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Danielle Kay

The Very Quick Guide To Writing An Effective Complaint Letter

When the battery on your new phone blows up in your back pocket, or the hood of your car just flies up while you’re driving down the highway, or you find out your bank has opened three credit card accounts in your name, or you get bumped from your flight to make room for an airline employee… you’ve got every right to complain. But if you want your complaint to be heard, there are some best practices for presenting your case. [More]

Mike Mozart

Laundry Detergent Pods Can Be Just As Dangerous For Some Seniors As For Kids

Since Tide Pods hit the market in 2012, laundry detergent pods have quickly become popular. Unfortunately, they also resulted in reports of kids biting into these shiny, candy-colored packets of poison. New data shows that it’s not just children who are at risk of this potentially lethal confusion; several seniors with dementia have died after consuming detergent pods. [More]

FDA Requests Opioid Painkiller Be Removed From the Market, Citing Abuse Risks, HIV Outbreak

FDA Requests Opioid Painkiller Be Removed From the Market, Citing Abuse Risks, HIV Outbreak

The Food and Drug Administration has asked Endo Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Opana ER, an extended-release semi-synthetic opioid painkiller, to remove the drug from the market, after the agency concluded that the drug’s potential for abuse outweighed its therapeutic value. [More]

Child Gates Recalled Because They Don’t Keep Kids Out, Could Strangle Them

Child Gates Recalled Because They Don’t Keep Kids Out, Could Strangle Them

Safety gates are intended to keep children (and sometimes pets) safe from hazards like falling down the stairs or getting into things they aren’t supposed to. But more than 25,000 safety gates are now under recall in the U.S. because they pose a strangulation hazard to youngsters. [More]

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Kawasaki To Pay $5.2M To Resolve Allegations It Didn’t Properly Report Defects, Injuries Related To Recall

Under federal law, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers are required to immediately report information regarding possible safety defects to the Consumer Product Safety Commission within 24 hours of obtaining reasonable supporting evidence. Kawasaki allegedly failed to do this with regard to defects in thousands of eventually recalled recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) and now the company has agreed to pay a $5.2 million penalty.  [More]

Feds Say Trampoline Company Used Phony Reviews From Bogus Trampoline Experts

Feds Say Trampoline Company Used Phony Reviews From Bogus Trampoline Experts

If you sell a product that has glowing reviews from dependable expert critics, you’d probably want to point that out to customers. Or… you could just go ahead and make up a bunch of fake “expert” sites filled with fictional reviews. [More]

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Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Laptop Battery Catches Fire

Passengers on a cross-country flight last night have all safely arrived at their destination after a surprise laptop battery fire forced the flight to make an emergency landing in Michigan. [More]

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Doctors, Safety Advocates Have Unanswered Questions About Popular ‘Baby Boxes’

Reducing the rate of infant mortality in the U.S. is an admirable cause, but some health and safety advocates say they aren’t yet convinced that placing your baby in a cardboard box to sleep is the right or safe way to achieve that goal. [More]

Aaron Brown

Federal Safety Official Reminds Parents: Crib Bumpers Are Pointless, Possibly Dangerous

No one likes the idea of their baby’s soft noggin getting caught in a crib’s slats, but a federal safety official is reminding parents that crib bumpers don’t really keep your child safe, and they could be hazardous. [More]

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Cotton Swab Injuries Send 12,500 Kids To Hospital Each Year

We all know that we’re not supposed to stick things in our ear, but we’re also told that ear wax is icky and should be removed post-haste. This contradictory set of priorities might explain why thousands of kids show up at the hospital each year with swab-related ear injuries. [More]

400,000 Handheld Massagers Recalled After 15 Users Report Being Burned

400,000 Handheld Massagers Recalled After 15 Users Report Being Burned

A bit of heat usually feels nice when getting a massage; burns and shocks from exposed electrical wires, not so much. Just ask the 15 people (so far) who have complained about being burned by HoMedics hand massagers. [More]

After Deadly Fire, Government Warns Against Using LayZ Board Hoverboards

After Deadly Fire, Government Warns Against Using LayZ Board Hoverboards

Two months after a charging “hoverboard” scooter sparked a tragic fire in Pennsylvania that claimed the lives of two young girls, federal safety regulators are warning consumers to stop using LayZ Board hoverboards. [More]

82,000 Osprey Baby Carriers Recalled After Reports Of Children Falling Through Leg Holes

82,000 Osprey Baby Carriers Recalled After Reports Of Children Falling Through Leg Holes

Strapping on a baby carrier and toting around your child can make things a lot easier for a busy parent or caregiver. But before you hit the hiking trail, you might want to make sure your carrier isn’t one of the Osprey backpacks being recalled following reports of children falling out. [More]

Viking Range To Pay $4.65M To Resolve Allegations It Didn’t Properly Report Defect

Viking Range To Pay $4.65M To Resolve Allegations It Didn’t Properly Report Defect

Two years ago, Viking Range recalled 52,000 oven ranges that were somehow able to turn themselves on. Now the company behind the ranges has agreed to pay $4.65 million to resolve allegations it failed to properly report the issue to federal regulators in a timely manner.  [More]

Target Recalls 560,000 “Hatch & Grow” Easter Toys Over Ingestion Hazard

Target Recalls 560,000 “Hatch & Grow” Easter Toys Over Ingestion Hazard

If you bought a Hatch & Grow Easter egg or Dino toy from Target for your child’s basket this weekend, you might want to make alternative plans: Target has recalled 560,000 of the toys as they pose an ingestion hazard that can only be remedied with surgery. [More]

146,000 Garbage Disposals Recalled Over Flying Metal Pieces

146,000 Garbage Disposals Recalled Over Flying Metal Pieces

If you’ve got a garbage disposal in your kitchen, you’ll probably want to check it against this list of disposals — from brands like Kenmore, Moen, and Frigidaire — that have been recalled over concerns that they may send metal pieces flying out of your sink. [More]

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Recalled Products From IKEA, McDonald’s Made 2016 A Bad Year For Injured Children

There was no shortage of massive, wide-reaching recalls that affected children in 2016: the 29 million top-heavy IKEA dressers that could tip over, McDonald’s 29 million Happy Meal fitness trackers that caused rashes and burns, and three million Tommee Tippee’s spill proof cups that grew mold. Each of these campaigns — and many others — contributed to the largest increase in recalls, injuries, and incidents involving children’s products in nearly a decade.  [More]

Woman Says Her Bluetooth Speaker Smoldered On Bed

Woman Says Her Bluetooth Speaker Smoldered On Bed

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are ubiquitous in our gadget-filled lives. You probably have multiple devices containing one within reach right now. It’s easy to forget how dangerous they can be, as a New Jersey family did when a speaker sitting on a bed began to give off smoke. [More]