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Chrysler Recalling 870,000 SUVs

April 2, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling nearly 870,000 SUVs because corrosion may make the vehicles' brakes harder to use.                           

Dyson Recalling Portable Heaters

April 1, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

Dyson is recalling about 393,000 portable electric heaters because they can develop an electric short and overheat, posing a fire hazard.                    

Auto Safety Chief: GM Didn't Share Key Data

April 1, 2014 8:44 am | News | Comments

Acting NHTSA chief David Friedman says GM had information connecting defective ignition switches to the non-deployment of air bags, but didn't share it until last month.                

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GM Recalls 1.5M Cars For Steering Defect

April 1, 2014 8:34 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors Co. said Monday it is recalling 1.5 million vehicles worldwide because the electronic power-steering assist can suddenly stop working, making them harder to steer.              

2 More Recalls Push GM Total To 4.8M

March 31, 2014 8:08 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

The string of recalls, topped by an ignition switch problem in compact cars now linked to 13 crash deaths, has embarrassed the company and sidetracked its new CEO.                

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Defective Chinese Dolls; Toilet Tech

March 28, 2014 2:27 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from Wal-Mart's recall of 174,000 doll from China to reinventing the toilet.                   

Nearly 1M Jars Of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico

March 28, 2014 7:55 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly a million jars of peanut butter are being dumped at a New Mexico landfill to expedite the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall.             

Toyota Recalling Over 100K Avalons

March 28, 2014 7:39 am | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling 119,000 Avalon sedans from the 2003 and 2004 model years because their air bags could deploy inadvertently.                      

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GlaxoSmithKline Recalls Drug After Foreign Pills Found In Bottles

March 27, 2014 12:31 pm | News | Comments

GlaxoSmithKline is recalling the weight loss drug Alli after receiving reports of unknown pills and tablets in the bottles.                       

GM CEO Takes To Video, Promises Vehicles Are Safe

March 26, 2014 2:58 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Barra reportedly asked engineers if they would let their own families drive and ride in these vehicles, and they said, “Yes.”                                         

GM CEO Taps Into Call Center, Listens To Customer Complaints

March 26, 2014 1:32 pm | News | Comments

The new CEO Mary Barra spent about a half hour last Thursday wearing a headset at the suburban Detroit center and will return there periodically.                            

Nissan Recalls More Than 1M Vehicles For Air Bags

March 26, 2014 9:38 am | News | Comments

In documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nissan says the vehicles' computer software may not detect an adult in the passenger seat.                             

Wal-Mart Recalling 174,000 Dolls Made By Chinese Company

March 25, 2014 2:27 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the doll has a circuit board in its chest that can overheat, causing the surface of the doll to get hot and burn someone.                

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Toyota Case Highlights Difficulty In Prosecuting Execs

March 25, 2014 7:50 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors say they had little choice, in part because of constraints with evidence and the challenge of gathering testimony and information from witnesses outside the United States.                

Families In Crash That Killed 2 Girls Sue GM

March 24, 2014 7:51 am | News | Comments

The families allege that General Motors was negligent in designing its small cars and committed fraud by not disclosing facts about the defects.                   

Why Can’t Automakers Seem To Learn?

March 21, 2014 12:32 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

The question I want to know is, why didn’t GM learn its lesson from the Toyota fiasco? They had five years to pick up on the fact that burying a potential safety issue wasn’t, exactly, the course of action.             

Toyota Facing One Of The Largest Automaker Fines Ever

March 21, 2014 10:47 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | News | Comments

With a growing investigation into GM for a decade-long delay in recalling 1.6 million small cars, this verdict is highly anticipated.                                  

GM's Barra To Testify At House Hearing

March 21, 2014 8:13 am | News | Comments

General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra will testify next month at a hearing by a House panel investigating the delayed recall of 1.6 million small GM cars.                  

Ikea Recalls Children's Bed Canopies

March 20, 2014 3:15 pm | News | Comments

Ikea said Thursday it was not aware of any reports of "permanent injury," but that customers had complained of canopy nets being pulled into cots and becoming entangled around infants' necks.           

Volkswagen Recalls 150K Passats

March 20, 2014 8:39 am | News | Comments

Volkswagen is recalling about 150,000 Passat midsize cars because the headlights can be damaged if the hoods are closed roughly.                      

Toyota Settlement Could Be Glimpse Into GM's Future

March 20, 2014 7:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

It's also a warning to anyone selling cars in the U.S.: Although the federal government's road-safety watchdog doesn't have big fangs, the Justice Department does.                

Calif. Slaughterhouse Recalls Another Product

March 18, 2014 2:59 pm | News | Comments

The Monterey County Health Department said in a statement on Monday that it was recalling Krave Jerky's garlic chili pepper beef jerky processed at Rancho Feeding Corporation in Petaluma, Calif.           

Barra Apologizes For Deaths Tied To Recall

March 18, 2014 2:12 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Barra stopped short of saying the company would compensate families of those killed in crashes, but said GM would do what's right for its customers after it completes an internal investigation.           

GM Creates New Post For Safety Issues

March 18, 2014 10:40 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors has named a 40-year engineer as its new safety chief, placing a single person in charge of recalls and other safety issues as it deals with a huge compact car recall that has damaged the company's reputation.      

GM Recalls 1.18 Million SUVs For Air Bag Problem

March 17, 2014 2:25 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The new recalls aren't related to investigations over the defective ignition switches case, but the company did say they're part of a broad product safety review prompted by the ignition switch problem, which is linked to 12 deaths.      

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