Lawyers in Ohio filed a $750 million class action lawsuit Thursday against Whirlpool Corp. that's related to a child cancer cluster between Toledo and Cleveland. The lawsuit attempts to link Whirlpool and others to the cancer cluster, though the families of the children who've been diagnosed with cancer aren't involved.
Boeing started flight testing a solution to the 787's battery problems Monday. Those problems led regulators to ground the plane in January. McNerney expects the tests to conclude in a few days and said the data should be conclusive enough to convince regulators to let the plane fly again.
Several groups have published findings of their own investigations into the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which was ravaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Previous investigations have largely blamed the disaster on botched crisis management, government-industry collusion and the tsunami.
SICK has launched the deTec4 Core safety light curtain, which, according to the company, is ideal for hazardous point protection and single-sided access protection. The low-cost curtain has a low-profile design for quick and easy machine integration.
Mazda Motor Corp. reported to the transport ministry Tuesday it is recalling 8,902 of its latest model Atenza passenger cars due to an electric system fault that may cause fire. Subject to the recall are Atenzas manufactured between last October and this month.
Boeing says it will conduct a test flight of its 787 to see if a redesigned battery system works properly while the plane is in the air. The company said Monday that it filed a plan to conduct a check flight on a 787 built for LOT Polish Airlines. The plane is scheduled to take off and land at Paine Field in Seattle.
Johnson & Johnson has announced a voluntary recall for all its OneTouch VerioIQ blood glucose meters in the U.S. because they do not provide a warning when a diabetic's blood sugar level is dangerously high. Instead, the meters turn off. The meters are made by J&J's LifeScan unit, which will issue a free replacement meter to all patients.
A plume of hexavalent chromium, a metal used in industrial production that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls a "well-established carcinogen," has spread under Garfield, putting about one-tenth of the city's homes — about 600 structures and 3,600 residents — at risk.
A New Jersey compounding pharmacy that issued a national recall of all of its drugs has agreed to remain closed two more weeks. The New Jersey pharmacy board says Tinton Falls-based Med Prep Consulting Inc. continues to investigate the cause of contamination found in bags of magnesium sulfate that it formulated.
Southern California Edison disclosed Friday it hopes the move could open the way for the Unit 2 reactor to be back in service by summer, when power demand typically soars in the region. San Onofre has been shut down since January 2012, after a small radiation leak led to the discovery of unusual damage to hundreds of tubes that carry radioactive water.
It appears that Boeing's comments about the smoldering batteries on its 787 have annoyed the National Transportation Safety Board. Boeing gave its own account of two battery incidents, which include a fire, at a detailed press briefing in Tokyo last week.
Augusta, Ga.-based Clinical Specialties Compounding Pharmacy issued a recall earlier this week on dozens of lots of the Roche drug Avastin after receiving reports of eye infections in five patients treated with the medication. The infections, called endophthalmitis, occur inside the eyeball and can lead to permanent vision loss, the FDA said in a statement.
Consumers can use the "SaferCar" app to look for crash test ratings for vehicles by make and model. They can also use the app to file a vehicle safety complaint, find recall information, subscribe to recall notices and find the nearest car seat installation station.
Manufacturing.net has teamed up with sister publications Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation, Food Manufacturing and Manufacturing Business Technology to develop a comprehensive digital supplement that covers the latest developments in manufacturing safety.
Some of the nation's largest tobacco companies, including R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., sued to block the mandate to include warnings on cigarette packs as part of the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that, for the first time, gave the federal government authority to regulate tobacco.
U.S. nuclear power plants must upgrade ventilation systems at 31 reactors with designs similar to those that melted down two years ago in Japan, under a Nuclear Regulatory Commission order that stops short of requiring filtered vents, as some safety advocates and NRC's staff had urged.
Volkswagen AG announced a recall Wednesday of more than 384,000 vehicles in China to fix gearboxes following a report last week by state TV that criticized the quality of the German automaker's cars.Volkswagen said that problems with direct-shift gearboxes might cause a power interruption, but it said drivers could remain in control and maneuver to a stop.
The Supreme Court will soon decide whether generic drug manufacturers can be sued in state court for a drug's design defects after federal officials approved the brand-name version. The justices Tuesday heard arguments from generic manufacturer Mutual Pharmaceutical Co, Inc.
The bi-partisan bill is patterned after a law in Washington state. Based on the experience of past failures to ban harmful chemicals from everyday items like baby bottles and food cans, environmentalists and child advocates also are supporting the measure as a longer, market-driven view.
Bills pending in California, Nebraska and Tennessee require that anyone collecting evidence of abuse turn it over to law enforcement within 24 to 48 hours — which advocates say does not allow enough time to document illegal activity under federal humane handling and food safety laws.
FJ Cruisers from the 2007 through 2013 model years are included in the recall. Toyota said the driver and front passenger seatbelts are mounted on the vehicle's rear doors. If the doors are closed forcefully over a period of time, cracks can form in the door panel around the seatbelt retractor and the retractor can become detached.
A New York federal appeals court says environmental activists can try to prove that a chemical found in some soaps is potentially dangerous. On Friday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit of Appeals in Manhattan reinstated a lawsuit by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The group had sued the Food and Drug Administration to force it to finalize its regulation of triclosan.
Boeing Co. Chief Project Engineer Michael Sinnett outlined a fix centered on a new design for the lithium-ion battery system that has layers of safeguards to prevent overheating and measures to contain malfunctions. "We could be back up and going in weeks and not months," Sinnett told reporters at a Tokyo hotel.
The agency says samples of pancreas tissue taken from a small number of patients showed inflammation of the pancreas and cellular changes that often precede cancer. The unpublished results come from a group of academic researchers, and the FDA says it is seeking more information.
Toys R Us is recalling approximately 9,000 Imaginarium Activity walkers due to a potential choking hazard. The toy company said Wednesday that the small bolt and spacer that attaches each front wheel to the walker can detach, creating the possible hazard. No injuries have been reported.