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Consumer Reports magazine | March

Published: March 2012
March 2012

Cover story

Where to buy almost anything More than 26,000 readers rate the nation’s major chain stores

Features

Appliance fires pose a safety concern Millions of dishwashers, fridges, ranges, and more are on recall lists
Junk health insurance Stingy plans may be worse than none at all

Lab Tests

Interior paint A new winner tops our tests
LCD & plasma TVs High-tech features are transforming viewing
Light & lively laptops
Pro-style ranges
The dirt on air purifiers
Vacuums 9 picks are under $200

Cars

Compact luxury SUVs The redesigned BMW X3 drubs a new, stylish Land Rover
Shine up your hazy headlights

CR Health

Celebrity endorsements: Who's selling what Don't be starstruck by supplements

Departments

Ask our experts
From our president
Selling It A monthly selection of goofs, glitches, and gotchas
Viewpoint A monthly perspective on the latest challenges facing consumers
Your letters

The March 2012 issue of Consumer Reports provides recommendations, expert buying advice, and Ratings on hundreds of consumer products. Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services, with more than 7 million print and online subscribers. It conducts the most comprehensive testing programs of any U.S. publication or website, and the company's experts have decades of experience in testing and reporting.

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