Consumer Connections Newsletter

October 23, 2017

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Halloween Safety Tips: A Ghoulishly Fun and Safe Time for All

The spookiest night of the year is nearly upon us! Follow these important Halloween safety tips to ensure that this year's holiday is a safe one.

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Company Must Pay $4.1 Million for Selling Fake Payday Loan Debts to Debt Collectors

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has obtained a $4.1 million judgment against an operation that sold lists of fake payday loan debts to debt collectors.


State Attorneys General Sue U.S. Department of Education to Protect Students from Predatory Abuse

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, along with 17 other state attorneys general, sued the U.S. Department of Education and Secretary Betsy DeVos this week.

Other News


NCDOT Reminds Drivers to Keep Alert for Deer on the Roads During Fall Months

Autumn in North Carolina brings more than cooler temperatures and falling leaves. This is also the season when more deer appear along state roadways.

new home

Make Sure You're Not Missing Out on These Ten Hidden Home Insurance Credits

Smoke detectors, a security system, and insuring both your home and car with the same company can lower your home insurance premium. But there are other credits available.

broken windshield

Don't Be Fooled by the 'Not Responsible for Windshields' Claim on Dump Trucks

We've all seen the dump trucks with signs stating that the company isn't responsible for damage to your windshield. But it's mostly just a scare tactic.

Product Recalls

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Target Issues Recall for Leather Ottomans That Pose Serious Suffocation and Choking Hazards

Target says that 7,500 Room Essentials leather pouf ottomans are being recalled because they pose choking and suffocation hazards to young children.

Martha Stewart Collection Whiteware cake knife and server set

Macy's Recalls Martha Stewart Whiteware Cake Knife and Server Sets Due to Laceration Hazard

Macy's has announced the recall of nearly 19,000 Martha Stewart Collection Whiteware cake knife and server sets. The handles can break during use.

Bruin infant wiggle ball toys

Toys R Us Issues Recall for Infant Wiggle Balls That Pose a Choking Hazard to Infants

A choking hazard posed to infants has prompted Toys "R" Us to recall 30,000 Bruin infant wiggle ball toys. The ball's rubber knobs and plastic back can detach.

Food and Drug Recalls

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Honey Roast Nut Crunch Sold at Wegmans Recalled Due to Undeclared Almonds

Honey Roast Nut Crunch sold at Wegmans is being recalled by First Source because it contains undeclared almonds, posing an allergy risk to consumers.

Salami platter

More Than 22,000 Pounds of Potentially Contaminated Salami and Capocollo Products Recalled

Approximately 22,630 pounds of ready-to-eat Genoa Salami and Capocollo products are being recalled by Battistoni Italian Specialty Meats.


Aunt Beth’s Cookies Recalled Due to Risk of Undeclared Nuts

Aunt Beth's Cookies is recalling certain baked cookies because they may contain traces of undeclared peanut or tree-nut allergens.

Auto Recalls

Ford F-150

Ford Recalls 1.3 Million F-150 and Super Duty Trucks with Doors That Could Suddenly Open

Ford has announced a safety recall affecting approximately 1.3 million model year 2015-2017 F-150 and 2017 Super Duty trucks sold in North America.

Kia Soul

Kia Announces Recall of More Than 342,000 Soul Vehicles

Kia is recalling more than 342,000 model year 2014-2016 Soul and Soul EV vehicles. These vehicles are at risk of sudden steering loss.


Mitsubishi Recall Affects More Than 132,000 Lancer and Outlander Vehicles

Mitsubishi has issued a recall for more than 132,000 2015-2017 Outlander, 2015-2016 Lancer and Outlander Sport, and 2015 Lancer Evolution vehicles.

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BMW Recalling More Than 85,000 X3 Vehicles at Risk of Air Bag Failure

A potentially serious air bag defect has prompted BMW to recall approximately 85,300 model year 2006-2010 BMW X3 2.5i, X3 3.0i and X3 xDrive30i vehicles.

Ford truck

Compromised Structural Integrity Leads to Recall of Ford F-150 Raptor Trucks

Ford is recalling model year 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor Super Cab pick-up trucks not equipped with a moonroof. The roof braces may be missing rivets.

Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Issues Recall for Santa Fe Vehicles Susceptible to Sudden Engine Stall

Hyundai is recalling certain model year 2017 Santa Fe vehicles equipped with 3.3L engines. Engine bearing wear may cause the vehicle to stall.