Consumer Reports survey: Hybrids are most reliable vehicles
DETROIT — (AP) — 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. Reliabilty was extremely or very important to 94% of prospective auto buyers, the survey found, and 80% said the same about fuel economy, Consumer Reports said. Tesla, which makes the top selling electric vehicles sold in the U.S., rose four spots to rank No. In theory, electric vehicles should be more reliable than internal combustion vehicles, Fisher said. Of 11 EVs for which Consumer Reports had adequate survey data, only four had average or better reliability.wftv.com
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
🔌Nearly half of Americans unaware of incentives for electric vehicles, survey says
With gas prices taking a toll on people’s wallets, Consumer Reports (CR) has a new survey of what Americans think about battery electric vehicles (EVs) and low carbon fuels. The nationally representative survey of 8,027 American consumers, which was fielded in late January and February, is the largest national survey sample in the history of CR, the nonprofit consumer research, testing, and advocacy organization.
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
Recall alert: Jeep Grand Cherokee, Grand Cherokee L SUVs recalled due to faulty taillights
(NCD)A faulty taillight that does not illuminate at night is the reason for the recall of nearly 100,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee L SUVs. >> Read more trending newsAutomaker Stellantis is recalling 99,200 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Jeep Grand Cherokee L SUVs from 2021 and 2022, Cars.com reported. #Recall: Owners of 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2021-2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L SUVs should check whether their vehicle has been recalled to fix faulty tail lights that don’t illuminate at night. https://t.co/XecgJBbIEO — Consumer Reports (@ConsumerReports) August 4, 2022The taillights were installed on Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs built from May 17, 2021, through Nov. 18, 2021, and Jeep Grand Cherokee L SUVs manufactured from Dec. 3, 2020, through Nov. 23, 2021, according to Consumer Reports. A Jeep spokesperson told Consumer Reports that the automaker is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this recall.wftv.com
3️⃣ ways to take some heat off your electricity bill
Just about everything costs more right now, that goes for our groceries, supplies and anything and everything in our homes, including electricity bills. Experts at Consumer Reports share some simple tips to cut utility costs without sacrificing the comforts of home.
🥩These 3 grills are recommended by consumer experts
Maybe you’re a die-hard fan and grill year-round, but for many of us, spring and summer are the best times for a barbecue. And if your grill has seen better days, Consumer Reports is here with recommendations from its latest tests of charcoal and gas models.
Recall alert: Frigidaire, Electrolux refrigerators recalled due to ice maker choking hazard
Frigidaire and Electrolux refrigerators are being recalled after a possible choking hazard from the ice maker. The CPSC says Electrolux has received about 185 reports of the ice level detector breaking. Consumer Reports says 370,000 Electrolux and Frigidaire refrigerators have been sold in the United States and Canada that are affected by the recall. In order to fix it, CPSC says to empty the ice bucket and contact Electrolux who will schedule an appointment with a technician for you so that the ice maker can be replaced and it will be free. Consumer Reports says to call Electrolux at 833-840-5926, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website at icemakerrecall.com.wftv.com
🧟‘Zombie clause,’ ban on nuclear weapons hidden in these tech user agreements
Imagine if you entered a restaurant and the manager asked you to sign a contract blocking you from suing the business if everyone falls ill, and barring you from writing a bad online review. The agreement might even spell out what happens if zombies invade.
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
💻Add virtual ‘supervision’ over your kids’ screen time and digital content with these settings, apps
Limiting the amount of time we spend glued to our electronic devices can be hard for adults, and it’s especially tough for kids, who often use screens for school, fun and everything in between. But as Consumer Reports explains, the same companies that create these addictive devices are offering new ways to limit screen time, giving parents some much-needed control.
🚗 Passed gas? This hybrid car will pay for itself in 2 years with average price at pump in Florida
With gas prices at or near record highs, if you’re in the market to buy a car right now, fuel efficiency might be high on your wish-list! Consumer Reports explains there are lots of other good reasons, including fuel economy, to consider buying a hybrid vehicle.
🔓Here’s how to save energy, money while doing laundry
Doing laundry isn’t a chore that’s going to disappear anytime soon, and neither are the costs involved in doing it. But as Consumer Reports explains, a few simple, eco-friendly changes (and the right detergent) in the laundry room can help lower your energy bills.
🔓Consumer experts find some security systems can be hacked, disabled
Millions of us rely on home security systems for protection. But what if those security systems themselves are not so secure when it comes to attacks from hackers? Consumer Reports found that some of them can be disabled in a matter of seconds with a process called “jamming,” potentially putting you and your family at risk.
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
🔓'Candling and Q-Tips’ earwax removal: DIY or no?
Are you one of those people who enjoy watching videos about cleaning out ears? Believe it or not, videos with the hashtag #earwax have amassed over 5 billion views on TikTok alone. And you may be surprised by the ways many people clean their ears. Consumer Reports’ experts put their ear to the ground to find out what the safest methods are for removing earwax.
Recall alert: Audi, Subaru announce recalls over possible power loss issues
DETROIT — Audi and Subaru announced recalls on Wednesday over concerns about potential power loss issues. A software issue could allow the transmission to engage before the drive chain is properly secured, according to Consumer Reports. Some 2019 and 2020 Ascent SUVs are also affected by the recall, according to the AP. https://t.co/FeMpiDM8n9 — Consumer Reports (@ConsumerReports) December 15, 2021The Subaru recall includes 198,255 sedans and SUVs, according to Consumer Reports. There were 160,941 Subaru Ascents from 2019 and 2020, 2,057 Subaru Legacy vehicles from 2020 and 35,257 Subaru Ascents from 2020.wftv.com
Recall alert: Toyota Tundra pickups recalled after headlights catch fire
Recall: Toyota is recalling more than 158,000 Tundra pickups because of halogen headlines that have caused fires. (John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images)Citing faulty headlights that could catch fire, Toyota announced that it is recalling more than 158,000 Tundra pickup trucks. >> Read more trending newsThe car manufacturer said the 158,489 affected models are from 2018 to 2021, according to Consumer Reports. Only trucks with halogen headlights are included in the recall, Toyota said. The problem that led to the recall was faulty wiring that incorrectly illuminates the pickup’s high- and low-beam bulb, according to Consumer Reports.wftv.com
Recall alert: BMW recalling 50K vehicles over braking defect
BMW recall A braking defect has resulted in the recall of more than 50,000 BMW sedans and SUVs. (Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images)BMW announced Thursday that it is recalling more than 50,000 vehicles to address a software problem that hampers braking. >> Read more trending newsThe automobile company said it was recalling cars and SUVs from 2019 to 2021 because of the braking assist defect, according to Consumer Reports. https://t.co/Yr4xJ8sE7y — Consumer Reports (@ConsumerReports) August 6, 2021BMW said that when consumers start up the vehicles, the engine management software may cause loss of braking assist, the website reported. A BMW spokesperson told Consumer Reports in an email that the automaker is not aware of any crashes attributed to this issue.wftv.com
Safety ratings yanked after Tesla pulls radar from 2 models
DETROIT — (AP) — Two key groups that offer automobile safety ratings have yanked their top endorsements of some Tesla vehicles because the company has stopped using radar on its safety systems. Consumer Reports pulled its “Top Pick” status for Tesla's Model 3 and Y vehicles built after April 27, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety plans to remove the vehicles' “Top Safety Pick Plus” designation. The U.S. government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is no longer giving the Models 3 and Y check marks on its website for having forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and emergency brake support. Consumer Reports says that removing radar and relying solely on cameras means the safety features may not be there when needed. A message was left Thursday seeking comment from Tesla, which has disbanded its media relations department.wftv.com