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Swinging hammock chairs are being recalled by ShelterLogic Group due to injury risk

ShelterLogic Group is recalling about 786,000 RIO-branded swinging hammock chairs. Improper insertion of the pins provided for assembly can cause the chair’s legs to collapse, posing an injury risk to the user. ShelterLogic Group has received 24 reports of incidents that resulted in injuries. Read more →


Now that summer’s here, think safety at the pool and beach and when grilling

With the arrival of summer, consumers are headed to the nearest swimming pools and beaches, and they’re firing up grills for picnics and barbecues. The CPSC is urging people to be vigilant about safety as they return to summer activities. It encourages people to prevent injuries before they happen. Read more →


With injuries climbing, be cautious when using fireworks

Over the years, I’ve written many times about kids getting their hands blown off from fireworks. It’s already happened in my state this year. A 14-year-old lost his left hand and injured his other hand while reportedly playing with fireworks in Federal Way, Washington. A firework had blown up in the teen’s hand. Read more →


Watch out for predatory lenders as some states act to protect consumers and others don’t

In states that allow high-cost loans, excessive interest rates can trap borrowers in a cycle of debt. Caps on interest rates and loan fees are the main way states can protect consumers from predatory lending. Forty-five states cap interest rates and loan fees for some consumer installment loans, depending on the loan size. Read more →


More than 600,000 ceramic tower heaters are being recalled due to fire and burn risks

Sienhua Group is recalling about 580,000 WarmWave and Hunter oscillating ceramic tower heaters in the United States and about 37,580 in Canada. The ceramic tower heater’s cord and plug can overheat when in use, posing fire and burn risks. The firm has received eight customer reports of fire at the plug or cord. Read more →


FTC needs to require funeral homes to post price information on their websites because only 18% offer price lists now, survey shows

Only a small number of funeral homes allow consumers to look at their price lists on their websites so they can compare prices. Just 191 of 1,046 funeral homes or 18 percent in a survey posted their prices online, according to a report by the Funeral Consumers Alliance and Consumer Federation of America. Read more →


About 1.5 million electrical panels are being recalled by Schneider Electric due to burn and fire risk

Schneider Electric is recalling about 1.4 million Square D QO Plug-on-Neutral load centers, also known as breaker boxes and electrical panels, in the United States and 289,000 in Canada. The electric panels can overheat, posing thermal burn and fire risks. The firm has received one report of an incident of a loose wire. Read more →


Consumer financial agency wants your views on the customer service you’re getting from big banks

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is looking at how consumers can get better customer service from big banks. Consumers have the right under federal law to get timely responses when they ask for information about their accounts at large institutions. Read more →


Don’t use infant rockers for sleep, safety agency warns after 14 deaths reported

The CPSC is warning consumers not to use infant rockers for sleep due to suffocation risk, after 14 deaths were reported in Fisher-Price and Kids2 infant rockers. At least 13 infants died between 2009 and 2021 in Fisher-Price rockers and at least one infant died in a Kids2 rocker in 2009. Read more →


Charles Schwab to pay $187 million for hiding robo-adviser costs

Charles Schwab Corp. will pay a record $187 million to settle charges that it didn’t tell clients about the hidden costs of its robo-advising product, which was allocating client funds in a way that would be less profitable for them. The cash in the portfolios would cause clients to make less money even while taking on the same amount of risk. Read more →