Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Liquid Plumr Caps, Running Strollers That Tumble, Angry Toilets, More IKEA Recalls


As with all recalls, the products in question should stop being used immediately and recourse looked into. Keep it safe.

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THIS IS BIG

Three Types of Liquid Plumr Clog Removers Recalled by The Clorox Company Due to Failure to Meet Child-Resistant Closure Requirement

Liquid Plumr® Pro-Strength Foaming Clog Fighter®, Liquid Plumr® Industrial Strength Urgent Clear® and Liquid Plumr® Pro-Strength Urgent Clear® clog removers

The recalled bottles are not child-resistant and children can remove the top, posing a risk of chemical burns and irritation to the skin and eyes. These products contain sodium hydroxide which is required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act to be sealed with child-resistant packaging.

Contact: The Clorox Company’s Liquid Plumr call center toll-free at 855-490-0705 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.liquidplumr.com and click on “Important Safety Recall Notice” for more information.

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Pacific Cycle Recalls Swivel Wheel Jogging Strollers Due to Crash and Fall Hazards

The front wheel can become loose and detach, posing crash and fall hazards, potentially pitching our kids to the ground.

Contact: Pacific Cycle toll-free at 877-564-2261 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, online at www.pacific-cycle.com, www.instep.net or www.schwinnbikes.com and click on “Safety Notices & Recalls” or email customerservice@pacific-cycle.com for more information.


Friday, July 29, 2016

Exploding Hoverboards, Deadly Dressers From IKEA, Toxic Floors


Today we're chatting about more hoverboards that are overheating and exploding, catching on fire, causing damage, etc.. I mean, come on, are we still buying these? We also have more pleas for folks to take a look at their IKEA dressers. They have tipped and killed children. And Lumber Liquidators is discontinuing selling a certain flooring due to some chemical toxicology concerns.

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The Hoverboard delima continues...

Self-Balancing Scooters/Hoverboards Recalled by 10 Firms Due to Fire Hazard

The lithium-ion battery packs in the self-balancing scooters/hoverboards can overheat, posing a risk of the products smoking, catching fire and/or exploding.

There have been at least 99 incidents reports of the battery packs in self-balancing scooters/hoverboards overheating, sparking, smoking, catching fire and/or exploding including reports of burn injuries and property damage.

Remedy:  Refund, Repair, Replace

Contact: Consumers should contact the recalling companies through their websites and call centers listed below.

Contact: Digital Gadgets toll-free at 866-696-3421 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at hover-way.com and click on “Recall Notice” for more information.

Contact: Hoverboard LLC at 800-750-6714 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m MT Monday through Friday or online at www.thepowerboard.com and click on Recall Information for more information.

Contact: Hype Wireless toll-free at 866-449-7186 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.hyperoam.com and click on Recall for more information.

Contact: Keenford Limited toll-free at 877-280-8401 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.imotohk.com or www.hoverboard360.com and click on Recall Information for more information.

Contact: PTX Performance Products toll-free at 844-837-7346 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or online at http://ptxperformance.com and click on Recall for more information.

Contact: Razor toll-free at 866-467-2967 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at Razor.com and click on “CPSC Safety Recalls” for more information.

Contact: Swagway toll-free at 844-299-0625 from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at https://swagway.com and click on Product Recall for more information.

Contact: Yuka Clothing toll-free at 800-616-0765 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or email recall@yukaparis.com.

Contact: Boscov’s toll-free at 800-755-6391 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday, on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET or online at Boscovs.com and click on Customer Care and then Recall Notices for more information.

Contact: Overstock.com at 800-843-2446 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or online at Overstock.com and click on Customer Service at the bottom of the page, then Online Help Center, then “Hover Board” Self-Balancing Electric Scooter Announcement for more information.

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Following an Additional Child Fatality, IKEA Recalls 29 Million MALM and Other Models of Chests and Dressers Due to Serious   Tip-Over Hazard; Consumers Urged to Anchor Chests and Dressers or Return for Refund

Children's and adult chests and dressers

Contact: IKEA toll-free at 866-856-4532 anytime or online at www.IKEA-USA.com/recallchestsanddressers  or www.IKEA-USA.com and click on Product Recall for more information on how to receive a refund or free wall-anchoring repair kit.

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Lumber Liquidators Agrees To Not Resume Sales of Inventory of Chinese-Made Laminate Flooring, Continue Comprehensive Testing Program As Part of a Recall to Test.

Consumers should immediately contact Lumber Liquidators to request a free testing kit by calling 800-366-4204 between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, or between 11:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. on Sunday; or visit http://www.lumberliquidators.com/ll/testkit.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Recalls from HP, SONY, STIHL, Mayborn

Recalls from HP, SONY, STIHL, Mayborn

HP Recalls Batteries for HP and Compaq Notebook Computers Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

The battery packs can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.

Immediately stop using the recalled batteries, remove them from the notebook computers and contact HP for a free replacement battery.

Contact: HP toll-free at 888-202-4320 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at the HP Battery Recall website directly at www.HP.com/go/batteryprogram2016 or www.hp.com and click “Recalls” at the bottom of the page for more information.

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Sony Recalls VAIO Laptop Computer Battery Packs Due to Burn and Fire Hazards

The Panasonic lithium-ion battery packs can overheat, posing burn and fire hazards.

Immediately stop using the recalled battery packs, power off the laptop, remove the battery and follow instructions to obtain a free replacement. Until a replacement battery pack is received, consumers can use the laptop by plugging in the AC power only.

Consumer Contact: Sony Electronics toll-free at 888-476-6988 from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. ET Monday through Friday or 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday or online at www.sony.com, click on “Support” and then “Support Alerts” for more information.

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STIHL Recalls Battery-Powered Hedge Trimmers Due to Laceration Hazard

The hedge trimmer can operate faster than expected, continue running after the trigger is released or operate by depressing either the trigger or the front handle switch individually, posing a laceration hazard.

Immediately stop using the recalled trimmer and return it to an authorized STIHL dealer for a free replacement battery-powered hedge trimmer.

Consumer Contact: STIHL Inc. at 800-610-6677 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email stihlrecall@stihl.us or online at www.stihlusa.com and click on Information and then Product Recalls for more information.

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Tommee Tippee Electric Bottle and Food Warmers Recalled by Mayborn USA Due to Fire Hazard

The warmers can overheat and catch on fire, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Immediately unplug and stop using the recalled bottle and food warmers and contact Mayborn for free replacement warmers.

Contact: Mayborn online at www.tommeetippee.us and click on the recall button at the bottom of home page or toll-free at 844-340-3420 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday for more information.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Recalls: Toys With Hot USB cables, Child Backpacks That Break, Hot Water Heaters from Home Depot


Recalls: Toys With Hot USB cables, Child Backpacks That Break, Hot Water Heaters from Home Depot
Remember, recalls are serious business. If you discover you have a recalled item, contact the distributor noted to see if it needs replacing or just fixed. Don't become a statistic.

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Auldey Toys Recalls Sky Rover Toys Due to Fire Hazard

The USB charging cords sold with the toy can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

Contact: Auldey Toys toll-free at 844-303-8936 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, by email at aeroproducts@auldey.us or online at http://www.AuldeyToys.us and click on “Safety Recall” at the bottom of the page banner for more information.

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Thinking of getting something from Amazon?

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Osprey Recalls Child Backpack Carriers Due to Fall Hazard

A cut in the plastic buckle on the shoulder strap can cause the shoulder strap to release, posing a fall hazard to a child in the carrier.

Contact: Osprey at 800-303-1350 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT on Monday through Friday, email pocosupport@ospreypacks.com or online at ospreypacks.com and click on “Poco AG Safety Notice” for more information.

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Rheem Recalls to Repair Water Heaters Due to Fire and Burn Hazards; Sold Exclusively at Home Depot

The control panel on the water heaters can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.

Contact: Rheem toll-free at 866-369- 4786 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CT on Sunday or online at www.rheem.com and click on Recall Information for more information.

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Southwire Recalls Voltage Detectors Due to Shock and Burn Hazards

The voltage detectors can give a false “no voltage” reading when being used to test live wires for electric current, posing shock, electrocution and burn hazards to consumers.

Contact: Southwire toll-free at 855-798-6657 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.southwire.com and click on Product Recall for more information.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Recalls - Philips Lighting; TJ Maxx, Water Heaters

Recalls - Philips Lighting; TJ Maxx, Water Heaters

Philips Lighting Recalls Metal Halide Lamps Due to Burn and Laceration Hazards

The outer bulbs can shatter, resulting in hot internal pieces of glass falling from the lamps, posing a burn and laceration hazard.

Contact: Philips Lighting toll-free at 866-253-5503 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, via email at ceramicmh@philips.com or online at www.philips.com and click on “For Professionals” and then “Recalls” for more information.

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TJX Recalls Foldable Lounge Chairs Due to Risk of Injury; Sold at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls Stores

The chairs can collapse unexpectedly, posing a fall and injury hazard.

Contact: T.J. Maxx at 800-926-6299 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.tjmaxx.com then click on Product Recalls at the bottom of the page or Marshalls toll-free at 888-627-7425 or online at www.marshallsonline.com and click on Customer Service at the bottom of the page.

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Water Heating Technologies Recalls Gas Water Heaters Due to Fire Hazard

The water heaters have a space between the burner flange and the combustion chamber that allows flammable liquids or gases to contact burning flammable vapors inside the combustion chamber, posing a risk of fire or explosion.

Contact: Water Heating Technologies toll-free at 888-883-0788 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.americanstandardwaterheaters.com and click on “Recall Information” for more information.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Recalls for Rattles, Helmets, Pacifiers and More

Recalls for Rattles, Helmets, Pacifiers

Today we have clamp meters, infant rattles, pacifiers, infant bicycle helmet recalls and more. The impacted distributors include Hobby Lobby, Pacific Cycle, Target, & Rocky Mountain.

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Black Diamond Recalls Camming Climbing Devices Due to Fall Hazard

The camming devices can come apart during use and fail, posing a fall hazard to the consumer.

Contact: Black Diamond at 877-775-5552 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or online at http://blackdiamondequipment.com and click on “Safety Notices” for more information. Consumers can also email the firm at recall@bdell.com.

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Digital Clamp Meters Recalled by Klein Tools Due to Shock and Burn Hazards

The meters can fail to give an accurate voltage reading, resulting in the operator falsely believing the electrical power is off, posing shock, electrocution and burn hazards.

Contact: Klein Tools at 800-527-3099 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, online at www.kleintools.com and click on “Safety Recall Information” at the bottom of the page for more information or email ClampMeterRecall@kleintools.com. 

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Hobby Lobby Recalls Infant Rattles Due to Choking Hazard

The rattle seams can separate, exposing the fiber stuffing and bell rattle, posing a choking hazard.

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Hobby Lobby Recalls Infant Pacifier Holders Due to Choking Hazard

The fin of the whale and the head of the octopus can detach from the pacifier holder, posing a choking hazard.

Contact: Hobby Lobby Stores at 800-326-7931from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.hobbylobby.com and click on the “Recall” tab at the bottom of the page for more information.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

LYFT And Their Shameless Caltrain Marketing

So maybe you've heard or not, but the heated competition between Uber and Lyft sounds pretty crazy. But from what I can tell, Uber has this fight, hands down.

But historically speaking, Uber apparently or allegedly got down and dirty at times when competing with Lyft in the early days. Now I don't know about what went down during those earlier times, but I can tell you this:

As a rider of Caltrain in the Bay Area, some of my Twitter feeds are getting pummeled by Lyft. In a shameless fashion.

One morning I did a search on Twitter for Caltrain tweets and more than half my feed was full of Lyft ads referencing Caltrain. After I had a conversation with the official Caltrain feed, the Caltrainer announced that the various posts from Lyft were spam bots.

So a blocking I will go!

On that day, I blocked two different Lyft Twitter accounts.

Maybe a week later I started getting more Lyft spam in my Twitter feed and saw that they started a few more new spam bot Twitter feeds.

Today, I found my feed besieged by a few more Lyft spam Twitter accounts.

On Twitter, I've marked as spam and blocked the following accounts, so far:

Lyft Dashboard - @LyftDash
Steve ‏- @cheapo7
Free Lyft Rides - @10FreeLyftRides
Lyft ‏- @lyftoffer
the dealzer - @thedealzer
test pageSocial - @testpagesocial1

Then there's what happened today.

We had a suicide take place on the tracks... and within the hour Lyft was spotted at the closest Caltrain station handing out flyers to "Lyft to work and save time," in what seemed to be a shameless moment to take advantage of the obviously sad situation.

If anything, Lyft has convinced me exactly who to not ever use for my ride-sharing needs. Period.

I don't support ghoulish, creepy or spam-riddled marketing ploys.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

CALTRAIN's Communications, The Good and The Sadly Bad


Over the last several months I have noticed an improvement in how Caltrain in the Bay Area communicates with its riders during unscheduled events.

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A few months ago when riding the train, there were times my train would come to a complete stop, or slow to 10mph in a 75mph zone. And the ridership was never told one damn thing.

But as time went on, things seemed to improve as the conductors started to pass out information on why we were crawling. (Broken UP signal intersections.)

And they are getting slightly more chatty in general.

But today a new wrinkle slammed into the communication efforts by Caltrain that just seemed unacceptable.

This morning (Mon, 5-23-16) another person stepped out in front of a Northbound train in Burlingame, forcing the train to stop.

I found this information out because I had learned a long time ago that surfing Twitter for the term "caltrain" brought up more information that was pertinent to my travels than anything else.

And it was on Twitter that I followed the travesty that comes from a suicide on the Caltrain tracks.

Caltrain and a few other Twitter users helped the transition of information flow about nicely, so for those on social media, the information was out there.

But sadly, despite at least 30% of my train's compliment of riders looking to switch trains at Tamien and San Jose to head into San Francisco, not one word was delivered to the passengers via either the conductors on the trains or by the electronic signs at the stations.


Google's PICASA Is Going Away

Google's Picasa is going away and maybe you should be aware of that for when the time comes and you are heavily invested in the process from over the years.

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Add Picasa to the long list of other Google products that have gone by the wayside at the behest of Google itself.

Back in February Google announced the slice and dice of Picasa.

They reported that in March of 2016 the desktop application will no longer be supported. I'm fine with that, I hated how the app tried to categorize all images on your computer and would not give you the option to turn that off.

But what will be happening is that Picasa will be transitioning to a new platform or name, Google Photos.  Or in other words, it's possible that since no one took to Google Photos, this is how they're forcing for folks into it.

Any how, they're retiring Picasa and consolidating into Google Photos.

They do recognize how many folks have kept up their Picasa albums and said they were taking the time to make this change happen in the best way possible, so there's that.

What they have done is mostly already done.  What was in your Picasa Albums is already over under http://photos.google.com/ .

But if you had tags, captions or comments, those didn't go in the transition, at least from what I gather. And that's what Google is working on.

The changes were scheduled to start rolling out on May 1st... so brace yourself.

Though to be honest, since they've transitioned Blogger over to using Picasa images some years ago, I have to wonder how they'll handle those transitions?  We'll see.

Here's the blurb on the transition:

Moving on from picasa

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Recalls From Sam's Club, Walmart And a Deadly One From Polaris


Alltrade Tools Recalls Ratcheting Tie Downs Due to Injury Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Sam’s Club

The ratchet handle can fail during use, releasing the secured load, posing an injury hazard to consumers.

Contact: Alltrade Tools at 800-994-4343 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at www.alltradetools.com and click on Recall for more information.

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Polaris Recalls RZR Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles Due to Fire Hazard; Severe Burn Injuries, One Death Reported.

The recalled ROVs can catch fire while consumers are driving, posing fire and burn hazards to drivers and passengers.

Contact: Polaris at 800-POLARIS or 800-765-2747 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Saturday and Sunday or online at www.polaris.com and click on “Off-Road Safety Recalls” on the main page of the Polaris website.

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YTL International Recalls Drywall Lifts Due to Injury Hazard.

The drywall lifts can fail during use causing the load of drywall to fall onto the lift operator, posing an injury hazard. (Yea, that sounds like no fun.)

Contact: YTL International toll-free at 888-723-6534 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or online at www.ytlinternational.com and click on RECALL for more information.

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Walmart Recalls 1.2 million Rival Electric Water Kettles Due to Burn and Shock Hazards.

The heating element can fail and rupture, posing burn and shock hazards to the user.

Contact: Walmart at 800-925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Saturday, or noon and 6 p.m. Sunday; or visit the company’s website at www.Walmart.com and click “Product Recalls.” Consumers can also  visit  http://walmartstores.com/contactus/feedback.aspx.

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