Archive for February, 2008

Business customers like Consumers Energy

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

A J.D. Power and Associates study of big energy users across the country has ranked Consumers Energy fourth in the Midwest for customer satisfaction.

Detroit Edison was ranked 12th, just below average for the region.

Check out the study’s findings here.

Wall furnaces leak carbon monoxide

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

About 52,000 Rinnai direct-vent wall furnaces have a faulty seal that might result in them leaking deadly carbon monoxide into living spaces.

Details of the recall are here.

Ice cream has undeclared ingredients

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Pierre’s Ice Cream Company, in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration, is voluntarily recalling its Pierre’s Homestyle Dutch Chocolate Ice Cream (purple 56 fl oz package) because it may contain undeclared peanut butter cup candies. The containers are identified with the code 07320 which is printed on the rim of the lid.
People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of developing a life threatening health problem/illness if they consume this batch of Dutch Chocolate. No illnesses have been reported to date.
This ice cream was distributed in Ohio, Michigan, Western Pennsylvania, and Indiana and reached consumers through retail stores. The packaging does not reveal the presence of peanut butter candy or peanuts on the ingredient label.
If consumers have a Dutch Chocolate 56 fl oz (purple package) with the code 07320 on the rim of the lid, they should discard the ice cream and send the lid of the empty container back to Pierre’s for a full refund:

  Consumer Response Department
  Pierre's Homestyle Dutch Chocolate Refund
  6200 Euclid Ave
  Cleveland, OH  44103

  For any questions, consumers are asked to call 1-216-432-1144

Settlement set for Sears range purchasers

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Those who purchased a freestanding or slide-in range from Sears sometime between 2000 and 2007 might be eligible for a $50 gift certificate or installation of an anti-tip bracket as the result of a settlement of a class action lawsuit against the retailer.

Those eligible must have had the range delivered and installed by Sears. Customers who later purchased their own anti-tip brackets also are eligible. Details can be found here.

Portable heaters can overheat

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

About 152,000 portable electric heaters made by Aloha Housewares and sold through Wal-Mart and other chain stores have been found to overheat to the point of causing the heater to start melting.

For details about the recall, click here.

Extension ladders can collapse

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

“Louisville” and “Michigan” brand extension ladders — about 25,000 in all — have a defect that can cause the extensions to collapse.

They are being recalled. Check the details by clicking here.

Double-check these checks

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Checks drawn on The First National Bank of Hughes Springs, Texas are being used as part of nationwide lottery and mystery shopper scams.

Details can be found here.

Nissan recalling SUVs due to air bag issue

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Nissan is recalling 16,365 Murano and Infiniti EX 35 SUVs to fix a software program that may cause passenger air bags to fail.The recall affects 11,511 Muranos from model year 2009 and 4,854 Infiniti EX35s from 2008, according to a February 12 letter from Nissan to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

NHTSA reported on its web site that the software problem “could result in the passenger air bag not inflating in a crash increasing the risk of injury” if the vehicle battery is significantly discharged.

Nissan dealers will reprogram the air bag control unit when the recall begins.

Owners can contact Infiniti 1-800-662-6200 or Nissan at 1-800-647-7261. Owners can contact NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).

Spiderman can have a screw loose

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

A batch of Spiderman water bottles sold at Sears stores are being recalled because three screws under the cap can come loose and pose a choking hazard to youngsters.

Learn more details here.

Cinderella cars have wiring defect

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

About 64,000 ride-on Cinderella-themed toy cars sold at Wal-Mart stores and made in China are being recalled because of a wiring defect that can cause a fire.

For details on the recall, click here.

SEC has new investor Web site

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

The Securities & Exchange Commission has launched Financial Explorer, a Web site that allows consumers and investors to instantly analyze the performance of publicly traded companies.

Some semis have door defects

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Paccar is recalling certain Kenworth and Peterbilt semis because they have door latch defects.

Details can be found here.

Spring might spawn record gasoline prices

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Federal officials are predicting that gasoline prices will climb to an average of $3.40 a gallon this spring, a record high. The prediction is part of the federal Energy Information Administration’s short-term energy outlook. In the Monroe area today, gasoline prices averaged $3, ranging from $2.97 to $3.06.

Beef recall impacts school lunch program

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Co. of Chino, Calif. is recalling more than 143 million pounds of frozen and raw beef products because the federal government fears the meat wasn’t properly inspected following slaughter.

The food wasn’t directly sold to consumers but was purchased by various institutional customers, including the National School Lunch Program, which supplies foods to many of the nation’s school districts.

For details on the beef recall, click here.

For questions and answers about the recall, click here.

Organic sesame seeds subject to recall

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Nutri-Foods of Royal Oak, Mich. is recalling packages of organic unhulled sesame seeds because they may be contaminated with salmonella.

Click here to see the recall notice.