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May 2, 2014

Below is a recap of today's consumer news as reported on My3cents.com and from other places across the web. If you have a consumer news tip, drop us a line by simply replying to this email or by visiting us at mythreecents.com and share your experience!

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Tips & Reviews From The My3cents Community

Budget Rent-a-Car - Empty Gas Tank!

Alamo Rent A Car - Late-Night Drop-Off = SCAM

Consumer Recalls From CPSC

J. Crew Recalls Baby Coveralls Due to Choking Hazard (Recall Alert)
Snaps on the baby coveralls in sizes newborn to 3T can detach.

Altria Group Distribution Company Recalls Flashlight Due to Burn, Injury Hazards; Distributed Exclusively through Marlboro Promotion (Recall Alert)
Matches can ignite while inside the 3-in-1 flashlight.

Horizon Hobby Recalls Blade 700 X Pro Series Helicopter Kits, Spindle Sets Due To Injury Hazard
The blades can come off the recalled radio-controlled helicopters. The letter "X" is on the helicopter.

White-Rodgers Recalls Home Heating and Cooling Thermostats Due to Fire Hazard
The alkaline batteries used in the digital thermostat can leak onto the circuit board.

Kawasaki Recalls Off-Road Motorcycles Due to Crash Hazard (Recall Alert)
The motorcycle bolts on model year 2014 KLX110 and KLX110L off-road motorcycles can loosen and come off causing the engine to lock and stop the vehicle.

GE Brand Dehumidifiers by Midea Recalled for Repair Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Walmart
A component in the dehumidifier's compressor can short circuit. One fire reported.

DGL Group Recalls Vibe USB Mobile Power Bars Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Five Below
The Vibe power bar, also known as a portable power supply or portable charger, can overheat. Incident reports include smoking, fire and bursting power bars.

Magnum and Matrix Fitness Multi-Station Strength Training Towers Recalled by Johnson Health Tech Due to Injury Hazard
The plastic connectors that link the strength training stations’ towers can slide out or break.

Felt Bicycles Recalls Triathlon Bicycles Due to Risk of Injury

Ariens Recalls Snow Throwers and Power Brushes Due to Amputation and Laceration Hazards
A drive pulley can crack while in use and cause the auger/impeller or brush to continue to rotate after the clutch lever is disengaged.

PetSmart Recalls Fish Bowls Due to Laceration Hazard
The 1.75 gallon glass fish bowls can crack, shatter or break during normal handling. Four consumers had to have stitches for cuts, one had surgery.

Summer Infant Expands Recall to Replace Video Monitor Rechargeable Batteries Due to Burn Hazard
The batteries used in the video baby monitors can overheat and rupture.

Excalibur Recalls Crossbows Due to Injury Hazard; Can Fire Unexpectedly
The Excalibur Matrix Mega 405 model crossbow can unexpectedly fire an arrow. This poses a risk of injury to the user or bystander.

E-Z-GO Recalls Golf, Shuttle, Off-Road Utility Vehicles Due to Crash Hazard
The steering wheel nut may not have been tightened sufficiently, reducing the driver’s steering control on E-Z-GO, Cushman and Bad Boy Buggies brand gas- and electric-powered, four-wheeled vehicles with bench seats for the driver and passengers.

Remington Electric Leaf Blowers Recalled by MTD Due to Laceration Hazard
The blower’s impeller can break and strike the operator during use.

Troy-Bilt Electric Leaf Blowers Recalled by MTD Due to Laceration Hazard
The blower’s impeller can break and strike the operator during use.

Rocky Brands Recalls Georgia Boot Steel-Toed Shoes Due to Compression Hazard
When compressed, the steel toe cap in the men's shoe can fail to protect the wearer’s feet. Boots have a "Met-Guard" tag at the stitching.

Ontel Recalls Isometric Exercise Devices Due to Projectile Hazard
Handle grips on the ISO7X can break and cause parts to be forcefully ejected from the shaft.

Pier 1 Imports Recalls Hanging Glass Star Lanterns Due to Fire Hazard
The welds on the lantern can melt due to heat from the tea light, causing the candle holder to break and fall. One burned rug reported.

GunBox Recalls Gun Storage Boxes Due to Lock Failure (Recall Alert)
The GunBox storage box locking mechanism can open if dropped, allowing access to the gun stored inside.

Whalen Recalls Stainless Steel Tool Chests Due to Laceration Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Costco (Recall Alert)
Injuries, including cuts requiring stitches, have been reported with the recalled 72-inch tool chests.

Hussong Manufacturing and American Flame Recall Three Gas Fireplaces, Fireplace Inserts Due to Explosion Hazard
The main control modules on Kozy Heat-, Ambiance- and Stellar Hearth-brand direct vent fireplaces and inserts can allow gas to be released and buildup in the burner area.

Snowboard Bindings Recalled by K2 Sports Due to Fall Hazard (Recall Alert)
The Kwicker bindings can release unexpectedly.

Dyson Recalls Bladeless Portable Electric Heaters Due to Fire Hazard
Recalled Dyson Hot and Dyson Hot+Cool heaters can short circuit and overheat. Burned or melted internal parts have been reported.

Lenovo Recalls Battery Packs for ThinkPad Notebook Computers Due to Fire Hazard
The battery packs, which were sold with computers and separately, can overheat.

Excel Industries Recalls BigDog and Hustler Mowers due to Risk of Injury (Recall Alert)
The seat switch can fail to detect that the rider has left the seat, allowing the mower to continue to operate.

SATCO Products Recalls KolourOne LED Light Bulbs Due to Risk of Injury
The light bulb's components can separate and pieces can fall.

Centex Homes Recalls Solar Panels Due to Fire Hazard
Two reported roof fires originated in or near the recalled Open Energy SolarSave Roofing Tiles. The OE-34 model solar panels were installed in homes built and sold by Centex Homes.

Ace Hardware Recalls LED Clamp Light Due to Shock and Fire Hazard
The cord bushing inside the work light's base could fail, allowing the cord wiring to pull off of the base, exposing bare wire.

Wal-Mart Recalls Dolls Due to Burn Hazard
The circuit board in the chest of the electronic my sweet love/ my sweet baby cuddle care dolls can overheat, causing the doll to get hot.

Bedz King Recalls Bunk Beds with Side Ladder Due To Entrapment Hazard (Recall Alert)
A protruding corner post on the bunk bed exceeds the 5mm allowed by industry standard. The beds were sold at BunkBedKing.com.

Minga Fair Trade Imports Recalls Wooden Flipping Acrobat Toys Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
The paint on the toys contains excessive levels of lead.

Ganz Recalls Grumpy Cat Stuffed Animal Toys Due to Choking Hazard
The eyes on the recalled lying and sitting Grumpy Cat plush toys and on a Grumpy Cat key chain can detach.

Vera Bradley Recalls Bear Ring Rattles and Bunny Toys Due to Choking Hazard
The pom-pom tail can detach from the body of the bear rattle and the bunny.

Arctic Cat Recalls Off-Highway Utility Vehicles Due to Fuel Leak and Fire Hazard (Recall Alert)
This recall involves two-seat 2014 Arctic Cat Prowler 500 HDX recreational off-highway vehicles.

MobilePower Recalls Multi-Function Power Packs Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively by QVC (Recall Alert)
The MobilePower Instant Boost 500 power packs can overheat.

TJX Recalls Autumn 2013 Gardeners Eden Light-Up Decorations Due to Fire Hazard; Sold exclusively at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods Stores
Exposed LED light wiring near the battery box can cause a short circuit on decorative wreaths and Chinese Lantern plant arrangements made with dried twigs and papier-mâché.

The Conran Shop Recalls Pondicherry Dining Tables Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard (Recall Alert)
The wood tables with a table top wrapped in brass were sold at The Conran Shop inside ABC Carpet & Home in New York.

BMC Recalls Stromer Electric Bicycles Due to Crash and Injury Hazards
The fork on the Stromer ST1 women’s and men’s bikes can break.

Fitbit Recalls Force Activity-Tracking Wristband Due to Risk of Skin Irritation
Users can develop allergic reactions to the stainless steel casing, materials used in the strap, or adhesives used to assemble the product, resulting in redness, rashes or blistering where the skin has been in contact with the tracker.

ZLP Manufacturing Recalls Hornet Zip Line Trolleys Due to Fall Hazard (Recall Alert)
The retaining pin can release and cause the two side plates of the trolley to separate and fall off the zip line.

Tektro USA and TRP Recall Bicycle Mechanical Disc Brake Calipers Due to Crash Hazard
The Spyre and Spyre SLC calipers were sold as original and aftermarket equipment on bicycles.

Design Ideas Recalls Magnets Due to Risk of Ingestion
The small magnet can easily detach from the office and refrigerator magnets. If swallowed, the magnets can link together inside the intestines and can cause perforations, sepsis and death.

Canon Recalls to Repair PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Cameras
Canon has received one report of itching and two reports of eye redness and pain.

Air Movers Recalled by Packaging Tape Inc. Due to Fire Hazard
The motor on the recalled CleanFreak air mover/blowers can overheat. The products are used to dry floors in commercial and residential buildings.

Fitness Anywhere Recalls TRX Dip and Hammer Bars Due to Risk of Injury (Recall Alert)
The bar welds on the TRX model exercise machine can break.

Hitachi Koki Recalls Grass Trimmers Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
The gasoline-powered Hitachi and Tanaka-brand grass trimmers can overheat.

Twin-Star Recalls Duraflame Electric Space Heaters Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
The fireplace-looking space heater can overheat, melt, catch fire and ignite nearby items. Property damage reported.

Rowe Fine Furniture Recalls Ottomans Due to Risk of Suffocation (Recall Alert)
Young children can become trapped inside the ottoman's storage compartment.

Mammut Recalls Crevasse Rescue Devices Due to Risk of Injury
The pull cord lock cam on the mountain climbing rescue devices can fail.

Cork Block Stacking Toys Recalled by A Harvest Company Due to Choking Hazard; Sold Exclusively at StorkStack.com
Small pieces of cork can break off the stackable blocks.

STX Recalls Shield Throat Protector Due to Laceration Hazard
When struck by a lacrosse ball, the Shield throat protector can crack or break.

Yamaha Recalls Off-Road Motorcycles Due to Crash Hazard (Recall Alert)
The drive chain on the recalled 2014 Yamaha competition off-road motorcycles can detach and cause the rider to lose control

Polaris Recalls Ranger Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles Due to Crash Hazard (Recall Alert)
The throttle cable on 2013 Ranger 500 EFI and Ranger Crew 500 EFI models can fail to operate properly and can cause the rider to lose control and crash.

BRP Recalls Ski-Doo and Can-Am Lithium-ion Rechargeable Batteries and Heated Gloves Due to Fire Hazard
The glove’s lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack can overheat.

Genie Recalls Garage Door Openers Due to Fire Hazard
The control board can overheat.

Rollerblade USA Recalls Tempest Inline Skates Due to Fall Hazard
The mounting holes in the boot and frame of the high performance training or racing skates can be misaligned and can separate.