Archive for August, 2007

Shocking news about Caterpillar boots

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Caterpillar-brand logger boots made by Michigan-based Wolverine World Wide are being recalled because the labeling states that they are resistant to electrical current.

You may be shocked to learn they are not. They’ll give you some replacement boots. Here’s the info.

Jo-Ann Fabric watering cans have lead paint

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Ducky-shaped yellow watering cans made for kids and sold through Jo-Ann Fabric stores are being recalled because the paint on them contains lead.

Yeah, they’re made in China.

Here are details.

Better sleep equals better schooling

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Now’s the time to get kids back to a back-to-school sleep routine.
A lack of adequate rest and sleep disorders will derail the efforts of many students returning to school over the coming weeks, according to experts at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Four out of 10 children don’t get enough sleep and more than 2 million children nationwide suffer from sleep disorders, federal health officials say.
Sleep is essential to school performance because it gives children’s bodies and brains time to grow, gives their tissues and central nervous system time to undergo necessary repairs and is essential for learning and memory consolidation, said Dr. Sangeeta Chakravorty, director of Children’s Sleep Program. “Families are adding more and more activities to their children’s calendars and children have more homework than ever before, so sleep is the one area students borrow time from in order to meet these expectations,” he said. “Unfortunately, getting less sleep means they inadvertently sabotage their own school performance. At a minimum, kids ages 6 to 12 need 10 hours of sleep a night and teenagers need about 9 hours to maximize their learning potential at school.”

Crash test videos online

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Consumer Reports now has a link that allows you to watch how a car crumples during federal crash tests.

Want to see how your Taurus would fare in a crash? Your Audi?

You choose the model, you see the crash. Check it out here.

So you thought your cell phone number was private?

Friday, August 24th, 2007

For $15, most anyone can get your cell phone number.

A company called Intelus has a new cell phone number search that supposedly has 120 million cell phone numbers and counting.

Backpack blowers might catch fire

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Some Shindaiwa backpack leaf blowers are being recalled because a muffler part can overheat and melt and catch the fuel tank on fire.

Details are here.

FDA proposes new sunscreen labeling

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing a dual labeling system for sunscreens — they want to add a new star-ranking system that indicates protection from ultraviolet A light, which causes tanning, in addition to the SPF ratings that apply to ultraviolet B light, which causes sunburn.

Here’s a summary of the proposal.

Some consumers might be older but wiser

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on spammers pushing alleged weight-loss and anti-aging concoctions.

Here are details.

Free directory assistance calls?

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Dialing 411 for directory assistance usually comes at a price.

Now callers have a choice of paying for it with dollars or a few seconds of their time.

Directory assistance calls charged by cell phone providers can range from $1.49 to $3.49, depending on the carrier. Some long-distance companies charge as much as $3.49 for a directory assistance inquiry.

At 1-800-FREE411, directory assistance calls are free and handled by voice-recognition computers, but callers have to listen to a couple short ads as their inquiries are processed.

It might take a bit longer than a traditional 411 call but, hey, it’s free.

Spindle-back chairs can splinter

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Windsor spindle-back side chairs sold by JCPenney have stretchers that can break and cause the chairs to split and collapse.

The company is offering refunds or replacements.

Hard drive AC adaptors can overheat

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Adaptors sold with I-O Data Device USA network harddrivers could overheat and burn consumers.

Find out how to get a free replacement here.

Sleepi Crib mattresses recalled

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Sleepi Crib foam mattresses made by Stokke are a bit too small for the cribs they were designed for, creating a possible entrapment hazard for tots.

Check out the recall notice.

Teether books can choke babies

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

About 35,000 Priddy “Trucks” teether shaker books sold at Barnes & Noble stores can be nibbled to pieces and pose a choking hazard to babies.

More details here.

Girls clothing sets have choking hazard

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Basic Editions girls’ clothing sets sold at Kmart stores are being recalled because they have drawstrings that are said to post a choking hazard to youngsters.

Here are details.

Monster.com may have monster security problem

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Hackers posing as employers have been gathering personal information from jobseekers for who knows what purposes.

Here’s the story.