Archive for October, 2012

NHTSA investigating defective latches on Graco car seats

Filed October 31st, 2012 joshua

Two models of Graco car seats may be putting children’s lives in danger. According to a Washington Post report, an investigation launched by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was prompted by an increasing number of children have been trapped in a Graco My Ride or Graco Nautilus car seat because a defective latch prevents […]

Consumers warned about risks of “smishing” to personal information security

Filed October 26th, 2012 joshua

Consumer officials in New Jersey have issued an alert to residents to be aware of potential “smishers” seeking to steal private identities through their cell phones. According to a Tri-Town News report this week, Monmouth County Dept. of Consumer Affairs warned about the presence of “smishers” who are actively seeking to pilfer private personal information […]

NJ Contractor Barred from Home Improvement Work, Heavily Fined

Filed October 25th, 2012 Julie Ann Fidler

A substantial judgment against a New Jersey contractor, John Kot, and his companies has been announced, permanently barring them from doing home improvement work in the state, and barring the contractor from managing or owning a business there. The defendants in the case had been accused of performing substandard work; refusing to repair their shoddy […]

Dial Complete false claims lawsuit seeking more Plaintiffs

Filed October 25th, 2012 joshua

It’s been more than a half-year since initial charges of misleading marketing were leveled against Dial Corp. over claims the company’s makes about its line of Dial Complete Antibacterial soap and cleaners. In March of this year, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed the first lawsuit of its kind against Dial Corp., […]

Barnes & Noble Card Swipers Compromised

Filed October 24th, 2012 Julie Ann Fidler

Barnes & Noble just announced that some of its customers may have unknowingly made unsafe credit card transactions after it discovered credit card swiping devices in as many as 63 of its stores may have been tampered with. The book-retailing giant urged customers to check their accounts for unauthorized transactions and change their personal PIN […]

Heinz Ketchup Counterfeiting Ring Discovered

Filed October 23rd, 2012 Julie Ann Fidler

Heinz officials have uncovered an abandoned Heinz Tomato Ketchup counterfeiting operation in a warehouse in New Jersey. The operation might have remained a secret, had it not been for tiny whistleblowers: bugs. The operation was brought to the attention of the company after tenants of the Dover, New Jersey, warehouse began reporting flies. When officials […]

Girls’ Punk Pirate Halloween costumes seized by customs for egregious lead safety violations

Filed October 19th, 2012 joshua

Customs officials in the U.S. have seized more than 1,400 girls’ Halloween costumes that were bound for Seattle this week when it was determined they contained more than 11 times the amount of lead considered safe, putting children at great risk of lead poisoning. According to a report from, the Halloween costumes were exported […]

FDA Warns Avon About False Marketing Claims

Filed October 18th, 2012 Julie Ann Fidler

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is going after cosmetics giant, Avon, over the company’s use of marketing claims reserved for approved pharmaceutical products. The agency has already issued four previous warning letters to other cosmetics companies over similar issues, said Regulatory Focus.

Children’s Disney hoodie/T-shirt combo packs sold at Target recalled due to lead violations

Filed October 18th, 2012 joshua

A company which manufactures Disney-branded children’s hoodie sweatshirts sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide has issued a voluntary recall on numerous items because some items on them violate the safety standards for lead. Excessive exposure to lead and the possible ingestion of lead or lead paint chips could result in serious developmental and physical complications, […]

Consumer Alert: Breast Cancer Solicitation Scams

Filed October 17th, 2012 Julie Ann Fidler

Scammers with dubious intentions are using October–breast cancer awareness month–to cash in on Hawaiian consumers. Scammers claim to be calling from a local chapter to collect money for research, said KHON2 News. Experts say these scammers are not a legitimate group and that they have already started targeting people in East Oahu, Hawaii.