Rental car companies will stop renting recalled cars

Renting a car just got a little safer thanks to an agreement with the top four rental car companies. Enterprise/National/Alamo, Hertz/Advantage, Avis/Budget, and Dollar/Thrift agreed to keep recalled cars off the road and agreed to support a bill to make this a law. The Senate bill would require all recalled vehicles to be taken out…

Parents still making mistakes with car seats

A new study finds parents are still making mistakes with car seats. It’s essential the seat is installed and used properly because car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 14, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Safe Kids USA looked at 79,000 child safety inspections, and found…

Creepy crawler recall

I’ve covered a lot of recalls, but this is a first. A spider is the reason Mazda is recalling 2009-2010 Mazda6 cars. Mazda says a spider may weave its web in a vent line connected to the fuel tank. This can lead to a crack in the fuel tank and possibly a fire.  An estimated…

Two consumer changes caught in the crosshairs of debate

Two new consumer rules that will transform two different industries are under attack. The Consumer Product Safety Commission will launch a public database in March with consumer complaints about products. The site, Safer Products,  is already taking complaints from parents in advance of the official launch. There is concern the data will be unverified and give anyone the…

Ford Windstars recalled again

More troubling news for Ford Windstar owners, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ford announce another recall. Certain model year  1999-2003 Windstar vans originally sold or currently registered in some cold weather states are part of the recall.  The recall will fix brackets and mounts in the front subframe that may separate and…