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August 2010

Recall of the Week: Counterfeit BlackBerry-branded cell phone batteries due to fire hazard

About 470,000 counterfeit BlackBerry-branded cell phone batteries in refurbished devices are being recalled by Asurion, a Tennessee distributor. The counterfeit batteries can overheat, posing burn and fire hazards. Asurion has received two reports of the batteries overheating, causing minor burns to a consumer's finger and minor property damage to a... Read more →


What were your best and worst consumer experiences this week?

Which consumer experiences 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: Great bargains at Old Navy My daughter and I went shopping for school clothes for my grandchildren. We found good prices at... Read more →


Community celebrates ‘Votes for Women’ at annual parade

One hundred years ago, women in Washington state were granted the right to vote. Olympia residents recently marked the anniversary at the community’s annual Lakefair celebration. About 50 residents dresses as suffragettes and enlightened men of the Golden West marched in the Lakefair Parade. Some rode in antique cars provided... Read more →


Tattooing increases hepatitis C, other health risks

Youth, prison inmates, and individuals with multiple tattoos that cover large parts of their bodies are at higher risk of contracting hepatitis C and other blood-borne diseases, according to a University of British Columbia study. The researchers reviewed and analyzed 124 studies from 30 countries, including Canada, Iran, Italy, Brazil,... Read more →


Consumers file thousands of complaints against satellite TV providers

In the past three years, more than 53,000 customers have complained to the Better Business Bureau about satellite TV providers, with 39,000 of those complaints filed against DirecTV and 13,000 filed against Dish Network. Many complaints stem from fees and terms outlined in the customer agreement. The BBB recommends that... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Valley Meat Co. beef products due to possible E. coli contamination

Valley Meat Co., a California firm, is recalling about one million pounds of frozen ground beef patties and bulk ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service or FSIS announced this week. FSIS became aware of the... Read more →


What were your best and worst consumer experiences this week?

Which consumer experiences 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 set of great photos of ‘suffragettes’ marching in the Lakefair Parade It’s the 100th anniversary of votes for women in Washington... Read more →