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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 →

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 →

Scammers targeting unemployment insurance benefits and personal information

Identity thieves are targeting millions of people with scam phishing texts aimed at stealing personal information, unemployment benefits, or both. The phishing texts try to trick you to click a link to “make necessary corrections” to your claim, “reactivate” your account, or “verify” your personal information. Read more →

Portable generators are being recalled by Generac due to finger amputation and crushing hazards

Generac is recalling about 321,160 Generac and DR 6500 Watt and 8000 Watt portable generators in the United States and 4,575 in Canada. An unlocked handle can pinch consumers’ fingers against the generator frame when the generator is moved, posing finger amputation and crushing hazards. Read more →

Top 10 consumer complaints for 2020

Pandemic-related problems are among the top 10 complaints made to state and local consumer agencies in 2020, according to an annual survey by Consumer Federation of America. They also topped the lists of worst, fastest-growing, and new complaints. “COVID-19 generated complaints about everything from appliance repairs to childcare, trash pick-up... Read more →