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Government Ups Air Bag Warning to 7.8M Vehicles

October 22, 2014 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government is adding more than 3 million vehicles to a rare warning about faulty air bags that have the potential to kill or injure drivers or passengers in a crash.                     

Verdict: Guardrail Company Defrauded Government

October 21, 2014 2:09 pm | by ABC News | News | Comments

Last week Trinity Industries Inc., a manufacturer of U.S. highway guardrails, went to court over allegations that it changed its design to save on manufacturing costs and never informed authorities of the change — raising safety concerns. The jury determined that the company should have told the government about the design change.

U.S. Agency Warns Car Owners To Get Air Bags Checked

October 21, 2014 9:57 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get the air bags in their cars fixed, amid concern that a defect in the devices can possibly kill or injure the driver or passengers.           

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Fire Exposes Illegal Chinese Factories Problem in Italty

October 21, 2014 9:37 am | by Ericka Kinetz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities have raided over 1,900 Chinese factories in the past 6 1/2 years, closing 909 for safety and labor violations. Sanctioned factories rarely bother to fix those problems, preferring to reopen under a new name.          

Toyota Adds 247K Vehicles to Air Bag Recall Tally

October 20, 2014 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling 247,000 vehicles in high-humidity areas as an air bag problem that has plagued most of the auto industry continues to widen.                               

iPhone Glass Maker Cutting Jobs in Arizona

October 17, 2014 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A manufacturer of sapphire glass that Apple Inc. uses in iPhones plans to eliminate 727 jobs at an Arizona plant.                                       

Hershey Wins Trademark Lawsuit Against Pot Company

October 17, 2014 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Colorado marijuana company must recall or destroy its pot-infused edibles that resemble iconic Hershey treats as part of a settlement agreement with the chocolate company.                      

MAPI: Lifting Oil Exports Ban Would Boost U.S. Manufacturing

October 15, 2014 9:37 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The manufacturing sector, already a leading component of the U.S. economy, would benefit significantly if the crude oil ban were lifted, according to a new study.                          

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Chrysler Recalls SUVs for Air Bag Defect

October 14, 2014 1:39 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.                                   

Michelin Truck Tire Failure Under Investigation

October 13, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associate Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating reports that some Michelin heavy truck tires can fail and cause crashes.                                       

Frenchman Wins Nobel for Industry Regulations

October 13, 2014 2:05 pm | by Karl Ritter, Nathalie Rothschild, Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Frenchman Jean Tirole won the Nobel prize for economics for finding ways to encourage better products and competitive prices in industries dominated by a few companies.                     

GM Ignition Switch Deaths Rise To 27

October 13, 2014 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 27 people have died and 25 people have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.                              

Mitsubishi Recalls Cars, SUVs for Stalling Problem

October 10, 2014 12:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mitsubishi is recalling nearly 166,000 older small cars and SUVs in the U.S. because the engines can stall unexpectedly.                                     

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Nissan Recalls Altimas for Latch Problem

October 10, 2014 12:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling more than 220,000 Altima midsize cars in the U.S. because a secondary latch can fail and allow the hoods to fly open while the cars are in motion.                        

Mexico's Junk Food Taxes Hitting Pepsi, Coke

October 10, 2014 9:11 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Recent declines suffered by Pepsi and Coke in Mexico underscore why the beverage industry is fighting tax proposals on sugary drinks in San Francisco and nearby Berkeley.                      

Banning Plastic Bags May Be Bad Science

October 9, 2014 11:55 am | by Chris Fox, Manufacturing.net, 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. I think most of us would agree that the feeling of environmentalism is nice, until some other facts set in.         

Company Recalls Floor Mats for GM Trucks

October 8, 2014 9:23 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.                   

EU Investigates Tax Practices of Amazon

October 7, 2014 2:34 pm | by Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's competition authority opened an investigation into Amazon's corporate income tax practices on suspicion the online retailer is benefiting from an illegal rebate.                    

Nearly 4K May Get Damages in Chinese Drywall Suit

October 7, 2014 2:18 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, The 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.     

Hundreds Attend Meeting on Bridging U.S. and Canadian Regulatory Systems

October 7, 2014 10:07 am | by Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

About 400 people will gather this week to work on a plan to more closely harmonize Canadian and American industrial regulations across a wide range of sectors.                          

Chrysler Recalls Commercial Vans

October 7, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling 21,470 full-size commercial vans in the U.S. and Canada to fix a problem with the headrests.                                       

Feds Investigate Power Steering in Ford Midsize Cars

October 6, 2014 9:11 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.                                   

Feds Blocking Utah Company for Illegal Rifle Scope Exports

October 3, 2014 11:56 am | by Lindsay Whitehurst, The 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.                                     

GM Issues 2 More Recalls

October 3, 2014 9:27 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors announced two more recalls, pushing its total for the year to 71, affecting almost 30 million vehicles in North America.                                 

Lawsuit Against Templeton Rye Allowed to Proceed

September 30, 2014 3:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A lawsuit alleging Iowa-based whiskey maker Templeton Rye misled consumers can proceed, according to the state attorney general's office.                                 

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