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NHTSA To Probe 500K Ford Cars

July 11, 2014 2:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is investigating steering problems in about 500,000 Ford cars.                                      

CDC Safety Lapses Shut 2 Labs

July 11, 2014 2:52 pm | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Citing an anthrax scare and a recurring problem with safety, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday shut down two research labs and stopped shipping highly dangerous germs to other labs.              

Harley-Davidson Recalls Over 66K Motorcycles

July 10, 2014 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Harley-Davidson is recalling 66,421 Touring and CVO Touring motorcycles from the 2014 model year because their front wheels can lock up without warning.                             

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Ford Recalling Over 100K Vehicles

July 9, 2014 1:15 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The company announced the six separate recalls Tuesday. No injuries, accidents or fires related to any of the defects have been reported, Ford said.                              

Delphi Exec Called by Senate Panel Probing GM

July 9, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate panel investigating General Motors' ignition switch recall is calling on the CEO of the company that made the switches to testify at an upcoming hearing.                          

Settlement Reached in Remington Rifle Suit

July 9, 2014 9:47 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the nation's leading gun manufacturers has reached a settlement in a nationwide lawsuit claiming a popular hunting rifle has a defective trigger mechanism that can cause injury and death.                

Company Fined $11K for Chemical Spill

July 8, 2014 9:49 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal agency has fined the company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia's largest water supply $11,000 for a pair of violations.                                 

How Did GM's Ignition Switch Redesign Go Wrong?

July 8, 2014 9:47 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM set about making switches that would work more smoothly and give drivers the impression that they were better designed, a GM switch engineer testified in a lawsuit deposition in the spring of 2013.               

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Safety Agency: Chrysler Recall Too Slow

July 7, 2014 10:05 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's road safety agency is accusing Chrysler of moving too slowly to fix some Jeep SUVs in a recall announced more than a year ago.                              

Blue Bird Recalling School Buses for Steering Issue

July 7, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Blue Bird is recalling more than 2,500 All American school buses and some transit buses to fix a problem that could make steering more difficult.                               

How Can Heat Illness Be Prevented?

July 2, 2014 12:14 pm | by Julia Dozier, OSHA Training Center | Blogs | Comments

Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable, and employers must take responsibility for protecting their employees while they are working under conditions of excessive heat.                       

Georgia Lawsuit Still Causing Headaches for GM

July 2, 2014 12:06 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Litigation over the 29-year-old nurse's death was settled by GM last October. But not before it laid bare how the company allowed millions of small cars to stay on the road more than a decade after GM discovered ignition switch flaws.     

Chemical Blast at GM Plant Kills 1, Injures 5

July 2, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A chemical explosion Tuesday at a General Motors metal-stamping plant in Indiana killed a contractor and injured several others, authorities said.                             

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Graco Gives In and Recalls Infant Seats

July 1, 2014 4:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Graco Children's Products is recalling 1.9 million infant car seats, bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators, in what is now the largest seat recall in American history.                      

Chrysler Adds 696K Vehicles to Ignition Recall

July 1, 2014 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After Chrysler filed paperwork telling the NHTSA about the expansion, the agency said it was dissatisfied, raising concerns about whether the switch problem can stop the air bags from inflating in a crash.             

New Recalls Raise Questions About Auto Parts Safety

July 1, 2014 1:49 pm | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

The ignition switch recalls now engulfing General Motors and Chrysler are raising new questions about the safety of the parts across the American auto industry.                          

GM's Original Whistleblower Speaks Out

July 1, 2014 11:35 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

GM was warned of product defects in 2002 by head of GM's Corporate Quality Audit, Bill McAleer.                                             

Samsung: Audit Finds Labor Violations at Chinese Suppliers

July 1, 2014 9:45 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung said Tuesday an external audit found labor violations at dozens of its suppliers in China including failure to provide safety gear and excessive working hours.                        

GM Adds 8.2M Vehicles to Growing Recall List

July 1, 2014 9:34 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

General Motors' safety crisis deepened dramatically Monday when the automaker added 8.2 million vehicles to its ballooning list of cars recalled over faulty ignition switches.                       

Court Says Bat Maker Not Liable for Pitcher's Injuries

July 1, 2014 9:28 am | by Sean Murphy, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Oklahoma man who was seriously injured by a line drive during a 2006 high school baseball game isn't entitled to a nearly $1 million award from the manufacturer of the bat used to hit the ball.               

GM Victim Payment Plan Won't Have Limit

June 30, 2014 2:04 pm | by Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Kenneth Feinberg is prepared to pay out billions of General Motors' money to victims of crashes in GM small cars — provided they can prove the cars' ignition switches caused the crash.                   

Airlines To Inspect Engine Bolts on Embraer Jets

June 30, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Brazilian plane maker Embraer is telling airlines to inspect pins or bolts that hold the engines on its twin-engine E190 regional jet.                                   

GM Recalls Another 474K Vehicles

June 30, 2014 9:35 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors extended its record-breaking string of safety problems, announcing Friday three more recalls, including a large one involving its top-selling vehicle.                          

Honda To Pay $55.3M After Crash

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

A jury ordered Honda Motor Co. to pay $55.3 million for a rollover accident that left a Pennsylvania man paralyzed, but the car company said Friday it would appeal.                         

Whirlpool Gets Extension For Testing Devices

June 27, 2014 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Whirlpool Corp. is being given 30 extra days to install devices to test for toxic vapors in a Fort Smith neighborhood near the company's former plant that closed in June 2012.             

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