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CFMK surface mount brackets for CPANL LEDs are being recalled by Lithonia Lighting due to impact hazard

Lithonia Lighting is recalling about 318,500 CFMK surface mount brackets used with CPANL LEDs in the United States and about 11,600 in Canada. The brackets can fail to securely surface mount the CPANL LED and fall unexpectedly, posing a risk of injury from impact. The firm has received 24 reports of CPANL LEDs coming loose or falling from the CFMK bracket, resulting in one injury. Read more →


Heat detectors are being recalled by Edwards Fire Safety due to failure to alert to a fire

Edwards Fire Safety is recalling about 85,000 Edwards mechanical heat detectors. The recalled heat detectors can fail to activate in reaction to rising temperatures, posing a risk of failure to alert consumers to a fire. No incidents or injuries have been reported. This recall involves mechanical heat detectors used indoors to detect elevated temperatures as part of professionally installed fire detection systems for residential homes and businesses. In residences, the heat detector is installed in kitchens, attics, and garages. The recalled heat detectors don’t detect smoke or make an audible sound, but act as sensors that trigger fire alarms or security panels when elevated heat is detected. The heat detectors can be mounted to walls or ceilings and are labeled with “135F” and “NOT A LIFE SAFETY DEVICE.” The recalled units are as follows: Read more →


Pressure washers recalled by STILH due to injury hazard

STIHL is recalling about 16,400 RE 90 pressure washers. The pressure washer nozzle can disconnect from the spray wand when under pressure during use, posing an injury hazard. STIHL has received seven reports of the nozzle detaching from the spray wand during use. No injuries have been reported. This recall involves the spray wand supplied with STIHL RE 90 pressure washers. The pressure washer is gray and orange with “STIHL RE 90” printed on the front. The recalled spray wand is 15-inches long and attaches to the spray gun.  Interchangeable nozzles connect to the spray wand. Read more →


Be aware of scams if you’re recovering from the effects of Hurricane Dorian

When a natural disaster occurs, scammers are right there, adapting their fraudulent techniques to the latest emergency. If you suffered damage from Hurricane Dorian, or if you’re looking for ways to help those in need, you can get information at ftc.gov/weatheremergencies. It offers ways to spot the scams that often follow disasters. After a storm like Hurricane Dorian, scammers often target people who need to get their homes cleaned up or repaired, or find a new place to rent, said by Colleen Tressler, consumer education specialist for the Federal Trade Commission. Scammers may pose as a government official, asking for financial information or money to apply for aid that you can request on your own for free. They often demand that you pay by gift card, prepaid card, or by wiring money. That’s always a scam, Tressler said. Read more →


Be careful using Angie’s List, consumer group warns

Angie’s List, an online rating service, has many shortcomings in addition to potential value to consumers, according to a Consumer Federation of America report. Angie’s List, founded in 1995, was originally supported mainly by annual consumer subscriptions and prioritized service to these subscribers. Today, while consumers can join for free,... Read more →


Brass fittings recalled by Interline Brands due to fire hazard

Interline Brands is recalling about 140,000 ProPlus brass flare swivel fittings. The fittings can leak, posing a fire hazard. Interline has received two reports of the swivels leaking when installation. This recall involves multiple sizes of ProPlus brass flare swivel fittings used as connectors for copper tubing. The brass, gold-colored... Read more →


Aluminum telescoping ladders recalled by Werner due to fall hazard

Werner is recalling about 78,000 multi-purpose telescoping aluminum ladders. The ladders can break while being used by consumers, posing a fall hazard. The firm has received one report of a ladder breaking while in use, resulting in one injury to the left side and elbow of the consumer. This recall... Read more →


2016’s top consumer complaints in the U.S.

Problems with solar energy sales and used car leasing were flagged as issues to watch in the latest report from the annual consumer agency survey conducted by Consumer Federation of America and the North American Consumer Protection Investigators. Thirty-nine state and local consumer protection agencies from 23 states participated in... Read more →


Princess Cruise Lines to pay $40 million for improper disposal of sea waste, cover-up

Princess Cruise Lines has agreed to plead guilty to seven felony charges for illegally discharging oily waste into the sea and lying about it. It also will pay a $40 million penalty – the largest criminal penalty ever levied for deliberate vessel pollution, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.... Read more →


Hospitals reducing infections from IV use, but more needs to be done

Hospitals across the country have reduced deadly, but preventable, intravenous tube infections by 50 percent since 2008. In an investigation of nearly 2,000 hospitals, Consumer Reports examined the five-year track record of teaching hospitals to see which have successfully reduced these infections, and which haven’t. The report identifies the 31... Read more →