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October 07, 2002

Corporate social responsibility dips


Fewer companies are devoting time and resources to corporate social responsibility, a new poll finds.

In a survey of 264 CEOs of Fortune 1,000 companies by Jericho Communications, 36 percent said their companies are more conscious of corporate social responsibility since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but just 12 percent said they're allocating more money for it.

Fifty-two percent of the respondents said they believe that corporations acting responsibly in communities around the world can weaken the influence of terrorist groups. And 42 percent said a company's responsibility toward communities around the world should equal its commitment to communities in the United States.




41 percent enjoymaking car deals


A recent poll reports that 41 percent of Americans enjoy purchasing or leasing an automobile at a dealership while 22 percent dislike or hate it.

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Women seem to enjoy the experience of shopping for a new car more than men do, the survey of 1,004 people conducted by Martiz Research Inc. found. Forty-five percent of women said they enjoyed the process, compared to 36 percent of men.

Only 7 percent of women reported having a bad time, while 15 percent of the men did.

Among respondents of both sexes who disliked or hated shopping for cars, pushy salespeople were the top reason, 34 percent said.




Lawn-Boy recalls walking mowers


Lawn-Boy Inc. has recalled about 36,000 Lawn-Boy walk-behind mowers.

The vendor who manufactured the mulch plates for Lawn-Boy used the wrong material, making the plates brittle and easy to crack or break if struck by a stone or stick while mowing. Objects coming through a broken plate or pieces of the plate could injure the operator or bystanders.

The recall includes 21-inch Lawn-Boy Easy Mulch Silver, SilverPro and GoldPro Series walk-behind lawn mowers. The mowers have the words Easy Mulch printed on the top of the mulch cover plate in bold black letters.

Consumers should stop using these mowers in the mulching mode and contact Lawn-Boy to receive a replacement cover plate.

For more information, call 1-866-336-5207 or visit the firm's Web site at www.lawnboy.com




Kodak recalls digital cameras


Eastman Kodak Co. has recalled about 75,000 DC5000-model digital cameras.

Due to a manufacturing defect, consumers using the cameras can suffer an electrical shock.

These are Kodak DC5000-model cameras. The serial number range is 01800001 through 11700825.

Consumers should stop using the Kodak DC5000 Zoom Digital Camera and contact Kodak. The company will cover the cost of inspection and any necessary repair and shipping to and from Kodak repair centers.

To receive a postage-paid mailer to return your camera, or for more information, contact Kodak online at www.kodak.com or call 1-888-793-2977.

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