Category: Other Consumer Issues

GM Faces Federal Probe Over Recalls

The Detroit News, July 23, 2015 General Motors Co. now faces an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, adding to a list of several authorities and agencies looking into the automaker’s conduct after its delayed ignition switch recall last year. The automaker disclosed the investigation in a regulatory filing Thursday. It was unclear if GM or its dealers are the target, however. GM said it was notified June 3 of the investigation by the FTC that concerned “certified ...

McCaskill Adds Recalled Rental Car Bill to Committee’s Vehicle Safety Legislation

Bloomberg Business, July 16, 2015 A Senate panel killed a proposal to permit companies to continue renting vehicles that have been recalled, a measure criticized by consumer groups, automakers and even some rental-car companies. The Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee instead voted Wednesday to require cars be repaired before they’re rented. The change resulted from an amendment by Senator Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat. It modified a bill, introduced las ...

Blunt Asked to Support Safe Rental Car Act

Joplin Independent, July 13, 2015 ST. LOUIS, Mo – The Consumers Council of Missouri announced yesterday that it is calling upon Sen. Roy Blunt, R-MO, to co-sponsor legislation to bar rental car companies from renting or selling unsafe, recalled vehicles to the public until the safety defects have been repaired. A key vote over rental car safety is expected July 15, 2015, in the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee. Under pressure from auto manufacturers and car dealers, Congress ha ...

Consumers to Senator Blunt: Save Lives, Lead Effort to Pass Rental Car Safety Bill

ST. LOUIS, Mo (July 10, 2015) – Consumers Council of Missouri is calling upon Sen. Roy Blunt, R-MO, to co-sponsor legislation to bar rental car companies from renting or selling unsafe, recalled vehicles to the public until the safety defects have been repaired.  A key vote over rental car safety is expected next Wednesday in the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. CCM is also asking Sen. Blunt to reject a bill being offered by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., ...

CCM Aids National Campaign for Consumer Safety in Rental, Used Cars

CCM has been working closely with a national group, Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS), urging St. Louis's Enterprise Leasing to stop fighting a federal bill to prevent rental car companies from renting recalled cars until they are repaired.  Now we learn the problem extends to used cars on dealers' lots - in St. Louis! New: Unrepaired Recalled Cars for Sale on Used Car Lots - in St. Louis! NBC's Today Show recently went undercover and found auto dealers lying a ...

Op Ed: Bipartisan Bill Protecting Ticket Buyers Should Be Welcome in Missouri

Columbia Daily Tribune, April 26, 2015 By Carl Bearden and Tracy McCreery From very different perspectives, we — a former Republican state representative and current director of United for Missouri, and a Democratic state representative and board member of Consumers Council of Missouri — share a concern over practices in the live event ticketing industry that affect thousands of sports and entertainment fans in Missouri: restricted ticketing. Restricted ticketing, dubbed “ ...

Op Ed: Deceptive Tickets Can Ruin Show

By Cara Spencer St. Louis is fortunate to have a fantastic show scene. International tours stop here regularly and include local artists who perform here multiple times a year, such as Pokey LaFarge and Chuck Berry. And out-of-town big names such as Kings of Leon, The Black Keys and Keith Urban are stopping through this fall. People we thought we’d never see play again, like Merle Haggard, are hopping in buses and stopping here. We even get fantastic comedy like Hannibal Buress. ...

CCM Fights for Consumer Interests During 2015 Legislative Session

Let your legislators know where your opinion on these bills.  To find out who represents you in the House and the Senate, CLICK HERE. Then email your representative and senator asking them to vote your interests on these bills. UTILITIES CCM Supports: Senate Bill 160 -- Utility Transparency and Fairness Act -- Sen. Dan Brown The bill would require all regulated utilities to publicly file quarterly earnings reports so that the public will know when a utility is earning more m ...

PSC Supports Restricting Payday Lenders As Sites for Consumers to Pay Utility Bills

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 4, 2014 Missouri utility regulators want to limit the relationship between the companies they regulate and the payday lenders where some customers pay their bills. A majority of the Missouri Public Service Commission expressed support for a new rule keeping utilities from using payday lenders as “authorized pay stations,” which are locations authorized by a utility to accept bill payments. “There’s still a long way to go before we have a ...

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