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October 2011

Recall of the Week: Big Lots recalling Glider Recliners with Ottomans due to entrapment and finger crushing hazards

By Rita R. Robison Big Lots is recalling about 375,000 Microfiber Glider Recliners with Ottomans and Leather Glider Recliners with Ottomans. An exposed gap between the moving parts of the chair and the base framework can allow access to toddlers and infants, posing an entrapment hazard, the company said in... Read more →

Top 10 costumes for kids, adults, and pets for 2011

By Rita R. Robison Are you planning to dress up for Halloween this year? More adults are wearing Halloween costumes this year, joining the throngs of kids enjoying the spooky holiday. Zombie costumes are increasing in popularity for kids and grownups alike. More than 2.6 million men, women, and children... Read more →

Don’t let rip-off Halloween stores and websites ruin your celebration

By Rita R. Robison More consumers are expected to celebrate Halloween this year than ever before and spending is estimated to reach $6.86 billion, reports the National Retail Federation. The Better Business Bureau advises consumers to use caution when shopping with seasonal stores and fly-by-night websites for costumes and other... Read more →

What are great Halloween costumes for baby boomers this year?

By Rita R. Robison With Halloween costumes getting more and more risqué and bazaar, what’s a good, age-appropriate costume for baby boomers to wear to upcoming parties? Kate Forgach, a baby boomer consumer writer for Kinoli Inc., offers these suggestions: Men Muammar Gaddafi You'll need a black curly wig, red... Read more →

Recall of the Week: BUSA children’s folding tent due to laceration and puncture hazards

By Rita R. Robison IKEA North America Service is recalling about 58,000 BUSA children’s folding tents, 51,000 in the United States and 7,000 in Canada The steel wire frame of the tent can break, producing sharp wire ends that can protrude through the tent fabric, posing a laceration or puncture... Read more →