Toyota, Honda and Nissan are recalling more than three million vehicles, hundreds of thousands in the United States, because of a malfunctioning airbag inflator. This includes the Toyota Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia and Tundra, as well as the Honda Civic and Odyssey.
Meantime McDonald's is giving its restaurants a manners makeover. The Wall Street Journal says the fast food giant is pushing franchises to improve service because of rising complaints about rude employees. The fix includes a new restaurant management structure and a new system that involves placing your order at one end of the counter and picking up at the other when your order number comes up on a monitor.
And the number of people who get health benefits through their employer are on the decline. A study from the Robert Wood Johnson foundation says only 60 percent of Americans got employer health benefits in 2011 because of the rising cost of insurance and the large numbers of people without work.
A rally on Wall Street is sending the S&P to a record high as investors bet on global economic growth and an improvement in corporate profits.
And has your boss ever asked you to do non work-related tasks? Nearly one in four workers say bosses have asked them to perform tasks not related to their jobs. Careerbuilder says among them: spying on senior management, working on the boss' daughter's science project, and loaning the boss money or buying a rifle for them.
Bosses have also asked employees to hook them up with illegal substances.