From remote-controlled helicopters to baby strollers – do you know how to find out if a product you own has been recalled?
For the most part, when you buy something, manufacturers won't keep a record that it was you who bought it. So if there's a problem with it and it's recalled, how do you find out?
Start with Recalls.gov . I know it might sound as boring as watching paint dry to some of you, but this site has it all – the latest product recalls, cars, even food and cosmetics that could have hidden dangers.
For example, take a look at the Yamaha Big Bear ATV . It looks like a good time to drive. But, did you know that in some models the front shock absorbers can break apart and cause the driver to lose control?
According to Recalls.gov and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, it's happened 14 times. Thankfully, though, there haven't been any injuries yet and certain models of the ATVs are now being recalled.
And, for those of you who don't have a rock yard at home, listen up.
If you've been mowing the yard with the Kubota Driving Mower , did you know 8,600 of them have been recalled because of a possible fuel tank leak that can cause a fire? Bet you're glad to know now.
And, what if you're having dinner and someone pulls out the Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend to serve? You can tell everyone to stop!
Some 3-pound bags are being recalled because of a potential Hepatitis A contamination. The problem involves organic pomegranate seeds used in the blend that were imported from Turkey.
Finally, watch out if you're a Mac user. Your laptop could give you a leg burn!
Best Buy is recalling more than 5,000 ATG replacement batteries for the MacBook Pro because they can catch fire while charging. There have been 13 reports of fire, including one of a serious burn on a consumer's leg.
So, what can you do if you do own one of these products?
Go to Recalls.gov and search by product, company name or category. Once you find the product you own, follow the prompts on the page to find out how to contact the manufacturer and get your product refunded or replaced.