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Amazon May Refund Your Potentially Explosive Hoverboard

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 01.21.2016 | Business

If you purchased a “hoverboard” (read: a self-balancing scooter that isn’t really much like its namesake) on Amazon but now fear turning into a ...

Auto Safety: Past Is Prologue

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.13.2016 | Books
Ralph Nader

There are few national problems that are less serious today than they were 50 years ago. The fact that our roads are safer is a testament to the power of public sentiment, citizen advocacy and a government that acts to promote the welfare of its people, not the interests of big business. In this sense, the "car safety war" is certainly a war worth studying, reflecting on, and celebrating.

Why You Should Care About Flame Retardants

Earthjustice | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green

We fear trace amounts of pesticides on our food, while sitting on sofas containing pounds of similarly toxic chemicals. These chemicals migrate out of our sofas and other household products and are released into the air in our homes.

Why Car Companies Are Not Becoming Safer

Kellie Cummings | Posted 05.24.2014 | Business
Kellie Cummings

This is the paradox of regulations. They make consumers feel safer, but they don't influence a company's misguided moral compass.

Cheap Furniture Should Not Kill or Maim U.S. Workers

Robin Wilson | Posted 06.04.2013 | Green
Robin Wilson

As an eco-designer focused on wellness in the home, it is my belief that most U.S. based manufacturing firms adhere to rigorous testing criteria, environmental standards and sustainability programs that lift them to the next level in their stewardship of our environment.

No More Newtowns

T. Berry Brazelton, MD | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics
T. Berry Brazelton, MD

Let's not allow mental illness to be further stigmatized by events like the Newtown tragedy, nor to distract us from the solutions that are closer at hand. It's a lot faster, easier, and cheaper to reduce the number of assault weapons in circulation.

Mr. President: Don't Forget the Back Burner

Chris Meyer | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Chris Meyer

While policymakers in D.C are currently focused on keeping the country from falling off the fiscal cliff at the end of the year, we want to make sure that the White House doesn't forget about some items sitting on the back burner. These are items that are very important to American consumers.

Marcus Baram

U.S. Nuke Plant Workers Protected By Whistleblower Ruling | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Welcome to our blog, "The Watchdog," which will keep a close eye on regulatory agencies and how their actions impact the lives of everyday Americans. ...

Toxic Chemical Reform Collapses As Industry Flexes Its Muscles

Politics Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Fire retardants in baby blankets, nano-particles in cosmetics, plastics in water bottles and anti-bacterial agents in soaps. Experts call these and ...

Proctor & Gamble Adds Zinc Warning to Fixodent Website

Edward F. Blizzard | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Edward F. Blizzard

Recently, Proctor & Gamble, manufacturer of popular Fixodent denture adhesives, added a warning to their website alerting consumers of the dangers ass...

Is Your Medicine Cabinet Poisoning You?

Edward F. Blizzard | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Edward F. Blizzard

As consumers, we need to be able to trust that the products we buy are safe. But contrary to common sense, the products used most often by Americans, also tend to be the least regulated.

Toyota Recall: How Car Owners Avoid Being Victims

Trevor Traina | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Trevor Traina

Before we form an angry mob outside their corporate offices, let's talk about what we do ourselves.

8 Puzzling Food Labels | Joel Kotkin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

If you are like the typical hurried consumer, chances are you don't spend much time considering food labels. And sometimes it can be hard to understan...

Ryan Grim

Under Wall Street Pressure, House Dems Punt On Reform | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Intense lobbying pressure from Wall Street has slowed the progress of a major piece of financial regulatory reform legislation. Financial Services Com...

Looking Out Online!

Roseanne Colletti | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Roseanne Colletti

By all accounts, yes even from the pessimists, online shopping Thanksgiving weekend was a blockbuster, up 13% from last year. But let's take a little time out for safety, security, and common sense.

Search New NHTSA Database for Alleged Deaths, Injuries, Property Damage Records of Any Car or Truck

Steve Parker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Steve Parker

The government has posted on the Web a database that allows consumers to look up the number of alleged deaths, injuries and cases of property damage involving passenger vehicles.

Consumer Safety Lawsuits May Be Blocked For Years Under Bush's Proposed Rule Changes

WSJ | ALICIA MUNDY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Bush administration officials, in their last weeks in office, are pushing to rewrite a wide array of federal rules with changes or addit...

Starbucks Runs Taps All Day

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Starbucks has defended itself against claims of a serious waste of water by leaving taps running in its stores all day. A spokeswoman said the purpos...

Lipstick Will Kill a Pig! A New Non-Smudge Campaign for Your Rights to Know

Nancy Chuda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Nancy Chuda

According to the Environmental Working Group, many of the products we use -- cosmetics, perfumes, household cleaners and detergents -- can cause cancer.

Ralph Nader Sings About Consumer Advocacy on Sesame Street in 1988 (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Sean Morrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

"Your Aunt Myrtle knitted you a lemon!" says Ralph Nader, clearly reading off of a teleprompter, (or whatever similar device Sesame Street is employin...

Toy, Appliance Industries Paid For Dozens Of Trips For Bush Product Safety Chief

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The chief of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and her predecessor have taken dozens of trips at the expense of the toy, appliance and children's...