Gree Adds 21 Models Of GE Dehumidifiers To Massive, Slow Recall

Gree Adds 21 Models Of GE Dehumidifiers To Massive, Slow Recall

If you have a GE dehumidifier in your home, time to check the serial number: Gree Electric Appliances has recalled 350,000 dehumidifiers sold between April 2008 and December 2011 because they could potentially overheat and cause a fire. If this recall sounds familiar, it should: Gree already recalled 2.2 million dehumidifiers sold under brand names that you might recognize like De’Longhi, Frigidaire, and Kenmore. Customers have complained to Consumerist that this recall has been slow and crappy. [More]

12 Things You Should Keep In Your Car For Emergencies

12 Things You Should Keep In Your Car For Emergencies

Snowy, icy winters make for especially treacherous driving, so you usually see lists like this published when the first storms of the year hit. That’s not quite fair, though. Emergencies come up in any climate and at any time of year. You may not need all of them year-round, but here are a dozen things that can help you out in an emergency on the road. [More]

Flushmate III Toilet System Recalled Because Toilet Explosions Are Very Bad

Flushmate III Toilet System Recalled Because Toilet Explosions Are Very Bad

Words that you never want to see in close proximity to each other: “toilet,” “explosion,” and “shatter.” That’s why the Flushmate flush-assist system has been recalled, though: one of the welds in the system can break, shattering the toilet tank and posing an “impact and laceration hazards to consumers,” as the Consumer Product Safety Commission elegantly explains.  [More]

January Food And Supplement Recall Roundup: Dairy Invasion

January Food And Supplement Recall Roundup: Dairy Invasion

Undeclared dairy products seem to be showing up in lots of places where they aren’t wanted: candy, gluten-free bread mixes, and even dietary supplements. Welcome to the January Recall Roundup for edible items. [More]

January Recall Roundup: These Pacifier Clips Really Suck

January Recall Roundup: These Pacifier Clips Really Suck

Big news in recall-land today: 1.25 million pacifier clips from Playtex recalled because they can crack, transforming them into a choking hazard. What other dangers might lie in our dressers, closets, pantries, garages, and refrigerators? Let’s find out. [More]

Consumer Reports: Recalled Calphalon Blender Is Safe With Blade Repair

Consumer Reports: Recalled Calphalon Blender Is Safe With Blade Repair

Our ice-crushing colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports have good news about the recalled Calphalon XL 9-speed blender. Once it’s repaired, the blade no longer blends itself and the appliance is now considered safe for consumers to use. [More]

Fitbit Force Is An Amazing Device, Except For My Contact Dermatitis

Fitbit Force Is An Amazing Device, Except For My Contact Dermatitis

Between Christmas and the New Year, lots of Americans strapped on a shiny new Fitbit Force and started to scamper around. It’s the newest iteration of the motion-tracking device, a wristband that records steps, altitude, and how much you move around while you sleep. Now many of them have taken off their wristbands, reporting a weird skin irritation near the charging port. [More]

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Cute Puppy Chews Deodorant Can, Causes Explosion

We’re not quite sure how this happened, but it’s an important cautionary tale for all pet owners. A British couple says that their puppy’s chewing antics caused an explosion that did about $3,300 in damage to their home. Bad dog. [More]

Here’s A Fun Game: Spot The Counterfeit Canon Power Accessories!

Here’s A Fun Game: Spot The Counterfeit Canon Power Accessories!

Let’s say that you’ve found a great deal on a brand-name accessory for your camera on eBay, on the Amazon marketplace, or even at an offline store. The deal seems too great. Suspiciously great. What’s the catch? Canon wants consumers to know that you should watch out for electronics that claim to be genuine Canon accessories. [More]

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It doesn’t have to be cold outside for your office to be a little drafty. Buildings ban space heaters for a reason, though. Just ask the Pennsylvania factory worker whose clothes caught fire due to to the small heater he was keeping in his workspace. [The Intelligencer]

Careful with your digits.

Walmart Recalls 73,400 Card Table And Chair Sets Because Finger Amputations Are No Fun

The thing about fingers is that they work best when each one is nice and complete. Since it’s much harder to complete everyday tasks with only half a finger, not to mention it’s a very uncomfortable experience to have the tip of your digit squeezed off, Walmart has issued a recall for 73,400 card table and chair sets. [More]

December Food And Supplement Recall Roundup: Lurking Dairy And Sulfites

December Food And Supplement Recall Roundup: Lurking Dairy And Sulfites

Sulfites and hidden milk are everywhere, but not as common as actual erectile dysfunction drugs and their analogues in “natural” supplements. Welcome to the December Recall Roundup for edible items. [More]

What Should I Do If No One Accepts My Chobani Recall Coupons?

What Should I Do If No One Accepts My Chobani Recall Coupons?

Remember the Chobani yogurt recall this past fall, when fungal contamination led to sour-tasting, occasionally-exploding yogurts distributed nationwide? Chobani made it up to their customers by sending coupons so they could replace their contaminated products. The problem with that is that some grocers won’t accept these coupons. [More]

Coby Electronics TVs Recalled: Might Go Down In Flames Just Like The Manufacturer

Coby Electronics TVs Recalled: Might Go Down In Flames Just Like The Manufacturer

You might remember Coby Electronics, the manufacturer of low-priced gadgets that always seemed to be on half-price sale at your local drugstore. The company went out of business a few months ago, and a well-known liquidation firm took over its assets but not its liabilities. One of the company’s TV models may have a faulty component, which could cause the set to catch fire. [More]

December Recall Roundup: Tablets Of Fire

December Recall Roundup: Tablets Of Fire

In this month’s Recall Roundup, wheels break, fire bowls turn into fiery explosions, and chargers and refrigerators alike might overheat and catch fire. It’s a dangerous world: that’s why we bring you these recall listings.

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Recall: Baby Monitors Should Monitor Babies, Not Strangle Them

Recall: Baby Monitors Should Monitor Babies, Not Strangle Them

The entire purpose of a baby monitor is to keep an ear or an eye on your baby while it sleeps in a different room. The Angelcare monitor adds an extra component to that: a pad that monitors movement and rests under the mattress. Sounded like a great idea…until two babies got hold of the cord and were strangled to death. [More]

Customers In Gree Dehumidifier Recall Start Receiving Checks, Are Upset With Amounts

Customers In Gree Dehumidifier Recall Start Receiving Checks, Are Upset With Amounts

Earlier this week, we shared a note from a reader who sent away for a refund when her dehumidifier was part of a massive recall because dehumidifiers aren’t supposed to catch fire. She wondered why her refund check was taking so long to arrive, and got even more confusing information when she called the recall hotline. Could we help? We could try. [More]

Hey, Gree Electric Appliances, Where’s My Recalled Dehumidifier Refund?

Hey, Gree Electric Appliances, Where’s My Recalled Dehumidifier Refund?

A few months ago, we reported that 2.2 million dehumidifiers sold under a variety of brands had been recalled after a few units sort of… started fires. Customers with affected units were to send back the unit’s name plate, dispose of it safely after cutting off the cord or otherwise rendering it unusable, then sit back and wait for their refund checks. And wait… and wait… and wait. [More]