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Death Toll Rises To 75 in Chinese Factory Blast

August 4, 2014 9:56 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll in an explosion at a Chinese auto parts factory has risen to 75, as investigators fault poor safety measures and news reports reveal that workers had long complained of dangerous levels of dust at the facility.          

Hyundai Recalling More Than 419K Vehicles

August 4, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai is recalling more than 419,000 cars and SUVs to fix suspension, brake and oil leak problems.                                            

11,000 Kawasakis Recalled for Injury Risk

July 30, 2014 4:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 11,000 Kawasaki off-road vehicles are being recalled because debris can cut through the foot rest area and hurt riders' legs.                                  

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Chrysler Recalls Fiat 500Ls To Fix Air Bags

July 30, 2014 4:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling just under 30,000 Fiat 500L small cars in the U.S. and Canada to fix a problem with air bags that protect knees in a crash.                              

Crash: Electric Cars Put to the Test

July 30, 2014 1:40 pm | by Jared Mandel, CNNMoney | News | Comments

The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf experience their toughest front-end crash test to date.                                              

Company To Fight Penalties in Omaha Plant Collapse

July 30, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A livestock feed company intends to contest citations and proposed penalties issued by federal safety regulators after the collapse of an Omaha plant that killed two employees.                      

Lawyer Sues GM On Behalf of 658 Plaintiffs

July 30, 2014 1:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas lawyer has filed a lawsuit against General Motors on behalf of 658 people who were injured or killed in crashes allegedly caused by faulty ignition switches.                         

Gov't. Fails To Vet Chemical Plants for Terror Risk

July 30, 2014 11:51 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Congressional investigators say the government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at high risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities.       

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Safety and Performance on Slippery Indoor Surfaces

July 30, 2014 11:12 am | by 32north | Product Releases | Comments

The product employs a proprietary tread and sole compound that, when combined, provides one of the best non-slip applications on the market, says the company.

5 Things Employers Should Know About Prescription Painkiller Use

July 30, 2014 9:57 am | by National Safety Council | Articles | Comments

Twenty-three percent of the workforce has misused prescription painkillers, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, making opioid use a serious threat to employee safety.                      

Hyundai Recalls 883K Sonatas To Fix Gear Shifters

July 30, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Korean automaker says the automatic transmission shift cable can separate from the shift lever. If that happens the lever may not show the correct gear, increasing the risk of a crash.                 

Small Cars Fare Poorly in Crash Tests

July 30, 2014 9:35 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests.                                     

Suzuki Recalling Nearly 26K Cars

July 29, 2014 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Suzuki is recalling nearly 26,000 midsize cars in the U.S. because the daytime running light modules can overheat and could cause a fire.                                 

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FAA Proposes $12M Fine for Southwest Airlines

July 29, 2014 1:52 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners.                

Ocean Spray Worker Dies in Fall Through Skylight

July 29, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say a Nevada man is dead after falling through a skylight at the Ocean Spray fruit juice distribution center where he worked.                                 

1 Dead, 3 Hurt in Fish Plant Explosion

July 29, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Omega Protein spokesman Ben Landry said it happened about 9:30 a.m. while employees of a subcontractor were working on two storage tanks and one of the tanks blew up.                        

Nissan Expands Faulty Air Bag Recall

July 28, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling more than 226,000 additional vehicles over a defective air bag that has affected much of the global auto industry.                                 

Fertilizer Companies Blame Texas City for Blast

July 28, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two fertilizer companies sued following a deadly Texas explosion are claiming the small town deserves blame for failing to properly train volunteer firefighters and first responders, who made up most of the 15 people killed by the blast.    

GM Issues 6 More Recalls

July 24, 2014 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The largest is for faulty seats in just over 475,000 cars and small SUVs. Other problems include incomplete welds on seat brackets, turn signal failures, power steering failures, loose suspension bolts and faulty roof rack bolts.        

China Detains Meat Seller's Employees

July 23, 2014 2:10 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Five employees of a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other restaurants in China were detained by police Wednesday after an official said illegal activity was an organized effort by the supplier.    

Officials Investigate Fire at Oil Supply Company

July 23, 2014 2:05 pm | by Josh Wood, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal and state investigators are at a Williston oil supply and logistics company where a massive fire erupted and disrupted road and air traffic.                              

Investigators: Overloaded Bins Caused Collapse, Deaths

July 23, 2014 2:00 pm | by Josh Funk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Overloaded storage bins on the roof of an Omaha livestock feed manufacturer's plant caused the building collapse that killed two people in January, federal investigators said Monday.                    

Chrysler Recalls Over 792K Jeeps for Ignition Switch Defect

July 23, 2014 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The ignition switch defects that engulfed General Motors are now a rapidly growing problem at Chrysler.                                          

Fruit From Trader Joe's, Costco Recalled

July 22, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.                  

China's Suspect Meat Scandal Spreads

July 22, 2014 9:54 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A suspect meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on Tuesday and spread to Japan where McDonald's said the Chinese supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken had provided 20 percent of the meat for its chicken nuggets. 

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