Sunday, October 21, 2012

Recall for Upholstered Toddler Chairs

Today's product recall involves Children's Upholstered Toddler chairs from Trend Lab have an issue where the

"staples in the binding on the back of the chair may come loose, posing a laceration or choking hazard if swallowed."

The toddler chairs are in Club style and Mod style and are 24" wide by 18" tall by 17" deep.  They were sold through a few very popular outlets.

The Trend Lab name is on a label attached at the bottom of the chairs.  They will have date codes TL1007C through TL0812C.  These codes indicate the month & date of production, and include models that were put together between October 2007 (1007C) thru August 2012 (0812C) production.

Consumers... stop using the product and here's some contact info:

Trend Lab toll-free: (866) 814-7978.  You can call between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

You can also email them at Recall@trend-lab.com, or hit up the website at www.trend-lab.com and check out the link to Recall Information.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Product Recalls: Front Loading Washers, Wooden High Chairs, USB Wall Chargers

Today there are three product recalls I'm passing on.  The GE Profile™ frontload washing machines, Graco Classic Wood Highchairs & Atomi USB Wall Chargers.

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Here's a recall that you might not have seen yet:

GE put out a recall for their Front Load Washers due to an injury hazard that can come from the washer's basket.  It can separate during use, posing a hazard for injury.

No injuries have been reported yet, but GE is recalling their GE Profile™ frontload washing machines with model numbers beginning with WPDH8800, WPDH8900 and WPDH8910.

The suggestion is that consumers stop using the washer and contact GE for a free repair.

GE Appliances: (888) 641-9739 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.geappliances.com/products/recall

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Graco is recalling their Classic Wood Highchairs because the seat can come loose and the occupant can fall.  They've had 58 reports of the situation with a few injuries.

Graco brand Classic Wood Highchair involved have the model numbers 3C00BPN, 3C00BPN TC, 3C00CHY, 3C00CHY TC, 3C00CPO or 3C00CPO TC.

There's a free repair kit you can get.  Contact Graco at (800) 345-4109 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and, or visit the firm's website at www.gracobaby.com

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If you bought a USB wall charger at Burlington Coat Factory, Tuesday Morning or TJ MAxx, you might want to know about an overheating and smoking issue with some of them.

The recall is for the "Sharper Image USB wall chargers" that were made by Atomi.  They're apparently overheating and could burn a consumer.

No injuries but a few reports have been made about the overheating.

Consumers are being instructed to stop using the chargers.  The recall involves Sharper Image USB wall charger model numbers "TSI202" and "TSI260."

You can get a refund after returning the items.  Contact Atomi; Phone (800) 790-1440, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email info@atominy.com.

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That's all of the major recalls I have for you right now.   Thanks for coming by!

(We're also on Twitter and Facebook. (Though I'm not sure why the page keeps unpublishing itself.  Grr.))

Do You Really Need Good SEO? Maybe

There's an article over on jamesnorquay where they got to interview an ex-Googler and there were some great tidbits to be had from that piece!

Let's get right into what he had to say about website SEO...

On "links from a High PR" page: he said that doesn't have as much umph as many thought.  It's now a combination of PR and relevance.  Meaning if a high PR page on basket weaving links to your acid rock webpage, that won't give you as much search credit as it used to.

Beware of deploying spammy practices.  This means try not to weight your pieces with keyword storms.  Also make sure your content isn't scraped, synonymised or poorly written.  Apparently that will be black flagged by Google.

On good practices...

A good domain name, good page elements, good titles with no more than 2 commercial keywords & work on your site as if SEO was not a concern you might have.

In other words, write it like you mean it, then go back and fix it up for your SEO concerns.  AKA, add your relevant links, etc..

Don't buy links.  If you do, it's a matter of time when the Google Bot finds it and if Google blackmarks your site, you're doomed.  It takes forever to get out from under the discerning eye of Google.  I had experimented with a practice that would keep my competitors from seeing something I was doing.  (Competitors will steal from you without a moment's thought. Trust me on that one.)

Unfortunately, Google wants transparency in the world.  For me, after my experiment kicked in, my traffic dropped by about 50% and I was doomed.  I went back, removed my tricks and then, ever so slowly, in fact, way too slowly, I started to gain Google's trust back.  But it was a painful experiment, that's for sure.

I saw this article via  searchengineland

Source article:  jamesnorquay.com

If you can't open the source article, this cached version was available:  webcache.googleusercontent

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Kellogg's Mini-Wheats Recall

Kellogg is releasing a product recall of their Mini-Wheats products due to a potential of some metal mesh flakes that could have found its way into the cereal.  The metal flakes would have come from a faulty manufacturing part.

They've had no reports of any injuries or issues, but they're playing it safe.

The recall is for specific Mini-Wheats Bite Size cereal products.

"The recall covers roughly  282,000 cases of Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size Original and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size cereal with the letters KB, AP or FK before or after the best-before date. Most of the recalled products are cereal boxes, but some are single-serving bowls."

Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size Original cereal

    UPC 3800031829 - 18-ounce carton with Better if Used Before Dates between APR 01 2013 KB - SEP 21 2013 KB
    UPC 3800073444 - 18-ounce carton with Better if Used Before Dates between APR 01 2013 KB - SEP 21 2013 KB
    UPC 3800031834 - 24-ounce carton with Better if Used Before Dates between APR 01 2013 KB - SEP 21 2013 KB
    UPC 3800046954 - 30-ounce carton with Better if Used Before Dates between APR 01 2013 KB - SEP 21 2013 KB
    UPC 3800031921 - 70-ounce club store carton with Better if Used Before Dates APR 01 2013 KB - JUL 29 2013 KB
    UPC 3800004961 - single-serve bowl with Better if Used Before Dates between 04013 KB - 09213 KB
    UPC 3800021993 - single-serve carton with Better if Used Before Dates between AP 04013 - AP 09213 or FK 04013 - FK 09213

Kellogg's Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size cereal

    UPC 3800021983 - single serve carton with Better if Used Before Dates between FK 04013 - FK 09213
    UPC 3800035982 -18-ounce carton with Better if Used Before Dates between APR 01 2013 KB - SEP 21 2013 KB

Consumers with affected product or who have questions should contact us using the Contact Us feature on Kelloggs.com or call 800-962-1413 from 8 am to 6 pm Eastern Time, Monday - Friday.

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A Look At the SiriusXM Streaming App, Is It Worth It?

It took me a long time to break down and subscribe to the online content feed for SiriusXM.  I was adverse to it because I felt like this was something that should be included in our services that we already pay for.  But I was curious enough.

I finally broke down and forked over the extra monthly cash to receive the SiriusXM streaming package.  This allows one to get most but not all content over the web, via a web browser on your PC or a streaming app on your smarthphone.

And it's definitely "most" of, but not all content.

I love the new freedom of access this new package has.  I truly do.  I love being able to walk to work and listen to The Morning Drive.  I love sitting in my office at work and listen to the rest of the day's NASCAR content on Channel 90 of SiriusXM.

I Love it.  But...
There are a few issues that have been irking the living ...  "irk" out of me.

The app updates itself, and unlike every other app on my phone, you don't seem to have an option of when it will update.  It just does it.  When I'm pulling up my app, I hate the time it takes to download updates and other such things.  I want control over when an app updates itself so when I turn it on, it comes on.

I was once in a huge hurry and brought up Google Maps... and sure enough, while I'm in this huge rush, I was out of my maps app for about 10 minutes.  Grr.  Bad day, that's for sure because most of the time updates only take a few at best.

I have also noticed that after it updates itself, I find myself needing to "tune" into the one channel I always listen to.  At least the early updates were like that.  Not fond of that function.

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Up Time?

On a few occassions, I've found the app down and it impacted everyone who has the app.  After only a few months and two outages, that seems excessive.  (I'm still waiting for my partial rebate/refund for the time I could not access the product I pay for.)

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Channel Numbers are not in our grasp
If you know the channel number you want to go to, good luck!  The app does not have channel numbers.  If you need to go find your NASCAR SiriusXM channel, you have to look up sports (category), then scroll until you find what you're looking for.  That seems to be a short coming. (At least at the time of this article publication date of 10/10/12)

I did spend an afternoon cruising the menus and I've set some favorite channels so that I don't need to do the scrolling dance.  That's helped there.  But if you like many channels, well, I'm not sure what to say.

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Exit Time Is a Challenge

As far as exiting the app, again, it's a bit cumbersome.

Most apps are quick to close/exit but the SiriusXM app requires you to muck with the control bar at the bottom of the screen, slide over to settings, then choose exit from the settings screen.

Exit should not be a settig and exiting an app should not be a multi-step process.

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Idle Time

I can't decide if this is a good or bad feature, but after 90 minutes or 2 hours (I haven't timed it yet), the app shuts down, with a pop-up, stating something about inactivity and requesting you to acknowledge additional streaming or not.

This seems annoying... I like settling in and listening.  But I can see where if someone forgot to disengage the app, where this could be useful.

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Limited Content

Almost all the content is on the streaming app.  But I've found a few times where the content is not available.  For NASCAR, they have "driver2crew" channels each weekend.  THOSE ARE NOT available on the app.

And I presume that there's other content not available.

But on the other hand, you can get online on the website and find the replays of shows you like and stream them later.  Or when listening to content live, you can actually back up the reception and listen to delayed content.

It's OK in these and a few other regards.

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Online Support?  Sure!

If you do run into an issue, there's a Twitter account manned by some eager folks who hover over the timeline of the account.  It is SXM_Help on Twitter and they are pretty responsive.  At least every time I've mentioned something to them, they've engaged me within a few hours of my posting.

They've even seen one of my random lobs out into Twitter-space that was directed at no one about the app and they've come calling, asking me what's up.

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In Closing

I hate to say it, but even though I'm opposed to this extra fee, it's a pretty neat package when you have access to a smartphone or a computer.  I don't recommend listening at work.  Bandwidth gets noticed by bosses and that could get you in trouble, depending on your company.  A friend of mine once worked at a place that blocked each site she visited, once she visited it more than once.  It was weird and very ...  (I don't have a good word for it.).

So if you have the bucks, go for it.  I think you'll enjoy tooling down the street  listening to your SiriusXM Satellite content.  You won't need to be in plain view of any satellite and coverage is as good as your cell's network coverage is.
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Suspension Trainer Product Recall

There's a product recall out on Early Model Suspension Trainer Devices Due to a Fall Hazard.  The recall is by Fitness Anywhere on their Suspension Trainer Devices from Fitness Anywhere LLC, of San Francisco, Calif.

The recall is based on the discovery that the strap length-adjustment buckles can break, posing a fall hazard.  There have been 570 reports of the strap length-adjustment buckles breaking.  A few head, face, shoulder and hip injuries have been reported in relation to the strap breaking.

"This recall involves older model "Professional" (P1) and "Tactical" (T1) TRX Suspension Trainer devices manufactured between January 2006 and July 2007. The recalled products' anchor straps are yellow or khaki nylon with a carabiner at the top end and a black nylon loop on the bottom end. A black and yellow or black and khaki nylon strap is threaded through the black nylon loop on the anchor strap to form a "Y." On each side of the "Y," the strap has a cam buckle, which is used to adjust the length of the straps. Each end of the "Y" strap has a foam-covered hand grip and a foot cradle. The recalled devices have hand grips with no end bumpers, which are black plastic caps covering the ends and preventing the plastic under the foam from being exposed. They do not have an extra nylon loop, called a locking loop, attached at the point where the anchor strap and the "Y" straps are joined and designed to limit the slippage of the straps. The recalled products also have badges on the straps with the TRX logo and the word "Professional" (for P1 devices) or "Tactical" (for T1 devices) on them. The words and logo are surrounded by raised dots or have double lines through them."

Stop using it if you have one and contact Fitness Anywhere to arrange to return the recalled product for a replacement TRX Suspension Trainer device. Return authorization is required prior to returning the units.

You can contact Fitness Anywhere toll-free at (888)-221-7417 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT or CustomerCare@trxtraining.com, or visit the company's website at www.trxtraining.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml13/13001.html

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Recall of Garden Swings from Big Lots

If you purchased a Big Lots garden swing between March 2012 through June 2012 that cost around $130, you might want to do a double take.

The Big Lots Garden Swings (Wilson & Fisher Garden Swings) are associated with a concerned Fall Hazard because it's been noted that the wooden seat can possibly break while "in use."  Meaning while you're in swing mode/motion!

There have been a few reports of breaks and some with scrapes and scratches.

additional details via press release

Description: This recall involves Wilson & Fisher log-style swing sets sold in a natural wood finish. The swing's two-person bench seat is suspended between two wooden A-frame supports. Assembly instructions sold with the swings have item number JY1107 and SKU number 210020400 printed on the sheet.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled swing sets, detach the bench seat and return it to any Big Lots store for a full refund. Consumers should destroy the remaining components.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact the firm toll-free at (866) 244-5687 between 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.biglots.com and click on recalls.

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12282.html


Product Recall for Prestigio Office Chairs from Office Depot

True Innovations has recalled Prestigio Office Chairs do to the possibility of a Fall Hazard.  These chairs were sold exclusively at Office Depot.

The chairs are called the Realspace Soho Prestigio High-Back Leather Chair and they were manufactured by True Innovations LLC, of Hong Kong, China

The issue discovered is that the seat plate can break, posing a fall and/or injury hazard to consumers.

There have been 78 reported of incidents involving seat plates.

The seats have a leather h-back leather, came in black and had a five-leg metallic finish base with casters.  IF you're wondering if you might be impacted, the SKU number 181-265 and the words "Realspace Soho" and "Prestigio High-Back Chair Black Leather" are printed on a label that's on the underside of the seat.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the chairs and contact True Innovations for a free seat repair kit including a replacement seat plate and an installation tool.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact True Innovations at (800) 379-9773 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.trueinnovations.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12276.html
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