May 9, 2002

CAVEAT CONSUMOR :

Consumer Reports Recalls Gift for Safety Hazards (Justin Hyde, May 8, 2002, Reuters)
Consumer Reports magazine, the bible of wary shoppers, gave about 15,000 new subscribers an unexpected welcome for signing up -- a defective tire pressure gauge and a flashlight that could overheat and start a fire.

Federal regulators said on Tuesday that Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, would take back a glove compartment organizer it had sent as a gift that included the flashlight and tire gauge.

U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warned owners that they should immediately remove the batteries from the flashlight and throw it and the tire gauge away.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 9, 2002 1:04 PM
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