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Regulators Investigating Child Car Seat Recall

December 2, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday that it is investigating whether Graco took too long to report a safety defect in its child car seats.                         

Germany To Require 30 Percent Women on Company Boards

November 26, 2014 11:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's leading companies will need to have at least 30 percent women on their supervisory boards from 2016, according to a new directive being adopted by the government, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday.           

FDA Expands Calorie Count Display Requirements

November 25, 2014 1:36 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick,The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is announcing long-delayed calorie labeling rules, requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food "clearly and conspicuously" on their menus. Companies will have until November 2015 to comply.

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Mazda Recalls Cars to Fix Tire Pressure Monitors

November 25, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mazda is recalling nearly 100,000 midsize cars in the U.S. to fix a problem with the tire pressure monitoring system.                                      

U.S. Closes Ford Steering Probe Without Recall

November 25, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have closed an investigation into steering problems in more than 500,000 Ford full-size cars without seeking a recall.                               

Government Tells Chrysler to Speed Up Jeep Recall

November 21, 2014 10:10 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's auto safety agency is telling Chrysler to speed up a recall of 1.5 million older Jeeps with gas tanks that can rupture in a rear collision.                            

Senators Get No Clear Answers on Air Bag Safety

November 21, 2014 10:04 am | by Tom Krisher, Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press | News | Comments

There were apologies and long-winded explanations, but after nearly four hours of testimony about exploding air bags, senators never got a clear answer to the question most people have: whether or not their cars are safe.         

Toyota Recalls Nearly 432K Lexuses for Fuel Leaks

November 21, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling nearly 423,000 Lexus luxury brand cars in the U.S. to fix fuel leaks that can cause fires.                                        

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Takata Quality Chief: Air Bag Recall Not Necessary

November 20, 2014 1:40 pm | by Macy Gordon, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The quality chief for Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. told a Senate committee Thursday that a national recall of driver's side air bag inflators is not necessary.                        

Safety Agency To Push for National Air Bag Recall

November 19, 2014 9:39 am | by Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government is demanding that the auto industry recall millions of additional cars equipped with faulty air bags that can injure — and even kill — a driver.                       

VW Recalls 442K Cars to Fix Suspension Problem

November 19, 2014 9:33 am | News | Comments

Volkswagen is recalling 442,000 Jettas and Beetles to fix a problem that can cause rear suspension failure if the cars aren't fixed properly after a crash.                           

Unilever Tweaks Site in 'Mayonnaise' Spat

November 17, 2014 2:58 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

After suing a small California company for calling its product "Just Mayo" because the product is made without eggs, it was discovered that Unilever had tweaked its website to make clear that some of its own products are "mayonnaise dressing," rather than mayonnaise.

California Accuses BP of Inflating Natural Gas Prices

November 17, 2014 2:12 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new lawsuit alleges that BP and its traders routinely manipulated prices to overcharge California as much as $300 million when it sold natural gas to the state.                         

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GM Extends Claims Deadline to Jan. 31

November 17, 2014 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawyer hired by General Motors to compensate victims of crashes caused by faulty ignition switches is giving people another month to file claims after the company came under fire because the family of a woman who died in a 2003 crash had not been notified that her crash had been linked to a faulty switch. 

Duke Announces Plans to Move Coal Ash

November 14, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy is submitting plans to North Carolina regulators to move millions of tons of coal ash from four high-risk plants to other locations, including open-pit clay mines.                      

Senate Committee To Hold Takata Air Bag Hearing

November 14, 2014 10:11 am | by Tom Krisher | News | Comments

Add a U.S. Senate committee hearing to the growing list of troubles facing Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp.                                        

Honda Widens Air Bag Recall

November 13, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. expanded its recalls related to defective air bags on Thursday, saying a driver in Malaysia died in an air bag-linked accident earlier this year.                    

November/December 2014: A Picture of Growth

November 13, 2014 12:30 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In the November/December 2014 issue of IMPO, we visit the innovative Optimation Technology, explain the top misconceptions about fall protection, discuss the merits of equipment acquisition, and help you stay informed on OSHA’s 2015 agenda.

Virgin Galactic Pilot Unaware Co-Pilot Unlocked Brake

November 13, 2014 10:00 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The pilot of the Virgin Galactic spaceship that tore apart over the Mojave Desert didn't know his co-pilot had prematurely unlocked its brakes, though protocol for the test flight required the co-pilot to announce the step, federal investigators said.

Company Fined $47K for Exposing Workers to Amputation, Electric Shock Hazards

November 13, 2014 9:38 am | by OSHA | News | Comments

Service and maintenance machine workers at Good Old Days Foods Inc. are being exposed to amputation and electric shock hazards due to a lack of machine guarding and lockout/tagout procedures.                 

U.S., China Strike a Climate Deal to Curb Global Warming

November 12, 2014 10:50 am | by Josh Lederman, THe Associated Press | News | Comments

A groundbreaking agreement struck Wednesday by the United States and China puts the world's two worst polluters on a faster track to curbing the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming.                 

Unilever Sues Company Over Use Of 'Mayo'

November 11, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

You have to break some eggs to make an omelet and, according to a lawsuit from the maker of Hellmann's, the same goes for mayonnaise.                                 

White House Wants Greater Regulation of Internet Providers

November 10, 2014 3:15 pm | by Anne Flaherty, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Internet providers shouldn't be allowed to cut deals with online services like Netflix or YouTube to move their content faster, and should be regulated more like phone companies, President Barack Obama said in an announcement that was swiftly rejected by the industry.

Schumer Calls for Review of Car Safety Screening

November 10, 2014 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen Charles Schumer is calling for a top-to-bottom review of federal safety screening for defective car parts. He is citing the recall of millions of vehicles equipped with Takata Corp. passenger air bags that can explode with too much force and send shards of metal into the passenger compartment.

GM Ordered Switches Nearly 2 Months Before Recall

November 10, 2014 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Emails from a court case show that General Motors Co. ordered 500,000 replacement ignition switches almost two months before telling government safety regulators that the switches would be recalled.               

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