A couple from Florida are counting their blessings after rescuing their son just in the nick of the time.
Robert and Maria Wanes had returned home from a day spent on the water with their children earlier this month, when their 5-year-old son Nicholas went missing.
As Nicholas told WPLG, he was trying to play “hide-and-go-seek,” but found a “not-good hiding spot” inside a drink cooler his parents had left outside to dry out.
In a surveillance video from the Wanes’ home, little Nicholas can be seen ducking into the 18-gallon cooler.
For about two minutes, the cooler’s lid was held up by its latch and Nicholas was perfectly safe. But with a tug from Nicholas, the lid shut and he was trapped inside.
Nicholas started screaming right away, and his parents rushed to pull open the cooler.
“We just grabbed him for dear life,” Maria remembered. She realizes how lucky she was to hear her son’s cries, and doesn’t want “another family to not hear their child and go through this.”
Robert placed the blame on the cooler’s maker, Igloo, and says there should be a way to open the container from inside.
“I know we’re all supposed to watch our kids and make sure they don’t crawl into a cooler, but as we know, it only takes a second to turn the other way,” he said.
In response, Igloo issued a voluntary recall of four products last week.
“We are very sorry for the scare this incident must have caused the child and his family, and very happy no one was injured,” the company said in a statement.
But Igloo also says there was a “performance malfunction” with the cooler’s latch that let the lid shut on Nicholas. The company says three products with the same latch have been recalled, along with the specific model Nicholas was trapped inside.
The four products affected are “Igloo Marine Elite” coolers sold at West Marine stores and marketed towards boaters. Igloo says some customers will be sent free “latch-replacement kits” to make their coolers safer.
Here is a complete list of the recalled products:
- Igloo Marine Elite 72 quart; Item #00049375
- Igloo Marine Elite 54 quart; Item #00049374
- Igloo Marine Elite 94 quart; Item #00049574
- Igloo Marine Elite 110 quart; Item #00034108
You can contact Igloo toll-free to request a latch-replacement kit at 1(888)-257-0934.
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Dog food is not exempt when it comes to food contamination, and unfortunately, it happens more often than it should.
Just a few days ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled pet food products from four different brands after six pets died or became ill. According to Time, they believe products from the companies Redbarn Pet Products, Raw For Paws Dog Food, Darwin’s Natural Pet Products, and ZooLogics Pet Food may have come in contact with salmonella.
Around the same time news broke out about the possible salmonella contamination in pet food products, the FDA also learned some more frightening news about what may be lingering in our beloved canine’s food.
Nikki Mael was feeding her five dogs a can of Evanger’s pet food when they all suddenly started falling ill on New Year’s Eve 2016.
“They were falling over. They were running into the walls. They were convulsing,” she told ABC7. She sent what remained of the food to get tested, which revealed that her dogs consumed pentobarbital, which is a euthanasia drug.
Pet consumer advocates conducted further investigation by testing dozens of wet dog food from different brands, discovering that many of them were positive for the lethal drug.
Now the FDA is warning pet owners to avoid certain dog food brands…
Just weeks after we got some nasty news about the bacteria lurking on makeup testers, Claire’s is recalling 17 of their products.
The recall is the result of some impressive research by one Rhode Island mom who was curious about the ingredients in her 6-year-old daughter’s makeup kits. Kristie Warner sent a sample of her daughter’s makeup bought at Claire’s to an independent lab, and was stunned by the results.
The product tested positive for tremolite asbestos, a variety of the toxic mineral which is known to cause health conditions including lung cancer, mesothelioma and a kind of lung scarring called asbestosis.
“I physically sank,” Warner said about getting the results back. “I ended up sitting on the ground, just trying to wrap my head around how something like that could end up in our home.”
Surprisingly, results like these aren’t unheard of either. A few months ago makeup from Justice tested positive for asbestos, before third-party testing debunked those results.
But Warner says she’s confident that the Scientific Analytical Institute, which tested both her products and the ones from Justice, has the results right this time.
The lab compared 17 samples from nine different states, each of which tested positive for asbestos.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to nasty surprises hiding in your makeup.
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.
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?
Your child’s safety is of utmost importance, not only to you, but to the manufacturers and the government as well. So when it comes to technology designed to protect your child, there are minimum standards that must be met.
Unfortunately, every once in a while brands fail to meet these requirements, triggering a recall.
This week, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a recall for more than 500,000 car seats.
The nationwide recall affects a number of Diono car seat models that may not be able to adequately protect your child in the event of an accident.
The NHTSA documents reveal that when a child weighing 60 pounds or more is restrained in the seat using the lap belt without the top tether there is “an increased risk of chest injury” as well a “risk of striking the vehicle interior during a crash.”
So which models are affected?