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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.                       

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.                

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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.        

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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.           

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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.           

4 Hurt, 200 Evacuated After Washington Plant Fire

March 31, 2014 2:23 pm | News | Comments

Authorities say four workers were injured and about 200 residents were evacuated after a large explosion and fire Monday morning at a natural gas processing plant in the eastern Washington town of Plymouth.              

Asiana Says Plane Systems Partly To Blame For Crash

March 31, 2014 2:03 pm | by Justin Pritchard and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press | News | Comments

Asiana Airlines says a Boeing 777 that crashed at San Francisco International Airport had inadequate warning systems to alert the crew to problems with air speed.                  

Residents Still Wary Of Water Months After W.Va. Spill

March 31, 2014 9:02 am | by Sarah Plummer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Many don't trust official declarations that the water is again safe to drink, nearly three months after the chemical smelling of licorice ran into the Elk River last Jan. 9, throwing lives into disarray.         

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.                

Rolls-Royce Acid Tank Explosion Injures 9

March 31, 2014 8:02 am | by Rick Callahan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nine workers at a Rolls-Royce aircraft-engine assembly plant near the Indianapolis International Airport were injured Friday when a tank of nitric acid exploded and filled the building with a cloud of corrosive vapor, officials said.     

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.                   

Feds, N.Y. Do 2nd Oil Train Inspection Blitz

March 28, 2014 11:31 am | by Mary Esch, Associated Press | News | Comments

The inspection blitz, which generally found only minor and easily correctable defects, is part of a proactive safety effort launched in January after several severe accidents across the U.S. and Canada.         

GM Wants Dealers To Stop Selling Some Chevy Cruzes

March 28, 2014 11:04 am | News | Comments

General Motors has told dealers to stop selling some 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars, but the company won't say why.                      

Feds Close Investigation Into Tesla Battery Fires

March 28, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

The U.S. government's auto safety watchdog has closed an investigation into Tesla electric car battery fires after the company agreed to install more shields beneath the cars.             

Japan Nuclear Worker Dies In Mudslide

March 28, 2014 8:13 am | News | Comments

A worker died Friday at the Japanese nuclear plant devastated by the 2011 tsunami after getting buried in a mudslide, in the first death from an accident during efforts to control and decommission the facility.        

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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