Another emissions scandal and dangerous avocados: CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet
Miss something this week? Here's the consumer news you need to know.
Plus, the cost of free online promotions and how to deal with condo boards
If you've been too busy to follow the consumer news this week, here's our cheat sheet. And you can get the Marketplace newsletter in your inbox every week.
GM accused of emissions cheating
A class-action suit in the U.S. alleges that the Silverado and Sierra diesel trucks "emit two to five times the legal limits of deadly NOx [nitrogen oxide] pollutants." Meanwhile, here's where the Canadian class-action suit against Volkswagen over similar issues stands.
Worst destination wedding ever?
A Nova Scotia couple had their dream wedding in Punta Cana spoiled, and not by a drunk relative. The would-be bride and groom and several guests were hospitalized with severe food poisoning. The couple hopes to return to the resort to get married, but they may avoid the buffet.
Free 'trial offers' could cost you
Be careful when signing up for free promotions online. You could be stuck with unwanted subscriptions that forced some people to pay up to $800 or cancel credit cards to stop the charges. Looks like the free skin care people thought they'd get probably caused worry lines instead.
Who runs your condo board?
Condo owners take note. A recent investigation found questionable practices at several downtown Toronto buildings. There are plenty of good reasons to know who's on your board and what your building's bylaws actually say. One good tip: ask for documents. If you don't get any, that's a bad sign.
Danger: Guacamole. Seriously. Stabbing yourself in the palm while trying to remove the pit of an avocado can cause a puncture wound that could easily get infected. One doctor's suggestion? Use a spoon.
What else is going on?
- A pet owner in Regina found hot dogs stuffed with razor shards in her backyard. Her three dogs fortunately didn't eat them.
- The week in recalls: Watch where you sit. Graco recalled 1,393 car seats with defective harness restraints.
- Make sure your office chair or new Pier 1 furniture checks out too.
- If you're in the mood for Chinese food, keep an eye out for these recalled chicken egg rolls.