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Wednesday
Jun152011

Target Recalls 375,000 Children's Booster Seats

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(WASHINGTON) -- Target is recalling approximately 375,000 Circo Child Booster Seats after consumers reported problems with the device's restraining belt.

The product's restraint buckle can open unexpectedly, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said Wednesday.

It is not the first time the booster seats were recalled. In August 2009, Target recalled 43,000 of the products for the same problem. Since then, there have been at least 10 reports of booster seat buckles opening unexpectedly, including three reports of bumps and/or bruises when a child fell forward out of the booster seat, hitting an object or the floor, the CPSC said.

The faulty seats were sold at Target stores throughout the U.S. between January 2005 and June 2009. They are blue in color with green trim and a white plastic restraint buckle.

Target is offering a refund to customers who return the item.

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Monday
Mar142011

Retailers Revamp Political Giving Policies Ahead of 2012 Campaign

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Two of the nation's most prominent retailers, Target Corp. and Best Buy, quietly have revamped their political expenditure policies following a stinging controversy from the 2010 election campaign that continues to reverberate.

The changes, appearing in policy statements on the companies' websites last month, said that proposed political donations must align with the companies' core values, not just their business interests, and be reviewed by internal committees that include a diversity of viewpoints.

Last year, Target sparked outrage among some employees, customers, and community groups for contributions supporting a Republican Minnesota gubernatorial candidate who opposed same-sex marriage and greater legal protections for gays and lesbians.  The company is based in Minneapolis.

Best Buy and several other companies also donated to the conservative political action group, MN Forward, but received less criticism.

The revised policies are signs that some businesses that took advantage of the freedom to give directly to campaigns from their corporate bank accounts after the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, are taking steps to avoid unwanted negative attention in 2012, experts said.

At Target, a committee of senior executives representing a "variety of perspectives" will weigh the need to promote business-friendly policies with "any other considerations that may be important to our team members, guests or other stakeholders," the company said on its website.

Best Buy said it will convene a similar committee to review corporate political contributions, basing its decisions not only on the interests of the business and shareholders but also employees, customers and the company's "core values."

Some critics of the companies' 2010 contributions say the new revisions don't go far enough.´╗┐

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