6 Things You Should Know About What Led Up To Takata’s Massive Airbag Disaster

6 Things You Should Know About What Led Up To Takata’s Massive Airbag Disaster

Over the past two years, 16 carmakers have recalled millions upon millions of vehicles equipped with Takata-produced, shrapnel-shooting airbags linked to 14 deaths and hundreds of injuries. Investigations have revealed the cause of the ruptures, but a new report sheds light on how the defective safety devices ended up in so many vehicles. Like many shortsighted bad decisions, it came down to money. [More]

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Nation’s Largest Privately-Owned Bank Must Return $28M To Credit Card Customers

The nation’s largest privately held bank sold its credit card customers on add-on programs intended to help cover their accounts when they faced unexpected hardships. However, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says the bank deceived customers about the reality of these and other programs and has ordered it to provide nearly $28 million in relief to hundreds of thousands of affected cardholders. [More]

When It Comes To Food, “Generally Recognized As Safe” May Not Mean What It Sounds Like

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Here in the U.S., we have food safety regulations — a lot of them. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for making sure foods (and a bunch of other stuff) adhere to some basic health and safety rules to reduce the likelihood these products will hit store shelves and make a million people sick. So far, so good… but there’s a major food safety system that the FDA uses that, it turns out, is neither standard nor safe — despite its name.

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Flaw In iPhone 6 Can Reportedly Render Some Devices Unusable

Flaw In iPhone 6 Can Reportedly Render Some Devices Unusable

If you’ve ever owned, borrowed, or simply looked at an iPhone, then you know the device works by responding to the user’s touch. Except when it doesn’t. And that’s apparently happening more and more for some iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners thanks in part to a flaw that can render the devices useless — or simply a $300 flat brick.  [More]

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The Family That Owns Trader Joe’s Is Having A Frugality War

People all over the world celebrate the companies that run stores under the Aldi brand for their super low prices. Yet the branch of the family that owns Aldi Nord, parent company of Trader Joe’s in this country and the Aldi stores in countries like France and Denmark, is currently having a family feud over frugality that has dragged their business into the public eye, something that the family has avoided for the last half-century or so. [More]

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Fiat Chrysler Recalls 550K Vehicles Over Gear Shifter

Six months after Fiat Chrysler first recalled 811,586 vehicles equipped with a confusing gear shifter that has been linked to one death, 68 injuries, and hundreds of crashes, the carmaker has issued a similar recall for 505,000 vehicles that are equipped with another version of the automatic transmission shifter.  [More]

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10-Year-Old Boy Dies On “World’s Largest Waterslide”

Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, KS, closed Sunday and will remained shuttered on Monday following the death of a 10-year-old boy on the park’s main attraction — The Verruckt. [More]

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Famous Flamingo Dead After Busch Gardens Visitor Attacks Birds

A longtime animal resident of Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL died yesterday. Pinky the flamingo was 19 years old, and if you noticed her while visiting the theme park, it was because she would sometimes perform her own special dance, stomping her webbed feet and spinning in a circle. The tourist attacked two flamingoes, injuring Pinky badly enough that she was euthanized. [More]

Anton Yelchin’s Parents Sue Fiat Chrysler Over Actor’s Death

Anton Yelchin’s Parents Sue Fiat Chrysler Over Actor’s Death

Six weeks after the death of Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin was potentially linked to the confusing gear shifter in recalled Jeep, Dodge, and Chrysler vehicles, the man’s family has filed a wrongful death and product-liability lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler.  [More]

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Health Department Imposes $850K Fine On Blue Bell For Listeria Outbreak, Company Only Paying $175K For Now

The state health department in Texas has taken an unusual step in while punishing Blue Bell Creameries for manufacturing and distributing Listeria-laden ice cream: The state has imposed an $850,000 fine on the company for the Listeria contamination in ice cream that sent 12 customers to the hospital and is blamed for the deaths of three people who were served the ice cream while in the hospital for pre-existing conditions. [More]

Snake Oil Was A Real Thing & 3 Other Things You Should Know About Sham Medicines

Snake Oil Was A Real Thing & 3 Other Things You Should Know About Sham Medicines

Everyone knows the image of the snake oil salesman, pitching worthless — often dangerous — tonics, tinctures, and potions to treat any ailment under the sun. What you may not know is that “snake oil” wasn’t just a phrase, or how it and other sham cure-alls ultimately led to the creation of the FDA. [More]

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NJ Student Loan Agency Tells Staff To Only Offer Help When Explicitly Asked

You probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn that your cable company has perks or discounts it will only reveal when asked, but you’d hope a government agency wouldn’t deliberately hide a program intended to help families struggling to pay off student loan debts of a deceased loved one.  [More]

Anyone Can Make & Market A Dietary Supplement, Including Consumer Reports

Anyone Can Make & Market A Dietary Supplement, Including Consumer Reports

When you see ads for dietary supplements, there are often scientists in lab coats looking at beakers and flasks, saying science-y things. In the real world, just about anyone with a credit card can make and market a supplement, even one that contains potentially unhealthy ingredients. Just ask our colleagues at Consumer Reports, the creators of the new (totally fake) weight-loss supplement Thinitol. [More]

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15 Dietary Supplement Ingredients To Avoid

Taking a stroll down the dietary supplements aisle can be bewildering, what with the variety of ingredients plastered all over labels, suggesting they can help with this or that ailment. But there are some ingredients out there that may do more harm than good. [More]

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You Can Take Jeremy Bentham’s Mummified Head Through Airport Security, But Please Don’t

The TSA runs a customer service line on Twitter, at @AskTSA. Most of the questions and complaints it handles are of exactly the sort you’d expect: can I bring an empty water bottle through security? What’s going on with PreCheck? This line at this airport too long!, and so forth. But its staff is dedicated, and will honestly and to the best of its ability answer any question you politely ask of it. Including, for example, the handling of certain… artifacts.

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How America’s Two Signature Beer Companies Became Expats

How America’s Two Signature Beer Companies Became Expats

Budweiser and Miller: Even if you don’t like them, you have to admit that they have long been considered the two beers most associated with America. Their ads feature vast fields of wheat, baseball, hard-workin’ and hard-partyin’ men and women — heck, Bud even went so far as to rebrand itself “America” for the summer — even though neither brand has been majority owned by an American company in years. And now that U.S. regulators have signed off on on the marriage of Bud and Miller’s parents, these once-American titans of industry have completed their transition to become worldly expatriates. [More]

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L.L. Bean Still Taking Back Your Dead Spouse’s Wardrobe For Store Credit

Do you find yourself morally conflicted when wondering whether you should bring or send something back to outdoorsy retailer L.L. Bean? Apparently, you shouldn’t: people regularly get in the returns line with decades-old cotton shirts, their dead dogs’ collars, and thrift-store finds that they try to return for full price. [More]

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Apple Getting Into TV With Reality Competition Show About App Developers

If hours spent staring at your iPhone/Apple Watch/iPad/Mac isn’t giving you enough from Apple, the technology giant has a new offering in the works, with its first TV show, a reality competition featuring app developers duking it out for featured placement in the App Store. So it’s like Game of Thrones, just with more branding, a bunch of people wielding tech instead of swords, and no brutal battles to the death (we think). [More]