Consumer Alert

Toys "R" Us adds 'Hot Toy' reservation for Christmas

The toy mega store has created a new plan just in time for Christmas. “Toys R Us” is adding a 'hot toy' reservation system to help shoppers avoid frantic last-minute searches.

Kimberly-Clark states unsafe tampons stolen, being sold on the streets

The Kimberly-Clark Corporation, makers of Kotex, report that 16,000 cases of Kotex Natural Balance Security Tampons were stolen that didn't pass inspection.

Recycled rugs being recalled

A rug recall exposes a possible problem right under your feet. Some recycled silk floor mats from Cost Plus World Market stores may have a tack or staple sewn into the fabric.

Pacifiers cause possible choking hazard, recalled by company

 About 119,000 Care Bears pacifiers are being recalled. The pacifiers fail to meet federal safety standards and the nipples can separate from the base, posing a choking hazard to infants and young children.

Tainted cantaloupes cause of salmonella outbreak

Health officials in Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana issued an advisory following an outbreak of salmonella. Residents were urged to throw away any cantaloupes bought since early July.

Lettuce being recalled, possibly tainted with E. coli

A California farm is recalling lettuce that may be tainted with E. coli bacteria. The producer says a shipment of romaine lettuce was sold as "Tanimura and Antle Field Fresh Wrapped Single Head Romaine."

Over 250,000 SUVs recalled

258,000 GM SUV's are being recalled in the U.S. and Canada. Many makes and models are included in the recall, but the 2006 and 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer was the biggest seller out of all the vehicles involved.

Customs agents confiscate thousands of fake Louboutin shoes

The other shoe dropped this week for a counterfeit operation involving about 20,000 pairs of Christian Louboutin knock-offs when the shoes were seized at the Los Angeles-Long Beach seaport.

Popular kids' vitamins aren't as healthy as advertised; marketer issues refund

The marketer of a popular children's vitamin is refunding nearly $2.1 million to customers after acknowledging its pills contained only a fraction of a nutritional substance the packaging claimed.

Recall on Canon cameras

About 68-thousand of EOS Rebel T4i Digital SLR cameras are being recalled due to an allergic reaction risk.

Second voluntary recall issued for Bumbo Baby Seat due to risk of ‘serious injury’

Over 4 million Bumbo Baby seats are being voluntarily recalled today due to the risk of “serious injury.” This is the second voluntary recall for this product. The first occurred in October 2007.

Sheriff: New email scam that disables your computer claims to be from McAfee, FBI

A new computer virus is circulating Louisiana. This one claims to be from the FBI and McAfee antivirus software.

Hyundai recalls 220,000 vehicles for airbags

Hyundai is recalling almost 200,000 Santa Fe SUVs and more than 20,000 Sonata sedans for separate airbag issues, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website.

Recall targets hundreds of thousands of Peg Perego strollers

Peg Perego is recalling hundreds of thousands of strollers. The company is recalling about 223,000 Venezia and Pliko-P3 strollers made between January 2004 and September 2007.

Gift card scam now using local organizations across Louisiana to trick victims

A scam is making its way across Louisiana and it’s using the names of local organizations to trick victims into providing personal information.