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Manufacturing.net Rewind: Toyota Replaces Robots With Humans; GM Puts Engineers On Leave

April 11, 2014 2:30 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the fallout from GM's massive recall to Toyotas' latest innovative move.                   

Bhopal: Coming To A Theater Near You

April 11, 2014 12:59 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

There’s two ways one can look at this film. First is that it’s a remarkable opportunity to instruct people around the world about an event that isn’t well-known. The second is that it’s exploitative and simply wrong on the facts, whatever those may be.          

GM Stock Drops To 10-Month Low

April 11, 2014 12:37 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Shares of General Motors Co. fell to a 10-month low Friday as the company's widening recall crisis put a coveted upgrade of its credit rating in doubt.                      

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FEMA OKs W.Va. Chem Spill Request

April 11, 2014 12:04 pm | News | Comments

Federal officials have approved a funding request by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin related to the January chemical spill in Charleston, but refused to consider the event a "major disaster."            

BMW Extends Recall To Half-Million Cars

April 11, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

German automaker BMW is issuing a worldwide recall of many models of cars with certain six-cylinder gas motors after identifying a problem with a bolt used in the engine.               

Sony Recalling Some Vaio Laptops

April 11, 2014 9:37 am | News | Comments

Sony is recalling some of its VAIO laptop computers, saying that it's possible that its non-removable battery pack could overheat.                    

Subway Phasing Out 'Yoga Mat' Chemical From Bread

April 11, 2014 8:46 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The ingredient is approved by the Food and Drug Administration and can be found in a variety of products. But the blogger said she targeted Subway because of its healthy food image.             

4 Years After BP Spill, Questions On Long-Term Health

April 11, 2014 7:55 am | by Kevin McGill and Stacey Plaisance, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some 33,000 people, including Barisich, are participating in a massive federal study that aims to determine any short or possible long-term health effects related to the spill.             

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GM Making New Repair On Recalled Cars

April 10, 2014 2:35 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors says another part needs to be repaired in the 2.6 million small cars already being recalled for an ignition switch defect.                    

Ind. Glass Plant To Pay Record Safety Penalty

April 10, 2014 2:31 pm | News | Comments

A central Indiana automotive glass factory will pay a record $495,500 to settle workplace safety violations that were uncorrected following a worker's 2010 death, the Indiana Department of Labor said.           

Black Box Data Lost For 2012 Malaysia Airlines Flight

April 10, 2014 2:06 pm | by Sylvia Hui, Associated Press | News | Comments

Malaysia Airlines failed to properly preserve flight recordings during an incident at London's Heathrow Airport in 2012 when a plane had to turn back because of technical problems, a report by Britain's air accidents investigator found.     

Mitsubishi Motors Recalling Over 24K Vehicles

April 10, 2014 10:42 am | News | Comments

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Thursday it is recalling a total of 24,309 minivehicles produced between last May and January due to possible engine stalling during idling or low speeds.             

GM Puts 2 Engineers On Leave In Recall Case

April 10, 2014 8:36 am | News | Comments

General Motors has put two engineers on paid leave as an outside attorney investigates why the company took more than a decade to recall millions of small cars for an ignition switch problem.           

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Big Auto Recalls Push U.S. To Near-Record Pace

April 10, 2014 8:12 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Big U.S. recalls by General Motors and Toyota have put the auto industry on a record pace as companies try to avoid bad publicity and punishment from an increasingly aggressive government.            

Rupture Caused Washington Natural Gas Explosion

April 9, 2014 1:05 pm | News | Comments

A Northwest Pipeline official says a pressure vessel rupture caused the March 31 natural gas explosion that injured five people and forced an evacuation at Plymouth in Eastern Washington.             

Volkswagen Orders Dealers To Stop Selling 4 Models

April 9, 2014 11:55 am | News | Comments

An "O-ring" that links a transmission fluid line to a cooler can fail and cause leaks, potentially causing a fire. Vazin says no fires or crashes have been reported. VW plans to replace the defective parts.          

Defendant: Food Poisoning Was Easy Under Loose Security

April 9, 2014 11:42 am | News | Comments

A man who was indicted earlier this year for lacing frozen food products with pesticide at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, says he had no trouble doing so because of loose security.                

Gov't Hits GM With $7,000-A-Day Fine

April 9, 2014 10:59 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A government safety agency is fining General Motors $7,000 a day, saying the company failed to fully respond to its requests for information about a faulty ignition switch by an April 3 deadline.             

Ban On Painkiller Raises Constitutional Questions

April 9, 2014 8:32 am | by Philip Marcelo, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Deval Patrick defended the state's first-in-the-nation ban of the powerful new painkiller Zohydro after a federal judge suggested in court that his administration may have overreached.                 

GM Auto Workers In Kentucky Vote To Allow Strike

April 9, 2014 8:07 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at the General Motors plant in Kentucky that assembles Corvettes have voted to authorize a strike over lingering safety concerns.                      

Toyota Recalling 6.4M Vehicles

April 9, 2014 7:52 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe and other places.                  

Zohydro Maker Sues To Block Ban

April 8, 2014 8:15 am | News | Comments

The maker of Zohydro, a controversial new prescription painkiller, has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to block Massachusetts' ban on local doctors prescribing and dispensing the drug.           

Only 2 Midsize SUVs Get Top Crash Test Rating

April 8, 2014 7:54 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, both made by General Motors, received the highest "good" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.                   

'Lemon Law King' Sues Tesla

April 8, 2014 7:48 am | by Todd Richmond, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wisconsin's self-proclaimed "lemon law king" filed a lawsuit against Tesla, accusing the company of refusing to give a Franklin doctor a refund on a defective electric sedan that cost nearly $100,000.         

Takeda, Eli Lilly Hit With $9B Penalty

April 8, 2014 7:43 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A U.S. jury ordered Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Eli Lilly to pay $9 billion in punitive damages over a diabetes medicine linked to cancer.                   

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