CONSUMER CATCH-UP: Motorized awnings recalled after accidents, dying, lawmakers ask for transparency in 'Amazon's Selection' program, and Domino's to ship through e-bike

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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — SunSetter Motorized Awnings recalled after accidents, dying

The Shopper Product Security Fee has issued a recall alert for SunSetter Motorized Awnings after stories of six accidents and one dying brought on by malfunctioning awnings.

If the awning cowl is secured with bungee tie-downs and the motor is activated, the awning can open unexpectedly when the quilt is later eliminated – with sufficient power to knock an individual over.

The recall impacts 270,000 models in the USA. It contains “all delicate vinyl awning covers used with SunSetter Motorized, Motorized XL, Motorized PRO, Motorized PROXL, and Oasis Freestanding Motorized Retractable Awnings distributed by SunSetter from June 1999 to January 2019 and provided with bungee tie-downs.”

Homeowners of affected awnings ought to contact SunSetter without cost breakaway security clips and directions on tips on how to use them. SunSetter will be contacted at 844-313-0144 from eight a.m. to 10 p.m. ET day by day, on-line at www.sunsetter.com/safety-clips, or by e mail at safety-clips@sunsetter.com.

Lawmakers ask for transparency in “Amazon’s Selection” choice course of

Lawmakers are asking Amazon for an evidence of how merchandise are chosen for his or her “Amazon’s Selection” program.

Merchandise designated as “Amazon’s Selection” show a banner over the product picture. Amazon launched the function in 2015 to “simplify buying” for purchasers.

Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) wrote a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos expressing concern that these merchandise have been chosen both arbitrarily, or primarily based on fraudulent critiques. They requested for an evidence of the choice course of, and specifically needed to know the way a lot of a task synthetic intelligence performed versus human evaluate.

Throughout a earlier investigation by CNET, Amazon stated they decide merchandise which can be “extremely rated, well-priced merchandise obtainable to ship instantly.”

Domino’s making an attempt out supply by e-bike

Domino’s will quickly begin utilizing electrical bikes to ship pizza.

Domino’s is making an attempt out this new supply methodology with hope of staying aggressive with food-delivery apps resembling Grubhub and DoorDash.

Though Domino’s won’t be able to compete with the wide range of meals choices different supply apps have obtainable, will probably be in a position to compete on supply time and customer support. The customized e-bikes are specifically designed to carry pizzas, drinks, and sides, can attain as much as 20 miles per hour, and should not have to cope with the site visitors and parking points confronted by automobiles.

The pizza chain has partnered with Rad Energy Bikes to make the customized electrical bikes. The bikes shall be utilized later this yr in Baltimore, Miami, Salt Lake Metropolis and Houston.

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