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December 2010

Recall of the Week: Space heaters sold at Wal-Mart due to fire and burn hazard

About 2.2 million Flow Pro, Airtech, Aloha Breeze, and Comfort Essentials heaters imported by Wal-Mart Stores are being recalled. The heaters can malfunction and cause overheating, smoking, burning, melting, and fire. Wal-Mart has received 21 reports of incidents, which included 11 reports of property damage beyond the heater. Injuries were... Read more →


What was your best and worst consumer experiences this week?

Which consumer happenings cheered you this week and which ones made you want to scream or weep? Here are my best and worst consumer experiences this week: My best: Buying new gloves It’s cold here. My hands get chapped, and the skin cracks and even bleeds. When I lost one... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Rachael Ray teakettle due to burn hazard

About 59,000 Rachael Ray brand two-quart teakettles are being recalled by the Meyer Corp. Water heated in the teakettles can spill and spray while being poured, posing a burn hazard. The firm received eight complaints about the spilling of hot water from the teakettle's spout. Four of the complaints included... Read more →


What were your best and worst consumer experiences this week?

Which consumer happenings cheered you this week and which ones made you want to scream or weep? Here are my best and worst consumer experiences this week: My best: Winning the arbitration for my roof The arbitrator gave his decision. He found in my favor regarding my lawsuit on a... Read more →


Top three safety tips for children’s toys this holiday season

Although new toy safeguards have contributed to a decline in toy recalls since 2008 and toy-related fatalities decreased in 2009, toy-related injuries are increasing, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In 2009, about 186,000 emergency room-treated injuries occurred related to toys with children younger than 15. This is up... Read more →