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Ford Recalls New Escapes To Fix Coolant Leaks

September 5, 2012 1:53 pm | News | Comments

The recall affects 7,600 2013 Escapes with 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines. Plugs that fill holes in the engine may not have been put in properly and can fall out while the motor is running. Coolant can leak and cause the engines to overheat. A Ford spokeswoman says one leak caused a fire at a dealer when coolant spilled onto hot engine parts.

Routine Problems, Routine Explanations

September 4, 2012 10:06 am | by the QA Pharm | Blogs | Comments

One clever approach to handling a particular recurring deviation was to have a pre-printed form. The investigation was already written with the exception of the slight nuances, which were accommodated by blanks. This "Mad Lib" approach was completed in a matter of minutes, and a quality assurance (QA) approval was handily secured.

Motorcycle Helmets Recalled, May Not Protect Rider

August 31, 2012 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Chinese-made helmets failed low-temperature impact tests, and the straps also failed tests, according to documents posted Friday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. The helmets also don't have the required labels saying the month and year they were manufactured.

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To Scrap Or Not To Scrap

August 31, 2012 9:44 am | by Jason Howton, Director, U.S. Product Management, Take Supply Chain | Articles | Comments

Let’s look at ways these companies are turning part nonconformance into a strategic advantage through supplier collaboration and communication, effective workflow for short-term corrective actions, cause analysis, tracking, auditing and supplier relationship management (SRM) integration.

From Feed To Food (Part II)

August 30, 2012 2:21 pm | by Roger DeGood and Scott Speer, PE, LEED AP, SSOE Group | Articles | Comments

Dry pet food manufacturing bears a lot of similarities to dry cereal manufacturing.  Both facility types are notoriously negatively pressured when it comes to air flow.  With all the cooking, drying, cooling, toasting and so on, it is easy to see why it is so difficult to maintain ideal positive building pressure to keep the bad things out.

FDA Warns Of Drugs In Reumofan Dietary Supplements

August 21, 2012 4:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use Reumofan dietary supplements, after receiving reports of bleeding, stroke and death among people taking the pills. Reumofan Plus and Reumofan Plus Premium are marketed as natural remedies for arthritis and muscle pain, but the FDA says the products actually contain several prescription drugs.

Smart Tags Ensure More Quality, Less Waste

August 21, 2012 2:26 pm | by Davor Sutija, CEO, Thinfilm | Articles | Comments

As the food industry faces stiff competition and ever-shrinking margins, manufacturers, distributors and retailers are looking for ways to maximize efficiencies, minimize costs and avoid waste. And with increased government regulation, it is clear that the industry must closely monitor and ensure high quality of supply chain conditions for food.

Fisker Recalling Karma Sedans To Fix Fans

August 20, 2012 9:54 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Electric-car maker Fisker Automotive is recalling about 2,400 Karma sports sedans to fix cooling fans that can catch fire. The recall comes after Fisker and a private fire investigation firm finished probing an Aug. 10 fire in a Karma in Woodside, Calif. The company said the probe found that the blaze started in front of the Karma's left front wheel where a cooling fan is located.

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GM, Isuzu Recall 258,000 Suvs To Fix Power Windows

August 18, 2012 11:46 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors and Isuzu are recalling more than 258,000 SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix short-circuits in power window and door lock switches that can cause fires. The recall covers Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 97-X SUVs from the 2006 and 2007 model years. The SUVs were sold or registered in 20 U.S. states, where salt and other chemicals are used to clear roads in the winter.

Feds Checking Nissan Versa Air Bag Problem

August 17, 2012 9:07 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The probe affects about 100,000 Versas from the 2012 model year for a pinched cable that will keep the air bag from inflating.

Quality & Safety Systems: Focusing On Prevention

August 15, 2012 1:18 pm | by Nikki Willett, Vice President of Product Marketing & Regulatory Affairs, Pilgrim Software Inc. | Blogs | Comments

After a long wait, President Obama signed into law the Food Safety Modernization Act with a focus on prevention and traceability. How does that change today's business?

Thousands Of China-Made Cars Recalled In Australia

August 15, 2012 10:09 am | News | Comments

The cars made by Great Wall Motor Co. and Chery Automobile were found to harbor asbestos inside engine and exhaust gaskets.

User Friendly, My Foot!

August 15, 2012 9:47 am | by Ray Enger, USON Director of Engineering | Blogs | Comments

When was the last time you bought equipment or instruments that weren’t touted as user-friendly? "Not in memory" would be my answer.

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Popular Infant Floor Seat Recalled Over Fractures

August 15, 2012 9:30 am | News | Comments

The CPSC says about 4 million Bumbo Baby Seats can be hazardous because babies can wiggle out and fall.

Canon Recalls Cameras Due To Risk Of Skin Rash

August 14, 2012 3:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company says a chemical in the rubber grips on about 68,200 EOS Rebel T4i Digital SLR Cameras can cause skin irritation.

Plastic Pieces, Penny Turn Up In Penn St Ice Cream

August 14, 2012 1:01 pm | News | Comments

Officials are now limiting access to ingredients and increasing surveillance at the production facility while the FDA investigates.

GM Recalls Big Vans To Fix Possible Fuel Leaks

August 14, 2012 12:42 pm | News | Comments

10,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savanna vans from the 2003 and 2004 model years have fuel filler pipes that can rust, leak and cause fires.

Ford Recalls 140,000 Cars In India, S. Africa

August 14, 2012 2:43 am | by Erika Kinetz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

111,000 Ford Figo and Classic models might have a faulty rear twist beam, which can compromise brake performance and make the vehicle inoperable.

Mercedes-Benz Recalls Floor Mats From ML-Class

August 13, 2012 9:24 am | News | Comments

Mercedes said the mats may not conform to the contours of the car's floor, which could make the gas pedal remain stuck applying power.

GM Recalls More Than 38,000 Impala Police Cars

August 13, 2012 9:07 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The lower control arm in the suspension can fracture in 2008 through 2012 models, causing sudden changes in handling that could make the driver lose control.

NTSB: Fan Shaft Failed On 787 During Taxi Test

August 9, 2012 1:22 pm | Boeing | News | Comments

The investigation into the failure of the engine on July 28 is ongoing, but investigators visited a GE plant in Cincinnati to examine more records.

Tuna Packers Reach Settlement In Lacking Tuna Case

August 3, 2012 3:04 pm | by Julie Watson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bumble Bee, Tri-Union and StarKist agreed to pay $3.3 million over claims that they packed tuna cans with too much vegetable broth and added flavors.

Report: Mad Cow In California Was Isolated Case

August 3, 2012 2:32 pm | by Tracie Cone, Associated Press | News | Comments

A three-month investigation looked into the movements of the infected dairy cow, her offspring and the food eaten by the herd and turned up no complications.

Insights From The Mars And Dole Recalls

August 3, 2012 1:25 pm | by Mike Roberts, Research Associate, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

In the first week of July, we heard about two recalls. Mars Petcare U.S. recently announced a voluntary recall on multiple product lines because small pieces of blue plastic made their way into its Pedigree dog food products during production, creating a choking hazard. Similarly, Dole Fresh Vegetables announced a voluntarily recall of 2,598 cases of bagged salad due to a possible health risk from Listeria Monocytogenes.

Toyota Recalls 760,000 RAV4s

August 1, 2012 5:18 pm | News | Comments

The company says that a corrosion problem with the rear suspension arm could affect 760,000 RAV4s and 18,000 units of the Lexus HS 250h.

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