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Takata Expects Worse Red Ink Amid Global Air-Bag Woes

February 5, 2015 9:44 am | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Takata Corp., the Japanese seat belt and air-bag maker at the center of a defect scandal, is expecting more red ink for the fiscal year through March.                             

Exposure to Common Pesticide Linked to ADHD

February 5, 2015 9:34 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

A pesticide that’s often used in and around homes across the U.S. has now been linked to an increased risk of ADHD.                                       

Death Reported at Altoids and Life Savers Plant

February 4, 2015 2:45 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The Chattanooga Wrigley Manufacturing plant, the home of Altoids and Life Savers, has had a reputation for being dangerous; however it seems to have solidified it this past week when a 54-year old man died on the job, making it the second employee death at the plant within the last 16 months.

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GM 2014 Profit Falls 26 Percent to $2.8B on Recall Costs

February 4, 2015 2:44 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

If it weren't for the recalls, 2014 would have been a stellar year for General Motors. Even with $2.8 billion in pretax costs to fix more than 30 million recalled vehicles and $400 million set aside for death and injury claims, GM still managed to turn a $2.8 billion profit.

The Challenges of Defining 'Dangerous'

February 4, 2015 2:18 pm | by Adam Gittler | Articles | Comments

In 2008, General Motors conducted internal training for its engineers on how to document product risks, including bans of the words 'defect' and 'problem.' Well-intended or a shameful legal dodge, the training skirted around the problem instead of attacking it head-on. 

Health, Industry Groups Spar Over Ozone Rule

February 4, 2015 10:10 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Health advocates and environmental groups are urging federal officials to adopt stricter limits on ozone, while an industry group argued taking that step would needlessly hamper manufacturing.                  

Are Families Accepting GM's Compensation Offers?

February 3, 2015 2:16 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

This weekend was General Motors' deadline to submit claims for compensation from auto-related deaths and injuries. Ken Feinberg, the man in charge of the compensation fund, discusses how families reacted to the offers extended by GM.     

How Obama Would Spend Your Money in 2016, Agency by Agency

February 2, 2015 4:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Here's an agency-by-agency look at how President Barack Obama would spend Americans' money in the 2016 budget year beginning Oct. 1.                                 

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Jeep Recalls 228K Cherokees for Air Bag Problem

February 2, 2015 4:26 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jeep is recalling more than 228,000 SUVs worldwide to fix a software problem that can cause side air bags to inflate for no reason.                                  

How to Achieve Safer Manufacturing in 2015

February 2, 2015 2:50 pm | by Christina Chatfield | Articles | Comments

No matter what type of manufacturing business you run, you should always be looking for ways to make your operations safer. To start out the new year safely, take a look at a couple of the major causes of incidents in 2014 and see how these accidents could have been prevented.

Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises to at Least 51

February 2, 2015 11:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 51 families will get payments from General Motors due to fatal crashes caused by faulty small-car ignition switches, and that number is almost certain to rise.                       

Fire at Plastics Factory Kills at Least 13

February 2, 2015 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say at least 13 people are dead after a fire swept through a plastic packaging factory in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka.           

More Than 2M Vehicles Recalled a 2nd Time for Faulty Air Bags

February 2, 2015 10:15 am | by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles are being recalled for a second fix for faulty air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running.                       

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CSB Urges OSHA for Combustible Dust Regulations in Wake of Ink Plant Fire Report

January 30, 2015 2:29 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

It took just minutes for a flash fire near a bag dump station inside a New Jersey ink plant to set off an orange fireball that engulfed seven workers. Now, after releasing its report of the incident, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is blaming outdated combustible dust regulations for contributing to the accident, and urging OSHA to respond with national rules.

Pipeline Ruptures Plague Oil and Gas Industry

January 30, 2015 10:41 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

This week, a pipe in West Virginia became at least the fifth to rupture so far this year, exacerbating concerns about structural weaknesses and lax oversight in the industry.                     

Exploding Air Bag May Have Killed Texas Man

January 30, 2015 10:04 am | by Tom Krisher, Juan Lozano, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety regulators are looking into the death of a Texas man who may be the latest victim of exploding automobile air bags made by Takata Corp. of Japan.                         

New Safety Reports Show Cars are Safer Than Ever Before

January 29, 2015 2:38 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

With all the news of recalls it is understandable that some would believe that cars are not as safe as they used to be. However, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is here to say that those concerns are actually quite unfounded, and cars are safer now than they have ever been. 

Nissan Recalls SUVs to Fix Electrical Shorts, Hood Latches

January 28, 2015 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling nearly 768,000 SUVs worldwide to fix faulty hood latches and electrical shorts that could cause fires.                                     

VW, Audi, Porsche Issue Recalls for Fuel Leaks

January 27, 2015 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen, which owns all three brands, says vibration during driving, and production issues can cause small leaks in rare cases. VW and Audi said they were not aware of any fires or injuries caused by the problem in the U.S.       

Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises to at Least 50

January 26, 2015 2:29 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

With only five days left before the deadline to seek payments, compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg has decided that 50 death cases are eligible for money due to crashes caused by faulty General Motors ignition switches.         

Report Says BPA is Safe: Will This Change the Game?

January 22, 2015 1:50 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Blogs | Comments

To BPA or not to BPA? That is the question … no one can exactly agree on. But maybe that’s about to change. In a just-released report, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that bisphenol A poses “no consumer health risk” to anyone at any age.     

EPA Adds Restrictions to Toxic PFOA Chemicals

January 22, 2015 9:35 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced proposed measures to keep perflourinated chemicals from re-entering the U.S. marketplace.                               

Ford CEO Talks About Data Security

January 20, 2015 3:21 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

As more and more car companies look to autonomous driving and other advanced technologies, questions surrounding data security become extremely important for the privacy and safety of the customer and car companies. Because of this, Mark Fields, Ford CEO, explains how Ford is working to protect its customer and company data. 

Ford CEO Talks About Hiring Ethicist to Focus on Driverless Cars

January 16, 2015 2:44 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Ford CEO Mark Fields talks to Poppy Harlow about his company's future with driverless cars, and why they present such an ethical conundrum.                               

Recalls of the Week: Wrapping Up a Record Year

January 16, 2015 2:36 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | News | Comments

So far, 2015 is off to a pretty good start in terms of recalls, at least compared to last year. Last year was a spectacularly bad year in recalls.                               

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