CPSC recalls Optimus space heater we judged a safety risk

CPSC recalls Optimus space heater we judged a safety risk

The Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced the recall of two models of Optimus portable electric space heaters, including one model that Consumer Reports judged a Don’t Buy: Safety Risk last year and asked the safety agency to recall.

We tested the Optimus H-5210, $ 25, along with 19 other models. In our space heater tests, we put terry cloth over each heater to see whether the unit’s sensor shuts it off before it overheats. The Optimus … (read more)

CPSC issues safety alert for single-use laundry pods

CPSC issues safety alert for single-use laundry pods

Safety concerns over single-use laundry detergents pods escalated again today with an official alert from the Consumer Products Safety Commission advising parents and caregivers to lock up these products and keep them away from children. In September, Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, wrote the CPSC urging its staff to investigate the matter and consider stricter regulations.

Today’s action by the CSPC stops short of our requests, though it underscores the dangers posed by … (read more)