(Information on Chrysler's Dodge Ram pickup truck recall and A&P's bankruptcy updated in today's Hot Trends article.)
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"Dodge Ram trucks" is a trending search topic today after
announced a recall of about 76,000 Dodge Ram pickups.
Chrysler is conducting the recall to fix a power steering issue that could cause brake pedals to be slow to return after the driver applies them, increasing the risk of a crash.
The recall affects 2010 and 2011 model year trucks built at Chrysler's Saltillo, Mexico plant between March 2009 and October 2010. The auto company will notify owners and replace the steering reservoir cap in affected cars at no charge.
"Bankruptcy" has been a popular search term on the Internet since
Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea
( GAP) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sunday.
The grocery chain, better known as A&P, listed debts of more than $3.2 billion and assets of about $2.5 billion in company filings.
The 151-year-old company operates 395 stores in the Northeast under the A&P, Walbaum's and Pathmark names. Reports speculate that grocery companies such as
and Food Lion parent company
will be interested in bidding for some of A&P's store locations.
"Electric cars" is a trending search topic today after
said it is planning to build three electric cars at its Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich.
Ford executive chairman Bill Ford told
The Detroit Free Press
on Tuesday about the company's plans to make three new models of hybrid or electric cars.
"For years, I had this vision of a green Ford Motor Company, but we didn't have the technology before," Ford told reporters. "Now we are electrifying mainstream vehicles."
is a hot search topic today on news that
has created a new mobile application that can track a user's location and share it with others.
Users can link up and share their location with their friends through the new feature. Google has made 'latitude' a part of Google Maps on Android,
Research in Motion
( RIMM) BlackBerry,
Windows mobile phones.
The free standalone application is currently available on the
"Mark Madoff" is a heavily searched topic this morning after reports that convicted financier Bernard Madoff will not be attending his son's funeral.
Madoff's older son, Mark Madoff, 46, hanged himself in his Manhattan apartment on Saturday, two years after his father was arrested on charges related to an elaborate Ponzi schemed that defrauded investors out of billions of dollars.
Bernard Madoff, who is serving a 150-year prison term, will mourn his son's death privately out of respect for the privacy of his son's wife and four children.
"Chernobyl" is a popular search topic today following news that Ukraine plans to allow visitors to enter the restricted area around the reactor that exploded nearly 25 years ago.
On April 26, 1986 Chernobyl's reactor No. 4 exploded, contaminating the area within a 30-mile radius with radiation.
Hundreds of thousands of people were forced to evacuate the exclusion zone to get away from the dangerous radiation, and related health problems still persist in the area. Tours are slated to begin in 2011.
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