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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...

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...

Report: FDA Recalls Fell In Fourth Quarter Of 2014

February 26, 2015 9:24 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A recent report found that recalls of products overseen by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

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Daicel To Build Replacement Parts Amid Takata Recalls

February 23, 2015 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Daicel Corp. said Friday it will build a second U.S. factory next year, as the Japanese chemical manufacturer expands operations to supply replacement parts for vehicles recalled globally for potentially defective air bags made by Takata Corp. Daicel will bring forward initial...

Honda To Replace President Following Air Bag Fiasco

February 23, 2015 5:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda Motor Co., the Japanese automaker at the center of an air-bag defect scandal, said Monday its president Takanobu Ito will step aside and be replaced by another Honda executive. The decision follows massive recalls by Honda of vehicles equipped with air bags made by Japan's Takata Corp. that...

Recalls Of The Week: Eat Cumin With Caution

February 20, 2015 1:23 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Food news dominated recall headlines. On Wednesday, the FDA issued an alert for cumin spice that might contain unlabeled traces of peanuts. The peanuts-in-your-cumin problem is not new—Adams Foods issued a recall in December, and Whole Foods and Goya Foods issued recalls earlier...

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U.S. To Fine Takata $14K Per Day

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

The U.S. government says it will fine Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. $14,000 per day for failing to fully cooperate in an investigation. Takata's air bag inflators can explode with too much force, spewing shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least six people have been killed worldwide due...

GM, Consumers Battle In Court Over Ignition Switch Defect

February 19, 2015 8:35 am | by Marley Jay, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge this week heard arguments from consumers who are suing General Motors, saying their cars dropped in value because of a defect with its ignition switches. Attorneys for GM and several groups of plaintiffs argued before Judge Robert Gerber in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for...

4,300 Pounds Of Pork Sausage Products Recalled

February 18, 2015 12:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say a business is recalling about 4,300 pounds of pork sausage products in Michigan due to mislabeling and an undeclared allergen. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall late Tuesday by Bay City-based Michigan Brand Inc. There are no reports...

Recalls Of The Week: Vehicles Recalled In 2014 Exceeded Previous 3 Years Combined

February 13, 2015 2:55 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Yesterday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed that 2014 was a record year for vehicle recalls. Shockingly, the number of recalled vehicles in 2014 exceeded the number for the previous three years combined. Of the 64 million recalled vehicles in 2014, about 27 million were...

Fire, Deaths Continue After Jeep Fuel Tank Recall

February 11, 2015 12:46 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

As Kayla White slowed her SUV behind two other cars to exit a suburban Detroit freeway on Veterans Day, it was rammed from behind by a Cadillac STS. Her red 2003 Jeep Liberty bounced off a Nissan in front of it, rolled onto its side and exploded in flames. Other drivers ran to help but were...

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Report: Children's Product Manufacturers Largely Don't Report Recalls On Social Media

February 11, 2015 10:36 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Manufacturers who produce children's products that have been placed under recall largely aren't using social media to inform consumers about those safety issues, a consumer watchdog group has found. According to the annual report by Chicago-based Kids in Danger, although...

Recalls Of The Week: GM Reaches Claims Deadline

February 6, 2015 3:28 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

This Saturday, January 31st, marked the deadline to submit claims for compensation regarding the GM ignition switch recall that affected 2.6 million cars. The immense recall made headlines in 2014 as the death toll rose to 51. The current number of injuries from the recall is 77, and Tom Krisher of The Associated Press reported that...

Takata Expects Worse Red Ink Amid Global Air-Bag Woes

February 5, 2015 10:06 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Takata Corp., the Japanese seat belt and air-bag maker at the center of a defect scandal, is expecting more red ink for the fiscal year through March. It is projecting a 31 billion yen ($264 million) loss, worse than the previous forecast for a 25 billion yen ($214 million) loss, despite higher sales expected for the fiscal...

More Than 2M Vehicles Recalled A 2nd Time For Faulty Air Bags

January 31, 2015 2:30 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles are being recalled for a second fix for faulty air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running. The recall includes some Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla and Toyota...

TX Man May Be Latest Victim Of Exploding Airbags

January 30, 2015 2:57 pm | by Tom Krisher, Juan A. Lozano, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety regulators are looking into the death of a Texas man who may be the latest victim of exploding automobile airbags made by Takata Corp. of Japan. The man, identified by authorities as Carlos Solis, 35, died in a low-speed crash in the Houston area when an airbag inflated and sent shrapnel into his...

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Recalls Of The Week: A Bad Week For Cars And SUVs

January 30, 2015 2:22 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The recalls of the week were centered on the automotive and food manufacturing industries. It was a particularly bad week for cars and SUVs. Nissan announced two major recalls on Wednesday. The first Nissan recall covers over 552,000 Rogue SUVs from 2008 through 2013. The reason for the recall is a possible leak...

Nissan Recalls SUVs To Fix Electrical Shorts, Hood Latches

January 28, 2015 3:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling nearly 768,000 SUVs worldwide to fix faulty hood latches and electrical shorts that could cause fires. The larger Nissan recall announced Wednesday covers more than 552,000 Rogue small SUVs from 2008 through 2013 and Rogue Select SUVs from 2014. Snow and salty water can seep through...

VW, Audi, Porsche Issue Recalls For Fuel Leaks

January 27, 2015 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The recalls cover the Audi A6 and Volkswagen Touareg hybrid from the 2012 model year, the Audi A7 from 2012 and 2013, and the Audi Q7, S4 and S5 from 2011 through 2012. All the vehicles have 3-liter V-6 engines, according to documents posted Tuesday by U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety...

Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises To At Least 50

January 26, 2015 11:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 50 people have died in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday. With five days before the deadline to file claims, Feinberg has received 338 death claims and...

Goodyear Recalls SUV Tires Due To Tread Cracks

January 23, 2015 11:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodyear is recalling about 48,500 SUV tires after finding small cracks in the tread during endurance testing. The move has forced General Motors Co. to stop selling about 6,300 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave models until the tires are replaced. The recall covers 18-inch...

Replacement Air Bag Parts For Takata Recall To Be Secured By June

January 20, 2015 3:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The transport ministry said Tuesday it expects replacement air bag parts for nearly all of the vehicles affected by Takata Corp.'s recalls in Japan to be secured by June. As of late last year, parts for around 1.08 million vehicles, or more than a third of the total of 3.05 million vehicles affected by the recalls in Japan...

Recalls Of The Week: Wrapping Up A Record Year

January 16, 2015 10:11 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

So far, 2015 is off to a pretty good start in terms of recalls. At least compared to last year. Last year was a spectacularly bad year in recalls. In an article on the innovation and optimism at the Detroit Auto Show this week, AP’s Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher wrote, “Even record recalls that involved...

Recalls Of The Week: From Leaky Cars To Poisoned Apples

January 9, 2015 12:45 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

This week kicked off 2015 well, with only a few major recalls in the automotive and food manufacturing industries. Yesterday, the AP reported that Subaru is recalling about 199,000 cars and SUVs to fix an issue with the brake line. The brake line can rust, which could cause fluid leaks...

5 Steps To Creating A Culture Of Product Safety

January 7, 2015 5:10 pm | by Mike Rozembajgier, Vice President, Stericycle | Articles | Comments

In-house legal teams are faced with product recalls from time to time, especially in the consumer products sector. If you’ve been through a recall, you know it’s something to avoid if at all possible. Creating a culture of product safety within an organization is a strong line of defense...

A Car You Can Count On

January 5, 2015 3:06 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Videos | Comments

The automotive industry seems to be plagued by recalls, whether it was the near constant barrage of news related to the Takata airbag recalls splashed across the headlines, the GM ignition switches, or just the seemingly daily announcements of one thing or another...

Volkswagen Recalls 38K Cars Due To Fire Risk

January 2, 2015 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Volkswagen Group of America is recalling about 38,000 cars because a fuel leak in the engine may cause a fire. The automaker said no injuries or accidents have been reported. The recall covers 2014 to 2015 model years of the Volkswagen Beetle, Jetta, Passat and 2015 models of the Golf and...

GM Recalls 92K Trucks, SUVs For Ignition Lock Defect

January 2, 2015 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling 92,221 full-size trucks and SUVs for a defect in ignition lock systems that can cause safety problems in hot conditions. Thursday's recall covers certain 2011-2012-models and certain 2007-2014-models that were repaired with defective parts. The recall is for U.S., Canadian, Mexican...

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