Consumer Connections Newsletter

February 12, 2018

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students in library
08Feb

Student Loan Debt Relief Scheme Charged with Cheating Thousands of Consumers out of Millions of Dollars

A student loan debt relief operation has been charged by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with cheating thousands of consumers from across the country out of more than $28 million.

USPS postage rates
07Feb

USPS Issues New Postage Rates; Cost of Mailing First Class Letter Increases

The cost of mailing a first-class letter has gone up yet again. The United States Postal Service (USPS) placed the increase into effect on January 21, 2018. See the full list of rate increases.

IRS Tax Scams
06Feb

Income Tax Professionals Beware: IRS Warns of Tax Scams Targeting Your Network and Data

The IRS is warning tax return preparers and other tax professionals about scams that seek to steal personal and professional information or that allow cybercriminals to obtain remote control.



Other News

busiest airport
09Feb

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. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take beforehand to make it less likely that your bag will get lost.

auto emissions
09Feb

Federal Emissions Warranties Are Often Forgotten or Overlooked

Many consumers pay for or put off needed auto repairs because they don't realize the problem is covered by this warranty. So what is the federal emissions warranty and what exactly does it cover?

Home sold sign
08Feb

Selling Your Home: Stand Out With Tips to Sell Quickly and for Top Dollar

Have you finally made the decision to sell your home? Is it ready for the market? You can make your home stand out from the others, sell quickly and sell for the highest dollar with some simple tweaks.

Western Union refunds
07Feb

If You Paid a Scammer Via Western Union, You Can Now File a Claim to Get Money Back

Consumers who lost money to scammers who told them to pay via Western Union's money transfer system can now file a claim to get their money back. Claims must be submitted by May 31.

white pills and bottle
05Feb

If You Have a Problem with a Food, Drug, or Health Product, Report it to the FDA

The FDA is urging the public to report potential problems with foods, drugs, and other health products to its MedWatch program. Voluntary consumer complaints are often the first line of defense!

wet road
01Feb

Cold, Wet Winter Weather Brings Potholes. Spot One on a State-Maintained Road? Report it!

The recent cold, wet weather we have experienced means that more potholes will be popping up over the coming months. Motorists can help by reporting potholes as soon as they are spotted.



Product Recalls

Alstyle infant bodysuits
08Feb

Choking Hazard Prompts Recall of Nearly 300,000 Infant Bodysuits by Alstyle

A choking risk has prompted the recall of nearly 300,000 Alstyle infant bodysuits. The snaps located at the crotch of the bodysuit can detach and potentially be ingested young children.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Laptop
07Feb

Damage to the Battery Could Cause Lenovo ThinkPad Laptops to Overheat and Catch Fire

RECALL ALERT: Lenovo says that approximately 83,000 ThinkPad Laptops are at risk of overheating and catching fire due to an unfastened screw that can damage the battery.

Hunter Douglas Luminette privacy sheer blinds
05Feb

Hunter Douglas Recalls Privacy Sheer Blinds That Pose a Strangulation Hazard to Children

Hunter Douglas has announced an urgent recall affecting privacy sheer blinds sold under various brand names. The cord restraints on the combination wand/cord of the blinds can break.



Food and Drug Recalls

Smokehouse Beefy Munchies dog treats
09Feb

Potential for Salmonella Leads to Recall of Smokehouse Beefy Munchies Dog Treats

Smokehouse Pet is recalling Beefy Munchies dog treats that could be contaminated with salmonella. The dog treats were distributed in Washington, Michigan, North Carolina, and Colorado.

Meijer Greek and Low-Fat yogurt
09Feb

Meijer Greek and Low-Fat Yogurt Recalled Due to Risk of Contamination with Glass

Meijer branded Greek and Low-fat yogurt is being recalled because it may contain small glass particles. The yogurt sold at Meijer stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Wisconsin.

almonds
06Feb

RECALL: Almonds Sold at ALDI Stores in 12 States May Contain Undeclared Allergens

Southern Grove Unsalted Almonds sold at ALDI stores in 12 states may contain undeclared soy and wheat. People who have an allergy to wheat or soy run the risk of a serious allergic reaction.

Well at Walgreens pain and itch relief cream
01Feb

Walgreens Pain and Itch Relief Cream Does Not Meet Child Resistant Closure Requirement

Natureplex has announced the recall of 74,000 tubes of Well at Walgreens pain and itch relief cream. The packaging is not child resistant as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act.



Auto Recalls

Toyota Lexus air bag recall
08Feb

More Than 48,000 Toyota Prius and Lexus RX and NX Vehicles Have Air Bags That May Not Deploy

Toyota Motor Engineering has announced the recall of more than 48,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles with air bags that may not deploy during a crash, increasing the risk of injury to vehicle occupants.

Nissan Juke Nismo
07Feb

Flaw in Brake Cylinder of Nissan Juke Vehicles May Cause Reduced Braking Performance

Certain model year 2015-2017 Nissan Juke Nismo RS vehicles are being recalled because of an issue with the brakes. A problem within the brake master cylinder could cause brake fluid to leak.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
06Feb

The Sunroof Glass May Detach on Recalled Mitsubishi Lancer and Outlander Vehicles

A new recall from Mitsubishi affects certain Outlander and Lancer vehicles equipped with sunroofs. The sunroof glass may detach from the sunroof assembly while the vehicle is in motion.

Mitsubishi Outlander
05Feb

Mitsubishi Issues Recall for 170,000 Outlander Vehicles at Risk of Rolling Away

Mitsubishi is recalling approximately 170,000 Outlander and Outlander Sport vehicles. Water may enter the rear brake calipers and cause the parking brake actuator shafts to corrode.

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