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July 2015

Mortgage problems No. 1 complaint at federal consumer agency

Mortgage problems are the top source of complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund. The report also found that Bank of America was the most complained about company in 45 states and Washington, D.C. for mortgage problems. “Before... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Otteroo inflatable baby floats due to drowning risk from deflations

The Otteroo Corp. is recalling about 3,000 inflatable baby floats. The seam on the flotation device can leak air and deflate, posing a risk of drowning, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. The firm has received 54 reports of broken seams on the product. No injuries have... Read more →


Riding ATVs on unpaved roads just as dangerous as riding on paved roads, study shows

Riding ATVs on roads is unsafe whether the roads are paved or unpaved, a study published in Traffic Injury Prevention reports. An earlier study found that more than 60 percent of all ATV-related fatalities in the United States involved roadway crashes. ATV roadway deaths also increased at twice the rate... Read more →


Chase to pay $136 million in fines for illegal debt collection practices and return $50 million to consumers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is ordering JP Morgan Chase to stop illegal debt collections practices. Along with the attorneys general in 47 states and the District of Columbia, the bureau found that Chase sold credit card accounts to debt buyers that included amounts that were inaccurate or debts not... Read more →


Advice on how older adults can avoid summer heat problems

Hot summer weather can pose additional health risks to older adults and people with chronic medical conditions. It’s important that adults susceptible to hyperthermia and other heat-related illnesses know how to prevent problems. The National Institute on Aging offers these tips to help avoid hot weather hazards: Hyperthermia is caused... Read more →


Justice Department to investigate airlines for collusion in setting prices

If you’re a frequent flyer like me, you’re probably disgusted with how you’re treated as a passenger: crowded seating, delayed flights, inattentive flight attendants, baggage fees, ticket prices that continue to climb, crowded planes, and on and on. Now, the U.S. Department of Justice confirms that it’s investigating the big... Read more →