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Consumer Protection

Advocates Slam Federal Highway Safety Officials, Automakers Over Delays in Airbag Recalls

General Motors has fought orders to replace allegedly defective Takata airbags in over six million of its pickup trucks and SUVs, arguing in a series of petitions that the recall is unnecessary because the airbags are safe. Four years after receiving the first of the petitions, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has yet to rule on them, leaving vehicle owners in limbo.

Consumer Protection

A Major Player in Solar Energy Leaves Some Customers Seething

This sounds too good to be true, was one of Brenda Ortiz’s first thoughts when a salesman showed up at her front door in Riverside County, California, in October 2018. He was with Vivint Solar, Ortiz recalled him saying, and

Warning Wire

Coronavirus Crept into the U.S. and Killed Earlier Than Medical Detectives Thought

Postmortem testing in California reveals that a 57-year-old San Jose woman who died Feb. 6 is now the first known U.S. death from Covid-19.

Warning Wire

Citing Need to Work, Protesters Take On Coronavirus Stay-At-Home Orders

Nurses and other health care workers hold their own counter-protests, urging people to go home and continue with social distancing.

Transportation Safety

A Move to Ease the Path for Driverless Vehicles Draws Fire from Safety Groups

U.S. transportation officials are seeking to speed deployment of driverless cars by easing certain safety standards, drawing strong protest from groups who say the move is premature because the safety of the technology is unproven.

Warning Wire

President Responds to Report With “Tantrum” While U.S. Death Toll Surpasses Italy’s

Keeping the score: In a lengthy article published over the weekend, a team of six New York Times reporters—Eric Lipton, David E. Sanger, Maggie Haberman, Michael D. Shear, Mark Mazzetti and Julian E. Barnes—painstakingly document how time after time, when presented with evidence and testimony that the coronavirus was a [...]

Warning Wire

Global Cases of Coronavirus Surge Past One Million; U.S. Deaths Top 6,600

Confirmed cases of coronavirus globally surged past the 1 million mark this week, and now stand at more than 1,066,000, with more than 56,000 deaths. Confirmed cases in the U.S. passed 257,000, with more than 6,600 deaths.

Consumer Protection

Here Come the Frauds: From Bogus Vaccine Kits to ‘Silver Solution,’ Coronavirus Cons Begin

The swindles have begun. As Americans struggle to cope with the spread of COVID-19, they will also need to brace themselves for “disaster fraud”—those cons that rely on post-catastrophe chaos to separate people from their money. 

Environment

Curbside Quandary: Who Will Fix America’s Ailing Recycling Programs?

Mike Walker has just finished his lunch in the cafeteria at PCC Community Markets in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle. On the small table in front of him is a plastic sandwich wrapper, a potato chip bag and an energy drink can. Only one of those three is destined for a recycling bin. And even then, there's no guarantee that the can will end up recycled.