Consumer Connections Newsletter

January 29, 2018

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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.

Super Bowl party food chicken wings

Have a Game Plan and Avoid Foodborne Illness at Your Super Bowl Party

This Super Bowl, use safe food handling practices at a championship level and avoid becoming one of the estimated 48 million Americans who gets sick from foodborne illnesses each year.

home foreclosure

Deceptive Mortgage Loan Modification Scam That Targeted Financially Distressed Homeowners Shut Down

A mortgage loan modification operation that preyed on financially distressed homeowners has been stopped. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charged the operation with deceiving homeowners.

Other News

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Thinking About Asking For an Advance on Your Tax Refund? Think Again

If you're short on money and know that you will be getting a tax refund this year, you may be tempted to get an advance on the refund. However, the fees and interest should make you think twice.

NC Lemon Law

Overview of Remedies Available from the North Carolina Lemon Law

North Carolina Lemon Law permits the first owner of a brand new, never before titled motor vehicle that weighs less than 10,000 pounds to petition the manufacturer for a replacement.

IRS tax phone scam

Con Artists Impersonating IRS Agents Continue to Target Consumers Nationwide

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents remain a serious threat to taxpayers. Dont be fooled, know the warning signs!

Product Recalls

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.

Panasonic 55-inch flat screen

Recalled Panasonic Televisions Pose Serious Tip-Over and Entrapment Hazard to Children

Approximately 885 Panasonic 55-inch flat screen LED/LCD televisions with tabletop swivel stands are being recalled because they pose a significant tip-over and entrapment hazard to children.

Fujifilm digital camera

Recall from Fujifilm Affects 294,000 Power Adapter Plugs Sold with Digital Cameras

A risk of electric shock has led to the recall of 294,000 power adapter wall plugs sold with Fujifilm digital cameras that can break or detach and remain in the wall—exposing live electrical contacts.

Food and Drug Recalls

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.

Perdue chicken logo

Perdue Foods Recalls Chicken Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

Perdue Foods has announced the recall of approximately 530 pounds of chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The products contain eggs not listed on the label.

Whole Foods store

Allergy Alert: Cheesecake Bars Sold at Whole Foods Market Stores May Contain Undeclared Nuts

Whole Foods Market has issued a recall for cheesecake bars that may contain a tree nut allergen that is not listed on the ingredient label, posing a risk of allergic reaction to some consumers.

Auto Recalls

Chrysler Pacifica

RECALL: More than 150,000 Chrysler Pacifica Minivans Could Suddenly Stall

The latest recall from Chrysler impacts approximately 153,860 model year 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivans that are equipped with a 3.6l engine. These vehicles could suddenly stall.

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Fire Risk Triggers Recall of Nearly 88,000 Hyundai Azera and Sonata Vehicles

Hyundai is recalling close to 88,000 model year 2006-2011 Azera and 2006 Hyundai Sonata vehicles. Water may enter the Anti-lock Brake (ABS) Module and result in an electrical short.

Mercedes GLC

Mercedes GLC Vehicles May Have Misadjusted Headlights, Leading to Recall

Mercedes-Benz has announced the recall of more than 8,000 model year 2016-2017 GLC300, GLC300 4MATIC, and GLC43 4MATIC vehicles. These vehicles may have misadjusted headlights.