Consumer Protection

Financial aid award letters often lack transparency and wind up confusing students and parents

With student loan debt exceeding $1 trillion and families increasingly questioning whether a college education is worth it, colleges should be embracing making financial aid award letters clear and uniform. Transparency may not solve the student debt problem, but it can help students and parents make better-informed decisions.

Toxic Tris Fact Sheet

Toxic flame retardant chemicals TCEP and TDCPP have been found in baby products and furniture. Evidence linking TCEP and TDCPP to cancer, reproductive problems, and developmental problems is concerning. 

Tips to Avoid Toxic Flame Retardants

In the new report, Hidden Hazards, toxic flame retardants were found in 85% of baby products tested, including nursing pillows and car seats. These chemicals have been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and nervous system harm. By being mindful with certain purchases, you can try to limit your family’s exposure to these dangerous chemicals and reduce your toxic body burden.

News Release | Consumer Protection

Toxic Chemical in Household Products Endangers Children’s Health

An unlikely coalition of nurses, firefighters, consumer advocates and concerned parents have joined forces to call on the Maryland General Assembly to ban a toxic chemical and switch to safer alternatives.

Trouble in Toyland: The 26th Annual Survey of Toy Safety

The 2011 Trouble in Toyland report is our 26th annual survey of toy safety. In this report, we provide safety guidelines for consumers when purchasing toys for young children and provide examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards.

Growing Up Toxic

A growing body of scientific evidence shows that the widespread use of chemicals in our society harms our health and the health of our children. The incidence of many serious health problems – including premature birth, learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, asthma and allergies, early puberty, obesity, diabetes, reduced fertility, and some types of cancer – shows links with exposure to chemicals that can interfere with the process of growth and development.

Big Banks Bigger Fees

Since Congress largely deregulated consumer deposit (checking and savings) accounts beginning in the early 1980s, the PIRGs have tracked bank deposit account fee changes and documented the banks’ long-term strategy to raise fees, invent new fees and make it harder to avoid fees.

Phthalates Fact Sheet

Phthalates are chemicals added to PVC plastic to make it soft and flexible. Among many other things, they are used in soft plastic toys and other baby products, such as teethers, bath books, and rubber ducks. Because phthalates are not chemically bonded to PVC molecules, phthalates are given off freely by PVC. Because children have a natural tendency to suck on objects as a way of exploring the world around them, phthalates can leach out of these products and enter their bodies.

News Release | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Consumer Protection

Survey Finds Toxic or Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves

Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, according to a Maryland Public Interest Research Group’s 26th annual Trouble in Toyland report.

Consumer Protection

Maryland PIRG’s consumer program works to alert the public to hidden dangers and scams and to ban anti-consumer practices and unsafe products.

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