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BMW Recalling 91.8K Mini Coopers to Fix Air Bag Problem

April 20, 2015 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BMW is recalling 91,800 Mini Coopers to fix a defect that may prevent the air bag on the front passenger side of the cars from deploying in a crash.

GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises to 87

April 20, 2015 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Families of at least 87 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition...

5 Years After BP Spill: What's Changed in Offshore Drilling

April 20, 2015 10:21 am | by Cain Burdeau, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Here's a look at what else has changed and what hasn't in the world of offshore drilling in the...

Ford Pickup Scores Top Safety Rating; GM Models Miss

April 17, 2015 1:55 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal officials bestowed the nation's top safety rating on Ford's F-150 pickup truck, which...

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Nissan Expands Air Bag Recall After Louisiana Injury

April 17, 2015 9:48 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is adding 45,000 small cars to a previous recall after a Louisiana woman was injured by flying shrapnel from an exploding air bag.

Health Advocates, Agribusiness Spar Over Weed Killer

April 17, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The decades-long debate over the health risks of a popular weed killer took another turn last month when an international agency classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen.

Environmentalists Kick Up Dust at Fracking Industry in Drought-Stricken California

April 16, 2015 12:58 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Is fracking contributing to California's drought? Industry experts say it isn't.

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Officials Find Dozens of Chemicals in Oregon Waterways

April 16, 2015 12:44 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Environmental officials in Oregon detected traces of 128 chemicals across all state watersheds, according to a recent report.

Five Safety Lessons Learned From the Demise of Titanic

April 15, 2015 10:44 am | by Mandy Savage, copywriter with Graphic Products | Articles | Comments

Safety headlines grab attention with catastrophe, accidents, fines, and pointing fingers.What we don't talk about as much are the lessons learned from past mistakes. We don't celebrate the improvements, ideas generated, shared, and implemented for future use. 

U.S. Probes Complaints About Subaru Air Bag Seat Sensors

April 15, 2015 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 U.S. safety regulators are investigating problems with the air bag sensors in the seats of Subaru Impreza compact cars.

Researchers Testing Air Pollution over Fracking Sites

April 15, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal researchers are taking to the skies over the country's largest shale oilfields in hopes of measuring potential air pollution generated by fracking. 

Cycle Gear Recalling Toys for Excessive Lead Levels

April 15, 2015 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cycle Gear Inc. is recalling about 155 semi-truck and motorcycle toys because of excessive lead levels.

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Only Small Number of Jeeps Fixed 2 Years After Recall

April 14, 2015 3:12 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly two years after agreeing to recall 1.56 million older Jeeps that could catch fire in rear-end crashes, the maker of the vehicles has repaired only 4 percent of the Grand Cherokees and 27 percent of the Libertys covered by the recall, according to documents filed with federal safety regulators.

Federal Report Attributes Nine Worker Deaths to Oilfield Vapors

April 14, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Nine oilfield workers over the last five years died on the job after inhaling deadly vapors near oil or gas wells, according to a federal investigation.

Is Safety a Backseat Driver?

April 14, 2015 11:33 am | by Holcombe Baird III, Reliability Center, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The answer to getting rid of reactive and backseat safety practices lies with the maintenance department. 

GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises To 84

April 14, 2015 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Families of at least 84 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company.

Ecovative Design: Manufactured Wood Made Without Trees

April 13, 2015 2:23 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Ecovative Design has made a mission of replacing synthetic plastic polymers with natural mushroom based polymers. After disrupting the packaging industry with a line of fully biodegradable mushroom packaging, they are now setting their sights on replacing manufactured wood products.

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GM Says it Has Fixed 70 Percent of Faulty Ignition Switches

April 13, 2015 9:47 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fourteen months after General Motors started recalling more than 2 million small cars with faulty ignition switches worldwide, the company says it has repaired about 70 percent of the vehicles that are still on the road.

Reports Links Pennsylvania Fracking to Rising Radon Levels

April 13, 2015 9:41 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A newly published report suggests that fracking in Pennsylvania contributed to a rise in radon levels in nearby buildings over the past decade. 

Nissan, BMW Recall Vehicles to Fix Problems with Fuel Pumps

April 10, 2015 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan and BMW are recalling more than 94,000 vehicles because the fuel pumps can fail and cause stalling.

Safety Chief Wants To Cap Big Rig Speeds to Fix Tire Problem

April 10, 2015 12:12 pm | by Meghan Barr, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's highway safety chief says his agency will push for quick action on a regulation requiring electronic speed limiters on big rigs. It may also contact states about speed limits that are higher than commercial truck tires are designed to handle. 

U.S. Safety Agency May Reopen Jeep Fire Investigation

April 10, 2015 9:50 am | by Megan Barr, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government's highway safety agency may reopen an investigation into Jeep gas tanks that can rupture and cause fires in rear-end crashes, the agency's top official said Thursday.

GM Cars Will Spy on Your Teen's Driving

April 8, 2015 2:44 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

General Motors' new Teen Driver monitoring system can track your child's speed and give you a driving report card. But can it track adults as well?

U.S. Agency Denies Request to Probe Fiat Chrysler Minivans

April 8, 2015 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have denied a New Jersey man's request to investigate Fiat Chrysler minivans because they can stall after refueling.

Is Fracking Responsible for Earthquakes in Oklahoma?

April 7, 2015 2:35 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Oklahoma has recently stolen the title of the nation’s earthquake capital from California. And as the frequency of earthquakes continue to increase, it has people beginning to question just what is responsible. 

BMW’s Crash-Proof Car

April 7, 2015 1:58 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

With constant news about ignition switches and exploding gas tanks, it’s nice to hear that BMW is taking a step toward accident avoidance. 

Obama Presents Climate Change as Health Hazard

April 7, 2015 10:17 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama will ask Americans to think of climate change as a threat not just to the environment, but also to their health.

Choosing the Right Chemical Label

April 7, 2015 9:50 am | by Graphic Products | News | Comments

Since OSHA announced its HazCom 2012 standards for GHS compliance, there have been a lot of questions on proper labeling of chemicals. This simple flowchart will help you decide how to label chemicals in your facility for safety and compliance. 

Groups Seek Ban on Flame Retardant Chemicals

April 7, 2015 9:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A coalition of consumer safety groups asked federal officials to ban the use of flame retardant chemicals in consumer products. 

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