Consumer Reports survey: Hybrids are most reliable vehicles
Gas-electric hybrids were the most dependable vehicles sold in the U.S. in the past year, while big pickup trucks and fully electric automobiles performed the worst in Consumer Reports' annual reliability survey. Hybrid technology has been around for more than two decades, and even though the vehicles switch between electric and gasoline power, they don't have a lot of the technology or complex multi-speed transmissions that have caused problems with other vehicles, said Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing. “Hybrids are very conventionally built vehicles,” Fisher said.news.yahoo.com
After E. Coli Outbreak, CR Experts Warn Against Eating All Wendy's Sandwiches and Salads With Romaine Lettuce
The food chain is removing the lettuce from its sandwiches in some states, but CR urges greater caution until more is known about the source of the outbreak.By Lisa L. GillThirty-seven people hav...news.yahoo.com
Crisis in Sri Lanka: Protests turn deadly as government and economy near total collapse
Protests in Sri Lanka turned deadly this week as the country faces imminent bankruptcy. In Colombo, the capital city, supporters of the now-resigned Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa reportedly attacked antigovernment demonstrators, which led to multiple deaths and property damage, including the burning of several homes owned by current members of the government. In the days since, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, brother of the former prime minister, has refused calls to resign and authorized the military to shoot protesters on sight should they be deemed a threat.news.yahoo.com
Ford Mustang Mach-E Replaces Tesla Model 3 as Consumer Reports' Electric Vehicle Top Pick
We explain how this new electric vehicle bumped the Model 3 from our annual Top PicksBy Jeff S. BartlettIn its annual Top Picks, Consumer Reports highlights the standout cars, SUVs, and trucks ac...news.yahoo.com
How to safeguard against carbon monoxide poisoning
Consumer Reports explains what you need to know about the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning, and how to safeguard against that hazard. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that from 2005 to 2017, more than 900 people died of carbon monoxide poisoning while using portable generators. To reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, some new generators feature a built-in sensor that triggers an automatic shutoff if CO gas builds up to dangerous levels in an enclosed space, like a garage or carport. All of them passed CR’s new CO safety technology test, shutting down before carbon monoxide reached specified limits in this enclosed chamber. CR will now only recommend portable generators with an automatic shutoff for dangerous levels of CO.
Better Business Bureau issues warning after New River Valley man loses $1,600 to lottery scam
The Better Business Bureau Serving Western Virginia warns this is a time scammers take advantage of with lottery and sweepstakes scams. Lottery and sweepstakes scams have been around for years. Wheeler said people let their guard down they hear scam artists use well-known names like Publishers Clearing House for a sweepstakes win, sometimes they even use BBB to create credibility. It should be noted the real Publishers Clearing House is BBB accredited. Bradford paid a total of $1,600 in four pre-paid visa gift cards.
Mazda No. 1 in Consumer Reports 2020 auto reliability survey
DETROIT – Mazda beat traditional winners Lexus and Toyota to win top honors as the most dependable auto brand in Consumer Reports' annual reliability survey. Mazda took top honors for the first time in the survey, which this year included Consumer Reports organization members who own more than 300,000 vehicles from model years 2000 to 2020. Consumer Reports said that the Ford Explorer SUV, redesigned for the 2020 model year, is among the lowest-scoring models of any manufacturer with transmission, electronic, and engine issues. Only the company's Model 3 small car was rated as reliable and recommended by Consumer Reports. Nearly half of the new models have much worse than average reliability, Consumer Reports said.
How to shop smarter to get the groceries you need
ROANOKE, Va. – As more people are staying home and practicing social distancing, the task of getting groceries is becoming increasingly challenging. Consumer Reports senior editor Tobie Stanger blames poor supply-chain planning for some of the difficulties. While some grocery workers may be at home sick or caring for others, delivery services are also gaining more customers so all around, it’s been hard for them to keep up. You can also find groceries and toiletries at places that aren’t supermarkets, like CVS or Lowe’s. If you prefer to use grocery delivery or pickup Stanger has some special tips for that as well.
How to stay on your feet during flu season
Fall is in the air, but winter is on its way, ringing flu season with it. The health team at Consumer Reports says one key to staying on your feet is by paying attention to your hands. If you can't get to a sink -- use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. And remember, the number one way to reduce your risk of catching the flu is by getting a flu shot. All Consumer Reports material Copyright 2019 Consumer Reports, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Is your tap water OK to drink? Here's how to find out
Reports of lead in drinking water in several communities across the country may have you wondering what's in your tap water. Most municipal water in the U.S. appears to be safe to drink and free from harmful contaminants, according to EPA data. Consumer Reports says if you're connected to a community water system and pay your own bill, you should receive an annual water quality report called a Consumer Confidence Report, or CCR. You should also get your water tested if your home was built before 1986 when lead-free pipes were mandated. All Consumer Reports material Copyright 2019 Consumer Reports, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
How to safely put your trick-or-treater in a car seat
But Consumer Reports warns there might be a real-life scare inside your car -- bulky or puffy costumes might cause your child's car seat harness to not fit correctly, which means it might not offer optimal protection in a crash. Consumer Reports advises having your child change into their costumes after they get to the party. Children are more than twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on Halloween than on any other day of the year. All Consumer Reports material Copyright 2019 Consumer Reports, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Consumer Reports is a not-for-profit organization which accepts no advertising.
In-bed sleepers linked to at least a dozen deaths
Months after the recall of millions of popular infant inclined sleep products, new data shows potential dangers with other sleep products. This time, in-bed sleepers are the issue. Consumer Reports found major safety issues with in-bed infant sleeper products, like the Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Infant Sleeper, DockATot and SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper. In-bed sleepers are not required to meet any federal safety standards related to infant sleep, but cribs, bassinets and play yards are. All Consumer Reports material Copyright 2019 Consumer Reports, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
As more deer come out in the fall, Consumer Reports explains how to avoid a crash
That's one reason why insurance claims for deer strikes spike in the fall. To avoid hitting a deer, Consumer Reports auto expert Jennifer Stockburger offers the following advice. Instead, Consumer Reports recommends you slow down as quickly and safely as you can. All Consumer Reports material Copyright 2019 Consumer Reports, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Consumer Reports is a not-for-profit organization which accepts no advertising.
Is your smartphone really listening to your conversations?
If you've ever had that feeling that your smartphone is listening to your conversations or tracking what you're looking at, you're not alone. "This is something that researchers have looked at a lot," said Bree Fowler, Consumer Reports tech editor. "And despite all those weird feelings, they've yet to find any evidence that phones and the apps on them are actually recording or listening to your conversations." All Consumer Reports material Copyright 2019 Consumer Reports, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Consumer Reports is a not-for-profit organization which accepts no advertising.
How to avoid digesting microplastics
But it has become more than just a part of our lives -- Consumer Reports says it has unwittingly become a part of our diet, too. We call these little fragments microplastics -- they're five millimeters at their largest but they can be much smaller, they can be microscopic," says Kevin Loria, Consumer Reports health editor. To eat less plastic, Consumer Reports says start by drinking tap water. All Consumer Reports material Copyright 2019 Consumer Reports, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Consumer Reports is a not-for-profit organization which accepts no advertising.
How different plant-based milks measure up to cow's milk
Here's how milk alternatives stack up to cow's milk when it comes to taste and nutrition. More than half of plant milk buyers in a Consumer Reports survey said they think it's healthier than cow's milk. If you're ready to replace milk from a cow with milk from a plant, consider starting with soy, which is closest to cow's milk nutritionally. Consumer Reports says almond milk is the most popular plant milk. All Consumer Reports material Copyright 2019 Consumer Reports, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Frozen foods that are worth your freezer space
ROANOKE, Va. - Frozen foods can be a lifesaver when you don't have the time or ingredients to make a meal from scratch -- but Consumer Reports says you do have to be careful what you choose. Consumer Reports says the healthiest frozen foods are the single-ingredient ones. "Look for high-quality whole foods you can use as ingredients to make quick, healthy meals," said Amy Keating, Consumer Reports nutritionist. Since these are foods that usually take a long time to cook, using frozen can be a real time-saver -- and a money-saver. All Consumer Reports material Copyright 2019 Consumer Reports, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Common beauty products that can pose dangers to children
ROANOKE, Va. - Most of us know to keep things like cleaning products away from kids, but many don't realize that common beauty items can be just as dangerous. "Most of these injuries were due to kids swallowing personal care products, which led to poisoning," said Consumer Reports' Lauren Friedman. "The second most common scenario were these products coming in contact with kids' skin or eyes leading to a chemical burn." To better protect your family, Consumer Reports says personal care products should be stored securely out of reach and out of site. All poison control centers can be reached by calling the same number at (800) 222-1222.
How nature can help with stress, fatigue
And Consumer Reports says you don't have to spend hours in the wilderness to benefit. "One study shows that as little as 20 minutes in or near green spaces may help lower stress hormones," said Kevin Loria, Consumer Reports health editor. "And even something as simple as taking care of your potted plants could help reduce stress." To get the most out of your time outside, Consumer Reports says leave the electronics behind and simply enjoy all that nature has to offer. All Consumer Reports material Copyright 2019 Consumer Reports, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Burger showdown: Do plant-based burgers live up to the hype?
ROANOKE, Va. - It's the ultimate burger showdown meatless burgers that is. But the Impossible Burger was that much closer to a mimic of real meat, because of the taste and appearance," said Amy Keating, Consumer Reports nutritionist. Because both burgers are plant-based, you might think they are healthier than an actual burger. Unlike the Beyond and Impossible Burgers, IT doesn't try to taste exactly like meat, and it has less sodium, fat, calories and fewer highly-processed ingredients. All Consumer Reports material Copyright 2019 Consumer Reports, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
How to beat seasonal allergies
Whether allergens come from outside the house or in, Consumer Reports says to put your appliances to use to eliminate them. The A/C can also cut humidity, limiting the growth of mold and dust mites -- but be sure to clean the filter regularly. Wipe out dust mites from your bedding by using the sanitizing cycle on your washer which uses extra heat that can kill mites. All Consumer Reports material Copyright 2019 Consumer Reports, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Consumer Reports is a not-for-profit organization which accepts no advertising.
Breakdown: Which food delivery services are best?
If you've been thinking about trying a grocery delivery service, here's a look at if they're worth the money and which service works best. Consumer Reports put seven grocery delivery services to the test by ordering the same products from each company. Shipt, owned by Target, and Amazon Prime Now led the pack in Consumer Reports' overall satisfaction score. While some services like FreshDirect packed food thoroughly, Consumer Reports says others didn't take recommended safety precautions with raw meat and poultry. All Consumer Reports material Copyright 2019 Consumer Reports, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
How the right homeowners' insurance can protect you
Consumer Reports says the right homeowner's insurance can help protect you. "The key is to get your home and its contents protected, at the best price," said Tobie Stanger, Consumer Reports money editor. Consumer Reports recommends insuring your home for the full replacement cost. "The two at the very top of the ratings, USAA, which mainly deals with military, veterans and their families -- and Amica -- are not available on homeowners' insurance search sites," said Stanger. All Consumer Reports material Copyright 2019 Consumer Reports, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
How to avoid pesky pop-up ads
ROANOKE, Va. - If you're seeing ads that seem to be based on your browsing history, you're not alone. Those are called targeted ads, and Consumer Reports says instead of reaching a mass audience like TV commercials do, targeted ads allow advertisers to reach specific consumers. Consumer Reports says companies do this -in part- by keeping track of what you're searching for online. You can also consider using browsers like Brave and Firefox that have built-in ways to help stop targeted ads. All Consumer Reports material Copyright 2019 Consumer Reports, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.