Consumer news: Wed. August 26, 2009

August 26, 2009

VIDEO: Nydia Han's latest Consumer Wrap report

Six companies are recalling millions of window blinds and shades. The move comes after reports of children dying from getting caught up in the cords that move the coverings up and down.

Lewis Hyman roll-up blinds and Woolrich Roman shades sold at Target are being recalled after a one-year-old boy and a 13-month-old boy were strangled by the cords.

Target shoppers should also check for Victoria Classics window products. That company's Thermal Sailcloth and Matchstick Bamboo Roman Shades are on the recall list, too.

Pottery Barn Kids and IKEA are recalling window products as well as is Pennsylvania-based Lutron Electronics.

Some Pennsylvania parents may have to pay more to lock in future tuition expenses at today's prices.

Changes are coming to PA's Guaranteed Savings Plan, one of two 529 college-savings plans that provide tax incentives for families to put away education money.

The state treasurer's office says effective September first; it'll impose premiums of as much as 8-percent on the tuition credits. The highest premium will be applied to Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh.

Also, starting October 1st, the office will charge an annual fee of $4.90 on every thousand-dollars invested. That will replace the current $25 a year maintenance fee.

If you liked Cash for Clunker you might love this new trade-in program designed for children's equipment.

Starting Friday, Toys R Us will give you manufacturers' coupons if you bring in used products like cribs, high chairs, play yards, and car seats.

The coupons will offer 20-percent off for products made by 16 manufacturers.

Participating companies include Baby Cache, Eddie Bauer, Evenflo, and Graco.

The program is scheduled for three weeks with an end date of September 20th but it could be extended.

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