Archive for September, 2011

Little Tikes toolsets being recalled

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Little Tikes is recalling another 1.7 million work bench and tool sets because the nails that come with them can pose a choking hazard to little tikes. This is in addition to the recall of 1.6 million units issued in August.
For details on the recall, click here.

Pepperidge Farms sesame sticks have problems

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Pepperidge Farms is recalling some packages of its sesame sticks because of the possible presence of pieces of thin wire in them.
For details,click here..

Target recalls Chefmate blenders

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Target is recalling about 305,000 Chefmate blenders because the plastic pitcher on them can detach, exposing the whirling blades to users.
For details, click here.

Some hair products contain hazardous chemical

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

The feds are warning salon workers and operators that some Brazilian hair-smoothing and hair-straightening products contain formaldehyde, a hazardous chemical, in amounts greater than safety standards allow.
For full details on the federal alert, click here.

Chemical found in foods for kids

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Bisphenol A, or BPA, a plastic agent that has been linked to cancer, has been found in the lining of cans holding foods marketed for kids, according to testing by the Breast Cancer Fund.
Some of the items tested are popular Campbell’s products, such as soups and Spaghettios. Others are made by natural or organic food product companies.
The findings are similar to those reported by the Consumers Union two years ago.
For more details and a list of the products that have containers lined with the chemical, click here.

Lawn tractors, riding mowers recalled

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Nearly 27,000 riding mowers and lawn-and-garden tractors, sold recently are being recalled due to various safety defects.
The tractors affected include:
Various Kubota riding mowers.
John Deere D100, sold within roughly the past year.
John Deere D100, D110, D120 and D130 with 42-inch mower decks.

Honeysuckle, Kroger ground turkey recalled

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Cargill is recalling 185,000 pounds of ground turkey meat bearing the Honeysuckle and Kroger names because they might be contaminated with salmonella.
For details, click here.

Package Services postcard revisited

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Here’s an update from the Better Business Bureau on the continuing misleading package delivery scheme that’s merely an attempt to market vacation packages. Thousands of green postcards are mailed across the U.S. notifying recipients that a package is awaiting their pickup.
It comes from Package Services (a.k.a. – Summit Package Services, Express Package Services or Apex Services) located at PO Box 820, Whitehouse, TX. The recipient is asked to call an “800” number to schedule a package pick-up and is provided a package number. When the call is placed, consumers are finding that it is a solicitation for a travel agency called “Cruise – Drive – Fly,” apparently located in Ann Arbor, Mich. Their intent is to sell vacation packages.
Further investigation has revealed that the PO Box address is associated with a vacation certificate and voucher company called CDA Consulting, LLC in Tyler, Texas. This company holds a BBB rating of “F” because it has 93 complaints filed against it, has failed to respond to 62 of the complaints, and nine complaints are considered serious.
“This is basically a telemarketing scam”, said Patrick Bennett, BBB director of community relations. “They use deceptive marketing tactics since there is no package for pick-up. Also, there is concern that just by calling the phone number on the postcard, your phone number may be shared or sold for future sales calls.”
The simplest advice consumers can follow for this and any similar mailings is that if they have not ordered anything for delivery, have not sent a package that may have been returned or if they do not expect a package, alert the Better Business Bureau in their areas.

LED nightlights are faulty

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

About 10,000 LED nightlights are being recalled because they pose a burn or fire hazard.
For details on the recall, click here.

Honda recalling three models

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Honda Motor Co. is recalling more than 1.5 million models in the U.S. to deal with complaints of engine stalls and vehicles that shift out of park.
It has begun notifying owners of the recall to update software that controls the automatic transmission to ease the transition between gears and prevent damage. It has received 113 complaints from U.S. motorists, including 45 for engine stalls and 11 for vehicles shifting out of park.
The recall covers the 2005-10 four-cylinder Accords, 2007-10 CR-Vs and 2005-08 Elements. No injuries or deaths have been reported in connection with the issue.
Without the updated software, the automatic transmission secondary shaft bearing in the affected vehicles can be damaged if the transmission is shifted quickly between each of the reverse, neutral and drive positions, as may be done in an attempt to dislodge a vehicle stuck in mud or snow.

FTC e-mail message is bogus

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

The Federal Trade Commission is warning small businesses that an e-mail with a subject line “URGENT: Pending Consumer Complaint” is not from the FTC.
The email says that a complaint has been filed with the agency against the business. The FTC advises business operators not to click on any of the links or attachments accompanying the e-mail. Clicking on the links may install a virus or other malware on the computer.
The FTC’s is advising that the message simply be deleted without opening it.
For more information on malware, click here.

Wooden rattles pose choking hazard

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

About 3,300 Twirlla wooden rattles are being recalled because the toys can break easily and pose a choking hazard to tots.
For details on the recall, click here.

Pourable gel fuel being recalled

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Nine manufacturers are cooperating with a recall of various brands of pourable gel fuel — about two million units in all — because they pose a flash fire and burn risk to consumers.
The gel fuels are used for a variety of purposes including fueling decorative fire pots, citronella burners and other products.
For details on the recall, click here.

Massager rubs people the wrong way

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

The Shoulderflex massager is being recalled because of one report of it causing a strangulation and death. About 12,000 of these have been sold through catalogs, specialty stores and online.
For details, click here.