Recall recap: Graco Classic Wood Highchairs; Honda CR-Vs; and Dodge Dakota and Ram 1500 vehicles
You know the saying, they just don’t make products like they use to? The same goes for new products fashioned after “classic” models, such as Graco’s Classic Wood Highchair, 86,000 of which were recalled this week because they pose a fall hazard to infants.
In auto recalls, Honda recalled some 270,000 2002-2006 CR-V vehicles because the driver side power window switch may fail or melt. And Chrysler recalled 2009-2010 Dodge Dakota and Ram 1500 vehicles because the rear axle may loosen, posing a crash risk. Loss of oil pressure and sudden engine failure also pose a crash risk in some 700 recalled BMW 2013 M5 and M6 vehicles. In food recalls, more food manufacturers pull products related to salmonella-contaminated bulk peanut butter and nut butters.
After multiple delivery mix-ups, several trips to the Sprint store and only three days with the device in hand, I returned my iPhone 5. As the social media editor at ConsumerSearch, I followed all the hype carefully, making sure we were Tweeting and Facebooking the announcement and that our coverage about “The biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone” was relevant. And I am not gonna lie – I was excited! With a HTC EVO 4G in my pocket for the past two years, I thought I was ready to leave the Android world behind. I was tired of the rapidly diminishing battery life, limited memory capacity for apps, and a phone that crashed repeatedly. I thought the iPhone 5 would, with its taller, slimmer and lighter design, be a godsend. Boy was I wrong.
Treat your halloweener to a homemade costume (or trick everyone into thinking you did)
When I was younger, October marked the annual craft store trip with mom to flip through the giant pattern books–and narrow down my top choices for that year’s Halloween costume. Playing dress-up was fun–but watching mom work away at the sewing machine to create a costume just for me was always magical. From pirates, to pumpkins, to Jasmine, my favorite Disney Princess, each year produced as many fond memories as it did sugar highs. Whether you’re looking to start a similar Halloween costume-making tradition with your children or just hoping to make a killer party outfit, here are a few of our favorite sources of inspiration. Of course, if you don’t have the necessary equipment, you’ll want to start here, with our reports for best sewing machines and sergers. And if you’re really behind the ball, invest in a garment steamer to ensure that the pre-packaged costume you buy from the drug store has a more polished look.
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Recall recap: Haier LED-TVs, Fitness Anywhere Suspension Trainer Devices, and a new slew of peanut butter-related recalls
Forget the injuries on the football field. Watching the big game on a Haier America 42-inch LED TV could put you on the stretcher. The neck support on these TVs can break, posing an injury hazard to the viewer nearby, and especially dangerous for infants and young tots, as televisions of this size are extremely heavy. You could also get your own sports injury working out on your personal Suspension Trainer Device by Fitness Anywhere, 40,000 of which were recalled because the strap buckle can break, posing a fall hazard to the user.
In food safety, the salmonella-contaminated peanut butter-related recalls continue. Read on for this and other recalls.
The future of blood glucose monitoring: From apps to tattoos
If you or someone you love is diabetic, there’s no getting around the need for regular blood glucose monitoring. But recent technological advancements mean there might just be hope for avoiding–or at least spiffing up–the regular routine of sticking yourself in the finger with a needle.
Apple’s new maps: So bad you should skip the upgrade?
The critics agree: the iPhone 5 is lighter, faster and prettier than ever before and hands-down one of the best smartphones you can buy today. Unfortunately, critics also agree that Apple’s new Maps app — which replaced the Google Maps app found in previous version of the iOS operating system — is a big step down in terms of quality and all-around functionality, despite the newfound addition of turn-by-turn navigation.
How bad is Apple’s Maps app? Should you avoid upgrading your older iPhone to iOS 6 because of it? Should you even — gasp — avoid getting an iPhone 5? Let’s find out.
Recall recap: Bulk peanut butter recall makes headlines; plus General Motors and Specialized Bicycle Components bikes
Packing a healthy school lunch kids will eat just became more difficult this week with Sunland Inc.’s recall of bulk peanut butter, found in numerous products and jarred peanut butter brands. Salmonella is to blame, and so far 30 people in 19 states have been sickened, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In auto news, General Motors recalled nearly 430,000 vehicles because of power train issues. And Specialized Bicycle Components issued a recall on some 12,000 bicycles because the front fork can break, posing a fall and injury hazard to riders. Read on for these and other recalls.
As mobility aids, walkers can make walking safe and enjoyable for people who might otherwise fall. Ironically, walkers are also dangerous. About every 13 minutes, one older person (over 65) visits an emergency room here in the United States because of a fall while using a walker. According to the Centers for Communicable Diseases (CDC), there are 41,000 falls among older Americans every year; 112 a day, 43 of which result in bone fractures. Alarmingly, these numbers only include incidents that are reported to an emergency room.
Facebook "Offers" bring discounts to fans, but should you claim one?
If your Facebook newsfeed is suddenly cluttered with a new type of status update — friends seemingly bragging about coupons they scored at local or national businesses — then you already know about Facebook Offers. But what are these discounts all about, and should you get in on the action?
Smartphone apps generally tend to serve as a distraction, but what about using tech to get motivated and achieve your goals? These apps promise to help you become more productive, whether you want to read more books, lose weight or tackle a project -- some in rather unconventional ways. Want more? Check out our hands-on test of the Astrid To-Do List app. ahe […]
If you exercise regularly, you probably wear through sneakers rather quickly. Rather than throw away those used shoes, recycle them. Your old shoes could help foster a microbusiness in Africa, protect the feet of a needy child in Haiti, become part of a new tennis court, or live on in the soles of an athlete's new shoes. read more […]
The cathode-ray tube (CRT) is, for all intents and purposes, dead. Long the predominant technology for TVs, computer monitors, and more, CRTs have given way to beautiful flat-panel monitors, mostly LCDs.But while the CRT is dead, it can't be forgotten -- not with somewhere around two billion pounds of obsolete TVs, computer monitors and other hardware t […]
Sippy cups are a staple of the American family. While virtually all parents know that weaning baby from the bottle is inevitable, many assume that the sippy stage can go on well past babyhood for their spill-prone toddlers. However, speech pathologists warn that the leak-proof spouts that parents and tots love so much may be just as problematic for a child […]
Those calming breaths you learned to do in childbirth class? They'll come in handy in the baby superstore aisle, too. That's because baby products are a $9.8 billion industry in the U.S. with hundreds of new products added to the line-up each year. To save money, it pays to buy products that do more than one thing or that can be converted to someth […]
Apple is famous for its splashy press conferences, which typically involve a big product launch (and sometimes "one more thing.") From the iPod to the iPhone, many of their products have been technological game-changers that inspire fierce customer loyalty. Rumors abound about Apple's next big thing. Will it be a phone/tablet hybrid? An iWatch […]
In researching our recent report on cookware, we identified several top-rated sets. However, we kept coming across the same complaint: The cookware sets many consumers bought don't contain the pieces they need most. The editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine agree, saying manufacturers usually include cookware that isn't the right size or shap […]
Here's a secret: Many top home fitness celebrities post free workouts on YouTube. But of the more than 600,000 videos that come up when searching for "fitness workouts," which is the best?I looked past the muscle and the rippling physiques of the most popular fitness channels to put together this guide of who to follow and who to forgo (withou […]
Yes, you really can file your taxes on your smartphone. But should you? TurboTax's SnapTax 2012 (*Est. $25 to e-file (free download)) promises to do your taxes in 10 minutes. Snap a photo of your W-2, answer a few simple questions -- you're done. H&R Block 1040EZ for Smartphone (Free download and e-file) works the same way. "But how good a […]
It's March Madness time again. No, I'm not talking about the big college basketball tournament that started this past weekend. Rather I'm referring to that time of year when TV makers are willing to do what it takes -- for the most part -- to clear store shelves of their 2012 models before the 2013 sets go on sale. In addition, some trends in […]