Sept. 29, 2014—Bravo recalled its chicken and turkey pet food for cats and dogs, because the products might be contaminated with salmonella.
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Sept. 29, 2014—Two years after hundreds of emergency-room visits attracted Consumer Product Safety Commission to the cause, the agency approved a new federal safety standard for high-powered-magnet sets.
Sept. 26, 2014—Bad Boy Buggies recalled its off-road utility vehicle, because incorrect parking-brake adjustments and improperly bled brake lines can diminish a driver’s ability to brake, which poses a crash hazard.
Sept. 26, 2014—Shivvers recalled its 2012–2014 Country Clipper riding lawn mowers, because the ignition module can fail, which could result in overheating and melting. This poses a fire hazard to consumers.
Sept. 26, 2014—Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ordered U.S. Bank to pay $48 million in refunds to consumers who were charged illegally for credit-monitoring and identity-protection services that they didn’t receive.
Sept. 26, 2014—The rumors that British automaker Lotus decided to leave the U.S. market because the only vehicle that it sells here didn’t comply with federal standards for air bags turned out to be hot air.
Sept. 25, 2014—Ross recalled its Metal Bistro Chair, because the folding chair’s seat can fail to attach to the frame when the chair is unfolded and can cause the chair to collapse.
Sept. 25, 2014—The Original Soupman recalled its lobster bisque, because the product might contain perch, shrimp or tilapia, which aren’t listed on the ingredient label.
Sept. 25, 2014—Volkswagen recalled 2013 Audi Q7 vehicles that were manufactured from June 5, 2012, through Nov. 29, 2012, and are equipped with a 3.0-liter turbocharged direct-injected engine.
Sept. 25, 2014—Cutting the amount of calories that consumers drink over the next 10 years sounds impressive, but experts whom we interviewed believe that beverage-makers’ initiative won’t achieve anything that wouldn’t happen on its own.
Sept. 25, 2014—BlackBerry says its new square Passport smartphone can be preordered on its website now and will start to be shipped Oct. 6, 2014.
Sept. 25, 2014—Women who have an iron deficiency and other risk factors are five times as likely to give birth to a child who has autism spectrum disorder than are women who don’t have an iron deficiency, according to a study that was conducted by researchers at University of California-Davis.
Sept. 24, 2014—Owners of certain Samsung smartphones and tablet computers can help to make sure that their friends’ devices don’t run out of juice.
Sept. 24, 2014—Glaser Organic recalled its Carob Fudgy Brownie and its Organic Carob Powder, because the products might be contaminated with salmonella.
Sept. 24, 2014—Hearth & Home Technologies recalled certain fireplaces, inserts, log sets and stoves, because the gas valve that’s in the unit might break.
Sept. 24, 2014—Wal-Mart says GoBank doesn’t require a minimum balance and doesn’t charge minimum-balance or overdraft fees.
Sept. 23, 2014—UPS says 3-D printing services are performed in-house and use a Stratasys uPrint SE Plus printer, which is a professional-grade 3-D printer. Each job typically takes 4–24 hours to complete.
Sept. 23, 2014—Mercedes-Benz unveiled the 2015 GLA45 AMG, which has a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 355 hp. The vehicle is the fourth high-performance SUV model that Mercedes has produced for the U.S. market.
Sept. 22, 2014—Mars Chocolate recalled M&M’s Milk Chocolate Theater Box candy, because the product might contain peanut butter, which isn’t listed on the ingredient label.
Sept. 22, 2014—Consumer Financial Protection Bureau seeks to shut down an online payday lender that bought information from online lead generators, illegally deposited payday loans into consumers’ checking accounts and withdrew fees without consent, the regulatory agency says.
Sept. 22, 2014—A company that ran afoul of Federal Trade Commission laws in 1997 again exercised bad judgment in its advertising, and it agreed to pay a $3 million civil penalty to settle charges that its weight-loss claims were deceptive.
Sept. 19, 2014—Newmar recalled 2014 Dutch Star motor homes that were manufactured from April 14, 2014, through June 20, 2014, because an incorrectly wired headlight-wiring harness might have been installed.
Sept. 19, 2014—The company says credit- and debit-card readers at all U.S. locations will be equipped with EMV chip technology by the end of 2014, which is sooner than it had planned.
Sept. 19, 2014—Two and a half years after we alerted consumers to a spate of redistributed recalled products that were linked to Meijer stores, the company will pay a $2 million civil penalty to settle charges by Consumer Product Safety Commission that it played a role in the sale of such products to consumers.
Sept. 19, 2014—The pending deal has the potential to reduce prices for all major kitchen appliances as well as washers and dryers, but it’s too soon to determine whether such a benefit will materialize for consumers, industry experts tell Consumers Digest.