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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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Recalls: Wristbands, Play Sets, Generators, Lamps, Strollers, + More

Recalls: Wristbands, Play Sets, Generators, Lamps, Strollers, + More

ALEX Toys Recalls Infant Building Play Sets Due to Choking Hazard.  Small parts of the plastic toy building sets can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Contact: ALEX toll-free at 844-310-6691 anytime or online at www.alexbrands.com and click on the “Recall Information” link beneath the carousel for more information.

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All Power Portable Generators Recalled by J.D. North America Due to Explosion, Fire and Burn Hazards

The fuel tank can leak, posing explosion, fire and burn hazards.

Contact: J.D. North America toll-free at (844) 287-4655 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, by email at apggrecall@jdna.com, or online at www.allpoweramerica.com and click on the APGG Recall link for more information.

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Cree Recalls LED T8 Lamps Due to Burn Hazard; Includes T8 Lamps Provided as Replacements in Previous Recall

The recalled lamps can overheat and melt, posing a burn hazard.

Contact: Cree toll-free at 888-338-7883 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, email at T8Rledlamps@cree.com or online at www.cree.com and click on “Recalls” for more information.

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Dorel Juvenile Recalls Safety 1st Strollers Due to Fall Hazard.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Recalls: STARBUCKS, MARVEL, HOME DEPOT and more...

Recalls: STARBUCKS, MARVEL, HOME DEPOT

Today's list of recalls include products from LL Bean, Home Depot, Marvel Comics, and Starbucks!


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LL BEAN:

GSI Outdoors Recalls Children’s Water Bottles Due to Violation of Lead Standard; Sold Exclusively at L.L.Bean

"Kids’ insulated water bottles" are being recalled because the lead solder at the exterior base of the bottle contains high levels of lead.  Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health issues.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled water bottles and contact L.L.Bean for a full refund.

You can contact L.L.Bean at 800-555-9717 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET daily or online at www.llbean.com and click on “Recall & Safety Info” for more information.

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HOME DEPOT

Brown Jordan Services is Recalling their "Swivel Dining and Lounge Chairs" because the base of the chair can break during normal use, posing a fall hazard.

They're sold at Home Depot

Stop using the chairs and contact Brown Jordan Services toll-free at 855-899-2127 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET on Monday through Friday or online at www.bjsoutdoor.com can click on “Customer Care” and then “Recall Information” for more information.

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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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