(Information on the Toyota recall and online checking accounts added to today's Hot Trends article.)
NEW YORK (
) -- "Toyota recall" is a hot search today after
announced that it plans to recall 740,000 cars in the U.S. and 599,000 cars in Japan due to a problem with the vehicles' brake fluid.
The recall in the U.S. will address the "possibility that a small amount of the brake fluid could slowly leak from the brake master cylinder, resulting in illumination of the brake warning lamp," Toyota said.
The recall affects 2005 through 2006 models of the Avalon, 2004 through 2006 non-hybrid Highlanders and Lexus RX330, and the 2006 Lexus GS300, IS250, and IS350 vehicles.
"Online checking accounts" is a heavily searched phrase today following reports that major U.S. banks might make free checking a thing of the past by charging fees for even the most basic banking services.
Bank of America
currently charges consumers $8.95 a month to consult with a bank teller or if the customer requests a paper statement.
Mickey Cargile, founder and managing partner of WNB Private Client Services in Midland, Texas said that
checking accounts could morph into "build-your-own" accounts
, where certain basic services are free but any additional services will be charged. "It may even get to the point where you have to pay for each check you write," he said. "I think that free checking will go away completely."
"Apple Lion" is a trending topic today after Steve Jobs introduced Lion, the new Mac operating system, at
Back to the Mac conference on Wednesday.
The new software will replace the Snow Leopard operating system. Apple plans to start selling Lion early next year.
, describing them as the result of a "hookup" between the notebook and an iPad.
"Airline tickets" is a popular search topic today following news that Mercedes Stafford, the former president of the Cincinnati Rollergirls, pleaded guilty to an airline ticket scam.
Stafford, who skates under the name "Sadistic Sadie," had obtained more than 525 airline tickets through her job at
United Air Lines
in the scheme.
She has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison.
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