Consumer Connections Newsletter

September 11, 2017

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Home Depot

Home Depot to Pay $5.7 Million Penalty for Selling and Distributing Recalled Products

Home Depot has agreed to pay a $5.7 million civil penalty for selling and distributing previously recalled consumer products, CPSC announced.

open refrigerator

Keeping Food Safe During a Hurricane or Tropical Storm

With Hurricane Irma eyeing the Southeast coast—now is a great time to think about food safety in the wake of a hurricane. Are you prepared?

American Express green card

CFPB and American Express Reach Resolution to Address Discriminatory Card Terms in Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories

The CFPB has taken action against two American Express banking subsidiaries for discriminating against consumers in Puerto Rico and U.S. territories.

Other News

totaled car

What Does It Mean for Your Car to Be "Totaled?" And What Happens After That?

When it comes to car crashes, you hear the term "totaled" thrown around quite a lot. But what does it really mean for you and your vehicle?


North Carolina to Receive $21.4 Million in Settlement with Mylan over Underpaid EpiPen Rebates

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein says that the state will settle with Mylan over allegations that it knowingly underpaid EpiPen rebates.

Product Recalls

Recall Alert

Serious Tip-Over Hazard Leads to Recall of 1.6 Million Chests of Drawers Sold at Walmart

A serious tip-over risk has prompted Ameriwood Home to recall 1.6 million Mainstays chests of drawers sold at Walmart stores and other retailers.

Disney itty bittys

Hallmark Recalls Disney Plush Baby Stacking Toys That Pose a Choking Hazard

Hallmark is recalling 6,000 Disney itty bittys baby plush toys with rattling rings. The toys have fabric hats and bows that can detach.

Dr. Brown's dish soap

Risk of Harmful Bacteria Exposure Prompts Recall of Dr. Brown’s Natural Bottle & Dish Soap

The Handi-Craft Company has issued a recall for roughly 23,000 bottles of Natural bottle and dish soap. The bottle can contain harmful bacteria.


Infant Rompers Sold Exclusively at Cracker Barrel Recalled Due to Choking Hazard

Fabri-Tech is recalling approximately 6,500 infant rompers that were sold exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores.

Dr. Martens Vegan boot

Dr. Martens Vegan Boots Recalled by Airwair Due to Chemical Exposure Hazard

Dr. Martens is recalling 30,000 Vegan boots. Prolonged contact with the boot tongue lining can expose the wearer to the chemical benzidine.


Academy Sports + Outdoors Issues Recall for Outdoor Gourmet Crawfish Kits That Pose a Fire Hazard

Academy Sports + Outdoors has issued a recall for about 21,000 Outdoor Gourmet 100-Qt. Crawfish kits with strainer.

Food and Drug Recalls


Wegmans Recalls Assorted Muffins 4 Pack That May Contain Undeclared Nuts

Wegmans has issued a recall for packages of assorted muffins that may contain a banana nut muffin made with walnuts not listed on the label.

chicken sausage

Chicken Sausage Product Recalled Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

Demakes Enterprises has announced a recall that affects 32,228 pounds of fully cooked chicken sausage product due to misbranding, undeclared allergens.

chocolate chip cookies

Recalled ShopRite Semi-Sweet Real Chocolate Chips Contain Milk Not Listed on the Label

Wakefern Food Corp. has initiated a voluntary recall of its ShopRite brand Semi-Sweet Real Chocolate Chips. The chips were sold in 24 oz. bags.

chicken skewer

Expresco Foods Issues Recall for Chicken Skewer Products That May Be Contaminated with Listeria

Expresco Foods, Inc. is recalling 20,446 pounds of imported chicken skewer products due to a risk of contamination with listeria monocytogenes.

Great Value cherries

Listeria Risk Prompts Recall of Great Value Organic Dark Sweet Pitted Cherries

Sunrise Growers has issued a voluntary recall of frozen organic dark sweet pitted cherry products that may be contaminated with listeria.

recall alert

RECALL: Fair Oaks Farms Pork Sausage Patties May Be Contaminated with Listeria

Fair Oaks Farms is recalling approximately 1,134 pounds of pork sausage patties that may be contaminated with listeria.

Auto Recalls


Software Flaw Could Lead to Engine Stall in Recalled Audi A3 Vehicles

Volkswagen is recalling certain model year 2017-2018 Audi A3 Cabriolet and A3 Sedan vehicles. A software issue could cause the engine to stall.

tire on road

Triangle Tire Issues Recall for Car Tires That May Deflate Due to Hole in Sidewall

Triangle Tire has issued a recall for certain Triangle TR643 car tires that may have a hole where the sidewall and the tread meet, resulting in an air leak.

red BMW

BMW Recall Affects Nearly 6,800 X3 and M6 Vehicles with Potentially Serious Air Bag Defect

BMW has announced a safety recall affecting approximately 6,785 BMW X3 and M6 vehicles. During deployment, the air bag inflator could separate.