Writer: Eli Wolfe

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

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

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.

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.

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.