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November 2014

Recall of the Week: Bob-Cat riding mowers due to crash hazard

Bob-Cat is recalling about 4,900 Bob-Cat zero turn riding mowers. The steering control arm component can break under normal use, causing the driver to lose control and crash, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. Control arm failure has been reported in 22 incidents, including failure during use... Read more →

Shopping tips for Cyber Monday

If you don’t like shopping on Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday isn’t your thing, and you skipped Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday sales may interest you. ShopSavvy, a mobile shopping app, offers its analysis of holiday sales, looking at data from the top 100 retailers to determine which stores have meaningful... Read more →

Sony to provide consumer refunds to settle FTC charges of misleading ads for PlayStation Vita

By Bridget Small, Consumer Education Specialist Federal Trade Commission If a company promises a new and innovative handheld gaming console, you’d expect the features to work as described in their ads, right? That wasn’t the case with ads for the PlayStation Vita. And now the company will offer partial refunds... Read more →

Today’s consumer tip: Best stores for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping list of the best stores for Black Friday shopping includes: Amazon, Newegg, Best Buy, Walmart, and Tiger Direct. For Cyber Monday, its recommendations include: Google Play, Home Depot, Ralph Lauren, Joe’s New Balance Outlet, Boscov’s, 6pm, Tommy Hilfer, Groupon, Crocs, and REI-Outlet. Happy shopping, and remember to compare prices... Read more →

Today’s consumer tip: How to keep from gaining weight at Thanksgiving dinner

The average American consumes about 3,500 calories during Thanksgiving dinner. You can make changes in every course of the traditional holiday meal that will reduce the calories to 1,000. They include: eat white turkey meat; use low fat broth to make gravy or freeze roasting pan drippings to make it... Read more →

Tips for making Thanksgiving a happy holiday for your pets

Thanksgiving can be stressful for humans, but sometimes people don’t realize it can be challenging also for their pets. The Seattle Animal Shelter offers holiday tips to help you make Thanksgiving a safe one for the pets in your family. “Holidays are stressful enough,” said Mary Ellen Zoulas, D.V.M., medical... Read more →

Today’s consumer tip: Think safety to avoid accidents as you celebrate Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a day of joy. The kitchen is bustling, and kids love to be involved in holiday preparations. However, accidents can happen before you know it. Some tips to avoid disasters are: keep children away from the stove, stay in the kitchen when you’re cooking on the stovetop, stay... Read more →