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Residents Seek Backup Power as Storms, Fires Cause Blackouts

NEW YORK — Climate change has led to deadlier wildfire seasons in the American West and more severe hurricanes and storms barreling up the Southern and Eastern coasts. The dramatic weather frequently knocks out power, leading some residents of storm-ridden …

Tesla Subpoenas May Presage Formal Probe, Ex-Official Says

Freshly disclosed records suggest the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may be preparing a formal investigation into Tesla Inc.’s driver-assistance system Autopilot, a former agency official said. The agency has issued at least five subpoenas since April 2018 for information …

Trump Safety Pitch for Easing Car Standards Rebutted by Study

President Donald Trump’s plan to freeze U.S. vehicle efficiency standards would result in higher costs for motorists without doing anything to boost highway safety, according to an analysis by Consumer Reports that undermines the administration’s chief talking points in favor …

Consumer Reports Thinks Tesla Should Drop Autopilot Name

Consumer Reports said Thursday that Tesla Motors is misleading car owners by calling its semi-autonomous driving system “Autopilot,” potentially giving them too much trust in their car’s ability to drive itself. The influential magazine said Tesla should drop the Autopilot …

Toyota Camry Regains Top Safey Pick Status After Insurance Crash Test

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Camry, headed for its 12th consecutive year as the best-selling car in the U.S., returned to Consumer Reports’ recommended list after showing improvement on an insurance-industry crash test. The Yonkers, New York-based magazine excluded Camry in October …

Consumer Reports Pulls Recommendation for Toyota Camry

Toyota Motor Corp’s reputation for quality took a hit on Monday when influential magazine Consumer Reports pulled its recommendation on three of the Japanese automaker’s vehicles, including its popular flagship Camry sedan, due to poor crash test results. While Toyota’s …

Consumer Reports Taps Ire Over Faulty Medical Devices

Consumer Reports, the 76-year-old publication best known for its reviews of automobiles and refrigerators, is trying to galvanize the American public into protesting the way medical devices are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The past couple of …

Honda Civic off Consumer Reports Recommended List

Honda Motor Co’s redesigned Civic LX small sedan dropped precipitously in Consumer Reports ratings and no longer rates well enough to be on the publication’s “recommended” list, the consumer magazine said Monday. The Civic fell from “very good” in the …