As tax day draws near, officials are advising taxpayers to avoid scammers who try to get personal information by pretending to be the IRS. Taxpayers are under pressure to get their taxes completed soon, so this is the perfect time for phishing scams because they try to take advantage of you during a stressful period of time when. They even threaten taxpayers by saying their taxes won’t get processed in time if they don’t hand over important information to them.
If you receive any e-mails from so-called IRS authorities, it is a scam. They may request details including passwords, PIN numbers, or possibly bank account information. Do not click any links or open attachments, and forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The e-mail may appear like it’s from the IRS, and they may use the official IRS logo.
You should never respond to these messages since the IRS says they will never contact taxpayers through e-mail. They will also never request financial or personal information from a taxpayer. Another sign a message is fake is if it claims to be from the IRS, however it links to a website other than www.IRS.gov, such as a .com or .net. An attachment or link place a harmful virus on your computer, so avoid clinking on anything within the e-mail. If you hear from someone claiming to be the IRS through any method of communication, such as phone, mail, or letter, it is best to contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to see if they actually need to reach you, and verify that it isn’t a scam, according to news reports.
The Window Covering Safety Council is reminding parents and caretakers to use cordless window coverings after a tragic accidental strangling of a young child on Tuesday. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said corded window coverings are in the top five hidden hazards in homes. Most accidents involve older products that don’t have the safety upgrades that have become standard in the last decade. Parents are urged to follow safety guidelines including installing only cordless window coverings, moving all furniture away from windows and cords, and keeping all pull cords out of reach, according to news reports.
Six vehicles were added to the list of those earning the top rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Since they started testing for the small overlap front collisions, many have not performed well. The vehicles that earned the top safety pick plus score all earned good scores on these new tests, including the Honda Civic coupe and sedan, Lincoln MKZ, Mazda 6, Subaru Forester and Volvo XC90, all from year 2013. Cars that receive the highest scores often have lower auto insurance rates, according to news reports.
A new survey released by AT&T shows that adults are more likely to drive distracted, even though many campaigns target teenagers. Half of adults surveyed said they text and drive, despite knowing the dangers. 89% know distracted driving isn’t safe. Top explanations adults gave is that texting has become second-nature, it makes them feel more productive and connected. Top reasons teens gave is that they expect a response right away. Teens also said their parents influence their actions. AT&T also found that a suspended license deterred drivers the most, according to news reports.
Many new parents aren’t sure what kind of car seat to get for their child, and if they’re about to take their new arrival home from the hospital, it can be a daunting task. They want what’s best for their child and the highest possible protection, but many might not know where to start or how to find the product best suited for them. A new parent provided some tips for others about to experience this stage in their life.
One important thing to realize, he says, is that babies are very fragile because their head comprises of most of their entire body weight, and a thin skull equals more chances of brain injuries. Children’s bone structures don’t become sturdy enough until adolescence to be suited for adult seat belts. One huge mistake is putting a child in your lap while driving, which is illegal because they are put at a much higher risk of injury.
There are many choices parents have in keeping their child safe in a vehicle, and choosing the right vehicle is a big decision. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives five-star ratings to select vehicles that perform well in the area of child protection. The use crash test dummies along with other tests to see if a child’s head can hit something hard in a wreck, how many car seats are compatible, and how easy a baby can get in and out of the car while in a car seat, along with how easy ISOFIX points are in the car seat.
Two ISOFIX points are on the rear seats in most new cars, and many Audis have them in the front seat as well. If you’re considering buying used, look for these features. The sturdy metal loops make it easy to secure a car seat into its place. Avoid front seat airbags, because it’s essential that they not be deployed. If you can turn them off while a baby is traveling in a rear-facing seat in the front, do so, otherwise keep them in the back, which has side air-bags.
In terms of car seats themselves, Britax, BeSafe and Maxi-Cosi are most recommended. Check that the seat is compatible with your car, and that you get an ISOFIX base for a car with ISOFIX points. Keep the seats rear-facing for as long as possible, and never buy a used carseat, according to news reports.
Honda announced they would develop software which helps teach motorcycle safety. The Riding Trainer program is designed to help riders predict danger by giving them realistic situations to train with. Details such as engine sound and motorcycle models are more realistic, along with advanced braking systems. It was created to help promote use of safety training programs for motorcyclists. Around 5,000 are now in use in 53 countries, and Honda plans to spread awareness about the training system, according to news reports.
The House Judiciary Committee voted 20-2 to change a Senate bill which addresses dog bites. The bill was amended to make it harder for owners of dogs to prove they had no knowledge of their dog’s violent behaviors. A sponsor for the bill said this would make it almost impossible for dog owners to not be held liable for their dog’s actions. The Senate said they would not vote for a bill that does not hold owners of dogs liable for their dog’s damage. The issue started after the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled on a dog attack case that left a Baltimore County boy seriously injured, according to news reports.
4,500 Australians started a class-action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, and the company is under increasing pressure to settle. The Australians received a metal-on-metal hip replacement. A victim in the US was recently awarded $8.3 million after it was revealed executives knew the implants were defective but they failed to warn patients. In an effort to devise a settlement, the legal team could ask the Federal Court to force Johnson & Johnson to attend meditation. for one week in May. The ASR hip was implanted in over 90,000 people around the world. Just six months after the first operation in the mid-2000′s problems began arising with patients who had the device implanted.
Last year, data revealed the implant failed in 44% of patients within the first seven years. The high-carbon metal inside the device was also discovered to release ions into the bloodstream. Cobalt poisoning was found in patients which resulted in pain and loss in vision and hearing, along with heart problems and depression. In 2009, Johnson & Johnson stopped the implants supply in Australia, but they didn’t issue an international recall until August of 2010. Patients had to get the implants surgically removed and a safer device implanted, called a replacement surgery. However, there seemed to be little improvement and many sustained permanent medical problems due to the metal ions that entered into their bloodstream. ”When I look back on the letters I wrote to my surgeon in 2009 about the pain I was experiencing, I realize nothing’s changed,” said a 72-year-old member of the Australian class action. ”I can’t sit, can’t use my hands properly, I’m unstable on my feet, I can’t sleep – it wakes you up,” he said. ”It’s affected every aspect of my life.”
An important legal precedent was set when a Los Angeles jury ordered the company to pay $8.3 million to a man in Montana. The case represented one of 10,000 cases and began the legal journey that could cost the company billions of dollars. The case in LA revealed documents that showed surgeons told surgeons the design of the implant was faulty, and urged them to stop selling the device. Executives ignored that advice, however.
If the case in Australia goes to trial, the victims will need to argue for punitive damages, which the Los Angeles victim failed to get, and they will have to face other limits on how much money a plaintiff is allowed, according to news reports.
Baby changing tables are one the many hidden dangers for children in the area of Queensland. According to a product-injuries report, over 475,000 children sustained injuries which led to emergency treatment. The report says consumer products often lead to child injuries. Children up to six years of ago are at the most risk. The report also points out parents and caretakers should evaluate all the products they use. Other nursery items include strollers, cots, high chairs, and change tables, along with trampolines, magnets, and bunk beds, according to news reports.
Approximately 1,100 high chairs were recalled because the opening between the tray and seat could give enough room for a child’s body to fall through, and possibly get entrapped. This could pose a serious hazard for children if they aren’t properly harnessed. Eat model high chairs are included in the recall, with a model number located on the label on the back of the high chair. “Babyhome” is printed on the leg of the high chair. Customers are urged to stop using them immediately and get in touch with BabyHome USA for a free repair kit, according to news reports.