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Why the CPSC can't do enough to protect consumers from dangerous products

By | Hannah Rhodes
Consumer Watchdog, Associate

Of the 23 deaths reported in connection with products recalled in 2021, 19 actually occurred in previous years. It can take months or years for the public to be warned about dangerous products because federal laws favor corporations, not consumers.

Portable generators kill about 70 people each year. Here’s how to protect yourself and your loved ones

By Hannah Rhodes, Consumer Watchdog Associate
Jan. 17, 2022

In any season, portable generators can be a much needed product in many Americans' homes. When the power is knocked out – whether from a winter storm or a hurricane – portable generators can be important for powering refrigerators, medical devices and other needs in the home. 

5 ways for you to better protect yourself in 2022

By Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog

January is often about New Year's resolutions. Whatever you want to call them, here are five ways you can better protect your information and your finances in 2022.

How to spot counterfeits while shopping online for gifts

Dec. 9, 2021
By Hannah Rhodes, Consumer Watchdog Associate

As the holidays draw near, and supply chain disruptions remain a common news story, many of us may worry about ordering gifts as quickly as possible. Most of us have experienced fast delivery when choosing to shop online, but when shopping, it’s important to be on the lookout for counterfeit products.

Tips to spot counterfeit toys before you buy them

Nov. 11, 2021

By Hannah Rhodes, Consumer Watchdog Associate

As the holidays grow near, shoppers can expect a more difficult time finding the perfect gift this year that will arrive in time for the holidays. With supply chain issues plaguing the holiday shopping season, consumers should be wary when shopping online that what they purchase is a safe, legitimate product.

News Release | US PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Tips

Onions identified as cause of nationwide Salmonella outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Wednesday evening that a nationwide Salmonella outbreak stems at least in part from whole onions imported from Chihuahua, Mexico, and distributed in this country by ProSource Inc.

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