Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Bumbleride Inc. have jointly recalled the following models, as the front wheel can crack and break, causing the stroller to become unstable and potentially flip over:
Though Bumbleride has received 36 reports of incidents in the U.S., and five in Canada, some of which resulted in minor injury.
Customers should immediately discontinue use of the stroller and contact Bumbleride Inc. to obtain a free repair kit.
For more information, consumers may contact Bumbleride by phone at 1-800-530-3930 or by viewing company's website.
Between January 2009 and 2012, approximately 2,700 of the recalled strollers were sold in Canada, and 28,000 in the United States.
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A game of rock, paper, scissors may not be your idea of romance, but it sends sparks flying Japan. Well, that's the hope, anyway, with the marriage and birthrates are at record lows, and the population shows signs of dropping fast.
Desperate means call for desperate measures. This past weekend, the government in the Gifu Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, organized a pre-Valentine's matchmaking party to try to bring together some of the many singletons there -- that's nearly a whopping third of adults under 50.
Not only are 61 percent of unmarried men aged 18-34 single, they don't even have a girlfriend. And more than a third of teenage boys between 16-19 report to having no interest in sex.
Clearly, the sexless state of affairs was crying out for an intervention. Cue a three-hour date-a-thon. Held in rose garden, the event featured the aforementioned child's game as well as hour-long self-help sessions that, according to ABC News, included "makeup and styling lessons for women, dating role play and voice projection exercises for men."
“A lot of men don’t know how to make themselves appealing to women,” claims organizer Tomoyo Matsuda. “They only know to talk about their jobs and hobbies, but that conversation doesn’t extend beyond the first meeting. We prep them beforehand to make sure it does.”
Event attendee, 40-year-old Megumi Shiga blamed the strigent work culture for the current romantic malaise.
Needless to say, Japan is panicking. With more than a quarter of Japanese over the age of 65, the population is in dire straits, and expected to shrink by nearly a third in the next 50 years.
“The sustainability of the social security system is becoming very difficult,” said former Minister of Gender Equality and Demography, Kuniko Inoguchi. “We have to finance the pension fund and medical services through taxes and payment of the working generation. But [that number] is declining.”
Local governments are taking matters of the heart into their own hands, budgeting for online dating sites and offering cash incentives for couples who tie the knot.
Unfortunately for Shiga, this particular event didn't lead to a connection. Still, she's remains hopeful, saying, “I need to be more aggressive or else, I’ll miss out on love.”
What's going wrong in Japan? Does Cupid need to pay an emergency visit in the guise of a government, or is a sign of that work culture needs to scale back in favour of more play?
So by now most people are pretty aware of what happens when you booze it up before getting behind the wheel. But what about smoking up?
According to new research by Dalhousie University, marijuana smokers under the influence are "twice as likely to cause a car, bus or motorcycle crash as those with no drugs or alcohol in their system." As does this.
The study, which currently appears in the British Medical Journal, claims marijuana “impairs brain and motor functions needed for safe driving,” although many people don't pay the dangers much creedence.
The study incorporated nine studies of close to 50,000 people worldwide who'd been involved in serious or fatal road crashes. In cases where tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active chemical in cannabis, was consumed less than three hours before the subject got behind the wheel, the risk of collision almost doubled.
“Our findings provide clarity to the large body of research on cannabis and collision risk," says Mark Asbridge, study author and associate professor at the department of community health and epidemiology at Dalhousie University. “They also offer support to existing policies, in many jurisdictions, that restrict driving under the influence of cannabis, and direct public health officials to devote greater attention to this issue.”
Even though alcohol is still the primarily substance linked to crashes, shouldn't similar 'zero tolerance' policy exist for spliffed-up drivers?