Consumer Connections Newsletter

February 19, 2018

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Payday advance loans

Consumers Cheated out of Money in Elaborate Payday Loan Scheme to Receive Refunds

Consumers who were victimized by a massive payday loan scheme can soon expect a refund check. The FTC is mailing 72,836 checks totaling more than $2.9 million to those who lost money.

Scam Alert

Scam Alert: Don't Pay Anyone to Get Your Refund from Western Union

The FTC is warning those waiting for a refund from the Western Union settlement not to pay anyone claiming to be able to get their refund for them faster in exchange for money. It's a scam.

flu season

Antibiotics are Not Always the Answer During Cold and Flu Season

Most infections that circulate during cold and flu season are viral, not bacterial. Though sometimes it can be difficult to determine which is which, or the best means of treating your symptoms.

Other News

cars keys / rental car insurance

Credit Card Rental Car Insurance Coverage Can Pick Up Where Traditional Insurance Coverage Stops

Credit cards typically offer perks to get you to sign up, like cash back and rewards. But you, like many people, probably don't know that many credit cards also offer free rental car insurance.

behind on car loan

Behind on Your Auto Loan: Tips to Get You on the Road to On-Time Payments Again

Are you behind on your loan payments? You're not alone. According to the CFPB, about 6 million people in the U.S. were at least 90 days behind on their auto loan payments near the end of 2016.

buying a new car

How to Buy a New Car: Surviving the Sales Process with Your Wallet Intact

Buying a new car? No one really enjoys talking to salespeople or the negotiation process, and many feel compelled to buy more when pressured by a salesperson looking for a higher commission.

Product Recalls

Rural King electric blanket

Rural King Electric Blankets and Throws Recalled Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

Rural King has recalled an estimated 9,600 electric heated blankets and throws that could overheat and catch fire. The affected blankets were sold in cream and brown colors and in two sizes.

ISO Beauty Ionic Pro hair dryer

RECALL ALERT: ISO Beauty and Proliss Brand Ionic Pro Hair Dryers Could Burn User

ISO Beauty has issued a recall for 74,000 Ionic Pro hair dryers sold through Groupon, Target, and Amazon. The cord can become brittle near the dryer's base, posing a burn hazard to the user.

West Elm Jensen dining table

West Elm Recalling Rectangular Glass Tables That Could Shatter Without Warning

West Elm is recalling around 5,400 tempered glass Jensen dining tables sold nationwide that can shatter unexpectedly, posing a laceration and injury hazard to the user or bystanders.

Fujitsu notebook computer

Panasonic Battery Packs for Fujitsu Notebook Computers and Workstations Pose Fire and Burn Hazards

Fujitsu has announced a recall affecting approximately 6,400 Panasonic lithium-ion battery packs used in Fujitsu notebook computers and workstations that can overheat and catch fire.

Food and Drug Recalls

Smokehouse Beefy Munchies Dog Treats

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

Smokehouse Pet Products is now recalling ALL sizes and package types of Beefy Munchies dog treats that have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. They were sold nationwide.


Raws for Paws Recalls 4,000 Pounds of Turkey Pet Food Because of Possible Salmonella

Approximately 4,000 pounds of Ground Turkey Pet Food is being recalled by Raws for Paws because it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella, posing a health risk.

Penne pasta

Weis Markets Issues Recall for Pre-Made Pasta Meal Due to Undeclared Milk Allergen

Weis Markets has issued a recall for its pre-made Penne Pasta with Asiago Sauce and Grilled Chicken single serving meal because it does not list milk on its ingredient label, posing an allergy risk.

Auto Recalls

Jaguar recall

Jaguar Recall Affects More Than 10,000 Vehicles That May Leak Fuel

Jaguar has initiated a recall involving more than 10,000 model year 2018 Jaguar XE, XF, E-PACE, F-PACE and F-TYPE vehicles with fuel rail end caps that could leak fuel vapor or liquid fuel.

Jeep Wrangler

Close to 40,000 Dodge Caravan and Jeep Wrangler Vehicles Recalled

Chrysler says that approximately 39,460 model year 2017 Dodge Caravan and Jeep Wrangler vehicles have brake switches that could malfunction. These vehicles have been recalled.

Audi front grill logo

More Than 97,000 Audi Q5, A5, and S5 Vehicles Equipped with Air Bag Inflators That Could Explode

More than 97,000 model year 2009-2012 Audi Q5 and 2010-2012 Audi A5 Cabriolet and S5 Cabriolet vehicles have been recalled. Excessive internal pressure may cause the air bag inflator to explode.