Consumer Connections Newsletter

October 30, 2017

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Consumer Alert: Vehicle Vandalism Peaks on Halloween

Personal vehicles are almost twice as likely to be vandalized on October 31 as on an average day, a recent analysis from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) has found.

desk phone

New Rules Approved By FCC Make Tracking Threatening Phone Calls Easier

The FCC has voted to allow law enforcement authorities to access blocked caller ID information when needed to identify and thwart threatening callers.

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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.

Other News

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

You can't believe it. You've finally landed after a long flight only to find that your luggage didn't land with you. This is one of a traveler's worst nightmares.

gas pumps

Increasing Fuel Economy: Tips, Tricks and Myths

Looking for ways to save money on fuel costs? These days, it seems that everyone is trying to stretch a gallon of gasoline. There are a number of ways you can get better fuel mileage!

Grandparent scam

Phony Grandchild Scam Continues to Target Senior Citizens Nationwide

Scam artists are continuing to target seniors across the country with modified versions of a familiar scheme. Know what to look for so you or a loved one aren't the next one!

kids Halloween costumes

Children's Halloween Costumes: What to Consider Before Purchasing

Halloween is only a week away! Whether your kids have already found the perfect costume or are still looking, make sure you know what to look for to ensure to costume is safe!


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.

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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.

Product Recalls

Kids Preferred plush toy

RECALL: Wind-Up Musical Plush Toys Present Choking Hazard to Young Children

Approximately 587,000 wind-up musical toys that pose a choking hazard to young children are being recalled by Kids Preferred. The metal post and/or handle can detach.

Fisher-Price Soothing Motions Seat

Fisher-Price Announces Recall of 65,000 Infant Motion Seats That Pose Fire Hazard

Fisher-Price has announced an urgent recall affecting approximately 65,000 Soothing Motions Seats for infants. The motor housing on the affected infant seats can overheat.

Bosch dishwasher recall

BSH Home Appliances Expands Recall of Dishwashers That Could Overheat and Catch Fire

A fire risk has prompted BSH Home to expand its recall of Bosch, Gaggenau, Jenn-Air, and Thermador dishwashers. The power cord can overheat.

Food and Drug Recalls

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FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Slaw Salad with Chicken Product Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

FSIS has issued a public health alert due to concerns that Kale and Broccoli Slaw Salad produced by Mary's Harvest Fresh Foods, Inc. may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.

fried shrimp

Giant Eagle Recalls Breaded Shrimp Product Due to an Undeclared Egg Allergen

All lot codes up to and including best by October 24, 2017 of Giant Eagle brand Breaded Shrimp are being recalled due to the risk of an undeclared egg allergen.

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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.

Auto Recalls

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Latest Chrysler Recall Affects More Than 414,000 Jeep, Chrysler, and Dodge Vehicles

The occupant restraint controller (ORC) is the culprit behind the latest recall from Chrysler. The automaker is recalling 414,000 Jeep, Chrysler, and Dodge avehicles.

Hyundai Santa Fe

Tire Puncture Risk Prompts Recall of Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Vehicles

Hyundai is recalling certain model year 2018 Santa Fe Sport vehicles. The front coil springs on the affected Santa Fe vehicles may fracture under certain loads while driving.

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Fire Risk Leads to Recall of More Than 216,000 Audi A4, A5 Sedan, and Q5 Vehicles

Volkswagen has issued a recall for approximately 216,440 model year 2013-2016 Audi A5 Coupe, A5 Cabriolet, A4 Sedan, A4 Allroad, and Q5 vehicles.

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Hyundai Recalling More Than 443,000 Sonata Vehicles Due to Seat Belt Defect

Hyundai is recalling more than 443,000 model year 2011-2015 Sonata vehicles. The seat belt linkages for both front seat belts on these vehicles may detach.

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.