Consumer Connections Newsletter

July 31, 2017

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ATM skimming

Two More Members of PNC and Bank of America ATM Skimming Conspiracy Plead Guilty

Two members of a scheme that used card-reading devices and cameras on PNC and Bank of America ATMs to steal at least $428,581 have pleaded guilty.


Victims of Work-at-Home Business Opportunity Scam to Receive Refunds

The FTC is mailing refund checks to consumers who paid American Business Builders and related entities for a home-based business opportunity.

plane at gate

USDOT Concludes Investigations of Three Airlines for Violations of Airline Consumer Protection Rules

USDOT has fined Frontier Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta Air Lines for violating the Department's airline consumer protections rules.

Other News


New Laws Regulating the Use of Drones to Take Effect in North Carolina

As drones, also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), become more common, North Carolina's laws are changing to stay up-to-date.

new home construction

New Home Sales Edge Up in June, Market Growth Expected to Continue

The pace of new home sales in the U.S. continued its upward trend in June, according to newly released data from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau.

shopping carts

Consumer Confidence Rebounds in July to Near 16-Year High

Following three consecutive months of declines, U.S. consumer confidence reversed course in July. The Consumer Confidence Index hit a level of 121.1.

LED street lights

Roadway Lighting Upgrades Coming for Interstates, Major Highways, and Rest Areas Across NC

Existing high-intensity street lights across North Carolina will be replaced with longer-lasting and lower-maintenance LED lights.

sunscreen safety

FDA: Avoid Putting Sunscreen on Infants If Possible; Instead Opt for Shade

A baby's skin is much thinner than that of older children and adults, and it absorbs the chemical ingredients more easily.


Checking Your Vehicle's Tires Regularly During the Hot Summer Months is Critical to Safety

During the hot summer months, the extreme heat and hot roadways contribute to the breakdown of tires and lead to a greater likelihood of failure.

Product Recalls


Mosquito Zapper Bulbs Recalled Due to Electrical Shock Hazard

R & D Products is recalling its Outxpro 2-in-1 mosquito zapper LED light bulbs. The bulb’s base can separate from the connector, posing a shock hazard.

Quality Foam mattress

RECALL: Mattresses from Quality Foam Fail to Meet Federal Flammability Requirements

Quality Foam has announced that it is recalling some of its mattresses due to a failure to meet the mandatory federal flammability standard.

iRover hoverboard

Hoverboards Recalled by iRover Due to Fire, Explosion Risk

iRover is recalling its self-balancing scooters/hoverboards in light of the discovery that the lithium-ion battery packs in the boards can overheat.

Recall Alert

Scarves Sold Through Amazon Recalled Due to Flammability Concerns

ZORJAR is recalling about 1,700 women's fashion scarves after they failed to meet the federal flammability standard for clothing textiles.

Food and Drug Recalls


Papayas Responsible for Salmonella Outbreak, According to FDA

The FDA is warning consumers to stay away from all Caribeña brand Maradol papayas. The produce is linked to a recent multistate salmonella outbreak.

Food Recall

Undeclared Soy Lecithin Prompts Pepperoni Pizza Recall from D & D

RECALL: Nearly 18,000 pounds of pepperoni pizza products contain soy lecithin, a known allergen that is not declared on the product label.

weight loss

Undeclared, Unapproved Substance Leads to Weight Loss Supplement Recall

A Texas company has announced that it is recalling a weight loss supplement due to the presence of a potentially dangerous substance.

Food Recall

Packaging Error Prompts Stromboli Recall from Stefano’s Foods

Charlotte-based company Stefano's Foods has announced that it is recalling about 1,000 pounds of Stromboli products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.


Cooler Malfunction During High Heat Leads to Recall from Idaho Foodbank

The organization's recall includes coconut drinks, broccoli cheddar soup, eggs, and cheese products that were not continuously stored at proper temperature.

assortment of pills

Unlisted Substances Prompt Supplement Recall from Ultra Shop

Analysis by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found samples of Super Panther 7K to be tainted with undeclared sildenafil and tadalafil.

Auto Recalls

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Mitsubishi Issues Recall for More Than 100,000 Outlander Vehicles

Mitsubishi is recalling more than 100,000 2007-2013 Outlanders. Water may drop between the hood and the windshield and leak into the wiper motor.

GMC steering wheel

General Motors Recalling 40,000 Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac, and GMC Vehicles

General Motors is recalling more than 40,000 vehicles that may not have received a complete software update during the remedy for a previous recall.

Ram truck front

Ram 1500 Trucks Recalled Due to Risk of Fuel Leak, Fire

The fuel tanks on certain Ram 1500 trucks may have a broken fuel tank control valve that could leak fuel should the vehicle becomes inverted.

Polaris RZR 170

Fuel Leak, Fire Hazards Prompt ROV Recall from Polaris

Polaris Industries is recalling RZR 170 recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). The fuel tank neck can crack or the wiring harness can overheat.

BMW motorcycle

BMW Issues Recall for More Than 14,500 Motorcycles Due to Crash Risk

BMW of North America has announced a recall affecting certain model year 2014-2017 BMW R1200GS and BMW R1200GS Adventure motorcycles.


RECALL: More Than 205,000 Mazda6, CX-7, and CX-9 Vehicles Equipped with Defective Air Bag Inflators

Mazda is recalling more than 205,000 model year 2009-2011 Mazda6 and 2007-2011 Mazda CX-7 and CX-9 vehicles equipped with defective air bag inflators.

school bus stop sign

Forest River Issues Safety Recall for StarCraft Quest School Buses

Forest River has issued a recall for certain model year 2016 StarCraft Quest school buses built on Ford Transit chassis.

Toyota steering wheel

Toyota Tacoma and 4Runner Vehicles Equipped with Accessory Hood Scoops Recalled

Southeast Toyota Distributors is recalling certain model year 2011-2016 Toyota Tacoma and 4Runner vehicles equipped with accessory hood scoops.