Consumer Alert

Phoney text promises $1,000 Walmart gift card

Walmart is warning customers to be on the lookout for a "scam" text message that promise a $1,000 gift card.

Teens consume hand sanitizer to get drunk off alcohol content

Some teens are drinking hand sanitizer and ending up with alcohol poisoning, according to public health officials.

Many find the car safety seats difficult to use

A frustrating feat for any parent of a child that still requires restraint seats is installing the restraint correctly. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a study Thursday on the latch restraint system.

Road construction causes increase in tire related issues for drivers

Road construction around the city has one local tire shops seeing more people than usual.

Viking recalls dishwashers, offers free repair

Viking Range Corporation has voluntary recalled approximately 2,000 of its machines. A part in the dishwasher can overheat, causing it catch fire. The recalled dishwashers were manufactured between May and September of 2010.

Diamond Pet Foods recalls products due to salmonella contamination

Diamond Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice. This is being done as a precautionary measure, as the product has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.

Behind every credit card is a person identity thieves would love to rip off

We may just be names and numbers to scam artists, but behind every credit card is a person that identity thieves would love to rip off. So what should you do if a stranger starts making charges on your credit or debit card?

New study finds food given to poultry contains banned antibiotics, arsenic, common drugs

A new study finds the food given to poultry contains banned antibiotics, arsenic and common drugs like Benadryl and Prozac.

Financial groups at Miscrosoft work to take out over 13 million infected computers of giant hacker network

Financial groups and software giant Microsoft Corp. are working to take down 13 million computers around the world infected with a virus that steals personal information.

Rental car companies now charging several new fees or surcharges

Some consumer experts say rental car companies have gotten as bad as the airlines at charging fees, but there are tips for avoiding these fees.

Airline announces new carry-on fees

Allegiant Airlines made an announcement that makes passengers pay for carry-on bags. The bags that must be placed in overhead storage bins will cost you $35 dollars if not reserved in advance.

Mastercard, Visa card holders threatened by security breach

Mastercard and Visa are warning banks about a possible security breach at a U.S. based processor. Officials say the breach could affect millions of Visa and Mastercard credit card holders.

Honda recalls 554,000 vehicles

Honda will voluntarily recalling about 554,000 model-year 2002-2004 CR-V and 2003 Pilot in the United States to inspect and replace parts of the headlight.

Whole Foods recalls chocolate chip cookies

Whole Foods Market has recalled some chocolate chip cookies it sells here in Louisiana. We're told the cookies contain walnuts even though the label says there are no nuts.

High prices causes spike in gas thefts

As gas prices continue to increase law enforcement says they are seeing a spike in gas theft. Incidents like this one that was caught on tape in Sacramento, California, have risen by nearly 50 percent since January.