(Amazon.com)

Hey Kids, Let’s Not Trick-Or-Treat In This Completely Black Bodysuit

If there’s one problem with kids, it’s that cars can easily see them and avoid hitting them, especially at night. Wait. That’s wrong. Kids are small and easily overlooked when crossing streets, and never more so than when cloaked completely in black on a dark Halloween night. [More]

(Mike Mozart)

AT&T, Where “Congestion” & Data Caps Only Apply To Existing Users

Ever since AT&T and Verizon got rid of unlimited wireless plans, both companies have used the questionable excuse of “congestion,” claiming that throttling data after remaining unlimited users pass an arbitrary threshold was necessary to keep data flowing. But in plans announced over the weekend, AT&T is effectively once again offering unlimited data (for a limited time) to new customers, which makes one wonder — what happened to all that congestion? [More]

(Allan)

GM Ignition Recall Death Toll Increases Again, 23 Deaths Now Linked To Defective Switches

It may take months or even years before we realize the full scope of devastation caused by the defective ignition switches in General Motors vehicles. But each week the picture becomes a bit clearer. This week, the overseer of the independent compensation fund announced that two more deaths were the direct result of the defect that went ignored for more than a decade. [More]

(molly)

CFPB: Reverse Mortgages Still A Risky Financial Decision Despite Some Added Protections

The decision to take out a reverse mortgage should never be taken lightly, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants to make sure consumers are considering all of the perks and numerous pitfalls. [More]

(Louis Abate)

21 Deaths Now Tied To GM Ignition Defect

The number of deaths tied to defective ignition switches in General Motors vehicles continues to increase. A week after the overseer of the independent compensation fund revealed that the death toll had swollen to 19 from the original 13 that GM had previously admitted, comes news of additional fatalities linked to the defect that went ignored for more than a decade. [More]

GM Must Turn Over Documents Regarding Ignition Switch Defect

GM Must Turn Over Documents Regarding Ignition Switch Defect

Since the General Motors ignition switch defect came to light in February there has been no shortage of lawsuits filed against the car manufacturer. While the company hopes that its compensation plan, and previous bankruptcy, will help to shield it from these claims, plaintiffs in these suits received some good news Friday: The company must hand over all documents pertaining to the defect. [More]

(Great Beyond)

Former Peanut Butter Moguls Found Guilty Of Knowingly Shipping Contaminated Food

Remember the massive outbreak of salmonella in peanut butter? No, not the one earlier this year, or the one in 2012, or the one in 2007. We mean the one in 2008, where peanut butter shipped from the Peanut Corporation of America was linked to more than 700 illnesses and nine known deaths. Five years after the company’s cartoonish terribleness was revealed, three executives were put on trial for knowingly distributing contaminated food to the American public. [More]

Report Finds NHTSA Failed To Detect GM Ignition Switch Issue For Seven Years Despite Ample Information

Report Finds NHTSA Failed To Detect GM Ignition Switch Issue For Seven Years Despite Ample Information

By definition, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is tasked with preventing crashes and achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety. Yet, according to a new House committee report, the agency failed for years to identify a safety issue in General Motors vehicles that eventually lead to 19 deaths, if not more. [More]

GM Confirms At Least 19 Deaths Now Tied To Ignition Switch Defect

GM Confirms At Least 19 Deaths Now Tied To Ignition Switch Defect

Despite receiving more than 100 death claims tied to General Motor’s deadly ignition switch defect, officials tasked with investigating the claims on behalf of the company’s Ignition Switch Compensation Fund say only 19 deaths claims have been approved to receive payments; that’s just six more than the company originally identified and far fewer than other reports have tied to the issue. [More]

How Corporations Got The Same Rights As People (But Don’t Ever Go To Jail)

Josh Bassett

In every common-sense, everyday way, a corporation is not a person. Corporations don’t date, don’t have families, don’t go catch a movie on Friday night. They also don’t go to jail when they do something criminal. But in the eyes of the law, corporations enjoy many of the same rights — including free speech and religious expression — and protections afforded to individuals. [More]

AT&T Promises 15Mbps Wireless Broadband To Rural Customers After DirecTV Merger

AT&T Promises 15Mbps Wireless Broadband To Rural Customers After DirecTV Merger

AT&T has dangled a big carrot out there in its attempt to lead regulators to sign off on the company’s merger with DirecTV. If the deal happens, AT&T says it could bring 15Mbps wireless data service (bundled with satellite TV of course) to rural America in 2015. [More]

Your Guide To The Major Carriers’ iPhone 6 Offers

Your Guide To The Major Carriers’ iPhone 6 Offers

Apple announced a couple of new phones yesterday, triggering a Pavlovian response in some consumers that can only be eased by the acquisition of one of these new phones. It also pits the four national wireless carriers against each other in a battle for Apple-hungry customers. [More]

Just imagine the screen isn't upside down, and you can see how it'll look.

Don’t Worry, Lefties: There’s A Southpaw Mode Of The Apple Watch

By now you may have seen photos or videos of the Apple Watch unleashed on the world yesterday during the company’s big to-do announcing it and two new iPhones. And if you noticed that all the people (or set of hands) demonstrating the timepiece were wearing it on their left hand, to enable ease of use for righties. “But what about us lefties?” many people of that set grumbled — the “digital crown” is on the right, making it not so easy to use when the watch is placed on the right hand. [More]

(So Cal Metro)

Today, Apple Debuted A Watch And Killed The iPod Classic

Earlier today, Apple somehow took almost two hours to announce some slightly bigger smartphones and a pricey phone accessory, then throw a surprise U2 concert. There was something that they didn’t announce during that presentation, though: the end of the original click-wheel iPod. [More]

Apple To Launch Photon Death Ray (Or Maybe Just More iPhones & A Watch)

Disregard the phone on the left. It is old and you will be embarrassed to be seen in public with it after Sept. 19.

It’s been a few weeks since an Apple CEO summoned the news media to gather before him to be told about the latest incarnation of the iPhone. Sometimes the CEO’s proclamations are worth the attention. Sometimes they are barely worth a press release (yes, we’re looking you, iPhone 5C). Where would today’s announcement fall on that spectrum? [More]

Judge Rules BP Grossly Negligent In 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Judge Rules BP Grossly Negligent In 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

It might be an understatement to say that BP hasn’t had the best go of it the last four years. You know – that huge oil spill, the deaths of dozens of workers and, of course, being named the 2011 Worst Company in America by Consumerist readers. Well, things aren’t looking much better, as the company was found negligent in that 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout. [More]

GM Ignition Switch Compensation Fund Received Claims For 107 Deaths In Less Than A Month

GM Ignition Switch Compensation Fund Received Claims For 107 Deaths In Less Than A Month

Less than a month after General Motors’ victim compensation plan began accepting claims, the company has received notice of 107 deaths possibly related to its ongoing ignition switch defect. That figure far surpasses the 13 deaths the company previously acknowledged and the 74 deaths one report found could be tied to the defect. [More]

August Recall Roundup – Beware Of Toppling Bar Stools

August Recall Roundup – Beware Of Toppling Bar Stools

In the Recall Roundup for August, dangerous beanbag chairs and overheating heaters could lurk around every corner, and there could be a defective car in your garage right now. Don’t be scared, though. The CPSC is here to protect us all from toppling bar stools and overheating night lights. [More]