July 23, 2014—Dream on Me recalled its Dinah high chair, because the leg or side opening of the chair can allow a child’s body to pass through and become trapped at the neck or fall from the chair.
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July 23, 2014—Oeuf recalled its Sparrow crib, because the slats/spindles and top rail can become detached and pose an entrapment hazard to children.
July 23, 2014—LG Electronics says it will introduce a wearable tracking device for young children that allows parents to call their kids and even listen surreptitiously if the child doesn’t respond.
July 23, 2014—Ford Motor says the 2015 F-150 will be at least 700 pounds lighter than that of the previous model year because of the use of military-grade aluminum alloy in the body and the cargo box, as well as the use of high-strength steel.
July 22, 2014—A company that sells a “Made in USA” certification seal to marketers today agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers by allowing companies to use the seal without independently verifying that those companies’ products were made in the United States.
July 22, 2014—Systolic blood pressure was lower by an average of 3.56 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) in adults who ate probiotics compared with the adults who didn’t, and diastolic blood pressure was lower by an average of 2.38 mm Hg.
July 21, 2014—Proctor & Gamble and Whirlpool created a partnership to build an appliance that the companies say can reduce a consumer’s ironing and steaming needs and has the potential to cut your dry-cleaning expenses in half.
July 21, 2014—Wegmans recalled certain bakery goods that contain nectarines, peaches or plums because the fruit might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
July 21, 2014—BMW recalled certain 2000–2006 vehicles, because a defect that’s in in the passenger-side front air bag might produce excessive internal pressure that could cause the air-bag inflator to rupture upon deployment.
July 21, 2014—The Kidizoom Smartwatch ($60), which has a 1.4-inch color touch screen, can be connected to a home computer via a micro USB cable to charge the watch’s battery or to upload images, videos or voice recordings.
July 18, 2014—Kindle Unlimited costs $9.99 per month and gives customers access to at least 600,000 Kindle e-books and at least 2,000 Audible audiobooks.
July 18, 2014—Mars Food North America recalled Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice Garden Vegetable with Peas, Carrots and Corn, because the product might contain barley, which is a source of gluten that isn’t listed on the ingredient label.
July 18, 2014—A new report suggests that organic fruits and vegetables deliver more nutritional benefits than does nonorganic produce. However, the study was funded in part by a foundation that supports organic farming, so consumers should remain skeptical of the findings.
July 17, 2014—Popkiller recalled certain cellphone accessories, because the improperly mounted plug blades and inadequate electronic circuitry pose fire and electrical shock hazards to consumers.
July 17, 2014—King of Pops recalled its Banana Puddin’ Pops and Keylime Pie Pops because they might contain eggs, milk, soy or wheat, which might not be listed on the ingredient label.
July 17, 2014—Fiat Chrysler Automobiles says the vehicle’s 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8 engine is the most powerful V8 ever built for a Dodge.
July 17, 2014—Certain consumers who purchased an abdominal exercise device that was marketed deceptively will receive a partial refund, Federal Trade Commission says.
July 16, 2014—The amount that consumers receive is conditional on Apple’s pending appeal of a July 2013 federal court ruling that says the company violated antitrust laws.
July 16, 2014—Nantucket Distributing recalled the chairs for its resin wicker outdoor patio set, because the rear legs can break and pose a fall hazard during normal use.
July 16, 2014—Viking recalled certain Coachman and Viking 2014 folding tent trailers that were manufactured from Nov. 20, 2013, through May 28, 2014. The affected vehicles list the incorrect recommended tire air pressure.
July 16, 2014—The Pulse Safe Start, which reaches a maximum speed of 1.75 mph, is designed for children as young as age 3 and accommodates users who weigh up to 50 pounds.
July 16, 2014—Mercedes-Benz says the new S65 AMG Coupe will arrive at U.S. dealerships in October 2014 but, to no one’s surprise, the German sports car will have a price that’s out of reach for most consumers.
July 15, 2014—Federal Trade Commission says dietary supplement company TriVita deceived consumers by making unsupported claims that a drink that’s called Nopalea would treat a variety of ailments.
July 15, 2014—Bollinger Fitness recalled its Classic and SoftTouch resistance bands, because a plastic ball that’s attached to the resistance band’s door anchor might be released unexpectedly and strike the user.
July 15, 2014—Google says the correlation between blood glucose and tear glucose must be explored before the company can determine whether a contact lens could provide a less-invasive alternative to monitor blood sugar.