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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 →


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 →


Security problems found in video doorbells need fixing, Consumer Reports says

Consumers using a video doorbell made by Eken, Tuck, Fishbot, or any of the other brands that use the same hardware and Aiwit smartphone app should confirm that their doorbell is running the latest firmware version as soon as possible. Consumer Reports recently uncovered security vulnerabilities in doorbells manufactured by Eken Group . Read more →


Delta Cycle recalls more than a half million bicycle stem raisers due to fall risk

Bicycle stem raisers, used to raise the handlebars of a bicycle, are being recalled by Delta Cycle because they can shift during use, causing the bicycle’s handlebar to move unexpectantly, posing a fall hazard. About 500,000 are being recalled in the United States and an additional 8,510 were sold in Canada. Read more →


Watch out for counterfeit Botox injections that are causing a botulism-like illness

Health agencies are investigating reports of harmful reactions in people who received injections of counterfeit or mishandled Botox. Consumers in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington have reported harmful reactions after receiving Botox injections. Read more →


Labor Department finalizes rule tightening retirement savings advice

Millions of workers who are saving for retirement and rely on advice from professionals on how to invest their savings will be better protected under a new rule finalized Monday by the U.S. Department of Labor. The Retirement Security Rule, also called the Fiduciary Rule, updates the definition of an investment advice provider. Read more →


Melatonin poisonings in kids are up dramatically

In the last two decades, the number of young children accidentally ingesting melatonin gummies, tablets, and other forms has skyrocketed. During 2012–2021, a 530 percent increase in poison center calls for pediatric melatonin exposures occurred, and during 2009–2020, a 420 percent increase in emergency department visits for melatonin was reported. Read more →