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June 2016 Archives

Child's Death Prompts Recall of Ikea Dresser Sets

Anyone who has ever bought furniture from Ikea knows it can be frustrating to assemble the pieces. Perhaps for this reason people have not been securing some of the company’s dresser drawer sets to walls as instructed. Apparently failure to do so has grave consequences and the company is now recalling the deadly dressers.

Volkswagen Offers $15 Billion to Settle Diesel Scandal Case

Volkswagen owners may be happy to hear that the car company that rigged its diesel emission tests has submitted a $15 billion settlement offer for review with a federal court in San Francisco. The settlement, if approved, would set aside about $10 billion dollars for owners and pay about five billion dollars in fines to state and federal agencies.

According to Bloomberg News, which first reported the settlement, the car maker is also going to announce a settlement with states in another separate case soon. The settlement amount under consideration now is reportedly more than any other automaker has ever paid to settle a civil suit, and the automaker is still facing cases on three continents.

Chrysler has had its share of recall problems lately, especially with its Jeeps. For the most part, these issues might've flown under the radar, but those days may be over. Actor Anton Yelchin, perhaps most famous for his role as Chekov in the recently rebooted Star Trek movies, was killed when his Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled over him in his own driveway.

And now, what would be seen as a tragic accident has exposed more issues with Jeeps, as Yelchin's death has been linked to a known defect with the vehicle's gear shifter that was already subject to a recall from Chrysler.

What You Need From a Mattress Return Policy

You bought a fancy mattress online and were very excited but now you're finding that there is no rest for the weary. You toss and turn and are burning with a desire to send this mattress back to wherever it came from. Can you?

The answer is most likely yes, but it depends. Returns are governed by the law and by seller policies. There is no blanket prohibition on returning mattresses, but retailers may put prohibitions on returns for particular items if those limitations are in line with state law. Let's consider what the shopping experts at Consumer Reports say you should seek in a mattress return policy.

New Law Bans Car Rental Company Use of Recalled Vehicles

A new law bans rental car companies with vehicle fleets of 35-cars or more from renting out a recalled vehicle before it has been repaired. Sounds like a good idea, right? And it seems a little strange that this was not on the books before. But it was not and, as is often the case, this law came to exist because people were hurt by its absence.

It took effect this week, reports the Detroit News, and the woman responsible for its introduction is a mother, Cally Houck. She lost two daughters to a car crash in California in 2004, which involved a recalled rental vehicle. Houck reportedly lobbied in Congress "for years" until the Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act was approved last year.

General Mills Recalls 10 Million Pounds of Flour

Flour seems about as basic as an ingredient gets, and it’s hard to believe that it can make you sick (unless you’re allergic to gluten, of course). But yesterday General Mills recalled 10 million pounds of flour linked to an E. coli outbreak that has affected 38 people in 20 states since last December, according to USA Today.

To be clear, no one has confirmed that General Mills brand flour is specifically problematic. But the company voluntarily recalled various types of flours, listed below, in an abundance of caution. General Mills also took the opportunity to remind consumers of how to handle flour.