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February 2016

Recall of the Week: Apple travel adapter kits and plugs due to electric shock

Apple is recalling about 814,000 AC adapter kits and plug adapters in the United States and about 81,000 in Canada. The two-prong wall plug adapters for Australia/New Zealand/Argentina, Brazil, Continental Europe, and Korea can break and expose the metal portion of the adapter, posing an electric shock risk, the company... Read more →

Some great movies among 2015 Academy Award nominations, but moviemakers still churning out too much violence

Although there are some of the typical overtly violent movies among the 2015 Academy Award nominated movies, there are some well-done movies as well. Here are my picks to receive the Oscars: Best Picture – “Spotlight” and “The Big Short” Both are excellent and are actually about something rather than... Read more →

Don’t be fooled: Scammers offering debt relief for mortgages and student loans

If you’re stressed about the money you owe, a company’s promise to lower your mortgage or student loan payment might seem like a good plan. However, dishonest companies promising debt relief can make a bad situation worse. The Federal Trade Commission filed charges against Good EBusiness Wednesday for debt relief... Read more →

Baby boomer bloggers are busy traveling, blogging, and rightsizing

Tom Sightings of Sightings Over Sixty is the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #438. Sightings reports on what members of our blogging group are up to in the states of Colorado, New Jersey, Washington, New York, and California. They’re taking a dip in a hot springs, visiting... Read more →

Cancer risk greater from Lumber Liquidators flooring than previously announced

Photo: Dwight Burdette The possible health effects, including cancer, from exposure to formaldehyde emitted from laminate flooring samples were underestimated in an announcement made earlier this month, federal health officials said Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the cancer risks to consumers who have installed the flooring... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Toyota RAV4 SUVs due to defective seatbelts

Toyota is recalling about 1.1 sports utility vehicles the United States due to a seatbelt separation issue. If a severe frontal crash occurs, it’s possible the seat belts in the second-row window seats could get cut by the metal seat cushion frame and separate, Toyota said. If this happens, the... Read more →

After $2 million dollars in damage since Dec. 1, safety agency urges makers of self-balancing scooters to make sure their products meet voluntary standards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission sent a letter Friday to manufacturers of self-balancing scooters urging them to comply with voluntary standards. The commission said self-balancing scooters that don’t meet voluntary safety standards pose an unreasonable risk of fire to consumers. From Dec. 1 through Feb. 17, the commission received... Read more →

Top stories on this blog for 2015

It’s rewarding to be able to reach so many readers with consumer news through blogging. I’ve just passed the 1 million page views mark on my two blogs. Since 2008, I’ve written 4,200 articles. I’ve been busy as 2016 unfolds, especially writing articles about huge fines to corporations for various... Read more →

Two more companies announce healthier food moves

Consumers are demanding healthier food choices, and some companies are responding. Jack in the Box is the latest restaurant chain to remove soda and other sugary drinks from its Kids’ Combos. It joins McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Dairy Queen, and Applebee’s, which have all made similar moves. Subway and Panera... Read more →

Three new national monuments designated in California desert

Pres. Barack Obama has designated three new national monuments: the Sand to Snow National Monument, Mojave Trails National Monument, and Castle Mountains National Monument in Southern California. The new monuments, located in San Bernardino and Riverside counties about an hour from Los Angeles and an hour from Las Vegas, protect... Read more →