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  • Chrysler(NEW YORK) -- A consumer advocacy group is calling for a recall of all 2017 Chrysler Pacifica's because the federal government has received more than 50 complaints that say the minivans stalled during operation.In addition to its plea to Chrysler, the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety will file a petition with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Monday asking the agency to open a defect investigation, the group said.The automaker is aware of the complaints and routinely monitors the performance of its vehicles, company spokesman Eric Mayne said. Like the federal government, Fiat-Chrysler has received no reports of injuries or accidents from the alleged problem.The Italian-American corporation has sold 150,000 of the 2017 Pacifica's, making it the bestselling minivan in its class, according to the advocacy group. The vehicle has won various awards for safety, including one from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA.Owners are able to file complaints with the Department of Transportation via the NHTSA website, but the government does not verify every complaint. The Center for Auto Safety is asking federal regulators to open an investigation and seek more information about the complaints and from the automaker.“At U.S. DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), safety is the top priority. NHTSA will carefully review the Center for Auto Safety’s petition and then take any appropriate action,” NHTSA said in a statement.The Center for Auto Safety is also calling on Chrysler to give out loaner vehicles until the manufacturer is able to identify and remedy the problem.The owners complain that the minivans, some with as few as a couple hundred miles of usage on them, have been stalling at various speeds, from idling to traveling over 60 mph, and come with seemingly random warning lights seen on the dashboard.“The danger goes beyond what happens to families in the stalled minivan during the loss of power, as drivers of disabled vehicles are often hit and killed by other cars after they have pulled over to the side of the road," Center for Auto Safety Executive Director Jason Levine said.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday? If yes, now is the perfect time to review simple steps you can take to make traveling for the holiday less stressful.First and foremost, if you're driving, don't leave on the Tuesday evening before Thanksgiving.According to traffic app Waze, the worst time to travel before Thanksgiving will be 5 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Nov. 21. The worst time to travel home after Thanksgiving will be Monday, Nov. 27 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. local time. However, there will also be a spike of midday travel on Sunday, with the worst traffic likely at 2 p.m. local time.For those flying, Wednesday and Sunday are the days to avoid.Whether driving or flying, Thanksgiving day is generally a good day to take to the roads or skies.When it comes to airport safety, there are different rules for kids than adults.Kids under 12 aren't subject to the same regulations at airport security. So feel free to leave your toddler's shoes and jacket on while going through the metal detector. Seniors may also leave on shoes and light jackets. As for a baby's necessities, breast milk, formula, baby food and other essentials are not subject to the three-ounce liquid rule, though they will likely have a secondary screening.Speaking of kids . . .Some airlines allow families with small children to board the flight first. Don't do this. It only adds more time for children to be confined to their seats. If possible, store the carry-ons ahead and have one adult stay with the kids to try to board as close to takeoff as possible.Know what you can bring on board and what you can't.Stuffing can fly, but can cranberry sauce? What about gravy? Find the answers to all your Thanksgiving leftover carry-on questions on the Transportation Security Administration's website using it's handy tool, "Can I bring?"Laptops can stay in your bag, sometimes.Check your boarding pass to see if you were selected for TSA Precheck. If you were, your laptop can stay in your bag. And, like a kid or a senior, your shoes and jacket can stay on. Precheck is available at more than 100 U.S. airports and offers expedited security lines. You may get lucky and get picked, but you can sign up for precheck online at a cost of $85 for five years.Plan ahead for airport parking.Lots fill up fast and the last thing you want to do is miss your flight while you're looking for a parking spot. Book ahead and you may even get a discount at off-airport lots. Leave plenty of time to get from the lot to your airline terminal.Avoid checking a bag if possible.
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  • Honda(NEW YORK) -- Honda has recalled about 800,000 Odyssey minivans in the U.S. over reports of injuries linked to the vehicle's second row seats.
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  • CPSC.gov(NEW YORK) -- Seven companies are issuing new hoverboard recalls after discovering that the battery packs may pose a fire hazard, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.Tuesday's recall involves 13,900 units, bringing the total number to 520,100 since the CPSC began issuing the warnings last year.Safety officials say the risk is in the battery packs and have found a significant risk of overheating, smoke, fire and in some instances, explosions that cause burns and property damage, according to the CPSC.The recalls included two reports of property damage, including one recent incident in Louisiana resulting in approximately $40,000 of damage after the unit caught fire.No injuries were reported in the recalls.The vast majority of the 520,100 hoverboards recalled stem from a July 2016 announcement involving eight manufacturers and more than 500,000 units.Hoverboards by Swagway make up more than half of those recalled -- 267,000.ABC News reached out after business hours to the seven companies involved in the recall and did not receive an immediate response.You can find the recalls here: Smart Balance by Salvage World, Sonic Smart Wheels by Dollar Mania, Tech Drift, iLive by Digital Products, iHoverspeed by Simplified Wireless, Go Wheels by Four Star Imports, Drone Nerds.
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  • Uber(NEW YORK) -- A lawsuit filed against Uber on Tuesday alleges "thousands" of female passengers have endured "rape, sexual assault, physical violence and gender-motivated harassment" while using the popular ride-hailing service.The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco by attorneys for two women identified in court documents only as Jane Doe 1 and 2, is seeking class-action status.Jane Doe 1 lives in Miami and Jane Doe 2 lives in Los Angeles, according to the complaint, and both claim that they were sexually assaulted by Uber drivers.The complaint states that Uber uses "low-cost, woefully inadequate background checks" for their drivers and does not monitor drivers for "violent or inappropriate conduct after they are hired."Even after allegations of sexual misconduct have emerged against Uber drivers, the lawsuit claims that: "Nothing meaningful has been done to make rides safer for passengers -- especially women."A spokesperson for Uber told ABC News that the company is currently reviewing the lawsuit, and that the company takes the allegations seriously."Uber received this complaint today and we are in the process of reviewing it," the spokesperson said. "These allegations are important to us and we take them very seriously."Uber announced earlier this month -- prior to the lawsuit being filed -- that it was implementing a new initiative to prevent sexual assault and domestic violence. Part of the initiative includes an education program for their customer support agents that involves expert training provided by the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence and the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the company said in a statement posted to its website.The company simultaneously announced that it was committing $5 million over five years to fund sexual assault and domestic violence "prevention initiatives."In the statement, Uber outlined some of the app's safety features including "GPS tracking, the ability to share a trip with family and friends, and 24/7 support.""We will continue to listen, learn, collaborate and build on our commitment to prevent sexual assault and domestic violence," Uber added in its statement.Jeanne M. Christensen, one of the attorneys with Wigdor LLP, the firm that filed the lawsuit Tuesday, called on Uber to make public the number of reports it has received about sexual misconduct."The company must come forward with information about how many reports it has received about rapes, sexual assaults, and gender-motivated harassment to allow consumers to assess whether Uber really does provide safe rides, especially to women," Christensen said in a statement.She added that the recent #MeToo campaign on social media has brought to light many "heinous acts" that female Uber passengers have allegedly experienced.Christensen continued: "It is time for Uber to 'Do the right thing. Period.'"
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