HALLOWEEN TREAT-GIVING TO BE DOWN

Bad news for any kids expecting a big haul this Halloween. The National Retail Federation is out with its spending projections for the holiday, and they’re grim. Total spending for Halloween is expected to drop from $66.54 per family last year to $56.31 this year. The numbers include candy, costumes and decorations. The biggest drop in spending is expected to come at the candy counter, with 46.5% of consumers telling the NRF they’ll be buying fewer sweets. About 35% are going to use last year’s decorations. (At least they’re not using last year’s candy.) One bright spot: Despite the number of consumers buying less candy, only about 5% said they won’t be giving out any treats. So, kids, get out early this year.

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TOYOTA RECALLS NEARLY 4 MILLION VEHICLES

Toyota is recalling 3.8 million Toyotas and Lexuses because floor mats could make the accelerator stick. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “strongly recommends taking out removable floor mats on the driver’s side in certain models and not to replace them with any other mat, either from Toyota or any other brand.” The NTSB calls this an “urgent matter”.

The affected models are:

  • 2007-2010 Camry
  • 2005-2010 Avalon
  • 2004-2009 Prius
  • 2005-2010 Tacoma
  • 2007-2010 Tundra
  • 2007-2010 ES 350
  • 2006-2010 IS 250 and IS 350

… It’s Toyota’s company’s largest U.S. recall.