Wednesday, January 4, 2017

About That Cuisinart Food Processor Recall

Cuisinart Food Processor Recall


Hey, in case you had not heard about it, Cuisinart has put out a massive recall on their Food Processors.

Below is some of the info you may need to know...

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Cuisinart Food Processors Recalled by Conair Due to Laceration Hazard; The food processor’s riveted blade can crack over time and small, metal pieces of the blade can break off into the processed food. This poses a laceration hazard to consumers.

Contact: Cuisinart toll-free at 877-339-2534 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday or online at  www.cuisinart.com and click on Product Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information on the voluntary recall.

This recall involves the riveted blades in Cuisinart food processors with model numbers that begin with the following:  CFP-9, CFP-11, DFP-7, DFP-11, DFP-14,  DLC-5, DLC-7, DLC-8, DLC-10, DLC-XP, DLC-2007, DLC-2009, DLC-2011, DLC-2014, DLC-3011, DLC-3014, EV-7, EV-10, EV-11, EV-14, KFP-7 and MP-14. The model number is located on the bottom of the food processor. The blades have four rivets and are silver-colored stainless steel and have a beige plastic center hub. Only food processors with four rivets in the blades are included in this recall. Cuisinart is printed on the front and on the bottom of the food processors.

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Incidents/Injuries: Conair has received 69 reports of consumers finding broken pieces of the blade in processed food, including 30 reports of mouth lacerations or tooth injuries.


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Monday, December 19, 2016

Recalls: Dehumifiers, Espresso Makers, Locksets!

Gree Reannounces Dehumidifier Recall Following 450 Fires and $19 Million in Property Damage; Brand Names Include Frigidaire, Soleus Air, Kenmore and Others; The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke and catch fire, posing serious fire and burn hazards to consumers.

This recall involves 20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 65 and 70-pint dehumidifiers with brand names Danby, De’Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, GE, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima.

There Were Sold at: AAFES, HH Gregg, Home Depot, Kmart, Lowe’s, Menards, Mills Fleet Farm, Sam’s Club, Sears, Walmart and other stores nationwide and in Canada, and online at Amazon.com and Ebay.com

Contact:  Gree toll-free at (866) 853-2802 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.greeusa.com and click on Recall for more information. 

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IMUSA Recalls Espresso Makers Due to Impact and Burn Hazards, The filler cap at the top of the unit can crack and allow steam to escape, posing a risk of burns to the user.  In addition, the cap can pop off unexpectedly as a result of pressure buildup, posing an impact injury risk to a bystander.

Contact: IMUSA toll-free at 844-750-4165 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, email at recall@bowlesverna.com or online at  www.imusausa.com and click on “Recall” at the top of the page for more information.

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Door Locksets Recalled Due to Risk of Entrapment in an Emergency; Manufactured by Stanley Security Solutions Taiwan; The latches can fail and the door cannot be unlocked from the inside, posing an entrapment risk. This failure could lead to the inability to vacate a location in an emergency.

There were Sold at: Stanley Commercial Hardware and other lock distributor and retailers nationwide and online at Amazon.com and Grainger.com

Contact: Stanley Commercial Hardware toll-free at 855-885-1296 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or www.stanleyhardwarefordoors.com and click on Products, then on Recall for more information.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Recalls: Luminaires, Footwear, Air Valves, Carpet Cleaning Powder

Recalls: Luminaires, Footwear, Air Valves, Carpet Cleaning Powder


Check out these product recalls for Luminaires, children's footwear, first aid Air Valves, and infectious Carpet Cleaning Powders!!

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Lithonia Lighting Recalls Commercial Luminaires Due to Risk of Injury, The plastic lens on the luminaire can detach and fall unexpectedly, posing a risk of injury from impact.

 Contact: Lithonia Lighting toll-free at 844-675-2339 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.lithonia.com and click on BLT Recall on the left side of the page for more information.

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Skidders Footwear Recalls Children’s Shoes Due to Laceration Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Meijer Stores, The rivets on the shoes have sharp edges, posing a laceration hazard.

Contact:  Skidders Footwear toll-free at 866-636-1221 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.skidders.com and click on “Safety Notice” at the bottom of the page for more information.

How To Make A FLICKR Album Private!

How To Make A FLICKR Album Private!

How many times have you wanted to share something with just one person on Flickr and did not want others to really see the pics? Or to be more precise, you share pics for a person and you're not sure how they feel about them being put out there on the web for all to see? We all have a friend or family member who just isn't comfortable with pics of them out there, or if you share photos of your friend's children, you probably want to keep those private. Right?

So how do you make a Flickr album private? Or to be technically correct, how do you make a Flickr 'set' private?


There are a few ways to do this. One is the old-fashioned way, and that's when you upload to Flickr via your desktop/laptop computer. The other way is via your phone app.

The old fashion way isn't complicated, but like Yahoo sometimes, is not completely intuitive.

Here's what you do.

First you must know that you can't make an album private, only the pics inside it.

Upload your pics on Flickr into a new album/set. Once that's done, (Yes, they're going to be publicly seen for a few minutes, unless you have changed your overall defaults... but that's for another day.),

-Open the album,

-Click on "Edit in Organizr"

-Click on "Batch Edit"

-Click on "Change Permissions"

-In the "Who Can See These Items" Window, choose "Only You (Private)"

-Once that's done, you can now go back to your home page, open the album for you to see/review. On the header banner of the album is the share button (that upwards facing, curved arrow). Click on that.


Monday, December 5, 2016

Fatal IKEA Recall, plus Dehumidifers That Burn Down Houses, Pier 1, Samsung Recalls

Fatal IKEA Recall, Dehumidifers Causing Property Damage, Pier 1, Samsung Recalls

This post, above all others, is worth the share, due to the potential fatal impacts associated with some IKEA chests and drawers that have killed children. One dehumidifier is overheating and has caused millions of dollars in damage, and two more recalls today.

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IKEA

Following an Additional Child Fatality, IKEA Recalls 29 Million MALM and Other Models of Chests and Dressers Due to Serious Tip-Over Hazard

Children’s and adult chests and dressers, where the recalled chests and dressers are unstable if they are not properly anchored to the wall, posing a serious tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or injuries to children.

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.

There have been fatalities associated with this product:

-In July 1989, a 20-month-old girl from Mt. Vernon, Va. died after an unanchored GUTE 4-drawer chest tipped over and pinned her against the footboard of a youth bed.

-March 2002, a 2½-year-old boy from Cranford, N.J. died after an unanchored RAKKE 5-drawer chest tipped over and fatally pinned him to the floor.

-October 2007, a 3-year-old girl from Chula Vista, Calif. died after a KURS 3-drawer chest tipped over and fatally pinned her to the floor.  It is unknown as to whether the dresser was anchored or not.

-September 2011. A 2-year-old boy from Woodbridge, Va. died after an unanchored MALM 3-drawer chest tipped over, and trapped the child between the dresser drawers.

-In February 2014, a 2-year-old boy from West Chester, Pa. died after a 6-drawer MALM chest tipped over and fatally pinned him against his bed.

-In June 2014, a 23-month-old boy from Snohomish, Wash. died after he became trapped beneath a 3-drawer MALM chest that tipped over.

-February 2016 incident in which a 22-month-old boy from Apple Valley, Minn. died when a MALM 6-drawer chest fell on top of him.

There have been an additional 41 tip-over incidents involving the MALM chests and dressers, resulting in 17 injuries to children between the ages of 19 months and 10 years old.

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MIDEA: Dehumidifiers Made by Midea Recalled Due to Serious Fire and Burn Hazards; The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke and catch fire, posing serious fire and burn hazards.

They were sold at Lowes, Menards, PC Richard and other stores nationwide from January 2003 through December 2013.

The dehumidifiers have the following brand names: Airworks, Alen, Arcticaire, Arctic King, Beaumark, Coolworks, ComfortAire, Comfort Star, Continental Electic, Crosley, Daewoo, Danby, Danby & Designer, Dayton, Degree, Diplomat, Edgestar, Excell, Fellini, Forest Air, Frigidaire, GE, Grunaire, Hanover, Honeywell, Homestyles, Hyundai, Ideal Air, Kenmore, Keystone, Kul, Midea, Nantucket, Ocean Breeze, Pelonis, Perfect Aire, Perfect Home, Polar Wind, Premiere, Professional Series, Royal Sovereign, Simplicity, Sunbeam, SPT, Sylvania, TGM, Touch Point, Trutemp, Uberhaus, Westpointe, Winix, and Winixl.

There have been 38 reports of smoke and fire with about $4.8 million property damage has been reported.


Friday, December 2, 2016

Recalls from Cabela's, Husky, Target + Two more

Recalls from Cabela's, Husky, Target + Two more

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Cabela’s Recalls Food Dehydrators Due to Fire Hazard, Defective wiring can cause a build-up of heat, posing a fire hazard.

Contact: Cabela’s at 800-237-4444 anytime, or online at www.cabelas.com and click on “Consumer Product Safety” for more information.

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Husqvarna Recalls Lawn Mowers Due to Laceration Hazard, The operator presence control bar can malfunction and cause the engine and blades to continue to operate when they should shut off, posing a laceration hazard to the operator.

Call Husqvarna toll-free at 877-257-6921 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email at recalls@husqvarna.com or online at www.husqvarna.com and click on “Recall” for more information.

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Mamas & Papas Recalls Armadillo Strollers Due to Fall Hazard, A loose latch on the stroller can cause the seat to tip back unexpectedly when infant is in the parent-facing position, posing a fall hazard to infants.

Contact: Mamas & Papas at 800-309-6312 anytime or online at www.mamasandpapas.com/us and click on Recall Notice for more information.

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Sherwood Marketing Recalls 3 Squares Rice and Slow Cookers Due to Fire, Electric Shock Hazards, The rice/slow cooker’s improperly installed wiring can cause electrical shorting in the unit, posing fire and electric shock hazards.

Contact: 3 Squares at 800-390-0249 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at www.Get3Squares.com and click on Recall for more information.

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Target Recalls Halloween LED Gel Clings Due to Choking and Button Battery Ingestion Hazards, The gel clings can separate and expose the inner decal and LED/button battery compartment, posing choking and button battery ingestion hazards to children.

Contact: Target at 800-440-0680 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT Monday through Sunday, online at www.Target.com and click on “recalls” on the bottom of the homepage and then “School/Stationery/Seasonal” on the product recalls page for more information, or the “Product Recalls” tab on Target’s Facebook page.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Recalls: Bicycles, GE, Panic Devices, Samsung, Office Depot, And Paint

Recalls: Bicycles, GE, Panic Devices, Samsung, Office Depot, And Paint

Advanced Sports International Recalls Breezer and Fuji Bicycles Due to Fall Hazard. The top clamp of the seat post can crack, posing a fall hazard to the user.

Contact: Advanced Sports International toll‐free at 888-286‐6263 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.fujibikes.com  or www.breezerbikes.com and click on “Recall Notice” at the bottom of the page for more information.

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GE Appliances Recalls Top-Loading Clothes Washers Due to Fire Hazard, where an electrical component in the washers can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

They've been sold at Best Buy, Lowe’s, Sears, The Home Depot and other stores for between $900 and $1,400.

There have been 71 reports of internal washer components burning or catching fire, including three reports of fires resulting in about $129,000 in property damage.

Contact: GE Appliances toll-free at 877-830-9732 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.geappliances.com and click “Recall Information” at the bottom of the page for more information.

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Interlogix Recalls to Inspect Personal Panic Devices Due to Failure to Operate in an Emergency​. The wireless personal panic devices can fail to operate, which could result in the device not communicating with the security system if activated in the event of an emergency.

Contact: Interlogix at 800-394-4988 Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. PT, email at  HYPERLINK "mailto:questions@interlogix.com" questions@interlogix.com, or online at HYPERLINK "http://www.interlogix.com"www.interlogix.com and click on  HYPERLINK "http://www.interlogix.com/news/interlogix-wireless-personal-panic-devices-recall"  Customer Service for more information.



Monday, November 28, 2016

Recalls: BLACK+DECKER, HAUS, POLARIS and TOYS R US

Recalls: BLACK+DECKER, HAUS, POLARIS and TOYS R US

Today we have recalls noted for electric blowers, mosquito zappers, off-road vehicles and pacifiers with a choking hazard from Toys R Us.

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BLACK+DECKER™ Recalls Electric Blower/Vacuum/Mulchers Due to Laceration Hazard. The fan cover can unlatch unexpectedly, posing a laceration hazard.

Contact: BLACK+DECKER toll-free at 866-937-9805 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.blackanddecker.com and click on Safety Recalls for more information. Consumers can also email the firm at recall@sbdinc.com.

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Just in time for the holidays, Amazon Gift Cards!

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HAUS Mosquito Zapper LED Light Bulbs Recalled by Creative Sourcing Due to Shock Hazard.  The light bulb’s base can separate from the connector, posing an electrical shock hazard.

Contact: Creative Sourcing International/Haus toll-free at 888-521-8326 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email at hauswares@kalorik.com, or online at www.hauswares.com and click on Recall Information for more information.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Beware Those Needing Help & Be Careful Who You Open Your Door To

Be Careful Who You Open Your Door To

We always want to help people, it's in (most of) our nature. But when we offer our assistance, we still have to be very careful and in the process, can become vulnerable. I've seen where people stop to help traffic accident victims, rushing in from their car, while evil-doers steal their rescuers car. And other such events. Below, is an excerpt from a neighborhood  Facebook group I am a part of, and in it, is an excellent illustration of a real-life scam.

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Last night at around 8:15pm, my elderly mother opened the door to a teen girl who was banging on our door, acting frantic, insisting my mother let her use her phone as her phone was stolen by someone who jumped her.

When I overheard what was happening, I jumped in. The girl was incoherent and managed to mutter her friend needed help and was up in the cemetery. This girl had cuts on her face and a bloody mouth. She then spit out a tooth on our porch!

I had my phone in my hand and she was reaching for it insisting I let her use it to 'call someone'. She began to walk into our house. I said, 'No!' and pointed toward the outside. She backed up and was again on the porch. Her friend then ran up. She also had cuts and a black eye! Neither of them would tell me what was going on. The young lady was aggressive, incoherent and not cooperative enough for me to feel comfortable with assisting fully.

I told them I was calling 911 and to be prepared for the POLICE to arrive to assist them. She again reached for my phone and I rebuffed her attempt, stating that the POLICE would help.


MyPillow Fined A Million For False Advertising

MY PILLOW fined for false advertising

This is an excellent example of what consumer research can do for you!

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Today we learned that the maker of MyPillow, is going to be paying out a million settlement fee/fine for false advertising. The product TV ads used to say that folks having trouble with fibromyalgia, restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea can benefit from using their pillow.

Apparently they made these and other claims, without the backing of any kind of human trial!

Oops.

But off these claims, they've sold over 18 million pillows. I'm thinking a million is a little easy to get off with!

But how is this an example of consumer research?  Easy!

A few months ago I saw an ad for the pillow and their sales pitch caught my eye, as I thought to myself that I could use that pillow.


But then I did what I always do when I see something that catches my eye. I hit up the web and did some research. When I looked up 'consumer reviews my pillow,' I saw enough skepticism and other kinds of remarks about the product that sent me scurrying off to the land of "I did not spend $100 on a pillow!"

And I moved on.

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Moral of the story... Don't trust what the advertisers say. They're out to sell things. Instead, always check on consumer reviews or reports and judge for yourself if something is worth looking into or buying.

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