Consumer Connections Newsletter

December 4, 2017

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Consumer Confidence

U.S. Consumer Confidence Rises for Fifth Consecutive Month, Remains at 17-Year High

U.S. consumer confidence continues to rebound, rising for the fifth consecutive month in November. The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index is now at a 17-year high.

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NC Attorney General Holds Antique Vending Machine Repair Company Accountable Over Deceptive Business Practices

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has reached a settlement with Antiquities Vending Company over deceptive business practices and deceiving consumers.

gift to charity

Tips for Taxpayers Giving Year-End Financial Gifts to Charity

Planning on giving a year-end gift to charity? There are a number of important things to keep in mind, as a number of new tax law provisions have taken effect in recent years.

Other News

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Do Your Holiday Shopping and Support NCCC at the Same Time Using AmazonSmile!

If you're planning to do your holiday shopping online this year, we hope that you'll also take the opportunity to support the North Carolina Consumers Council at the same time!

GMC truck

General Motors Issues Extended Warranty Program for Certain Chevrolet, GMC, and Cadillac SUVs

General Motors has extended warranty coverage on some model year 2015-2017 Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade SUVs with potential AC issue.

Christmas tree safety

Safe Decorating and Preventing House Fires this Holiday Season

Nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays and many of them can be prevented. Following these simple tips will help ensure that your home doesn't become a statistic.

Product Recalls

Toys R Us clay craft kit

RECALL: Toys R Us Clay Craft Kits May Contain Mold, Posing Health Risk

Toys R Us has announced the recall of approximately 6,000 clay craft kits that pose a health hazard. Mold can be present in the clay, presenting a risk of respiratory illness.

Woolino Children's Pajamas

Children's Pajamas in Violation of Federal Flammability Standard Recalled by Woolino

Approximately 4,100 pairs of Woolino children's pajamas pose a risk of burn injuries. The affected children's pajama sets fail to meet federal flammability standards for sleepwear.

Omega Pacific carabiner

Omega Pacific Recalls G-FIRST Series Carabiners Due to Risk of Injury or Death

A serious risk of severe injury—or even death—has prompted Omega Pacific to issue a recall for approximately 1,900 climbing carabiners. The recalled carabiners can break.

Food and Drug Recalls

Plow & Hearth Chocolate Covered Cashews

Potential for Peanut Allergen in Plow & Hearth Chocolate Covered Cashews Triggers Recall

Virginia Diner, Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall affecting cans of Plow & Hearth Chocolate Covered Cashews that may contain undeclared peanuts and peanut allergens.

nut recall

North Carolina Company Issues Recall for Dark Chocolate Almonds, Cashews, Pecans

Farrell Farms of Goldsboro, NC is recalling its 7 oz. Dark Chocolate Almonds, Cashews, and Pecans that may contain undeclared milk, posing a risk of allergic reaction.

Fit Active Chocolatey Chip Protein Meal Bars

Fit & Active Chocolatey Chip Protein Meal Bars Recalled Due to Presence of Plastic Pieces

Leclerc Foods has initiated a recall of a single lot of Fit & Active Chocolatey Chip Protein Meal Bars packages with UPC code 41498-18695 and a 'best by' date of May 24, 2018.

Auto Recalls

Honda Civic

Recalled Honda Civic Vehicles Could Roll Away If Parking Brake Is Not Engaged

The right halfshaft may have been improperly heat treated on approximately 5,400 model year 2017 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe vehicles, reducing its strength.

Toyota Prius

Battery Fuse in Toyota Prius Hybrids Could Fracture, Resulting in Loss of Power

Nearly 40,000 model year 2012-2015 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid vehicles contain an Electric Vehicle (EV) fuse that may fracture after repeated high-load driving conditions.

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Floor Mats in Subaru Crosstrek Vehicles Could Interfere with Accelerator or Brake Pedal

A new safety recall from Subaru affects certain model year 2018 Crosstrek vehicles. These vehicles may be equipped with an incorrect floor mat retention bracket.

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BMW Recall Affects More Than 740,000 Vehicles That Could Catch Fire

BMW of North America is recalling more than 740,000 model year 2007-2011 vehicles. The heater for the positive crankcase ventilation valve on these vehicles may short circuit.

Honda Odyssey

Honda Recalling Nearly 807,000 Odyssey Minivans with Rear Seat Defect

Honda has issued a recall for nearly 807,000 model year 2011-2017 Honda Odyssey minivans. The second row seat could unexpectedly tip forward during braking, posing an injury risk.