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May 2011

Consumer group asks FDA to pull Alzheimer’s drug from market

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist A drug used to treat moderate or severe cases of Alzheimer’s disease should be removed from the market immediately because of its risk of serious adverse effects and its lack of effectiveness, Public Citizen and a geriatrician from Johns Hopkins said in a petition... Read more →


Online marketers scammed consumers out of more than $450 million dollars with 'free' trial offers, FTC charges

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist Jesse Willms and 10 companies he controls allegedly raked in more than $450 million from consumers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand by luring them into "free" or "risk-free" offers, and then charging them for products and services... Read more →


Southwest Airlines best, US Airways worst, in survey of airline consumers

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist Comfort issues and excessive fees are sore points for air travelers and are among the major reasons many are traveling less, according to a survey of nearly 15,000 passengers by Consumer Reports. Eight of the 10 major airlines that Consumer Reports readers rated received... Read more →


Safety agency urges consumers not to use phil&teds USA clip-on-table top chairs due to serious dangers to children

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist Consumers shouldn’t use some "metoo" clip-on table top chairs imported by phil&teds USA, because they put young children at risk of serious injury due to several safety hazards, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warns in a statement. The commission is urging consumers to... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Telstar and Electra brand light bulbs due to fire hazard

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist About 317,000 light bulbs are being recalled by Telstar Products, doing business as Sprint International Inc. The light bulbs can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers. Telstar Products has received two reports of fires. In one, the fire was contained to the light... Read more →


What were your best and worst consumer experiences this week?

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist 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: Getting a refund from IKEA Since I’m having company this summer, I ordered a day... Read more →


Consumer groups urge Congress to reject bill that weakens product safety laws

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist A coalition of consumer, health, and safety groups today called on Congress to reject a bill that would diminish the effectiveness of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, a law that keeps unsafe toys and products off the shelves. Passed in 2008, the act... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Ryobi ¼ sheet sanders due to laceration hazard

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist One World Technologies Inc. is recalling about 300,000 Ryobi ¼ sheet sanders Pieces of the fan can break off from the fan assembly and be ejected from the product, posing a laceration hazard to consumers, One World Technologies said in a joint statement with... Read more →