As bad an idea as that may seem, some drivers are choosing driving with no airbags over risking an explosion of defective Takata airbags. Millions of drivers are waiting for recall replacements but, for the majority, there’s no end in sight. One man took matters into his own hands, literally, and removed the Takata airbags from his vehicle.
They may not be exactly like Marty McFly’s, but hoverboards are now a part of the present. They’re also one of the hottest presents on many holiday lists. In fact, on Cyber Monday, online retailer eBay sold a hoverboard every twelve seconds. I know it’s pretty Grinchy, but maybe a skateboard would be a better gift for your extreme athlete. At least a skateboard won’t allegedly burn down your house.
It’s official! New Yorkers aren’t able to make decent decisions on what they eat. Well, that’s the mayor of the Big Apple, Bill de Blasio, thinks. It seems he is following in his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg’s, footsteps. Bloomberg’s public health policies targeted trans fats, soda and smoking. In addition, he required calorie counts on restaurant menus. NYC’s chain restaurants must use warning symbol for high-sodium items.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced recently that it is thinking of putting forth new regulations on flooring to help increase safety for elderly people on slippery floors. The idea came as a response to a petition submitted by safety advocates. The new regulation requires labels listing slip resistance of floors.
A new recall has been issued by Toyota regarding Takata airbag inflators. This recall is for vehicles in Japan only and affects 1.6M vehicles that were recalled, inspected and deemed safe enough to not repair earlier this year. Nissan recently reported a previously inspected vehicle’s airbag inflator exploded, seriously injuring a passenger. This prompted Toyota to issue this massive recall. The company will replace the airbag inflators with a Takata model that does not contain ammonium nitrate.
Urgent consumer notice: The CDC has linked a dangerous E. coli outbreak to Costco’s rotisserie chicken salad. This particular strain is very dangerous, producing Shiga toxin. Nineteen people have been affect, five of whom are in the hospital, two with kidney failure. If you bought the rotisserie chicken salad on or before November 20, DO NOT EAT IT! THROW IT AWAY IMMEDIATELY! This outbreak covers seven states and the CDC has issued the warning to customers shopping at ANY U.S. Costco location.
Hyundai Motor Company recently announced a recall involving certain 2011 & 2012 Sonatas. The recall covers defective brake light switch plungers that do not retract when the brakes are not in use causing the brake lights to remain on. This increases the possibility of vehicle crashes.
Ford just hopped on the bandwagon with Honda, Nissan and Toyota in the refusal to use Takata’s ammonium nitrate-containing airbag inflators in future vehicle lines. The defective inflators have caused eight deaths, over 100 injuries and a massive 19M+ vehicle recall campaign. NHTSA even took steps to smack down the Japanese company, citing evidence that Takata didn’t timely disclose the defect.
GM, like most other corporate giants, is all about the bottom line. Unfortunately, what this means for those car buyers is Latin American markets is less safety. One of the most popular autos in those markets is the Chevy Aveo, which is sold without airbags. The safety rating on the Aveo in Mexico is ZERO ou of FIVE stars, according to an independent consumer safety organization.
Volkswagen came clean yet again telling the world it “misstated” the number of gas-powered vehicles affected by its CO2 emissions cheat. The company said that 24 gas-powered models out of its 130-model line-up are affected.