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August 2021

10 million magnets recalled after a child’s death and children’s bowel surgeries

Zen Magnets and Neoballs Magnets are recalling about 10 million magnets, sold individually and in magnet sets. When two or more high-powered magnets are swallowed, the ingested magnets can attract to each other, or to another metal object, and become lodged in the digestive system. Read more →


Why you shouldn’t buy fake covid-19 vaccination cards or negative test results

Every day, more businesses, government agencies, and schools are requiring proof that you’ve had a covid-19 vaccine or you’ve recently tested negative before you can enter a building or attend an event. Scammers, always looking for new opportunities, are selling fake items, such as fake vaccination cards, certificates, and test... Read more →


EPA bans use of chlorpyrifos on food

As the result of an Environmental Protection Agency ban on chlorpyrifos on food, it will be illegal for any traces of it to be present on produce or food. Even in small amounts, exposure to chlorpyrifos during pregnancy and early life harms the developing brain. Read more →


Survey: 9 in 10 Americans say they’ve experienced inflation, shortages as economy reopens

As covid-19 restrictions were lifted and the economy continued to reopen over the past three months, most Americans say they’ve been impacted in the marketplace, according to survey for Consumer Reports, a consumer testing and advocacy organization. Read more →


State insurance regulators fail to protect consumers as auto insures rake in nearly $30 billion in pandemic windfall profits in 2020

Auto insurance companies reaped windfall profits of at least $29 billion in 2020 as miles driven, vehicle crashes, and auto insurance claims dropped due to the pandemic and related government actions, according to two consumer organizations. Read more →


Small magnets recalled in rare mandatory action due to danger to children

High-powered magnetic balls and cubes are dangerous. A mandatory recall of 10 million Zen and Neoballs magnets due to an ingestion hazard and risk of death was announced Tuesday by the CPSC. Most recalls are done voluntarily with the company and the CPSC working together. Read more →


Credit scores and credit reports: What are they and can you positively influence them?

What’s the difference between a credit report and a credit score? A credit report is a record of your current and past debts, including your payment history. It’s used by banks, other financial institutions, and businesses to make decisions about your loan, rent, and sometimes employment applications. Read more →


More than 2 million dehumidifiers are being recalled due to possible fire hazard

A recall is being issued for about 2 million dehumidifiers in the United States and about 380,000 in Canada. The recalled dehumidifiers can overheat and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards. New Widetech is aware of 107 incidents of the recalled dehumidifiers overheating and/or catching fire. Read more →