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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]

Target Recalls 19K Tic-Tac-Toe Boards Over Magnet Choking Hazard

Target Recalls 19K Tic-Tac-Toe Boards Over Magnet Choking Hazard

There’s just something about shiny little things that makes children – and some adults – put the objects in their mouths. But that’s dangerous and even more hazardous when the object happens to be a magnet. To that end: Target is recalling thousands of magnetic tic-tac-toe boards. [More]

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Coca-Cola Plant In Northern Ireland Closed After Human Waste Found In Some Cans

When people talk about the ingredients in Coca-Cola that are cause for concern, they’re usually talking about things like high fructose corn syrup and caffeine — not human waste.  [More]

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DOT Apologizes For Billing Dead Teen $3K For Highway Guardrail

State officials in Tennessee have apologized to the family of a dead teenager after sending a bill in her name for $3,000 in damages her car caused to the guardrail that some — including her family — blame for the young woman’s death. [More]

Additional Hoverboards Recalled Over Fire, Explosion Risk

Additional Hoverboards Recalled Over Fire, Explosion Risk

Last year, federal safety regulators recalled 501,000 ”hoverboards” from eight manufacturers amid concerns that the not-actually-hovering devices’ lithium-ion battery packs posed a fire hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has added another manufacturer and 500 scooters to the recall list.  [More]

6 Easy Ways To Get Rid Of Unused Medication

6 Easy Ways To Get Rid Of Unused Medication

Today is National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day, and chances are you haven’t given much thought to the unused medications taking up space in your medicine cabinet. [More]

State Says “Drinkable Sunscreen” Is “Flat-Out Dangerous”

State Says “Drinkable Sunscreen” Is “Flat-Out Dangerous”

Instead of slathering yourself with messy sunscreen, wouldn’t it be a lot easier if you could just drink a magic potion that would protect you from harmful UV rays? One product says it can do just that, but the state of Iowa alleges that such claims are not only unproven, but dangerous. [More]

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3 Carbon Monoxide Alarms Named ‘Don’t Buy: Safety Risk’ By Consumer Reports

In Consumer Reports’ most recent tests of carbon monoxide alarms, three similar-looking off-brand alarms failed critical performance tests and have been rated Don’t Buy: Safety Risk. [More]

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Regulators Investigating Hoverboard Fire That Killed 3-Year-Old Girl

Nearly eight months after the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled more than 500,000 “hoverboard” scooters from eight manufacturers over fire hazards posed by the devices’ lithium-ion battery backs, the agency has opened an investigation into a fire that killed a 3-year-old girl in Pennsylvania on Friday. [More]

Anthony Miglioranzi

Jet Skiers Snatched From Path Of Carnival Cruise Ship At The Last Second

While there might seem to be plenty of room for everyone out on the open ocean, a marine traffic incident almost led to a group of jet skiers getting run over by a Carnival Cruise Line ship in a Florida harbor. [More]

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BMW Recalls 121K SUVs Over Defect That Could Render Vehicle Useless

Just like a pathogen can infect a tiny cut in your skin and end up wreaking real havoc on your body, if a bit of water starts getting into the wrong place on your car it could set off a chain of events that leaves you with a car that won’t move. [More]

Craftsman Recalls 46,000 Collapsable Saws Over Laceration Hazard

Craftsman Recalls 46,000 Collapsable Saws Over Laceration Hazard

Working with saws and other tools can be a dangerous activity, and the risk increases when the table saw you’re using unexpectedly collapses, as is the case for some 46,000 Craftsman portable table saws now being recalled. [More]

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Mercedes Recalls 354K Vehicles Over Fire Risk

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times: You don’t want your vehicle to catch on fire. For that reason, Mercedes-Benz is recalling more than 354,000 vehicles. [More]

680,000 Baby Rattles Recalled Over Choking Hazard Concerns

680,000 Baby Rattles Recalled Over Choking Hazard Concerns

Baby rattles come in all shapes, sizes, and designs, but they all have one purpose: To entertain children, not hurt them. For that reason, 680,000 rattles have recently been recalled because they pose a choking hazard. [More]

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Ford Recalls 32,000 Vehicles Over Airbags That Won’t Inflate

So far, more than 42 million vehicles equipped with shrapnel-shooting Takata airbags have been recalled in the U.S. But it’s another issue with the autoparts maker that has Ford recalling nearly 32,000 vehicles: airbags that won’t inflate. [More]

Twitter Confirms It’s Trying To Identify Abusive Accounts Before Anyone Reports Them

Twitter Confirms It’s Trying To Identify Abusive Accounts Before Anyone Reports Them

Twitter is on a roll: In its second safety update of the year aimed at curbing harassment on its platform, the social media network says it will now proactively try to identify abusive accounts — even before anyone has reported them for being abusive. [More]

Vanishing Rebate Checks, Canceled Appointments: Stories Of Samsung’s Turbulent Washer Recall

Vanishing Rebate Checks, Canceled Appointments: Stories Of Samsung’s Turbulent Washer Recall

Last November, Samsung recalled nearly 3 million top-loading washing machines amid complaints about violent vibrations, “explosions”, and one broken jaw. The company offered the choice of an in-home repair, a rebate on a new machine, or a complete refund for recently purchased machines. That was nearly four months ago, but a number of Samsung washer owners tells us they’ve been frustrated with whichever option they selected. [More]

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Lawsuit Claims Five Automakers Knew Of Dangerous Takata Airbags, Used Them Anyway

Takata recently agreed to pay $1 billion to close the books on a federal criminal investigation into its shrapnel-shooting airbags linked to 11 deaths, but the auto parts company — and several automakers — must still answer allegations that these airbags were a known problem long before the massive recall. [More]