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Chrysler Recalls 907K Cars, SUVs For Faulty Wiring

October 16, 2014 9:21 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Nearly 907,000 Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep SUVs and cars are being recalled for alternators that can fail and heated power mirror wiring that can short and cause minor fires.The recalls, posted Thursday by U.S. safety regulators, push the total number of recalls so far this year to over...

Toyota Recalls 423K Lexuses For Fuel Leak Risk

October 15, 2014 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling about 423,000 older-model Lexus luxury cars in the U.S. because a gasket can leak fuel and possibly cause a fire. The recall is among three global recalls that Toyota announced Wednesday totaling about 1.7 million...

Manufacturer May Have Put Profits Before Safety

October 15, 2014 9:21 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

A manufacturer of U.S. highway guardrails heads to court this week over allegations it changed its design about 10 years ago to save on manufacturing costs. The problem rests on the fact that the company purportedly never informed the Federal Highway...

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Chrysler Recalls 184K SUVs For Airbag Defect

October 14, 2014 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling 184,215 SUVs worldwide because a wiring problem could disable their air bags and seat belt pretensioners. The recall involves the 2014 model year Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Most are in the U.S., but 57,443 SUVs are in...

Liquid Nicotine Exposures Up Sharply Among Kids

October 14, 2014 3:44 am | by Lindsay Whitehurst - Associated Press | News | Comments

Poison control workers say that as the e-cigarette industry has boomed, the number of children exposed to the liquid nicotine that gives hand-held vaporizing gadgets their kick also has spiked. More than 2,700 people have called poison control this year to report an exposure to...

Michelin Truck Tire Failure Under Investigation

October 10, 2014 4:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating reports that some Michelin heavy truck tires can fail and cause crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has six complaints and a police report about seven crashes involving the 2014 model of...

OSHA Launches Dialogue On Workplace Safety

October 10, 2014 10:38 am | by United States Department Of Labor Newsroom | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced it is launching a national dialogue with stakeholders on ways to prevent work-related illness caused by exposure to hazardous substances. The first stage of this dialogue...

Nissan Recalls Altimas, Hoods Could Fly Open

October 10, 2014 8:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling more than 220,000 Altima midsize cars in the U.S. because the hoods could fly open while they're being driven. The recall covers cars from the 2013 model year, but the company says it could affect other Nissan models. The automaker says in...

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Solar Technology That Ignites Birds Rejected

October 9, 2014 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A solar-energy company has dropped a proposal to build a 75-story solar tower near California's Joshua Tree National Park employing a kind of solar technology that can cause birds to ignite in midair.The California Energy Commission was slated...

Banning Plastic Bags May Be Bad Science

October 9, 2014 9:41 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

My first instinct on a plastic bag ban was of warm, fuzzy, do-gooding feelings for the Earth, and I wasn’t alone. The Mnet comments section was split pretty evenly. I think most of us would agree that the feeling of environmentalism is nice, until some other facts set in ...

5 Tips To Extinguish Factory Fire Risks

October 8, 2014 1:22 pm | by Zurich Insurance Group | Articles | Comments

Creating a basic pre-fire plan can help a manufacturing facility prevent injuries, loss of life and production downtime. That’s why Zurich North America is recognizing National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 5-11) and recommending that factory owners...

Floor Mats Recalled For Possible Gas Pedal Interference

October 8, 2014 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that makes after-market floor mats for General Motors full-size pickup trucks and SUVs is recalling more than 45,000 of them because they can interfere with the gas pedal. Omix Ada of Suwannee, Georgia, says the recall covers Cabela's Custom Fit, Line-X Truck...

Boeing, Airbus At Odds Over Black Box Debate

October 7, 2014 3:39 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's two largest commercial aircraft manufacturers are at odds over equipping planes with deployable black boxes that would be easier to find in the event of an ocean crash. Airbus' chief product security officer, Pascal Andrei, told a government...

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GM Thinks Outside The Box To Reach Recalled Car Owners

October 6, 2014 4:33 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Eight months after General Motors began recalling more than 2 million cars because of a deadly ignition-switch defect, less than half the owners have gotten their vehicles fixed.At first, the problem was a shortage of parts. But now...  

Nearly 4K May Get Damages In Drywall Suit

October 6, 2014 3:44 pm | by Janet Mcconnaughey - Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has ruled that nearly 4,000 homeowners who say Chinese drywall ruined their homes are eligible to share any further damages he may award in lawsuits against Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., a government-owned manufacturer that failed to show up in court. Notices were sent Friday to the...

5 Killed In Blast At Fireworks Plant

October 6, 2014 11:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police say five people were killed early Monday in an explosion at an illegal fireworks factory in southern China. Police in Guizhou province are investigating the cause of the blast which ripped through the factory in the village of Lanjiang. One...

91K Pounds Of Beef Recalled For Possible Metal Contamination

October 6, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a Texas company is recalling nearly 91,000 pounds of ground beef products that might be contaminated with pieces of metal.Corpus Christi-based Sam Kane Beef Processors is recalling the beef products after four consumer...

Feds Investigate Ford Power Steering

October 6, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints of power-assisted steering failure in three Ford Motor Co. midsize car models.The probe covers 938,000 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2010 through 2012 model years, as well as...

15 Dead In Explosives Factory Accident

October 3, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fifteen people were confirmed dead Thursday in a blast at an explosives decommissioning factory in northwestern Bulgaria. Civil Defense chief Nikolai Nikolov said that thirteen men and two women perished in the wake of the blast that...

Feds Blocking Utah Company For Illegal Rifle Scope Exports

October 3, 2014 9:48 am | by Lindsay Whitehurst - Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal authorities say a business in a small Utah town tried to ship rifle scopes to Russia and China without a license. The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security will block exports by X-TREME Motors, LLC. for about six months after customs authorities...

New Car Technology May Not Lower Insurance Rates

October 2, 2014 4:45 pm | by Dave Collins - Associated Press | News | Comments

More cars and trucks are being equipped with cameras, radar, automatic breaking and other safety technology that help avoid accidents, but drivers may not see their insurance bills go down anytime soon, experts in the auto and insurance industries said Thursday. Industry representatives gathered...

Feds Unveil Cleanup Plan For Nuclear Waste Dump

October 1, 2014 4:55 pm | by Susan Montoya Brown - The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday said it's committed to cleaning up and resuming initial operations at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico as early as 2016, work that's expected to... 

5 Detained In Suspected Oil Theft Ring

October 1, 2014 1:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico says it has nabbed five suspected members of a ring believed to have stolen over 1 million gallons (4 million liters) of oil per month in a northeastern state. The Attorney General's office says the suspects include the head of a company that...

Fire At Manufacturing Building Releases Toxic Chemicals

September 30, 2014 8:43 pm | by Manuel Valdes - Associated Press | News | Comments

A large fire destroyed a manufacturing building in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, sending a large plume of black smoke over the city and prompting an effort to contain toxic chemicals. The fire at the building began shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday. Workers inside noticed smoke coming from a...

Two Rivers Plant To Receive Cleanup

September 30, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The parent company of Wisconsin Public Service Corp. is cleaning up environmental pollutants left behind by a manufactured gas plant it operated. Integrys Energy Group, Inc. is seeking regulatory closure for the Two Rivers plant that ceased operations almost seven decades ago, HTR Media (...

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