Regulators Open Investigation Into Jeeps That Just Roll Away When Parked

Regulators Open Investigation Into Jeeps That Just Roll Away When Parked

When putting your vehicle in the “park” position, you probably have the expectation that your car won’t be moving. That’s apparently not the case for more than 400,000 Jeeps now under investigation by federal regulators because they have a tendency to simply roll away after being parked. [More]

Burger King Proposes Unholy Alliance With McDonald’s To Promote Peace Day

Burger King Proposes Unholy Alliance With McDonald’s To Promote Peace Day

Vinegar and oil, soda and pop rocks, Burger King and McDonald’s: those are just a few things that don’t quite mix well together. Well, except that last one, apparently, as The King is calling on the Golden Arches to set their differences aside and give consumers what they want: something called a McWhopper. But it appears this unholy alliance won’t see the light of day, as McDonald’s just isn’t felling the love for its archrival.  [More]

Countless Consumers Are Paying Off Someone Else’s Debt Because Of Default Judgments

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Imagine receiving a phone call that 25% of your wages are going to be garnished because of a credit card account opened 14 years earlier that was never paid off. Making things worse, you know you didn’t have a credit card from the bank in question at that time, so it can’t possibly be your debt. This should be an easily remedied error, but not if a court has already granted a default judgment against you, making you responsible for paying back money that you didn’t owe and didn’t find out about until it was too late. [More]

CarMax Plays “Used Car Recall Roulette” By Selling Potentially Dangerous Vehicles

CarMax Plays “Used Car Recall Roulette” By Selling Potentially Dangerous Vehicles

During the height of recallopalooza 2014, a coalition of consumer advocacy groups raised concerns about CarMax, alleging that the nation’s largest used vehicle seller was misleading customers with claims of “Quality Certified” cars and “125+ point” inspections while not revealing that some cars had been recalled for safety issues that had not yet been repaired.  More than a year later, a new report shows that CarMax is continuing this practice, which one legislator has dubbed “used car recall roulette.” [More]

Toyota Officially Testing Airbag Inflators From Takata Rivals

Toyota Officially Testing Airbag Inflators From Takata Rivals

A week after it was reported that Toyota planned to buy 13 million airbag inflators from a rival of Takata in an attempt to reduce the risk associated with millions of recalled safety devices from the Japanese auto parts maker, the car manufacturer announced it will indeed be testing alternative replacement components.  [More]

Amazon Quietly Launches Same-Day Beer, Wine Delivery In Seattle

Amazon Quietly Launches Same-Day Beer, Wine Delivery In Seattle

When you’re hosting a party and notice that the alcoholic beverages are running a little low, you might momentarily panic: who in their right mind wants to leave such a great shindig to go on a beer run? No one, that’s who. And now, with the long-awaited addition of alcohol delivery to Amazon’s one- or two-hour Prime Now service, no one has to… unless you live outside of Seattle, in which case you still have to go to the store. [More]

Possible Food-Borne Illness Sickens 77 At California Chipotle

Possible Food-Borne Illness Sickens 77 At California Chipotle

Health officials in Ventura County, California, are investigating a possible outbreak of a food-borne illness after dozens of people who either ate or work at one local Chipotle fell ill.
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Sallie Mae Spinoff Navient Could Face CFPB Lawsuit Over Student Loans

Sallie Mae Spinoff Navient Could Face CFPB Lawsuit Over Student Loans

In the short time since Navient – the nation’s largest student loan servicing company – spun off from Sallie Mae, the company has come under scrutiny for it allegedly unfair practices of overcharging and imposing excessive fees on consumers’ loans. While those practices resulted in a $97 million settlement with the Depts. of Education and Justice, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, they could soon lead to a lawsuit from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. [More]

Former Airline Catering Employee Sues American Airlines After Cargo Box Falls On Him

Former Airline Catering Employee Sues American Airlines After Cargo Box Falls On Him

Depending on your job, going to work each day might entail putting yourself in harm’s way. However, most of us probably don’t envision going about our daily tasks and having a nearly 700-pound cargo box fall on us. But that’s exactly what happened to a Houston man, and now he’s suing American Airlines. [More]

Target Must Pay $2.8M To Settle Claims Of Unfair Hiring Practices

Target Must Pay $2.8M To Settle Claims Of Unfair Hiring Practices

Target Corp. must pay $2.8 million to settle allegations that thousands of people lost out on a chance to be employed by the company because of certain discriminatory pre-employment assessments. [More]

Ashley Madison Offering $378,000 Reward For Info On Hackers

Ashley Madison Offering $378,000 Reward For Info On Hackers

While big companies have been known to offer “bounties” to white-hat hackers to test for weaknesses in their networks and websites to ensure they aren’t one day breached in a cyber attack, it’s too late for AshleyMadison.com, the dating site for cheaters. After the embarrassment of having its users’ private information made very public, the site is now dangling several hundred thousand dollars as a reward for information leading to the arrest of the group behind the massive hack.  [More]

Family Sues American Airlines After Father With Alzheimer’s Goes Missing From Airport

Family Sues American Airlines After Father With Alzheimer’s Goes Missing From Airport

It’s not uncommon for an airline to lose a piece of luggage for one reason or another during any particular trip from point A to point B; that’s just the risk we take when we hand over a $25 fee and our belongings. While material items can generally be replaced, people can’t be. So, when American Airlines somehow lost track of a passenger with Alzheimer’s earlier this year, his family was worried, and angry with the airline. Thankfully, the man was eventually found, and now his family is filing a lawsuit accusing the carrier of negligence. [More]

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Google Testing Feature That Lets You Put Your Food Photos On The Map

If you’re a diner that enjoys providing your social media followers with (sometimes) artistic shots of the food you plan to shove down your throat, but are getting tired of just getting little hearts from Instagram, have no fear. Google is reportedly working on a new feature that will put your foodie photos on the map, literally. [More]

NHTSA Denies Second Petition To Open Investigation Into Unintended Acceleration Of Toyota Vehicles

NHTSA Denies Second Petition To Open Investigation Into Unintended Acceleration Of Toyota Vehicles

For the second time this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it would not open a probe into millions of Toyota vehicles regarding possible unintended acceleration. [More]

Toyota Reportedly Set To Buy 13 Million Airbag Inflators From Takata’s Rival

Toyota Reportedly Set To Buy 13 Million Airbag Inflators From Takata’s Rival

Automakers have struggled in recent months to get their hands on enough new parts to replace millions of defective Takata airbags. To make matters worse, the Japanese auto parts maker at the center of the massive safety issue has re-recalled hundreds of thousands of replacement parts in recent months because the devices could still harm drivers and their passengers upon deployment. To reduce these risks, Toyota is reportedly looking to purchase millions of new airbag inflators from a rival of Takata.  [More]

Target Testing Healthier Cafe Concepts — No Hot Dogs Or Nachos In Sight

Target Testing Healthier Cafe Concepts — No Hot Dogs Or Nachos In Sight

Sometimes you just can’t get through your shopping trip at Target without a little snack, say, a hot dog from the store’s cafe. You might have to settle for something a little different next time hunger strikes while you’re roaming the aisles, as Target announced it’s testing a new – healthier – cafe concept. [More]

A demo of the new SmartThings/Echo partnership showed users commanding the speaker to turn on and dim lights.

Amazon’s Echo Might Be Getting More Useful With SmartThings Integration

If telling your web-connected home entertainment speaker to reorder laundry detergent wasn’t enough (when is it?), Amazon is reportedly giving Echo the ability to essentially run your home through a new partnership with SmartThings. [More]

Tesla and Airbnb have teamed up to provide electric car chargers for use by renters.

Tesla, Airbnb Team Up To Create The “Ultimate Road Trip,” Provide Chargers For Rental Hosts’ Homes

What do electric cars and rental properties have in common? Not much, unless of course you live in California, drive a Tesla, and rent your abode on Airbnb, as the two companies recently announced a partnership to provide free charging stations to select hosts’ homes along the left coast. [More]