Archive for July, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Slammed with $105 Million in Fines for Violating Motor Vehicle Safety Act

Filed July 28th, 2015 Julie

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will pay a record $105 million and buy back defective vehicles to settle allegations that the company violated the Motor Vehicle Safety Act’s (Safety Act) requirements to repair vehicles with safety defects. The agreement came after a hearing earlier this month outlined problems with the automaker’s execution of 23 recalls affecting more […]

Ashley Madison Breach Places 37 Million Users at Risk of Blackmail

Filed July 22nd, 2015 Julie

Hackers are threatening to reveal the names of 37 million users of the online dating service Ashley Madison unless the website completely shuts down. Brian Krebs, a reporter who covers cybersecurity, first reported the breach on Monday. The hackers, who call themselves the “Impact Team,” threatened to release “profiles with all the customers’ secret sexual […]

Chemicals Used to Replace DEHP May be Just as Dangerous, Research Shows

Filed July 15th, 2015 Julie

About a decade ago, consumer plastics manufacturers began removing DEHP – a chemical that is a probable human carcinogen – from their products in a move that was hailed as an advancement in the interest of public health. Now new research suggests the chemicals used in place of DEHP may be just as harmful. In […]

New Rules Requiring Federal Approval for Most e-Cigarette Devices Expected to Pass in the Next Few Months

Filed July 8th, 2015 Julie

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to pass new rules sometime in the next two months that will require federal approval for nearly all e-cigarette devices and other nicotine products sold in vape shops. The Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association, a lobbying group representing vapor shops and companies, told The Wall Street Journal […]