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Three elevator manufacturers recall residential elevators due to risk of injury or death to children, with warning issued on elevators made by a fourth company

New steps are being taken by a safety agency to eliminate deadly hazards from residential elevators. Children can become entrapped in the space between the exterior landing door and the interior elevator car door if there's a hazardous gap, and suffer injuries or death when the elevator is called to another floor. Read more →


Where to shop for the best Black Friday deals

Black Friday is a time that super sale shoppers look forward to every year. It’s possible to get good deals, and even great deals, but you need to compare prices so you don’t get tricked. This is easier this year because Black Friday sales have already started and consumers can do research online. Read more →


Bloggers getting ready for the holidays and other things

To get ready for my holiday company, I spent the afternoon – and into the evening – organizing my garage. Why? When I’m cleaning up and getting my house in order, it’s helpful to move things out into the garage. Read more →


Survey: 9 in 10 Americans say they’ve experienced inflation, shortages as economy reopens

As covid-19 restrictions were lifted and the economy continued to reopen over the past three months, most Americans say they’ve been impacted in the marketplace, according to survey for Consumer Reports, a consumer testing and advocacy organization. Read more →


Top 10 consumer complaints for 2020

Pandemic-related problems are among the top 10 complaints made to state and local consumer agencies in 2020, according to an annual survey by Consumer Federation of America. They also topped the lists of worst, fastest-growing, and new complaints. “COVID-19 generated complaints about everything from appliance repairs to childcare, trash pick-up... 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 →


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 →


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This week, I wrote the 100th issue of my newsletter Helpful Money Tips for You. To celebrate, instead of offering my usual 10 tips, I offered 100. To sign up to get my free newsletter, go to http://eepurl.com/gkZ6JH. You'll get it in your email. Read more →


Hampton Bay Mara ceiling fans are being recalled by King of Fans due to injury hazard

King of Fans is recalling about 182,000 Hampton Bay Mara ceiling fans in the United States and about 8,800 in Canada. The blades can detach from the fan while in use, posing an injury hazard to consumers. The firm has received 47 reports of the blade detaching from the fan. Read more →