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Target recalls more than half-million water-absorbing Easter toys

Published: Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 6:20 PM

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Target is recalling 560,000 Easter toys after discovering that, if ingested, they can expand inside a child’s body and cause life-threatening health issues.

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a notice Wednesday for water-absorbent Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs, along with Easter Grow Toy and Hatch Your Own Dino, sold at Target stores nationwide from February through March for about a dollar each.

According to the CPSC recall notice, if the toy is ingested “it can expand inside a child’s body and cause intestinal obstructions, resulting in severe discomfort, vomiting, dehydration and could be life-threatening, requiring surgery for the toy to be removed.”

Parents should also be aware that the toy may not show up on an X-ray while visiting a medical professional for help, according to the CPSC recall notice.

The recall notice says no incidents or injuries have been reported.

Consumers must return the purchased items to Target immediately for a full refund. One can also call Target’s customer service number at 800-440-0680 for further assistance.

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Recall alert: strollers, bikes, and phone chargers

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 11:44 AM

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Strollers sold at Toys R US and other retailers that could strangle your child are among the new recalls announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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Jane Muum strollers have a large opening between the armrest and the seat bottom which your child could slip through, potentially trapping your child’s head or neck. No injuries have been reported.  

The recalled strollers have the code 5399US/S85, 5399US/S47, or 5399US/S46, printed on the label found on the leg of the stroller. 

Contact Jane at 844-200-7971 to receive a free replacement armrest. Until you receive the replacement, you may continue to use the stroller if you remove the armrest and harness your child properly in the seat. 

source: CPSC.gov

My First Porsche wooden cars are under recall because they pose a choking hazard. 

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The wheels and axles can detach from the blue cars with tan wheels with the lot numbers 011215, 020916, 031017, 031114, 031116, 040116, 040416, 040516, 041217, 051015, 061117, 090915. No injuries have been reported. 

Don’t let your child play with the car and contact Porsche at 800-767-7243, or return the car to a Porsche dealer to receive a full refund.  

source: CPSC.gov

Bicycles sold at IKEA are being recalled because the belt drives can break and cause you to fall.

The recall involves SLADDA bicycles 26” with the article number 303.267.28 and 28” with the article number 603.267.36.

No injuries have been reported, but don’t ride the recalled bikes and contact IKEA at 888-966-4532 or return it to an IKEA store for a full refund.  

source: CPSC.gov

Wireless charges by Bluefin are under recall because they may overheat and burn you. 

There are three reports of overheating chargers with the model number AC16B printed on the bottom.

Don’t use the recalled charges which were given away as free promotional items at the FICO World tradeshow and other events, and the ad specialty channel in April of this year. 

Contact Bluefin at 877-211-7220  ext. 145 to receive a refund. 

source: CPSC.gov

John Deere is recalling 120R compact utility tractor loaders due to missing information in the operator’s manual which could cause injuries.

The manual is missing information about the proper ballast when attaching the loader to a John Deere model 2025R tractor. 

No one has been hurt, but don’t use the recalled loaders and contact Deere & Company at 800-537-8233 to receive a free corrected operator’s manual.

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source: CPSC.gov

Kohler 100-amp service-entrance automatic transfer switches can overheat and cause a fire. 

The recalled switches have the model number RXT-JFNC 100ASE  printed on a nameplate inside the cover. 

No injuries or incidents have been reported but consumers should contact Kohler immediately at 800-892-7709 to schedule a free repair. 

For more information on these products and past recalls visit www.cpsc.gov

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Avoid the biggest mistake in estate planning 

Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 10:16 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

When it comes to finalizing your plans for what happens to your assets after you die, there is one simple mistake many people make - which could put your plans in jeopardy, according to a Centerville C.P.A. A will is the key first step, but only about half of adults between the ages of 50 and 64 have one, according to Mark Bradstreet, C.P.A. with Bradstreet and Co. 

For those that do have their wishes planned out, the biggest mistake they make is not communicating those wishes to family members. “To not let anyone know where your will and documents are - if you don’t do that, then for all intents and purposes, you never had a will,” said Bradstreet. “If you die without one, the state uses their own rules to effectively come up with a will for you.”

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Having a will is clearing the first hurdle, but what comes next is what really helps your heirs after you're gone, according to News Center 7's Rachel Murray. A will lays out who gets what when you're gone - your home, cash, vehicle, and heirlooms - and not having one can be a disaster. "There was a lot of legal difficulties associated with the estate - one lost her home and you can't access bank accounts, things like that," said Don Cook from Mechanicsburg who has many children and grandchildren. 

To avoid any confusion after you're gone, Bradstreet recommends writing a letter to hand-out to trusted family members that include, "where your will is at, who has got it, who is your attorney, safe deposit keys - a lot of people will go ahead and list out their different assets, and their different account numbers."

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Sharing your wishes with family can be tough. "Most people, including my wife, doesn't like to talk about it and I don't like to talk about it either mortality, but I want to make sure that my kids are taken care of," said John Noyen of West Chester. 

There are many online forms to create a will yourself, but Bradstreet recommends consulting with an attorney who will help you make sure your wishes are carried out when the time comes.

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This app may stop robocalls for good 

Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 12:19 PM

At home, at work, on your smartphone- robocalls are targeting people at all hours of the day and night.

Michael McCann is fed up with all the robocalls especially the sneaky ones with “spoofed” phone numbers. 

“The local ones make you feel like it’s somebody you know within the area,” said McCann in an interview with our sister station WPXI. 

Now, there’s a way to fight back. 

An app called RoboKiller claims to stop the scammers in their tracks and even allows you to exact some revenge. 

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The app won a contest sponsored by the F.T.C. and is billed as a highly intelligent and constantly-growing database which blocks hundreds of thousands of phony numbers. 

If a scammer calls you from a new phone number RoboKiller remembers the scammers voice and can add that new number to their blocked calls list, according to RoboKiller V.P. Ethan Garr.

You can also have a little fun with the scammers with a feature called Answerbot.

You choose from a list of sarcastic, interactive recordings which answer the call and have long conversations with scammers to waste their time.

“They think they are talking to a human and it drives them insane,” said Garr.

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Some Answerbot conversations have lasted 40 minutes, Garr said, and that’s 40 fewer minutes for the scammer to try to steal other people’s money. 

McCann tested RoboKiller for a week and he was impressed.

“So far so good. I’ve had no robocalls,” said McCann, “I think it’s very important to have something like this if you want to make sure your privacy is protected.” 

The RoboKiller app costs $24.99 a year. 

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Millennials bypass starter homes, new studies show

Published: Thursday, May 10, 2018 @ 11:42 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 10, 2018 @ 6:12 PM

Millennials bypass starter homes, new studies show

A growing trend among millennials is expected to have a wider impact on the real estate market.

Studies and stats show that millennials are putting off buying a home. In fact, many are skipping a starter house altogether and saving up for a home they will live in into retirement, according to USA Today.  

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Seventy-five percent of first-time home buyers would rather skip a starter home, according to a 2016 survey by Bank of America. 

Millennials lived longer at home or rented for a longer period of time, allowing them to save a larger down payment to purchase the home of their dreams, analysts said. They also purchased more homes last year than any other generation, according to the National Association of Realtors. 

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