Inquiring Consumer Archive: February, 2011

The fight to kill CPSC's new public database

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House Republicans are trying to block next month's launch of a new database aimed at protecting consumers by giving them access to product... Read more

Toyota's latest recall: The end of the story?

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Toyota added more than 2 million vehicles today to the nearly eight million recalls in 2009 and 2010 for "sticky pedals" or floor-mat problems... Read more

Curious facts in the new credit-card market

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Am I the only one who finds this puzzling? A year after key new credit-card rules went into effect, including the rule that bars raising interest... Read more

When 'behavioral marketing' turns creepy

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Probably all journalists face this sometimes: the ironic overlap of two totally unrelated stories. I had that experience last week, when the... Read more

How Google was gamed, big-time, to boost JC Penney

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Tech-savvy consumers have long suspected what many in the retail world already know: Google's "organic" search results are open to serious... Read more

Does NASA study end all Toyota concerns?

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A 10-month study by the space agency's engineering experts appears to close the chapter on Toyota's unintended-acceleration complaints. But... Read more

Current TV and Olbermann: A perfect fit?

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I may be one of the few people who didn't say, "huh, what's that?" at the news that Keith Olbermann is going to Current TV. From what I recall... Read more

New consumer agency wants to connect

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The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau won't be fully operational till this summer. But it has a website, as well as accounts on Twitter... Read more