Archive for November, 2007

Meijer firepits can topple

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

About 6,000 “Grand Gourmet” firepits sold by Meijer Inc. stores in Michigan and elsewhere are being recalled because the legs can collapse, causing the firepit to tip over and start a fire.

Read the recall notice.

Boys’ hooded sweatshirts recalled

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Some “Burnside” brand boys’ hooded sweatshirts with drawstrings sold through Elder-Beerman and other Bon-Ton stores are being recalled because they pose a strangulation hazard.

Details are here.

Dick’s Sporting Goods pitchbacks recalled

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Power Bolt ball pitchback sets sold through Dick’s Sporting Goods stores are being recalled because they can collapse under certain conditions and expose edges that are cut hazards.

Details can be found here.

Mitre saws have defective switch

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Performax and Wilton mitre saws have a defective handle switch that can cause electrical problems as well as leave the saw running when it should be shut off.

The saws are being recalled. Details are here.

Settlement reached in Carrier lawsuit

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

A federal judge has given preliminary approval to a nationwide settlement in a class action lawsuit filed by current and past owners of high-efficiency furnaces made by Carrier Corp.


The furnaces were sold under the Carrier, Bryant, Day & Night and Payne brand names and equipped with plastic laminated secondary heat exchangers that failed prematurely.


The settlement will offer a cash payment to tens of thousands of consumers and others who paid to repair or replace their furnaces as a direct result of the alleged defect. It also will provide an enhanced 20-year warranty for consumers whose furnaces have not yet failed that will cover parts and labor for failures caused by the alleged defect.


All who own a Carrier 90 percent high efficiency furnace made between January 1, 1989 and the date of final approval of the settlement and equipped with a plastic-laminated secondary heat exchanger will be notified of the final settlement terms.. 

Big Ford trucks have fuel pump issue

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Ford F-650s and F-750s with diesel engines have a fuel pump problem that can cause the engine to cut out unexpectedly.

The company has issued a recall notice on the 2008 model year vehicles.

Nissan Altima, Sentra models recalled

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Nissan Altima and Senrtra models from the 2002 and 2005-06 model years are being recalled because of cooling system sensor that malfunctions and can cause the engine to stop at any time.

This is an expansion of a previous recall and affects about 654,000 vehicles.

More information may be found here.

Jumper cables are defective

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

About 90,000 Valucraft jumper cables sold by AutoZone stores were assembled incorrectly, leaving one side with reversed polarity. That means you might wreck your vehicle’s electrical system or battery if you use them the way they are wired.

The cables are being recalled. The info is here.

Tainted meat products being recalled

Monday, November 26th, 2007

American Foods Group of Green Bay, Wis. is recalling nearly 96,000 pounds of ground beef products because they are contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

Some of the products were distributed to stores in Ohio and Indiana, but apparently none was distributed in Michigan.

The recall notice is here.

Also, Double B Foods of Meridian, Texas is recalling about 98,000 pounds of sausage and knockwurst products contaminated with Listeria. The products were distributed in several southern states as well as New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Learn more here.

Encore Tabs pulled from market

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Encore Tabs are being pulled from shelves because they have been found to contain an undeclared drug.

Details are here.

Some Graco carseats being recalled

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

About 305,000 Graco Snugride child car seats sold within the past year have a fiber backing that can pose a choking hazard to tots who pull on it and eat it.

The manufacturer will fix the problem. Details are here.

Some Nissan Xterras have brake problems

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

Some 2008 Nissan Xterra sport utility vehicles have a potential problem with their anti-lock braking systems.

The dealers will fix it. Learn more here.

Jack cheese recalled due to contamination

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

Two forms of jack cheese are being recalled because they might be contamined.

One brand is marketed by Sweetwater Farms and the other is from Le Gourmet Collection.

Don’t fall for this blockbuster deal

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

A widely e-mailed Blockbuster Video coupon is creating a lot of disappointment for customers who understandably think it’s legitmate.

Learn the sad truth here instead of at the Blockbuster check-out counter.

Feds remind consumers to read gift card fine print

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

The fine print on gift cards can reveal much about fees that might be associated with the cards or expiration dates that will make the cards useless and cost you money.

Here are some tips.