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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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Report: Only one-third of largest phone companies have completely adopted anti-robocall technology

A looming deadline should finally force all U.S. phone companies to take stopping robocalls seriously. However, only one-third of the largest mobile and home phone providers nationwide -- and a more disappointing percentage of smaller telecommunications companies -- have installed caller ID verification aimed at squashing illegal robocalls, even though most of those businesses were required to do so by June. The stakes get higher Sept. 28, when phone providers are required to block calls from companies that haven’t at least reported their status to the FCC.

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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. 

18 tips to reduce robocalls and protect yourself from scams

By | Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

The good news: Illegal robocalls seem to be declining a bit. The bad news: They'll probably never go away completely. Consumers need to remain vigilant to protect their personal information and their money. 

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Post-Ida Tips: Don’t compound tragedy by getting scammed, or poisoned by a generator

After making landfall in Louisiana on Sunday, Hurricane Ida tore a path of destruction from the Gulf Coast all the way to New York and New Jersey. With billions of dollars in damage from flooding, wind and tornadoes, far too many people must make insurance claims, repairs and begin rebuilding.

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