(Van Swearingen)

Hyundai Recalls 200,000 Vehicles For Steering Issues

Here’s the thing about driving a car: no one wants it to be more difficult or dangerous than it needs to be. That’s why Hyundai is recalling more than 200,000 with steering issues. [More]

(Ralph Krawczyk Jr)

Chrysler Adds 467,000 Vehicles To 2014 Recall Of Jeep, Durango SUVs With Fuel Pump Issues

Nearly five months after Fiat Chrysler issued a recall of 230,000 Dodge and Jeep SUVs for fuel pump issues that could lead to a vehicle stall, the company expanded the number of affected vehicles by more than 467,000. [More]

Both the House and Senate introduced legislation today that would create standards regarding the packaging of detergent packets.

Legislation Aims To Make It Harder For Kids To Snack On Yummy-Looking Detergent Pods

Federal safety agencies and poison control centers have continuously expressed concern that the ever-popular, and convenient detergent pods are extremely dangerous to children, with more than 17,000 kids being poisoned by ingesting the detergent since they came on the scene three years ago. Today, the House and Senate took steps to ensure the single-serve detergent packs no long threaten childrens’ safety by introducing legislation that would enact stricter packaging standards for liquid detergent. [More]

NHTSA Increases Intensity Of Takata Airbag Investigation, Orders Company To Preserve Safety Devices

NHTSA Increases Intensity Of Takata Airbag Investigation, Orders Company To Preserve Safety Devices

Federal regulators continue to put pressure on Takata Corporation to cooperate with a defective airbag investigation started last year. A week after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began fining the company $14,000 per day for failing to turn over documents and answer questions, the agency upgraded the investigation and ordered the company to preserve evidence. [More]

Ginger the dog died  after eating part of a baby's diaper.

It’s Very Gross And Very Dangerous When Dogs Eat Diapers

The very thing that makes disposable diapers so useful–their super-absorbency–can make them deadly to pets. While nobody goes around giving diapers to their dog as a chew toy, animals do have a gift for rifling through the trash, and one thing they can find there are diapers. KKTV in Colorado interviewed one family whose dog died after eating some of the absorbent material in a diaper. [More]

(Allan)

GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Increases To 57 Nearly A Month After Claims Deadline

Nearly a month after the deadline to file death and injury compensation claims related to General Motors’ ignition recall, the number of fatalities tied to the long-ignored defect continues to increase.

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Mercedes-Benz Recalls Nearly 150,000 Sedans Because Fires Aren’t Part Of The Driving Experience

There are a number of places you might expect to see a fire: camping, in the fireplace on a cold night. But one place you don’t want to experience a blaze is in your car’s engine. For that reason Mercedes-Benz is recalling nearly 150,000 sedans and station wagons. [More]

Takata To Be Fined $14K Per Day Until It Cooperates With Airbag Defect Investigation

Takata To Be Fined $14K Per Day Until It Cooperates With Airbag Defect Investigation

Officials with Japanese auto parts manufacturer Takata Corp. have continuously said they would assist U.S. regulators in their investigation regarding millions of potentially defective airbags that can spew pieces of shrapnel at passengers upon deployment. But the company doesn’t appear to be keeping its word and now faces a $14,000 per day fine until it hands over documents and other data pertinent to the investigation into airbags that have been linked to at least five deaths. [More]

Mother Of Autistic Boy Claims IKEA Discriminated Against Her Son

Mother Of Autistic Boy Claims IKEA Discriminated Against Her Son

IKEA has three prongs to its stores’ playroom policy — a height restriction, a potty-training requirement, and no adults. A Kansas mom says this last rule is discriminatory to her son and other children with autism who require the presence of an adult caregiver. [More]

(Alan Rappa)

Uber Adding “Panic Button” To Mobile App In Chicago

A few weeks after announcing that Uber would implement a panic button feature in its app for users in India after allegations of rape against a driver there, the company now says it’ll be launching the safety feature in Chicago soon as well. [More]

Kidde recalled 31 models of its disposable fire extinguisher.

Kidde Recalls 5M Disposable Fire Extinguishers Because Fire Extinquishers Should Put Out Fires

The thing about fire extinguishers is that when there’s a fire, you have a reasonable expectation that the device can put out said fire. But that apparently isn’t the case for nearly 5 million Kidde plastic disposable fire extinguishers being recalled. [More]

(Wade Morgen)

1-Year-Old Suffocates During Home Remedy For Lice

Though its effectiveness is debatable, using mayonnaise to get rid of head lice is a well-known home remedy. But one family’s attempt to rid their child of the tiny insects has apparently resulted in a tragic death by suffocation. [More]

January Recall Roundup: Watch Out For Melted Monkeys

January Recall Roundup: Watch Out For Melted Monkeys

In the Recall Roundup for January, defective candles risk burning people and property, a coffeemaker sprays hot water somewhere other than the coffee grounds, and flammable and drawstring-laden children’s clothes made it to stores despite bans on both. Oh, and a toy monkey melts its own battery compartment. [More]

(Ben Schumin)

Quit Believing These Winter Driving Myths Already

If you’re in one of the places in the world that never has snow, ice, or typical winter weather, good for you. You can sit there and make smug noises while the rest of us learn useful information. There are a lot of common myths about driving in the winter that people accept as true, but probably shouldn’t. Here are a few of them. [More]

United Flight Attendants Refused To Fly Due To Safety Concerns, Were Fired

United Flight Attendants Refused To Fly Due To Safety Concerns, Were Fired

There was something unusual about a United Airlines 747 waiting at the San Francisco airport. Someone had drawn a picture in an oil slick on the back of the plane, and the flight attendants scheduled to work the next flight, to Hong Kong, found it threatening. They refused to fly, fearing an explosive or some other kind of attack. The flight was ultimately canceled, and the flight attendants were fired for insubordination. [More]

December Recall Roundup: Nobody Likes A Melted Battery Charger

December Recall Roundup: Nobody Likes A Melted Battery Charger

The Recall Roundup for December is not very merry, especially if you’re in the market for electronic devices. Here’s a collection of appliances and devices that could cause overheating and discomfort or actual property damage. [More]

Graco Recalls 4.7 Million Strollers To Prevent Amputations Of Tiny Fingertips

Graco Recalls 4.7 Million Strollers To Prevent Amputations Of Tiny Fingertips

Graco and Century strollers with a sliding fold-lock hinge have been on the market since 2000, but they are potentially dangerous. The Consumer Product Safety Commission knows of eleven cases where children have caught their tiny fingers in the hinge. In ten of those cases, their fingertips were amputated or partially amputated. Graco has announced a recall, and will send a repair kit to stroller owners. [More]

Birds smudged because my mother reads this. (@chrisjoonior on Twitter)

We at Consumerist would like to take a moment to discuss something really important, flipping off the Google car safely: As seen in a tweet from @chrisjoonior (via @dhinkel), a driver has apparently succeeded in appearing in a Google Maps image after following the Google Car around for 20 minutes, flipping not one, but two birds. One hand on the wheel, people. That’s the least we can ask.