Archive for November, 2009

Backpack blowers are fire hazard

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Homelite Mighty Lite backpack blowers are being recalled because they pose a fire hazard.
For details on the recall, click here.

Hunting tree stands can collapse

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Some hunting tree stands sold by Gander Mountain have a defect that can cause users to fall.
For details on the recall, click here.

The (phony) check is in the mail

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

If you get a letter in the mail recruiting you to be a mystery shopper and it contains a fat check drawn on the City National Bank of West Virginia, don’t cash it. It’s counterfeit.
Authentic-looking cashier’s checks drawn on the bank are being used in the scam.
For more information, click here.

Cheese, chili sauce dispensers pose dangers

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

About 115,000 nacho cheese and chili sauce dispensers, made by Gehl Foods and used in restaurants and other food service operations, are being recalled because the fan in them can contact the heater coil and poses a burn and fire hazard.
For details on the recall, click here.

Maclaren strollers pose amputation risk

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

About 1 million Maclaren strollers are being recalled because when unfolding them, consumers have had their fingertips cut off.
The strollers were sold at Babies R Us, Target and other stores.
Details on the recall and photos may be found by clicking here.

Swine flu product marketing is epidemic

Friday, November 6th, 2009

A variety of products have surfaced making bogus claims about their abilities to prevent or treat the swine flu.
The Food and Drug Administration provides the low-down on the claims, which are spreading faster than an epidemic. Click here to learn more.

Young Artist Easels have excessive lead

Friday, November 6th, 2009

About 10,000 Young Artist Easels that double as chalkboards are being recalled because the surface of the chalkboard has lead content that exceeds federal standards.
Details and photos can be found by clicking here.

Samsung microwaves can cook users

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Samsung over-the-range microwave ovens are being called because they can post a shock hazard to consumers.
More details on the recall are here.

Life is Good mugs can make life painful

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Life Is Good travel mugs are being recalled because their exteriors can become excessively hot and cause burns if they are used to hold hot beverages.
Details on the recall are here.

Adventure Playsets recalled due to fall hazard

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Backyard swing sets made by Adventure Playsets are being recalled because their lumber components might break and cause users to fall.
Details on the recall are available by clicking here.

Salmonella might taint pet treats

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Certain pet treats — mainly beef hooves and pig ears — made by Pet Carousel of Sanger, Calif. are being recalled in cooperation with the Food & Drug Administration because they might be contaminated with salmonella.
Among the products are Dentley’s Beef Hooves sold at PetSmart locations.

Kellogg’s Rice Krispies drops immunity claim

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Partly at the urging of regulators, Kellogg Co. of Battle Creek said Wednesday it will stop putting immunity statements on Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereals.
The company said it started adding antioxidants to Rice Krispies cereals last year as a way to respond to consumer requests to make kids’ cereals more nutritious.
A big banner on the front of each package says “Now supports your child’s IMMUNITY.”
Although antioxidants help support the immune system, given the public attention on H1N1, the company said it decided to make the change. The message will be on boxes of Rice Krispies, Jumbo Krispies and Cocoa Krispies for the next few months as existing inventory is depleted. Despite discontinuing the message, the company said it will continue to provide increased amounts of vitamins A, B, C and E in the cereals.

Free CFL bulbs for businesses

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Business customers of Detroit Edison Co. can get a free eight-pack of energy saving compact fluorescent bulbs as part of DTE Energy’s “Your Energy Savings” program.
“Replacing incandescent light bulbs with Energy Star qualified compact fluorescent lights is an easy and effective way for businesses to reduce their energy bills,” said Steve Kurmas, Detroit Edison president and chief operating officer. “CFLs use 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. That can translate into savings of as much as $44 over the 10,000 hour lifetime of just one CFL.”
To receive the free CFLs, business owners need to complete a request form available online at