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- Model year 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchbacks recalledThe vehicle may stall when driven under high load By James Limbach of ConsumerAffairs February 22, 2019 Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 3,424 model year 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchbacks equipped with Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVT). The pump impeller blades within the torque converter may detach, especially when driven under high load, potentially causing a vehicle stall. A vehicle stall, especially when driving a high rate of speed, can increase the risk of a crash. What to do Toyota has notified owners, and dealers will replace the CVT and torque converter, free of charge. An interim letter was mailed on January 28, 2019, to notify owners about the issue. A second letter will be sent when the remedy is available. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. Toyota's number for this recall is J17/J07. ..... Read More.6 hours ago
- Google to end forced arbitration agreements for employeesThe new policy will go into effect on March 21 By Christopher Maynard of ConsumerAffairs February 22, 2019 Google has announced that it will soon no longer require its employees to sign forced arbitration agreements, which essentially waive workers rights to a day in court if they suffer injuries, harassment, or other negative consequences from working at a company. Company officials said that the new policy would go into effect on March 21, and it would apply to all of its workers around the globe. However, the new policy would not apply to claims that have already been settled by arbitration, according to an Axios report. Workers will also still have the option of going to arbitration if they wish to do so. The new standards would not only apply to full-time workers, but to temporary and contract workers that work directly for the company though firms that hire these… ..... Read More.6 hours ago
- FDA warns about potentially harmful dietary supplementsAmericans spent more than $40 billion on supplements last year, with 3 out of 4 people regularly taking them ..... Read More.6 hours ago
- California Bill Would Make Clergy Report Abuse Revealed in ConfessionsA California lawmaker says clergy should be required to report suspected child abuse and neglect even if they learn of it during confession. Democratic Sen. Jerry Hill said the bill he introduced Wednesday is “about the safety and protection of … ..... Read More.6 hours ago
- Existing home sales drop again in JanuaryBut the median home price rises for the 83rd consecutive month By Mark Huffman of ConsumerAffairs February 22, 2019 It was a little harder to sell a home last month. Sales of existing homes dipped 1.2 percent from December and were down 8.5 percent from January 2018, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). But even though there were fewer homebuyers last month, those who did buy a house paid more for it. Existing home sales in January were weak compared to historical norms; however, they are likely to have reached a cyclical low, said Lawrence Yun, NARs chief economist. Moderating home prices combined with gains in household income will boost housing affordability, bringing more buyers to the market in the coming months. Home prices may be moderating, but they arent going down. The median price of a home sold in January rose 2.8 percent to $247,500. It… ..... Read More.6 hours ago
- Washington Dairy Farms Take $4M Hit from Cows Lost in BlizzardOfficials say the more than 1,800 dairy cows that died in a blizzard in southern Washington state earlier this month were a nearly $4 million loss, not including the lost milk production. Farm Service Agency program specialist Gerri Richter tells … ..... Read More.6 hours ago
- Junk food linked to varying levels of psychological distressA healthy diet can have benefits for mental health By Kristen Dalli of ConsumerAffairs February 22, 2019 The benefits of eating healthy seem to be endless. As researchers explore the various ways fruits and vegetables improve more than just our physical health, it could be more important than ever for consumers to swap out junk food for healthier options. Researchers have recently found that consumers who follow unhealthy diets report struggles with mental health when compared with those who ate healthier. This and other studies like it could have big implications for treatments in behavioral medicine, said researcher Jim E. Banta. Perhaps the time has come for us to take a closer look at the role of diet in mental health, because it could be that healthy diet choices contribute to mental health. More research is needed before we can answer definitively, but the evidence seems to be pointing in… ..... Read More.7 hours ago