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Toyota Canada Settles Recall Claims

August 23, 2013 2:00 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Toyota Canada says it has agreed to settle consumer claims related to losses stemming from its recalls in 2009 and 2010. About 14,500 Lexus RX350 and RX450h models from the 2010 model year were recalled because of suspected throttle control problems

Feds Probe Jeep Grand Cherokee Ceiling Fires

August 23, 2013 10:15 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating complaints that the ceilings can catch fire in 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. The probe, announced Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, covers an estimated 146,000 of the popular sport utility vehicles.

Death Toll In Mexico Ammonia Leak Rises

August 22, 2013 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from an ammonia leak in southern Mexico has risen to seven after four more people died of their injuries. The state-owned oil company Pemex said Wednesday at least three other people are still being treated for injuries suffered in the blast. Forty others suffered from inhaling ammonia.

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Tesla Hails Top Safety Rating For Model S

August 22, 2013 8:01 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

Tesla says that its battery powered Model S has set a record for the lowest likelihood of injuries to occupants in recent crash tests. The electric car company, based in Palo Alto, California and led by billionair Elon Musk, said the Model S exceeded the safety score of all cars and trucks on U.S. roads.

3 Dead, 10 Injured By Ammonia Leak In Mexico

August 21, 2013 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three people are dead and 10 others are injured following an ammonia leak in southern Mexico. The government of the southern state of Oaxaca says the leak occurred after construction machinery operated by a private company hit a pipeline that carries ammonia to a petrochemical plant.

Kia Recalls Some SUVs

August 21, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kia is recalling more than 9,700 SUVs in the U.S. and Canada because the front axle can fail and the vehicles can lose power. The recall affects 2014 Sorento SUVs with 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines and front-wheel-drive. They were built from Jan. 7 through March 12 of this year.

10,000-Gallon Tank Explodes At PA Plant; 1 Dead

August 20, 2013 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A 10,000-gallon fuel oil tank exploded at an industrial park on Monday and went flying across a road, killing a worker who was welding nearby. The tank spilled 7,500 gallons of fuel and flooded a dike encircling the area, but the spill was contained, firefighters said.

GM Recalls Cruzes For Brake Problem

August 19, 2013 2:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. is recalling nearly 293,000 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars in the U.S. because the power-assisted brakes can fail. The recall affects Cruzes made in Lordstown, Ohio, from the 2011 and 2012 model years that are equipped with 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engines and 6T-40 six-speed automatic transmissions, the company said Friday.

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Companies Halt Operations Amid Violence In Egypt

August 19, 2013 10:28 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A number of international companies have suspended operations in Egypt as three days of violent street battles make the streets of Cairo unsafe. General Motors Co., Electrolux AB, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Heineken N.V., Toyota Motor Corp., Suzuki Motor Corp., BASF SE and others shut down facilities and told thousands of workers to stay at home during unrest that has left more 700 people dead as of late Friday.

3 Injured In GA Chemical Plant Blast

August 15, 2013 12:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Authorities in south Georgia say at least three people have been injured in a chemical explosion that rocked an industrial complex. Valdosta fire officials say more than 40 firefighters responded to the blaze at the Gil Harbin Industrial Park Wednesday afternoon with help from Lowndes County sheriff's officials, Moody Air Force Base, the Georgia State Patrol and the FBI.

Five Approaches To Managing MSDs At Work

August 15, 2013 8:02 am | by HumanTech | Videos | Comments

Unfortunately, there is no gold-star approach a company can take for managing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The most common approaches include fixing the person, fitting the person to the task, changing the person, changing how the person performs work, changing the work and the workplace.

U.S. To Require Car Makers To Offer Recall Data

August 14, 2013 2:15 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Starting next summer, U.S. consumers will be able to search a giant database to find out if recall repairs have been made to their cars or motorcycles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the agency that regulates auto safety, says it will require major auto and motorcycle makers to give customers online access to data so it can be searched by vehicle identification number.

Hyundai Recalls 239,000 Sonata, Azera Models

August 14, 2013 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Hyundai is recalling 239,000 Sonata and Azera sedans in cold-weather U.S. states because road salt can corrode the rear suspension. The recall affects 215,000 Sonata midsize sedans from the 2006 to 2010 model years and 24,000 Azera full-size sedans from 2006 to 2011.

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Republic Steel Faces $1.1M In Fines For Violations

August 14, 2013 10:14 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republic Steel is facing more than $1.1 million in federal fines for two dozen safety violations at its manufacturing plant in Canton, Ohio. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday that the Canton-based company failed to provide workers enough protection from falling off runway girders 66 feet above the ground or perched over the plant's slag pit and furnace. 

ANA, Japan Airlines Check 787s For Wiring Problem

August 14, 2013 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines said Wednesday they are checking their Boeing 787 fleets for wiring problems unrelated to battery defects that plagued the aircraft earlier this year. ANA said the departure of a 787 plane was delayed over problem wiring for a system to put out engine fires.

Pipeline Fire Lights Up IL Sky

August 13, 2013 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fuel pipeline exploded beneath a western Illinois cornfield, sending flames hundreds of feet into the sky and leaving a 15-foot-deep crater before pipeline crews were able to stem the flow of fuel and bring the fire under control, authorities said. Nobody was injured in the explosion, which was reported around 11:15 p.m. Monday.

Watch The Tesla Model S Crash Tests

August 13, 2013 12:38 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Tesla Motors is starting to look like the carmaker that just won't stumble. After the Model S won MotorTrend's Car of the Year and got a fantastic review from Consumer Reports, it aced the government's crash tests and Tesla is now making a profit. 

Explosion-Proof Vacuums: An Investment In Safety

August 12, 2013 4:40 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Recent plant explosions should serve as a reminder for industrial users to review their vacuums to ensure they are suitable in explosion-proof applications, such as those relating to combustible dust. In addition to satisfying OSHA requirements, manufacturers must also keep workers safe. As Frank Intrieri Jr., VP of sales with Goodway says, “explosion-proof vacuums are used in hazardous environments, so safety precautions are imperative.”

Small Cars Perform Poorly In Crash Tests

August 12, 2013 1:21 pm | by auto, safety, IIHS, Highway Safety, crash test, Nissan, Kia, Honda, rating, subcompact, small, cars | Videos | Comments

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released the latest results of their new small overlap crash test, the Nissan Sentra, Kia Soul and Kia Forte did not hold up well, but the Honda Civic received the best crash rating. In all, half of the 12 compact and subcompact cars tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety fared poorly.

Suit Blames Boeing For San Francisco Airport Crash

August 9, 2013 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three San Francisco Bay Area families are suing Boeing over the deadly crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214. The San Jose Mercury News says the suits filed Thursday allege that the maker of the Boeing 777 provided inadequate training to pilots in South Korea.

Lawyer To Seek $20M In Case Against Toyota

August 9, 2013 10:01 am | by Linda Deutsch, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

A lawyer for plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corp. told a jury on Thursday he will ask for $20 million in damages for the family of a woman who died when her Camry suddenly accelerated and crashed despite her efforts to stop. The case involving the 2009 death of Noriko Uno is the first involving the issue to go to trial in state court.

Great Falls Refinery Hit With OSHA Fine

August 9, 2013 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor is fining a petroleum refinery in Great Falls for unsafe working conditions. The agency's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Thursday it is proposing a $77,000 fine for Calumet Montana Refining.

Six Of 12 Small Cars Do Well In Front Crash Tests

August 8, 2013 2:18 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Two redesigned Honda Civic models were the only small cars to get the top rating in stringent front-end crash tests performed by an insurance industry group. In all, half of the 12 compact and subcompact cars tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety fared poorly, but six performed well. Safety is critical in the fast-growing small-car market, with many buyers downsizing from larger vehicles.

Safety Citations Issued To AL Steel Manufacturer

August 8, 2013 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials issued safety citations to a steel manufacturing company and proposed more than $117,000 in fines Wednesday. Fifteen safety citations have been issued to the Northport-based Hanna Steel Corp, U.S. Department of Labor officials said. The plant manufactures steel tubing and pre-painted steel.

China Spying On U.S. Businesses

August 8, 2013 1:20 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

It's the massive theft of American trade secrets through cyber attack and espionage, and many of the cyber-attacks on American trade are coming from China. NBC's Michael Isikoff reports on how widespread the espionage is and what the government is doing about it.

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