Eric Arnold

VW, Porsche Recall 800,477 SUVs Because Pedals Shouldn’t Be Loose

When preparing to hit your car’s brake pedal, the last thing you want is for the control to be broken. Unfortunately, that could be the case for more than 800,000 Volkswagen and Porsche SUVs.  [More]

CPSC

Gree Must Pay Record $15.45M CPSC Penalty For Self-Immolating Dehumidifiers

This morning at the Consumer Federation of America’s Consumer Assembly in Washington, DC, Consumer Products Safety Commission Chairman Elliot Kaye announced a record civil penalty against Gree Electric Appliances, the manufacturer of millions of particularly flammable dehumidifiers that were recalled in 2013 and 2014. The company has been ordered to pay $15.45 million to the CPSC to settle charges that they failed to report fires to the Commission, “knowingly made misrepresentations to CPSC staff,” and put UL safety marks on products that didn’t meet UL standards. [More]

The Frugal Traveler

Passsengers On Exploded Megabus Get Inadequate Compensation For Bags, Can’t Get Legal Help

When a Minneapolis-bound Megabus caught fire and exploded last month in the suburbs of Chicago, no passengers were injured. Their baggage, however, was destroyed, and that’s how they learned how difficult it is to get compensation when everything in your bag has burned up in a bus explosion. Even having a travel writer for the New York Times on board isn’t enough to recuperate the full value of everything they brought on the bus. [More]

Lumber Liquidators To Pay California $2.5M For Having Too Much Formaldehyde In Its Flooring

Lumber Liquidators To Pay California $2.5M For Having Too Much Formaldehyde In Its Flooring

More than a year ago, a 60 Minutes report on the formaldehyde levels in laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators kicked off a string of investigations, and lawsuits, culminating with the exit of the company’s CEO. Today, California regulators finally closed the book on its Lumber Liquidators case after the retailer agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle charges is sold flooring that contained formaldehyde in excess of the state’s allowable levels. [More]

CharlesWilliams

New Warning Labels Coming To Opioid Painkillers

A week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called on physicians to stop prescribing opioid painkillers when less-problematic therapeutic treatments will do the trick, another federal agency is joining in the effort to alert consumers to the potential risks of using these frequently prescribed medications. [More]

Mike Mozart

Toyota Promises Automatic Braking Will Be Standard In Most Models By 2017

Just days after automakers and federal regulators reached a deal that would make forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking standard in vehicles by 2022, Toyota says it’ll do one better — make these safety features standard years ahead of schedule.
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Bob Reck

SeaWorld Ending Signature Killer Whale “Shamu” Shows; Will Stop Breeding Orcas

For decades, SeaWorld parks have been associated with the visual of orca killer whales — most famously Shamu — jumping into the air for the amusement of large audiences. But amid growing criticism about the treatment of these animals and the safety of their trainers, SeaWorld has committed to not only ending these shows, but to also cease breeding orcas in captivity. [More]

Automatic Emergency Braking To Be Standard In Cars By 2022

Consumer Reports

A number of cars being sold today already have forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking as available optional safety features, but automakers and federal regulators have reached a deal that will make these features standard in almost every car sold in the U.S. by 2022. [More]

Jury Awards $72 Million In Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit

Jury Awards $72 Million In Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit

In the first of what looks to be many verdicts and/or settlements involving allegations that Johnson & Johnson ignored a possible link between cancer and its talcum-based products, a jury in Missouri has ordered the company to pay a total of $72 million to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer. [More]

Underwriters Laboratories Reveals How It Tests Hoverboard Safety

Underwriters Laboratories Reveals How It Tests Hoverboard Safety

Earlier this month, Underwriters Laboratories announced that for the first time it would start testing and certifying “hoverboards.” However, the independent safety consulting and certification company didn’t actually specify how it would test the self-balancing scooters.  [More]

Hoverboards Vanish From Amazon… Again

Hoverboards Vanish From Amazon… Again

The list of retailers removing hoverboards from their virtual store shelves after receiving a warning from federal safety regulators grew again today, with Amazon stopping the sale of the self-balancing scooters for the second time.  [More]

Target Stops Sale Of Hoverboards Amid Safety Concerns

Target Stops Sale Of Hoverboards Amid Safety Concerns

More than two months after Target temporarily halted the sale of “hoverboards” over safety concerns, the retailer is at it again, removing the self-balancing scooters from its website. [More]

Takata Airbag Recall Could Expand To Cover 90M Units

Takata Airbag Recall Could Expand To Cover 90M Units

The nation’s largest vehicle recall could soon be even bigger: federal safety regulators are currently discussing the possibility of expanding Takata’s shrapnel-shooting airbag recall to cover another 70 million to 90 million inflators.  [More]

Toys ‘R’ Us Stops Selling Hoverboards Amid Safety Questions

Toys ‘R’ Us Stops Selling Hoverboards Amid Safety Questions

Just days after federal safety regulators urged retailers and manufacturers to remove so-called hoverboards from their shelves if they don’t meet certain safety standards set by the Underwriters Laboratory, one of the country’s largest toy stores, Toys ‘R’ Us, did just that.  [More]

Hoverboards That Don’t Comply With UL Safety Standards Now Considered Defective, Hazardous

Hoverboards That Don’t Comply With UL Safety Standards Now Considered Defective, Hazardous

Amid multiple reports of “hoverboard” batteries exploding or catching on fire, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has determined that the self-balancing scooters are not safe unless they meet certain standards.  [More]

Uber To Pay $28.5M To Settle Allegations It Misled Customers On Safety Practices

Uber To Pay $28.5M To Settle Allegations It Misled Customers On Safety Practices

Ride-hailing service Uber has agreed to pay $28.5 million to more than 25 million customers, and rename its so-called “safe ride fee” in order to settle a class-action lawsuit that the company misled consumers about its “industry leading” safety procedures.  [More]

Mazda Recalls, Stops Sales Of CX-5 Vehicles Over Fuel Leak Concerns

Mazda Recalls, Stops Sales Of CX-5 Vehicles Over Fuel Leak Concerns

If you’ve got a 2014-2016 Mazda CX-5 sitting in the driveway — or you were planning on buying one anytime soon — here’s some bad news for you. The carmaker has recalled and stopped the sale of more than 260,000 of these vehicles over fuel leak concerns. [More]

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U.S. Customs Officials Seize More Than 16,000 Counterfeit Hoverboards In Chicago

The march against potentially unsafe hoverboards continued in Chicago this week, where U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials seized more than 16,000 motorized scooters bearing unauthorized trademark logos. [More]