Consumer Connections Newsletter

November 27, 2017

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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.

Credit card

SCAM ALERT: Beware of Phony Credit and Debit Card Cancellation Phone Calls

Consumers across North Carolina and beyond are continuing to receive automated telephone calls saying that their credit or debit card has been cancelled or deactivated.

Western Union settlement

If You Paid a Scammer Via Western Union, You Can Now File a Claim to Get Money Back

Consumers who lost money to scammers who told them to pay via Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017 can now file a claim to get their money back.

Other News

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.

Thanksgiving turkey

Cooking Safety: The Average Number of Kitchen Fires Triples on Thanksgiving Day

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the average number of kitchen fires triples on Thanksgiving from about 400 on other days of the year to 1,300.

LayZ Board Hoverboard

CPSC Warns Consumers to Stop Using LayZ Board Hoverboards Following Second House Fire

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging consumers to stop using LayZ Board self-balancing scooters (known as hoverboards) immediately.

Product Recalls

Plycem Allura decking recall

Decking Sold Through Home Depot and Other Sources Can Crack, Posing Fall and Injury Hazards

The recalled decking can deteriorate, causing the deck surfacing to break. Consumers can fall through broken decking and suffer serious injuries. 37,500 boards are affected.

IKEA MALM dresser recall

IKEA Reannounces Recall of 17.3 Million Chests and Dressers Due to Serious Tip-Over Hazard, Eighth Child Fatality Reported

Around 17.3 million IKEA chests and dressers are unstable if they are not properly anchored to the wall, posing significant tip-over and entrapment hazards to children.

kids rain poncho

Children's Rain Ponchos Pose Serious Strangulation and Entanglement Hazard

A significant strangulation and entanglement hazard has prompted JW Crawford to recall approximately 1,300 kid's rain ponchos. A drawstring can become entangled.

Food and Drug Recalls

Trader Joe's logo

RECALL: Trader Joe’s Chicken and Turkey Salad Products May Be Contaminated with Foreign Matter

Approximately 65,621 pounds of Trader Joe's chicken and turkey fresh salad products may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically silica and glass fragments.

Food Recall

Dark Chocolate Products Recalled Because of Undeclared Milk Allergen

Lipari Foods has issued a voluntary recall of specific dark chocolate products packaged by its sister company JLM due to an undeclared milk allergen.

Hot Pockets Snack Bites

Nestle Issues Recall for Hot Pockets Four Cheese Pizza Snack Bites Due to Undeclared Allergens

Nestlé USA has initiated a recall of Hot Pockets Four Cheese Pizza Snack Bites due to misbranding and the undeclared allergens egg, milk, soy, and wheat.

Auto Recalls

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.

Nissan Rogue

Recalled Nissan Rogue Vehicles May Have Improper Rear Seat Welds

Nissan is recalling close to 5,000 Nissan Rogue vehicles. On the affected vehicles, the recliner joints on the lower seat frame for the rear seats may have improper welds.


Air Bags in Certain Mitsubishi Mirage Vehicles May Not Deploy During Crash

Mitsubishi has announced the recall of approximately 83,555 model year 2014-2018 Mitsubishi Mirage vehicles with air bags that may not deploy in the event of a crash.