Consumer Connections Newsletter

December 26, 2017

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Triangle Expressway Toll Rate Increase To Take Effect on January 1, 2018

An increase in the toll rate for the Triangle Expressway in Wake and Durham County will take effect on January 1, 2018. The toll revenue raised is used to help pay off the $1 billion highway.

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Scam That Targeted Elderly Consumers with Fake Prize Notices Permanently Shut Down

The FTC has closed the book on a scheme that tricked people into paying $25 to collect a $1 million prize that they had supposedly won. In reality, the million-dollar prize didn’t exist.

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

Is a gym membership on your holiday wish list this year? Maybe part of your New Year's resolution? Make sure you consider these tips before signing on the dotted line of that contract!

Other News

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Did an Airline Lose Your Luggage? Here's What You Should Do Immediately

Notify the airline immediately the moment you realize your luggage is missing. The sooner you begin the process of finding your lost bags, the sooner they will (hopefully) be found.

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Tips for Keeping Your Holiday Food Safe at Home and When Traveling

The most wonderful time of the year is here! Regardless of whether you're staying home for the holidays or traveling to visit family and friends—food will certainly be a part of the festivities.

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Work-at-Home Operators Banned from Selling Business Opportunities and Business Coaching Services

The operators of a work-at-home scheme are now banned from selling business opportunities and business coaching services under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Product Recalls

Amazon Home Life mattress recall

Certain Mattresses Sold Through Amazon Violate Federal Mattress Flammability Standard

Around 6,200 mattresses sold exclusively through Amazon have been recalled by their manufacturer. The affected mattresses fail to meet the mandatory federal flammability standard.

Hunter Contempo ceiling fan

Nearly 170,000 Hunter Ceiling Fans That Pose an Impact Injury Hazard Recalled; Sold at Costco

Nearly 170,000 Hunter Contempo ceiling fans are being recalled by the Hunter Fan Company because they pose an impact injury hazard. The light globe can fall and strike someone below.

Crate and Barrel Dakota wooden bench

Crate and Barrel Recall Affects More Than 7,000 Wooden Benches That Can Tip Over

A risk of serious injury has prompted Crate and Barrel to recall 7,373 wooden benches that can tip over. Injuries have included broken toes, a broken foot, and a fingertip amputation.

Food and Drug Recalls


RECALL: Apple Ridge Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, and Golden Delicious Apples May Be Contaminated with Listeria

Jack Brown Produce has announced a recall affecting Apple Ridge Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, and Golden Delicious apples that may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.

Sliced Salami

Possible Salmonella Contamination Prompts Recall of Ready-to-Eat Salami and Prosciutto Products

Piller's Fine Foods is recalling approximately 1,076 pounds of ready-to-eat salami and speck products that may be contaminated with salmonella, posing a health risk to consumers.

smoked salmon

Listeria Risk Leads to Recall of Smoked Salmon from Springfield Smoked Fish

Springfield Smoked Fish is recalling its 1lb. packages of Prescliced Nova Salmon because they have the potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.

Auto Recalls

2018 Ford Escape

Ford Recalling More Than 10,000 Escape Vehicles with Serious Air Bag Defect

Ford has issued a safety recall for approximately 10,150 model year 2018 Ford Escape vehicles. The side curtain air bags have a component that may detach during deployment.

Audi A6 A7

Risk of Fuel Leak, Fire Leads to Recall of More Than 48,000 Audi A6 and A7 Vehicles

Approximately 48,690 model year 2012-2014 Audi A6 and A7 vehicles are equipped with a fuel line that can weaken at a compression point, potentially leading to a fuel leak.

Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Issues Recall for More Than 390,000 Elantra Vehicles

Hyundai is recalling more than 390,000 model year 2013-2014 Elantra sedan, coupe, and GT vehicles. On the affected vehicles, the brake pedal stopper pad can deteriorate.