Consumer News Archive - June 2017

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June 2017


Victims of Abusive Debt Collection Operation to Receive Partial Refunds

The FTC is mailing refund checks to people harmed by Goldman Schwartz, Inc.—a debt collection operation that also used other business names.

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Legalization of Marijuana Linked to Increased Number of Crashes

A new analysis from the Highway Loss Data Institute has found that legalizing marijuana has led to more collision claims than would have been expected otherwise.

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DepT of Agriculture Announces Summer EBT Grants, Includes New States & Communities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that it will award $31.5 in grants designed to help low-income children.

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Safety Advocates Call for Stronger Action on Anniversary of IKEA Recall

Consumer safety advocates are calling on IKEA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission to take stronger recall action in order to take more dangerous products out of use.

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Former Packaged Seafood Executive Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing

A former seafood company executive pleaded guilty this week for his role in a conspiracy to fix the price of packaged seafood, such as canned tuna.

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Fish Products Recalled Due to Failure to Comply with Import Requirements

Vinh Hoan USA has recalled 84,000 pounds of imported frozen fish distributed into the U.S. market without meeting federal requirements.

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Mazda Recalling More Than 227,000 Mazda6 and Mazda3 Vehicles

Mazda has announced that it is recalling approximately 227,800 model year 2014-2015 Mazda6 and 2014-2016 Mazda3 vehicles.

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School Buses to Add Cameras to Catch and Fine People Who Pass When Bus Is Stopped

North Carolina lawmakers have passed a bill that will impose steep fines on drivers who pass stopped school buses, an illegal offense.

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Laceration and Burn Hazards Prompt Recall of Light Fixtures by Design Solutions and Home Depot

Design Solutions International is recalling 64,200 light fixtures as a result of laceration and burn hazards. The light shades may detach and fall off.

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Infant Coveralls Recalled by Burt’s Bees Baby as Result of Choking Hazard

Burt’s Bees Baby has issued a recall for 8,500 infant coveralls—in addition to 44 sold in Canada—due to a choking hazard.

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FAA Proposes $63,000 Civil Penalty Against Terrazzo USA for Alleged Hazardous Materials Violations

The FAA has proposed a $63,000 civil penalty against Terrazzo USA & Associates, Inc. for allegedly violating the Hazardous Materials Regulations.

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Most Road Construction Projects in NC Will Be Suspended for the Long Fourth of July Weekend

Good news for those planning to travel over the long Fourth of July weekend! Most road construction projects on major routes across North Carolina will be suspended.


Go Safe or Go Boom: Learn the Guidelines for Traveling Safely with Fireworks

Although everyone loves a good fireworks show, you should leave them at home if you’re traveling anywhere for the holiday, especially by plane.


Tip-Over and Entrapment Hazards Prompt Recall of TV Chests Sold Only on Target Website

Homestar North America is recalling 1,470 TV chests because they pose serious tip-over and entrapment risks to children. The chests are unstable if not anchored to a wall.

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South Shore Recalls Chests of Drawers Due to Life-Threatening Tip-Over and Entrapment Hazards

South Shore has issued a recall of approximately 3,500 5-drawer chests that are unstable if they are not anchored to the wall, posing a serious tip-over hazard.

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Starcraft RV Recalls Launch Outfitter Travel Trailers Due to Electrical Shock Hazard

Starcraft RV has issued a recall for certain model year 2018 Launch Outfitter travel trailers equipped with the sleeper/tri-fold sofa or theater seating.

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Grilling Out? Follow These Tips to Grill Safely Like a PRO This Summer

It’s officially summertime now, and many people across the country are firing up the grill in preparation for a cookout. If you’re one of them, follow these tips to grill like a PRO!

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Panda Express Settles Claim That It Discriminated Against Employees

The Justice Department has reached a settlement agreement with Panda Express over whether the chain discriminated against non-U.S. citizens employees.


Fireworks Safety Tips: Ensuring and Safe and Injury-Free Fourth of July

Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day each year. Yet, the thrill of fireworks can also be extremely dangerous.

Credit Cards

Quiz Results Suggest that Consumers Know Less about Credit Scores than Before

The seventh annual credit score quiz released by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and VantageScore Solutions has revealed that consumers know less about credit scores today than they did last year.

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'Our Roads, Our Safety’ Campaign Urges Everyone to Share the Road Safely

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration seeks to raise public awareness so that all drivers know how to operate safely around large trucks and buses.

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Defendants in Business Coaching Programs Case Settle Charges with FTC

Seven people and eight companies controlled by those people will settle charges from the FTC that they engaged in a deceptive telemarketing operation that swindled millions of dollars from thousands of consumers.

Aston Martin Recall

Software Problem Could Cause Aston Martin Transmission to Malfunction

The affected vehicles received updated transmission and engine control software that may conflict with the vehicle's pre-existing clutch settings.

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Global Lamsheng Kee Recalling Frozen Fish Products Due to Undeclared Egg

Global Lamsheng Kee has recalled several of its frozen fish products because they contain undeclared egg.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Rises in June Following Two Months of Declines

After the 16-year high seen in March, followed by two consecutive months of declines in April and May, U.S. consumer confidence regained its upward momentum in June.

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Collection of Phantom Debts by NC Company Prompts Charges from FTC

A North Carolina debt collection operation is in hot water with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) due to deceptive conduct.

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Thinking of Joining a Gym or Health Club? Consider These Important Tips First

Are better health and personal fitness part on your to-do list this year? Is purchasing a new gym membership part of that plan?