Consumer Connections Newsletter

January 15, 2018

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New Legislation in North Carolina Aims to Strengthen Protections Against Identity Theft

NC Attorney General Josh Stein and State Rep. Jason Saine have unveiled new legislation that will strengthen North Carolina's laws to prevent data breaches and to protect affected victims.

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Use Mobile Banking? Follow These Tips to Keep Yourself and Your Information Safe

Mobile banking is extremely convenient for most people, but it can also leave you wide open to hacking and identity theft if you aren't careful. Follow these tips to help keep your information safe!

Lenovo laptop software settlement

Final Settlement Approved in Case of Harmful Preloaded Ad Software on Lenovo Laptops

The FTC has given final approval to a settlement with Lenovo, resolving charges that the computer company harmed consumers by pre-loading software on some laptops that compromised security.

Other News

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How to Protect Yourself Against Over-the-Counter Drug Tampering

Most over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, by law, are sealed in tamper-evident packaging for your protection. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a 100-percent tamper-proof package.

Food in refrigerator

Food Safety Tips: Keeping Perishable Food Safe When the Power Goes Out

Any time your power goes out due to high winds, snow/ice, flood, fire, or any other electrical failure, the safety of the food inside your refrigerator and freezer is immediately jeopardized.

tire pressure

Are Your Tires Inflated Properly? A Simple Device Can Save Money and Lives!

It's a precaution that most of us probably don't think about often, but regularly checking to make sure that your tires are properly inflated could save you significant money in the long run!

Product Recalls

Tuo high chairs

More Than 8,000 Convertible High Chairs That Might Tip-Over Recalled

Skip Hop has initiated the recall of more than 8,000 Tuo Convertible High Chairs. The front legs on the high chairs can detach from the seat, posing fall and injury hazards to children.

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Rocky Mountain Bicycles Recalls Mountain Bikes Due to Crash and Injury Risk

A crash hazard has prompted Rocky Mountain Bicycles to recall 1,300 mountain bikes. The brake cable housing on the recalled bicycles was not secured properly during manufacturing.

HP ProBook

RECALL: Batteries for HP Notebook Computers and Mobile Workstations Pose Fire and Burn Hazards

HP is recalling approximately 50,000 lithium-ion batteries for HP notebook computers and mobile workstations. The recalled batteries can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.

Food and Drug Recalls

Mary B's biscuits

Frozen Biscuits Sold in 23 States Recalled Because of Potential Listeria Contamination

Hom/Ade Foods is recalling Mary B's biscuits due to potential contamination with listeria monocytogenes. All 'Best By' dates BEFORE September 23, 2018 are included in the recall.

oatmeal cookie

Dollar General Announces Recall of Clover Valley Iced Oatmeal Cookies

Dollar General has implemented a recall for 12-ounce packages of Clover Valley Iced Oatmeal Cookies due to concerns over undeclared milk and tree nuts, posing an allergy risk to some.

Tops brand Orange Cream Bars

Fieldbrook Foods Recalling Orange Cream Bars for Possible Contamination with Listeria

Fieldbrook Foods has announced the recall of certain Tops brand Orange Cream Bars and Meijer Purple Cow brand Orange Cream Bars that may be contaminated with listeria.

Auto Recalls

Nissan Versa Note

Some Nissan Versa Note Vehicles Equipped with Air Bags That Pose Injury Risk

A new recall from Nissan affects certain 2018 Nissan Versa Note vehicles. a component of the air bag inflator may detach and enter the passenger compartment as a projectile.

Mercedes vehicle

Recalled Mercedes-Benz Vehicles Have Rear Door That Could Be Unintentionally Opened

Mercedes-Benz USA is recalling 8,700 Mercedes vehicles with a potential door defect. The rear passenger door on the driver side may indicate that it is locked, even though it may not be.

Cooper Tire recall

Cooper Tire Issues Recall for More Than 41,000 Vehicle Tires at Risk of Belt Separation

Cooper Tire & Rubber has issued a recall for more than 41,000 tires that were manufactured with an incorrect belt rubber compound. There may be poor adhesion of the rubber to the belt wires.

Ford Mustang

Ford Announces Recall of Mustang Vehicles in Violation of Federal Safety Standard

Ford Motor Company says that certain model year 2018 Mustang vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission and a 12.4-inch digital instrument are being recalled.