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U.S. Safety Agency May Expand GM Recall

July 9, 2013 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators may add nearly 5,000 cars to a recall of the Chevrolet Malibu Eco, Buick LaCrosse and Buick Regal sedans. In May, General Motors announced that it would recall more than 38,000 of the 2012 and 2013 cars because a defective generator control module could stall the engine or cause a fire. The cars have GM's eAssist gas-electric hybrid system.

Bremen Castings: Making Heavy Industry A Safer Place

July 9, 2013 8:02 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Bremen, Ind., is a small town of about 5,500 people roughly 15 minutes south of the South Bend/Elkhart area. And one of its major employers, Bremen Castings Inc. (BCI), has been around long enough, having been established in 1939, to gain a reputation of being one of the area’s best employers.

Experts: Boeing 777 Has 'Fantastic' Safety Record

July 8, 2013 2:06 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The crash of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 in San Francisco on Saturday is only the second major accident for the twin-engine, wide-bodied jet in the 18 years the model has been in service, aviation safety expert said. "The 777 has a fantastic record," said Tom Haueter, who retired last year from the National Transportation Safety Board, where he was the head of aviation accident investigations.

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New Tech Makes Cars Safer, Easier To Drive

July 8, 2013 1:14 pm | by AssociatedPress | Videos | Comments

Automakers have developed new technologies that are making cars safer, more efficient, and easier to drive. From auto-braking to lane-centering, the cars practically drive themselves. Andrew Whydell, product planning executive with TRW Global Electronics, says that this technology is going to become increasingly more common in the U.S. in the next two to three years.

China Officials' Negligence Blamed For Deadly Fire

July 8, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese authorities have filed criminal charges against nearly a dozen public officials blamed for the high death toll in a fire last month that killed 121 people in a poultry plant in the northeast. China's top prosecuting agency has charged 11 public officials with dereliction of duty, according to a report Friday in the agency's official publication, Jiancha Daily.

Chrysler Recalling Minivans For Air Bag Defect

July 8, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling 282,000 minivans from the 2013 model year because the side air bags can deploy on the wrong side in a crash. Side air bags are supposed to deploy on the side of the vehicle that's involved in a crash. Chrysler says a software problem is causing its air bags to deploy on the opposing side of the vehicle.

Companies Move Ahead With Bangladesh Safety Accord

July 8, 2013 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of primarily European retailers and clothing makers has set a deadline of next spring to inspect clothing factories in Bangladesh that make garments for the companies. The group of 70 companies includes Swedish retailer H&M, Italian clothing maker Benetton and French retailer Carrefour. They say they will concentrate on renovating the most hazardous factories.

Toyota Recalling 185,000 Vehicles Globally

July 3, 2013 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 185,000 vehicles globally, mostly in Japan and Europe, for a glitch in the power steering. No accidents have been reported related to the problem. The recall covers 123,000 vehicles in Japan, including the Vitz compact, and 46,000 vehicles in Europe, including the Yaris, all produced between August 2010 and March 2012, Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons said Wednedsay.

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Toyota Announces Voluntary Recall Of Yaris Vehicles

July 3, 2013 9:55 am | by Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. today announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 74 Model Year 2012 Toyota Yaris vehicles. In the involved vehicles, a relay in the Power Steering Control Module of the electronic power steering system could experience a short circuit due to insufficient distances between terminals in the relay and moisture contamination of relay coil windings.

Site Of Deadly LA Plant Explosions Still Closed

July 2, 2013 10:09 am | by Littice Bacon-Blood, Associated Press | News | Comments

Plants that were the sites of two chemical explosions a day apart in south Louisiana remained closed, and it could be months before federal investigators determine the causes of the blasts that killed three workers and sent nearly 100 others to hospitals last month. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has sent teams to both sites to investigate the explosions.

Comprehensive Recall Protection, Inside And Out

July 2, 2013 8:01 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

In today’s business climate, in particular for many industries that serve consumers directly — think automakers, consumer packaged goods manufacturers, or pharmaceutical firms — operate under the assumption that they’ll be subjected to a recall incident at some point.

Ford To Fix Throttle On Older Taurus, Sable Sedans

July 1, 2013 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford has agreed to fix sticky throttles on nearly 468,000 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable sedans. Because of the company's decision, U.S. safety regulators have closed an investigation into the problem. Last fall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating cars from the 2000 through 2003 model years.

U.S. Regulators Probe Honda Odyssey Brake Problem

July 1, 2013 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating some Honda Odyssey minivans because they can brake without the driver pressing the pedal. The probe affects nearly 344,000 vans from the 2007 and 2008 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has received 22 complaints from owners about unexpected braking.

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Workers Evacuated After Intel Plant Nitrogen Leak

July 1, 2013 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators were trying to determine Saturday what caused the exhaust system of one of the high-tech tools inside Intel's manufacturing plant in Chandler to spring a leak and expose dozens of workers to nitrogen fumes. The leak did not interrupt the making of any computer chip wafers or microprocessors, but it resulted in 12 contract workers being sent to the hospital.

Honda Tells Some Fit Owners To Park Outside

July 1, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is telling owners of more than 686,000 Fit and Jazz subcompacts worldwide to park them outside because the power window switches can catch fire. The company is recalling cars from the 2007 and 2008 model years. It's urging owners not to park them in garages until driver's side door switches can be inspected.

Jeep Owners Worry About Safety After Recall Deal

June 28, 2013 10:17 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A deal between the government and Chrysler over Jeeps linked to deadly fires isn't sitting well with many Jeep owners and auto safety advocates. In early June, after a nearly three-year investigation, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration recommended that Chrysler recall 2.7 million older Jeep SUVs because the fuel tanks could rupture, leak and cause fires in rear-end crashes.

ATEX Certified Vacuums For Hazardous Locations

June 28, 2013 10:01 am | Videos | Comments

Electrically bonded components, static conductive attachments, and multiple grounding options eliminate static electricity at the source. Powered by compressed air, with no motors to spark or burnout, and no electric cords, Nortech Hazardous Location Vacuums generate exceptional vacuum lift and vacuum flow, and offer safe, effective, efficient performance.

Oil Pipe Defect Caused 2010 Qantas Engine Blowout

June 27, 2013 1:55 pm | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

The dramatic disintegration of a Qantas Airbus A380 jet engine during a flight in 2010 was triggered by a poorly built oil pipe that failed to conform to design specifications, Australian investigators said Thursday in their final report into the emergency. Rolls-Royce faced intense scrutiny of its engines, and A380s around the world were temporarily grounded.

U.S. Set To Suspend Bangladesh Trade Privileges

June 27, 2013 1:53 pm | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States is expected to suspend trade privileges for Bangladesh because of concerns over labor rights and worker safety that intensified after hundreds died there in the global garment industry's worst accident. Congressional aides said the Obama administration would make its announcement Thursday, the culmination of a yearslong review of labor conditions in the impoverished South Asian nation.

Federal Agency Finds Lax Regulation Of Chemicals

June 27, 2013 1:50 pm | by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal agency investigating a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant will tell a Senate committee Thursday that regulation of the dangerous chemicals used in the industry fall under a "patchwork" of standards that are decades old and are far weaker than rules used by other countries.

Report: Plant Explosion Released Toxic Chemicals

June 26, 2013 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The deadly June 13 explosion and fire at the Williams Olefins chemical plant in Geismar released more than 62,000 pounds of toxic chemicals during the accident that killed two workers and injured 114 others, according to a report filed with state environmental regulators.

IN Grain Elevator On Fire Day After Blast

June 26, 2013 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire broke out and thick black smoke billowed from a northwestern Indiana grain elevator a day after an explosion at the plant killed a worker. Facility owner Co-Alliance LLP says crews dismantling grain bins Tuesday at the Union Mills Co-op in Union Mills likely exposed smoldering grain to the wind. No injuries were reported.

Officials: 1 Dead In Explosion At Indiana Plant

June 25, 2013 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion at a fertilizer plant in northwest Indiana has killed one person. The LaPorte County Sheriff's Department confirmed that one person was killed in an explosion in Union Mills. Sheriff's Deputy Neil Lachmund says all other people are accounted for after the explosion Monday afternoon at the Union Mills Co-op.

June 2013: Taking Manufacturing High Tech

June 24, 2013 2:32 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Check out some of the latest in high tech manufacturing, including the manufacturing software environment and its growing ability to gather and analyze more data, manufacturing automation's march to dominate the plant floor, the importance of reliable material handling information to track the plant of the future, and the cost-saving implications of monitoring and managing facility energy usage.

Another Boeing 787 Flight Cut Short

June 24, 2013 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The pilots of a Boeing 787 that left Houston bound for Denver circled back to Houston after a mechanical problem. It's the third time in the past week that a flight involving Boeing's newest plane was cut short for a mechanical reason. A United Airlines spokeswoman said Monday that Flight 94 returned to Houston shortly after takeoff on Sunday because of "a brake indicator issue."

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