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Evenflo Recalling 1.3M Child Seat Buckles

April 7, 2014 8:11 am | News | Comments

The buckle may become stuck in a latched position, making it difficult to remove a child from the seat. This could prove critical to a child's safety in the case of an emergency.              

Samsung Adds Anti-Theft Safeguards To Smartphones

April 7, 2014 8:00 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's largest mobile-phone maker said users will be able to activate for free its "Find My Mobile" and "Reactivation Lock" anti-theft features to protect the soon-to-be-released Galaxy 5 S.           

Families Want GM Prosecuted For Defects

April 7, 2014 7:42 am | by Paul Wiseman and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

The families of those who died in General Motors cars with defective ignition switches want prosecutors to go after GM insiders responsible for letting the problems fester for more than a decade.           

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Falling Crane Kills 1 At Michigan Steel Facility

April 4, 2014 3:12 pm | News | Comments

Police say a worker has died after a crane fell at a U.S. Steel facility in suburban Detroit.                              

Mazda Recalls Cars Because Of Spider Damage

April 4, 2014 2:25 pm | News | Comments

Mazda is recalling 42,000 Mazda6 cars in the U.S. because spiders can weave a web in a vent hose and cause the fuel tank to crack.                         

Manufacturing.net Rewind: CAT Avoids Taxes; CBS Adds Sound To Tesla

April 4, 2014 2:23 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a senator's accusations that CAT has avoided billions in taxes to CBS' "audio error."                

Desperate Hunt For Flight 370 'Black Boxes'

April 4, 2014 12:50 pm | by Nick Perry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two ships with sophisticated equipment for searching underwater zeroed in Friday on a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean in a desperate hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet's black boxes, whose batteries will soon run out.    

States Revolt Against New Painkiller

April 4, 2014 10:38 am | by Beth Garbitelli, Associated Press | News | Comments

The backlash against Zohydro has been growing since last year, when the FDA approved the drug against the recommendation of an internal advisory committee.                  

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Nest Labs Disables Smoke Alarm Feature

April 4, 2014 10:17 am | News | Comments

The high-tech home monitoring device company Nest Labs is disabling a feature on its smoke alarms due to the risk that owners could unintentionally turn off the device with the wave of a hand.           

In Defense Of Mary Barra

April 4, 2014 10:17 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO — @TalesFromTia | Blogs | Comments

The fact that it took almost a decade for the company to recall vehicles it knew had problems is disgusting. And guess what? Mary Barra agrees.                                       

MH370: What Do We Know?

April 3, 2014 2:10 pm | by Todd Pitman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Not a single piece of wreckage from the lost plane has been found, not even after a new analysis led investigators to change the focus of their search yet again.                

BMW Recalls Over 230K Cars

April 3, 2014 12:06 pm | News | Comments

German automaker BMW says it is recalling 232,000 vehicles in China after identifying a problem with a bolt used in the engine, and says it is now checking whether the same defect can also be found in other countries.      

How Much Is Your Life Worth?

April 3, 2014 10:42 am | by Amy Lawrence, Features Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

After the bailout backlash, I didn’t think General Motors could face a bigger public relations nightmare. Clearly, I was wrong.                       

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Crews Enter Nuclear Waste Dump

April 3, 2014 9:33 am | News | Comments

Two crews of eight made the initial descent into the half-mile deep Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, and no airborne radiation was detected, the agency said.                

Washington Gas Blast Threw Steel Pieces 300 Yards

April 3, 2014 8:16 am | by Jeff Barnard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities said the explosion that hit a liquefied natural gas storage facility in Eastern Washington earlier this week threw 250-pound pieces of steel up to 300 yards through the air.           

Report Says EPA Failed To Disclose Risks In Human Tests

April 3, 2014 8:04 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

An internal investigation found that the agency failed to disclose long-term cancer risks and a small chance of death to 81 human test subjects who consented to breathe in diesel exhaust and other pollutants during experiments.     

13 GM Traffic Deaths Linked To 57-Cent Part

April 2, 2014 3:59 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

The fix for a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 traffic deaths would have cost just 57 cents, members of Congress said Tuesday as they demanded answers from General Motors' new chief executive on why the automaker took 10 years to recall cars with the defect.

Senators Accuse GM Of Covering Up Defect

April 2, 2014 2:07 pm | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Barra tried to assure lawmakers that GM is now more focused on safety and the consumer. Many senators were disappointed and not convinced.                   

GM's Barra Deflects Tough Questions

April 2, 2014 8:08 am | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Documents submitted by GM ahead of a House subcommittee hearing Tuesday show that cost was a major consideration when the company declined a decade ago to implement fixes to an ignition switch used in small cars.        

Tests Show More Workers Contaminated At Nuke Dump

April 1, 2014 11:00 am | News | Comments

The Department of Energy says tests show four more workers were contaminated with low levels of radiation during a leak at federal government's underground nuclear waste dump.              

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.                

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.              

Rat Poison Maker Challenges California Rule

April 1, 2014 8:29 am | by Channing Joseph, Associated Press | News | Comments

The manufacturer of a popular rat poison is suing California over a new regulation that would prevent consumers from buying many types of pesticides for at-home use because they can harm pets and wildlife.           

Gov't To Require Rearview Cameras In New Vehicles

March 31, 2014 2:25 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Transportation is issuing a final safety rule that requires rearview technology in many new vehicles. The move is an effort to reduce deaths and serious injuries caused by backup accidents.           

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