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Yet Another “Hoverboard” Catches Fire While Charging, Singes Carpet In New Jersey Home

As expected, so-called “hoverboards” – that don’t actually hover at all – were a hot commodity under the Christmas tree. But for one New Jersey family, the holiday gift quickly turned from exciting new device to dangerous fire-starter after it burst into flames while charging.  [More]

CPSC Intensifies Investigation Into Exploding “Hoverboards,” USPS Restricts Shipments

CPSC Intensifies Investigation Into Exploding “Hoverboards,” USPS Restricts Shipments

One of the holiday’s hottest gifts has gotten a bit too hot, literally. Following claims that so-called “hoverboard” scooters have caught fire while charging, retailers have pulled the popular devices to ensure they’re safe. In the meantime, the country’s top product safety regulator says his agency is working “non-stop” to find the root cause for the fire hazards linked to the self-balancing scooters.  [More]

10+ Things Consumers Should Know About The New Federal Spending Bill

10+ Things Consumers Should Know About The New Federal Spending Bill

This morning, after months of slapping on, then removing, then replacing pork barrel riders on the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, we finally know exactly which add-ons made it into the omnibus spending bill and which ones didn’t. [More]

1.5M Bottles Of Sweet Leaf Tea Recalled Over Glass Fragments

1.5M Bottles Of Sweet Leaf Tea Recalled Over Glass Fragments

Some days you just don’t want water or a soda to go with your lunch, so instead you pick up a bottle of something a little sweeter. But if that something else happens to be Sweet Leaf Tea, it might contain an extra ingredient: glass fragments.  [More]

MLB Commissioner Asks All Teams To Extend Safety Nets

MLB Commissioner Asks All Teams To Extend Safety Nets

Following a high-profile lawsuit alleging that Major League Baseball and team owners had been putting fans at risk by not extending safety net coverage all the way from home plate to the foul poles, the league’s commissioner is now calling on all 30 teams to increase the netting, but nowhere near as far as the foul poles. [More]

Before You Use “Star Shower” To Light Up Your Home For Xmas, Familiarize Yourself With Your Local Airport’s Flight Path

Before You Use “Star Shower” To Light Up Your Home For Xmas, Familiarize Yourself With Your Local Airport’s Flight Path

We’ve written before about jerks who deliberately point lasers at nearby planes, and we’ve also covered businesses that don’t realize that their rooftop light shows might present a hazard, but now some homeowners may be unintentionally blinding pilots by misusing their home decorations. [More]

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Dodge Recalls More Than 121,000 Darts Over Brake System Issue

Brakes are meant to slow, stop or keep a vehicle from moving when the driver doesn’t want it to, making them an integral part of the automobile. So when there’s a problem with the system, that’s a pretty big deal. And for that reason, Fiat Chrysler issued a recall for more than 121,000 vehicles.  [More]

Home Depot Continued To Sell 28 Products After Safety Recalls

Home Depot Continued To Sell 28 Products After Safety Recalls

When a product is recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, it becomes illegal for a retailer to continue to sell that item. But Home Depot apparently wasn’t following that rule for the past three years, selling 28 different products after they were recalled.  [More]

Kia Recalling 256K Soul Compact SUVs Over Possible Steering Failure

Kia Recalling 256K Soul Compact SUVs Over Possible Steering Failure

Cars will take you wherever you want to go — that is, if you can point them in the right direction. That’s why steering is so important, and why Kia Motors is recalling more than 256,000 Soul compact SUVs in the United States, over concern that defective glue could make the steering system fall apart. [More]

Mercedes Recalls More Than 126,000 Vehicles Because Airbags Should Deploy In A Crash

Mercedes Recalls More Than 126,000 Vehicles Because Airbags Should Deploy In A Crash

Typically airbags deploy in the event of a crash and stay in their place when the vehicle is operating normally. But that’s apparently not the way it works for some Mercedes-Benz vehicles now being recalled.  [More]

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EPA May Finally Ban Toxic Pesticide For Food Use

A federal agency entrusted with protecting the health of Americans has finally gotten around to doing the job it’s paid to do by taxpayers. And once again, the only reason this agency is doing anything is because a court has ordered it to. [More]

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GM To Owners Of 1.4M Recalled Vehicles: Don’t Park In A Garage For Now

Earlier this week, General Motors issued a recall of 1.4 million vehicles over concerns about a potential fire risk. Today, the beleaguered carmaker is telling owners of those cars to not park them in garages until the problem is repaired. [More]

Fiat Chrysler Recalling 900K SUVs To Fix Issues With Airbag Deployment, Anti-Lock Brakes

Fiat Chrysler Recalling 900K SUVs To Fix Issues With Airbag Deployment, Anti-Lock Brakes

Another day, another major car company announcing a recall: this time it’s Fiat Chrysler, which is calling back around 900,000 SUVs around the world to address problems with anti-lock brakes and how the airbags deploy. [More]

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Dynamic Airways Plane Catches Fire On Florida Runway

Seven people were injured and three taken to the hospital after an airplane caught fire on a Florida runway Thursday afternoon. The incident marks the third time in two months that an aircraft has caught fire before takeoff.  [More]

Drugmaker Recalls Nearly 500,000 Epinephrine Injectors Used To Treat Allergic Reactions

Drugmaker Recalls Nearly 500,000 Epinephrine Injectors Used To Treat Allergic Reactions

When you or someone you know suffers a severe allergy reaction, the quick use of an epinephrine injector is likely needed. But one drugmaker says it’s recalling tens of thousands of those devices because they might not work correctly.  [More]

Feds Once Again Increase Scrutiny Of Allegiant Airlines After Repairs For Unsecured Bolts

Feds Once Again Increase Scrutiny Of Allegiant Airlines After Repairs For Unsecured Bolts

When an Allegiant Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Peoria was speeding down the runway and the nose lifted too soon, pilots aborted the takeoff. That August incident – in which a bolt was found to be insecure – led the budget carrier to inspect all of its aircraft. While the company deemed its planes were in working order, a new report suggests that might not be the case.  [More]

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System For Recalling Defective Tires Is “Broken,” Says Federal Safety Agency

When a manufacturer recalls a vehicle for a safety defect, they’re required to contact owners of the affected models and provide a remedy for the issue free of charge. But federal investigators say this sort of smooth recall just isn’t possible for tires because the current tire recall system is “completely broken.” [More]

GM Recalls 1.4M Cars Over Fire Risk For The Fourth Time

GM Recalls 1.4M Cars Over Fire Risk For The Fourth Time

For the fourth time in eight years, General Motors is recalling a number of older vehicles because the engine compartment can catch fire when drops of oil overheat.  [More]