Writer: Christopher Jensen

Consumer Protection

Federal Trade Commission Warns Six Companies About Product Warranties

Six manufacturers of products including computers, cellphones, video game gear and autos have been told by federal regulators to change the language in their warranties or possibly face charges of “unfair or deceptive acts.” The Federal Trade Commission sent warning letters three weeks ago to the six companies -- Sony, [...]

Consumer Protection

Top Off-Road Vehicle Maker Polaris to Pay Record $27.25 Million Penalty Over Fire Risks

Polaris Industries has agreed to pay a record penalty to settle charges that it failed to immediately notify federal officials about a fire hazard on its ROVs that regulators have linked to at least one death and more than 180 fires.

Public Health

Researcher Says Auto Safety Measures Prevented Millions of Deaths

Traffic safety measures “averted a public health disaster” by preventing about 5.8 million deaths in the U.S. from 1968 through 2015, according to a new study.

Consumer Protection

Fire Danger Persists for Polaris Off-Road Vehicles

Polaris Industries has recalled hundreds of thousands of its ROVs due to a fire danger. The hazard is linked to at least three deaths and three dozen injuries ranging from minor scrapes to limbs burned so badly amputation was required.

Consumer Protection

Federal Regulators Ratchet Up Probe of Ford Explorer Exhaust Complaints

Over the last five years, auto safety regulators have received hundreds of complaints of exhaust fumes and carbon monoxide wafting into the cabins of Ford Explorers.

Consumer Protection

At Center for Auto Safety, a New Leader for a New Era

Jason K. Levine, the new executive director for the Center for Auto Safety, says his organization is entering a new and perhaps more challenging environment under the Trump administration.

Consumer Protection

Timing of Child Seat Recall Raises Questions

Graco Children's Products has announced a safety recall of 25,000 child seats. But the action comes more than two years after a test by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that a strap to hold the child in the seat could break in a crash.

Consumer Protection

Headlight Recall Turns High Beams on GM’s Safety Vow

In the wake of the ignition-switch defect scandal, General Motors assured federal regulators that there would be a new pro-safety and pro-consumer attitude at the company. But federal safety regulators are now investigating whether the automaker has been adequately handling a recall of about 429,000 vehicles in the United States for the sudden failure of both low-beam headlights.

Transportation Safety

Blind Spots in Police Reports Hamper Efforts to Curb Deadly Crashes, Study Says

The scope of deadly hazards such as texting and drug use by drivers may be underestimated and not adequately addressed because police aren’t collecting enough information at crash scenes, according to a new report.