Consumer Connections Newsletter

March 5, 2018

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BMW car from rear

NHTSA Introduces New Compliance Assistance Program Aimed at Improving Highway Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) unveiled a new compliance assistance program aimed at helping regulated entities within the auto industry better comply with auto safety regulations.

Britax B.O.B. jogging stroller

Consumer Product Safety Commission Sues Britax over Hazardous Jogging Strollers

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has filed an administrative complaint against Britax Child Safety, Inc. due to a serious product safety concern with the Britax B.O.B. jogging stroller.

senior citizens

Phony Grandchild Scam Continues to Target Senior Citizens Nationwide

Scam artists are continuing to target senior citizens all across the country with modified versions of a familiar scheme. The con artist uses a common technique—playing on the emotions of a potential victim.

Other News

filing taxes

Here Are The Most Common Income Tax Return Errors And How To Avoid Them

There are a number of common tax return errors you should look out for when preparing your 2018 tax return! Many errors are caused by carelessness or not double checking the info you enter.

cheap auto insurance

Cheap Auto Insurance Quotes: Cheap Insurance Doesn't Always Mean Bad Coverage

Are you looking for full coverage auto insurance? Maybe you're looking for only liability. There are ways to make sure you get the cheapest rates possible while still maintaining good coverage!

sewer backup endorsement

Sewer Backup Endorsement From Your Homeowners or Renters Insurance Company Can Save Money Later

Most people don't know that homeowners insurance and renters insurance typically doesn't cover your losses if something causes sewage to back up into your home. These damages can add up quickly.

Daylight Saving Time clock

Get Your Kids Ready for Daylight Saving Time by Following These Simple Tips

Most of your digital clocks will automatically change when Daylight Saving Time kicks in on March 11, but your child's internal clock won't make the change so easily—unless you prepare them beforehand.

Refresh iPhone memory

Slow iPhone? How to Refresh iPhone Memory Without Having to Reboot

Have you noticed your iPhone slowing down at all since its last update? If it's slow to respond, crashing, or freezing on random screens, it may be a problem with the device's memory. Here's how to fix the problem.

car dealership

Can a Car Dealer Deny a Warranty Claim If Someone Else Works on Your Car? What About If You Have Aftermarket Parts?

Can a dealer void your car's warranty if you have someone else do routine maintenance on the vehicle? What if you use aftermarket parts? What if you have had upgrades done to the car? Yes and no.

Product Recalls

Instant Pot multicooker recall

Around 104,000 Instant Pot Multicookers Sold Exclusively at Walmart Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

Double Insight has announced the recall of 104,000 Gem 65 8-in-1 multicookers that were sold through Walmart. A manufacturer defect can cause the affected multicookers to overheat and melt.

PL Sleep children's nightgown

RECALL: Children's Sleepwear in Violation of Federal Flammability Standard

Nearly 1,500 children's nightgowns have been recalled by their manufacturer because they fail to meet flammability standards for children's sleepwear, posing a risk of burn injuries to children.

Stargaze Recliner camping chair

Stargaze Recliner Camping Chairs Sold at REI Pose a Fall Hazard to Consumers

NEMO Equipment is recalling 15,500 Stargaze Recliner camping chairs that were sold exclusively at REI from October 2017 through December 2017. The straps on the chair seats can fail, posing a fall hazard.

Yamaha golf car

Yamaha Recalls 161,000 Golf Cars and Personal Transportation Vehicles with Brakes That Can Fail

Yamaha has initiated a safety recall affecting about 161,000 golf cars, personal transportation vehicles (PTVs), and utility vehicles. The brake cables on these vehicles can fail, posing a crash hazard.

Food and Drug Recalls

chicken salad salmonella

More Than 20,000 Pounds of Chicken Salad Products Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella

Triple T Meats is recalling roughly 20,630 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken salad products produced on various dates between Jan. 2 and Feb. 7, 2018 that may be contaminated with salmonella.

Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight dog treats

TruPet Implements Recall for Dog Treats That May Be Contaminated with Salmonella

TruPet says that a limited amount of its 'Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight' dog treats have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. The affected dog treats come in a 2.5 oz. package.

Gold Kist Farms Chicken Patties

Contamination Risk Prompts Recall of More Than 100,000 Pounds of Ready-to-Eat Chicken Patties

Pilgrim's Pride has issued a recall for around 101,310 pounds of ready-to-eat Gold Kist Farms Fully Cooked Whole Grain Home-Style Breaded Chicken Patties that may be contaminated with rubber.

Auto Recalls

Toyota Tundra truck

Loose Seat Brackets Prompt Recall of Toyota Tundra Trucks

Toyota has issued a recall affecting 8,769 model year 2017 Toyota Tundra trucks. One of the rear split bench seat leg brackets may not have been properly tightened during manufacturing.

2018 Toyota Camry

Toyota Recalling Thousands of Camrys Due to Risk of Fuel Leak, Fire

Around 11,800 model year 2018 Toyota Camry vehicles equipped with V6 engines are being recalled by the automaker. Improperly connected hoses may leak fuel, which could lead to a fire.

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

Steering Wheels Could Detach While Driving Recalled Hyundai Santa Fe Vehicles

Hyundai Motor America has announced the recall of approximately 44,000 model year 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport vehicles. The steering wheel assembly on these vehicles may break.

2018 Toyota Tundra

Recall from Toyota Affects Nearly 65,000 Tundra and Sequoia Vehicles

Toyota is recalling nearly 65,000 2018 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia vehicles. Electrical interference within the power supply circuit may cause the vehicle's electronic stability control system to be deactivated.