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Consumer guide: tips to help consumers avoid cars damaged by flood water

The current shortage of used cars on the market -- and correlated increased prices -- could make consumers more desperate and vulnerable to falling for a bad deal.

How to avoid used cars with flood damage

Oct. 14, 2021

By Jacob van Cleef, Consumer Watchdog Associate

This year is bringing us devastating flooding in different parts of the country. Unfortunately, flooding is occurring more often with the increase in big storms and hurricanes caused by global warming. Just last week, a storm carrying torrential rains caused flash flooding in northern Alabama after up to seven inches of rain fell in a few hours.

This means everything from bills to birthday cards will arrive later in our mailboxes. And credit card and loan payments, RSVPs and government forms we send will take longer too. 

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Statement: New congressional report paints scary picture of toxic metals in baby food

A congressional report released Wednesday found the problem of toxic heavy metals in baby food is even worse than many suspected.

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STATEMENT: Boppy Co. recalls more than 3 million newborn loungers after eight babies died

A year after the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned parents not to use nursing pillows and loungers for infant sleep, the CPSC and The Boppy Co. announced a recall Thursday of 3.3 million newborn loungers.

Poison control centers have probed 15,000 cases with kids and hand sanitizer in 2021

Sept. 23, 2021

By Hannah Rhodes, Consumer Watchdog Associate

Hand sanitizer can be a great help to parents. It doesn’t replace hand washing, but it's useful in times of need — when a child is at school or in a car. While hand sanitizer can be beneficial in those situations, parents need to be aware of the danger of alcohol poisoning in children who are exposed to hand sanitizer, especially if they swallow it. 

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Make the ringing stop

Research by PIRG Education Fund shows that among 49 of the largest phone companies nationwide (those that can serve 1 million or more), only 16 have reported to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that they have completely implemented anti-robocall technology. What does this mean? It means the industry isn’t doing nearly as much as hoped to fight the crime that for years has caused so much heartache and aggravation among consumers nationwide.

18 tips to reduce robocalls and protect yourself from scams

Sept. 22, 2021

By Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog

Illegal robocalls seem to be declining a smidgeon as more and more phone companies install federally mandated technology to block spoofed calls and flag other scam calls. But most of us still get too many. One a month is too many, right? Here are some tips to live by and share with vulnerable friends or relatives:

'Best By' vs. 'Use By': What you need to know about food dating

Sept. 16, 2021

By Isabel Brown, Consumer Watchdog Associate

In the midst of a crisis, whether it’s a hurricane, wildfire or public health emergency, it's essential to be as prepared as possible to make sure you and your family stay healthy and safe. As people brace themselves for future weather emergencies and climbing cases of COVID-19, many may be concerned about the accessibility of basic amenities including food. 

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