CR Digital Archive

February 2014

Cover Story

Dangerous contaminated chicken
97% of the breasts we tested harbored bacteria that could make you sick. Learn how to protect yourself.


Get in shape during the new year!
The right home exercise equipment can help you reach your fitness goals in 2014
Save time in the kitchen
Prepare faster, tastier meals with our top products and practices
Should you repair or replace that product?
How to save money on appliances, electronics, and lawn and yard gear
Frozen dinners get the steam treatment
Are they as fast and tasty as they claim?


Ford Fusion and C-Max Review
A new Fusion engine and software tweaks have little impact on mpg
High-tech automotive headaches
Drivers find infotainment systems complicated and trouble-prone

Up Front

Taste test of store-bought brands of guacamole
Find out which avocado dip to serve at your New Year's or football party
Special box chocolates for Valentine’s Day
If you’re going to spend $50 to $125 on a box of chocolates, it should be as special as your Valentine
Fast food fare isn't picture-perfect
Why fast food meals don't appear as advertised


Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers
This page highlights efforts of Consumers Union to improve the marketplace
From our president: How's that again?

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