Consumer Connections Newsletter

February 5, 2018

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Rotary phone tax scams

Consumers Urged to Remain on Alert for Tax-Related Scams Year-Round

Whether during tax season or not—consumers should always remain on alert for new and emerging schemes involving the tax system that claim victims from all across the country on a daily basis.

Scam Alert

SCAM ALERT: No, The Secretary of State Is Not Emailing You

There are many scammers out there who pretend to be government officials. The latest twist in this pervasive series of scams is an email supposedly from U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Jet on airport tarmac

FAA Issues Emergency Order of Revocation Against TapJets for Serious Safety Violations

The FAA has issued an Emergency Order of Revocation against TapJets for allegedly conducting passenger-carrying flights using unqualified pilots and operating unauthorized aircraft.

Other News

buying a new car

Low Interest Auto Financing Might Not Be The Best Deal If There Are Other Incentives Available

Buying a car? Don't fall for low interest 'teaser' rates. Most low interest auto loan rates are nothing more than gimmicks to get you into the dealership, where you get hit with high pressure sales tactics.

wet road

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.

Mesothelioma body scan

Mesothelioma Info: What You Need to Know About This Cancer Linked to Asbestos

You may have heard of mesothelioma from a law ad on television, or you or someone you know may have unfortunately been diagnosed. But what exactly is mesothelioma?

car mirror at sunset

New Vehicle Registration Late Fees in North Carolina Causing Confusion

Since July 1, 2016, North Carolina vehicle owners have been charged late fees for not renewing their vehicle registration on time—though many consumers remain confused about the late fees.

Product Recalls

Sunny CS nursery space heater

Vornado Air Recalls 5,000 Cribside Nursery Space Heaters That Pose Fire and Burn Hazards

Vornado Air says that around 5,000 Sunny cribside nursery space heaters pose fire and burn hazards to consumers. As a result, these space heaters are being recalled by the company.

Lights & Lullabies travel crib mobile

RECALL ALERT: More Than 40,000 Travel Crib Mobiles Could Cause Injury to Infants

Approximately 41,800 Lights & Lullabies travel crib mobiles are being recalled by VTech. The clamp attaching the mobile to the crib rail can break, posing an injury hazard to the infant in the crib.

Vtech Shake and Sing Elephant rattle

Choking Hazard Leads to the Recall of 280,000 Infant Rattles by VTech

VTech is recalling 280,000 Shake and Sing Elephant infant rattles sold at Walmart, Kmart, and other stores. The ears on the rattles can break off, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Food and Drug Recalls

Well at Walgreens pain and itch relief cream

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.

Panera logo

Panera Bread Announces Recall of Cream Cheese Products over Listeria Contamination Fears

Panera Bread has initiated a recall of all 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese products sold in its U.S. bakery-cafes due to concerns over contamination with listeria monocytogenes.

Ottogi rice cake soup

Risk of Allergic Reaction Prompts Recall of Rice Cake Soup Product

Ottogi America is recalling 6.40 ounce containers of Rice Cake Soup because it may contain undeclared milk. People who have allergies to milk run the risk of a serious allergic reaction.

Auto Recalls


Mitsubishi Recall Affects More Than 141,000 Lancer and Outlander Vehicles

The latest recall from Mitsubishi Motors affects more than 141,000 model year 2009-2012 Lancer, 2008-2012 Outlander, 2010-2012 Lancer Sportback, and 2011-2012 Outlander Sport vehicles.

2018 Ford Expedition

Due to Power Window Defect, Certain Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs Recalled

Ford is recalling certain model year 2018 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs. The second row window control modules may intermittently stop the movement of the window.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Chrysler Recalling Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs with Fuel Line That Could Separate

Chrysler has issued a recall affecting certain model year 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUVs. The fuel line on these vehicles may separate and cause a sudden engine stall or fire.