WASHINGTON -- Consumer Reports, the magazine that uncovers safety problems in everything from appliances to beauty products, says it's guilty of giving consumers a potentially dangerous product.
The magazine's publisher, Consumers Union, is recalling 15,000 glove compartment organizers sent as an incentive to new subscribers.
The kits contain a flashlight that can overheat and melt the case and a tire pressure gauge that gives inaccurate readings, which could lead people to improperly inflate their tires.
The kits were imported from China and also contained a pocketknife, pen and paper. The company did not test the kits until 10 readers complained, including two people who received minor burns from the flashlight.
"Consumers Union learned a valuable lesson -- we need to test any product that we offer as a premium in our own labs with the same rigor with which we rate the products you see in Consumer Reports," Consumers Union President Jim Guest wrote in a letter to be published in the magazine's July issue.
Consumers Union will send letters to subscribers who received the kits, along with two Consumer Reports books as a replacement gift.
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