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April 2021

Don’t use Peloton Tread+ if you have kids or pets, CPSC warns

The U.S. CPSC is warning consumers about the danger of the Peloton Tread+ exercise machine after incidents of small children and a pet being injured beneath the machines. The CPSC has found that the public health and safety requires this notice to warn the public quickly about the hazard. Read more →


Sport avalanche transceivers are being recalled by Black Diamond due to loss of communication that could lead to injury or death

Black Diamond is recalling about 66,100 sport avalanche transceivers in the U.S. and about 12,500 in Canada. Black Diamond has received 65 reports of the transceiver modes switching unexpectedly while in use. One death and a skier who was caught in an avalanche and injured were reported. Read more →


Safest Family on the Block offers big sweepstakes with valuable safety prizes

Safest Family on the Block, an organization dedicated to helping parents run a safe and secure household, is offering a sweepstakes. You could win $500 worth of family safety resources, communication tools, and gear. One lucky winner will receive books, first aid and tool kits, and AAA membership. Read more →


Always be on the alert for credit card scams

First, I received emails from my credit union that $1,500 then $2,300 were possible fraudulent charges. I called and sure enough, a scammer from Sweden was trying to charge those amount to my credit card. The credit union flagged the fraudulent charges, and the money was never charged to me. Read more →


Federal court rules that USDA didn’t consider worker safety when it eliminated limits on line speeds in pork plants

A federal district court in Minneapolis has ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture acted unlawfully when it eliminated limits on the speeds at which plants run their slaughter lines without considering the increased risk of injury to plant workers. Read more →


Ellipsis Jetpack mobile hotspots are being recalled by Verizon due to fire and burn hazards

Verizon is recalling about 2.5 million Ellipsis Jetpack mobile hotspots. The lithium ion battery in the hotspots can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. Verizon has received 15 reports of overheating, including six reports of fire damage to bedding or flooring and two reports of minor burn injuries. Read more →


Consumer Reports recommendations on specific products to be easily available to consumers before they buy autos, other products in new program

Consumer Reports is launching CR Recommended, a program to bring Consumer Reports recommendations easily to consumers before they buy autos and other products. When consumers shop online, at a dealership, or in a store, they’ll see a “CR Recommended” mark for products. Read more →


Debt collector and owner fined and banned from business for threatening consumers with legal action

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued an order Tuesday against a debt collector and its owner for harassing thousands of consumers, falsely threatening them with legal action. The CFPB found that Yorba Capital Management and its former owner, Daniel Portilla Jr., violated federal law. Read more →