Sept. 26, 2014—The rumors that British automaker Lotus decided to leave the U.S. market because the only vehicle that it sells here didn’t comply with federal standards for air bags turned out to be hot air.
Sept. 19, 2014—The pending deal has the potential to reduce prices for all major kitchen appliances as well as washers and dryers, but it’s too soon to determine whether such a benefit will materialize for consumers, industry experts tell Consumers Digest.
Sept. 19, 2014—Two and a half years after we alerted consumers to a spate of redistributed recalled products that were linked to Meijer stores, the company will pay a $2 million civil penalty to settle charges by Consumer Product Safety Commission that it played a role in the sale of such products to consumers.
Sept. 15, 2014—A company that generated leads for mortgage companies through online advertisements settled Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers with misleading ads that claimed that they could refinance their mortgages for free.
Sept. 30, 2014—Two companies that marketed caffeine-infused undergarments agreed to settle charges by Federal Trade Commission that they made false claims about the slimming capabilities of their products.
Sept. 25, 2014—Cutting the amount of calories that consumers drink over the next 10 years sounds impressive, but experts whom we interviewed believe that beverage-makers’ initiative won’t achieve anything that wouldn’t happen on its own.
Aug. 27, 2014—You no longer can book an American Airlines flight through travel website Orbitz and other websites that Orbitz owns. The carrier said it will remove its fares from the websites immediately and that US Airways will follow suit Sept. 1, 2014.
Sept. 29, 2014—Two years after hundreds of emergency-room visits attracted Consumer Product Safety Commission to the cause, the agency approved a new federal safety standard for high-powered-magnet sets.
Sept. 25, 2014—Women who have an iron deficiency and other risk factors are five times as likely to give birth to a child who has autism spectrum disorder than are women who don’t have an iron deficiency, according to a study that was conducted by researchers at University of California-Davis.
Aug. 18, 2014—The gasoline-powered Jet ($140) pushes air at 650 cubic feet per minute (cfm); none of the Consumers Digest Best Buy selections for leafblowers have an airflow rating that’s higher than 494 cfm.
Sept. 26, 2014—Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ordered U.S. Bank to pay $48 million in refunds to consumers who were charged illegally for credit-monitoring and identity-protection services that they didn’t receive.