Hoverboard Owners Report Issues Getting Refunds After Recall

Hoverboard Owners Report Issues Getting Refunds After Recall

Nearly a month after the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled half a million (non-hovering) hoverboards over safety concerns, urging owners to stop using the self-balancing scooters and seek refunds, some customers say they’re having a difficult time doing so.  [More]

IKEA Recalls 80,000 Safety Gates & Extenders Over Fall Hazards

IKEA Recalls 80,000 Safety Gates & Extenders Over Fall Hazards

On the heels of its recall of 29 million dressers linked to three toddler deaths, IKEA announced this week that it would also call back 80,000 safety gates and safety gate extensions due to potential fall hazards.

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After 215 Reported Injuries, Pacific Cycle Recalls 217K Strollers

After 215 Reported Injuries, Pacific Cycle Recalls 217K Strollers

When strapping your child into a stroller for a quick jaunt around the block, the last thing you would expect is for the front wheel to detach, causing the stroller to crash to the ground. But after receiving reports of more than 132 incidents – resulting in 215 injuries –  Pacific Cycle is recalling more than 217,000 Instep and Schwinn brand jogging strollers.  [More]

Nearly 501,000 Hoverboards Recalled Over Safety, Fire Hazards

Nearly 501,000 Hoverboards Recalled Over Safety, Fire Hazards

Nearly five months ago, major retailer pulled “hoverboard” scooters from shelves after the Consumer Product Safety Commission said the not-actually-hovering devices were unsafe unless they met certain standards. Now the federal safety agency is announcing an official recall of around 501,000 hoverboards. [More]

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Listen To A Guy With Experience Talk About Fireworks Safety

This holiday weekend, many Americans will no doubt be in the mood to celebrate Independence Day with brightly colored fireworks that go “whiz!” and “bang!” and make us all proud we got rid of the British early on. But no matter how fun fireworks can be, they can also be very, very dangerous. To bring that message home, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is sharing the story of how he lost part of his hand in a firework accident [More]

Mayborn USA Recalling More Than 3M Spill-Proof Cups Because Drinking Mold Is Gross

Mayborn USA Recalling More Than 3M Spill-Proof Cups Because Drinking Mold Is Gross


Before you hand that sippy cup over to your toddler, you might want to take a minute to make sure it’s not one of a few million spill-proof vessels being recalled due to risk of mold. We may not know everything about kids here at Consumerist, but we’re willing to bet swallowing mold wouldn’t be a popular experience. [More]

Company Recalling 180K Pacifiers & Clips Due To Choking Hazard

Company Recalling 180K Pacifiers & Clips Due To Choking Hazard

As any parent knows, pacifiers have a way of disappearing from the mouths of babies and winding up lost or coated in a fine layer of yuck under the couch. So clips that tether the soothing devices to their users can be very convenient — as long as all the pieces involved in the clip stay where they should. [More]

Federal & State Agencies Probing High Lead Levels In Cra-Z-Art Jewelry Kits

Federal & State Agencies Probing High Lead Levels In Cra-Z-Art Jewelry Kits

Under federal law, the acceptable level of lead that can be present in a product is capped at 100 parts per million. A recent investigation by the New York Attorney General’s office found 10 times that level of lead in certain children’s jewelry toys sold by national retailers like Target, Walmart, and Amazon, and now federal regulators have opened a probe into the crafts.  [More]

130,000 Polaris Off-Road Vehicles Recalled After 160 Reports Of Fires & One Death

130,000 Polaris Off-Road Vehicles Recalled After 160 Reports Of Fires & One Death

After receiving 160 reports of fires that resulted in 19 burn injuries and the death of a 15-year-old passenger, Polaris announced Tuesday that it would recall 130,000 recreational off-highway vehicles.  [More]

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After Third Death Linked To Toppling Dressers, IKEA Expands “Repair Program”

Last July, following the deaths of two children crushed by falling IKEA dressers, the retailer and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a “repair program” that involved little more than sending out wall anchors to affected customers. Now, in the wake of a third death, IKEA is expanding that program. [More]

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Recall Roundup, Flammability Edition: Ivanka Trump-Brand Scarves, Givenchy Silk Shirts

Things are heating up over at the Consumer Product Safety Commission recently, with a slew of products that are being recalled for being literally hot fashions, due to the unfortunate possibility that they may burst into flames. [More]

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Maker Of Super-Powerful Desktop Magnets Must Recall Pieces, Provide Refunds

Nearly four years after federal regulators dealt a swift blow to the makers of super-powerful desktop magnetic toys Buckyballs, filing a lawsuit against the company and persuading retailers to stop selling the dangerous toys, a Colorado-based company has been ordered to recall similarly powerful magnets that can cause fatal injuries when swallowed.  [More]

Target Recalls Valentine’s Day-Themed Mugs That Pose Fire Hazard

Imagine one morning sitting down to a nice cup of coffee in your cutesy mug only to realize its only lukewarm. No worries, the label on the cup says it’s microwave safe… except that it isn’t, and the minute minute you hit “start,” sparks start to fly. That’s the case for 12,300 Valentine’s Day-themed mugs sold by Target now being recalled for posing a fire risk. The retailer says the cups, which were mislabeled as microwave-safe, have been linked to three reports of sparks during microwaving. Customers should stop using the cups immediately and return them for a refund. [CPSC]

Underwriters Laboratories Reveals How It Tests Hoverboard Safety

Underwriters Laboratories Reveals How It Tests Hoverboard Safety

Earlier this month, Underwriters Laboratories announced that for the first time it would start testing and certifying “hoverboards.” However, the independent safety consulting and certification company didn’t actually specify how it would test the self-balancing scooters.  [More]

Hoverboards Vanish From Amazon… Again

Hoverboards Vanish From Amazon… Again

The list of retailers removing hoverboards from their virtual store shelves after receiving a warning from federal safety regulators grew again today, with Amazon stopping the sale of the self-balancing scooters for the second time.  [More]

Target Stops Sale Of Hoverboards Amid Safety Concerns

Target Stops Sale Of Hoverboards Amid Safety Concerns

More than two months after Target temporarily halted the sale of “hoverboards” over safety concerns, the retailer is at it again, removing the self-balancing scooters from its website. [More]

Toys ‘R’ Us Stops Selling Hoverboards Amid Safety Questions

Toys ‘R’ Us Stops Selling Hoverboards Amid Safety Questions

Just days after federal safety regulators urged retailers and manufacturers to remove so-called hoverboards from their shelves if they don’t meet certain safety standards set by the Underwriters Laboratory, one of the country’s largest toy stores, Toys ‘R’ Us, did just that.  [More]

Hoverboards That Don’t Comply With UL Safety Standards Now Considered Defective, Hazardous

Hoverboards That Don’t Comply With UL Safety Standards Now Considered Defective, Hazardous

Amid multiple reports of “hoverboard” batteries exploding or catching on fire, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has determined that the self-balancing scooters are not safe unless they meet certain standards.  [More]