Consumer Connections Newsletter

March 19, 2018

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Consumers Who Bought Deceptively Marketed Snuggies and Other Products to Receive Refunds

Consumers who duped by bogus 'buy-one-get-one-free' claims and purchased Snuggies, the Magic Mesh Door, and a number of other "as-seen-on-TV" type products will soon be receiving refunds.

NCDOT State Farm Safety Patrol

NCDOT Brings Incident Management and Safety Patrol Service to I-95 in North Carolina

NCDOT is expanding its State Farm Safety Patrol service to a large swath of I-95. In addition to clearing stalled vehicles, the patrol will also change flat tires, jump-start batteries, and provide gas to motorists.


Tax Time Is the Perfect Time for Scammers to Steal Your Identity and Tax Refund

While tax scams can happen during any part of the year, they typically reach their peak just prior to the filing deadline. It's during this time that you need to be extra cautious to prevent identity and tax refund theft.

Other News

online security passwords

Create Stronger Online Passwords to Protect Your Personal Information

It’s National Password Day! When is the last time you reviewed the passwords to your bank account, email, or credit card accounts? Are your online passwords strong enough to protect your information?

talking on the phone imposter scams

Online Resources Help Consumers Learn How to Spot and Avoid Imposter Scams

If you have a computer or a phone—or both like most of us—then you've more than likely been contacted by a scammer at some point pretending to be someone they're not. Do you know the warning signs?

gas pumps

Driving More Efficiently: Get The Best Gas Mileage On Your Car And Truck

There are many ways to get better fuel economy. Not all vehicles are created equally and some vehicles will reap better fuel mileage than others, but these things can help you get the most out of your tank.

wrecked car insurance

Your Auto Insurance Premium Changes Based Upon Insurance Points When You File A Claim

Filing a claim with your auto insurance company will usually leave you paying higher premiums. But it might not be so bad depending upon your auto insurance company and several other factors.

elderly couple

Get A Federal Income Tax Credit To Care For Your Aging and Elderly Parents

If you are caring for an elderly parent, you already know that it can get quite expensive. But you can qualify for a some tax credits and tax deductions from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for the financial support you provide.

Orange BMW

The Beginning of Daylight Saving Time is the Perfect Time to Check Your Vehicle for Open Recalls

As Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend, NHTSA is reminding consumers to check all of their vehicles for open recalls as part of the 'Safe Cars Save Lives' Check for Recalls campaign.

Product Recalls

combination battery chargers and hand warmers

Combination Battery Chargers and Hand Warmers Sold Through Amazon Could Catch Fire

Beanworthy has issued a recall for around 12,700 combination battery chargers and hand warmers—sold exclusively through Amazon—that can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

WiOn Indoor Wi-Fi Switch

Wi-Fi Switches That Could Overheat and Catch Fire Recalled, Sold Nationwide

Approximately 24,000 WiOn Indoor In-wall Wi-Fi Switches are being recalled because they may overheat and catch fire. They were sold at stores nationwide as well as online through Amazon and Walmart.

AmazonBasics portable lithium-ion battery

RECALL ALERT: 260,000 AmazonBasics Portable Power Banks Pose Fire and Chemical Burn Hazards

Amazon says that it is recalling 260,000 AmazonBasics portable power banks that can overheat and ignite. They were sold through, Amazon Bookstores, and Amazon Pop-Up Stores

Jeans Close Up

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.

Food and Drug Recalls

beef steaks in case

Standard Meat Co. Recalls More Than 50,000 Pounds of Beef Products Due to Possible Salmonella

Standard Meat Company is recalling up to 53,154 pounds of raw beef products shipped to restaurant locations nationwide that may be contaminated with Salmonella, posing a health risk.

Wegmans store

Wegmans Thai Sweet Chili Sauce Recalled, Poses Allergy Risk to Some Consumers

Wegmans Food Markets has implemented a recall for Wegmans Thai Sweet Chili Sauce because the product may contain undeclared egg. People with an allergy to egg risk a serious allergic reaction.

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.

Auto Recalls

Volkswagen VW

Risk of Exploding Air Bag Inflator Leads to Recall of 51,000 Volkswagen Vehicles

Volkswagen is recalling 51,000 CC, Golf, Eos, and Passat vehicles. The driver's frontal air bag inflator could explode with metal fragments striking vehicle occupants—potentially resulting in serious injury.

Ford recall

Ford Issues Recall Affecting 1.3 Million Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ Vehicles

Ford has announced the recall of 1.3 million model year 2014-2018 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles. A loose bolt could cause the steering wheel to detach while the vehicle is being driven.

2018 Range Rover Velar

Due to Ventilation Issue, More Than 7,000 Range Rover Velar Vehicles Recalled

Jaguar Land Rover North America has issued a recall for more than 7,000 model year 2018 Range Rover Velar vehicles. The air inlet door linkages for the ventilation system may detach.


Hyundai Issues Recall for Nearly 155,000 Sonata Vehicles with Air Bag Defect

Hyundai Motor America is recalling nearly 155,000 model year 2011 Hyundai Sonata vehicles. In the event of a crash, the air bag control unit (ACU) in the affected vehicles may short circuit.