The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 3, 1997 · Page 8
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CONSUMER THE SALINA JOURNAL BRIEFLY Safety device offered free to Jeep owners AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Chrysler Corp. said this week it will install a free device in Jeep Cherokees and Grand Cherokees to prevent people from accidentally stepping on the gas while shifting into gear. The offer is in response to complaints from some Cherokee owners that their vehicles suddenly accelerated when they shifted out of park into drive or reverse. Susan M. Cischke, executive director of Chrysler's vehicle certification, compliance and safety affairs, said every incident the automaker investigated indicated the driver had mistakenly stepped on the gas instead of the brake. The new device, called a brake park shift interlock, requires the driver to depress the brake pedals before the transmission can be shifted out of park. It already is installed in 1996 and 1997 models. The parts could be available by late summer to owners of 1984-95 Cherokee models and 1993-95 Grand Cherokee models, Chrysler said. Most auto headrests fall short on safety WASHINGTON — An insurance industry study found auto headrests intended to protect from whiplash generally don't do a very good job. Just five vehicles won "good" ratings for their head restraints in tests conducted by the Arlington, Va.-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. "In contrast, dozens of vehicles have head restraints that are neither high enough nor close enough to the back of the head," the institute said. The institute said it tested dozens of cars, measuring the height of the headrest and its closeness to the back of the head, important factors in preventing injury in a rear-end accident. The only vehicles to win a "good" rating were the Honda Civic del Sol, Mercedes E Class with restraints that adjust automatically, Toyota Supra and two Volvo models, the 850 and 960. Twenty were "adequate," and the rest were "marginal" or "poor." From Wire Service Reports T CONSUMER CORNER Futon mattresses recalled for fire hazard WASHINGTON — A Canadian manufacturer that distributed 1,600 futon mattresses in the United States is recalling them because they can easily catch fire, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced this week. The futons, manufactured by Primo International of Montreal, fail to meet mandatory U.S. standards for mattress flammability, the commission said. But is said neither it nor the company is aware of any burns or smoke inhalation injuries involving the mattresses. "Consumers should immediately stop using these futon mattresses and return them to the store where purchased for a free replacement futon mattress," the commission statement said. The Primo International futon mattresses measure 48 inches wide by 72 inches long. They were manufactured in three styles: chesa cape or peak, which is mostly light green; sconce stone, black with a marbleized mixture of silver, lilac, violet and brown; and FBlOOOfrGa, which is natural beige. They were sold by furniture stores from January 1994 through August of last year. Stores included Rhodes Furniture; Belters, Raymour & Flannagan, Taft; and Furniture King. They were priced from $350 to $400. Teddy bears recalled, could choke children WASHINGTON — Several hundred teddy bears with an American Indian flair are being taken off the market because the beads on them could choke young children, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said last week. The commission said the Mazel Co. of Solon, Ohio, the distributor of the 835 Teddy Precious Indian girl and boy dolls, is voluntarily recalling them. "Consumers should take the bears away from young children immediately and return the bears to the store where purchased for a full refund," the commission said. The commission explained that the beads on the headbands or the waist or neck of each stuffed bear can detach, leading to possible injuries or death due to choking or suffocation. It said it is unaware of any injury to children playing with the toy bears, adding that the recall was initiated to prevent such injuries. The bears are light brown, measure about 18 inches long and are trimmed with embroidery. Each has a label sewn to a foot reading "Dandee International Limited" and indicating that it was made in China. They were sold nationwide for about $13 each during the last six months of 1996. Farmer wants out of deal Chrysler fined for fuel leakage CARLA STOVALL Kansas Attorney General Discount buying clubs seldom bring savings promised to users Dear Attorney General Stovall: About three years ago, I received a postcard type survey in the mail. The company that sent the survey appeared to be interested in what kind of products and supplies I purchase for my farm. I filled out the card and ... mailed it back. A few days later, I received a call from a salesman who wanted to talk to me about becoming a "dealer" for the company that sent the card. We set up an appointment to meet at my farm. He spent about four hours explaining how I could save 20 to 60 percent on my farming supplies by becoming a dealer and buying them wholesale through this company. To become a dealer I had to pay $3,500 which would be paid back to me through a $2.00 discount reduction on each ton of fertilizer I purchased and a 5 percent reduction from the purchase price of other supplies during the five-year term of the agreement. At the time, it .sounded like a good deal. However, after trying to deal with this company for three years, I find the benefits T APPLIANCES Fridge of future won't eat energy New refrigerators must be a third more energy efficient by July 2001 By H. JOSEF HEBERT The Associated Press WASHINGTON — New refrigerators will have to be nearly a third more energy efficient beginning in July 2001 under new standards announced by the Energy Department. The tighter standards are a product of more than three years of negotiations with manufacturers, some of whom had sought a longer phase-in period for the more energy-efficient appliances. Manufacturers had wanted the rule to go into effect no earlier than 2003, while environmental groups had hoped for standards to be in place as early as next year. Energy Secretary Federico Pena had promised during his Senate confirmation hearing to push the new standards. Refrigerators are among the most electricity hungry appliances in a home. The new standards would require refrigerators to be 30 percent more efficient than current models. They are expected to save 25 billion kilowatt hours of electricity a year by 2020, when most of the less efficient units would be expected to be replaced. The Energy Department estimates the new standards would add $50 to $70 to the cost of the units, although some industry estimates have been higher. Environmentalists say the additional cost will be more than made up by energy savings. "We are building a fridge for the 21st century," said Pena. "These new refrigerators will use 30 percent less energy, which is good for the environment and good for consumers' pocketbooks." The department estimates energy savings for consumers will total $1 billion a year by 2010 and more than $2 billion a year by 2020. There are 8.5 million refrigerators sold annually, with the appliances having an average life of 19 years. Edward Osann of the American Council for An Energy-Efficient Economy said the new refrigerators by 2020 would be expected to save electricity that equivalent to eight large power plants. The government and industry had reached a tentative agreement on the new standards in 1994, but some companies backed out of the deal the following year after the 104th Congress stepped up its campaign against government regulations. For a year, Congress specifically barred the Energy Department from pursuing new appliance energy efficiency standards. MMNft UN CMMM Attorney General Carla J. Stovall offers this public service to help you avoid becoming a victim of consumer fraud. Cases appearing in this column are based on actual complaints. For further information or to file a complaint, please write: Attorney General Carla J. Stovall Consumer Protection Division Kansas Judicial Center Topeka, Kansas 66612 , Or call the toll-free Consumer Hotline, 1-800-432-2310. Leave your name and number, and an agent will return your call. By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The government fined Chrysler Corp. $140,000 because one of its popular pickup models failed to meet the federal standard for fuel leakage, which is designed to limit the possibility of fire in a crash. The fine is the fourth largest civil penalty ever assessed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for violation of a vehicle safety standard, NHTSA officials said Friday. NHTSA said the fine was high because it was the second time in recent years that Chrysler made pickups that failed to comply With the fuel leakage standard. A 1994 Dodge Ram pickup truck failed the federal crash test in 1994, allowing four times as irtuch leakage from the fuel tank as' allowed by the government standard, NHTSA said. The test failure triggered the recall in 1994 of 7,000 Ram pickups. and promises were misrepresented. Some orders have been delayed more than two weeks and others were lost or never arrived. I was told to expect wholesale or below wholesale pricing, but in reality the product cost is the same or sometimes more than I would pay at a local supply store. I have asked for a refund of my deposit and a cancellation of our agreement, but the company refuses, saying I used the service for several successful transactions ajid they were unaware that I was experiencing any problems. I even went to the trouble of citing specific incidents of non-delivery and high prices. Attorney General Stovall, can you help me get out of this? Dear Kansas Consumer: We contacted the company and pointed out all the specific instances of problems you had with non-delivery, late delivery and unsatisfactory prices. The compa- ny admitted that your business relationship had not been smooth. It was apparent that even if they were able to resolve all the problems you had experienced, you would never again enjoy a viable business relationship with this company. 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