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February 2010

Recall of the Week: Bristol model and Martha Stewart Collection enameled steel tea kettles

About 132,000 Copco and Wild Leaf Tea Co. Bristol model and Martha Stewart Collection enameled steel tea kettles are being recalled, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Distributed by Copco, a division of Wilton Industries Inc., of Woodridge, Ill., the tea kettle handle can come loose, posing a burn... Read more →


What were your best and worst consumer experiences this week?

Which consumer happenings cheered you recently and which ones made you want to scream or weep?

 Here are my best and worst consumer experiences this week: My best: Several dozen bright, beautiful photos from Ritz CameraI’m working on selling greeting cards locally featuring my photos. I had a great time... Read more →


Do household cleaners contain ingredients linked to asthma, nerve damage, and other health effects?

Manufacturers of household cleaners often don’t label products so consumers know what’s in them. But an overlooked law that authorizes the commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to require household cleaning product manufacturers to disclose their chemical ingredients and information about the health risks they pose... Read more →


New credit card law will save consumers billions a year

The Credit CARD Act of 2009, which went into effect Feb. 22, will save American consumers billions of dollars by banning unfair or deceptive practices. Two of these practices – retroactive rate increases and “hair-trigger” penalty interest rates – were costing U.S. consumers a minimum of $10 billion per year,... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Kikkerland foldable step stools due to fall hazard

About 13,000 Kikkerland easy-fold and easy-store step stools distributed by Kikkerland Design Inc., of New York, N.Y., are being recalled due to fall hazard.The step stools can crack or break, causing consumers to fall, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The firm has received nine reports of the stools... Read more →


What were your best and worst consumer experiences this week?

Which consumer happenings cheered you recently and which ones made you want to scream or weep? Here are my best and worst consumer experiences this week: My best: A great workshop for baby boomers “Change,” a workshop to help boomers get through the changes they’re experiencing and figure out what... Read more →