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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.                

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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.             

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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.                      

GlaxoSmithKline Recalls Drug After Foreign Pills Found In Bottles

March 27, 2014 12:31 pm | News | Comments

GlaxoSmithKline is recalling the weight loss drug Alli after receiving reports of unknown pills and tablets in the bottles.                       

Zohydro Maker Touts Drug Safety Board

March 27, 2014 10:08 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

After months of criticism over its recently launched painkiller Zohydro, the maker of the powerful narcotic is highlighting an unusual oversight board that it's assembled to try and prevent abuse of the drug.        

Detection Perfection

March 27, 2014 8:20 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Industrial Scientific’s President and CEO Justin McElhattan talks about safety with such genuine passion, that it’s no surprise this company is a leader in its field of portable gas detection.            

Women Say J&J Trashed Records In Product Injury Suits

March 27, 2014 8:01 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lawyers and advocates for women alleging Johnson & Johnson products injured them urged the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to investigate their claims the health care giant deliberately destroyed many documents critical to their lawsuits.

GM CEO Takes To Video, Promises Vehicles Are Safe

March 26, 2014 2:58 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Barra reportedly asked engineers if they would let their own families drive and ride in these vehicles, and they said, “Yes.”                                         

GM CEO Taps Into Call Center, Listens To Customer Complaints

March 26, 2014 1:32 pm | News | Comments

The new CEO Mary Barra spent about a half hour last Thursday wearing a headset at the suburban Detroit center and will return there periodically.                            

Fire In Chinese Lingerie Factory Kills 11

March 26, 2014 11:36 am | News | Comments

Guangdong province's emergency management department said the fire happened in the early afternoon in a town in Puning county and covered an area of 208 square meters (2,240 square feet).                   

Nissan Recalls More Than 1M Vehicles For Air Bags

March 26, 2014 9:38 am | News | Comments

In documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nissan says the vehicles' computer software may not detect an adult in the passenger seat.                             

Wal-Mart Recalling 174,000 Dolls Made By Chinese Company

March 25, 2014 2:27 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the doll has a circuit board in its chest that can overheat, causing the surface of the doll to get hot and burn someone.                

Oversight Chair Questions Nuke Dump Safety

March 25, 2014 2:21 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of a federal nuclear safety oversight board calls the recent truck fire and radiation release from the government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico "near misses."           

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