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Consumer Protection

Patients Pay Thousands for a Back Pain Treatment Promoted by Exaggerated Claims

For three decades, the spinal decompression industry has promised relief to back pain patients. But stupendous claims of success are not backed up by scientifically rigorous research.

Consumer Protection

Controversial E-Cigarette Company Puff Bar Says It’s Suspending U.S. Sales

A shadowy e-cigarette company that has reaped millions of dollars by exploiting a loophole to sell kid-friendly flavored nicotine products says it is suspending sales in the U.S following revelations about its owners.  

Consumer Protection

Fire Problems Continue to Plague Popular Models of Polaris Off-Road Vehicles

Polaris Industries, which boasts of being a global leader in sales of off-highway vehicles, also has the dubious distinction of being the No. 1 company for recalls, according to a new report.

Consumer Protection

Counterfeits Hit Home: Consumers Are Being Foiled by Fake Water Filters

Despite the efforts of Customs and Border Protection agents, counterfeiters are passing off ineffective refrigerator water filters to many thousands of consumers, who think they are buying the real thing. The fakes may not only be useless, but unsafe. Along with failing to do what they claim, counterfeits can introduce chemicals such as arsenic and octane, a petroleum-derived solvent, into users’ drinking water.

Consumer Protection

Serious Concerns Raised Over FDA’s Capacity to Inspect Overseas Drug Makers

With the U.S. increasingly dependent on foreign manufacturers for prescription and generic drugs, the Food and Drug Administration's problem-plagued efforts to inspect overseas plants are under growing scrutiny.

Consumer Protection

What’s in a Name? Ghostly Spirits, Spinning Science to Sell Drugs, Stalk the Medical Literature

Court proceedings, investigations and whistleblower accounts have revealed a long history of drug companies manipulating the literature to promote their drugs or disparage rival products--with the aim of getting doctors to prescribe more of their meds.

Transportation Safety

In Echo of a Notorious Safety Scandal, Toyota Has Settled Hundreds of Sudden Acceleration Cases

Without admitting liability, Toyota since 2014 has quietly settled 537 lawsuits blaming sudden unintended acceleration for crashes that caused deaths or serious injuries. Automotive safety advocates see the complaints as a sign that Toyota and federal regulators failed to properly address the root of the problem when they had the opportunity years earlier.

Environment

Study Raises Concern About E-Cigarette Waste

A new study found significant quantities of litter from vaping devices in high school parking lots, prompting environmental concerns.

Warning Wire

Bailout Backlash: GM Workers Strike After Recovered Automaker Shifts Jobs to Mexico

A decade after General Motors teetered on bankruptcy, workers say they want some payback for their sacrifices.

Warning Wire

After Clashing with Automakers, Trump Administration Now at Odds With Some Oil and Gas Producers

Fresh off a spat with car makers, the Trump administration seems to be walking into another fight with a big industry over whether deregulation is going too far. The EPA has laid out a plan to roll back regulation of methane gas, saying it will save the oil and gas industry money.

Warning Wire

Amazon a Thriving Market for Banned, Unsafe and Mislabeled Products

Convenience, selection and quick delivery have made Amazon a trusted brand. But a team of Wall Street Journal reporters found thousands of products for sale on Amazon that wouldn’t be permitted on the shelves of big box stores because they had been deemed unsafe or were outright banned by federal regulators.

Warning Wire

High Stakes as Trump Administration Rebuffs Automakers’ Appeal in Showdown on Fuel Economy Standards

The Trump Administration is sticking to its plan to weaken vehicle emission standards, despite appeals from the auto industry that the rollback goes too far.

Consumer Protection

Safety Agency Probes Data Breach Amid Complaints About Muzzling of Hazard Information

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has directed people to destroy information it says it inadvertently gave them, but some have refused.

Warning Wire

It’s Good for the Planet and Good for the Soul, But Recycling is in Crisis

Now that China has banned imports of certain types of plastic and paper waste, thousands of tons of recyclables in some cities are being hauled to landfills. It's a big issue with no easy solution.