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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.

Environment

Fields of Waste: Artificial Turf, Touted as Recycling Fix for Millions of Scrap Tires, Becomes Mounting Disposal Mess

With hundreds of fields reaching end of life each year, the artificial turf industry is under pressure to find a sustainable solution.

Labor

Boxed In: Dollar Tree, the Giant Discount Chain, Cited for Job Safety Violations at Dozens of Stores

Run-ins with job safety regulators are routine for Dollar Tree, the huge discount retail chain. A FairWarning investigation found that more than 150 company stores have been cited for safety violations since December 2015, despite a settlement with OSHA in which Dollar Tree agreed to pay $825,000 in penalties and clean up its act.

Consumer Protection

New Study Says Some Marketers of Brain Boosting Supplements are Flouting an FDA Ban

Fifteen years ago, the federal government said “no” to piracetam. The agency hasn’t changed its position. But piracetam is widely available—and hugely popular—as a supplement promoted as boosting cognitive ability. Unintimidated by FDA warning letters, sellers are advertising this forbidden ingredient in online bazaars.

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.

Labor

Efforts to Claw Back Stolen Wages Painfully Slow, as California Employers Who Cheat Workers Often Get Away With It

Despite aggressive enforcement of wage laws by the California Labor Commissioner's office, some workers wait years for back pay, if they get any at all.

Public Health

Bugs, Mold and Unwashed Hands: Rampant Safety Violations in Nursing Home Kitchens Endanger Residents

A FairWarning investigation found serious food safety problems in nursing homes and assisted living centers nationwide.

Warning Wire

Trump to California: ‘No You Don’t’ on State Setting Its Own Vehicle Emissions Standards

President Trump is revoking California's authority to set its own vehicle emissions standards, setting the stage for a Supreme Court battle.

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

In Texas Shooting Massacre the System Actually Worked, For a While

The shooting massacre in Odessa, Texas, highlighted gaps in the system of background checks. The shooter's effort to buy a gun from a licensed dealer was rejected, so he turned to private market instead.

Consumer Protection

Star Safety Ratings, Long Helpful to Car Buyers, Now Languish in the Breakdown Lane

Grade inflation in school makes it difficult to distinguish who is actually achieving in the classroom. The federal government’s vehicle safety rating system suffers the same problem. Today, 98 percent of all vehicles tested receive four or five stars for crashworthiness. Consumer advocates and safety experts say it’s time to raise the bar for the New Car Assessment Program, which hasn’t been updated in nearly 10 years.

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

Will Diseased Lungs and Underweight Babies be Pictured on U.S. Cigarette Packs?

Food and Drug Administration for the second time proposes a series of graphic warning labels for cigarette packs and advertising, but could face another legal challenge from the tobacco industry