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Kimberly-Clark Lawsuit: Surgical Gowns Don't Protect Against Ebola

October 31, 2014 1:39 pm | by Robert Jablon, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A $500 million lawsuit against Kimberly-Clark Corp. alleges the company falsely claimed its surgical gowns protected against Ebola and other infectious diseases.                         

Nissan Recalls Infiniti SUVs to Fix Air Bags

October 31, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan says it's recalling more than 1,800 Infiniti SUVs in the U.S. for an air bag problem that could send shrapnel into the passenger compartment.                             

Alabama Plant Slammed With Labor Violations

October 30, 2014 10:42 am | by OSHA | News | Comments

Wayne Farms LLC, which makes products under brand names Dutch Quality House and Platinum Harvest, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing workers to dangerous machinery, fall and musculoskeletal disorder hazards. 

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Ford Recalls 205K SUVs for Fuel Tank Leak

October 30, 2014 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 205,000 SUVs in cold-weather states and parts of Canada to fix gas tanks that can rust, leak, and cause a fire.                                 

Government Pushes Air Bag Maker on Replacement Parts

October 30, 2014 9:21 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government's auto safety agency, responding to criticism of its slow response to safety issues, told the manufacturer of millions of potentially faulty air bags to make replacement parts faster and do more testing to find the cause of the problem.

Judge Orders Mediation in Guardrail Lawsuit

October 29, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has ordered mediation between a Texas company and a whistleblower who won a $175 million verdict over a design change in the company's highway guardrails.                       

Chrysler Recalls Over 566K Trucks, SUVs

October 29, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling more than 566,000 SUVs and trucks because malfunctioning fuel heaters can cause fires, or a software glitch can disable the electronic stability control.                     

5 Injured in Industrial Plant Explosion

October 27, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The mayor of Sarnia says five people have been sent to the hospital after an explosion at an industrial plant in the southwestern Ontario city.                             

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Discovery of Unknown Substance Halts Honda Plant Production

October 24, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Production has come to a halt at the Honda assembly plant in Greensburg after an unknown substance was found there.                                       

Recall Madness Explodes With Defective Air Bags

October 23, 2014 2:27 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

It feels like there is almost a daily announcement of some risk of fire from bad wiring, stalling engines or the latest — air bag defects. While companies are being more open and honest about the flaws in their products, consumers could be left confused and indifferent to the process as they become inundated with reports. 

How To Stay Compliant With OSHA's New GHS Rules

October 23, 2014 9:57 am | by Chris Palmisano | Articles | Comments

Besides training employees on the new GHS (Global Harmonization System) labeling elements, new pictograms, and the new SDS (Safety Data Sheet) format, there are more important challenges to compliance, that many employers and Safety Managers may not even realize.

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.

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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.           

GM Ignition Switch Death Count Rises

October 21, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 29 people have died and 27 people have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.                              

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.          

5 Solutions for Supply Chain EHS Performance Neglect

October 21, 2014 9:31 am | by Paul Leavoy | Articles | Comments

As EHS regulations and best practices become more comprehensive and expansive, we’re seeing a new imperative in managing EHS supply chain performance. No longer is it acceptable to simply manage EHS performance within your own organization.   

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.                               

Chrysler Recalling 907K Vehicles

October 16, 2014 11:08 am | 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.                       

Senators Question Regional Car Recalls

October 16, 2014 9:41 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two U.S. senators are questioning why the nation's auto safety regulators are letting car companies recall vehicles only in limited regions when a safety problem could happen anywhere.                   

Toyota Recalls Older Lexus Model in U.S. for Fuel Leaks

October 15, 2014 5:03 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.                                 

Elon Musk On Tesla's Auto Pilot and Legal Liability

October 15, 2014 12:48 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors Inc., discusses Tesla's "auto-pilot" feature, autonomous driving, government regulations and legal liability.                               

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.                                       

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.                              

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