Lots of folks bought a new TV in time to enjoy the Super Bowl and often the old TV winds up in a bedroom. It's crucial to ensure that any TV in your home is installed in a way that doesn't pose a hazard to kids. Televisions were involved in furniture tip-over accidents that killed 206 children ages 8 and younger in the United States during the years 2000 to 2011, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. And in the years 2009-2011 alone, 12,700 children under age 10 were brought to hospital emergency departments due to injuries involving TV tip-overs, the CPSC reported. The problem involves both older tube TVs and newer flat-screen models. Fortunately, with either type of TV, such tragedies are easily prevented.
A safety recall warning has been issued for 42-inch LCD TVs made by Haier America, says the Consumer Product Safety Commission. About 5,000 of the flat-panel Haier TVs have stands that can crack or break during use, posing a risk falling and possibly injuring consumers.
High-tech tools such as smart phones, mobile apps and social media sites are quickly become part of many people's arsenals in dealing with an emergency—such as Hurricane Isaac—and its aftermath, says the American Red Cross.
Powering through the Gulf of Mexico, Isaac has strengthened from a tropical storm to a hurricane and is expected to make landfall by morning. Hundreds of thousands of residents have already lost power. Those who have been through this before know that in an emergency, a weather radio can be a lifesaver. These radios feature special weather warnings and forecasts that can't be heard on AM/FM models. They typically feature hand-cranks and solar panels for recharging; alarms to alert rescue searchers; flashlights and even cell-phone chargers. Consumer Reports has checked out a few models including one from the American Red Cross.
The AARP has issued an alert regarding phony e-mails that say recipients have won a $1,000 VISA gift card: The e-mails are ostensibly from the organization but actually are meant to collect personal information. This data is then sold to marketing companies who use it to target victims with sales pitches; stolen personal data can also be used for identity theft.
Emergencies—like the dramatic storms that raged across the U.S. yesterday—frequently happen when you don't expect them. Instead of scrambling to figure out what to do, why not be ready for whatever might come? And of course, your electronics devices can help. Here are some handy tips we culled from FEMA's website.
Nikon has issued a recall of rechargeable batteries sold with two models of its digital SLR cameras, the Nikon D800 and Nikon D7000. More than 200,000 of the D-SLR batteries sold with the cameras worldwide may short-circuit and melt, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
There could be a security risk with Facebook's Timeline, the graphic and chronological interface the social-media giant is rolling out to Facebook subscribers. Suspicious online tools and websites purporting to be Timeline-removal aids could be putting millions of Facebook users in digital danger, warns one online security expert.
More than one million HP fax machines in North America are being recalled by the Hewlett-Packard company, says the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today. The machines—the HP Fax 1040 and the HP Fax 1050—have faulty internal electric components that can fail, causing the machines to overheat and possibly catch fire.
An increasing number of U.S. consumers are turning to "cutting the copper" when it comes to home telephone service, relying instead on their cell phones or Voice over IP (VoIP) service that uses their home's high-speed Internet connections. However, such systems can stop working during an emergency such as a power blackout, hurricane or other natural disaster.
Online shoe retailer Zappos.com has been targeted by hackers, company CEO Tony Hsieh reported on Sunday. Personal information—including e-mail addresses, names, phone numbers, and shipping addresses—for more than 24 million Zappos customers may have been compromised, Hsieh wrote in an e-mail to employees.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall alert for more than 6,000 Mophie Juice Pack Air rechargeable battery packs. The lithium polymer batteries, which are designed to be used as external cases for Apple iPod Touch players, can overheat and possibly burn consumers.
Black Friday. The start of the year-end shopping spree where millions of consumers will prowl local shops and online retailers for that perfect holiday gift. And, it's also a very prime time for criminals and hackers out to steal your money, or worse yet, your identity.
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