Personal Finance

June 19, 2013

Best Buy recalls 5,100 replacement batteries for the MacBook Pro

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said there have been 13 reports of the battery catching fire. One consumer suffered a serious burn on the leg.
Battery recall

Best Buy is recalling 5,100 replacement batteries for the MacBook Pro due to a fire risk.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said there have been 13 reports of the battery catching fire. One consumer suffered a serious burn on the leg. The model number MC-MBOOK13B is on the label of the black battery and MC-BOOK13W is on the label of the white battery.

The batteries were sold online or shipped to customers through its Geek Squad services from September 2008 through June 2012 for about $50. Consumers should stop using the battery and contact Best Buy for a replacement or refund.

Porsche is best

Porsche is the top performer in an annual survey of new vehicle quality.

J.D. Power questioned more than 83,000 U.S. car owners about problems with their 2013 vehicles in the first 90 days of ownership. Porsche, GMC, Lexus, Infiniti and Chevrolet owners reported the fewest problems. The worst-performing brands were Scion, Fiat, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Mini.

Honda had the top-performing small car and small SUV, the Civic and CR-V. The highest-ranking midsize car was the Toyota Camry. Chevrolet had the best pickups, the Avalanche and Silverado.

Stroller recall

Kolcraft is recalling more than 96,000 Jeep Liberty strollers after at least 18 people were injured by tire blowouts, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

The government watchdog group said there have been 39 reports of inner tube ruptures that have caused the wheel rim to break off and become a projectile.

The strollers were sold for $150 to $180 at Burlington Coat Factory, Sears, Toys R Us and other retailers in the U.S. and Canada between June 2010 and June 2013.

Consumers should stop using the product and contact the company to receive free replacement wheels.

Gluten-free pastries

Dunkin’ Donuts is poised to beat McDonald’s and Starbucks in introducing the fast-food industry’s first gluten-free pastries.

The coffee and breakfast chain owned by Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. will sell gluten-free cinnamon sugar doughnuts and blueberry muffins in all its U.S. stores this year, said Stan Frankenthaler, the company’s executive chef.

“We recognize the importance of providing our guests with many options, including alternative choices for people with food and dietary restrictions,” he said.

The pastries are packaged separately to avoid contamination from other foods that contain wheat flour.

Airline competition

The proposed merger of US Airways Group Inc. and AMR Corp.’s American Airlines would reduce competition on 11.9 percent of U.S. air routes, a government review found.

The number of cities that would lose a carrier after the merger is 47 percent higher than in the 2010 combination that created United Continental Holdings Inc., Gerald Dillingham, who heads transportation issues at the Government Accountability Office, told a Senate hearing.

Banks fall short

Homeowners trying to avoid foreclosure must wait too long for their loan modification applications to be reviewed by some of the nation's top mortgage servicers, a report said.

Such delays can plunge borrowers deeper in debt.

Joseph A. Smith, Jr., the independent monitor of last year's national mortgage settlement, said that while the banks are doing a better job complying with new mortgage servicing rules, more needs to be done concerning collecting customer records and notifying borrowers in a timely manner about decisions on their applications.

Related content



Editor's Choice Videos