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GM Sues Supplier Over Costly Steering Repairs

November 23, 2009 11:38 am | by Ed White, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Automaker is suing a supplier of steering assemblies, claiming it’s costing tens of millions of dollars to repair shaky steering columns in its vehicles.

GM: 193 Buyers Returned Cars Under Program

November 20, 2009 4:15 am | News | Comments

Only a small percentage of buyers returned vehicles under a 60-day money back guarantee promotion and GM executives are calling them to find out why they weren’t satisfied.

CPSC Studies Still Inconclusive On Chinese Drywall

October 30, 2009 5:05 am | by Brian Skoloff, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Federal studies released Thursday cannot yet definitively link imported Chinese drywall to health problems or corrosion of pipes and wires that U.S. homeowners have been reporting.

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Asian Autos Top Reliability Survey

October 27, 2009 10:25 am | News | Comments

Consumer Reports' 2009 car and truck reliability survey was dominated by Asian brands, but several Ford models were as dependable or better than the industry's best.

GM: Only Small Fraction Of Buyers Return Vehicles

October 21, 2009 5:40 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Out of 400 vehicles, just 15 have been returned in the four days since customers could begin doing so as part of General Motors’ heavily advertised money-back guarantee program.

FDA Warns Bayer Over German Manufacturing Plant

September 15, 2009 8:00 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. health regulators have warned drugmaker that inspectors uncovered testing problems at the company’s plant in Berghamen, Germany, during a March visit.

Buick Shipments Delayed Over Quality Concerns

September 2, 2009 5:16 am | News | Comments

General Motors Co. said rollout of its new 2010 Buick LaCrosse is being delayed for a few weeks as it works out unspecified 'quality issues.'

Mylan, FDA Square Off On Quality Control Inquiry

July 28, 2009 10:22 am | News | Comments

Generic drug developer said FDA backed up company's position that employees in West Virginia didn't ignore quality control procedures, though agency disputes Mylan's claim.

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VW, Ford Winners In Vehicle Quality Survey

June 29, 2009 6:30 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Volkswagen and Ford Motor Co. were top scorers among automakers that offer a full line of products in the U.S., according to results released Monday by Strategic Vision Inc.

Plainview Peanut Files For Chapter 7

June 8, 2009 8:20 am | News | Comments

Texas subsidiary of the company at the heart of this year's salmonella outbreak has filed for bankruptcy.

U.S. Finds Suspect Materials In Chinese-Made Drywall

May 20, 2009 6:00 am | by Cain Burdeau, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Environmental Protection Agency has found sulfur and other materials in Chinese-made drywall, which some blame for sickening fumes and corroding metal in homes in several states.

Court Upholds German Ban On Monsanto Corn

May 5, 2009 5:58 am | News | Comments

German court rejected an attempt by the world's leading seed seller to suspend government ban on genetically engineered corn, saying it may pose a risk to the environment.

Tainted Chinese Drywall Found In U.S. Homes

April 13, 2009 5:25 am | by Cain Burdeau, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Sulfur-emitting wallboard from China is wreaking havoc in homes, charring electrical wires, eating away at jewelry, silverware and other valuables, and possibly even sickening families.

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Jaguar, Buick Top Reliability Study

March 19, 2009 7:42 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

British luxury carmaker surged to the top of J.D. Power and Associates' vehicle dependability study this year, tying Buick for the No. 1 spot and dethroning Lexus.

Report: FDA Scaled Back Lab Inspections

February 18, 2009 4:10 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Independent watchdog group says the government has quietly scaled back enforcement of federal quality regulations at labs that develop medical devices.

Records Reveal No Salmonella Test At Georgia Plant

January 27, 2009 5:10 am | by Kate Brumback, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Georgia peanut butter plant at the center of an investigation into a nationwide salmonella outbreak was the only one where samples weren't pulled last year to test for the bacteria.

FDA Forces Actavis To Shut Down Plants

January 9, 2009 8:05 am | News | Comments

Generic drugmaker has agreed to shut down several plants in New Jersey until they meet U.S. quality standards for the testing and manufacturing of pharmaceuticals.

Michelin, Honda Reach Settlement In Tire Case

December 31, 2008 4:15 am | News | Comments

Tire manufacturer and American Honda Motor Co. have announced a settlement of a nationwide class-action lawsuit brought by consumers over so-called 'run-flat' tires.

Boeing Parts Problem Delays 737 Deliveries

November 14, 2008 5:10 am | by Daniel Lovering, AP Business Writer | Airbus, Boeing | News | Comments

Airplane maker said Thursday it was delaying the delivery of 737 jetliners and planning to inspect some already in service to replace parts that lacked a required anticorrosion coating.

Boeing 787 Fastener Problem Might Delay Delivery

November 5, 2008 4:25 am | Boeing | News | Comments

Analyst said Boeing must inspect about 350,000 fasteners on each of the 20-plus 787s under production and possibly replace fasteners incorrectly installed.

Caraco Gets FDA Warning On Quality Control

November 3, 2008 6:25 am | News | Comments

Generic drugmaker Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories Ltd. said it received a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration over quality-control issues at its Detroit plant.

Navy Finds ‘Cracks’ In Boeing Jets

October 24, 2008 9:15 am | Lockheed Martin, Boeing | News | Comments

U.S. Navy says it will inspect all 636 Hornet fighter jets from Boeing after discovering "fatigue cracks" on more than a dozen aircraft deployed overseas.

FDA Lifts Boston Scientific Restrictions

October 22, 2008 7:20 am | News | Comments

Boston Scientific said the Food and Drug Administration has lifted some restrictions imposed more than two years due to quality control problems.

Rabbis Meet After Kosher Plant Raid

September 25, 2008 5:18 am | News | Comments

Responding to allegations of worker abuse, an organization of rabbis formed a task force to craft Jewish principles and ethical guidelines for the kosher food industry.

Guiliani To Help Ranbaxy With FDA Ban

September 18, 2008 5:31 am | News | Comments

India's largest pharmaceutical maker has retained former New York City mayor Rudy Guiliani to help it resolve a U.S. Food and Drug Administration import ban.

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