Archive for October, 2010

Aromatherapy recall renewed

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Dangerous aromatherapy kits marketed to kids and sold at Walmart, Target and other stores are still on the market more than a year after being recalled.
There’s a renewed warning not to use these products because they can explode and spew projectiles. The use of them has contributed to injuries of 13 children.
For details, click here.

Chelation products being banned

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

A number of chelation products are being removed from the market because they have unapproved ingredients.
For details and a list of the drugs affected, click here.

Cordless drills pose safety hazard

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Nearly a half-million Ryobi cordless drills are being recalled because they can overheat and pose a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
For details on the model affected and a photo, click here.

Obesity drug withdrawn from market

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Abbott Labs has agreed to withdraw its obesity drug, Meridia, from the market because it can cause heart attacks and stroke.
For details, click here.

Slimming Beauty pills dangerous

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use “Slimming Beauty” tablets because the pills contain a powerful drug that could harm users, although the produce is marketed as having all natural ingredients.
For details, click here.

Some dog foods being recalled

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Some “Blue” dog foods created by Blue Buffalo are being recalled because they have too much Vitamin D, which can cause problems for some dogs.
For details, click here.

Some Lipitor being recalled

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Some bottles of Lipitor are being recalled by Pfizer because they have an odd odor. The company says the problem won’t cause any health effects, but that the bottles should be returned to the pharmacy.
Lipitor is a drug widely used to control cholesterol.
For details on the recall, click here.

Southfield investment firm indicted

Friday, October 8th, 2010

The operator of Southfield-based MuniVest Financial Services was indicted Thursday on charges of wire and mail fraud for misleading investors.
For details, click here.
The feds allege that owner Dante DeMiro promised clients he would invest in high-yielding certificates of deposit, but instead used the money to finance a jewelry store operation.

Trampolines can collapse

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

About 160,000 Bravo Sports Trampolines are being recalled because they can collapse.
A photo and details about the recall may be found by clicking here.

JCPenney cribs being recalled

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Three styles of “Alexandere Designs” drop-side cribs sold exclusively through JCPenney are being recalled because they pose strangulation, suffocation and fall risks to toddlers.
For details and photos, click here.

Cost of TV services upsets consumers

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Customer satisfaction with the cost of television service is down from a year ago, and phone providers such as ATT and Verizon fare better than cable and satellite providers, according to J.D. Power & Associates.
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Home insurance satisfaction falls

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Customer satisfaction with home insurance companies has declined to a five-year low, according to J.D. Power & Associates.
For more information, click here.

Feds pull plug on American Tax Relief

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

American Tax Relief, a company that advertised nationwide on radio, TV and the Internet that it could cut taxes and resolve delinquent tax disputes with the IRS, has been ordered to cease and desist making such false claims, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
The feds say the company bilked consumers of more than $60 million. For details, click here.

Cadillacs have power steering hose problem

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Nearly 3,500 2010 Cadillac SRXs are being recalled due to a power-steering hose problem that could lead to an engine compartment fire.
For details, click here.

Jogging strollers can strangle tots

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Two types of jogging strollers, one made by Valco and another made by Tike Tech, are being recalled because they post a strangulation hazard to infants.