Consumer Connections Newsletter

March 12, 2018

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Watch Out for Yahoo Customer Service Scam Targeting Users

Need to contact Yahoo Customer Care for assistance with something related to your Yahoo account? There are a few ways to do so—but, Yahoo reminds users that a phone call is NOT one of them.

Income Tax Deductions For A Larger Tax Refund

Don't Miss These Common Income Tax Deductions For A Larger Tax Refund

Getting ready to file your taxes? Are you looking for the biggest tax refund you can get? Keep reading. You don't want to miss out on a number of common tax deductions often overlooked at this time of year.

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

If all those gift cards you got for the holidays are still burning a hole in your pocket, stop procrastinating and get to the store or get online to spend them before they lose value or expire like so many gift cards do!

Other News

House fire Daylight Saving Time

Don't Forget—Change the Batteries in Smoke Alarms and CO Detectors This Weekend!

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is encouraging consumers to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors as Daylight Saving Time begins.

job search tax deduction

Job Search Expenses Can Be Tax Deductible on Your Income Tax Return, Even if You Don't Get the Job

If you've been looking for a new job in the same line of work as your last job, you may be able to deduct some of your job search expenses on your federal income tax return. It doesn't even matter if you get the job.

Fresh Produce

Tips for the Safe Purchase, Preparation, and Consumption of Fresh Produce

Since fresh produce is often grown in uncontrolled environments, there is always a chance for contamination. Follow these FDA tips to help ensure that you're adequately protecting yourself and your family.

What Will Really Happen If You Don't Pay Your Federal Income Taxes?

What Will Really Happen If You Don't Pay Your Federal Income Taxes?

The thought crosses our minds every year at tax time. What would happen if I didn't pay my income taxes? We never find out, however, since we always end up paying. But what WOULD happen if you didn't pay?

working on car brakes

Don't Let Your Auto Insurance Company Steer You From Genuine Parts and Glass to Questionable Aftermarket Parts

The last time you needed body work done to your car or needed a new windshield, did you get Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM) parts or did you get parts from a mystery parts manufacturer?

Product Recalls

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Target Recalls 30,000 Pairs of Jeans Sold Nationwide That Pose a Laceration Hazard

Target has announced the recall of 30,000 pairs of Cat & Jack Girls' Star Studded Skinny Jeans sold nationwide. Sharp metal stars on the jeans can detach, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.

InSinkErator SinkTop Switches

InSinkErator Recalling 1.4 Million SinkTop Switches for Garbage Disposals Due to Fire Hazard

InSinkErator says that 1.4 million Single Outlet SinkTop Switches for garbage disposals may allow water into the power module, which could lead to a fire. As a result, these switches have been recalled.

Graco Table2Table highchair

RECALL: Graco Highchairs Sold at Walmart Could Fall Over While in Use

Graco has issued a recall affecting almost 40,000 Table2Table 6-in-1 Highchairs sold exclusively at Walmart. The rear legs can pivot out of position, making it unstable and posing a fall hazard.

Food and Drug Recalls

Bacitraycin Plus Ointment with Lidocaine

Lack of Child Resistant Closure Leads to Recall of Bacitraycin Plus Lidocaine Ointment

Failure to meet child resistant closure requirements has prompted the recall of 500,000 tubes of Maximum Strength Bacitraycin Plus Ointment with Lidocaine sold at a variety of stores nationwide.

ground beef

Nearly 15,000 Pounds of Ground Beef and Pork Products May Be Contaminated with E. coli

Interstate Meat Distributors is recalling approximately 14,806 pounds of ground beef and pork products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, a potentially deadly bacterium.

Kodiak Cakes Blueberry Energy Waffles

Allergy Alert: Undeclared Milk in Kodiak Cakes Energy Waffles Poses Risk to Some

An allergy risk has prompted Kodiak Cakes to recall all lots and date codes of its Blueberry Chia Energy Waffles that contain milk not listed on the ingredient label. They were sold at stores nationwide.

Auto Recalls

Ford Taurus

Certain Ford Taurus Vehicles at Risk of Rolling Away Due to Ignition Switch Defect

Ford has issued a safety recall for around 2,100 model year 2017-2018 Ford Taurus vehicles. The keys for these vehicles can be removed from the ignition when the transmission is not in PARK.

RAM Promaster City

Chrysler Issues Recall Affecting Around 3,500 RAM ProMaster City Vehicles

If you drive a model year 2018 RAM ProMaster City vehicle, you may be impacted by Chrysler's latest recall. Approximately 3,500 of these vehicles contain incorrect tire placards that could lead to overloading.

Jeep Renegade

Recalled Jeep Renegades May be Equipped with a Cracked Oil Pump Housing

Chrysler has announced the recall of certain model year 2017 Jeep Renegade vehicles equipped with a 2.4L engine. The affected Jeep Renegades may be equipped with a cracked oil pump.

Toyota Sienna

Toyota Recalls Sienna Minivans Built with Wheels That Could Crack and Separate

Toyota is recalling certain model year 2018 Toyota Sienna minivans built with wheels may not have been properly cooled during manufacturing. As a result, the wheels may crack.