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HP Expands Lithium-Ion Battery Recall Over Fire, Burn Risks

HP has expanded a recall of the lithium-ion batteries used in some of its notebook computers and mobile workstations after receiving several reports of overheating and fire-related incidents, including one burn injury. The recall covers about 78,500 lithium-ion battery packs installed in some computers or sold separately as accessories. The batteries were shipped with or sold as accessories for the following HP products: HP ProBooks (64x G2 and G3 series, 65x G2 and G3 series, 4xx G4 series) HPx360 (310 G2) HP Pavilion x360 11-inch Notebook PC HP 11 Notebook PC HP ZBook (17 G3, and Studio G3) mobile workstations ... Read More

Boston Market recalls 86 tons of pork patties

Boston Market is recalling about 86 tons of its boneless pork rib patties because they may be contaminated with bits of glass or hard plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said in a news release. The patties were distributed by Bellsio Foods and were part of the Boston Market Home Style Meals labeled as Boneless Pork Rib Shaped Patty with BBQ Sauce & Mashed Potatoes. Affected packages have the “Best By” dates of 12/07/2019 and lot code 8341; 01/04/2020 and lot code 9004; 1/24/2020 and lot code 9024; and 02/15/2020 and lot code 9046. ... Read More

QVC Warns of Trivet Magnets After Child’s Brush With Death

The television shopping network QVC is warning customers who purchased a Copper Chef cookware set about a silicone trivet containing powerful magnets that could be deadly if swallowed. The QVC warning comes after 3-year-old Monty Trias of Watertown, South Dakota nearly died after ingesting the high-powered magnets. Monty’s mother Emily Trias told Sioux Falls’ KELOLAND TV that she and her husband couldn’t figure out at first where the magnets that their son swallowed came from. Eventually, however, they discovered that they attached to the bottom of a flexible silicone trivet that came as part of the QVC cookware set. The ... Read More

Pressure Cooker Accidents Leave Kids With Lifelong Injuries

The Instant Pot pressure cooker craze that has swept the nation in recent years has inspired a multitude of manufacturers to cash in on the trend by making their own models. Unfortunately, in the rush to market, it seems that some pressure cooker models weren’t properly designed or manufactured, leaving unsuspecting consumers at risk of burns and other injuries. As we have seen in the past, many of the victims of pressure cooker malfunctions are children. Late last summer, an Idaho toddler was severely burned when the Sunday dinner his mother was cooking erupted from the pressure cooker, showering the ... Read More

Barbie Dream Campers Recalled for Sudden Acceleration Defect

Barbie Dream Campers can become any child’s worst nightmare due to a defect that could potentially cause the kiddie car to drive out of control. The defect has sparked a recall of the affected vehicles. While consumers likely associate sudden unintended acceleration problems with Toyota vehicles, it turns out that toy manufacturer Fisher-Price is now grappling with a similar issue, though on a much smaller scale. Although the Barbie Dream Camper defect is a pee-wee one compared to Toyota’s SUA ordeal – affecting about 44,000 vehicles – it is serious enough that federal officials are urging the public to immediately ... Read More

Teething jewelry pose strangulation, choking hazards

Specially designed necklaces and bracelets for teething babies and those with special needs pose choking and strangulation risks and may contain substances that can cause mouth damage, infections and other reactions, and thus should not be used, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautioned parents and care givers in a Safety Communication. So-called teething jewelry is advertised for relieving teething pain for infants and to provide sensory stimulation or to redirect chewing on clothes or body parts for people with special needs like autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But the jewelry poses serious risks, the FDA said. For starters, the ... Read More

Dangerous Trash Cans Get Chinese Manufacturer $1 Million Penalty

Federal regulators ordered a Chinese manufacturer to pay a $1 million penalty for failing to report defective trash cans that pose a laceration hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) imposed the fine on EKO Development of Guangzhou, China, and its U.S. unit EKO USA in a 3-2 vote. According to the CPSC, 367,000 of the defective EKO trash cans were sold exclusively at Costco Wholesale stores throughout the U.S. The EKO Sensible Eco Living Trash Cans pose an “unreasonable risk of injury,” the CPSC said, because they have a black plastic collar on the receptacle opening that could ... Read More

Emerson Sensi WiFi Thermostats Recalled for Fire Hazard

U.S. and Canadian authorities are urging the public to check their thermostats after learning of a fire risk associated with Emerson-branded Sensi WiFi thermostats. The U.S. Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that approximately 135,000 Emerson thermostats are being recalled in the U.S. because of a defect that could potentially cause a house fire. The Canadian government says an additional 15,546 units of the affected products were sold in Canada. The wires inside the thermostats covered by the safety recall can contact each other, creating an electrical short that could lead to overheating and fire. The thermostats also can be damaged ... Read More

Specialty candies possibly tainted with hepatitis A

Do not eat chocolate or caramel Modjeskas made by Bauer’s Candies purchased from various retail locations, QVC or BauersCandy.com after Nov. 14, 2018, because they may be contaminated with hepatitis A, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautioned in a Public Health Alert. The alert was issued after a worker at the facility tested positive for the contagious liver disease. Modjeskas are individually wrapped marshmallow candies dipped in chocolate or caramel. They are made by the Kentucky-based specialty candy shop, Bauer’s Candies. At this time, neither the FDA nor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are aware of any ... Read More

Texas man files lawsuit after getting sick from romaine lettuce

The first Texas lawsuit has emerged related to the romaine lettuce scare that has sickened dozens of people in 12 states due to E. coli contamination, according to the Southeast Texas Record. Brazos County resident Joe Stratta filed a lawsuit against Beef O’Brady’s Inc., and FSC Franchise Co. LLC, on Nov. 26, in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas, alleging the companies manufactured and sold contaminated romaine lettuce. Stratta ate the lettuce in a Caesar salad at a Beef O’Brady’s restaurant in Crestview, Florida. Four days later, he allegedly fell ill with symptoms including “watery diarrhea and ... Read More