The fund set up by General Motors to compensate victims of the carmaker’s long-ignored ignition switch defect ultimately acknowledged that GM was responsible for 124 deaths and 257 injuries, but these confirmed instances only represent a small portion of the thousands of claims rejected by the fund. [More]
Manufacturers — of all kinds — usually try hard to get it right on the first try. From banana muffins to bicycle helmets, it’s in a company’s best interests to make their products perfect. Not only is it better for their reputation and their business, but it’s less expensive, in the long run, and causes less trouble. Sometimes, though, something just goes wrong. [More]
China’s Gree Electric Appliances Inc. and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are announcing a big recall of 2.2 million dehumidifiers in the U.S., ranging across 12 brands and encompassing 80 different models. The devices have caused dozens of fires and millions of dollars in damage, the CPSC says. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have a humid room than one that’s on fire. [More]
Before allowing your kids to play with toys relatives give them during the holidays, it’s a good idea to make sure they aren’t known death traps. The Better Business Bureau sent in some suggestions on how to make sure your toys haven’t been recalled, and what to if you find out they have been summoned to toy hell. [More]
The recall tab for Toyota keeps adding up, as the world’s largest automaker announced a recall of 373,000 Toyota Avalons “to address the possibility that the vehicle’s steering lock bar could break under certain conditions.” [More]
A day after a 2008 Toyota Prius went rogue at speeds over 90mph on a California interstate, Toyota has admitted that, even though the Prius is on the current recall list, they don’t quite know how to fix the problem. [More]
The Peekaru is a Snuggie-like fleece ensemble for mommies and daddies to carry their babies in. One version is sleeveless and covers the baby entirely, with just its face sticking out of a portal. Now, the question is, does the Peekaru make wearers look more like: a) Krang b) Quato c) Master Blaster or d) Kane? Photos so you can make an informed judgement inside.