Sony Tells Users Of New Vaio Laptop To Stop Using It Unless They Like Being Burned

Sony Tells Users Of New Vaio Laptop To Stop Using It Unless They Like Being Burned

Nothing can interrupt your productivity quite like having your computer catching fire. If you own one of the new Sony Vaio laptops that’s an actual possibility. [More]

BMW Recalls 156,000 Vehicles, Because No One Likes When Their Car Won’t Start

BMW Recalls 156,000 Vehicles, Because No One Likes When Their Car Won’t Start

If we had a penny for every vehicle recalled so far this week, we’d buy all of our loyal readers an ice cream cone. Okay, maybe not, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been an overabundance of recalls lately. And we can add one more company to that list: BMW. [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]

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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September Recall Roundup: The Training Wheels Are Off

September Recall Roundup: The Training Wheels Are Off

In this month’s Recall Roundup, board books attack children, toy spiders grow in human stomachs, and motorcycle training wheels fall off mid-ride. [More]

July/August Recall Roundup: Lead Paint And Drop-Side Cribs Return

July/August Recall Roundup: Lead Paint And Drop-Side Cribs Return

An electric smoker that smokes your house, delicious-looking non-edible polymer balls, a terrifying ladybug chair, and some lamps that are beautiful but not fireproof: all of these items are part of this month’s recall roundup. [More]

June Recall Roundup: Not Even Buff Baby Can Save Us Now

June Recall Roundup: Not Even Buff Baby Can Save Us Now

In this month’s recall roundup, we bring you a chicken dance that will hurt your ears, buff babies, toppling bath seats, and machetes so sharp that they slice through their own sheaths. [More]

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What Should Sprint Customer With No Service Do? Ask For An Airave Femtocell

A femtocell sounds like it should be the name of the battery that powers a Fembot, but it is not. To grossly oversimplify, it’s a type of tiny cell phone tower that harnesses your broadband Internet connection and serves only your house. Our readers tell us that it might be reader Jay’s last hope to be able to talk on the phone in his own home. [More]

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May Recall Roundup: Don’t Eat The Bunny Forks

In this month’s recall roundup, we bring you self-amputating dolly hands, attack lamps, flaming dehyrators, and bats that can score a home run all on their own. [More]

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Great, My Acer Laptop Battery Exploded

Did you think that the laptop battery explosion epidemic was over? No, it’s not just in the Boeing Dreamliner. Bill’s Acer laptop battery exploded not long ago: of course, he bought it in 2011 and the computer is now out of warranty. Acer is happy to take the computer back, but only to look at it for a “safety evaluation” and maybe to not send it back to Bill. He doesn’t think that this is fair. He sent the relevant exploded parts back to Acer, but doesn’t want to send back his hard drive or the rest of the computer. He wants replacement parts so he can get it working again. [More]

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Comcast Charges Me $40 For The Pleasure Of Letting It Fix Its Own Screw-Up

It’s bad enough that a Comcast tech futzed with the exterior connection to Consumerist reader Grant’s cable line, resulting in weak and dropped connections. But the folks at Kabletown never seem satisfied to stop at bad enough. [More]

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March Recall Roundup: This Garlic Slicer Prefers Human Fingers

In this month’s Recall Roundup for consumer goods, crossbows fire at will, snorkeling masks buckle under pressure, and garlic slicers are out to slice your fingers instead. [More]

Self-starters can be a problem.

Subaru Recalling 47,000 Vehicles Because Cars Shouldn’t Start On Their Own

The super handy thing about having a remote starter for your car is pretty self-explanatory — you can start your vehicle from inside the house to warm it up on a cold day, or from wherever you are nearby instead of climbing in and turning it on. But that doesn’t mean cars should just start up on their own without you doing a thing, which is why Subaru is recalling about 47,000 vehicles. [More]

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February Recall Roundup: The Heated Parka’s Revenge

In this month’s Recall Roundup, pots and pans collapse on themselves, kids need to keep away from some vitamins, and battery-operated electric parkas turn on their owners and give them too much of a good thing. [More]

September Recall Roundup: The Care Bears Will Choke Your Baby

September Recall Roundup: The Care Bears Will Choke Your Baby

In this month’s Recall Roundup, light fixtures plummet from the sky, bikes fall apart while you ride them, coffee makers explode from steam pressure, and the Care Bears try to comfort your baby, but could end up choking it instead. [More]

Kroger Manager Fired For Allegedly Attacking Man Who Handed Out Food In Parking Lot

Kroger Manager Fired For Allegedly Attacking Man Who Handed Out Food In Parking Lot

After you buy food at the grocery store, it’s pretty much yours to do with as you wish, right? But a Kroger manager in Georgia didn’t believe that an elderly customer would just want to hand out food to hungry people, and allegedly attacked the man, losing his job in the process. [More]

July Recall Roundup – Twist’n Explode

July Recall Roundup – Twist’n Explode

In this month’s Recall Roundup: electronics short out and catch fire, little girls’ aqua shoes don’t grip as well as one might think,  digital camera battery packs bite back, and someone thought that “Twist’n Sparkle” was a good product name. More like “Twist’n Explode.” [More]

Perhaps The 8th And 9th Replacement Phones We Send You Won’t Be Defective

Perhaps The 8th And 9th Replacement Phones We Send You Won’t Be Defective

Garland and her husband have the same Android smartphone from Virgin Mobile, the Motorola Triumph. It’s supposed to be a pretty nice phone, and wasn’t cheap, but both of their phones had some issues. So get a warranty replacement and be on your way, right? Only it wasn’t just one replacement. Garland is now about to receive her fourth replacement phone, and her husband his third. That’s a total of seven defective phones so far. The phones suffer from a variety of problems, ranging from random reboots to poor reception to–worst of all–not recharging at all for no clear reason. They’d like Virgin to perhaps consider sending them a different, less crappy phone next time. They won’t. [More]