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GM's Faulty-Ignition Fund Taking Victims' Claims

August 4, 2014 8:21 am | News | Comments

The five-month filing period that began Friday is part of the fallout from General Motors' recall of 2.6 million small cars beginning in February.                   

Death Toll Rises To 75 In Chinese Factory Blast

August 4, 2014 8:05 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll in an explosion at a Chinese auto parts factory has risen to 75, as investigators fault poor safety measures and news reports reveal that workers had long complained of dangerous levels of dust at the facility.                  

Prosecutor: Peanut Plant Faked Salmonella Results

August 4, 2014 7:58 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak cut corners and sent fake lab results to customers, endangering consumers nationwide, federal prosecutors said.                     

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Hyundai Recalling More Than 419K Vehicles

August 4, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

The biggest of three recalls posted by U.S. safety regulators is of 225,000 Santa Fe SUVs from 2001-2006 to replace front coil springs that can rust and crack in cold-weather states. The springs can fracture and make contact with a tire, potentially causing a crash.

Chrysler Recalls Fiat 500Ls To Fix Air Bags

July 31, 2014 3:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling just under 30,000 Fiat 500L small cars in the U.S. and Canada to fix a problem with air bags that protect knees in a crash. The company says in a statement Wednesday that ...         

L-3 Fires 4 Workers Over Accounting Misconduct

July 31, 2014 3:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Defense contractor L-3 Communications said Thursday that it fired four employees after discovering they overstated the company's profit and sales from a contract with the U.S. government. The New York company said ...      

Electric Cars Put To The (Crash) Test

July 31, 2014 3:11 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Take a look at which vehicles experience their toughest front-end crash test to date.                            

11,000 Kawasakis Recalled For Injury Risk

July 31, 2014 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 11,000 Kawasaki off-road vehicles are being recalled because debris can cut through the foot rest area and hurt riders' legs. The recall is for 2012 and 2013 Kawasaki Teryx4 750 vehicles with ...        

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Machine Safety Labeling in the 21st Century

July 30, 2014 2:44 pm | by Geoffrey Peckham, CEO of Clarion Safety Systems | Blogs | Comments

If your company manufactures machinery that has potential hazards associated with its transportation, installation, use, maintenance, decommissioning, and/or disposal, you most likely have a strong need to ...       

Chinese Drywall May Have Destroyed Homes

July 30, 2014 2:29 pm | by Janet Mcconnaughey - Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawyers for people who say defective Chinese drywall wrecked their homes have filed a new lawsuit against the manufacturers. It adds a new defendant — the Chinese commission that oversees 117 widespread companies including ...    

Small Cars Fare Poorly In Crash Tests

July 30, 2014 11:56 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests. The Nissan Leaf, Nissan Juke, Fiat 500L and Mazda5 wagon all ...          

Toyota Remains No. 1 In Global Vehicle Sales

July 29, 2014 10:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota remains No. 1 in global vehicles sales after the first six months of this year, followed by Volkswagen which bumped General Motors out of second place as the U.S. automaker grapples with a recall scandal.                  

Gov't. Fails To Vet Chemical Plants For Terror Risk

July 29, 2014 10:40 pm | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Congressional investigators say the government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at high risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities.                

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Ocean Spray Worker Dies In Fall Through Skylight

July 29, 2014 12:26 pm | News | Comments

Authorities say a Nevada man is dead after falling through a skylight at the Ocean Spray fruit juice distribution center where he worked.                     

Suzuki Recalling Nearly 26K Cars

July 29, 2014 10:47 am | News | Comments

Suzuki is recalling nearly 26,000 midsize cars in the U.S. because the daytime running light modules can overheat and could cause a fire.                       

Drone Nearly Blocks California Firefighting Planes

July 29, 2014 8:18 am | by Fenit Nirappil and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press | News | Comments

A private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered efforts to attack the flames from the air, but firefighters made enough progress to allow some of the 1,200 people under evacuation orders to return home Monday.

1 Dead, 3 Hurt In Fish Plant Explosion

July 29, 2014 8:11 am | News | Comments

One person was killed and three others were injured in an explosion Monday at a fish processing plant on the Mississippi coast.                                 

Mining Deaths On Rise In First Half Of 2014

July 29, 2014 7:54 am | News | Comments

Twenty-two miners were killed in accidents during the first half of 2014, compared to 18 in the first half of 2013 and 19 for the same period in 2012.                 

FAA Proposes $12M Fine For Southwest Airlines

July 29, 2014 7:49 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners.               

Window Decals Warn Of Hot Car Danger For Kids

July 29, 2014 7:46 am | by David Dishneau, Associated Press | News | Comments

After numerous children have died in hot cars, an automobile industry trade group is offering free window decals to remind people that children should never be left alone in vehicles.                

RPM Agrees To $797.5M Deal On Asbestos Claims

July 28, 2014 11:58 am | News | Comments

RPM International plans to spend nearly $800 million as part of a preliminary deal to fund a trust that resolves asbestos personal injury claims tied to a business owned by its Specialty Products Holding Corp.              

Engineering Newswire: Darth Vader Car Built on a Corvette Chassis

July 28, 2014 11:52 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re building the world’s largest 3D printer, making eSkin digital tattoos, using your car to track your heart, and turning Darth Vader’s mask into a Corvette ...              

Lawmakers Push For Airline Safety Devices

July 28, 2014 10:51 am | News | Comments

Anti-missile devices include onboard lasers, warning systems, flares and infrared countermeasure systems, costing from $1 to $2 million per plane, Schumer and Israel said.                

Drug Maker Fights Pediatricians' New Advice

July 28, 2014 10:38 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A costly drug given mostly to premature babies is at the center of a clash between the manufacturer and the nation's leading pediatrician's group, which recommends scaling back use of the medicine.              

NHTSA Opens Probe Of Impala Air Bag Performance

July 28, 2014 9:11 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's highway safety agency has opened a formal investigation into air bag failures in some Chevrolet Impala full-size cars made by General Motors.                

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