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Meijer to pay $2 million for reselling recalled products

Sept. 19, 2014—Two and a half years after we alerted consumers to a spate of redistributed recalled products that were linked to Meijer stores, the company will pay a $2 million civil penalty to settle charges by Consumer Product Safety Commission that it played a role in the sale of such products to consumers.

Money

FTC returns $1.79 million to AmeriDebt victims

Sept. 18, 2014—Federal Trade Commission will mail refund checks to consumers who were defrauded by the organizers of a debt-management program who promised to teach consumers how to handle their credit and finances.

Family

CFPB sues for-profit college company for $569 million

Sept. 18, 2014—Consumer Financial Protection Bureau intends to teach a group of for-profit colleges an expensive lesson, and an industry expert tells Consumers Digest that prospective students should stay away from the troubled chain of schools in the meantime.

Automotive

Chrysler recalls Fiat 500L because air bag might fail

Sept. 17, 2014—Chrysler Group recalled 2014–2015 Fiat 500L vehicles that were manufactured from March 3, 2012, through July 25, 2014. Irregularities in the folding process during assembly of the driver’s knee air bag might result in improper deployment.

Electronics

SanDisk releases 512GB memory card

Sept. 16, 2014—In 2003, SanDisk unveiled its first 512MB SD memory card. Storage capacity has multiplied since then: SanDisk’s Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-1 memory card has 512GB of space and costs $800.

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Deceptive mortgage lead generator settles FTC charges

Sept. 15, 2014—A company that generated leads for mortgage companies through online advertisements settled Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers with misleading ads that claimed that they could refinance their mortgages for free.

Health

FTC takes action against discount health-care schemes

Sept. 12, 2014—Federal Trade Commission today cracked down on two health-care scams that tricked elderly and Spanish-speaking consumers into paying for phony discount cards that the scammers claimed would provide consumers with health insurance or help them to pay for prescription medications.

Automotive

Mercedes cites lamp voltage in GLK350 recall

Sept. 11, 2014—Mercedes-Benz USA recalled 2013 GLK350 and GLK350 vehicles that have 4Matic all-wheel drive and that were manufactured from May 31, 2012, through Aug. 2, 2012. The circuit voltage of the affected vehicles’ parking lamp exceeds the maximum value that’s permitted.