More than one million grills have been recalled over the past five years. Knowing that, the first thing you should check when getting out your grill this season is whether it's on the list. An estimated 3,800 injuries from gas or charcoal grills were treated in hospital emergency rooms in 2010. Cooking with a defective unit just increases the odds of getting burned or setting a fire.
After getting 569 reports of leaking regulators, One World Technologies has recalled 89,000 Stok Quattro and Stok Island gas grills. The leaking regulators pose a fire and burn hazard although no injuries have been reported, according to the recall notice from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. One World will send grill owners free replacement regulators.
Viking Range Corporation of Greenwood, Miss., has recalled about 2,000 Viking dishwashers because an electrical component in the dishwasher can overheat, posing a fire hazard. Viking has received 21 reports of incidents, including five reports of property damage from fires.
Every day 14 children in the U.S. are injured from window falls resulting in 5,200 children and adolescents 17 years of age and younger being treated in emergency rooms. "Window fall injuries are serious. In fact, one out of every four children was hospitalized as a result of their injury," said Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in a study published in Pediatrics last fall. That's why the National Safety Council sets aside the first week of April to call attention to window safety.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission's consumer product database marks its one-year anniversary today.
Approximately 7,000 ceiling fans are being recalled by Westinghouse Lighting Corp., said the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The fan and light kits come with 60-watt lightbulbs, which exceed the fixtures' wattage ratings, posing a risk of overheating, fire and electric shock to consumers.
Consumer Reports has removed its Don't Buy: Performance Problem judgment from a $5,000 Viking range after confirming that the manufacturer has fixed a design flaw that resulted in a melted wiring connector on two separate test samples.
Got a Cub Cadet, MTD Gold, or Troy-Bilt lawn tractor? It could be part of the recall announced by the Consumer Products Safety Commission this week if you bought it between January 2011 and January 2012. The problem involves a faulty hydrostatic drive system that could cause the brakes to fail, posing a crash hazard.
This week marks the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission's launch of SaferProducts.gov, a web-based database designed to give consumers a place to report problems about products and check safety histories before making new purchases. Of the more than 6,500 reports filed during the site's first 12 months, roughly one-third had to do with appliances. Toys, nursery equipment, footwear, and home climate-control systems also received a significant number of reports.
The snow hasn’t been piling up like it did last season, but there have been several weather events that have caused power outages and other problems across the country. Witness this morning’s tornadoes that tore through parts of the Midwest. When such things happen, it’s good to have a generator at the ready. But not everyone does, which led us to ask whether a small power inverter could help homeowners survive an outage. The answer was—in some cases.
January is National Radon Action month and the Environmental Protection Agency is asking homeowners to “save a life” by testing for radon and fixing any problems they find. Radon is a radioactive gas and exposure to it causes 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year—only smoking causes more. Because you can't see, smell or taste radon, it’s important to periodically test the air in your home. Believing you live in a region not affected by radon is just one of the myths about this deadly gas. Here are the EPA’s top 10.
Navien America Inc., of Irvine, Calif. has recalled about 13,000 instantaneous or tankless water heaters because of possible risk of carbon monoxide poisoning the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported.
Undercooking frozen or refrigerated convenience foods could make you sick. And if you use a microwave to prepare packaged foods, as 71 percent of Americans do, according to a recent Food & Health Survey , it’s crucial that you get one that heats food evenly. Consumer Reports latest tests of microwaves found fewer models that aced our evenness test.
The subject headings of the testimony that a Florida homeowner gave before a Senate subcommittee exploring problem drywall outline the miseries her family has faced since building their home in 2004: “The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Failed Us, The Center for Disease Control Failed Us, The U.S. Internal Revenue Service Failed Us,” she stated. “The federal agencies working on this problem for over four years have failed us,” said Brenda Brincku of Alva, Florida.
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