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Why Deep Discounts on Warehouse Equipment Can Cost Far More in the Long Run

April 15, 2015 1:50 pm | by Don DeSimone | Articles | Comments

Poorly designed equipment can lead to costly downtime and supply chain disruptions.

Duke Energy CEO Loses $600K in Pay Over Coal Ash Pollution

March 30, 2015 2:22 pm | by Emery Dalesio, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good saw her pay docked about $600,000 in the aftermath of last year'...

Safety Experts: Chrysler's Gas Tank Fix Still Risky

March 24, 2015 3:17 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

After Chrysler initially refused to recall vehicles over a gas tank issue, there are now safety...

How Counterfeits Can Impact Your Manufacturing Process

March 24, 2015 2:52 pm | by Tom Grace, Brand Protection Manager, Eaton | Articles | Comments

The counterfeiting of well-known brands and products is a problem that continues to rise each...

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Mercedes Recalls 30,000 Cars to Fix Rear Tail Lamp Problem

March 24, 2015 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercedes-Benz is recalling just over 30,000 CLS-Class cars in the U.S. because the LED tail lamps may not light properly on the sides.

Are You a GM Recall Waiting to Happen?

March 23, 2015 11:24 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

It’s easy to look at a situation like GM’s and wonder how it got so catastrophically out of control, but Gittler’s exercise suggests that even the best-laid plans are subject to more than just a small sliver of error.

Nissan Recalls More Altimas for Hood Latch Problem

March 6, 2015 10:25 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling 640,000 more cars in the U.S. and Canada to fix a growing problem with faulty latches that can allow hoods to fly open while cars are being driven.

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Senator Asks for Federal Investigation of Lumber Liquidators

March 4, 2015 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. Senator is requesting that regulators investigate Lumber Liquidators following a report that said the company's laminate flooring made in China may not meet California's health and safety standards.

Cuban Cigar Industry Prepares for U.S. Demand

March 2, 2015 2:57 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

As relations between the U.S. and Cuba thaw, Cuban cigar makers are challenged with increasing productivity without compromising quality.

Judge Sends Contractor to Prison for Faulty Gun Parts

February 11, 2015 10:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Colorado man who had a factory in Michigan has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for trying to sell faulty gun parts to the Defense Department.

Pepperidge Farm Recalls 46,000 Bagel Packages

February 9, 2015 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pepperidge Farm is recalling about 46,000 packages of bagels because they may contain peanuts or almonds that could set off a serious allergic reaction.                             

The Challenges of Defining 'Dangerous'

February 4, 2015 2:18 pm | by Adam Gittler | Articles | Comments

In 2008, General Motors conducted internal training for its engineers on how to document product risks, including bans of the words 'defect' and 'problem.' Well-intended or a shameful legal dodge, the training skirted around the problem instead of attacking it head-on. 

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Jeep Recalls 228K Cherokees for Air Bag Problem

February 2, 2015 4:26 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jeep is recalling more than 228,000 SUVs worldwide to fix a software problem that can cause side air bags to inflate for no reason.                                  

More Than 2M Vehicles Recalled a 2nd Time for Faulty Air Bags

February 2, 2015 10:15 am | by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles are being recalled for a second fix for faulty air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running.                       

Nissan Recalls SUVs to Fix Electrical Shorts, Hood Latches

January 28, 2015 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling nearly 768,000 SUVs worldwide to fix faulty hood latches and electrical shorts that could cause fires.                                     

VW, Audi, Porsche Issue Recalls for Fuel Leaks

January 27, 2015 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen, which owns all three brands, says vibration during driving, and production issues can cause small leaks in rare cases. VW and Audi said they were not aware of any fires or injuries caused by the problem in the U.S.       

Recalls of the Week: Wrapping Up a Record Year

January 16, 2015 2:36 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | News | Comments

So far, 2015 is off to a pretty good start in terms of recalls, at least compared to last year. Last year was a spectacularly bad year in recalls.                               

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A Car You Can Count On

January 5, 2015 2:21 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

This story of a man and his 1957 Chevrolet Truck seems to lend credence to the theory that cars of the past were made sturdier than cars of the present. This half ton truck has carried him to and from work until retirement, and even though it is a bit rusty now, it sounds like a car you can count on. 

Volkswagen Recalls 38K Cars Due to Fire Risk

January 2, 2015 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Volkswagen Group of America is recalling about 38,000 cars because a fuel leak in the engine may cause a fire.                                       

Porsche Recalls 918 Spyder on Faulty Chassis Parts

December 29, 2014 12:42 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

 Porsche is recalling 205 of its limited edition Porsche 918 Spyder.                                                   

Keurig Issues Recall Due To Reported Injuries

December 23, 2014 12:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Keurig is recalling some 7 million of single-serve coffee brewing machines because of reported burns.                                           

Safety Officials Close Mercedes Fuel Leak Probe

December 23, 2014 11:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety officials have ended their nearly three-year investigation into more than 280,000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class cars, after they found that a fuel leak that causes a gasoline odor in the vehicles poses no risk to drivers.       

Study Finds Toxic Content in Holiday Decorations

December 22, 2014 3:04 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The research found high levels of chemical hazards in light strings, holiday garland and other decor products. Products were purchased and tested from Walgreens, Kroger, Lowe's, Walmart, Target and Dollar Tree.       

Lone Holdout BMW Finally Joins Takata Recall

December 22, 2014 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The recall affects 140,000 BMW 3 Series vehicles made between January 2004 and August 2006. The company is calling its move a "voluntary improvement campaign" rather than a recall.            

Chrysler To Recall About 257K Ram Pickup Trucks

December 19, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling nearly 257,000 older Ram pickup trucks because the rear axle can seize or the drive shaft can fall off.                                   

Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises to 42

December 15, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 42 people have died and 58 have been injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.                                   

Chrysler Expands Air Bag Recall

December 12, 2014 9:56 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators and will add about 179,000 vehicles to a recall for air bags that could explode with too much force.                           

F-35 Fighter Jet Has Another Problem

December 11, 2014 2:29 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Lockheed Martin's F-35 jet has had lots of problems since its first flight in 2006. Now as the planes start to arrive at Air Force bases around the country, another issue has come to light.                 

Japan Automakers Expand Passenger Air Bag Recalls

December 11, 2014 2:12 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda, Nissan and Mitsubishi announced more recalls for the same possibly defective Takata air bags that Toyota recalled earlier this month after one exploded during scrapping in Japan.                   

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