Scores of Japanese-owned factories and stores in China were shuttered Tuesday as anti-Japan demonstrations erupted in dozens of cities. At stake are billions of dollars in investments and far more in sales and trade between Japan and China, the world's third- and second-largest economies. The two are so closely entwined that both would suffer from any long-term disruptions.
Ford Motor Co. is recalling some of its 2012 Edge vehicles because of concerns that the fuel line could leak and potentially cause a fire. The recall affects about 5,500 vehicles made between Sept. 2, 2010, and Oct. 31, 2011.The Edge is a midsized SUV, and the affected vehicles have 2-liter engines.
Government safety regulators are investigating Ford's Crown Victoria police cars due to complaints about defective steering columns. The probe affects about 195,000 cars from the 2005 through 2008 model years. The government has received three complaints that part of the steering column can separate and cause loss of steering control.
A Pakistani court has granted bail to three owners of a garment factory in the southern city of Karachi where a fire this week killed 258 people, a defense lawyer said Friday. Amir Mansoob Qureshi said the judge instructed the police that the factory owners cannot be arrested for eight days under bail terms. The court also asked the owners to surrender their passports and ordered them not to leave the country, the lawyer said.
Nissan Motor Co. says it is recalling 51,000 cars worldwide after a defect caused a steering wheel in one of its models sold in Finland to become detached. Nissan Nordic Europe spokeswoman Taina Erkkila says the defect likely would mean replacing parts in some 600 recalled vehicles.
Part of a Boeing factory was evacuated for hours Tuesday after a threatening note was found, but a police search turned up nothing suspicious. About 500 employees had to leave the part of the factory where the H-47 Chinook helicopter is made, according to spokesman Damien Mills, who declined to elaborate on the nature of the threat.
A worker is recovering from injuries suffered in an explosion at a manufacturing plant in southwest Virginia. Media outlets say the explosion occurred Tuesday at Pemco Corp.'s plant in Bluefield. Bluefield Fire Department Chief Jim Hardy says the worker suffered burns on his hands, face and chest. He was transported to a hospital in Bristol, Va.
A security guard at a Philadelphia food plant says he opened the gate for an armed employee before a shooting that left two people dead. Guard Mark Bentley is testifying at Yvonne Hiller's double-murder trial about the night Hiller was suspended from Kraft Foods in September 2010.
The Navy has been cited for safety violations that exposed hundreds of employees at an aircraft hangar in Coronado to toxic materials such as lead, cadmium and beryllium, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday.
Police in southern India arrested 11 employees of a fireworks factory on Thursday, a day after a massive blaze at the facility killed 40 workers and injured 60 others. The arrests came as grieving relatives cremated the charred bodies of their loved ones, who died Wednesday when the fire blew up large amounts of firecrackers and raw materials stored at the factory.
Ford is recalling about 7,600 Escape SUVs to fix coolant leaks that can cause fires. The recall affects 2013 Escapes with 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines. Plugs that fill holes in the engine may not have been put in properly and can fall out while the motor is running. Coolant can leak and cause the engines to overheat.
Regulators have proposed more than $104,000 in penalties for Tyson Foods because of safety violations the regulators say were found at a Nebraska beef plant where a worker was fatally injured. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson was cited for seven violations at its Dakota City plant.
General Motors Co. is recalling nearly 45,000 of its 2012 Chevrolet Sonic subcompact cars because of a defect that could prevent washer fluid from spraying on the car's windshield. The recall covers certain 2012 Sonics manufactured from May 5, 2011 through Feb. 24, 2012. GM says the windshield wiper hose on these cars may separate from the washer fluid reservoir.
A National Transportation Safety Board investigator said long time frames for fixes are not uncommon, because of the inconvenience involved in grounding planes for repairs. And an FAA spokeswoman said the four-year window was determined by the estimated 46 hours required to fix each jet. Safety regulators put the cost at $6,000 per plane.
Nissan is recalling about 7,800 Infiniti SUVs because the fuel gauges can show gas in the tank when there isn't any. The recall affects the JX35 from the 2013 model year. A tube inside the gas tank could be in the wrong place. That could prevent a float from dropping as fuel is used, causing an inaccurate reading on the dashboard fuel gauge.
Authorities in central Illinois are working to determine what led to the death of a 48-year-old Heyworth man after a fall last week at a Cargill Inc. soybean-processing plant. Cargill spokesman Mark Klein says Burleson was in the elevator area where the soybeans are stored and apparently fell onto a lower level.
General Motors and Isuzu are recalling more than 258,000 SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix short-circuits in power-window and door-lock switches that can cause fires. The recall covers Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 97-X SUVs from the 2006 and 2007 model years.
Electric-car maker Fisker Automotive is recalling about 2,400 Karma sports sedans to fix cooling fans that can catch fire. The recall comes after Fisker and a private fire investigation firm finished probing an Aug. 10 fire in a Karma in Woodside, Calif.
U.S. safety regulators are investigating the Nissan Versa subcompact car because an air bag may fail to inflate in crashes. The probe affects about 100,000 Versas from the 2012 model year. A cable can get pinched in the steering column and cause the problem, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The pinched cable will set off a warning light on the dashboard.
Chrysler is recalling nearly 1,700 Dodge Durango SUVs because the rear side air bags may not work in a crash.
An Australian importer recalled 23,000 Chinese-made cars after asbestos was found inside engine and exhaust gaskets, the nation's consumer watchdog said.
Johnson & Johnson plans to remove potentially cancer-causing and other dangerous chemicals from nearly all its adult toiletries and cosmetic products worldwide within 3 1/2 years.
As any on-site manager can tell you, proper cleaning is vital to the safe and successful operational performance of any industrial or institutional facility.
General Motors is recalling more than 10,000 full-size vans in the U.S. and Canada because the fuel filler pipes can rust, leak, and cause fires.