Nashville, TN – The National Hockey League brought their Fan Fair and All-Star Weekend to Nashville, Tennessee during the last four days of January. This city and league had been preparing for this much anticipated event for over fifteen months and expectations were high as the greatest show on ice descended on Music City.
“What an incredible setup, what an incredible beginning to All-Star Weekend,” gushed NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman at the opening ceremonies on Thursday, January 28th, 2016. “The planning that the city of Nashville with the Predators and the local organizing committee and Bridgestone have done is nothing short of phenomenal. People are going to be thrilled to be part of this weekend.”
Washington, D.C. – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year vehicles because they have a passenger side frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture upon its deployment.
Honda recalls over 140,000 Civics and Fits because Transmission Software may Result in Pulley Damage
Washington, D.C. – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Civic vehicles manufactured January 16th, 2014, to November 6th, 2014 and 2015 Fit vehicles manufactured March 12th, 2014, to May 12th, 2015.
The software settings that control the transmission operation may result in damage to the transmission drive pulley shaft.
Honda recalls over 5 million Vehicles because the air bag inflator could rupture and send out metal fragments
Washington, D.C. – Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2001-2007 Accord, 2001-2005 Civic, 2002-2006 CR-V, 2003-2011 Element, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2008 Pilot, 2006 Ridgeline, 2003 Acura CL, 2003-2006 Acura MDX, and 2002-2003 Acura TL vehicles.
The winners in appliances, electronics, and cars; Plus, brands to avoid
Yonkers, NY – Each year, the experts at ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, test thousands of products to help shoppers navigate the crowded marketplace and decide where to spend their dollars.
ShopSmart’s April 2015 issue highlights some of the appliances, electronics, and cars from brands that performed well in tests and received high scores in owner-reliability surveys within the past three years. «Read the rest of this article»
What to shop for and what to skip at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Sears, and Walmart
Yonkers, NY – Big-box retailers such as Lowe’s, Home Depot, Sears, and Walmart carry many of the same home items, but they also offer private-label brands exclusive to their store that vary widely when it comes to price and performance.
ShopSmart’s March 2015 issue features findings from its tests of some of these exclusive products and reveals which ones are great buys and those to avoid. «Read the rest of this article»
2014 Annual Auto Reliability Survey by Consumer Reports shows Infotainment Systems are a Growing First-Year Reliability Plague
Troublesome Q50, QX60 models drop Infiniti 14 spots; Lexus tops rankings
Yonkers, NY – Multi-function, cross-linked infotainment systems and the associated in-car electronics are a growing reliability plague for many brands, according to Consumer Reports 2014 Annual Reliability Survey.
First-year models from Infiniti, Jeep, Fiat, Ram, Cadillac, Ford, and Honda have all seen significant problem rates from infotainment bugs and glitches. Of the 17 problem areas CR asks about in its survey, the category including in-car electronics generated more complaints from owners of 2014 models than for any other category. «Read the rest of this article»
Results of lawn mower, tractor, string trimmer, & leaf blower testing part of comprehensive guide to getting the best lawn ever—Plus, five ways to slice lawn-care bills
Yonkers, NY – In Consumer Reports’ tests of nearly 40 lawn mowers, models from Honda and Toro led the pack for getting most lawns back into shape after a brutal winter.
The full report on lawn mowers and lawn care, which also includes Ratings of tractors and riders, string trimmers, and the best leaf blowers—plus ways to save money on lawn care, and more—is featured in the May 2014 issue of Consumer Reports and at www.ConsumerReports.org. «Read the rest of this article»
Consumer Reports 2014 Car Brand Report Cards has Acura & Audi joining Lexus at the Head of the Class
Yonkers, NY — Luxury brands rule the roost this year as Acura and Audi moved up a few spots to join Lexus with the top three highest scores in Consumer Reports’ annual car brand report cards.
A perennial top scorer, Lexus earned the highest marks (79) for the second straight year. Consumer Reports’ analysis finds the bulk of its models are usually quiet, comfortable, and fuel-efficient. Lexus was the only brand to achieve an excellent average overall reliability score. «Read the rest of this article»
Ram 1500 pickup first Chrysler model to make list in 16 years
Yonkers, NY – In its annual Top Picks list, Consumer Reports has crowned four new vehicles—the Hyundai Santa Fe, Ram 1500, Subaru Forester, and Tesla Model S—with the top honor in each of their respective categories.
For the first time in 16 years, a Chrysler earned a spot on the list with the Ram 1500 nabbing best Pickup Truck, a category that had taken a hiatus in 2013 because Consumer Reports had not yet tested two newly-released vehicles in that segment, the extensively updated Ram 1500 and the redesigned Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra. The last Chrysler vehicle to earn Consumer Reports’ Top Pick honors was the 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
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