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Consumer Protection

Safety Advocates Assail Lack of Federal Action on Weak Vehicle Seats

Andrew Warner was driving his family home from a Christmas party near Houston when they were rear-ended. Warner’s seat buckled, slamming backward and killing his infant daughter, Taylor. Seatback failures caused by rear collisions have been injuring and killing people for decades.  Experts say the safety standard for seat strength is so weak that a lawn chair could pass.

Public Health

FDA Issues Warning Letters to Puff Bar, Other E-Cig Sellers

The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to 10 companies it says are illegally selling flavored e-cigarette products that have come under attack as being targeted at teens.

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

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 [...]