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Bob Ferguson

Deceptive car advertising will not be not tolerated, period. That is the strong message the Washington state Attorney General’s Office sent to car dealers Sound Ford of Renton and Evergreen Ford of Issaquah.
The federal government today levied a record $1.2 billion penalty against Toyota for misleading the public and government regulators about the company’s problems with unintended acceleration in its vehicles caused by floor mat and “sticky gas pedal” issues.
Gov​ernor Jay Inslee proclaims Nov. 1​1-17, 2013 as Washington State Drowsy Driving Prevention Week ​   Getting behind the wheel while tired or sleepy is not a crime like driving drunk. But it can be just as dangerous, and just as deadly.
Hurricane Sandy was the second-costliest hurricane in United States history, surpassed only by Hurricane Katrina. Scam artists are now trying to sell Sandy flood damaged vehicles here in Washington State. A flood damaged car may look normal, but almost always will have serious problems including mildew and corroded wires which can result in an electrical failure.
Today is the first weekday of National Consumer Protection Week. As part of this week’s event focusing on consumer education, we’ll post a daily consumer tip. Today’s tip has to do with buying a vehicle.
The Washington Attorney General’s Office says too many car ads violate consumer protection laws. The office announced eight settlements today that are part of its ongoing work to steer dealers toward fair business practices.
Want to know which new car is "greenest" or will really drive down your cost at the pump? The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation unveiled the next generation of fuel economy stickers required for new cars and trucks starting with 2013 models. Automakers also have the option to start using the labels for 2012 models.
The Washington Attorney General’s Office wrapped up its case with a company accused of hawking pricey service contracts through deceptive junk mail, illegal robocalls and misleading TV ads. Our settlement bans Credexx and its former owner, David J. Tabb, from doing business in Washington again.
The former owners of U.S. Fidelis, a company that once the nation’s top marketer of auto service contracts, won’t be bugging you anymore. The Washington Attorney General’s Office spearheaded a multistate settlement with the company’s former owners, Missouri brothers Darain and Cory Atkinson, that bars them from telemarketing or selling service contracts in 11 states. The agreement also severely restricts how the duo advertises any other product or service and requires them to turn over nearly all their assets.
Shopping for a car? Assistant Attorney General Mary Lobdell was on New Day Northwest Monday to talk about three scams you need to watch out for.


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