Consumer roundup: Plates recalled; Equifax breach could affect medical bills

Shoppers expected to spend more during holidays

By Marilyn Moritz - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - In this week’s consumer roundup, children’s plates are recalled, you'll learn why you should keep an eye on your medical bills and why shoppers are expected to spend more this holiday season.

PLAYTEX RECALL

It’s a dinnertime danger. Playtex recalled more than 3.5 million children’s plates and bowls.

The company has hundreds of reports of the clear plastic layer over the printed designs bubbling or peeling, and some children have choked on it.

The dishes were sold separately and in sets for the past eight years. Parents can contact Playtex for a refund.

EQUIFAX BREACH

If your data was stolen in the big Equifax breach, keep a close eye on your medical bills.

With a stolen Social Security number, fraud experts warn an identity thief may be able to access medical files and even undergo surgery and have it billed to your insurance.

Experts say people should be vigilant and closely check their medical statements and explanation of benefits notices from their insurance companies.

HOLIDAY SPENDING

Shoppers are expected to spend a little more money this holiday season.

The National Retail Federation forecast expects sales to rise as much as 4 percent over last year. It cites improved consumer confidence and an extra day between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The federation is expecting an even bigger year for online sales.

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