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May 2021

Handheld clothing steamers are being recalled by HSN due to serious burn hazard

HSN is recalling about 5.4 million handheld clothing steamers in the U.S. and about 14,300 in Canada. The recalled clothing steamers can expel, spray, or leak hot water during use, posing a serious burn hazard to consumers. HSN has received 227 reports of hot water spraying or leaking from the steamers. Read more →


Safety tips for Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer

It’s the Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial beginning of summer. Here are tips from consumer organizations and government agencies to help you have a safe Memorial Day and safe activities all summer long as you enjoy great weather and being outdoors. Read more →


Facts and figures for Memorial Day 2021

Memorial Day honors Americans who have died in service to their country. Ceremonies are held, and people visit cemeteries and decorate graves with flowers. Memorial Day also is seen as the beginning summer, and barbecues abound. Also, some people shop at Memorial Day sales for bargains. Read more →


Real estate agents overcharge consumers billions annually through double-dipping, report shows

About one million sellers and buyers in home sales with a single agent are charged excessive commissions totaling several billion dollars annually, a report from the Consumer Federation of America shows. The report also examines the conflicts of interest of these double-dipping agents. Read more →


Folding metal chairs and barstools are being recalled by Cheyenne Products due to fall hazard

Cheyenne Products is recalling about 795,000 Mainstay folding metal padded chairs and barstools. The weld attaching the legs to the seat bottom can break, posing a fall hazard. The firm has received 41 reports of incidents of the weld breaking, resulting in 19 injuries, including four reports of fractures and... Read more →


FTC, states sue Frontier Communications for lying about internet speeds

The FTC, along with law enforcement agencies from six states, sued Internet service provider Frontier Communications, alleging that the company didn’t provide many consumers with Internet service at the speeds it promised them, and charged many of them for more expensive and higher-speed service.  Read more →