Consumer Protection Feed

Tank top propane heaters are being recalled by Harbor Freight Tools due to burn hazard

Harbor Freight Tools is recalling about 350,000 One Stop Gardens 15,000 and 30,000 BTU Tank Top Propane Heaters. In windy weather, the flame can be directed to the back of the heater, which can melt the “tip switch” safety shut off feature at the back of the heater. Read more →


Safety agency urges vacation rental platforms to require owners to disable residential elevators until they can be inspected

After another death of a young child in a residential elevator, the CPSC Tuesday asked vacation rental platforms, AirBnB, Vrbo, and others, to take steps immediately to protect consumers. Small children can be crushed to death in a gap that may exist between the doors. Read more →


Amazon isn’t recalling dangerous products sold on its website that have been recalled, federal safety agency charges

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission filed an administrative complaint Tuesday against Amazon.com, the world’s largest retailer, to force Amazon  to accept responsibility for recalling potentially hazardous products sold on its website. Read more →


Two Florida companies charged by FTC with aiding student debt relief fraudsters

Two Florida companies and their CEO will be barred from offering payment-processing services to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that they aided a criminal student debt relief scam that bilked $62 million from thousands of students and their families. Read more →


Brushed gold tea kettles are being recalled by Gramr due to burn hazard

Gramr is recalling about 92,135 brushed gold tea kettles in the U.S. and about 12,865 in Canada. The kettles can expel hot water and/or excessive steam, posing a burn hazard. Gramr has received 122 reports of the kettles expelling hot water and/or steam, including 18 reports of minor burn injuries. Read more →


Biden signs sweeping order aimed at reining in corporate power

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Friday on promoting competition in the American economy. It launches a government effort to combat growing market power in the U.S. economy by seeking to ensure that markets are competitive. Read more →


Bicycle pedals are being recalled by Trek due to fall and injury hazards

Trek Bicycle is recalling about 316,500 Bontrager Satellite City Bicycle Pedals in the United States and about 28,650 in Canada. If the recalled pedals are incorrectly installed by the retailer during assembly, they can fall off the crank arm of the bicycle, posing fall and injury hazards to the rider. Read more →


Klein Tools recalls non-contact voltage testers due to shock hazard

Klein Tools is recalling about 1,690,000 non-contact voltage testers in the U.S. and 67,800 in Canada. The on/off button can remain depressed during the power on or power off cycle. Consumers testing electrical sources could fail to be warned about live voltage, posing a shock hazard to the users. Read more →


Rock ‘n Glide Soothers are being recalled by Fisher-Price after four infant deaths

Fisher-Price is recalling about 120,000 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers and 55,000 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders. About 25,000 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers and 27,000 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders were sold in Canada. Infants placed unrestrained in the product who turn on their stomach can suffocate. Read more →