InvestigateTV - Season 2; Episode 6

InvestigateTV - InvestigateTV’s Lee Zurik reports on a law preventing officials from immediately informing the public about dangerous products. Consumer Investigator Caresse Jackman investigates over 250,000 consumer complaints from service members, military families and veterans about inaccurate information on their credit reports. Plus, we investigate a government employee imposter scam and Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa look at ways to offset the recent inflation spike.

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Defective: After the deaths of 13 children over the last 12 years, this summer, Fisher-Price and the Consumer Product Safety Commission warned parents not to let their children sleep in certain rockers the company has made since the 1990s. Now, InvestigateTV has discovered that during a 2020 Congressional hearing, the company dodged questions about whether it currently had products on the market linked to children’s deaths. We’ve uncovered reports filed about deaths in the rockers before that hearing – and spoke to a woman who reported her granddaughter’s death to CPSC and Fisher-Price a year prior. Plus – we dig into the company’s control over public messaging – including a CPSC commissioner’s claim that the commission was forced to delay warning the public about these rockers due to a gag rule that requires the company to give permission to warn.

Service Delayed: Since 2011, service members, veterans and their families have filed more than a quarter million complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). According to the data, most of the issues revolve around credit reporting and debt collection, specifically medical debt. Consumer Investigator Caresse Jackman speaks with an expert from the CFPB about the increasing complaints, a former debt collector about the problem and a veteran about the impact credit issues have on service members housing, transportation, and even security clearance.

Social Security Scam: A woman is swindled out of thousands of dollars by a fake social security worker. We investigate crime rings faking desperate situations to prey on victims’ fears.

Watching Your Wallet: The impact of inflation now has another number. According to a new study by Nerdwallet, household spending could rise more than $11,000 this year. In this Watching Your Wallet, Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa finds out ways you can fight back against rising costs.