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BMW Recalling 91.8K Mini Coopers To Fix Air Bag Problem

April 20, 2015 10:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BMW is recalling 91,800 Mini Coopers to fix a defect that may prevent the air bag on the front passenger side of the cars from deploying in a crash.

Recalls Of The Week: Popular Flu Vaccine Recalled For Reduced Efficacy

April 17, 2015 5:06 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The recall affects approximately 1.7 million doses, about 7 percent of the total flu vaccine doses distributed in by Glaxo in the U.S. this year.

GM Says It Has Fixed 70 Percent Of Faulty Ignition Switches

April 10, 2015 2:26 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

In the months after the recalls began, GM was criticized by customers and members of Congress for a low completion rate, which the company blamed on a lack of parts.

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Number Of People Sickened By Listeria Outbreak Grows

April 9, 2015 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Blue Bell Creameries on Tuesday announced a third product recall as a result of the contamination. The company, based in Brenham, Texas, has recalled more than 25 of its products since last month.

Recalls Of The Week: Apps Aggregate Safety Data

April 7, 2015 3:51 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

New smartphone apps make it easier than ever to keep an eye on recent, relevant recall information.

Texas Grocery Chain H-E-B Pulls All Blue Bell Products

April 6, 2015 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

H-E-B, with more than 300 stores in Texas and northern Mexico, said the decision Saturday was a "precautionary measure due to food safety concerns."

Honda Adds 105,000 Vehicles To Driver's Air Bag Recall

April 2, 2015 2:48 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The company said it will send letters to owners of vehicles in the expanded recall "over time" as replacement parts become available.

GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises To 77

March 31, 2015 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The fund received a total of 4,342 claims by the Jan. 31 deadline. Of those, 1,263 are still under review. Feinberg says more than half are ineligible or lack documentation.

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BMW Recalls Nearly 49K Motorcycles

March 27, 2015 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BMW says if bolts that hold the rear wheels to a flange are over-tightened, the flange can crack. If that happens, the bolts can loosen and the wheel may not stay secured to the bike.

Recalls Of The Week: Listeria Contaminations Linger

March 27, 2015 12:08 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

"Testing products works and being transparent with that information, as required by the FDA, will save lives."

Are You A GM Recall Waiting To Happen?

March 23, 2015 12:52 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | News | Comments

So instead of sneering at the news out of the automotive sector, as recall numbers rise, take the experiences of these manufacturers as a cautionary tale. Could it happen to you? And if not, are you sure it couldn’t?

Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser Of The Week

March 20, 2015 3:03 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The winning title goes to a company for inventing a product that will benefit the manufacturing community, while the loser was forced to issue a recall of their product due to safety concerns.                                         

Recalls Of The Week: Graco Pays The Piper

March 20, 2015 2:20 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Graco fined $10 million for response in largest child seat recall in U.S. history.                                                                                                                                                      

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GM CEO Barra To Be Questioned In Ignition-Switches Lawsuit

March 20, 2015 10:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Barra told Congress she learned about the defective switches in December 2013, a month before GM began recalling 2.6 million affected vehicles.                

Kraft Recalls 6.5 Million Boxes Of Mac And Cheese

March 18, 2015 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods Group Inc. said Tuesday it is aware of eight incidents of consumers finding metal in the boxes, but hasn't been informed of any injuries.                

Attorney: GM To Face Further Legal Action Over Ignition Problem

March 17, 2015 2:59 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"It wasn’t incompetence, it was a cover-up."                                 

General Motors Ignition Switch Death Count Rises To 67

March 16, 2015 12:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Families of at least 67 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the total Monday.

Recalls of the Week: Software Glitches Haunt Electric Vehicles

March 13, 2015 2:05 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Electric vehicles, or EVs, have taken the automotive world by storm this year, but they have one major downside—all those electrical parts.                                                                                               

Honda Running Ad Campaign To Boost Recall Repairs

March 13, 2015 11:59 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is launching an unprecedented U.S. ad campaign urging owners to get vehicles repaired if they have been recalled to fix defective air bags.                                                                                           

GM Ignition Switch Death Count Rises To 64

March 9, 2015 12:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Families of at least 64 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the total Monday. It was up from 57 last week. An additional...

Recalls Of The Week: NHTSA Flexes Muscles

March 6, 2015 3:37 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Possible enactment of Safety Act would place undue pressure on parts manufactures.                           

Q&A: Recalls And Undeclared Allergens

March 6, 2015 10:19 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Recalls involving undeclared allergens are becoming more prominent in the food manufacturing industry. According to the recent Quarter 4 Recall Index from Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS, the FDA reported 105 recall events in the fourth quarter of 2014 affecting 94 companies...

By The Numbers: 2014 Record Year For Auto Recalls

March 4, 2015 2:07 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The U.S. government’s list of automakers with the most recalled vehicles in 2014 was topped by General Motors and Honda. Combined, the two companies accounted for more than half of the record 64 million vehicles recalled. GM had 78 separate recalls pushing them to the No. 1 spot in the biggest year for recalls...

How Recalls Can Affect Your Business

March 3, 2015 1:31 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Recalls, especially those within the food industry, seem to always be in the news. Some of the most recent recalls include the more than 46,000 Pepperidge Farm bagels, MorningStar Farms' Black Bean Burgers, and of course the giant apple recall that kicked off the new year. While the reasons...

Recalls Of The Week: Rethinking Used-Car Safety

February 27, 2015 3:14 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The AP reported Wednesday on a recent Carfax study that investigated why the flawed recall system is dangerous to used-car buyers. In this report, Auto Writers Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin write, “More than 46 million cars and trucks on the road...

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