July 17, 2014—Certain consumers who purchased an abdominal exercise device that was marketed deceptively will receive a partial refund, Federal Trade Commission says.
July 16, 2014—The Pulse Safe Start, which reaches a maximum speed of 1.75 mph, is designed for children as young as age 3 and accommodates users who weigh up to 50 pounds.
July 9, 2014—Airport security agents will confiscate any cellphones, notebook computers and tablet computers that can’t be powered up when you pass through security checkpoints at certain overseas airports that facilitate direct flights to the United States.
July 8, 2014—Goodyear Tire & Rubber introduced a towing service that hauls stranded motorists and their vehicles to the nearest participating Goodyear Tire & Service Network location.
June 10, 2014—United Airlines today became the second major airline in 2014 to alter the way that it awards frequent-flier passengers, following Delta Air Lines’ move to base award miles on the price of a ticket rather than on the distance of a route.
May 30, 2014—Wanna get away with deceptive advertising? Southwest Airlines apparently does. For the second time in 11 months, Department of Transportation fined Southwest $200,000 for violating DOT’s full-fare advertising rules.
May 23, 2014—AT&T plans to raise the bar for wireless connectivity . . . by about 35,000 feet. The wireless telecommunications company said it will launch an in-flight service by late 2015 that will allow passengers to connect smartphones and computers to the Internet by using a 4G LTE network.
May 13, 2014—A new study casts doubt on the long-held belief that drinking red wine and nibbling on dark chocolate or grapes benefit your health.
May 9, 2014—Trampolines are all fun and games until someone gets hurt, and a study in Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics finds that trampolines accounted for at least 1 million emergency-room visits from 2002 to 2011.
April 29, 2014—Amtrak says it will allow passengers to travel with small pets as part of a limited 6-month trial program.
April 9, 2014—American Airlines made changes to its frequent flier program and checked-bag policies that will result in more fees for customers, effective immediately.
March 31, 2014—Federal Trade Commission says two leading suppliers of propane-exchange tanks colluded to raise the prices at Wal-Mart stores.
March 27, 2014—Federal Trade Commission proposed changes to its Fuel Rating Rule today that recognizes a new octane-rating method and revises requirements for blends of gasoline that have more than 10 percent ethanol.
March 27, 2014—A new report suggests that consumers can’t dial directly to 911 emergency services at a majority of U.S. hotels.
March 25, 2014—Parents who planned a spring break trip to Florida to visit Walt Disney World might be in for a surprise when they buy tickets to the amusement park.
March 14, 2014—A dramatic increase in all-terrain vehicle deaths that occur on public roads hasn’t slowed states or municipalities from enacting laws to allow increased ATV access to roadways.
March 4, 2014—Southwest Airlines expanded its international itinerary by adding flights to two resort destinations in Mexico.
Feb. 26, 2014—Delta Air Lines will change its frequent-flier program to award points based on how much you spend rather than how far you fly.
Feb. 20, 2014—A new laser light aims to make it safer to ride your bicycle on busy city streets.
Jan. 10, 2014, Consumer Electronics Show—An immersive video-game experience seems to be in the offing.