Archive for June, 2011

Calphalon cutlery blocks are faulty

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Calphalon is recalling some cutlery block sets because some of the knives protrude from the bottom of the block and could cut consumers.
For details, click here.

GE, Sharp air conditioners being recalled

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

GE and Sharp air conditioning and heating units,  models primarily made for apartments and commercial buildings and sold within the last year, are being recalled due to a fire hazard.

For details, click here.

Husqvarna yard tractors recalled

Friday, June 10th, 2011

About 1,600 Husqvarna TuffTorq yard tractors are being recalled because of braking problems.
For details, click here.

Bike trays are faulty

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Civia bicycle trays made by Quality are being recalled because they can fall off, causing the bicycle rider to fall.
For details on the recall, click here.

That e-mail’s not from the FBI

Friday, June 10th, 2011

The FBI has received multiple reports of a scam letter e-mailed to residents in Michigan and others nationwide that tries to get recipients to contact the Department of Homeland Security and fork over $350 for a “Clearance Certificate.”
The e-mailed letter uses a copy of the FBI seal and FBI Director Mueller’s name and warns that legal action action will be taken against the recipient if they do not get the certificate.
It’s bogus.
The FBI does not send out e-mails soliciting personal information or money from citizens.
Be skeptical of any unsolicited e-mail referencing the FBI, FBI Director Mueller, or any other FBI official endorsing any type of Internet activity.

American Girl jewelry kits tainted

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

About 75,000 American Girl jewelry kits are being recalled because some of the beads in the kits have excessive levels of lead, a neurotoxin.
For details on the recall, click here.

Bratz make-up kits contaminated

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Bratz make-up kits for kids might be contaminated with germs, including the eye shadow, which can cause eye infections.
For details, click here.

Kashi pizzas have plastic parts

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Various kinds of Kashi pizzas sold at grocery stores nationwide might have plastic parts in their crusts.
About 11,000 cases of the potentially polluted pizzas are subject to the recall.
For details, click here.

Wednesday to be Ozone Action Day

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Wednesday already has been declared an Ozone Action Day for Southeast Michigan, due to expected high temperatures and hazy conditions.
Here’s what you’re supposed to do on Ozone Action Days:
Avoid refueling your vehicle. If you must refuel, fill up as late in the day as possible, preferably in the evening when the weather is cooler. Fumes released at the gas pump contribute to ozone formation.
Delay mowing your lawn. Emissions from your lawn mower help form ozone.
If you plan to barbeque, avoid using lighter fluid. Emissions from the fluid contribute to ozone formation.
Take the bus, carpool, bike or walk. You’ll reduce traffic congestion and air pollution as well as save money.
Today was declared unhealthy for sensitive groups. Tomorrow will be worse.

Bogus FDIC e-mail still circulating

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is the federal bank regulatory agency.
It does not send e-mails out to businesses advising them of crucial information about the business owners’ bank. But thousands of e-mails continue to be sent out, bearing the official FDIC logo, and urging business owners to click on a link in the message.
We warned about this before and it bears repeating. Just push “delete” if you get a message like this from “”:
Subject: “FDIC: Your business account.”
The e-mail is addressed to “Business Owners” and states “We have important information about your bank. Please click here to see information.” It then states, “This includes information on the acquiring bank (if applicable), how your accounts and loans are affected, and how vendors can file claims against the receivership.”
This e-mail and link are fraudulent. Recipients should consider the intent of this e-mail as an attempt to collect personal or confidential information, or to load malicious software onto end users’ computers.
The FDIC does not issue unsolicited e-mails to consumers or business account holders.

Feds enhance nutrition guidance

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled the federal government’s new food icon, MyPlate, to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices.
MyPlate replaces the old food pyramid and is meant to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times and to seek more information to help them do that by going to The new MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein and dairy food groups. Nutrition, health and consumer advocates applauded the MyPlate icon.

Toyota recalls older Prius vehicles

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Toyota said it’s recalling about 52,000 2001 through 2003 Prius vehicles sold in the U.S. to replace the electric power steering pinion shaft attachment nuts.
The company said if the steering wheel is repeatedly and strongly turned to the full-lock position, there is a possibility the nuts securing the pinion shaft in the steering gear box assembly may become loose. If the vehicle is continuously operated in this condition,, the customer will gradually notice significant increased steering effort when making a left turn.

Primal Pet cat food could be tainted

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Primal Pet Foods’ Feline Chicken & Salmon nuggets are being recalled due to possible contamination with salmonella.
Cats might have nine lives, but this food could wipe them all out at once.
For details, click here.