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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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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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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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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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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Monday, May 2, 2016

COLEMAN, FISHER-PRICE, IKEA, TRUMP & STAPLES Recalls

COLEMAN, FISHER-PRICE, IKEA, TRUMP & STAPLES Recalls

Check out these recalls below and see if they impact your day-to-day use!

Coleman Recalls Flashlights Due to Fire Hazard   

Product: Coleman® CTAC Lithium-Ion Flashlights

The lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Contact: Coleman at 800-835-3278 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, email at consumerservice@coleman.com or online at www.coleman.com and click on “Safety Information” under the “Customer Support” tab at the bottom of the page and then click on “CTAC Lithium-Ion Flashlight Recall” for more information. 

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Fisher-Price Recalls Infant Cradle Swings Due to Fall Hazard

When the seat peg is not fully engaged the seat can fall unexpectedly, posing a risk of injury to the child.

Contact: Fisher-Price at 800-432-5437 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.service.mattel.com and click on Recalls & Safety Alerts for more information.

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IKEA Recalls Children’s Bat Cape Costumes Due to Strangulation Hazard

Product: Children’s LATTJO Bat Cape Costumes

The fabric hook and loop fastener at the neck of the bat cape can fail to detach readily during use.

Contact: IKEA toll-free at 888-966-4532 anytime or online at www.ikea-usa.com  and click on Press Room at the bottom of the page, then Product Recalls for more information.

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Ivanka Trump Scarves Recalled by GBG Accessories Group Due to Violation of Federal Flammability Standard.

Contact: GBG Accessories Group toll-free at 888-771-9047 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or via email at IvankaTrumpRecall@globalbrandsgroup.com for more information.