Fiskars Canada recalls propane trimmers
Fiskars Canada is voluntarily recalling its propane-powered string trimmers due to safety concerns. The SmartPower Propane 4-Cycle Curved Shaft String Trimmer, sold at Canadian Tire stores, could pose a danger when engine vibration allows the propane canister to rotate. This causes abrasion to the fuel line and possible flammability created by gaseous propane being released through the damaged fuel line during both use and storage.
In addition, high temperatures may develop in the product’s lower boom, causing the plastic guard over the cutting line to soften, deform and/or fall off, resulting in the possibility of injuries from contact with the hot lower boom or unguarded cutting line.
There have been no incidents or injuries reported to Fiskars in connection to the product. This recall is a voluntary and precautionary measure by Fiskars.
Consumers should stop using this product immediately, drain the oil from the product, disconnect the propane canister and return the trimmer to their local Canadian Tire store with proof of purchase for reimbursement.
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Shoplifter gets 20-year prison sentence
A habitual shoplifter was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison, according to an article in the Charlotte Observer, after being caught in Rock Hill, N.C., with stolen merchandise from a number of retail chains.
Donald Ray Altman, 48, received the sentence after a York County trial that ended in convictions on counts of shoplifting, possession of stolen goods and altering a license tag. Because of his lengthy criminal history for stealing, Altman faced up to 55 years in prison, according to prosecutors.
Altman was arrested May 10, 2010, after he was observed shoplifting merchandise and then leaving a Family Dollar Store in Rock Hill. The store manager called police with a description of Altman’s car and his license plate number.
A Rock Hill police officer apprehended Altman shortly afterwards in a nearby gas station. Inside Altman’s vehicle was stolen merchandise from a number of stores in the area, including Lowe’s, Walmart, CVS and Big Lots, according to authorities.
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Ellison and Wright considered for H&R Block board
Tax services giant H&R Block has named Home Depot’s Marvin Ellison and Tractor Supply’s James Wright as prospective members of its board of directors.
Ellison, 46, is Home Depot’s executive VP U.S. stores. He has been with the Atlanta-based home improvement retailer since 2002, and previously held management positions with Target Corp.
Wright, 61, is CEO of Brentwood, Tenn.-based Tractor Supply Co. He was also CEO of Tire Kingdom.
H&R Block shareholders will vote for directors at a Sept. 14 meeting.
Two pretty good choices. But
Two pretty good choices. But how will h&r compete against turbo tax.