Consumer Protection

2019 Legislative Priorities

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Maryland PIRG’s mission is to deliver persistent, result-oriented public interest activism that protects consumers, encourages a fair, sustainable economy, and fosters democratic government.

Convincing retailers to remove toxic chemicals from products

Maryland PIRG joined groups across the country to call on major retailers to address toxic chemicals in their supply chain. Thanks to our work, both Macy’s and Ashley Furniture announced they would stop using toxic flame retardants in their furniture. We also convinced Lowe’s and Home Depot to phase out phthalates from their flooring. 

How to protect yourself from the security bug Heartbleed

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

DO NOT rush to change your passwords on all of your favorite websites. You shouldn’t change your password on a site until the site has fixed the Heartbleed bug, or else you risk having your new password compromised. Watch for a notice on the site, but don’t click any links in emails claiming to be from the website.

Toy Safety Tips

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

For 28 years, Maryland PIRG Foundation has worked to identify unsafe toys. Below are our top tips to help you choose the safest toys for the children in your life.

We can't let this chance to restore vital consumer protections slip through our fingers.

A week's worth of help and tips during Consumer Protection Week

Being a consumer is a tough job. Really tough. During National Consumer Protection Week, which runs through March 6, the U.S. PIRG Education Fund staff is offering a daily dose of tips and advice to help you navigate life’s biggest consumer challenges.

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Consumer Protection

Statement: Maryland Economic Matters Committee Votes “No” on Right to Repair

It's getting harder and more expensive for people across Maryland to fix our products. We are very disappointed the House Economic Matters Committee decided not to expand access to repair for Maryland consumers. 

Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Consumer Protection

Deere in the Headlights

Modern farm equipment runs on software. But when manufacturers restrict access to the software tools needed to repair broken tractors, farmers are left out in the cold. They are forced to rely on dealerships to fix their equipment, which can lead to lengthy delays and inflated repair bills. With fields to be plowed, planted and harvested, farmers don’t have the time to wait for a dealer. They need to be able to fix their own stuff.

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Consumer Protection

Lack of repair options for Maryland farmers has Deere in the Headlights

Modern farm equipment, just like most modern technology, runs on software. But when manufacturers restrict access to the software tools needed to repair broken tractors, farmers are forced to rely on dealerships. That can lead to lengthy delays and inflated repair bills. With fields to be plowed, planted and harvested, farmers don’t have the time to wait for a dealer. They need to be able to fix their own stuff.

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Consumer Protection

Advisory: Lack of repair options for Maryland farmers has Deere in the Headlights

 Maryland PIRG, one of the leaders of the “Right to Repair” movement, is hosting a webinar on Feb. 18 to unveil its new report, Deere in the Headlights, and talk about how farmers’ livelihoods are impacted by how difficult it is to repair John Deere tractors. State legislators will talk about efforts in Annapolis to address the problem.

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