Archive for August, 2008

Baby Trend infant seats have defective latch

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Baby Trend Inc. is recalling nearly 6,000 infant car seat carriers because improper steel was used on the anchoring latch on the base, which could lead to cracking. The manufacturer will replace the base free.
Details are here.

Spotlight car chargers are fire hazard

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Car chargers used with Power System Plus 3 million candlepower spotlights are incompatible with the spotlight, can overheat and cause a fire in your car.
The spotlight systems were sold at Sears and Kmart stores. For a photo and details on how to get a free replacement charger, click here.

These elephant ears are hazardous

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

“Taggies” Strollin’ Along stroller activity bars are being recalled because a decoration on the ear of an elephant on the bar can detach and pose a choking hazard to youngsters.
A description of the problem can be found here.

Coffee maker flaw provides grounds for recall

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

About 145,000 Kenmore and Kenmore Elite coffee makers sold at Sears and Kmart stores are being recalled because they represent a burn and fire hazard.
A photo and details of the recall are here.

ID security breaches already surpass last year

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

The number of identity theft security breaches so far this year already has passed the number recorded for all of 2007, according to the Indentity Theft Resource Center.
The 449 various security breaches have exposed the records of more than 22 million consumers, the agency said.

Free lesson plans for budding consumers

Monday, August 25th, 2008

The Federal Citizen Information Center has free downloadable lesson plansfor teachers designed to provide students with an understanding of how to write a complaint letter, how to do online shopping, how to preserve one’s privacy online and how to buy a car, among others.
The lesson plans are a response to growing concerns that although students get a lot of book learning, they often graduate with a shortage of life skills.

Credit scores, insurance coverage won’t mix

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

Using credit scores to determine who should get home or auto insurance will continue to be banned in Michigan, after an appeals court ruling upheld the state ban.
Details are here.

New HOT POCKETS taste: Pepperoni, pizza, plastic

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

Nestle is recalling more than 200,000 HOT POCKETS sandwiches because the pepperoni & pizza flavors might also be peppered with plastic parts.
The recall notice is here.

More counterfeit bank checks circulating

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

Once again, scammers are circulating bogus checks in an effort to get some of your money.
Commercial checks drawn on First Century Bank of Bluefield, W. Va. are making the rounds as are phony cashier’s checks from Riverside National Bank of Ft. Pierce Florida.
The checks from both banks seem to have a common theme: Some of them have a payer name of Mill Bore Engineering.

Deejays can say We Didn’t Start the Fire

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

Power light modules made by GCI Technologies and used in some deejay systems could short out and burn.
Details of the recall are here.

Heating ventilators are fire risk

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Venmar is recalling heat recovery ventilator fans because the motors can overheat and catch fire. Details are here.

Bicycle forks can break

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Wolf SL carbon fiber bicycle forks have been found to crack unexpectedly, which could result in falls and injuries to riders.
Details of the recall are here.

Electrical wire splicers being recalled

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Electric wire splicers — also known as butt splicers — marketed under the Gardner Bender name are being recalled because they can easily loosen, causing shorts, shocks or fires.
For details of the recall and a photo, click here.

Today’s an Ozone Action day

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

You have an excuse not to cut the grass today: It’s been declared an Ozone Action day in Southeast Michigan.
South-southeast surface winds containing a dirty air mass and elevated ozone levels are arriving early this morning. Officials say this will probably be a single-day event, as clouds associated with a weekend cold front should move in during the day on Friday, cutting off the source for continued elevated ozone.
To help minimize the pollution, area residents should:
Try not to get gas. If you need to refuel today, fill up in the evening when the weather is cooler and don’t “top off” the tank.
Reduce driving. Plan to carpool, use public transit, walk, or work at home.
Avoid using gas-powered lawn equipment. Instead of working in the yard, relax in your lawn chair.
More info and tips are available online at (look for Ozone Action under Hot Topics on the home page) or at 800-66-33-AIR.
This is the fourth Ozone Action day declared this year. Others were July 11, July 17 and July 18. In 2006, two were declared and in 2007, three were declared.

Work-at-home scammers settle federal charges

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Two brothers who ran numerous work-at-home schemes that delivered big promiises but little income have settled federal charges that they misled consumers.
Read about the companies involved and the model of operation here.