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June 2011

Long-awaited, tougher crib standards finally adopted

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist Yesterday, new crib standards went into effect that will help protect children from injuries and death. All importers, distributors, manufacturers, and retailers must offer only cribs that meet the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's new full-size and non-full-size crib standards. Among the new rules... Read more →


Watch out for fake e-mails saying they’re from the FDIC

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has received many reports of fraudulent e-mails that say they’re from the FDIC. The e-mails appear to be sent from various "@fdic.gov" e-mail addresses, such as "subscriptions@fdic.gov," "alert@fdic.gov," or “accounts@fdic.gov.” They have subject lines that read: "FDIC: Your Business... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Pourable NAPAfire and FIREGEL Gel Fuel bottles and jugs

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist About 460,000 Pourable NAPAfire and FIREGEL Gel Fuel bottles and jugs distributed by Napa Home & Garden are being recalled. The pourable gel fuel can ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people and objects nearby when it is poured into a firepot that is still... Read more →


Top 10 tips for cleaning out your parents’ home

By Susan Devaney, CEO, Moving Mavins Guest Blogger Downsizing isn’t just about the stuff. It’s about the emotions and fears of becoming invisible as the trappings of a life are moved out into the larger world, or worse, into a dumpster or big black trash bag. So keep these tips... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery Knife Sets due to laceration hazard

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist Calphalon Corp. is recalling about 217,000 Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery Knife Sets in the United States and 300 in Canada. The tips of the 8- inch slicing knife and/or the 8-inch bread knife can protrude through the bottom slot row on the wooden block holder,... Read more →