Apple Replaces Frayed Magsafe Adapter Cables For Free

Apple Replaces Frayed Magsafe Adapter Cables For Free

Apple will replace or refund out-of-warranty frayed Magsafe adapters, according to the terms of proposed class action lawsuit settlement. [More]

54,000 More HP Batteries Recalled

54,000 More HP Batteries Recalled

Hewlett-Packard doesn’t just make props for cringeworthy feature length commercials; the company also sells batteries that sometimes catch fire. A year ago HP recalled about 70,000 bad batteries, and now it’s added another 54,000 to the list. [More]

Gas Fire Columns Recalled For Being Too Aptly Named

Gas Fire Columns Recalled For Being Too Aptly Named

Some outdoor gas fire columns sold through Costco in the past 6-7 months have been recalled, because “gas can leak from connections in the column, posing a fire hazard.” I guess that’s why the photo shows it next to a serene koi pond–it’s so you can grab a rake and push it into the water if it gets too fire column-y. [More]

Scarves With Microwaveable Heat Packs Recalled Due To Fire
And Burn Hazard

Scarves With Microwaveable Heat Packs Recalled Due To Fire And Burn Hazard

The Therma Scarf, a polyester/cotton blend scarf with pockets and microwaveable heat packs marketed by infomercial powerhouse Telebrands, has been recalled. The scarf’s heat packs, made of flaxseeds, pose a fire and burn hazard to wearers. In a related story, someone actually thought it would be a good idea to make a microwaveable scarf with pockets. [More]

Acer Recalls 22,000 Defective Laptops

Acer Recalls 22,000 Defective Laptops

22,000 Acer laptops have been recalled by Acer and the CPSC because of a wiring defect. The computers can short circuit, melt the casing, and theoretically burn users. [More]

Recall Roundup: Extra Scary Edition

Recall Roundup: Extra Scary Edition

It’s Halloween, and what’s scarier than exploding DVD player batteries and killer flatware? Or dairy lurking in an innocent-looking tortilla? What about a zombie ATV that accelerates on its own?

iPods Still Exploding; Apple Just Doesn't Want You To Know

iPods Still Exploding; Apple Just Doesn't Want You To Know

We thought that maybe exploding iPods were a 2008 phenomenon, but evidently not. An 11-year-old girl’s iPod exploded in England, and Apple reportedly tried to get the entire family to sign a confidentiality agreement in order to get a refund.

Recall Roundup – Pretty Much Everything Is Catching Fire

The big news in recalls this week was continuing recalls of Simplicity drop-side cribs. Since the company is no longer in business, in order to get the crib away from your children, return it to the retailer where it was purchased. Also, check your home for other problematic recalled Simplicity products.

Update: HP Laptop Runs 200°F, Support Says "Buy A Cooling Mat"

Update: HP Laptop Runs 200°F, Support Says "Buy A Cooling Mat"

The boy whose HP was running 200°F and was told by tech support to “buy a cooling mat” used some of the higher-up phone numbers readers posted in the comment on the original post to get in touch with a Senior Case Manager. Despite being out of warranty, they reopened the case and had him send in his laptop. Lo and behold, they fixed it! “It is running great now,” writes Travis. Huzzah!

HP Laptop Runs 200°F, Support Says "Buy A Cooling Mat"

HP Laptop Runs 200°F, Support Says "Buy A Cooling Mat"

UPDATE: Problem solved.

Yes, My Skull Candle Melted

Yes, My Skull Candle Melted

Amy, who had a dangerous soot spread through her house after a candleholder melted, has a few responses to reader comments.

$17,000 In Damages After Restoration Hardware Candleholder Melts

$17,000 In Damages After Restoration Hardware Candleholder Melts

Everyone knows not to leave the house with a candle burning. Most people also assume that a candleholder will not melt and release a noxious cloud and cause $17,000+ in damage, especially one sold by such a fancy pants place like Restoration Hardware.