Consumer Connections Newsletter

August 7, 2017

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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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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.

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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.

Other News


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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CFPB Warns Companies Against Tricking Consumers Into Expensive Pay-By-Phone Fees

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued a bulletin warning companies about tricking consumers into expensive pay-by-phone fees.

I40 Fortify in Raleigh

Second Wake County Vehicle Registration Fee Increase Takes Effect on August 1

As of July 1 of this year, NCDMV began collecting a new fee in Wake County to support the Triangle area's growing regional transportation needs.

Scam Alert

IRS Warns of New Phone Scam, Reminds Consumers to Remain Vigilant Against Scams this Summer

The IRS is warning consumers to be on the lookout for a scam where fraudsters call to demand an immediate tax payment through a prepaid debit card.

Product Recalls

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.

Living Traditions mini barrel charcoal grill

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.

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.

Panelcraft Rainbow magnetic building set

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.

Write Again magnetic dry erase board

Magnetic Dry Erase White Boards Recalled Due to Laceration Hazard

Really Good Stuff has issued a recall for approximately 1.6 million Write Again magnetic dry erase white boards that pose a laceration hazard to the user.

Food and Drug Recalls


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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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.

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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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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.

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RECALL: Vibrant Health Issues Allergy Alert for liveGfree Gluten Free Hamburger Buns

Vibrant Health Products has voluntarily recalled one lot of its liveGfree Gluten Free Classic Soft White Hamburger Buns due to a packaging error.

Auto Recalls

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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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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.

Freightliner truck

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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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.

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Keystone RV Recalls Avalanche Recreational Trailers at Risk of Tire Failure

Keystone RV Company is recalling certain model year 2016-2018 Keystone Avalanche recreational trailers. A bolt could contact the front tire.