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February 2011

Recall of the Week: Pier 1 Imports’ golden tea lights due to fire hazard

About 370,000 golden tea lights with ornamental holders in United States and 30,000 tea lights in Canada are being recalled by Pier 1 imports. The flame from the tea lights can burn with a high flame, posing a fire hazard. The firm has received four reports of high flames. In... Read more →

2011 Academy Awards nominated movies often too violent, dark

Last year, I wrote that the movies getting the Academy Award nod didn’t live up to the potential of what the powerful movie industry, one of the main purveyors of American popular culture, could achieve. This year, it’s more of the same. It seems as though Hollywood executives sat around... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Burlington Basket Company bassinets due to fall hazard

About 500,000 Burlington Basket Company bassinets are being recalled. If the cross-bracing rails aren’t fully locked into position, the bassinets can collapse causing the infant to fall to the floor or fall within the bassinet and suffer injuries. The company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have received 10... 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: Writing consumer articles for WalletPop This week, I started writing consumer protection articles for the Consumer Ally section of WalletPop. My... Read more →

Watch out for deals that don’t save you money at Presidents’ Day sales

It a strange way to honor two of America’s greatest presidents – going shopping. Seeing George Washington and Abraham Lincoln’s images used to sell clothing, cars, electronics, white goods, and carpeting seems, well, disrespectful. How did this shopping extravaganza emerge? Presidents Day sales were created by a car a salesman,... Read more →