Consumer News Archive - August 2017

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Keeping Food Safe During a Hurricane or Tropical Storm

With any tropical storm or hurricane comes the risk of flooding and power outages—all of which can compromise the safety of stored food.

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Court Order Halts World Patent Marketing Invention Scam That Cheated Consumers Out of Millions

A federal court has found that the FTC is likely to prevail in its case against an invention-promotion scheme that allegedly deceived consumers.

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CFPB and American Express Reach Resolution to Address Discriminatory Card Terms in Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories

The CFPB has taken action against two American Express banking subsidiaries for discriminating against consumers in Puerto Rico and U.S. territories.

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Dr. Martens Vegan Boots Recalled by Airwair Due to Chemical Exposure Hazard

Dr. Martens is recalling 30,000 Vegan boots. Prolonged contact with the boot tongue lining can expose the wearer to the chemical benzidine.

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Expresco Foods Issues Recall for Chicken Skewer Products That May Be Contaminated with Listeria

Expresco Foods, Inc. is recalling 20,446 pounds of imported chicken skewer products due to a risk of contamination with listeria monocytogenes.

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Free NC Quick Pass Transponders to Be Made Available Just in Time for Labor Day

NC Quick Pass will start offering FREE NC Quick Pass transponders and 60 percent off the NC Quick Pass E-ZPass compatible transponders.

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Listeria Risk Prompts Recall of Great Value Organic Dark Sweet Pitted Cherries

Sunrise Growers has issued a voluntary recall of frozen organic dark sweet pitted cherry products that may be contaminated with listeria.

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Nutrilife Recalls More Than 15,000 Bottles of Hydrogen Peroxide Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

Nutrilife Plant Products is recalling more than 15,000 one-gallon bottles of Nutrilife 29% hydrogen peroxide sold in the U.S. and Canada.

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BMW Recall Affects Nearly 6,800 X3 and M6 Vehicles with Potentially Serious Air Bag Defect

BMW has announced a safety recall affecting approximately 6,785 BMW X3 and M6 vehicles. During deployment, the air bag inflator could separate.

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What Does It Mean for Your Car to Be "Totaled?" And What Happens After That?

When it comes to car crashes, you hear the term "totaled" thrown around quite a lot. But what does it really mean for you and your vehicle?


North Carolina to Receive $21.4 Million in Settlement with Mylan over Underpaid EpiPen Rebates

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein says that the state will settle with Mylan over allegations that it knowingly underpaid EpiPen rebates.

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RECALL: Fair Oaks Farms Pork Sausage Patties May Be Contaminated with Listeria

Fair Oaks Farms is recalling approximately 1,134 pounds of pork sausage patties that may be contaminated with listeria.


Academy Sports + Outdoors Issues Recall for Outdoor Gourmet Crawfish Kits That Pose a Fire Hazard

Academy Sports + Outdoors has issued a recall for about 21,000 Outdoor Gourmet 100-Qt. Crawfish kits with strainer.

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Dodge Challenger and Charger Vehicles at Risk of Oil Leak, Fire Recalled

Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2017 Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger vehicles equipped with Hellcat engines.

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Polaris Recalls GENERAL Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles Due to Crash Hazard

Polaris has issued a recall for about 1,600 GENERAL recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) due to a tire pressure issue.

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Keystone RV Recalling Crossroads Redwood and Cameo Recreational Trailers

Keystone RV Company is recalling certain model year 2018 Crossroads Redwood and Cameo recreational trailers at risk of a gas leak.

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FTC Obtains Temporary Restraining Order Halting Work-at-Home Scam Targeting Consumers

At the request of the FTC , a federal court has entered a temporary restraining order halting a deceptive work-at-home scam.

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Air Bag Inflators in Recalled Freightliner and Dodge Sprinter Vans Could Rupture

Daimler Vans USA is recalling more than 43,000 model year 2007-2009 Freightliner and Dodge Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vehicles.

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Law Firm Investigating Claims of Wells Fargo Car Insurance Misconduct

Claims allege that hundreds of thousands of consumers who obtained car loans from Wells Fargo were charged for auto insurance that they did not want or need.

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Operators of Bogus Discount Clubs Took Millions of Dollars From Consumers’ Bank Accounts without Consent

The FTC has charged a group of marketers with illegally debiting more than $40 million from consumers' bank accounts for discount clubs.

Vanilla Cherry Pecan Muesli

Recall Issued for Vanilla Cherry Pecan Muesli Containing Undeclared Almonds

Seven Sundays has issued a recall for its Vanilla Cherry Pecan Muesli because it may contain undeclared almonds, posing a risk of allergic reaction.

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Laura Ashley Girl’s Dresses Recalled Due to Choking Hazard

Flower petals that can detach, posing a choking to children, have prompted Pastourelle to issue a recall for approximately 2,800 girl's dresses.

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BRIO Recalls Soft Hammer Baby Rattles That Pose a Choking Hazard

BRIO is recalling approximately 1,500 baby rattles.The wooden rings on the hammer rattles can crack, posing a choking hazard to children.

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Nationwide Will Pay North Carolina and 32 States $5.5 Million for October 2012 Data Breach

North Carolina has reached a settlement with the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company concerning an October 2012 consumer data breach.

Recall Alert

Batteries in Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note Phones Recalled Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

A new safety recall issued by FedEx Supply Chain affects about 10,200 batteries in refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphones.

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RECALL: Litehouse Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Egg in Ranch Greek Yogurt Dressing

Litehouse Inc. has announced the voluntary recall of a limited quantity of its OPA by Litehouse Ranch Greek Yogurt Dressing.

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Mazda Recall Affects 79,000 CX-7, CX-9, and Mazda6 Vehicles with Defective Air Bag Inflators

Mazda has issued a recall for certain model year 2007-2009 and 2012 Mazda CX-7 and CX-9 vehicles, and model year 2009 and 2012 Mazda6 vehicles.

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Fees to Increase for Telemarketers Who Want to Access Do Not Call Registry in 2018

The FTC has announced the fees that telemarketers must pay to access phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry for fiscal year 2018.


Allergy Alert: Undeclared Milk Prompts Recall of Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

Madhava Natural Sweeteners is recalling its 13.8 oz. box of MMM... Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix because it may contain undeclared milk.

Kawasaki ATV

Kawasaki Issues Recall for All-Terrain Vehicles That Could Catch Fire

Kawasaki has announced the recall of approximately 15,000 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) with a fuel tap that can leak, posing a fire hazard.

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Forest River Recalls Recreational Trailers in Violation of Federal Safety Regulation

Forest River is recalling certain model year 2018 Salem and Wildwood recreational trailers. The Federal Placards may state an incorrect weight.

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Registered Nurse Convicted in $20 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

A jury has convicted a registered nurse for her role in a $20 million Medicare fraud scheme involving fraudulent claims for home health services.


RECALL: Taylor Farms Coleslaw Kits May Contain Undeclared Milk Allergen

Taylor Farms Retail is conducting a limited recall of 293 cases of Creamy Homestyle Coleslaw Kits due to an undeclared milk allergen.

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BMW Announces Recall of Police Motorcycles Due to Brake Light Malfunction

BMW of North America is recalling certain model year 2014-2017 BMW R1200RT police motorcycles with brake lights that may not illuminate.

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GM Recalling More Than 29,000 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Trucks

General Motors (GM) has announced the recall of more than 29,000 model year 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 trucks.

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Tech Support Scammer Who Falsely Claimed Affiliation with the FTC Permanently Stopped

Danuiel Croft contacted unsuspecting consumers by email and used fake FTC press releases and the names of real FTC staff to trick those consumers.

Food Recall

Beef Patty Products Recalled Due to Undeclared Milk, Bacon

Kenosha Beef International is recalling nearly 4,000 pounds of beef patty products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.

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Smeal Issues Recall for Fire Apparatus Emergency Vehicles at Risk of Hydraulic Fluid Leak

Smeal Fire Apparatus has issued a recall for certain model year 2016-2017 Aerial Fire Apparatus emergency vehicles at risk of hydraulic fluid leak.

Jeep Renegade

Around 3,000 Jeep Renegade SUVs Recalled Due to Software Issue

Chrysler is recalling 3,000 model year 2017 Jeep Renegade SUVs due to a software problem affecting the malfunction indicator lamps.

Scam Alert

Be on the Lookout for Scammers Impersonating the National Institutes of Health

The FTC is warning consumers to be on lookout for a government imposter scam. Callers claim to be with the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Meijer Recalls 22,000 Children’s Swimsuits That Pose a Choking Hazard

Meijer has issued a safety recall for 22,000 Wave Zone children's swimsuits. The snaps on the swimsuit can detach, posing a choking hazard.

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Risk of E. coli, Coliform Prompts Recall of Comfy Cow Ice Cream Pints

The Comfy Cow is recalling certain pints of ice cream that could be contaminated with E. coli bacteria or contain high counts of coliform.

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Good Food Concepts Recalls 1,290 Pounds of Beef Products Due to Possible E. coli Contamination

Good Food Concepts has announced a recall affecting approximately 1,290 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O26.

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BMW Recalling 29,000 Motorcycles in Violation of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard

When equipped with the optional aluminum luggage cases, the rear reflex reflectors on the impacted motorcycles may be partially blocked.

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Nissan Recalls 44,000 Titan Crew Cab and Titan XD Crew Cab Trucks

The rear seatbelt assembly on the affected vehicles may not adequately protect the occupant's head, allowing it to contact the D-ring bolt trim cap.

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NC Attorney General Acts to Protect Patients in Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Contracts

NC AG Josh Stein is urging CMS to maintain its rule prohibiting pre-dispute arbitration clauses in nursing home and other long-term care contracts.

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Volkswagen Senior Manager Pleads Guilty in Connection With Conspiracy to Cheat U.S. Emissions Tests

A former VW manager has pleaded guilty for his role in violating the Clean Air Act in connection with VW's sales of "clean diesel" vehicles in the U.S.

Polaris Scrambler

Polaris Recalls Scrambler All-Terrain Vehicles Due to Crash Hazard

Polaris has issued a recall for approximately 2,800 Polaris Scrambler all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) with a throttle release switch that can fail.

NVIDIA SHIELD power adaptor

European Plug Heads Sold with Power Adaptors Recalled Due to Electric Shock Hazard

About 6,900 European plug heads for NVIDIA SHIELD power adaptors are being recalled. The plug heads can break, exposing metal prongs.


RECALL: More Than 14,000 Infiniti Q50 and Q60 Vehicles May Suddenly Stall

Nissan is recalling more than 14,000 model year 2016-2018 Infiniti Q50 and 2017 Infiniti Q60 vehicles equipped with a 2.0L engine.

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Tax Professionals Warned of New Scam Aiming to Steal Their Passwords and Client Information

The IRS is warning tax professionals to beware of a new phishing email scam impersonating tax software providers and attempting to steal data.

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Online Marketing Scheme Tricked Consumers into Enrolling in Expensive Subscription Services

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has charged an online marketing operation with deceptively luring people into an expensive negative option scam.

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Toyota Recall Affects Camry Hybrid and Avalon Hybrid Vehicles

Toyota is recalling model year 2016 Camry Hybrid and Avalon Hybrid vehicles. The front driveshaft on the affected vehicles may separate.

model 4 vaporizer

Firewood Recalls Vaporizers Due to Potential Fire Hazard

Firewood has announced that it is recalling all of its model 4 vaporizers. An electrical short can occur, posing a fire hazard.

Food Recall

Listeria Contamination Leads to Protein Bar Recall from Amrita Health Foods

Amrita Health Foods is recalling a limited number of the its protein bars that may be contaminated with listeria, posing a health risk.

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Risk of Defective Seat Bolts Prompts Recall of More Than 94,000 Ford and Lincoln Vehicles

Ford has issued a recall affecting 94,605 F-150, E-350, Escape, and Lincoln MKC vehicles that may be equipped with improperly manufactured bolts.

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Failed Flammability Standards Leads to Richie House Pajama Recall

Belle Investment Corporation is recalling children's robes that fail to meet federal flammability standards for children's sleepwear.

Food Recall

Undeclared Barley Prompts Ham Product Recall from Hahn Brothers

Hahn Brothers is recalling about 116,000 pounds of ready-to-eat ham products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.

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SCAM ALERT: Planning to Watch the August 21 Eclipse? Beware of Fake Glasses

If you're planning on watching the August 21 solar eclipse, be wary of scammers selling phony eyewear to unsuspecting consumers.


ALLERGY ALERT: Fairway Recalls Blondie Cookies Due to Risk of Undeclared Walnuts

Fairway has issued a recall for its blondie cookies because the product may contain undeclared walnuts not listed on the label.

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FCC Proposes $82 Million Fine Against Wilmington, NC Man for Spoofed Telemarketing Robocalls

The FCC has proposed an $82.1 million fine against an individual who it says made more than 21 million illegally spoofed robocalls.

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GM Issues Recall for More Than 690,000 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Trucks

General Motors (GM) is recalling more than 690,000 model year 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 trucks.

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Undeclared Almonds Prompt Yogurt Product Recall from Friendly Farms

Friendly Farms has announced that it is recalling its Key Lime Crunch Tilts sold at Aldi stores due to a risk of undeclared almonds.

Recall Alert

Restoration Hardware Recalls Furniture with Sharp Metal Edges

Restoration Hardware is recalling some potentially dangerous furniture. Metal trim can detach from the edges and create sharp points.

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Winnebago Issues Recall for Transit Buses That Could Easily Be Overloaded

Winnebago has issued a safety recall affecting certain model year 2015 BUS28WC and BUS28SH transit buses that could be overloaded.

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Mercedes-Benz Recalls Smart Fortwo Vehicles at Risk of Parking Brake Failure

Mercedes-Benz is recalling certain model year 2016 smart fortwo vehicles with parking brakes that could fail, allowing the vehicle to move.

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Tips for Shopping Smartly and Safely This Back-to-School Season

It's back-to-school season! During the hectic weeks ahead, keeping a few simple tips in mind can help the hunt for school supplies go smoothly.

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Fire Hazard Prompts Mini Charcoal Grill Recall from Fred’s Stores

Fred's Stores of Tennessee Inc. is recalling its Living Traditions mini barrel charcoal grills. The exterior paint on the grill can ignite, posing a fire risk.

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North Carolina to Receive Nearly $2 Million in Settlement with Drug Company Celgene

Drug company Celgene will pay North Carolina, 27 other states, and the federal government $280 million for unlawfully marketing two cancer drugs.

Sweet Bamboo children's pajama sets

Failure to Meet Flammability Standards Leads to Sweet Bamboo Pajama Recall

Sweet Bamboo is recalling its children's two-piece woven pajama sets for failing to meet federal flammability standards, posing a burn hazard.

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Supplement, Instant Coffee Recalled Due to Presence of Dangerous Substances

Man of Steel and Ampt Life are issuing recalls for supplements, including a coffee product, due to the presence of potentially dangerous substances.

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Daimler Trucks Recalling Freightliner and Western Star Vehicles with Tow Hooks That Could Fail

Daimler Trucks has issued a safety recall affecting certain model year 2018 Freightliner and Western Star trucks with tow hooks that could fail.

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Styrofoam Pieces in Ground Beef Prompts Recall from North Carolina Company

JBS USA is recalling approximately 4,900 pounds of its ground beef after the discovery of shredded pieces of Styrofoam packaging in the meat.


Fighting Illegal Robocalls: Consumer Complaints to Aid Industry Call-Blocking Solutions

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is taking steps to provide more data, more often to help power industry solutions that block illegal calls.

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Tax Preparer Used Stolen Identities to File Fraudulent Returns with the IRS

A tax return preparer based in Florida pleaded guilty this week to conspiring to file and filing fraudulent tax returns with the IRS.

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Magnets Pose Choking Hazard in Recalled Panelcraft Building Sets

Panelcraft is recalling two styles of its Rainbow magnetic building sets. The sets' corner welds can break, allowing the panels and frames to separate.

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MixBin Liquid Glitter iPhone Cases Recalled Due to Risk of Leaking

MixBin Electronics is recalling its liquid glitter iPhone cases. In the affected cases, liquid and glitter can leak, causing skin irritation.

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Fire, Burn Hazard Prompts Water Filtration Dispenser Recall from Nestlé

Nestlé Waters North America has announced that it is recalling about 12,300 AccuPure floor standing filtration dispensers that can overheat.

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Passenger Air Bag May Not Deploy During a Crash in Recalled BMW Vehicles

BMW is recalling more than 2,000 vehicles. The front passenger air bag on the affected vehicles may not deploy during a crash.