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U.S. Vehicle Recalls Hit 9-Year High In 2013

February 4, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says automakers initiated 632 separate vehicle recalls in 2013, up 9 percent from the prior year. Companies are saving money by using more common parts. But that can force them to recall many more vehicles when something goes wrong.

Do You Believe In Safety Factors?

February 3, 2014 9:27 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

The science of mapping performance distributions told us exactly where we could set our process controls in order to ensure virtually 100% defect-free results. It is a better method than assuming or guessing at an appropriate safety factor.    

Toyota Tells Dealers To Stop Selling 6 Models

January 30, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota has told North American dealers to stop selling six popular models with heated seats because the fabric doesn't meet flammability standards. No fires or injuries have been reported, but Toyota can't legally sell cars that don't comply with U.S. safety codes.

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Feds Grab $21.6M In Counterfeits Before Super Bowl

January 30, 2014 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The seizures and arrests were announced at a Manhattan news conference where NFL and law enforcement officials displayed fake Payton Manning and Russell Wilson jerseys — complete with knockoff Adidas labeling — Broncos and Seahawks hats, Super Bowl T-shirts and other goods made to look like official NFL gear.

Seat Fabric May Force Toyota Recall in U.S., Canada

January 30, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Japanese automaker has already halted sales of the problem vehicles, which are only those equipped with seat heaters, because the fabric may not clear flammability standards, company spokesman Naoki Sumino said Thursday.        

Dutch Find More Horsemeat In Beef Products

January 29, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Dutch Foods and Wares Authority says it has "preventatively" blocked all shipments from a Dutch slaughterhouse after investigators found horsemeat in four shipments that were labeled as beef products.             

Parts That Can Cause Toilets To Burst Are Recalled

January 24, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Watch out for exploding toilets. Flushmate, the maker of a high-pressure flushing system sold at Home Depot and Lowe's, is expanding its recall of the parts, because they can burst near a seam with force enough to shatter the toilet tank.

China Seized 60,000 Piracy Suspects Last Year

January 21, 2014 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese state media say police seized almost 60,000 suspects involved in intellectual property infringement cases with a total estimated value of $28 billion in 2013. The official Xinhua News Agency says more than 90 million tons of counterfeit and substandard goods were confiscated last year, and more than 1,000 criminal networks smashed.

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Government Ending Jeep Investigation

January 20, 2014 9:41 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The government is closing its investigation into older-model Jeeps with fuel tanks that could rupture and cause fires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it has "no reservations" with Chrysler Group's plans to recall the vehicles.

Manufacturing Needs More ‘Post-Mortems’

January 20, 2014 9:11 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

An in-depth post-mortem can actually increase confidence in a business and encourage more trust. Everyone and every business makes mistakes, and often, what separates a successful one from a failed one is the way in which they respond to the unexpected. Proving that your company can do just that should be a matter of pride, not shame.

Ford Recalls 27,933 Edge Crossovers

January 16, 2014 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 27,933 Edge crossovers in the U.S. because a damper in the fuel line could crack and cause fuel leaks. The recall involves Edges from the 2012 and 2013 model years with 2.0-liter engines.          

Durango Added To Jeep Grand Cherokee Fire Probe

January 14, 2014 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are adding the Dodge Durango to an investigation of ceiling fires in Jeep Grand Cherokees. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the probe now covers more than 593,000 SUVs from the 2011 through 2013 model years.

Calif. Company Recalls 40,000 Lbs. Of Meat

January 14, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Northern California company has recalled more than 40,000 pounds of meat products because it was produced without a full federal inspection. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday that Rancho Feeding Corporation of Petaluma, Calif., recalled 41,683 pounds of meat products.

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Tyson Foods Recalls 33K Pounds Of Chicken Product

January 13, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tyson Foods is recalling nearly 34,000 pounds of mechanically separated chicken products that may be contaminated with a strain of salmonella. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday in a news release the product was not sold in retail stores. It was produced on Oct. 11 and shipped nationwide for institutional use.

Intel Says Its Processors Are Now 'Conflict-Free'

January 7, 2014 9:30 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

It's the first major U.S. technology company to make such a claim about its products. It's the fruit of four years of work by the company to determine the sources of four crucial metals widely used in electronics manufacturing: tantalum, tungsten, tin and gold.

Original Cheerios To Go GMO-Free

January 3, 2014 12:49 pm | by Candice Choie, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Original Cheerios will now be labeled as "Not Made With Genetically Modified Ingredients," although that it is not an official certification. The labels will also note that trace amounts of GMO ingredients could be present due to contamination during the manufacturing process, said Mike Siemienas, a company spokesman.

Wal-Mart Eyes Legal Action Over Fox In Donkey Meat

January 3, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it's considering taking legal action against "responsible parties" after DNA testing showed traces of fox meat in the donkey meat it sold in China.                      

10 Years After Mad Cow, Little Change On Tracking

December 23, 2013 10:37 am | by Ross Courtney, Yakima Herald-Republic | News | Comments

But 10 years ago Monday, it took just one cow to send shock waves through the cattle industry of the United States, home to some 100 million cattle, slam the door on billions of dollars in exports and scare a lot of beef eaters.       

Study: Many Dolphins Sick A Year After Gulf Oil Spill

December 23, 2013 8:50 am | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

Government, academic and other researchers made comprehensive check-ups on 29 dolphins in Barataria Bay in August 2011 as part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment — a federal process to determine the extent of damage and how to repair it. Barataria Bay was one of the areas where pelicans struggled in heavy slicks and thick globs of oil washed onto marshy islands between April and July 2010.

Honda Tops Insurance Industry Safety List

December 20, 2013 12:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

For the first time, the vehicles need top crash test scores and a good front crash prevention system — such as warning systems or automatic braking — to get its highest designation. Vehicles are now ranked as either a "Top Safety Pick" or "Top Safety Pick +" if they meet the front crash protection criteria as well.

New Mexico AG Sues To Stop Horse Slaughter

December 20, 2013 9:50 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

The move by Attorney General Gary King comes after a federal appeals court rolled back a court order that had kept Valley Meat Co. from starting operations earlier this fall. Owner Rick De Los Santos has been making plans to open Jan. 1, and his attorney said Thursday that those plans haven't changed.

FDA Says It Will Delay Proposed Food Safety Rules

December 20, 2013 9:39 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration will delay sweeping food safety rules proposed earlier this year and revise them to better accommodate farmers and businesses who would be affected.                    

2014 National Safety Congress & Expo

December 19, 2013 2:29 pm | by The National Safety Council | Events

The NSC Congress & Expo is the world's largest annual "must attend" event for safety, health, and environmental professionals, designed to build awareness of the tools available to you and your organization as you continue down the path to safety excellence.

Brazil Chooses Swedish Fighter Jet In $4.5B Deal

December 19, 2013 1:22 pm | by Bradley Brooks, Associated Press | News | Comments

Brazil's government said Wednesday that Sweden's Saab won a long-delayed fighter jet contract initially worth $4.5 billion that will supply at least 36 planes to Latin America's biggest nation.                 

HP And Google Recall Charger Due To Burn Risk

December 18, 2013 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co. are recalling about 145,000 computer chargers because they can overheat and melt, creating a fire and burn hazard.  Consumers should stop using this product and contact Google for a free replacement charger, the commission said.

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