Chrysler has agreed to conduct a "voluntary campaign" to inspect and, if needed, upgrade 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-07 Jeep Liberty SUVs to improve rear-collision protection. Chrysler had until today to respond to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety recall request due to fire risk.
You can save thousands on a kitchen remodel by refurbishing your cabinets and it's the green way to go. To be fit for reuse, the cabinets must work with your layout, and the units must be plumb, square, and sturdy. Delamination, either from peeling veneers or plywood layers coming apart, is a sign that the cabinets are too far gone. Assuming the cabinets are structurally sound, they can be refinished or refaced. Here's how.
Smart phones, tablets, and laptops do lots of things well, but providing great sound quality usually isn't one of them. The small speakers in many of these devices produce audio that you could charitably call weak or even tinny. So what do you do if you're sharing tunes with friends or you want to listen to music or enjoy a video without putting on a pair of headphones?
We buy and test hundreds of tires a year. The paces we put them through include evaluating for overall performance for stopping on dry and wet roads, handling, resistance to hydroplaning, winter grip, tread life, and fuel efficiency. In all of our years of testing, we've learned that no tire is perfect. But, we bought recently one that is truly something special.
You're standing before a wall of white in the toilet paper aisle of your local retailer, thinking: How much difference can there really be between brands X,Y and Z? So you go with the cheapest, or the one you know best, only to be reminded later that, actually there's a big difference between good and bad TP. That's plain to see in Consumer Reports' toilet paper Ratings, where fifty points separate our first and last-place products. So before restocking your supply, be sure to check the results.
You're forgiven if an ad for "the world's most portable desktop" confuses you. But don't be surprised if claims like that pop up more frequently, because computer manufacturers are beginning to make so-called portable desktops, complete with battery, that can be used something like a giant tablet.
You have to love those Bed Bath & Beyond coupons. The housewares retailer not only gives you 20 percent or $5 off a single item for in-store purchases, but its coupons also never expire, no matter the expiration date stamped on them. (A company spokesperson encourages you to use the coupons by the expiration date.) Beyond a nice bump-up in savings, how could these coupons get any better?
Chevrolet had a lot at stake with the redesigned Silverado. It is the best-selling General Motors model by a long shot, and it is facing off in a hotly contested segment amid some updated players. Consequently, we were eager to see how the 2014 Silverado measures up.
At the Consumer Reports "Fuel Economy: Now and in the Future" event last week, the theme was easy to spot: No matter what kind of car you want, you can find one today that gets good gas mileage. And tomorrow, you'll find one that does even better.
Cleaning the mildew from between the tiles of your shower or bathroom floor isn't anyone's idea of a good time. So when we saw the ads for Grout Bully ("clean mold and eliminate mildew") and Groutinator ("instantly restores grout to original color") we knew we had to put their tough-sounding claims to the test. But the as-seen-on-TV cleaners left behind visible dirt and other smudges.
If you're keeping up with the Kardashians, you certainly know that Kim and Kanye West had their baby this weekend, a girl. While we wait to hear the baby's name and whether it will start with K, other nursery news has been coming in. Turns out Kim and Kanye chose the same crib that Beyonce and Jay-Z use for their baby—the clear acrylic Nurseryworks Vetro Crib, $3,950. Consumer Reports hasn't tested the Vetro but its brand-mate, the Nurseryworks Abbey, $580, is one of our eight top crib picks for safety, durability, and ease of use.
When shopping for kitchen appliances you'll see a dizzying array of choices, from basic models to ones loaded with features. But your countertops might outlast your appliances by years, maybe decades, making this decision one you'll live with for some time. Consumer Reports tested 14 materials and found that except for recycled glass, there wasn't much difference among competing brands, but there were big differences in materials. Here's a look at our tests and what's new in countertops.
Q: My children have many small electronics that operate on rechargeable batteries (MP3 players, laptops, handheld video game consoles). They play them until right before the charge runs out. They then plug them in and keep playing. Does this negatively effect the life or operation of the battery? —Patrick Madigan, MO
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