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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.                       

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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.                                       

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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.                              

OSHA Launches Dialogue on Workplace Safety

October 13, 2014 9:46 am | by United States Department Of Labor Newsroom | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced it is launching a national dialogue with stakeholders on ways to prevent work-related illness caused by exposure to hazardous substances.       

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.                                     

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.                        

Tesla's 'D' Adds All-Wheel Drive, Safety Features

October 10, 2014 9:06 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

At an open-to-the-public unveiling that included bumping music, free alcohol and test rides on an airport tarmac, Musk unveiled a new version of the luxury electric car maker's Model S sedan that includes all-wheel drive and self-driving "auto pilot" features.

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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.                   

Boeing and Airbus at Odds Over Safety Feature

October 7, 2014 4:53 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's two largest commercial aircraft manufacturers are at odds over equipping planes with black boxes that eject from planes, making them easier to find in the event of an ocean crash.                 

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.                                       

5 Killed in Blast at Illegal Fireworks Plant

October 6, 2014 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police say five people were killed early Monday in an explosion at an illegal fireworks factory in southern China.                                       

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.                                   

New Car Technology May Not Lower Insurance Rates

October 3, 2014 1:51 pm | by Dave Collins, The Associated Press | News | Comments

More cars and trucks are being equipped with cameras, radar, automatic braking, and other safety technology that help avoid accidents, but drivers may not see their insurance bills go down anytime soon, experts in the auto and insurance industries said.  

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.                                 

Ebola Scare Means High Demand for Mask Manufacturer

October 2, 2014 12:24 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

A Texas company is one of the last in the U.S. to manufacture surgical masks. With concerns mounting in regards to Ebola, this company could be a strategic player in the battle against the virus.               

How To Select the Right Safety System for Manufacturing Applications

October 2, 2014 11:01 am | by Matt Dodds, OMRON Automation and Safety | Articles | Comments

The best safety device is the one that offers maximum safety with minimum impact on machine operations at the lowest possible cost. This article provides guidance and recommendations that will help in selecting appropriate safety device technologies for typical manufacturing applications. 

GM Announces Parts are Ready To Fix Small Recalled Cars

October 1, 2014 4:41 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

GM recalled 2.6 million small cars worldwide earlier this year to fix faulty ignition switches that are now blamed for at least 23 deaths nationwide. Barra said suppliers have made enough parts to fix all of the switches, but only 1.1 million small cars have had the repairs so far.

Fire at Manufacturing Building Releases Toxic Chemicals

October 1, 2014 1:54 pm | by Manuel Valdes, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A large fire destroyed a manufacturing building in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, sending a large plume of black smoke over the city and prompting an effort to contain toxic chemicals.                   

Oil, Rail Industries Want 7 Years To Fix Tank Cars

September 30, 2014 4:19 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The oil and railroad industries are urging federal regulators to allow them as long as seven years to retrofit existing tank cars that transport highly volatile crude oil, a top oil industry official said Tuesday. The cars have ruptured and spilled oil during collisions, leading to intense fires.

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