Consumer Connections Newsletter

September 25, 2017

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Whether it's a safety recall affecting your vehicle, a recall for a product in your home, or a new scam that's making the rounds, we feature it here.

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Court Finds Defendants Lied to Consumers When Selling Legal Services for Mortgage Relief

A federal court has found that Jeremy Foti and Charles Marshall knowingly deceived consumers and illegally took more than $18 million from them.

installing a car seat

Child Passenger Safety Week in North Carolina Brings Awareness to Parents and Caregivers

Every day too many children ride in car seats that have been installed incorrectly, or are riding in the wrong car seats for their ages and sizes.

open laptop

Online Marketers Banned from Deceiving Shoppers, Will Pay $2.5 Million Penalty

A group of online marketers will pay more than $2.5 million to settle charges brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of deceiving consumers.

Other News

airport luggage

How to Make Sure Your Luggage Goes Wherever You Go on Your Next Vacation

If you've ever lost a bag when flying, you know how frustrating it is trying to get it back. Follow these tips to help ensure that your bags go where you go.

fresh vegetables

Tips for the Safe Purchase, Preparation, and Consumption of Fresh Produce

Since fresh produce is often grown in uncontrolled environments, there is always a chance for contamination. Follow these tips to keep your food safe.

car gear shifter

Parents Beware: The Dangers of Auto Rollaway

If you leave a child alone in a car, whether the engine is running or not, it doesn't take long for that child to unintentionally set the car in motion.

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.

Scam Alert

Be on Alert for Scams in the Wake of the Equifax Data Breach

Consumers are urged to be on alert for scams that are popping up following the recent Equifax data breach—which impacted 143 million American consumers.

power lines

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.

Product Recalls

Story Time bib and bootie set

Infant Bib and Bootie Sets That Pose Choking Hazard to Children Recalled

DEMDACO has issued a recall for 1,500 infant bib and bootie sets. Rattles sewn into the booties can detach, posing a choking hazard to children.

Recall Alert

Fall Hazard Prompts Recall of Folding Chairs Sold with Outdoor Patio Sets

Due to a potential fall hazard, Nantucket Distributing is recalling more than 45,000 folding chairs. The fabric seat on the chairs can tear during use.

unsafe product

Lawn and Garden Light Decorations Recalled by Southwire Due to Fire Risk

A fire risk caused by light refraction has prompted Southwire to recall around 8,700 Moonrays mystic globe and snow globe lawn stake lights.

Food and Drug Recalls

Death Wish Nitro Cold Brew

Botulism Risk Leads to Recall of Death Wish Nitro Cold Brew Coffee

Death Wish Coffee has initiated a recall for its 11-ounce Death Wish Nitro Cold Brew cans that could be comtaninated with the deadly toxin botulin.

dried dates

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.

Auto Recalls


Mazda Recalling Nearly 58,000 Mazda6 Vehicles to Repair Wiring Issue

Mazda is recalling nearly 58,000 model year 2015-2016 Mazda6 vehicles. Debris from manufacturing may damage the occupant classification system wiring.

Dodge Durango

Recalled Dodge Durango Vehicles May Have Rear Axle Halfshafts That Are Too Short

Chrysler is recalling certain 2017 Dodge Durango vehicles. These vehicles may have been assembled with rear axle halfshafts that are too short.

Chrysler Pacifica

Chrysler Issues Recall for Nearly 48,000 Pacifica Minivans with Seat Belt Defect

Nearly 48,000 model year 2017-2018 Chrysler Pacifica vehicles equipped with the 8-passenger seating option are being recalled by the manufacturer.

2017 Ioniq Electric

Hyundai Recall Affects More Than 200 Ioniq Electric Vehicles

Hyundai has announced a recall affecting certain model year 2017 Ioniq Electric Vehicles. If coolant contacts the EPCU, a stall may result.

Honda Civic

Honda Recalls Vehicles with Incorrectly Installed Replacement Air Bag Inflators

Honda has issued a recall affecting about 650 vehicles that received replacement passenger frontal air bag inflators from a Honda dealer.

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.