Consumer Connections Newsletter

January 2, 2018

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Get the Most From All of Those Holiday Gift Cards Before They Go to Waste

If that gift card you got for the holidays is burning a hole in your pocket, stop procrastinating and get to the store or get online to spend it before you lose it, forget about it, or it begins losing value!

airplane aisle

Company Facing $1.76 Million Penalty for Producing Aircraft Galley Carts without FAA Approval

The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a $1.76 million civil penalty against Commercial Aircraft Equipment for allegedly producing aircraft galley carts without required FAA approval.

airport passengers

Traveling by Air? Ensure That Your Bag is Packed Properly Before You Get to the Airport

Packing for an upcoming trip? Do your plans involve air travel? Many common items that consumers use on a daily basis are considered hazardous when they are brought onto a commercial airplane.

Other News

Wrapped Christmas presents

5 Easy Tips for Returning Those Unwanted Holiday Gifts without Hassle

We've all been there. You had a great holiday spending time with friends and family—yet you're left with a gift or two that you simply don't want or can't use. So what do you do?

mailbox black and white

Scam That Targeted Elderly Consumers with Fake Prize Notices Permanently Shut Down

The FTC has closed the book on a scheme that tricked people into paying $25 to collect a $1 million prize that they had supposedly won. In reality, the million-dollar prize didn’t exist.

airplane at gate

Did an Airline Lose Your Luggage? Here's What You Should Do Immediately

Notify the airline immediately the moment you realize your luggage is missing. The sooner you begin the process of finding your lost bags, the sooner they will (hopefully) be found.

Product Recalls

gas propane

More Than 45 Million Gallons of Propane Gas Recalled Due to Fire, Explosion, and Burn Risks

Western Gas has initiated a recall of more than 45 million gallons of propane (LP) gas. The recalled propane may not contain sufficient levels of odorant to help alert consumers to a gas leak.

Bits and Pieces Fiber Optic indoor plug-in Christmas tree

Power Adapter on Artificial Christmas Trees Could Overheat and Catch Fire

Melville Direct has issued a recall for 1,700 artificial fiber optic indoor plug-in Christmas trees. The AC power adapter on the affected trees could overheat, presenting a fire hazard.

SquattyPottymus children's toilet step stool

Squatty Potty Recalls SquattyPottymus Children’s Toilet Step Stools That Pose Fall Hazard

Squatty Potty is recalling approximately 2,400 SquattyPottymus children's toilet step stools. The top removable step can detach while a child is standing on it, posing injury and fall hazards.

Amazon Home Life mattress recall

Certain Mattresses Sold Through Amazon Violate Federal Mattress Flammability Standard

Around 6,200 mattresses sold exclusively through Amazon have been recalled by their manufacturer. The affected mattresses fail to meet the mandatory federal flammability standard.

Food and Drug Recalls

HT Traders Mama Biscotti Mini Biscotti, Triple Chocolate flavor

Harris Teeter Announces Recall of HT Traders Mama Biscotti Mini Biscotti

Harris Teeter is notifying customers of a recall affecting its HT Traders Mama Biscotti Mini Biscotti. The biscotti may contain undeclared almonds and hazelnuts, posing an allergy risk.


RECALL: Apple Ridge Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, and Golden Delicious Apples May Be Contaminated with Listeria

Jack Brown Produce has announced a recall affecting Apple Ridge Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, and Golden Delicious apples that may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.

Sliced Salami

Possible Salmonella Contamination Prompts Recall of Ready-to-Eat Salami and Prosciutto Products

Piller's Fine Foods is recalling approximately 1,076 pounds of ready-to-eat salami and speck products that may be contaminated with salmonella, posing a health risk to consumers.

Auto Recalls

Ram truck

Almost 1.5 Million Ram Trucks Recalled by Chrysler over Rollaway Concerns

A new auto recall from Chrysler affects approximately 1.48 million Ram trucks. The vehicle's transmission can be shifted out of PARK without pushing the brake or having the key in the ignition.

Dodge truck front

Faulty Heated Seats in Some Dodge Dakota Pickup Trucks Lead to Recall

A risk of passenger injury and fire has prompted Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to recall nearly 17,000 model year 2005 Dodge Dakota pickup trucks equipped with heated seats.

Mazda truck

Mazda Issues Recall for Close to 20,000 B-Series Trucks Due to Air Bag Issue

Mazda is recalling certain model year 2004-2006 B-Series trucks with a serious air bag defect. Excessive pressure may cause the driver's air bag inflator to rupture during deployment.

2018 Ford Escape

Ford Recalling More Than 10,000 Escape Vehicles with Serious Air Bag Defect

Ford has issued a safety recall for approximately 10,150 model year 2018 Ford Escape vehicles. The side curtain air bags have a component that may detach during deployment.