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January 2013

Recall of the Week: John Deere utility vehicles due to fire hazard

Deere & Co. is recalling about 4,650 utility vehicles. The fuel line can separate, posing a fire hazard, the company and U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement. John Deere has received three reports of separated fuel lines. No injuries have been reported. This recall involves John Deere... Read more →

Watch out for diet and fitness cons in the New Year

As consumers ring in the New Year, many make resolutions to improve their health in 2013. If you are one of these, the Better Business Bureau warns to beware of ads promising quick and easy ways to lose weight. Doctors, dietitians, and other weight loss specialists agree that the best... Read more →

Pediatricians group supports research, labeling requirements, and safety standards for cell phones

The American Academy of Pediatrics is supporting pending legislation that would require new research into the safety of cell phone radiation, especially for children; require safety standards that protect children and other vulnerable populations; and impose new labeling requirements for them. The bill’s endorsement by the nation’s largest organization of... Read more →

Recall of the Week: GM vehicles due to roll away hazard

General Motors is recalling about 55,000 Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC vehicles. The vehicles may have been built with a fractured park lock cable or a malformed steering column lock actuator gear in the lock module assembly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement. As a result, the... Read more →

Fiscal cliff deal largely disappointing for consumers

Despite the significant hype, I wasn’t very worried that Congress and the president wouldn’t reach a deal on the so called fiscal cliff. What I was concerned about was how the deal would affect consumers, particularly older Americans. The fiscal cliff deal has a number of items that will benefit... Read more →

Top 10 consumer stories of 2012

Last year was a mixed year for consumers. While there were a few encouraging happenings, such as positive election results and new consumer programs, much remains to be done, such as action on climate change and policies to deal with mass murders. Here's my list of the top consumer stories... Read more →

Happy New Year

I had a great New Years Eve celebration with my daughter and her family. The kids stayed up until midnight and had a good time. I hope that everything goes well for you and your loved ones in 2013. While things are improving for consumers as the economy recovers slowly,... Read more →