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Hanging chair recall initiated by Big Lots after five reports of minor injuries

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Big Lots, popular American retail company headquartered in Ohio, has announced a substantial hanging chair recall, which spans nearly 16,000 units total. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)’s recall notice states that when the chairs swing sideways away from the base, they may tip over unexpectedly. The hanging chair recall involves egg-shaped chairs hanging from a chain. The chain, which connects to the brown wicker chair with a red cushion, is linked to a black metal pole with a U-shaped base at the bottom. Before the hanging chair recall was announced, Big Lots received information regarding eight separate incidents of ... Read More

Massive data breach linked to China exposes 4 million federal workers

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Hackers linked to the Chinese government broke into U.S. government computer systems in December, allowing them to access personal and professional data files for about four million current and former federal employees, U.S. officials said Thursday. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) discovered the massive data breach in April while updating its cybersecurity defenses, “adding numerous tools and capabilities to (its) networks,” Donna Seymour, the OPM’s chief information officer, told the Washington Post. “As a result of adding these tools, we were able to detect this intrusion into our networks,” she added. The OPM was updating its network security in ... Read More

Victims of toxic Chinese drywall may soon see relief

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The sudden turnaround of a Chinese drywall manufacturer that has repeatedly snubbed U.S. courts is a promising sign for thousands of U.S. homeowners whose homes, and even their lives, have been ruined by toxic, highly corrosive drywall, plaintiffs’ lawyers say. Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., a drywall company owned by the Chinese government, last week paid $3.2 million in damages to a federal court in New Orleans. That money will be disbursed to seven Virginia homeowners whose complaints against Taishan were tried as bellwether cases representative of a much larger, complex body of litigation still pending. The payments stunned those involved ... Read More

Ace Bayou recalls more than two million various bean bag chairs after two children die of suffocation

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Following the tragic deaths of two children, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Ace Bayou Corp. are now recalling more than two million bean bag chairs in the United States. According to the recall notice, the bean bag chairs’ zippers could be opened by children who could then climb into bean bag and potentially become trapped, then suffocated or choked on the foam beads within the bean bag. If the bean bags are non-refillable, the standard requires the chair to be closed and zippers permanently disabled. The recalled bean bag chairs feature two zippers that can be unzipped and ... Read More

Federal court holds Chinese drywall companies in contempt for ignoring U.S. litigation

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China’s state-owned drywall manufacturers have abandoned litigation in the U.S. involving thousands of American homeowners who sued the companies over allegedly toxic and corrosive drywall they claim has damaged their homes and their health. In addition to not responding to the multidistrict litigation (MDL) in a Louisiana federal court, Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. and other gypsum manufacturers owned by the Chinese government’s Assets Supervision and Administration Commission ignored a $2.7 million default judgment against them in 2010. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon held Taishan in civil and criminal contempt on July 17 for its refusal to appear in court to ... Read More

Approximately 4,000 Glass Beverage Dispensers recalled by Publix after injury reported

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The popular grocery chain Publix, in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has announced a recall of nearly 4,000 Glass Beverage Dispensers. An injury hazard is presented by the flawed dispensers due to the metal stand supporting the glass dispenser, which is easily breakable. The glass beverage dispensers feature a clear glass ovoid-shaped container along with a clear glass lid, a wire three-legged metal stand and a silver spigot. Each glass container can hold up to 1.7 gallons of liquid and is about 13.5 inches high. Both the item number, 962826 FEB44496-01-113, and barcode number, 11546-34437, can be ... Read More

Nearly 1.4 million Gibson Leather Task Chairs recalled by Office Depot after reports of breakage

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Office Depot®, the popular office supply company in the United States, has announced an extraordinary recall of about 1.4 million Gibson Leather Task Chairs. According to the company, the chairs have a fragile mounting plate weld, which may break and separate from the base of the chair during use. If the mounting plate breaks or separates, the consumer is at risk of falling unexpectedly. The recalled office chairs are black, armless and adjustable with a black base and five wheels. The SKU number of the affected chairs is 105479 while the registration numbers are PA 27248 (CN), PA 25498 (CN), ... Read More

Avon recalls more than 475,000 Ergonomic Eyelash Curlers due to eye injury hazard

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Avon, the fifth-largest beauty company in the world, announced a recall of more than 475,000 Ergonomic Eyelash Curlers in the U.S. and in excess of 40,000 in Canada. A metal pin is exposed if the recalled eyelash curler breaks, which poses an eye injury hazard to its consumers. The recalled Avon Ergonomic Eyelash Curlers are silver with black ergonomic finger grips. The silver upper lash curling bar has the word “Avon” engraved on it. The product’s box features the curler’s model number, F3093441. Before the recall’s announcement, Avon received 24 reports of the recalled eyelash curler breaking. The spring broke ... Read More

Marlboro 3-in-1 flashlights recalled by AGDC due to explosions, ignitions posing burn and injury hazard

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Roughly 365,000 units of a 3-in-1 flashlight, compass and match holder were recalled by Altria Group Distribution Company (AGDC). The products were originally distributed as a promotional item for Marlboro brand cigarettes; however, the matches inside the match holder can ignite unexpectedly when they come in contact with the striker beneath the compass cap. If this were to occur, it would pose both a burn and injury hazard to consumers. The bronze-colored 3-in-1 flashlight measures 4.5 inches long and 1 inch in diameter with five LED lights. Approximately 20 matches are stored within the flashlight’s storage compartment. The end cap also ... Read More

Iconic Grumpy Cat plush toys recalled by Ganz due to choking hazard

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Grumpy Cat, the popular internet icon that rose to fame in 2013, has three styles of stuffed animal toys currently under recall. Ganz, the company responsible for manufacturing the toys, is issuing the recall because of the plush’s eyes which may become detached, posing a choking hazard to young children. The three styles of Grumpy Cat plush being recalled include an 8-inch Grumpy Cat in laying position, a 5-inch long Grumpy Cat sitting and a 4-inch Grumpy Cat key chain.  Each toy is multi-colored with the colors white, dark brown, light brown and gray fur material. Grumpy Cat’s eyes are ... Read More