Black Diamond is recalling, after an inspection, about 1.16 million carabiners for climbing in the United States and 81,000 in Canada.
Some of the carabiner can unexpectedly open and allow the rope to become detached, posing a risk of injury or death to climbers from a fall, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
Specialized Bicycle Components is recalling about 110,000 Specialized Flux and Stix Sport and Comp model bicycle headlights and taillights.
The company has received four reports of the Flux headlights or taillights overheating and two reports of Stix headlights expanding and bursting. No injuries have been reported, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
The bicycle headlights and taillights were sold separately as aftermarket equipment.They have rechargeable batteries with USB ports.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission sent a letter Friday to manufacturers of self-balancing scooters urging them to comply with voluntary standards.
The commission said self-balancing scooters that don’t meet voluntary safety standards pose an unreasonable risk of fire to consumers.
From Dec. 1 through Feb. 17, the commission received reports from consumers in 24 states of 52 self-balancing scooter fires resulting in more than $2 million in property damage, including the destruction of two homes and a car.
Nearly 55 percent of consumers will celebrate Valentine’s Day, spending an average of $146.84 on flowers, jewelry, candy, clothing, and more, up from $142.31 last year. Total spending is expected to reach $19.7 billion, according to a survey for the National Retail Federation.
When it comes to the top gifts this Valentine’s Day, 50 percent of consumers surveyed said they plan to buy candy, spending a total of $1.7 billion.
Nearly four in 10 of those celebrating the holiday plan to treat their dates to a night out at a restaurant, tickets to a show, or another experience, spending a record total of $4.5 billion, the highest since the federation began tracking spending on gifts in 2010.
Thirteen manufacturers and distributers are recalling about 1.3 million bicycles equipped with front disc brakes and quick-release levers in the United Stated and about 245,000 in Canada and about 9,000 in Mexico.
An open quick-release lever on the bicycle’s front wheel hub can come into contact with the front disc brake rotor causing the front wheel to come to a sudden stop or separate from the bicycle, posing a risk of injury to the rider, the companies and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
There have been three incidents reported in which an open quick-release lever came into contact with the bike's front disc brake assembly and caused the front wheel to come to a sudden stop or separate from the bicycle.
Pro Performance Sports is recalling about 52,000 SKLZ recoil 360 all-position resistance trainers.
A weld on a ring on the resistance trainer’s belt can break during use and cause the resistance trainer’s flexible cord to quickly and unexpectedly retract and hit an exercise partner who is holding the other end, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The firm has received three reports of the weld on the resistance trainer breaking and resulting in serious injuries, including blunt trauma to a lower leg, a puncture wound, and a laceration.
I’ll be shopping at the January sales. It’s often possible to get a good deal on a warm, winter coat, which usually costs big bucks in the fall. It’s something I need to get me through the winter months in the chilly Seattle area weather.
In addition to winter clothing, on which you can save as much as 60 percent, Offers.com recommends looking for these bargains:
Holiday décor – Retailers will cut prices on decorations by as much as 70 percent to clear out holiday inventory.
Furniture – Stores are looking to make room for the new lines of furniture they’ll unveil in February. Expect sales of up to 70 percent off.
Bicycles – Many people don’t like to ride bicycles in the winter weather. Stores that sell bikes looking to sell inventory will be cutting prices as much as 50 percent.
Since it’s early in the New Year, many Americans are making New Year’s resolutions and starting a new diet or exercise program.
But, a new survey from Consumer Reports finds that as many as one in four consumers try to shortcut the process with the use of weight-loss supplements.
The survey shows consumer confusion about the safety and effectiveness of these products with 20 percent of respondents saying they thought that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration tests and guarantees the safety and effectiveness of supplements. However, the FDA regulates supplements like foods is regulated – they’re generally considered safe unless shown not to be.