Every Friday our Personal Finance team will round up consumer news you need to know ahead of the weekend, on a segment we call “Family First” for YFi PM. Read below for this week’s round-up.
More auto recalls include Tesla and Ferrari
Once again, millions more vehicles were added to the unending recalls due to their Takata airbags — this roundup affects Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Subaru, Tesla, and Volkswagen — as chemicals in the airbag become unstable over time.
The largest auto recall in U.S. history has affected 37 million vehicles with 50 million defective Takata airbags that spray sharp metal pieces at passengers, causing serious injuries and even death. The estimated impact is expected to include 70 million airbags by the end of 2019. Drivers are strongly advised to check to see if their vehicles are included by going to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website as well as their automaker’s page.
Ford recalls millions
Unrelated to the airbags, Ford issued 3 recalls this week impacting close to 3 million vehicles for a variety of safety problems from gear controls, to panel problems and door latches that could open while driving.
Flu’s worst still to come
The worst of flu season is not over, with the CDC warning that it’s likely to increase in the next few weeks and last through March 31. Physicians are reporting that there’s a 60% chance the flu season hasn’t even peaked yet.
Last winter’s flu season was record-breaking with 80,000 people who died from flu-related illnesses, a 40-year high for flu-related deaths. The effectiveness of last year’s vaccine was slightly lower than this year’s: 38% for 2017-2018’s flu season vs 47% effective for 2018-2019’s flu season.
Target recalls toddler unicorn boots
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that Target is taking back 33,600 pairs of its toddler unicorn boots from its popular kids’ line, Cat & Jack. The safety issues surround the unicorn horns that can detach and become a choking hazard. Target is issuing a full refund for customers who return the item.