Thousands of consumers who purchased two home cleaning products from Oreck Corporation will receive refunds because the company’s ads allegedly made false and unproven claims, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
Oreck claimed that certain vacuum cleaners and air filters could reduce the risk of flu and other illnesses, and eliminate virtually all common germs and allergens.
Under a settlement reached with the FTC, Oreck is barred from making any of these claims, unless it has competent and reliable scientific evidence to support the claims.
Consumers who bought the Oreck Halo vacuum will receive $25 for each item purchased, and those who bought the Oreck ProShield Plus air cleaner will receive an average of $24.65 for each item.
Eligible consumers were identified through sales records provided by the company.
An administrator working for the FTC is mailing some 27,339 checks totaling $698,000.
Consumers should begin to get their checks during the week of May 21, 2012, and will have 60 days to cash them.
The hotline number for consumers who have questions is 877-772-6154.
The website is http://FTC.gov/refunds.
The FTC never requires consumers to pay money or provide information before redress checks can be cashed.
Consumers should carefully evaluate claims by marketers that their products can fight diseases. For more information see: Miracle Cures.