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Ford recalls Escape, Transit Connect because dashboard warning lights might fail

July 6, 2015—Ford Motor recalled 2014–2015 Ford Escape vehicles that were manufactured from May 19, 2014, through Feb. 6, 2015, and Transit Connect vehicles that were manufactured from May 13, 2014, through Dec. 10, 2014. A software problem might cause the instrument panel cluster or warning chimes, messages and lights to malfunction. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with safety standards.

Consumer Alert

Don’t count on ‘latex-free’ claims

You can’t be certain of the accuracy of “latex-free,” “does not contain latex” or “does not contain natural rubber latex” claims that are listed on medical products, such as bandages, condoms and medical gloves.

Consumer Alert

‘Bureau of Defaulters’ doesn’t exist

Federal Trade Commission alerted consumers in March 2015 to a scam about an email that purports to derive from “Bureau of Defaulters Agency-FTC.” FTC alerts consumers that no such group exists, plus, FTC doesn’t send such emails to consumers.

Consumer Alert

Publication subscription fraud noted

New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced in March 2015 that his office and the attorneys general of Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon and Texas filed lawsuits that contend that Orbital Publishing Group and a group of unified New York and Oregon companies mailed millions of misleading magazine- and newspaper-subscription notices to consumers nationwide.

Consumer Alert

Beware dog flu

A highly contagious canine infectious respiratory disease, or canine flu, spread across Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin at press time.

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Are carbon-fiber earbuds better?

If you’re in the market to purchase earbud headphones, you should know that three experts tell us that carbon-fiber earbuds don’t necessarily produce better sound.