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Consumer Reports: Don't buy Monster M7 tablet

Tests of tablet sold at Walmart uncover lock-up problem

Consumer Reports' lab tests found a problem with the Monster M7 tablet sold exclusively at Walmart. As a result, Consumer Reports has named the product a "Don't Buy."

Testers said the tablet locked up regularly during use.

"We tested three Monster 7 tablets and the screen froze or went blank on each of them," said Consumer Reports' Dean Gallea. "Sometimes it happened in less than an hour. Other times it took several hours for the screen to freeze."

Testers were able to restart the tablets to clear the problem, but on each tablet tested,  it happened again.

Calphalon recalled 22,000 blenders after reports of a piece of the blade breaking off during use.  The recall involves Calphalon XL 9-speed blenders, model 1832449, also known as model ME600 BL.

The blenders were sold at major retailers nationwide for the past year.  Consumers are urged to contact Calphalon for a free repair kit.

More than 600,000 Ryobi battery chargers have been recalled because they can malfunction and overheate. 

The recall involves Ryobi model P113 dual chemistry battery chargers designed for portable power tools. 

There have been 25 reports of the chargers overheating, causing property damage.   Owners should contact One World Technologies at 800 597-9624 or online at

More than 100,000 Snoopy  Sno-Cone Machines have also been recalled.

A brass rivet can fall out of the cylinder and land in the sno-cone, posing a risk of injuring the mouth.

Consumers should contact LaRose Industries for a free repair kit. 

For more information on recalls: www.


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