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Fiery Dishwasher Recall Expanded To Cover 557,000 Total Machines

Fiery Dishwasher Recall Expanded To Cover 557,000 Total Machines

More than two years after 149,000 dishwashers from multiple major brands — including Bosch and Kenmore — were recalled following reports that power cords could overheat and burst into flames, the safety campaign has been expanded to cover another 408,000 dishwashers. [More]

Recalled IKEA Dresser Linked To Another Child’s Death

Recalled IKEA Dresser Linked To Another Child’s Death

More than a year after IKEA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of about 29 million topple-prone Malm and other style dressers, another child’s death has been linked to the dangerous furniture. [More]

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5 Potentially Harmful Chemicals Now Banned From Kids’ Products

Almost a decade after the Consumer Product Safety Commission was ordered to study the potential health affects of phthalates — chemicals often used in plastic products for children — and make recommendations on what further steps should be taken, the agency has voted to approve a final rule that prohibits manufacturers from selling items that have more than a minimal level of five of these chemicals. [More]

Saber Gas Grills Recalled Over Potential Flame Bursts

Saber Gas Grills Recalled Over Potential Flame Bursts

When you’re cooking with a gas grill, it’s very important to be able to control the flow of the gas — too much, and there may be fiery consequences. That’s why Saber Grills is recalling more than a dozen models of its gas grills that could have a problem regulating gas pressure. [More]

28,000 Jogging Strollers Recalled Because Kids Could Fall Out

28,000 Jogging Strollers Recalled Because Kids Could Fall Out

Strollers can be a convenient way to get a child from point A to point B. But for some 28,000 recently recalled jogging strollers it isn’t quite that easy, as the front wheel of the stroller could break, possibly allowing a child to fall out.  [More]

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CPSC Inches Closer To Possible Ban On New And Potentially Dangerous Flame Retardants

Flame retardants in our furniture, clothing, and electronics seem like a positive thing, right? Generally, no one wants their home or their clothes — or their kids’ clothes — to catch fire. Yet the Consumer Product Safety Commission had safety in mind when it voted yesterday to start rulemaking that could outlaw a new type of flame retardants from use on certain products. [More]

Jennifer Snyder

At Least 163 Children Drowned In Pools & Spas This Summer

Now that summer is over, many of us have fond memories of a few months splashing around in the pool with family and friends. It’s also an opportunity to reflect on the potential for danger, as a new federal report claims that at least 163 children drowned while swimming in pools or spas in just the last few months. [More]

79,000 “Trolls” Slap Bracelets Recalled After Injuring Five Children

79,000 “Trolls” Slap Bracelets Recalled After Injuring Five Children

As a child, it was always exciting to receive a book that also included a toy, because well, I was a kid. But as it turns out some of those toys could be dangerous. Case in point: 79,000 slap bracelets included in the DreamWorks Trolls: It’s Hug Time! storybook were recalled after several children were cut by the accessories. [More]

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4 Things To Look Out For When Returning Home After A Hurricane

As residents in Texas head back to their homes following Hurricane Harvey and those in Florida prepare for Irma to make landfall, federal safety regulators are warning them about potential dangers lurking in their storm-ravaged homes. [More]

1.6M Chests Recalled For “Serious” Tip-Over Issue After Child Injured

1.6M Chests Recalled For “Serious” Tip-Over Issue After Child Injured

Nearly a year after IKEA recalled 29 million topple-prone dressers and chests following the deaths of at least four children, another furniture manufacturer has issued a similar safety campaign: Ameriwood Home recalled 1.6 million chests sold at Walmart.  [More]

Dr. Martens Recalled Over Chemical Exposure Hazard

Dr. Martens Recalled Over Chemical Exposure Hazard

When you think of products that can lead to chemical exposure, your first thought probably doesn’t involve the shoes on your feet. Yet, that’s apparently an issue for about 30,000 pairs of Dr. Martens’ vegan boots now being recalled.  [More]

10,200 Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Batteries Recalled Over Burn, Fire Risks

10,200 Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Batteries Recalled Over Burn, Fire Risks

Nearly a year after Samsung recalled and discontinued its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after the devices were found to overheat and explode, another phone in the company’s lineup is under recall: 10,000 Galaxy Note 4 devices have been recalled amid concerns they could overheat, posing a risk of fire or burns to users.  [More]

Safety Regulators Issue Safety Alert For Still-Popular Fidget Spinners

Safety Regulators Issue Safety Alert For Still-Popular Fidget Spinners

Following several incidents in which it became increasingly clear that toys-of-the-moment fidget spinners weren’t just exploding in popularity, but actually exploding, federal safety regulators have issued a safety alert aimed at reducing the potential for injuries and fire hazards associated with the gadgets.  [More]

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Family Says Fidget Spinner Caught Fire While Charging

Fidget spinners and hoverboards don’t have much in common on the surface, but they might be more alike than you think: Both are (or were) uber-popular toys for kids, appeared on the streets almost overnight, and can explode… if the toy contains a battery. [More]

Don’t Use These Recalled Fireworks & Other July 4th Safety Tips

Don’t Use These Recalled Fireworks & Other July 4th Safety Tips

Each year, tens of thousands of people are injured in fireworks accidents. While these incidents can occur when someone is ill-trained in setting off the brightly colored explosives, they can also be the result of defective products, such as the 36,000 TNT Red, White, & Blue Smoke fireworks now under recall.  [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]

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]

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]