses…

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6 Foods You Should Never Microwave For Your Family’s Safety

The microwave is an incredible tool that has completely transformed the kitchen, but it’s not something that can safely be used for just anything.

You can save a lot of time with this machine, but many people seem to think that it is a magical box that somehow “heats” whatever is put inside of it.

Turns out, there’s quite a few things that you should keep out of your microwave, and it has nothing to do with radiation poisoning.

Eggs are delicious, and hard boiled eggs are some of the tastiest, and healthiest ways to eat them!

But don’t just pop one in your microwave to cook it faster. The moisture content inside the shell will heat rapidly, and the build-up of pressure will cause your snack to egg-splode!

Some recipes call for an addition of dried herbs, but if all you have are fresh bay leaves then you really don’t have time to wait for them to dry out in the afternoon sun.

Unfortunately you can’t just set a timer for a minute and get results, you’ll just end ruining your herbs.

We’ve covered this before, but a lot of people are still trying to thaw out their forgotten frozen foods by using the microwave.

Not only does this create a breeding ground for bacteria, but instead of defrosting the meat, you end up just cooking the outsides while the center remains frozen.

Check out these other non-microwavable items, you might be putting your infant in danger if you use it for one of them.

Planning A Cruise? Don’t Forget These 10 Safety Tips

So you’re planning to set sail for warm waters on a cruise ship. Or maybe you’re one of those lucky people who won a “free cruise” over the telephone.

No matter where your vacation will take you, there are some basic precautions you should keep in mind on your trip.

Cruise ships are relatively safe, but being on the high seas and traveling from place to place creates a unique set of risks.

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1. Enroll in STEP

Since your ship travels from place to place, contacting home in an emergency can be very difficult. By registering for the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) you make it easier for officials to get in touch if anything goes wrong.

2. Scan your passport

Again, if you find yourself in a jam overseas, you’ll need to have your passport on you. While you need to keep it physically with you, scanning your copy and keeping it in an e-mail lets you access it anywhere, even if it’s lost.

You could also leave a scanned copy with a friend for safekeeping.

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3. Check for travel warnings

Before you leave, check the Department of States’s website for health and safety warnings about your destinations.

4. Pack smart

Don’t leave any prescription medicines at home. There’s no guarantee the cruise ship can provide them, so you’ll need to bring your own supply.

10 Winter Driving Tips to Keep You Safe This Winter

This Winter has been the craziest we have seen in a long time. There is snow in states where there usually isn’t, and even more snow in places that there usually is. No matter how much or how little snow there is on the ground, it is extremely important to take extreme caution when driving anywhere in the snow.

Here’s a list of 10 tips for driving in inclement weather conditions.

1. Avoid using cruise control in rain or snow

While in cruise control, it is easy to lose control of your vehicle. If you begin hydroplaning while in cruise control, your vehicle will still try to keep its original speed, becoming very dangerous.  

2. Figure out the best way to recover from a skid for your vehicle

How your vehicle responds to a skid depends on whether or not it has rear wheel, front wheel or four wheel drive. If your vehicle has an anti-lock braking system (ABS), learn how to use it correctly. If you do hit a skid or begin hydroplaning, do not hit the brakes. This will make it worse. Stay calm and re-adjust yourself as well as possible.

3. Clear snow and ice from your vehicle

Even if you are in a rush it is important to clean all windows, mirrors, lights and the roof. Wait for any foggy windows to clear up so your visibility isn’t poor while driving.

4. Keep your cell phone fully charged

It is important to have your phone charged before you leave to drive. If you get in an accident where not a lot of cars pass, you will want to have your phone handy to call for help.

If You Haven’t Already, You Need To Get The Flu Shot

Every year, people are encouraged to get the flu shot, and every year, people avoid it. Some people, like me, just forget that it’s even an option and by the time I remember, flu season is over.

Others will tell you vehemently that the shot made them sick and they will never get it again. And then, of course, there are the people who think flu shots are a big conspiracy from the pharmaceutical companies. Whatever your reasoning, flu shots are often looked over as a “well, if I don’t get one it’s not a big deal.”

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But this year’s flu season could be even more dangerous from the last, and avoiding the shot could be deadly.

8 Safe Countries That You Can Retire To On The Cheap

What are your dreams for retirement? Do you want to retire out to your cottage on the lake? Or do you want to just stay where you are and travel the world, doing whatever you want to do when you want to do it? Or possibly you want to pack up your entire life and move to a different country for the rest of your life, which isn’t as hard as it sounds.

A lot of retirees think about packing up shop and moving on, but they worry about whether they will be afford living in another country, and they also worry about their safety when they get there. There are places that are both safe and cheap that love when ex-pats decide to move there. Let’s take a look at 8 of them.

Portugal is a beautiful country filled with history and culture. All you need to be able to move there is a Permanent Residence Visa, and you need to prove that you have the money to be able to support yourself.

Other perks include their very low cost of living, the amazing beaches, delicious food, and a rather impressive selection of local wines.

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This southeast Asian country is one of the cheapest countries to retire to in the region, but it also ranks in the top 50 safest countries in the world. You can apply for a “Malaysia My Second Home” Visa which grants you continued stay for 10 years at a time.

What’s not to like? It’s an island, the country offers great health care options, and the coast is virtually one continuous beach front.

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Most people wouldn’t assume to find many western-European countries on this list, but Austria is actually quite affordable. You will need to apply for a residence permit if you plan on staying more than six months, and you need to prove that you can afford to support yourself.

The standards of living are high, but the cost is significantly low. It’s considered an affordable version of Switzerland with the same level of culture and natural beauty.

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Who doesn’t want to live out the rest of their life on a tropical island? Trick question, who wouldn’t? Costa Rica decided it was going to offer a special benefits package to anyone who wanted to leave their home country to retire there. You need to apply for a Pensionado Visa and prove that you have at least $1000 a month in retirement income. Once that is done you can live your life like a tourist, enjoying everything they get when they come for a visit.

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Haven’t seen something you like yet? Keep reading to see some other amazing options.

How To Shovel Your Driveway The Safe And Smart Way This Winter

It turns out cleaning all that white stuff off your driveway isn’t just an annoying chore – it can be dangerous too.

While being struck by lightning or attacked by a shark rank pretty high on the average American’s list of fears, you’re statistically much more likely to die shoveling snow. Every year, 100 people die from accidents or injuries while shoveling snow, and the job sends 10,000 Americans to the emergency room each winter.

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The sad truth about the risk of shoveling snow is most of us just aren’t prepared for the full-body workout it takes to clear a driveway. Especially when a huge pile of the cold stuff comes down all at once.

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The cold air actually makes things tougher on your body: as your blood vessels constrict from the lack of warmth, your blood pressure and heart rate increase, depriving your heart of oxygen.

The safest way to make room for the family car is to pay a neighbor to clean the walk for you. If that’s not an option, try to stick to these tips for safe shoveling.

Be Prepared with These Winter Car Kit Items

Winter is here, and along with winter comes snow, ice, cold, and inveitably dangerous driving. You never know when you might be in a car accident, so here are a few items that you should include in your emergency car kit to ensure you stay safe this season.

  • blanket
  • extra clothing
  • jumper cables
  • first aid kit
  • matches and candle (help keep hands warm if heat doesn’t work)
  • rope
  • bottled water
  • food (that won’t spoil)
  • univeral tool that contains a knife (used as a seatbelt cutter)
  • wind up flashlight and radio
  • extra windshield washer fluid
  • snow scraper
  • shovel

Elizabeth Smart Warns Parents: Tell Your Kids These 3 Things To Keep Them Safe

When Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her family’s home in Salt Lake City in 2002, it was the start of a harrowing nine month trial for the 14-year-old.

Smart’s sister Mary Katherine watched, pretending to be asleep, as a strange man wandered into their room. The knife-wielding figure guided Elizabeth out of the house while Mary watched, helplessly. Months later, Mary Katherine would remember that the strange man had done odd jobs on the Smart family’s property.

The man, later identified as Brian David Mitchell, took Elizabeth to a campground in the mountains where he lived with his wife, Wanda Eileen Barzee. For nine months, Smart was their captive in the camp, and was repeatedly abused by Mitchell. Meanwhile, her kidnapping case was attracting national attention.

In the end a stroke of luck managed to save Elizabeth. Her story had been featured on the hit TV show America’s Most Wanted, and a biker recognized her and Mitchell from the recent episode. Since then, her dramatic story has been featured in TV documentaries, movies, and books.

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But now Smart is telling her own story, and using it to help parents keep their children safe. Recently, she shared the 3 things every parent should tell their children…

Experts Raise Red Flags About Baby Foods Made With Rice

As if new parent’s didn’t have enough to worry about, now experts have new warnings about baby foods made with rice.

While rice is healthy, cheap, and found in lots of foods for infants and toddlers, there are already a number of health concerns about the crop. Unlike other grains, rice is grown in paddies flooded with water, which makes it easier for pesticides and toxins to absorb into the rice and its byproducts.

The FDA has already warned about the levels of toxic metals and even cyanide found in rice, but now a new study is highlighting the levels of mercury in the grain. Mercury poisoning is a risk usually associated with eating fish, but the methylmercury that causes it can also be found in rice.

Now, a new study led by the Florida International University published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry says that the amount of methylmercury in rice cereals for babies is cause for concern.

Tests show the average levels of mercury in baby foods made from rice are three times higher than whole grain foods, and a stunning 19 times higher than foods made with other grains.

Because of these findings, health experts have new recommendations that all parents should read…

With A Hurricane Threatening She Asked Her Professor For A Favor, And He Didn’t Disappoint

When Hurricane Irma was threatening the south-eastern seaboard, many people took the advice of government officials an decided to evacuate.

When Jessica Lewis felt the danger was too much, she knew she needed to pack up her belongings and head home to Atlanta for the weekend. But there was no way she was leaving without her best friend, Luna.

As the storm approached, it became obvious that Jessica was not the only one who took the warnings to heart. Traffic was already beginning to back up on the highways throughout Georgia and it seemed like it would only be worse .

With her Friday schedule cancelled, she only had one class remaining on Thursday before she could go to the safety of her parents. She decided to reach out to her professor to see if he would allow her to bring Luna to class so she could make a speedy get-away.

Fortunately, Professor Joshua Kennedy is an avid dog lover, and understood her situation, and so responded accordingly.

Normally professors would worry about the extra distractions that an animal would add to the classroom, but Luna had other plans.

New Controversial Kentucky Law To Protect Pets Trapped Inside Cars

We have all heard about animals being trapped inside sealed vehicles on the news, and we all hope we never see this infuriating situation happening ourselves. Finally, it appears one state is making an effort to crack down on this neglectful behavior.

It always seems to crop up from time to time, and despite the media firestorm that surrounds it each time, it appears that not everyone understands how dangerous this can be.

The biggest issue with dogs being stuck inside cars is the fact that they have difficulty regulating their body temperature. They rely on panting instead of sweating due to their fur, and this greatly reduces their moisture content and increases their overall body heat.

Often, owners who forget to open a window for their canine companions also do not leave a bowl of water for them to drink from. This is a serious problem, as it only takes a few minutes before the heat can begin to have a negative effect on their vital organs.

So what is Kentucky doing to protect pets who have been left defenseless?

6 Hidden Dangers You Should Know About Before Using Essential Oils

Using essential oils has become a more popular choice for a natural solution to the common cold, a stuffed up nose and fixing an upset stomach. Instead of reaching for the medicine cabinet many are setting up their diffuser and adding their favorite scent to help clear the air in their home.

With a wide range of benefits for your health, beauty, household cleaning and more, there’s a reason why people are picking out scents to enhance their every day life.

Whether it’s lavender to help induce sleep and frankincense to boost your immunity, essential oils can help you feel better without having to invest in vitamins and supplements.

Some people will defuse the oils in a humidifier while others dilute them and apply them directly onto the skin.

“I am a fan of using eucalyptus oil in my humidifier when my kids are sick as a way to decongest their clogged noses,” says pediatrician and mom Dina Kulik.  She dilutes two or three drops of the oil into a large humidifier to help her kids recover during cold and flu season.

But did you know that not all essential oils are safe?

Ford Recalls 1.3 Million Vehicles For Safety Issues

Another day, another car recall involving America’s second biggest automaker, Ford.

The company issued a recall that has been two years in the making, and it is expected to affect at least 1.3 million vehicles in North America, including the Unites States, Canada and Mexico.

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Back in 2015, Ford’s popular F-150 pickup trucks were found to have safety issues after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received multiple complaints. However, it wasn’t until this week that the car maker decided to take the necessary steps to solve the problem.

According to federal law, a manufacturer must notify the NHTSA within five business days of discovering a safety problem or it will face a fine. It’s unclear where Ford stands with the law at the moment, but the recall notice is the first step in this complicated process.

“We take the safety of our customers very seriously. Our decisions are driven by the data available,” explained Ford spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt in an email to Forbes. When the data indicates a safety recall is needed, we move quickly on behalf of our customers.”

So which models are affected?