CPSC: Best Buy And Its Closeout Stores Sold Electronics And Furniture After Recall

CPSC: Best Buy And Its Closeout Stores Sold Electronics And Furniture After Recall

Once an item has been formally recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, it becomes illegal to sell that item. Yet the CPSC reports that Best Buy, Magnolia, Best Buy Private Auction, CowBoom, and TechLiquidators continued to sell products that had already been recalled in 2012 and 2013. [More]

CPSC Finally Announces Recall Of Buckyballs, Kicking Off Refund Process

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After two years of fighting the makers of Buckyballs and related Buckycubes to get the manufacturer to issue a recall of the magnetic toys that health experts say can rip through your gut if swallowed, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says it’s reached a settlement with the owner of the former company, and consumers can start filing their refund requests. [More]

July Recall Roundup – Beware Of Flimsy Phone Chargers

July Recall Roundup – Beware Of Flimsy Phone Chargers

In July’s recall roundup, the Consumer Products Safety Commission is out to protect us all from shocking air conditioners, exploding wine bottles, leaking snow throwers, and dangerous mobile device chargers. [More]

Nickel Found In iPad May Have Caused Itchy Body Rash On 11-Year-Old

Nickel Found In iPad May Have Caused Itchy Body Rash On 11-Year-Old

Sitting on the couch dominating the latest “it” game on the tablet seems like a pretty safe activity. But daily use of an iPad reportedly led to a rather unwelcome rash for an 11-year-old California boy. [More]

Which Fireworks, If Any, Are Legal In My State?

Get your fireworks and your insurance at this one-stop shop in South Dakota (Photo: Great Beyond)

Like many kids whose families made biannual treks down I-95 to Florida, I used to beg my mom to please let me stock up on all the brightly colored and colorfully named fireworks you could buy at places like South of the Border. And every year on July 4th, I’d still be stuck with my stupid sparklers while the kids down the block set off their Fiesta Bombs and Earth Shakers. But hey, at least I wasn’t breaking the law, no matter how awesome it would have been. [More]

Graco Stroller Named A ‘Don’t Buy: Safety Risk’ By Consumer Reports

Graco Stroller Named A ‘Don’t Buy: Safety Risk’ By Consumer Reports

Because there’s really no point in having brakes on a stroller’s wheels if they still allow the stroller to roll, our colleagues at Consumer Reports have judged a double stroller from Graco a “Don’t Buy: Safety Risk” and shared their findings with both the company and federal safety regulators. [More]

CarMax Should Be More Transparent About Selling Recalled Vehicles

CarMax Should Be More Transparent About Selling Recalled Vehicles

When CarMax, the nation’s largest seller of used vehicles, claims each of its “Quality Certified” cars has undergone a “125+ point inspection,” and that only 1-in-3 of the cars it considers is accepted for sale, you might assume this means it isn’t selling recalled vehicles. This is not always true, and a coalition of consumer advocacy groups allege that it’s a case of deceptive marketing. [More]

CPSC: Sixth Infant Death Linked To Recalled Nap Nanny Recliner

CPSC: Sixth Infant Death Linked To Recalled Nap Nanny Recliner

The tragic saga of the recalled Nap Nanny Infant Recliner continued this week as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission confirms a sixth baby has died while in the product. [More]

Nest Officially Recalls Smoke Alarms, But You Just Need To Connect Yours To Web To Fix

Nest Officially Recalls Smoke Alarms, But You Just Need To Connect Yours To Web To Fix

Last month, the folks at Google-owned Nest alerted owners of the company’s Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that an software glitch could, under very specific circumstances, cause the device to delay sounding the alarm. Today, the company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission made it official with a formal recall announcement. [More]

Sellers Of “Pure Green Coffee” Accused Of Faking News Sites, Creating Bogus Reporter

On the left, "staff reporter Helen Hasman," who has an identical twin in Mélissa Theuriau on the right.

If you’re a regular watcher of the ethically questionable Dr. Oz, then you may remember how he helped start a minor “green coffee extract” craze a couple years back by declaring it a miracle weight loss drug. In an attempt to cash in on this dubious hype, a number of sites started popping up within weeks, repeating and exaggerating the already puffed-up claims, and using fake endorsements, faux news articles and fictional “reporters.” [More]

Novartis Continues To Market Antibiotic As A Way To Fatten Up Pigs

Novartis Continues To Market Antibiotic As A Way To Fatten Up Pigs

Last December, after decades of ignoring the issue of the non-medical use antibiotics in farm animals, the FDA finally released industry-friendly guidance on the topic, politely asking drug companies to stop selling their antibiotics to farmers for anything other than disease treatment and prevention. And yet the folks at Swiss drug giant Novartis continue to push one of their antibiotics as a way for pig farmers to make bigger pigs. [More]

Baby-Carrier Maker Is ‘Company Doe,’ Tried To Litigate In Secret To Save Reputation

Baby-Carrier Maker Is ‘Company Doe,’ Tried To Litigate In Secret To Save Reputation

For the past couple of years, we’ve been telling you about “Company Doe,” a manufacturer of some kind who had successfully convinced a federal court to allow it to sue the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in secret, keeping its name and all relevant details of the case shielded behind black boxes of redacted text. Last month, an appeals court recognized how ridiculous this idea was and ordered that Company Doe be unmasked. And yesterday it was finally revealed to be Ergobaby, the company behind Orbit baby carriers. [More]

I Still Don’t Have My Gree Dehumidifier Recall Refund. What Should I Do?

I Still Don’t Have My Gree Dehumidifier Recall Refund. What Should I Do?

For months now, a steady stream of readers who are new to Consumerist have found us by searching online for help with their refunds for Gree dehumidifier checks. It’s understandable: some customers have been waiting for months, longer than the company initially promised. What can they do now? [More]

GM Confirms It’s Being Probed On Multiple Fronts Over Ignition Recall

GM Confirms It’s Being Probed On Multiple Fronts Over Ignition Recall

While there have been numerous reports of agencies poking their noses into General Motors’ long-delayed ignition-related recall tied to at least 13 deaths, today the car maker game some indication of just how many investigations it faces. [More]

Fitbit Sends Out Recall Notification That Resembles A Phishing Notice

Fitbit Sends Out Recall Notification That Resembles A Phishing Notice

When the Fitbit Force was recalled back in March, it looked like it should have been the easiest recall in history. Once a customer removes the Bluetooth-enabled fitness-tracking wristbands from the packaging and syncs the device to a computer or smartphone, the company has the customer’s contact information and can easily drop them an e-mail. Six weeks later, that’s what the company has done…but many customers didn’t get the notice, as we learned yesterday. Why? [More]

800,000 Baby Video Monitors Recalled Because Batteries Aren’t Suppose To Burn You

800,000 Baby Video Monitors Recalled Because Batteries Aren’t Suppose To Burn You

Keeping an eye on your baby while they sleep or play quietly in their room should be a painless task. But for some owners of a recently recalled video monitor the everyday task has left them injured, and in some cases with property damage. [More]

Court Rules That Companies Can’t Litigate In Secret Just To Protect Reputation

It doesn't take very long to read the court documents in Company Doe's lawsuit against CPSC, since most of it is redacted.

Since 2012, we’ve been telling you about the mysterious case of Company Doe, a business that had sued the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission over the agency’s SaferProducts.gov database and had convinced a court to let it do so anonymously in order to protect the company’s reputation, setting a dangerous precedent that would allow manufacturers to file such lawsuits completely out of view of the public. But a federal appeals court has sided with consumer advocates and ordered that Company Doe’s identity be revealed. [More]

Lawmakers Call On FCC To Make Complaint Database Accessible To Public

Lawmakers Call On FCC To Make Complaint Database Accessible To Public

Every year, the FCC receives hundreds of thousands of complaints from consumers, but those gripes are rarely made public. That’s why a pair of Senators are urging the Commission to follow the lead of other federal agencies that offer public, searchable databases of complaints. [More]