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February 7, 2000 |
Consumer Reports, America's widely respected buyer's guide, will be forced to defend its own credibility in a trial that gets underway this week in Los Angeles federal court. Isuzu Motors has accused the magazine and its nonprofit parent, Consumers Union, of rigging tests to show that the 1995-96 Trooper sport utility vehicle displayed a propensity to roll over when making emergency turns.
August 30, 1999 |
Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports and Consumer Reports Online, will use the ratings from Marina del Rey-based BizRate.com as part of an upcoming evaluation of Internet retailers due out in October, the companies plan to announce today.
January 26, 1999 |
Many insurers push "shoddy" and even dangerous knockoff replacement parts on car owners after a crash, Consumer Reports magazine found in a study issued Monday. The study, in the magazine's February issue, found replacement bumpers that crumpled with little resistance, poorly fitting fenders that tend to rust, and hoods with faulty latches that allow them to open at high speeds.
August 11, 1998 |
WorldCom Inc. should not be allowed to merge with MCI Communications Corp. unless federal regulators receive assurances that the new company will serve residential telephone customers, the Consumers Union said in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission. FCC clearance is the last major regulatory hurdle to the completion of the $37-billion takeover, one of the U.S.' biggest mergers.
August 1, 1997 |
American Isuzu Motors Inc. has sued Consumers Union, accusing the watchdog group of manipulating road tests to cause late model Isuzu Trooper sport-utility vehicles to tip up in sharp turns. Based on those tests, Consumers Union declared in its Consumer Reports magazine that the Trooper is prone to roll over. "The Trooper is a safe vehicle," said Terry Maloney, senior vice president and general manager of American Isuzu Motors.
July 26, 1997 |
The Isuzu Trooper sport-utility vehicle, dogged for nearly a year by Consumer Reports' allegations that it rolls over too easily, was found to be defect-free by the U.S. government's auto safety agency. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday that it denied a petition from Consumers Reports' publisher Consumers Union that the agency conduct a defect investigation into the Trooper and its sister vehicle, the Acura SLX. "The Isuzu Trooper has been vindicated.