Car Recall Guide: Your Questions Answered

Emilee Geist

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Maybe you received a car recall notice in the mail, or you got a notification from the Consumer Reports recall tracker. Or maybe you checked a car you’re interested in purchasing on the new SaferCar app and found out it still requires recall work. Can you still drive the car? Is it dangerous? Will it cost you money to fix it? How will you get to work tomorrow?

“Every safety defect puts people at risk and recalls should be taken seriously,” says William Wallace, manager of safety policy at CR.

Tens of millions of cars get recalled each year to correct faults ranging from software problems that can cause a car to stall unexpectedly to leaks that can cause a fire. Some recalls include millions of vehicles, while others only include a dozen or so. But every recall is

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How to Bake a Cake: Your Ultimate Guide

Emilee Geist

Taste of HomeClassic Chocolate CakeCheck out this video for how to make Classic Chocolate Cake!

As Julia Child once said, “A party without a cake is just a meeting.” And how true! Learning how to bake a cake, even a simple one is your gateway to make any gathering—whether it’s a birthday, graduation party or just a weeknight dinner—into a celebration.

You can make these celebratory desserts at home easily. Just check out our essential techniques, homemade cake recipes and must-have gear to get started. Soon, all your gatherings will be celebrations.

Hey, baker! Come on over to Bakeable, our online baking community,
where you’ll find our best tips and top-rated recipes. Then, share your bakes in our Bakeable Facebook group. We’d love to see ’em.

How to Bake a Cake from Scratch

While there are so many cake recipes out there, there’s nothing like mastering a

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The ultimate buying guide for reusable face coverings

Emilee Geist

We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock
We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that face masks and coverings will become part of daily life. The UK government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have both advised wearing face coverings in a bid to reduce the infection transmission of Covid-19.

As well as on public transport, face coverings are mandatory in all shops, supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, banks, post offices and transport hubs in England. As well as in the indoor settings where you are unlikely to come into contact with people you don’t normally meet, including cinemas, museums, galleries and places of worship.

People who don’t wear a mask face a fine of up to £100, apart from people with medical conditions and children under 11.

On 13 August, Boris Johnson announced that tougher penalties

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A Detailed Guide For Where To Buy Your Next Rug Online

Emilee Geist

Just like building a house, great interior design starts with a strong foundation — and a strong foundation often starts with a rug. In a digital era marked by the overabundance of choice, making such weighty decor decisions online instead of in-store can feel overwhelming. We may not be interior decorators but we’re pros in navigating the vast world of e-commerce, so we’re here to help you along your virtual rug journey.

There’s a lot to consider when picking out your floor art (yes, that’s what we’re calling it). In addition to selecting the right texture, thickness, and consistency, you also want to keep color palette and even country of origin in mind. Whether you’re going for dreamy bohemian or contemporary cool, your rug of choice wields the power to make or break a space’s design aesthetic — it pulls enough weight to dictate how your furniture is arranged. To

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Everything you need to start cycling: A beginner’s guide

Emilee Geist

From the best bike worth buying to the essential safety equipment you shouldn't leave home without, this is your go-to guide to cycling: iStock
From the best bike worth buying to the essential safety equipment you shouldn’t leave home without, this is your go-to guide to cycling: iStock

If you’re feeling a little restless with your exercise regimen and want to try something new, try cycling.

Not only will it keep you fit, but it’ll also help you get the most out of your time outdoors and explore your local area.

Sam Jones from Cycling UK told The Independent: “Cycling remains one of the best in terms of safely maintaining social distancing.”

Aside from a form of exercise, as lockdown restrictions ease and people start returning to work, cycling is also being encouraged by the government as a better mode of transport – along with driving. It’s a good way to avoid coming into close contact with people as people do on buses, trains and Tubes.

As part of the government’s plans to boost

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Safety Rules: CR’s Guide to Decks

Emilee Geist

Consumer Reports has no financial relationship with advertisers on this site.

Your deck is probably getting a good workout during this summer of staycations. It’s where you grill and dine and relax with family, sure, but you might also be using it as your gym, camp-craft studio, and even your remote office. So you want to make sure it’s safe. 

Collapses and failures of decks, porches, and balconies accounted for about 2,900 injuries between 2016 and 2019, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports. “You may think all your deck needs is a power-wash and stain every year or so, but a safety check should be part of routine maintenance,” says Don Huber, Consumer Reports’ director of product safety.

Here’s how to make over your deck for safety, including how to find and fix structural problems and prevent injuries. We’ve got some simple tips for making your deck more cozy, too.

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A beginner’s guide to bicycles and getting started

Emilee Geist

From the best bike worth buying to the essential safety equipment you shouldn't leave home without, this is your go-to guide to cycling: iStock
From the best bike worth buying to the essential safety equipment you shouldn’t leave home without, this is your go-to guide to cycling: iStock

If you’re feeling a little restless with your exercise regimen and want to try something new, try cycling.

Not only will it keep you fit, but it’ll also help you get the most out of your time outdoors and explore your local area.

Sam Jones from Cycling UK told The Independent: “Cycling remains one of the best in terms of safely maintaining social distancing.”

Aside from a form of exercise, as lockdown restrictions ease and people start returning to work, cycling is also being encouraged by the government as a better mode of transport – along with driving. It’s a good way to avoid coming into close contact with people as people do on buses, trains and Tubes.

As part of the government’s plans to boost

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Read our lingerie guide for everything you need to know about size, fit and style

Emilee Geist

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As the first thing you put on each morning and the last thing you take off at night, lingerie is a big part of our wardrobes.

The right set can make you feel more comfortable, confident and powerful – so why do so many of us find looking for lingerie so stressful?

Finding a bra and underwear seems like it should be straightforward, the reality is that there are more options than ever.

The key to navigating this increasingly complex market is identifying exactly what you want out of your lingerie, whether that be comfort, support and subtlety or something bold, enhancing and showstopping.

To help make it easier, we’ve put together the ultimate lingerie shopping guide, covering everything from shapes and styles to finally finding your perfect bra size.

You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow

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The ultimate guide to reusable face coverings as England changes rules

Emilee Geist

We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock
We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that face masks and coverings will become part of daily life. The UK government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have both advised wearing face coverings in a bid to reduce the infection transmission of Covid-19.

Since 24 July, face coverings have been mandatory in all shops, supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, banks, post offices and transport hubs in England. People who don’t wear one will face a fine of up to £100, apart from people with medical conditions and children under 11.

Boris Johnson announced an extension to these rules in a government briefing on 31 July. From 8 August, face masks will become compulsory in more indoor settings where you’re likely to come into contact with people you don’t normally meet,

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Read our beginners sex toy guide for everything you need to know

Emilee Geist

With prices ranging from £5 to £5,000, the choice can be overwhelming. But we've covered everything, from toys for women and men to couples, to help you make an informed decision: The Inependent/iStock
With prices ranging from £5 to £5,000, the choice can be overwhelming. But we’ve covered everything, from toys for women and men to couples, to help you make an informed decision: The Inependent/iStock

If you’ve never bought a sex toy before then it’s easy to feel intimidated by the whole process.

While you thankfully no longer have to go into a shop marked “XXX”, ordering online can be a bit overwhelming, with websites filled with brightly coloured phalluses, and prices varying from £5 to £5,000.

In order to make sure that you buy the right toy for you, we’ve put together a comprehensive toy shopping guide.

Everything electronic we recommend comes with a gentle setting to start you off, and will be delivered in a discrete parcel that your postman won’t give a second look.

You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers,

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