NHTSA investigating defective latches on Graco car seats

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 a person from opening it. The car seats were manufactured by Graco between 2009 and 2011 and it’s likely that thousands were sold across the U.S. Continue reading NHTSA investigating defective latches on Graco car seats

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

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 similar to the way it’s done online when it’s known as “phishing.” Continue reading Consumers warned about risks of “smishing” to personal information security

NJ Contractor Barred from Home Improvement Work, Heavily Fined

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 work, despite warranties and promises; refusing to return deposits to clients when they failed to complete their work; failing to honor guarantees and warranties in their contracts; starting work without the necessary state or local permits; and advertising through names and statements that implied they were affiliated with the government or were quasi-police agencies or police-affiliated businesses, said Suburban News. Continue reading NJ Contractor Barred from Home Improvement Work, Heavily Fined

Dial Complete false claims lawsuit seeking more Plaintiffs

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., charging the company with illegally marketing its popular Dial Complete products. The claims that Dial Complete are able to kill “99.99 percent” of all harmful bacteria is unsubstantiated. Further, the company’s inclusion of the sterilizing agent triclosan is putting the public health at risk by making people immune to common antibiotic drugs. Continue reading Dial Complete false claims lawsuit seeking more Plaintiffs

Barnes & Noble Card Swipers Compromised

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 numbers. Barnes & Noble said that only one PIN pad had been compromised at each of the 63 stores, located in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Even so, the damage may be done: a high-ranking employee at The New York Times reported that some unauthorized purchases had already appeared on some customers’ cards, according to The Boston Globe. Continue reading Barnes & Noble Card Swipers Compromised

Heinz Ketchup Counterfeiting Ring Discovered

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 entered an abandoned area of the building, they discovered dozens of bottles of fermented ketchup had exploded, according to the Huffington Post. Continue reading Heinz Ketchup Counterfeiting Ring Discovered

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

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 BabyCenter.com, the Halloween costumes were exported from China. The girl pirate costumes feature pink trim and buttons that contained lead levels at 11 times the limit considered safe by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. An eye patch included with the costumes is believed to contain lead at 40 times the safe limit. Earlier this week, officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized the suspect Halloween costumes as they were en route to their destination. Continue reading Girls’ Punk Pirate Halloween costumes seized by customs for egregious lead safety violations

FDA Warns Avon About False Marketing Claims

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. Continue reading FDA Warns Avon About False Marketing Claims

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

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, especially for children. Lead poisoning itself, can be fatal, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission has taken the issue to task in recent years, passing tougher restrictions on levels of lead found in children’s products. Continue reading Children’s Disney hoodie/T-shirt combo packs sold at Target recalled due to lead violations

Consumer Alert: Breast Cancer Solicitation Scams

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. Continue reading Consumer Alert: Breast Cancer Solicitation Scams