Consumer Connections Newsletter

September 18, 2017

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flooded cars

Beware of Flooded Cars Resurfacing for Sale on a Car Lot Near You

We've all seen images of cars submerged under several feet of water following a severe flood. Have you ever wondered what happens to those cars?

iPhone home screen

Consumer Alert: Watch Out for Strange Text Messages Seeking Personal Information

If you get a strange looking text message from an email address or phone number that you don't recognize, it's best not to respond to it.

Other News

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Scammers Continue to Target Utility Customers, Threatening Loss of Power

Consumers from across the state and the country are continuing to report receiving phone calls that are seemingly from their utility company.

North Carolina Vehicle Safety Inspection

North Carolina Vehicle Safety Inspection Checklist

The annual vehicle and emission inspection process in North Carolina can be a simple 30 minute inconvenience for most consumers, or a nightmare for others.

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Hurricane Victims Should Be on the Lookout for Flood Insurance Scam Robocalls

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning consumers about a flood insurance scam targeting those that have been affected by a hurricane.

Product Recalls

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Target Recalling Room Essentials 4-Drawer Dressers Due to Tip-Over and Entrapment Hazards

Target is recalling 178,000 Room Essentials 4-drawer dressers. The recalled dressers are unstable if they are not anchored to the wall.

DreamWorks Trolls: It's Hug Time

RECALL: Slap Bracelets Sold with Children’s ‘Trolls’ Storybooks Pose a Laceration Hazard

Studio Fun International has issued a recall affecting 86,000 slap bracelets sold with children's storybooks. The bracelets pose a laceration hazard.

Quantum ski and snowboard helmets

Smith Quantum Ski and Snowboard Helmets Recalled Due to Risk of Head Injury

A severe head injury risk is prompting Smith to recall approximately 8,000 of its Quantum ski and snowboard helmets sold in the U.S. and Canada.

L.L. Bean toddler fleece

L.L. Bean Recalls Toddler Sweater Fleece Pullovers That Pose a Choking Hazard to Children

L.L. Bean is recalling approximately 2,000 toddler sweater fleece pullovers with snaps that can easily detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

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.

Food and Drug Recalls

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Natural Grocers Brand Organic Dates Recalled Due to Risk of Coconut Allergen

Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets has issued a recall for Natural Grocers brand Organic Deglet Noor Dates Pitted because of undeclared coconut.


Allergic to Milk? Don’t Eat These Cherry Valley Marketplace Cupcakes

Cherry Valley Marketplace is recalling its 12-ounce packages of Vanilla and Chocolate Cupcakes because they contain milk not listed on the label.

spaghetti and meatballs

Northside Noodle Company Issues Recall for Ragazzo’s Italian Style Meatball Mix

Northside Noodle Company is recalling approximately 123 pounds of a frozen pork and beef meatball product due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

Auto Recalls

Ford Mustang

Ford Recalling F-150 and Mustang Vehicles Due to Serious Air Bag Defect

Ford is recalling model year 2017 Ford F-150 and Mustang vehicles. An air bag inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking vehicle occupants.

Motorcycle tire

Michelin Issues Recall for Replacement Sport Motorcycle Tires

Michelin North America is recalling certain Pilot Power 3 sport motorcycle tires manufactured between April 17, 2016 and May 7, 2016.

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Ford Announces Recall of Ford Focus Vehicles Due to Insufficient Rear Seat Welds

Ford has announced the recall of certain model year 2017 Focus vehicles. The rear left side seat back frame may have an insufficient weld.

RV on road

Thor Motor Coach Recalls Recreational Vehicles at Risk of Propane Leak, Fire

Thor Motor Coach is recalling approximately 860 model year 2018 Four Winds, Chateau, and Freedom Elite recreational vehicles.

Toyota steering wheel

Toyota Recalls Highlanders with Roof Rails That Could Suddenly Detach While in Motion

This recall affects certain model year 2017 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid vehicles equipped with accessory roof rail cross bars.

Ford F-150

Ford Recall Affects More Than 117,000 F-150, F-250, and F-350 Trucks

Ford Motor Company is recalling more than 117,000 model year 2015-2017 F-150, and model year 2017 F-250 and F-350 trucks equipped with a crew cab.