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October 2020

HKC-US is recalling Kingsbury 70-inch ceiling fans due to laceration injury hazard

About 280,000 Kingsbury 70-inch ceiling fans are being recalled by HKC-US. The light globe can fall from its housing, posing an impact and laceration injury hazards. HKC-US has received 76 reports of the light globe falling, including four laceration injuries. Read more →

What to buy and not buy on Amazon Prime Day

This year, instead of Amazon Prime Day being in July, it’s Oct. 13 and 14. What bargains should you look for? The most important thing to do is to compare prices. The “bargain” may or may not be saving you any money. Read more →

Trianium cell phone battery pack cases are being recalled by Endliss Technology due to burn hazard

Endliss Technology is recalling about 367,000 Trianium cell phone battery pack cases. The lithium-ion battery in the cases can overheat resulting in thermal runaway, posing a burn hazard to consumers. Endliss has received 96 reports of batteries overheating, including 10 reports of burn injuries. Read more →

Consumer Reports, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety team up to offer list of best new cars for teens

Parents shopping for a safe and reliable 2020 model for their teen drivers can consult a list of recommended vehicles by Consumer Reports and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The organizations created this resource following their recently published list of recommended used vehicles for teens. Read more →

Texas has highest uninsured rate for health insurance in nation, while Massachusetts has lowest

The national uninsured rate rose in 2019 to 9.2 percent from 8.9 percent from 2018. This is the second year that there was an increase, which is concerning because the U.S. is facing one of its biggest public health crises with the covid-19 pandemic. Uninsured Americans who are hospitalized for the virus pay an average of $73,000. Read more →

State, federal partners crack down on abusive debt collection

The Federal Trade Commission and federal and state law enforcement partners have brought action in 16 states against debt collectors engaged in abusive debt collection practices. In FTC two cases announced Tuesday, the companies made robocalls to individuals, telling them that they’d been sued, or soon would be, if they didn’t pay. Read more →