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Rental car companies will stop renting recalled cars

On September 28, 2012

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 of circulation as soon as…

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Parents still making mistakes with car seats

On September 15, 2011

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 less than 1/3 of forward…

Consumer Tips / Parenting

New resource to report an unsafe product

On March 11, 2011

Before you make your next big purchase for your child or yourself, you may want to look at the product’s safety record. The Consumer Product Safety Commission makes complaints public giving parents insight into potential safety issues.

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Two consumer changes caught in the crosshairs of debate

On February 24, 2011

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 ability to complain about anything….

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Ford Windstars recalled again

On January 27, 2011

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 cause steering problems. Ford says…

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Some side air bags save lives – does yours?

On January 20, 2011

Do you have side air bags? They’re an option in newer vehicles. Having lost a sibling in a crash, it’s something I thought about after a hit and run accident totaled my car almost four years ago. However, they weren’t standard in the brand I bought at the time. I thought long and hard about spending the extra money, but…

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Recalled cars still on the road

On January 11, 2011

We have car recalls all the time, but the Ford Windstar recall is causing quite a headache for drivers. It’s the age of the car and the problem that creates a unique situation. Ford announced the recall of 1998-2003 Ford Windstars in certain cold weather states in August due to corrosion of the rear axle. The repairs began in November,…