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March 2014

Recall of the Week: General Motors adds nearly 1 million newer vehicles to its ignition switch recall

Photo: IFCAR General Motors said Friday it will replace the ignition switch in all model years of its Chevrolet Cobalt, HHR, Pontiac G5, Solstice, and Saturn Ion and Sky vehicles in the United States because faulty switches may have been used to repair the vehicles. The parts are involved in... Read more →

Fandango, Credit Karma settle federal charges they didn’t protect consumers’ personal information as promised

Two companies have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they misrepresented the security of their mobile applications and failed to secure the transmission of millions of consumers’ sensitive personal information from their mobile apps. The FTC lawsuit also charged that Fandango and Credit Karma disabled a critical default... Read more →

Millennials and baby boomers: Is a showdown coming?

The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook A new book by Paul Taylor and the Pew Research center, “The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown,” describes a different America in years to come. Millennials, born after 1980, are well educated, tech... Read more →

FDA’s voluntary effort to reduce antibiotic use for farm animals too weak, won’t cut use

Photo: H20 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration report released Wednesday on the progress of its voluntary approach to reducing the use of antibiotics in farm animals shows the weakness of not requiring cuts in the drugs administered. Natural Resources Defense Council said that the FDA’s voluntary plan won’t do... Read more →

Baby boomer bloggers tackle the topics of grandkids, moving, music, travel, and health

Karen Austin of The Generation Above Me is the host for the Best of Boomer Blogs #350. Yes, that’s right. Our blogging group has posted its offerings a record 350 times. And, now that spring is here, boomer bloggers are on the go and writing about keeping in touch with... Read more →

Recall of the Week: General Motors cars due to possible airbag failure

Photo: Bull-Doser After General Motors recalled more than 1 million vehicles due to faulty ignition switches, the company is recalling another 1.18 million vehicles because a wiring defect may cause the side airbags not to deploy. The models are involved are the 2008-2013 Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, 2009-2013 Chevrolet... Read more →

Baby boomers: Get screened now for colorectal cancer

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer, cancer of the colon or rectum, is the nation’s second leading cancer killer of men and women in the United States. About 137,000 adults are diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year. In 2010, more than 52,000 Americans died from it. If you're... Read more →

Banks complete obligations under huge mortgage settlement, but many consumers didn’t receive help

While the monitor for the settlement with mortgage providers issued a report Tuesday saying the banks have satisfied their consumer relief and refinancing obligations required by the National Mortgage Settlement, many consumers weren’t helped or received little assistance. Consumer advocates critical of the settlement said several million consumers who received... Read more →

Toyota settles criminal charges over unintended acceleration, pays $1.2 billion fine

Toyota Motor Co. will admit wrongdoing and pay a $1.2 billion fine, the largest fine assessed in the history of the auto industry, to partially settle a U.S. Department of Justice criminal investigation. The investigation focused on unintended vehicle accelerations that occurred in Toyota’s between 2009 and 2010 and resulted... Read more →

Health, art, taxes, and the web grab the attention of baby boomer bloggers this week

Tom Sightings of Sightings Over Sixty is the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #349. As March winds blow and I’m longing for spring, boomer consumers are writing about the 25th birthday of the World Wide Web, sunshine and vitamin D, art, drug interactions, and what you can... Read more →