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2011-06-30 14:59:00

Aggressive Fuel Economy Standard by 2025 Will Save Consumers Money and Dramatically Cut Oil Consumption WASHINGTON, June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Reports today commented on proposed fuel economy standards for 2017-2025 currently being considered by the Obama Administration. Fuel economy or "CAFE" (corporate average fuel economy) standards for new vehicles are already slated to improve from an average of 27.3 miles per gallon today to 35.5 mpg by 2016. The White...

2011-06-15 08:41:00

Consumers Union Calls On Wireless Carriers to Protect Consumers When Fraudulent Charges or Mistakes Are Made With Mobile Payments SAN FRANCISCO, June 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mobile payments are being touted as the next big thing for consumers but could pose a financial risk when mistakes are made by merchants or if a phone is lost or stolen and used to make fraudulent charges. Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, is calling on wireless carriers to...

2011-05-25 12:01:00

Consumers Union CEO Jim Guest joins Transportation Secretary LaHood, EPA Administrator Jackson for unveiling of new labels in Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON, May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, today said the Obama administration's new fuel-efficiency labels for automobiles will provide important, easy-to-read information to help people compare and shop for new vehicles. Jim Guest, the President and CEO of Consumers Union,...

2011-05-24 10:22:00

House Oversight Committee to Hold Hearing on CFPB Today WASHINGTON, May 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The House Oversight Committee will hold a hearing later today on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in the latest effort by opponents of the agency to limit its authority. The CFPB is already subject to sufficient oversight and should not be hamstrung by any more constraints on its ability to protect consumers, according to Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of...

2011-05-19 12:34:00

Rate Hikes Will Be Subject To Stricter Scrutiny and Public Disclosure WASHINGTON, May 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a new federal rule today to help define what constitutes an unreasonable health insurance rate increase under the new health reform law. The new rule establishes an important baseline for determining whether rate increases are excessive and a more rigorous process for holding insurers accountable, according to...

2011-04-26 09:00:00

YONKERS, N.Y. and REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer Reports (www.ConsumerReports.org), the independent, nonprofit testing organization, and BillShrink (www.billshrink.com), the popular money-saving search engine and provider of in-statement rewards, today announced a partnership to help consumers find the best deals on wireless plans, credit cards and TV and cable packages. ConsumerReports.org subscribers and site visitors will have access to BillShrink's...

2011-04-12 12:55:00

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, and Consumer Federation of America today praised Senators John Kerry and John McCain for introducing bipartisan legislation to provide safeguards for online privacy. Ioana Rusu, Regulatory Counsel for Consumers Union, said, "This is an important step forward in giving people more control over their personal information online. For the first time, all businesses would have to...

2011-04-12 10:54:00

Consumer Reports Poll Shows High Levels of Public Concern About Medical Harm & Support For Requiring Hospitals to Disclose Errors WASHINGTON, April 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Health and Human Services announced today a initiative to improve patient safety in hospitals across the country. The "Partnership for Patients" is a collaborative effort between the federal government, hospitals, care providers, and community organizations that aims to reduce hospital...

2011-04-12 05:00:00

Event set for April 30 at CR's Auto Test Center in Connecticut EAST HADDAM, Conn., April 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Reports will host its first-ever teen driving safety program in cooperation with the national non-profit Tire Rack Street Survival® driver education program. The event will be held on Saturday, April 30, at CR's Auto Test Center in Connecticut and give young drivers important new skills and experience behind the wheel. "We're pleased to be...

2011-04-04 08:49:00

Consumers Union Offers Tips On Minimizing Bank Account & Prepaid Card Fees SAN FRANCISCO, April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Most prepaid cards charge higher fees than basic checking accounts offered by the top five banks in the U.S., according to a new analysis released today by Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports. While some banks are beginning to charge news fees, Consumers Union found that consumers will save money and enjoy stronger protections...


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