Archive for April, 2010

More cribs being recalled

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Two more kinds of cribs are being recalled because they pose suffocation or entrapment hazards for infants.
The cribs subject to the recall are made by Simplicity and Graco.
Hundreds of thousands of cribs are affected and dozens of injuries have been reported.

Inversion benches are faulty

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

ICON inversion fitness benches sold at Walmart, Sears and other stores are being recalled because an ankle clamp can break, causing the users to fall.
For details on the recall, click here.

Bogus Allstate checks circulating

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Michigan’s Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation (OFIR) and Allstate Insurance Company are warning consumers of al mail fraud involving bogus Allstate checks.
An OFIR employee received a counterfeit check that appeared to originate from Allstate. The check was for $4,970.20 and came with a letter informing the recipient that they won a $250,000 “Consumer’s Promotion Draw” for shopping at a number of major stores. The letter also explains the check was issued to cover the “Non-Canadian Residential Tax” the consumer will have to pay to a tax agent. The consumer is also expected to pay $200 in insurance and delivery charges.
Recipients are told that to receive the $250,000 prize, they must cash the check and then send $4,770.20 by Moneygram or Western Union to an address located in Tacoma, WA. If a consumer were to cash the phony check, they could find themselves owing their bank more than $4,900.
“This is a classic advance fee scam where consumers are enticed into paying upfront fees for a prize they never get in return,” said Ken Ross, IFR commissioner. “The twist here is the scammers are trying to fool consumers by using the good name of an insurance company.”
To view the fraudulent letter and check, click here.
Michigan consumers who receive or have received what appears to be a $4,900 check from Allstate should contact OFIR toll-free at 877-999-6442.

Some inhalers to be phased out

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

The federal Food and Drug Administration said it will gradually remove from the marketplace seven different inhalers used by those with asthma and other breathing problems because they contain ozone-depleting chemicals.
For details and a list of the inhalers to be removed from the market, click here.

Stow & Go grills being recalled

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Stow & Go grills, sold exclusively at West Marine stores, are being recalled because they can leak propane gas around the regulator threading.
Details and a photo may be found by clicking here.

Meijer offers free diabetes drugs

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Meijer Inc. said it is offering free Type 2 diabetes prescriptions at all of its store pharmacies.
Metformin Immediate Release, the most commonly prescribed treatment for type 2 diabetes, will be provided at no cost to those with a medical prescription. Meijer’s program will include doses prescribed in 500mg, 850mg and
1000mg tablets.
According to American Diabetes Association estimates for 2007, more than 24 million Americans have diabetes, with type 2 diabetes accounting for 90-95 percent of all cases.
Three years ago, Meijer’s pharmacy began offering the
seven most popular children’s antibiotics for free. A year later it began providing free pre-natal vitamins for women with a prescription.

FDA looks at chemical in soap, toothpaste

Monday, April 12th, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing the safety of “triclosan,” a widely used chemical found in antibacterial soap, toothpaste and other consumer goods because some studies found it can alter hormone levels in animals.
Other studies suggest the chemical increases bacterial resistance to antibiotics.
The FDA says it has no evidence that triclosan is hazardous to humans and does not recommend consumers avoid it.
The agency plans to complete its review of the chemical next year. FDA scientists last studied the chemical in 1997 and concluded it helped enhance toothpaste.
For more information, click here.

La-Z-Boy unit recalls furniture

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Hammary Furniture, a subsidiary of Monroe-based La-Z-Boy Incorporated, is recalling about 7,000 pieces of decorative chests and wooden tables made in China, The Philippines and and Vietnam because the surface paint on them contains lead that exceeds federal safety levels.
For details on the recall and a list of furnishings affected, click here.
The company is offering free replacements.

Health care frauds afoot

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Michigan’s Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation is warning Michigan consumers that scam artists are going door-to-door in some areas peddling fraudulent health care policies and claiming there is a limited open-enrollment period to buy health insurance now. A number of scammers have even set up toll-free phone numbers.
“Michigan consumers should be on the look out for scam artists peddling policies that are time-limited, offer-limited benefits, or claim to be required by health insurance reform,” OFIR Commissioner Ken Ross said. “Any Michigan consumer that gets this kind of a pitch should contact OFIR immediately.”
If consumers have complaints or questions regarding a Michigan insurance company, agency or agent they can reach OFIR toll-free at 877-999-6442 or at www.michigan.gov/ofir.

Baby books pose choking hazard

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

About 15,000 paperboard baby books made by Gund are being recalled because the Styrofoam filling in the binding can be ingested by tots and choke them or cause breathing problems.
The books have titles such as “Numbers,” “Animals” and “Colors.” There have been three reports of youngsters ingesting the filling.
For more details, click here.

Some Kroger seasonings tainted

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

The Kroger Co. is recalling lemon pepper seasoning and garlic powder due to evidence that the products are tainted by salmonella.
For details, click here.