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May 2024

GE appliance maker sued over failure to share gas stove pollution risks

Worried about emissions from your gas stove or one a family member or friend owns? The debate is heating up. A lawsuit filed against the maker of GE Appliances in the District of Columbia Superior Court alleges that the company is violating consumer protection laws by failing to warn district consumers that gas stoves produce air pollution that can be harmful to human health.  Read more →

How to avoid food poisoning at Memorial Day barbecues and picnics

The Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer, and as the weather gets warmer, so do the number of meals served outside. Whether you’re at the beach or barbecuing, food should be served safely to avoid food poisoning. The bacteria that cause foodborne illness love the summertime because they thrive and multiply quickly in warmer temperatures. Read more →

Facts and figures for Memorial Day 2024

Memorial Day is a day to honor Americans who have died in service to their country. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans attend parades and visit cemeteries to place flowers on the graves of loved ones. Barbecues and trips also are popular. Read more →

Which sunscreen should you buy to protect yourself from summer sun?

It’s important to protect your skin from the sun by using sunscreen and by taking other protections such as wearing a wide-brimmed hat and long sleeves. Sunscreen protects your skin against radiation from sun rays called ultraviolet A and B. UVB rays are the ones that mostly cause sunburn, while UVA rays mainly cause aging skin. Read more →

More than 200,000 Frigidaire and Kenmore ranges are being recalled, again, due fire and burn risks

Kitchen ranges that were manufactured between 2001 and 2009 continue to pose an injury risk to consumers, so they’re being recalled again. The Electrolux Group is recalling about 203,000 smooth top ranges, which were previously recalled in August 2009. The surface heating elements can turn off, fail to turn off, or heat to different temperatures than selected. Read more →

Supreme Court upholds funding structure for federal consumer financial protection agency

In a victory for American consumers, the Supreme Court ruled the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s funding structure is constitutional. It rejected arguments brought by the payday loan industry. Rather than receiving money annually from Congress, the CFPB is funded through the Federal Reserve which is funded through bank assessments. Read more →

As summer begins, prevent injuries and deaths by reviewing off-highway vehicle safety tips

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. A big safety issue for parents is the use of off-highway vehicles or OHVs by kids. During 2023, the CFA documented 498 OHV fatalities. Children 15 years and younger accounted for 19 percent of all deaths. Children six years and under continue to make up a sizable portion of the OHV fatalities. Read more →

Happy Mother’s Day

Today, I hope you’re having a great celebration with your mom or are remembering her if she is no longer with us. My mom, Ruth L. Slingsby, photo at left, was a hard-working, supportive mom. I miss her every day. She passed away in 2005 at the age of 89. Here are some facts and figures for Mother’s Day 2024: Read more →

States announce $10.5 million settlement with wireless carriers over deceptive ads

Another industry is being exposed for years-long tricks it engaged in to fool consumers and make more money at their expense. Major U.S. wireless carriers agreed to a $10.25 million settlement Thursday after an industry-wide investigation by a coalition of 50 state attorneys general of misleading advertising practices.  Read more →

Student loan companies ignored student borrowers seeking payment relief, including during the pandemic, CFPB charges

Check out carefully any student loan servicer you’re considering using. There are some bad actors in the student loan business. For example, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Monday took action against the National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts and Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency for multi-year servicing failures. Read more →