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Progress made in public health, climate, and consumer protection during 2021, consumer group says

Since I wrote an article recently on the top consumer and personal finance stories of 2021, I was interested in a list offered by U.S. PIRG on the progress made in health, climate, and consumer issues in 2021. U.S. PIRG, a public interest research group, and its state partners worked on or supported many of these issues. Read more →


At last: Huge infrastructure bill gets signed into law

It’s a great occasion. President Joe Biden signed the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law today. People in the United States should be dancing in the streets. Nationally from 2003 to 2017, federal infrastructure spending dropped more than 20 percent. Read more →


Make sure you check for recalls when you buy a used car

In the past 10 years, nearly 300 million vehicles have been recalled for potential safety defects. Only 75 percent of those recalls have been addressed, leaving more than 72 million vehicles on the road with unrepaired recalls. As consumers go back into the car market, used cars are the most popular choice. Read more →


Stop using Maxtrade’s Coolster youth ATVs due to crash hazard and failure to meet safety standard, CPSC and company advise

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Maxtrade are warning consumers to immediately stop using Maxtrade’s Coolster youth ATV-3050-C and ATV-3050-B models to avoid serious injury or death. These youth ATVs don’t meet CPSC’s mandatory safety standards. Read more →


Skate & scoot scooters by Jakks Pacific are being recalled due to fall hazard

Jakks Pacific is recalling about 162,300 MorfBoard skate & scoot combo scooters with “Y” handlebars. The “Y” handlebar joint on the scooter can break, posing a fall hazard. The company has received 18 reports of the “Y” handlebars breaking. Read more →


Consumer Reports, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety team up to offer list of best new cars for teens

Parents shopping for a safe and reliable 2020 model for their teen drivers can consult a list of recommended vehicles by Consumer Reports and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The organizations created this resource following their recently published list of recommended used vehicles for teens. Read more →


Facts and figures for the holidays 2019: Travel

A record number of Americans  – 115.6 million – will travel this holiday season. That’s an increase of 3.9 percent over last year, or 4.3 million more people taking a holiday getaway. More than 104 million of those holiday travelers will drive to their destinations. Read more →


Number of retirees with mortgages increases dramatically

Retirement is different than it used to be. Many more retirees are still trying to pay off their homes. One of four homeowners 30 years ago who were in their late 60s and 70s still had a mortgage. These days, nearly half have one. Read more →


Watch out for flood-damaged used vehicles in the Washington, D.C., area

With a Monday storm, which released a month’s worth of rain in an hour, flood damaged vehicles in the Washington, D.C., area could run in the hundreds. Because of the technology found in today’s vehicles, it’s critical that you avoid getting stuck with one of these lemons. Read more →