Health and Safety

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Update posted 12 hours ago

Petition to CarMax, Bill Nash, Katharine Kenny, Tom Folliard, William R. Tiefel (Chairman of the Board)

Stop selling unsafe, recalled cars to consumers.

CarMax is the largest used-car retailer in the U.S. You've probably seen their ads claiming that every car they sell passes a rigorous “125+-point inspection.” What they don't tell you is that CarMax fails to get the safety recall repairs done before they sell cars to consumers. On May 19, Angela and Clarence Davidson bought a used 2010 Dodge Ram from CarMax in Irvine, CA. With children at home and in college, and a 5-year-old grandson, they wanted a safe car. Because the car was "CarMax Quality Certified," they believed it was safe. But after they bought it, Chrysler told them the truck was recalled over a year ago. The drive shaft was defective and likely to separate from the rear axle. CarMax had failed to get it repaired before selling it to the Davidsons. When they tried to return it, Carmax refused, and told them it was now their problem, not CarMax's. So they took it to a Chrysler dealer for the safety recall repairs and thought it was fixed.  On May 30, without warning, the truck fell apart on the freeway and caught on fire. The couple and their 12-year-old daughter barely escaped before the truck exploded into flames. It also caused a brush fire that closed down the freeway for about 4 hours. They owned their “CarMax Quality Certified” truck just 11 days. Then it almost killed them. How could this happen? CarMax sells ticking timebomb cars with safety defects like: catching on fire, brake failure, exploding air bags, axles that break, ignition switches that make cars die in traffic and disable the air bags, and other life-threatening safety defects. CarMax must stop selling unsafe, recalled cars to consumers without getting the free repairs done first.  CarMax says they're not authorized by auto manufacturers to perform safety recall repairs. So instead of taking recalled cars to other dealers who are authorized to do the repairs, for free, CarMax dumps the unsafe cars onto their customers. Last year, CarMax took in over $10 Billion. They can afford to get recalled cars repaired for free or sell them to dealers who are authorized to perform safety recall repairs. They just don't care enough about their customers' safety to do the right thing.  CarMax needs to hear from consumers. Tell CarMax to stop selling unsafe, recalled cars to consumers without getting the free repairs done first.

Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety
98,047 supporters
Update posted 17 hours ago

Petition to Scott Gottlieb MD, Jeff Shuren, Sybill Storz, Managing Director, Hal Lawrence, William Maisel MD

Health Alert: Many Women Have Died Unnecessarily Because Dangerous Cancers of the Uterus and Ovaries Are Being Spread using MORCELLATORS. Stop MORCELLATION in Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery.

Friends of the Public, Many women have been harmed and have died prematurely or unnecessarily because of a routine but avoidable gynecological practice known as MORCELLATION. This world-wide practice has devastated many families for well over two decades now. More than 600,000 hysterectomies are done in the US every year. By the age of 70, one out of every three American women will have had a hysterectomy. About 90% of these surgeries are done for what is presumed to be a benign condition called fibroids. More and more of these surgeries are done with minimally invasive techniques.  Usually, to get the uterus out of the body using the "minimally invasive" technique, it is cut into small pieces with a machine called a morcellator.  However, a devastating problem happens if in fact the woman did NOT have fibroids – but if she actually had cancer.  Unfortunately, the tests that are done before a hysterectomy do not identify these cancers well.  Many gynecologists don't even bother getting any tests. In fact, morcellating cancer spreads the cancer inside the woman’s body.   This is called ‘up staging’ the cancer.  It is important to understand: 1) The average life span following accidental morcellation of sarcoma is only 24-36 months. 2) Only 15% of woman who have leiomyosarcoma (LMS) that has spread (stage 4) will be alive after 5 years. 3) Women with sarcoma who are morcellated are about 4 times more likely to die from sarcoma than if they had not been morcellated.  This is an avoidable disaster. This problem has been recognized for more than two decades.  A review of the literature, by the Food and Drug Administration, revealed that 1 in 350 women who go for fibroid surgery actually have sarcoma.  This means that everyday 2-5 women in the US – and more around the world are susceptible to having a deadly cancer spread because of morcellation. This catastrophic problem has happened in my family and we are fighting to stop this dangerous activity called morcellation.  A chance of 1 in 350 for such a devastating outcome is much too high to accept.  Women should be told the truth and the practice should stop. Please help us bring an end to spreading cancer with morcellation.  This is a totally AVOIDABLE practice.  People need to understand their options, which include hysterectomy through a mini-lapartomy incision or trans-vaginally – but – up until recently, most women never heard anything about morcellation or about the possibility of cancer upstaging. And, if they do, this risk is down-played by most minimally invasive gynecologists. We can tell you based on our experience, when cancers are spread by morcellation, the outcomes can be devastating - because the cancer is upstaged. We need your help. Please sign our petition so we can get the word out.  We want the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology to change this "standard of care" by ending the needless waste of life caused by spreading cancer with morcellation. For more information and original references see: ) (also see: (also see: The attached video below shows an example of morcellation The following companies manufacture and distribute uterine morcellator devices: 1) ETHICON: Gynecare morcellator 2) Storz: Rotocut Morcellator 3) Richard Wolf Medical Instrumentation Company 4) LiNA: LiNA Xcise Cordless Laparoscopic Morcellator 5) Blue Endo MOREsolution Tissue Morcellator 6) Pneumoliner Power Morcellation System by Olympus Corporation. Intuitive Surgical's Da Vinci Robot deserves special mention, as the frequency of robotic hysterectomies performed by minimally invasive gynecologists is currently on the rise across the United States. Note that Intuitive Surgical builds and markets the DaVinci robot, which is not itself a "morcellator". However, use of the DaVinci robot almost invariably appears to require that the uterus be minced up, or morcellated, into smaller pieces inside the woman's belly cavity in order to extract from the abdomen. A clear example is shown in the following YouTube video of DaVinci being used to perform a robotic hysterectomy and manually morcellating the uterus using the endo-wrist component of the robot (morcellation is being performed at minute 5:30 of the video).  Without morcellation using equipment manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, robotic hysterectomies would, likely, not be possible using the DaVinci Robot. It is noteworthy that the DaVinci robot does not appear to have a readily available warning label advising against its use to morcellate tumors with malignant potential inside the body. The company's Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Myriam Curet, a surgeon herself, has been informed and advised of this severe hazard in the use of DaVinci for robotic hysterectomy and the absence of a readily available warning label.

Hooman Noorchashm
94,128 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Charles Shumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Jose Serrano, Joseph Crowley, Andrew Cuomo

Immediate Public Notification of Legionella Exposure

This petition is for immediate notification to the public of potential legionella exposure. This is to include not only notification of the outbreak, but full transparency and disclosure of all building locations and addresses that test positive for legionella bacteria. Positive testing comes back immediately and the city of New York is not doing enough to notify the public of these locations. New York City is leading the country in cases of Legionnaires with a 67% increase in reported cases in 2017. This does not include unreported cases, as the story listed below. Those with compromised lung health are at a much greater risk to fall ill and even face death - those with asthma, elderly, young people...anyone with a compromised immune system is at risk. Please see why this petition is a personal mission. My husband Kevin was diagnosed w lung cancer at 46. He had two young children and we were a loving family. He didn’t smoke. He had no signs of cancer. We were shell shocked - devastated. But Kevin was ready to fight. And that is what he did. But Kevin did not even get a year. Kevin didn’t die from lung cancer - he was being treated for that. We were not naive to think he had twenty years but we certainly did not think he had 10 months...not us, not his doctors or nurses. No one thought it would be less than a year. Legionnaires pneumonia killed Kevin. Legionella bacteria is highly preventable. It is spread through contaminated water. Kevin was exposed to it in New York City. In New York, where he was supposed to be safe and getting treatment for lung cancer. Where he was spending hours fighting for his life, for his family. Kevin was exposed in Lenox Hill where there are hundreds of medical facilities, hospitals and clinics. During the outbreak of 2017 they tested 40 plus buildings - 24 came back positive for legionella - but the Health Department and CDC will not release the addresses of these buildings. They will not tell the public where this occurred. All this as New York continues to lead the country in cases of legionnaires disease. “NYC is the most aggressive in following up on all legionella cases reported to us and we try to obtain exposure history for all our cases," Christopher R. Miller, the press secretary for the city Department of Health, said in an email. But this is not the case for my family, DOHMH and CDC have not reported on my husband’s death. They will not release the reporting or testing that was done. I am left to wonder how many other fatalities are going unreported. How many other cancer patients were exposed to this. Did the health department follow up on the multiple locations Kevin had visited during that time? Did they notify all the other patients seeking chemotherapy, surgery, scans and health care that they were at risk of this? How many other people died from this outbreak? Those running New York have not advised how they will remedy this for the future. This has been downplayed on numerous occasions - telling the public - this is not an epidemic, only those with compromised immune symptoms are at if that makes it ok. There have been multiple outbreaks of legionnaires in the past nine months after losing Kevin. More people have died and the next outbreak will kill more people. In 2015, 12 people were killed in the Bronx with more than 120 sickened...a few weeks ago another death. As one leading doctor in Washington put it to me - “This is going to become the norm not the exception.” My family still has no answers. So today I am advocating to prevent this from happening again. To bring awareness that we as a country, as people living and working in New York, need to do more to protect ourselves. We must demand full transparency and disclosure in anything that puts us at risk. We must call on our government to be honest and give timely and exact locations of all legionnaires bacteria and outbreaks.  New York City must focus on clean air, clean water and not take it lightly that we are still being exposed to dirty water and toxins in our environment. I am here to try my hardest to prevent this from ever happening to another family.Thank you for hearing Kevin’s story.#AADCH2018 Allergy & Asthma Network #legionnaires #cleanwater #tonyawinders

Gwen Hanlon
3,315 supporters
Started 1 day ago

Petition to California Department of Public Health, Jerry Brown, California State House, California State Senate, police

Stop the Needle Exchange Program in Costa Mesa, CA

Dear Costa Mesa, It terrifies me that any program would want to operate this close to our Businesses, Homes, Schools & Sober Living Facilities. Help us stop the exchange program that would only enable more drug users and encourage them to come to Costa Mesa to partake in this deadly culture even more. The Research shows that these programs DO NOT help the public discard of needles or the spread of HIV/AIDS. Please read more via the link below & develop your own opinion, and quickly. This has been happening for almost 90 days and We now only have till Monday June 25th to make our voices heard. The public notice just went out this morning (June 20th)!   Sign the petition if you agree that this is an unnecessary addition to our community & would make you feel even more out of control in what the state has allowed in Orange County.    Thank you,    Talia    The Costa Mesa Police Department has concluded that a proposal by the Orange County Needle Exchange Program (OCNEP) to distribute syringes in the Westside of Costa Mesa has the potential to increase discarded needles in the city and present a safety risk to residents and others. According to the Department of Public Health website, the Orange County Needle Exchange Program has submitted an application to operate its needle exchange program daily in Costa Mesa from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in an area bounded by (N) West 18th Street, (E) Monrovia Avenue, (S) West 16th Street, (W) the outer border of Armstrong Petroleum. The Costa Mesa Police Department submitted a response to the California Department of Public Health opposing the program. Click here to read the response. Members of the public who are interested in more information or commenting on this program can visit the California Department of Public Health’s application page. Responses can be sent to this email address Click here to read the full application by the Orange County Needle Exchange Program.

talia boggan
7 supporters