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GM Excluded Deaths From Ignition Inquiry

March 13, 2014 1:37 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

According to the chronology, GM employees were told about most of the Ion crash deaths within two weeks of when they occurred. So GM knew about the deaths but still failed to consider them until this year.             

Chrysler Recalls 49,000 Dodge Chargers

March 13, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling more than 49,000 Dodge Charger muscle cars because a connector can overheat and knock out low-beam headlights.                                 

Graco Adds More Than 400,000 Child Seats To Recall

March 13, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Graco has added 403,222 child seats to last month's recall of 3.8 million to replace faulty harness buckles. But the added seats won't end a dispute with the U.S. government's road safety watchdog.               

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Chemicals In iPhones Could Be Dangerous For Workers

March 13, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's labor practices are under attack by two activist groups who contend the company makes its iPhones with a hazardous mix of chemicals that threaten the health of factory workers assembling the devices in China.          

GM Offering Loaner Cars And Cash

March 12, 2014 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is offering free loaner cars to owners of compacts that are being recalled for a deadly ignition switch defect.                                    

What You Need To Know About The GM Recall

March 12, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors' executives and government regulators will soon have to explain to Congress why it took years to recall 1.6 million compact cars with a known defect linked to 13 deaths.                   

How Can You Make Planes Easier To Find In The Ocean?

March 12, 2014 9:57 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

For nearly five years, government and industry officials have been exploring ways to make it easier to find airliners and their critical "black boxes" that end up in the ocean.                     

National Safety Council Names Deborah Hersman New President

March 11, 2014 1:38 pm | by The National Safety Council | News | Comments

Ms. Hersman is acknowledged as a visionary and passionate safety leader who advocates for safety across all modes of transportation.                                  

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California Mulls Driverless Car Regulations

March 11, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Once the stuff of science fiction, "Driverless cars" could be commercially available by decade's end. On Tuesday, the DMV is hearing ideas on how to integrate the cars onto public roads.                   

Investigation Into 10 Year Delay Of GM Recall

March 11, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received a large number of complaints about the problem during the past decade. But GM didn't recall the 1.6 million cars worldwide until last month.               

Flaws Found In Bangladesh Garment Factories

March 11, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Inspections of Bangladesh garment factories under a new safety initiative have found cracked support beams, substandard building materials, and exposed electrical cables chewed by rats.                    

A Bad Week For Boeing

March 11, 2014 9:21 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Boeing is no stranger to media coverage, but the past several days have seen this aerospace giant’s name in the news under less-than-positive circumstances.                            

Nuclear Test Experts Checking To See If Plane Exploded

March 10, 2014 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the organization that monitors the nuclear test ban treaty says he has asked its experts to see if they detected an explosion at high altitude of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane.                

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Group: 1,500 Factories To Be Inspected In Bangladesh

March 10, 2014 1:40 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

About 1,500 factories in Bangladesh are on track to be inspected by the end of August as part of a safety pact signed by more than 150 clothing brands and 20 countries, according to organizers of the pact.              

Boeing 787 Production Delayed Again

March 10, 2014 9:47 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Boeing's much-delayed 787 Dreamliner has hit another production snafu. Hairline cracks have been discovered in the wings of some 787s that are being built.                           

Nearly 150 Illegal Oil Waste Dumps

March 7, 2014 9:53 am | by James MacPherson, Associated Press | News | Comments

People have been caught nearly 150 times in the past year attempting to illegally dump loads of oil field waste — much of it radioactive — at two of the biggest landfills in western North Dakota.                

Residents Frustrated By Lack Of Details On Nuke Dump

March 7, 2014 9:46 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Questions about what caused the leak, the extent of the contamination, and the future of the federal government's national nuclear cleanup efforts have been swirling for weeks now.                     

Roller Coaster Manufacturer Blames Six Flags For Death

March 7, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The German manufacturer of a roller coaster from which a woman fell to her death is blaming Six Flags for the accident.                                      

China's Plan For Pollution Takes Toll On Jobs

March 6, 2014 10:02 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

The drive to clean up China's industry has added impetus to the government's campaign over the past several years to reduce excess production capacity in the polluting steel and cement industries.                

January/February 2014: Behind The Wheel

March 5, 2014 4:51 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, we visit Colson Caster, a domestic manufacturer that uses a vertically integrated approach to compete with low-cost offshore alternatives. We also talk to experts about preventing OSHA's top ten violations, review readers' insights into energy efficiency issues, and explore how a reliability-centered strategy can create quick ROI.

Union Waits For Info On Leak At Nuke Dump

March 5, 2014 2:11 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

A union representing some 200 workers at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump said its wants to be sure employees are safe when the repository reopens after a radiation leak.                   

Safety Agency Demands Data From GM

March 5, 2014 2:00 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are demanding that General Motors turn over documents detailing what the company knew about a dangerous ignition problem that has been linked to 13 car-crash deaths.                 

GM CEO Starts Review Of Recall Procedure

March 5, 2014 9:48 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The new CEO of General Motors is reassuring employees after an embarrassing recall of 1.6 million small cars, telling them that an internal review will bring improvements and prevent similar problems from occurring in the future.       

U.S. Won't Seek More Recalls For VW Fuse Problem

March 4, 2014 1:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators won't be pushing for a recall of thousands of Volkswagens that have the same electric fuses as a model that was recalled.                               

Gov't Ends Ford Vehicle Investigation

March 4, 2014 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government is closing an investigation into 1.6 million Ford vehicles that can lose engine power after Ford agreed to a remedy.                                 

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