Nikon has issued a recall of rechargeable batteries sold with two models of its digital SLR cameras, the Nikon D800 and Nikon D7000.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has expanded its investigation into consumer complaints of fires and “thermal event incidents” with various model years of Toyota Camry and Yaris cars and Highlander and RAV4 SUVs. The probe by NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) now involves the 2007-2009 model Toyota Yaris , Toyota RAV4 and Toyota Camry , including the gas-electric hybrid version.

Can technology prevent distracted driving?

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Distracted driving is an issue that has been at the forefront of national driver safety efforts since Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood made it his mission to stop the dangerous behavior. Currently, 39 states, plus the District of Columbia, ban texting and 10 states and Washington, D.C., prohibit hand-held cell phone use

Electrical cords on baby monitors must now be labeled with a strangulation hazard warning under a new ASTM International safety standard. The standard is in response to reports by the Consumer Product Safety Commission that seven infants died as a result of strangling in baby monitor cords that were placed too close to a crib. The new label reminds caregivers to mount the cord more than three feet away from the crib, according to Anthony Paolo, chairman of the subcommittee that developed the new safety standard, and vice president, corporate quality, Summer Infant Inc.

About 33,000 clip-on desk lamps with LED light bulbs, imported from China and sold exclusively at Lowe’s home improvement centers nationwide, are being recalled. The Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that the power cords can detach from the lamps’ clamp, exposing the wires and pose dangers of electrocution to He Shan Lide, the company that manufactures the LED lamps, has received five reports of cords detaching from its lamps–including an incident where a child received burns from the exposed wires. The recall involves two models of He Shan Lide LED clip-on lights: a pink-colored lamp (model number F3044-AC-01) and a blue-colored lamp (F3044-AC-02).

German luxury car maker BMW AG is recalling about 1.3 million BMW 5 Series and BMW 6 Series vehicles worldwide due to an issue with the cars’ battery cable covers. The recall affects approximately 367,000 BMW cars in the U.S. According to BMW’s statement, the issue regards an incorrectly mounted battery cable cover inside the car’s “boot” or trunk.

It’s been a few months since the last big Toyota recall, so it probably comes as no surprise to some of you that Toyota has issued recalls a grand total of 681,000 Camry, Venza and Tacoma vehicles. The smaller portion of the recall involves 70,500 model year 2009 Camrys, and 116,000 Venzas from 2009 to 2011

Recalled products, originally available at Meijer stores, were then sold at discount retailers, dollar stores, liquidation firms, flea markets and thrift stores nationwide, the U.S. Consumer Safety Commission reports. It’s illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

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In response to the growing threat of in-car driver distraction , the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released guidelines for vehicle controls that operate in-car electronics. The automaker guidelines spell out steps to help driver’s focused on the roads, rather than complicated dashboards .