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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.                 

GM: Parts Ready to Fix SUVs That Can Catch Fire

November 12, 2014 2:21 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

For the owners of 189,000 General Motors SUVs, the days of parking them outside the garage for fear that they could catch fire will soon come to an end. The company said it will start notifying customers this week that they can take their SUVs to dealers, who will replace faulty power window switches.

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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.               

Honda Adds Thousands of Vehicles to Air Bag Recall

November 7, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is adding hundreds of thousands of vehicles to a previously announced recall for passenger air bags that can explode with too much force and send shards of metal into the passenger compartment.               

Air Bag Maker Takata Predicts More Losses

November 6, 2014 2:35 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Takata Corp, whose potentially defective air bags have been linked to four deaths in  U.S., have issued an apology and have also announced extreme profit losses and skipped dividends.                  

Virgin Galactic Looks to Resume Tests in 2015

November 6, 2014 1:49 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The space tourism company that suffered a tragic setback when its experimental rocket-powered spaceship broke apart over the California desert could resume test flights as early as next summer if it can finish building a replacement craft.    

Audi Recalls Nearly 102K Vehicles

November 5, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Audi is recalling nearly 102,000 luxury cars because the front air bags may not inflate in a crash.                                           

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Circus Cited for Not Following Manufacturer's Instructions

November 4, 2014 2:50 pm | by Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus misused a key rigging component in a hair-hanging stunt, causing a fall that seriously injured eight acrobats, federal workplace safety regulators said.               

Richard Branson: Space Travel Risks are Worth it

November 4, 2014 2:10 pm | by CNNMoney | News | Comments

Despite the fatal crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, Richard Branson says the risk of testing commercial space flights is worth it.                                  

Ford Issues 5 Recalls Covering 202K Vehicles

November 4, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling more than 202,000 vehicles in North America to fix gas leaks, air bag sensors, stalling and other issues.                                     

Company Recalls U.S. Fire Trucks

November 3, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pierce Manufacturing is recalling 135 fire trucks in the U.S. because a suspension part can fail and cause a wheel to fall off.                                   

2 Missing After Blaze at Fireworks Warehouse

October 31, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British police say two people are missing after a blaze at a fireworks warehouse that sent plumes of black smoke and explosions into the sky.                               

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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. 

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.                             

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.                     

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