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Fitbit recalls 1 million Force activity trackers

Thousands of reports of skin irritation, blisters prompt recall

After 10,000 reports of  redness, itchy rashes and blisters, Fitbit recalled 1 million Force wireless activity-tracking wristbands.

The firm  previously had offered a refund to consumers who wanted one.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission, www.cpsc.gov announced the official recall.

Users can develop allergic reactions to the stainless steel casing, materials used in the strap or adhesives, according to the CPSC.

The recalled products were sold from October to February for about $130.

Consumers are advised to contact Fitbit, www.fitbit.com, for a full refund.

Complaints of itchy, red or painful eyes prompted Canon to recall 14,000 compact digital cameras.

The recall involves the PowerShot SX50 HS with serial numbers beginning with 69, 70 or 71 and have the number 1 as the sixth digit.

A chemical in the rubber part of the viewfinder can cause skin or eye irritation, according to the CPSC.

The cameras were sold from October through January for about $430.

Owners should contact Canon www.usa.canon.com to arrange a free repair.

Hitachi Koki recalled 115,000 gasoline-powered grass trimmers because they can overheat and pose a fire hazard.

The recall involves 12 models of Hitachi Koki and Tanaka-brand hand-held trimmers.

Lowes, Sears and other retailers sold the grass trimmers from March 2010 through November 2013.

For more information on the models affected and how to return it for a repair: www.hitachipowertools.com.

Thousands  of autumn decorations sold at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods were recalled because they pose a fire hazard.

The recall involves Gardeners Eden decorative wreaths and Chinese lantern plant arrangements sold in  August and September.

Exposed wiring near the battery box for the light-up  decorations can lead to a short circuit.

Consumer should return the décor to the store.


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