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Toyota Recalling SUVs Because of Air Bag Issue

Toyota is recalling about 373,000 Venza SUVs worldwide because a wiring problem could stop the side air bags from inflating in a crash. The recall covers Venzas from the 2009 through 2015 model years, including nearly 280,000 in the U.S. Documents posted by U.S. safety regulators say wires to the air bag sensor in the driver’s side door can become…

Honda Recalls More than 628,000 Vehicles to Replace Fuel Pumps

Honda is recalling more than 628,000 vehicles in the U.S. to replace fuel pumps that can fail, causing the engines to stall. The recall covers much of the Honda and Acura model lineup from the 2018 to 2020 model years including the CR-V small SUV, the company’s top-selling U.S. vehicle. The company says the impeller, which is the rotating part…

What the Tech? FTC Warns of Scam Involving COVID-19 Vaccine Surveys

As further proof that cyber-criminals will stop at nothing to scam you, the Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers about emails offering rewards for information about the COVID-19 vaccine. The emails offer rewards or prizes for participating in a survey that’s supposed to take a few minutes to complete. “Right now, we are offering a rewards program for adults who…

What the Tech? Beware of Online COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

Scammers are cybercriminals are taking advantage of COVID-19 and the recently released vaccines to prey on people anxiously waiting. “Since January, we’ve seen over 5,000 websites registered that include the word ‘vaccine’,” says BrandShield CEO Yoav Keren. BrandShield is a company that hunts down fake websites and takes them down. He says the scam websites post a major threat to…

Kia Says Some Owners Should Park Vehicles Outside Because of Fire Risk

Kia is telling owners of nearly 380,000 vehicles in the U.S. to park them outdoors due to the risk of an engine compartment fire. The Korean automaker is recalling certain 2017 through 2021 Sportage SUVs and 2017 through 2019 Cadenza sedans to fix the problem. The company says a short circuit in the electronic brake control unit can cause excessive…

What the Tech? How to Avoid Scams When You Sell on Craigslist

You hear about scams all the time but it’s still fairly rare to see one show up in your email inbox or by text. Trying to sell something online through Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace will certainly increase the risk. A couple of weeks ago I posted to both Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace a video camera and accessories I’d like to…

On Your Side Consumer Alert: Apple Warns of Security Flaws

Apple is urging iPhone and iPad users to update their devices to fix security flaws that might have been “actively exploited” by hackers. Apple made the software upgrades available Tuesday, adding a rare note suggesting it was a serious threat. The company credited anonymous researchers for pointing out the vulnerability but provided little details about the nature of the threat….

More than 762,000 Pepperoni “Hot Pockets” Recalled

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that Nestlé is recalling about 762,615 pounds of not-ready-to-eat pepperoni Hot Pockets that may be contaminated with pieces of glass and hard plastic. The products were made from Nov. 13, 2020 through Nov. 16, 2020. The product has a shelf life of 14 months. The following product is subject to recall: 54-oz packages…

What the Tech? FBI Warns of Fake Banking Apps

During the pandemic millions of people who have primarily have stayed at home in isolation have been doing their banking using a mobile app for the first time. CNBC reported earlier this year that banks saw a 200% increase in new mobile banking registrations. In 2019 the FBI reports 75% of Americans had done some form of mobile banking. That…