Andrew Hall

Man Says E-Cigarette Explosion Destroyed 7 Of His Teeth

A fiery explosion anywhere on your body will never feel good, but one Idaho man says he suffered what we can only imagine to be an intense pain when his e-cigarette exploded inside his mouth, obliterating seven of his teeth and leaving him with second-degree burns. [More]

Barnes & Noble Pulls Latest Nook Over Faulty Charger

Barnes & Noble Pulls Latest Nook Over Faulty Charger

Less than two months after Barnes & Noble launched its latest Nook tablet, the company has pulled the devices from physical and online stores after reports that the tablet’s charging adapter contains a flaw.  [More]

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Samsung Investigation Finds Battery Was Likely Main Cause Of Galaxy Note 7 Debacle

Five months after Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 debacle began, the tech company is preparing to put the whole exploding phone thing in the past, starting with an inquiry into why the devices unexpectedly caught fire or began to smoke.  [More]

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Toshiba Adds 83K Laptop Batteries To Recall Over Continued Overheating, Burn Hazards

Last March, Toshiba recalled the lithium-ion battery packs used in approximately 91,000 laptops that were found to overheat, posing burn and fire hazards to consumers. Now, the company is expanding the safety initiative, recalling an additional 83,000 units.  [More]

The 50 Most-Read Consumerist Stories Of 2016

Karen Chappell

After what feels like a decade, 2016 is mercifully over, but before we can move forward into the brave new year it’s time to bring the recycling bin over toward our locker and purge the bulging Trapper Keeper we’ve been cramming stories into for the last 12 months. [More]

Adam Fagen

Justice Department Calls For Rehearing On Constitutionality Of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

With only weeks to go before President-elect Trump could possibly replace the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with someone of his choosing, the U.S. Justice Department is asking a federal appeals court to rehear arguments in a case involving the constitutionality of the Bureau’s structure. [More]

IKEA To Pay $50M To Families Of 3 Toddlers Killed In Dresser Tip-Overs

IKEA To Pay $50M To Families Of 3 Toddlers Killed In Dresser Tip-Overs

Six months after IKEA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of more than 29 million topple-prone Malm dressers now linked to four deaths, the furniture maker has agreed to pay $50 million to three of the affected families. [More]

Mike Mozart

Senator: Regulators Should Investigate E-Cigarette Explosions, Issue Recalls

Despite their popularity, e-cigarettes are a “ticking time bomb” that should be more closely investigated by federal regulators and recalled if necessary, according to New York Senator Chuck Schumer.  [More]

Settlements Allow Auto Dealers To Continue Selling Unrepaired Recalled Vehicles As “Safe”

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If you bought a used car from a dealership that proudly claims to put each vehicle through “125-point” or “172-point” inspections, you might assume that your vehicle is safe to drive and that it isn’t under recall for a potentially deadly defect. However, a number of big names in used cars — including CarMax and General Motors — have recently entered into settlements with federal regulators that could allow used car dealers to continue marketing their vehicles as safe even while they may have unrepaired defects. [More]

Cuisinart Recalls 8.3 Million Food Processor Blades Dating Back To 1996

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When using the whirling blades of a food processor to prepare a meal, you assume that the common kitchen appliance is not going to put shards of its steel blades in your food, causing you pain and injury. Yet Cuisinart has recalled 8.3 million food processors in the United States and Canada that pose a risk of exactly that kind of problem. [More]

Playground Slide Recalled After Kids’ Fingers Amputated

Playground Slide Recalled After Kids’ Fingers Amputated

Park slides can provide immeasurable joy for children (and some adults). And aside from scorching your bare legs on a slide that has been sitting out in the sun, they aren’t supposed to result in any pain. Yet some playground slides are being recalled after two children lost their fingers. [More]

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Gree Re-Announces 2013 Dehumidifier Recall Linked To $19M In Property Damage

Federal safety regulators are hoping the fourth time is the charm for millions of recalled dehumidifiers that have now been linked to 450 fires and more than $19 million in property damage: Gree Electric Appliances — the manufacturer fined a record $15.45 million over the fiery dehumidifiers earlier this year — has re-announced the recall.  [More]

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Court Overturns Federal Ban On Potentially Dangerous, High-Power Magnet Toys, Gadgets

Not that long ago, lots of us were going out on Black Friday weekend and buying Buckyballs or some other stocking stuffer that used tiny high-powered magnetic spheres. Then we learned that these doodads can do an awful lot of damage if swallowed. Since 2009, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has been recalling these products and filing lawsuits against the companies that continue to make these potentially dangerous items. The CPSC even created a new safety standard that effectively bans the remaining magnetic products, but this week a federal appeals court overturned that rule. [More]

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This Holiday, Make Sure You Don’t Give Kids The Gift Of Exploding Batteries Or Lead Poisoning

‘Tis the season for millions of American consumers and families to start hitting stores and start helping “Santa” along with some toy distribution efforts. But while folks are out shopping to stuff stockings, consumer advocates warn: stay clear of potentially deadly recalled toys — and know what to do if you end up with any. [More]

After Note 7 Debacle, Samsung Tells Galaxy S7 Users Phone Is Perfectly Safe

After Note 7 Debacle, Samsung Tells Galaxy S7 Users Phone Is Perfectly Safe

After Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 exploding smartphones debacle, the company is more than ready to move on, and is hoping it can convince customers its other phones — like its flagship Galaxy S7 — won’t explode or set fire to your bedroom. [More]

Adam Fagen

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Challenges Ruling That Its Structure Is Unconstitutional

Last month, a split three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional as it puts too much authority in the hands of one person. Now the CFPB is challenging that ruling, petitioning for a review of the matter by the full D.C. Circuit, in what the Bureau claims “may be the most important separation-of-powers case in a generation.” [More]

GoPro Recalls Recently Launched Drones After Some Stop Working

GoPro Recalls Recently Launched Drones After Some Stop Working

GoPro only released its new $800 (no camera included) Karma drone two weeks ago, but the flying photo-taking device has already been recalled because some of them simply stopped working.
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Fourth Child’s Death Linked To Recalled IKEA Dressers

Fourth Child’s Death Linked To Recalled IKEA Dressers

Federal safety regulators have confirmed a fourth death linked to nearly 29 million recalled top-heavy Malm dressers and chests sold by IKEA.  [More]