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August 2010

Will American Airlines pay largest fine in history of $24.4 million?

These days I’m a frequent flyer on American Airlines. I switched from Alaska because the number of flights to Miami, where I travel often, was drastically reduced.The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a $24.2 million civil penalty against American Airlines for failing to correctly follow an airworthiness directive on the... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Toyota Corolla and Corolla Matrix Models due to stalling

Toyota is recalling about 1.13 million Toyota Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles, 2005-2008 model years, because some engine control modules may have been improperly manufactured and could cause hard shifting or stalling. On vehicles equipped with the 1ZZ-FE engine and two-wheel drive, a crack may develop at certain solder points... Read more →

Cruise ships contributing to degradation of ocean, other waterways

Although cruise ships bring big tourist dollars to many areas, they’re also responsible for significant amounts of environmental damage. In the article, "Big Cruise Ships Pollute Big Time and Can Sail Away From Regulation," the Seattle Post-Intelligencer lays out the problems cruise ships are causing in the Pacific Northwest. In... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Massive egg recall due to possible Salmonella contamination – Be sure to check your eggs

More than a half billion shell eggs have now been recalled, with a second Iowa firm announcing on Friday the recall of 170 million eggs after tests confirmed the presence of Salmonella. Eggs affected by the Hillandale Farms recall were distributed to grocery stores and foodservice companies which service or... Read more →

What were your best and worst consumer experiences this week?

Which consumer experiences cheered you recently and which ones made you want to scream or weep? Here are my best and worst consumer experiences this week: My best: Selling things on Craigslist Craigslist worked well once I got the hang of it. At first, I thought you had to wait... Read more →

How to get rid of bedbugs

Bedbugs can cause itchy bites on people and pets. Unlike most public-health pests, however, bedbugs aren’t known to transmit or spread diseases. An approach that includes prevention and non-chemical treatment of infestations is the best way to avoid or eliminate a bedbug problem. Examples of non-chemical methods of bedbug control... Read more →