Archive for May, 2010

Some Hoover vacs are hazardous

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Hoover is recalling more than 100,000 Windtunnel upright T-series vacuums because they pose fire and shock hazards.
For details, model numbers and photos, click here.

HP expands laptop battery recall

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Hewlett-Packard is expanding an earlier recall of lithium-ion batteries used in notebook computers because they can overheat and pose a burn and fire hazard.
For details, click here.

Detroit FBI not giving away terrorist cash

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

If you get an e-mail from the FBI informing you that you’ll get a share of millions of dollars seized from terrorists, well, yeah, it is too good to be true.
In fact, responding to the scam could cost you money.
Recipients get an e-mail usually addressed to them by name and invoking the name of Andrew Arena, special agent-in-charge at the Detroit FBI office. The message says the recipient has to send money with a certain period of time to release the big chunk of cash.
But FBI officials say they don’t award money nor send out unsolicited e-mails.
Just delete the message.

Coffee makers sold at Walmart are fire hazard

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

About 900,000 General Electric coffee makers imported by Walmart are being recalled due to overheating and fire-related problems.
For more details, click here.

Honda best power mower

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Honda is tops in customer satisfaction for walk-behind power mowers, according to a J.D. Power and Associates survey. John Deere and Toro came in second and third. For more information, click here.

Giraffe blankets are choking hazard

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Girafffe security blankets sold only at Target stores are being recalled because the tuffs on the horns of the giraffes can choke kids.
For detail, click here.

Toy dart guns can kill

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Auto Fire toy dart gun sets sold exclusively at Family Dollar stores are being recalled because of two instances in which youngsters died after the plastic darts lodged in their airways.
For details and photos of the product, click here.

Feds warn of improper Benadryl use

Friday, May 14th, 2010

The federal Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to swallow Benadryl Itch-Stopping Gel because it can cause hallucinations, unconsciousness and other problems.
Apparently, some consumers are mistaking the topical product for Benadryl products that are designed to be ingested.
For details, click here.

Ride-on toys have faulty handles

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Ride-on toys for tots made by Step2 of Streetsboro, Ohio are being recalled because the handles can detach and injure kids.
About 2.5 million of the Whisper Ride and Push Along Buggies were sold at major retailers.
For details and photos, click here.

Toy helicopters are fire risk

Friday, May 14th, 2010

About 46,000 toy remote control helicopters marketed with the names “Fly Dragonfly” and “Queen Bee” are being recalled because they have batteries that can overheat and ignite.
For photos and more details, click here.

Some deli meats contaminated

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Some ready-to-eat deli meats exported to the U.S. from Brampton, Ontario have been found to be contaminated with bacteria.
The products exported are mainly prosciuitto meat products with the Casa Italia name. Problem is, at some delis, the brand name wouldn’t be on the meat product. Prosciutto is a spicy thinly sliced ham usually used with Italian dishes, but it’s not clear the contamination was confined to only this product.
For more details, click here.

Best Friends charms aren’t charming

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

About 19,000 sets of “Best Friends” charm bracelets sold at Claire’s stores are being recalled because the Chinese-made jewelry contains high levels of the toxic metal cadmium.
For details and a photo, click here.

New scam: Mortgage loan audits

Monday, May 10th, 2010

If you’re facing default on your mortgage or foreclosure on your home, watch out for the latest scam: phony “forensic mortgage loan audits.”
Con artists claim that for an upfront fee, their audits can help you hold onto your home.
Inn a new consumer alert, Forensic Mortgage Loan Audit Scams: A New Twist on Foreclosure Rescue Fraud, the Federal Trade Commission provides consumers with information and legitimate resources to help save their homes.
To read the alert and learn more about how to spot and avoid forensic mortgage loan audit scams, click here.

E-mailed FDIC survey is bogus

Monday, May 10th, 2010

A bogus survey purporting to be from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is being e-mailed to thousands, promising $50 if the recipients complete it.
The subject line of the e-mails state: “Just for your time.” The e-mail tells recipients that, “The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Online department kindly asks you to take part in our quick and easy 5 questions survey.” It attempts to entice recipients to take the “survey” by telling them “In return we will credit $50.00 to your account – Just for your time!” The e-mail then directs recipients to click on a link to take the survey (a fraudulent link is provided).
This e-mail and associated Web site are fraudulent, an apparent attempt to snare personal or confidential information, or to load malicious software onto the recipients’ computers.
The FDIC does not issue unsolicited e-mails to consumers.

Hand-held hair dryers hazardous

Friday, May 7th, 2010

About 291,000 of different models of BaByliss Pro hand-held hair dryers are being recalled because the internal fan can fly apart, shatter the blow-dryer’s casing and cut consumers.
Model numbers, photos and details can be found by clicking here.