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Made by Monkeys: Recall Corner

Recall Corner: Dyson AM04 and AM05 heaters

Dyson Heaters – the AM04 and AM05 heaters to be precise – find themselves in Recall Corner. Apparently a few of them have short-circuited resulting in a small fire “contained within the machine”. There have been no reports of injury or property damage, but the company is conducting an international recall…

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Recall Corner: Irritating Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon is shooting a selfie in Recall Corner. The camera company is recalling, for repair, its PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Cameras. According to the US CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled…

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Recall Corner: China bites back on Aston Martin recall

Arguably a motive behind the creation of the whole Made by Monkeys blog was to highlight problems with cheaply and poorly produced outsourced products, and our Only Connect series has more recently continued to highlight the dangers of mis-specification when it comes to outsourcing. However, with the recent Aston…

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Recall Corner: HP Chromebook 11

A member of the Electronics Weekly team was proudly showing off their new and shiny HP Chromebook 11 recently, but when they happened to return to the shop where they bought it they were no longer on sale… You may already heard, but there is a problem of overheating with…

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Recall Corner - Toyota woundup by window switches

Toyota, the world’s biggest-selling car manufacturer, is joining the likes of Ford and Ferrari in Recall Corner. It would be facetious to say it is reversing gingerly into the corner, but is having problems with its side windows to see properly… The problem is the electric window master…

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Recall corner: Nikon lithium-ion rechargeable batteries

Nikon finds itself standing in recall corner, over the familiar issue of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, to be exact, sold with Digital SLR Cameras. The hazard? The battery packs can short circuit, apparently, causing them to overheat and melt, posing a burn hazard to consumers, writes the US Consumer Product…

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Recall Corner: Lenovo power supply overheating

Lenovo finds itself in computer-based Recall Corner, keeping company with such IT luminaries as Sony, HP and Intel… The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is highlighting a fire hazard with one of its ThinkCentre desktop computers, the all-in-one style models. “A defect in an internal component in…

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Recall Corner: Ford motors crowd Recall forecourt

Recently we featured a hybrid car in Recall Corner and now here comes a whole fleet of contenders vying for the same parking slot! Start your engines, Ford Fusions, Milans, and Freestar SUVs (!), and also BMW Minis! It’s hard, in fact, to keep track of all the Ford recalls…

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