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GM Recalling Various Vehicles to Replace Steering Gear Over Loss of Power Steering Concerns

General Motors (GM) is recalling certain 2016-2018 Cadillac CTS, 2017 Cadillac ATS, 2017 Chevrolet Camaro, and 2017 Chevrolet Corvette vehicles. The electric power steering (EPS) assist system may fail while driving. If power steering assist is lost, manual steering functionality is retained but would require increased steering effort, particularly at lower speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.

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GM Pickup Trucks Recalled With Fuel Tanks That Can Expand and Become Punctured by Driveshaft

General Motors (GM) is recalling certain 2016-2018 GMC Sierra 3500 and Chevrolet Silverado 3500 trucks equipped with gasoline engines and dual fuel tanks. The fuel level sensor in the front fuel tank may stick in a low-level position, allowing the rear tank to overfill the front tank. If the front tank is overfilled, it may expand and contact the driveshaft, causing a fuel leak that can lead to a fire.

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Reusable Grocery Bags: Great for the Environment but Can Make You Sick if They Are Contaminated

If you are like many grocery shoppers, you use reusable grocery bags to lessen your impact on the environment. Taking advantage of these heavy duty bags makes it easier to move your groceries from cart to car and then inside your home. But there's a hidden danger many people don't know about when it comes to these bags. Depending upon what you carry in these bags, you can be putting your health at risk.

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Student Loans: Know About These Different Options for Lowering and Eliminating Monthly Payments

Student loans are complicated and many things can go wrong when inexperienced young people have to pay back these loans. If you're a first-time borrower, you need to know the basics about paying back student loans and the different ways you can reduce or eliminate your payments. If you already have student loans, now is a good time to take a second look at your terms and the path to paying them off.

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When Can Your Car Dealer Void Your Vehicle's Warranty or Deny Auto Warranty Service Claims?

Can a dealer void your car's warranty if you have someone else do routine maintenance on your vehicle? What if you use aftermarket parts to make repairs or to perform your maintenance? What if you have made upgrades to the car, such as installing a new audio system or new lighting? What if your vehicle has undergone body work. The answer is usually no, but it could be yes depending upon the work done.

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Chrysler Recalls Certain Pacifica Vehicles Due to Control Arm Separation From Steering Knuckle

Chrysler is recalling certain 2018 Pacifica and Pacifica hybrid vehicles. Some vehicles built during a certain date range may experience a separation of the right front lower control arm from the steering knuckle. If this separation occurs while the vehicle is in motion, the driver may experience a loss of directional control. A loss of directional control can cause vehicle crash without prior warning.

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Deceptive Mortgage Advertisements: What They Say, What They Leave Out, and What They Cost You

If you're looking for a mortgage, you may see or hear ads with offers of low rates or payments. Whether you see them on the Internet, on television or in the paper, or whether they come by fax or mail, some ads look like they're from your mortgage company or a government agency. Remember that while the offers are tempting, some are flawed and don't disclose the true terms of the deal as the law requires.

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The Yellow Page Business Directory Invoice Scam Continues to Claim Victims in North Carolina

Businesses of all sizes should be on alert for fake invoices for supposed listings in the Yellow Pages or other business directories, which are once again increasing in frequency. While it can be very easy to fall for this particular scam, it can also be easy to spot if you know what to do. Knowing what this scam is all about before you fall victim and lose your hard-earned money is your the first step.

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Kia Recalls Sedona Vehicles With Possibly Damaged Wire Harness Affecting Air Bag Deployment

Kia is recalling certain 2015-2018 Sedona vehicles with manually-adjusted front passenger seats. Over time, the Occupant Detection System (ODS) wiring harness located underneath the front passenger seat may bend from the weight of the passenger on the seat cushion. Over time, repeated bending can break the wire harness, causing the ODS to not suppress the front passenger airbag in certain conditions.

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Take Some Time to Prepare Your Children for Daylight Saving Time With These These Simple Tips

Most of your digital clocks will automatically change when Daylight Saving Time (DST) kicks in on March 10, but your children's internal clocks won't make the change as easily unless you prepare them beforehand. If you have children, you know how difficult adjusting to the time change can be. But many parents don't do much to prepare their children for the time change, leading to messy sleep patterns.

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Subaru Brake Light Switch Can Malfunction Disabling Brake Lights and Causing No Start Condition

Subaru is recalling certain 2014-2016 Forester, 2008-2016 Impreza sedans, 2012-2016 Impreza station wagons, 2008-2014 WRX sedans (including STI), and 2013-2017 Crosstrek vehicles. Some contaminants may cause the brake light switch to malfunction, preventing brake lights from illuminating, preventing keyless ignition vehicles from starting, and CVT/automatic transmissions from being able to be shifted.

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Overheating Catalytic Converter Can Damage Engine and Cause Fires in Recalled Kia Soul Vehicles

Kia is recalling 2012-2016 Soul vehicles equipped with 1.6L Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engines. High exhaust gas temperatures may damage the catalytic converter, possibly resulting in abnormal engine combustion, damage to the engine's pistons, and possible piston connecting rod failure. Engine damage can also stall the engine or result in an oil leak, which increases the risk of vehicle fires.

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Feds Expect Recall From Hyundai for Tuscon Vehicles Prone to Engine Stalling and Engine Fires

Hyundai is recalling certain Tuscon vehicles for oil leaks, which stems from a related investigation by federal authorities looking into Hyundai's response to similar incidents in vehicles with similar engines. These vehicles may have a defective oil pan to engine block seal that allows excessive oil leakage that can cause engine damage, high-speed stalling and a vehicle fire. A fix is not yet available.

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Amazon Day Allows Amazon Prime Members to Get Packages All at Once on Chosen Day Each Week

Amazon is giving Prime members a new option when it comes to getting deliveries. Members who want to have all orders delivered on one particular day of the week in one shipment as opposed to throughout the week in multiple shipments can now choose an 'Amazon Day.' Amazon hopes this new program can cut back on shipping waste resulting from multiple deliveries and give members a regular delivery schedule.

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Getting a Six Month Extension to File Your Federal Income Tax Return Is Easier Than You Think

Needing more time to prepare and file your federal income taxes is more common than you may think. If you need more time before the April 15 tax deadline, you can get an extension. Contrary to popular belief, requesting an extension doesn't trigger an audit and it typically takes only a few minutes. Requesting an extension doesn't give you more time to pay, but it gives you time to get everything in order.

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Be Ready for Spring by Knowing How to Check for Fleas and Prevent a Flea Problem With Your Pet

We all love our furry little friends. When they hurt, we hurt and want to do whatever we can to make them feel better. So, what do we do when our furry little friends are under siege from a tiny army of fleas? Often, we may not know whether our smallest family members have fleas. We might even only first notice them several weeks after the infestation begins. So, we'll start with how to recognize them.


If You Want a Larger Tax Refund This Year, Don't Miss These Common Tax Breaks and Deductions

Are you looking for the biggest tax refund you can get this year? Well, you're not alone. But too many people miss out on some common tax deductions every year. But you don't have to be one of them. Review the following tax deductions to see if you might be missing out on a larger tax refund. And don't despair if you see something you may have missed last year. You can always amend last year's taxes.

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Subaru Recalls Models to Fix Blank Backup Camera Displays Caused by Software Glitch in Audio Unit

Subaru is recalling certain 2018 Legacy, Outback, and BRZ vehicles. A software glitch may cause the audio display to not initialize, resulting in the camera display remaining blank. If this occurs, the rearview image will not display while backing up the vehicle. In addition to these vehicles, other models have a one-time courtesy software update available to address various issues with similar audio units.

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Ford F-150 Trucks That Can Downshift Into First Gear Unexpectedly While in Movement Recalled

Ford is recalling 2011-2013 F-150 vehicles equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The vehicles may experience an intermittent loss of the Transmission Output Speed Sensor (OSS) signal to the Powertrain Control Module, resulting in a sudden unintended downshift into first gear while the vehicle is in motion. A sudden downshift without warning can result in a loss of vehicle control and crash.

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Particulates in Fuel May Adhere to Internal Fuel Pump Components in Recalled Acura and Honda Cars

Honda is recalling certain 2016-2018 Acura MDX, 2015-2019 Acura TLX and 2015-2017 Honda Accord vehicles equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine. Particulates in fuel with high sodium content can adhere to the internal components of the fuel pump when it is in low-voltage operating mode during certain ambient conditions. This can cause reduced fuel flow to the engine, possibly resulting in an unexpected stall.

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Reduced Fuel Pump Performance May Cause Stall or Fires in Recalled Honda Ridgeline Vehicles

Honda is recalling certain 2017-2019 Ridgeline trucks. Car wash detergents containing sulfuric acid could drain from the truck bed and seep into the fuel pump’s fuel feed port. If the substance is not fully rinsed, it can cause the fuel feed port to crack, resulting in a pressurized fuel leak. Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire and an unexpected engine stall.

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Drag Link Separation Can Cause Complete Loss of Steering Control in Recalled Ram Vehicles

Chrysler is recalling some 2013-2017 Ram 3500 and 2014-2017 Ram 3500 Chassis Cab and Ram 2500 vehicles. The outboard steering linkage jam nut may loosen, allowing one end of the drag link, a part that allows alignment adjustment, to unexpectedly separate. Once separation occurs, turning the steering wheel has no effect and there is no way for the driver to control or maintain the direction of the vehicle.

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Older Adults Should Be Mindful of Certain Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medication Safety Tips

We typically take more medication as we get older, increasing the chances of side effects and drug interactions. As we age, physical changes can affect the way medicines are handled by our bodies, leading to potential complications. So regardless of age, we need be mindful when taking medications, herbal preparations, and supplements to avoid drug interactions, side effects and dangerous complications.

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Nissan Recalls Altima Vehicles With Rear Doors That May Open When the Window Is Adjusted

Nissan is recalling certain 2015-2017 Altima vehicles previously remedied under recall number 17V-040. The door latch-lock cable may not have been routed properly in the rear door when the remedy was applied. As a result, the cable may interfere with the window regulator causing the rear passenger door to unlatch and inadvertently open without warning when the window is lowered.

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Kia Recalls Various Vehicles With Replacement Engines for Fuel Leaks in High Pressure Fuel Lines

Kia is recalling some 2011-2017 Optima, 2012-2017 Sorento and 2011-2018 Sportage vehicles that previously received an engine replacement under warranty or various campaigns. The high pressure fuel pipe that connects to the fuel pump outlet may have been damaged, misaligned or improperly torqued during the engine replacement procedure, possibly causing a fuel leak. About 71,653 vehicles are affected.

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You Can Get a Federal Income Tax Credit if You Financially Support Your Aging and Elderly Parents

If you are caring for an elderly parent, you already know that it can get quite expensive. But you can qualify for a some tax credits and tax deductions from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for the financial support you provide. There are a lot of different factors to take into consideration, so you may or may not qualify. But if you are able to qualify for the credits, you can see serious savings.


Job Search Expenses Can Be Tax Deductible on Your Income Tax Return, Even if You Don't Get the Job

If you've been looking for a new job in the same line of work as your last job, you may be able to deduct some of your job search expenses on your federal income tax return. It doesn't even matter if you get the job. But the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does have some limitations on what you can deduct. So if you've been looking for a new job, look into whether your situation qualifies for a tax credit.

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Extended Warranties: Get the Pros and Cons of Extended Auto Warranties Before You Spend the Money

Do you really need an extended warranty on your new (or new to you) car? A decade ago, it was simple. You probably didn't need an extended warranty unless you were getting a vehicle that typically had a lot of problems or was the first model year. Today, the answer is not so simple since vehicles have made leaps and bounds in reliability, but also have a host of new gadgets that can cost money to fix.

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Your Car Was Totaled? What Does It Mean and How Does the Insurance Company Make That Decision?

When it comes to car crashes, you often hear that a vehicle was declared a total loss by an auto insurance company. Many people believe that a total loss declaration relates to the amount of damage or the severity of the crash. But vehicles can be declared a total loss as a result of both a major collision or even something as insignificant as a minor dent or ding. It's all about the vehicle's value.

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Check Out These Plants Before Buying Expensive Equipment if You Want Better Indoor Air Quality

It's a fact that indoor air quality can very quickly go from good to poor, especially during those times of the year when doors and windows are closed around the clock. Unfortunately, many of us overlook the importance of indoor air quality and its effects on our health and even allergies. Rather than rush out to buy expensive air purifiers, consider the best plants that work as natural air purifiers.

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Watch Out for These Red Flags of a Credit Repair Scam and Avoid Companies That Display Them

A financial setback is devastating, especially to your credit rating. Repairing the damage to your credit can seem like an impossible task. During these times of anxiety, it can be easy to fall victim to scammers wanting to take your money with promises of repairing your credit history. Before you become a victim to a credit repair scam, look out for these red flags and avoid companies that display them.

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Do You Know the Basics of Auto Insurance Coverage and the Minimum Requirements in North Carolina

What do you know about maintaining the right amount of automobile insurance in North Carolina? If you're like most people, you set it and forget it. That might be perfectly fine, but you should get in the habit of checking your coverage limits and adjust them accordingly. Even if you have the minimum auto insurance coverage to be legal in North Carolina, you might not be carrying enough to be protected.


What Is Radon and Why Is Testing for This Deadly Element Often Required Prior to a Home Closing?

Anyone who has purchased a home has probably been offered or even been required to have a radon test performed before closing can proceed. But you may have wondered what radon is and why the test is even necessary. Radon is a naturally-occurring chemical element and the second-leading cause of lung cancer. Testing for it is very simple and mitigation methods can prevent it from becoming a health issue.

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Cheap Gas Near Me: Here Are Some Apps to Help You Find Open Gas Stations and the Lowest Prices

It can be frustrating to pull into a gas station and start pumping only to see that the price across the street is much cheaper. It can be even more frustrating during times of shortage to pull into a station only to see that no gas is available. So what do you do? There are many gas apps available for download that can help you scope out the cheapest stations that actually have fuel for you to buy.

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FTC to Mail Refund Checks to Victims of Company Using Deceptive Advertising & Billing Practices

Keep an eye on your mailbox! The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is mailing 227,995 checks totaling more than $6 million to those who purchased health products from three individuals and the companies they controlled, collectively known as Tarr, Inc. The defendants used unsupported claims, fake magazine and news sites, bogus celebrity endorsements, and phony consumer testimonials to sell their products.

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Home Design Company Houzz Reports Data Breach That May Have Exposed Your Personal Info and Data

Did you create an account with Houzz, the home design website and community? Up to 40 million people have done so since 2009 to get home design and improvement ideas. But whether you signed up with email or used your Facebook or Google account to gain access to the site, you should be changing passwords now. Houzz reported that a recent security incident may have exposed your personal data and account data.

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Don't Let Your Auto Insurance Company Steer You From Genuine Parts & Glass to Aftermarket Parts

The last time your car needed body work or a new windshield, did you get Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM) parts or aftermarket parts? If you're like most people, you probably don't know. Most people think the parts they get are the ones that were originally on the car. But that's not always the case. You should know what kind of parts are going on your car and should choose OEM parts whenever you can.

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The National Do Not Call Registry: Information About How to Register and Other Common Questions

The National Do Not Call Registry was born from the Do Not Call Implementation Act of 2003. Since June 27, 2003, millions of people have registered their phone numbers in an attempt to slow the onslaught of annoying telemarketing calls throughout their days. Do you know how to place your number on the National Do Not Call Registry and how long it will take for legitimate telemarketers to stop calling you?

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Most Online Pharmacies Are Really Fake Websites Selling Illegal, Tainted or Counterfeit Drugs

Thanks to the Internet, you can buy practically anything today from the ordinary to the exotic. Buying medications is no exception. You can find nearly any medication you want with a quick search. Unfortunately, nearly all online web pharmacies are illegal, selling not only controlled substances that can't be purchased online but also dangerous counterfeit and tainted medications.

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Cheap Auto Insurance Quotes: Cheap Auto Insurance Doesn't Always Mean Bad Insurance Coverage

Are you looking for a cheaper full coverage auto insurance policy? Maybe you're looking to reduce coverage to liability insurance only. Either way, getting a cheap auto insurance quote is great. After all, who doesn't like to save money? But there are ways to make sure you get the cheapest auto insurance quotes possible while still maintaining good insurance coverage!

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Avoid Heartache With These Tips When Ordering Flowers for Your Special Someone on a Special Day

Whether you are ordering flowers for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, an anniversary or any special occasion, you want the best flowers for the money. But it's never that easy. Depending upon many factors, your special someone can receive anything from dead flowers or the wrong color all the way to tulips when you thought you were sending roses. Keep these tips in mind when selecting, ordering and delivering the right flowers.

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Don't Suffer a Broken Heart and Bank Account by Sweetheart Scammers as Valentine's Day Approaches

If you miss your special someone, it's easy to feel lonely and left out of love as Valentine's Day approaches. He might be busy in law school and doesn't have time right now. She may have found someone else and moved on. Whatever the reason, scammers target lonely and heartbroken people who let down their guard, especially at this time of year. Dating websites and apps can help you find love, but not everyone has the best intentions.

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