Consumer Goods

  • Recalls This Week: Bed handles, roasting pans Associated Press - Sat, Sep 19, 2015 6:19 AM NZST

    More than 100,000 bed handles intended to assist older or disabled adults are being recalled after they were linked to three deaths due to a potential strangulation hazard. Other recalled consumer products ...

  • Can car title co-signer trade car separately? Bankrate.com - Fri, Sep 18, 2015 10:00 PM NZST

    Dear Driving for Dollars, My 20-year-old son wants to buy a brand-new car. He has a perfectly good used car right now that has my name and his on the car title. He told me he is going to go to a dealer ...

  • Toyota recalls 400K RAV4s due to faulty windshield wipers Associated Press - Fri, Sep 18, 2015 4:54 AM NZST

    Toyota is recalling about 421,000 RAV4 vehicles because of potential corrosion in their windshield wipers could make them inoperable. The vehicles include model years ranging from 2009 to 2012 and about ...

  • CD rates for Sept. 17, 2015 Bankrate.com - Thu, Sep 17, 2015 10:00 PM NZST

    Interest Rate Roundup Compare CD rates nationally and in your area. CDs 1-year CD yields: 0.28% 5-year CD yields: 0.86% High rollers got a boost in this week's survey of certificate of deposit rates. Jumbo ...

  • National mortgage rates for Sept. 17, 2015 Bankrate.com - Thu, Sep 17, 2015 10:00 PM NZST

    Interest Rate Roundup Find the best mortgage rates in your area. Mortgages 30-year fixed: 4.06% Average points: 0.23 Mortgage rates barely budged this week, according to Bankrate.com's survey of interest ...

  • Annual Japan video game show opens with record exhibitors Associated Press - Thu, Sep 17, 2015 8:41 PM NZST

    Japan's annual video game show opened Thursday with a record number of exhibitors, including independent companies and newcomers, a positive sign for an industry that has faced tough competition from games ...

  • US milk industry fights back AAP - Thu, Sep 17, 2015 4:00 PM NZST

    America's milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy. As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group has been pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk. Julia Kadison, of Milk Processor Education Program, which represents milk companies, said the breaking point came last year when the British Medical Journal published a study suggesting drinking lots of milk could lead to earlier death and a higher incident of fractures.

  • New York smoking rate goes back down after startling rise Associated Press - Thu, Sep 17, 2015 2:53 PM NZST

    The ranks of smokers are dwindling after a surprising uptick in a city known for tough steps to discourage tobacco use, health officials said Wednesday. A 2014 Department of Health survey showed fewer ...

  • Oroton profit slumps 68% AAP - Thu, Sep 17, 2015 1:08 PM NZST

    Luxury handbag and accessories retailer Oroton has suffered a huge hit to its full year profit as it transitions away from heavy discounting and expands the GAP clothing brand. Oroton's profit for the 12 months to July 25 tumbled 68 per cent to $2.6 million, from $8.3 million a year earlier. Chief executive Mark Newman says the drop in earnings was partly due to the retailer reining in heavy discounts on its Oroton range.

  • Agriculture secretary announces goal for cutting food waste Associated Press - Thu, Sep 17, 2015 8:59 AM NZST

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a goal Wednesday to cut the amount of food that Americans waste by 50 percent by 2030. "The United States enjoys the most productive and abundant food supply ...

  • Tech disruption hangs over automakers at Frankfurt show Associated Press - Thu, Sep 17, 2015 4:12 AM NZST
    Tech disruption hangs over automakers at Frankfurt show

    A sense of impending disruption hangs over all the shiny new cars at this year's edition of the Frankfurt International Motor Show. The potential impact of automated driving and of extensively connected ...

  • Recaro recalls child car seats; top tether can come loose Associated Press - Thu, Sep 17, 2015 1:08 AM NZST

    Recaro Child Safety is recalling more than 173,000 car seats in the U.S. because the top tether can detach from the seat in a crash. The recall affects ProRide and Performance Ride seats made before June ...

  • FDA halts sales of 4 R.J. Reynolds cigarette brands Associated Press - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 10:57 AM NZST
    FDA halts sales of 4 R.J. Reynolds cigarette brands

    The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday banned sales of four cigarette brands from R.J. Reynolds because they did not meet the agency's safety review requirements. Under FDA rules, companies that launch ...

  • United Auto Workers and Fiat Chrysler reach tentative contract deal. Associated Press - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 10:48 AM NZST

    United Auto Workers and Fiat Chrysler reach tentative contract deal.

  • Carlsberg recalls Staropramen beer after tainted kegs found Associated Press - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 7:40 AM NZST

    Danish brewer Carlsberg says it's recalling more than 4,600 kegs of Staropramen beer in Sweden after identifying two cases where the kegs were filled with cleaning solution, injuring two people. Carlsberg ...

  • Wine and tapas? Taco Bell to serve them in Chicago Associated Press - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 6:34 AM NZST
    Wine and tapas? Taco Bell to serve them in Chicago

    What kind of wine pairs best with a Chalupa? Taco Bell customers in Chicago and San Francisco will soon be able to find out. The chain says it will open a location that serves wine, beer, sangria and frozen ...

  • Carlsberg recalls Staropramen beer after chemical found Associated Press - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 5:25 AM NZST

    Danish brewer Carlsberg says it's recalling more than 4,600 kegs of Staropramen beer in Sweden after identifying two cases where the kegs were filled with cleaning solution, injuring two people. Carlsberg ...

  • Mayor: Toronto not bidding for 2024 Olympics Associated Press - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 4:33 AM NZST
    Mayor: Toronto not bidding for 2024 Olympics

    Mayor John Tory said Toronto will be a great venue for the Olympics one day. Just not in 2024. Tory said Tuesday that Canada's largest city is going to stay out of the race for the 2024 Olympics because ...

  • Europe's mass market cars get spruced up for competition Associated Press - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 3:12 AM NZST
    Europe's mass market cars get spruced up for competition

    Automakers jostling in Europe's fiercely competitive market for basic transportation are sprucing up their new models with safety and entertainment technology that used to be found on more expensive cars. ...

  • I want my car repossessed. Why won't they? Bankrate.com - Tue, Sep 15, 2015 10:00 PM NZST

    Dear Bankruptcy Adviser, I was forced to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy. I agreed to surrender my vehicle. After my Chapter 7 was discharged, I naturally expected my car to be picked up by the lender. It has ...

  • FCA recalling 27,520 Dodge Darts for safety issue Associated Press - Tue, Sep 15, 2015 2:18 PM NZST

    Fiat Chrysler is recalling 27,520 Dodge Darts worldwide because the small cars' transmissions can unexpectedly shift into neutral. The recall affects Dodge Darts from the 2013-2015 model years with dual ...

  • New regulations on sale of e-cigarettes set to take effect Associated Press - Tue, Sep 15, 2015 7:16 AM NZST

    Anyone under 18 years old will be barred from buying electronic cigarettes in Massachusetts and the liquid and gels used in the devices will have to be sold in child-resistant packaging under new regulations ...

  • Google names auto veteran to lead self-driving car push Associated Press - Tue, Sep 15, 2015 4:12 AM NZST
    Google names auto veteran to lead self-driving car push

    Google has hired auto industry veteran and former Hyundai U.S. CEO John Krafcik to run its self-driving car program. Krafcik, 53, is credited with turning around Hyundai's U.S. operations, leading the ...

  • M Night Shyamalan scares up profit with 'The Visit' CNBC - Tue, Sep 15, 2015 3:23 AM NZST
    M Night Shyamalan scares up profit with 'The Visit'

    M. Night Shyamalan is the latest director to partner with producer Jason Blum, who makes micro-budget horror films that turn fantastic profits.

  • In corn-growing states, tall crops pose seasonal road hazard Associated Press - Tue, Sep 15, 2015 12:46 AM NZST
    In corn-growing states, tall crops pose seasonal road hazard

    The broad leaves and thick stalks can stand up to 12 feet high, forming a wall of foliage that turns rural roads into long, narrow corridors of nothing but corn. For drivers navigating the gravel roads ...

  • Wraps come off new Holden Commodore AAP - Sun, Sep 13, 2015 5:31 AM NZST

    The end of an era draws near as Holden prepares to unveil the last Commodore to be built in Australia. The VF II Commodore will be unveiled at Holden's Port Melbourne plant on Sunday, a day after the company revealed it will retain more than 100 design jobs that had been destined for overseas. General Motors has decided to keep its powertrain engineering and development team in Australia.

  • Subway: Review finds 'serious' complaint about Jared Fogle Associated Press - Sun, Sep 13, 2015 1:30 AM NZST
    Subway: Review finds 'serious' complaint about Jared Fogle

    The Subway restaurant chain said it received a "serious" complaint about Jared Fogle when he was the company's spokesman but that the complaint did not imply any criminal sexual activity. The ...

  • Holden keeps 100 design jobs in Australia AAP - Sun, Sep 13, 2015 1:06 AM NZST
    Holden keeps 100 design jobs in Australia

    Holden will keep more than 100 design jobs and add 18 new positions after manufacturing ends in Australia in 2017. The powertrain engineering and development team will stay in Australia after General Motors reversed a decision to send the jobs overseas. "More than 100 additional Holden engineering staff will continue to apply their skills and talents to local and global vehicle programs," managing director Mark Bernhard said on Saturday.

  • Recalls this week: Toy fishing games, crib mattresses Associated Press - Sat, Sep 12, 2015 6:49 AM NZST

    More than 14,000 toy fishing games that pose a choking hazard to children are among this week's recalled consumer products. Other recalled products include crib mattresses that pose a fire hazard. Here's ...

  • Automakers commit to putting automatic brakes in all cars Associated Press - Sat, Sep 12, 2015 5:49 AM NZST

    The government has received commitments from ten automakers to include automatic emergency braking in all new cars. It's a step safety advocates say could significantly reduce traffic deaths and injuries. ...

  • Clarification: Obit-Dennis Greene story Associated Press - Sat, Sep 12, 2015 4:55 AM NZST

    In a story Sept. 10, The Associated Press reported that the funeral for Dennis Greene, a founding member of the retro-rock/doo-wop group Sha Na Na, will be at Church of the Immaculate Conception in New ...

  • Can my car air conditioner kill my fuel economy? Bankrate.com - Fri, Sep 11, 2015 10:00 PM NZST

    It's the first time I've ever lived in a really hot climate, and so far this summer, my gas mileage has been just terrible. A co-worker said that it's because of my car's air conditioner. Could using my air conditioner really be killing my fuel economy?

  • China fines Nissan venture in anti-monopoly case Associated Press - Fri, Sep 11, 2015 4:28 PM NZST

    A Nissan joint venture has been fined 123 million yuan ($19.3 million) by Chinese regulators on price-fixing charges in a long-running probe of the auto industry that has snared global automakers. Dongfeng ...

  • Mondelez plans to concentrate more on healthy snacks Associated Press - Fri, Sep 11, 2015 8:58 AM NZST

    Mondelez, the company behind the Oreo and Cadbury brands, says that it plans to have 50 percent of its portfolio contain healthy snacks within the next five years. Healthy snacks currently comprise more ...

  • Frequency Electronics posts 1Q profit Associated Press - Fri, Sep 11, 2015 8:15 AM NZST

    On a per-share basis, the Mitchel Field, New York-based company said it had profit of 10 cents. The maker of precision timing products posted revenue of $16.7 million in the period. Frequency Electronics ...