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The Viking refrigerator saga: When high-end went awry

July 18, 2011

Under federal law, companies are required to self-report to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission any product defect that could cause serious harm. Most seem to.

Child identity theft: Why you should worry

July 11, 2011

Michelle Dennedy’s daughter Reilly is nine and already has had her identity stolen twice. Earlier this year Dennedy, who lives in California, learned that the most recent use of Reilly’s identity was to get utilities set up in Arizona.

Consumer product database in jeopardy

July 6, 2011

You may think the government’s wheels always grind slowly, but they can spin fast when a government action runs afoul of business.

Even “healthy” food can make you sick

June 7, 2011

Even those who zealously eat healthy food or are partial to the finer things aren’t immune from the dangers of food poisoning.

China making improvements with product safety, CPSC chief says

May 18, 2011

After a staggering run of lead-related toy recalls a few years ago, mostly imported from China, Congress made meaningful advances in consumer product safety laws for the first time in decades. It was also a painful blow the “Made in China” branding experience — perpetuating the notion that it was synonymous with cheaply made, lower-quality products.

China imports in the grocery store: A cause for concern

May 11, 2011

With Chinese products dominating more than just the shelves of dollar stores, it shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise — if you’re surprised at all — that imports from the largest nation in the world are increasingly finding their way into American grocery stores.

How safe is your mobile wallet?

April 11, 2011

A woman uses her mobile telephone in central London January 23, 2011.  REUTERS/Luke MacGregorWhen you whip out your smartphone to transfer money, deposit a check, or “tap” it on an electric reader to buy milk at your local 7-Eleven, do you ever wonder how secure it is?

Paperless tickets: Is Ticketmaster hurting consumers?

March 29, 2011

A man holds a pair of tickets for the 'Live 8' Hyde Park concert, in central London, July 1, 2005.  	 REUTERS/Toby MelvilleIf you buy tickets to events, there’s an awfully good chance you get them from Live Nation’s Ticketmaster, the dominant player in the industry. And if you get paperless tickets, you had better read the fine print before you buy them or you could be in for a shock.

Google work-from-home scammers to pay $1.6 million settlement

March 29, 2011

A Google Inc page is shown on a blackberry phone in Encinitas, California April 13, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Blake  Being the giant brand that Google is and given that people are always hoping to find a way to make money quickly, mixing the two makes for a great scam. And such has been the bait for many thousands of people who have gotten hooked on the idea they could participate in a program that would bring in big bucks selling Google ads.

Electronic fans yanked from market after causing fires

March 24, 2011

A recalled fan. REUTERS/CPSCNearly 5 million inexpensive electric fans are being recalled after they were blamed as the cause of at least seven fires, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.