March Recall Roundup – Don’t Put A Cork In It

March Recall Roundup – Don’t Put A Cork In It

In this month’s Recall Roundup, cork toys crumble but aren’t edible, heaters overheat, and Grumpy Cat has a lot to be unhappy about. [More]

Graco Tells Parents With Recalled Car Seats They’re In For A 6-8 Week Wait

Graco Tells Parents With Recalled Car Seats They’re In For A 6-8 Week Wait

The good news, if you’re a safety-minded person, is that the recall on Graco car seats announced last month and expanded a few weeks later was very effective. Maybe it was more effective than Graco had anticipated, because there’s now a long wait for replacement buckles. [More]

8,200 Stuffed Grumpy Cats Recalled, Are Unhappy About It

8,200 Stuffed Grumpy Cats Recalled, Are Unhappy About It

If you aren’t familiar with the perpetually-frowning, totally adorable Grumpy Cat, we feel very sorry for you. Obviously, you need to spend more time looking at cute pictures of animals on the Internet. Grumpy Cat started as a cute kitty who always looks like she’s frowning, and somehow spawned an entire industry of apps, merchandise, and beverages, and became a Friskies spokescat. One of those pieces of merchandise has been recalled. [More]

Dole Recalls Italian Salad Mix Due To Possible Listeria Contamination

Dole Recalls Italian Salad Mix Due To Possible Listeria Contamination

Bagged salads are a super convenient way to get more vegetables into your mouth, but if you buy them, it’s time to check your fridge. Listeria monocytogenes is a nasty pathogen that can have serious consequences for vulnerable humans, and was found in salads marketed under the names Dole Italian Blend, Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend, Little Salad Bar Italian Salad, and Marketside Italian Style Salad. [More]

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Got An Old Cedar Chest? Make Sure No One Can Get Locked Inside

Cedar chests are a common heirloom furniture item – maybe you inherited one from a relative, received one as a gift, or picked up one at a thrift store or estate sale. They might be the perfect place to store your winter clothes during the off-season, but chests from Lane or Virginia Maid before 1987 have a flaw: they latch automatically when the lid is closed. [More]

CPSC Working With Fitbit On Mysterious Force Rash Issues

CPSC Working With Fitbit On Mysterious Force Rash Issues

Some users of the new Fitbit Force activity tracker really liked the product. They thought it was just great… right up until ugly patches of contact dermatitis broke out on their wrists. The company announced its own recall, but is simply accepting wristbands back from users who don’t want them enough? [More]

Formaldehyde In Baby Shampoo Isn’t As Scary As It Sounds

Formaldehyde In Baby Shampoo Isn’t As Scary As It Sounds

Recently, Johnson & Johnson reformulated their classic yellow baby shampoo after a consumer outcry over a scary-sounding formaldehyde-based preservative in the product. If it’s not absolutely necessary, there’s no good reason to go slathering a product that contains unnecessary substances on infants. The important question is: should we be worried about formaldehyde in personal-care products at all? [More]

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What Kind Of Ice Melt Should You Buy?

I stopped by Walmart over the weekend, and there was a large sign at the entrance to the seasonal department: “NO ICE MELT.” That’s the case all over the country this winter, which means that if you do find some ice melt, you might be limited to what some gal down the street is hoarding in her garage. [More]

Consumer Reports Deems Hamilton Beach Dual Coffeemaker “Unsafe,” Could Burn Users

Consumer Reports Deems Hamilton Beach Dual Coffeemaker “Unsafe,” Could Burn Users

The Hamilton Beach 2-Way FlexBrew 49983 seems like a really great idea. Indeed, there are other similar coffeemakers on the market. There’s a regular drip brewing setup on the left, and a K-Cup-compatible cartridge brewing system on the right. Yet our instantly-brewed colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports say that this model is potentially dangerous because the warming plate for the drip side heats up when the instant side is in use. [More]

February Recall Roundup: Stop That Baby Walker!

February Recall Roundup: Stop That Baby Walker!

In this month’s Recall Roundup, recalls are here to protect babies’ fingers, adults’ wrists, and anyone who uses a toilet. [More]

Was Massive Beef Recall Caused By Dairy Cows With Eye Cancer?

Was Massive Beef Recall Caused By Dairy Cows With Eye Cancer?

We know that millions of pounds of beef that came through a California slaughterhouse and meat processing plant have been recalled because the plant “processed diseased and unsound animals.” Well, okay, but what does that mean? We don’t know that for sure yet, but the Village Voice talked to one rancher whose entire 2013 output is part of that massive recall. [More]

Fitbit Voluntarily Recalls Rash-Inducing Force Wristbands

Fitbit Voluntarily Recalls Rash-Inducing Force Wristbands

Since the first reports of contact dermatitis caused by Fitbit Force movement trackers surfaced on the company’s forums (and gained publicity when Consumerist broke the story last month) customers have asked that the company recall the trackers. Fitbit has been happy to refund customers who have skin problems and send their trackers back. Today, the company announced that they’re recalling all Force wristbands. [More]

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]