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Chrysler Recalls Commercial Vans

October 7, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling 21,470 full-size commercial vans in the U.S. and Canada to fix a problem with the headrests.                                       

5 Killed in Blast at Illegal Fireworks Plant

October 6, 2014 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police say five people were killed early Monday in an explosion at an illegal fireworks factory in southern China.                                       

Feds Investigate Power Steering in Ford Midsize Cars

October 6, 2014 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints of power-assisted steering failure in three Ford Motor Co. midsize car models.                                   

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New Car Technology May Not Lower Insurance Rates

October 3, 2014 1:51 pm | by Dave Collins, The Associated Press | News | Comments

More cars and trucks are being equipped with cameras, radar, automatic braking, and other safety technology that help avoid accidents, but drivers may not see their insurance bills go down anytime soon, experts in the auto and insurance industries said.  

GM Issues 2 More Recalls

October 3, 2014 9:27 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors announced two more recalls, pushing its total for the year to 71, affecting almost 30 million vehicles in North America.                                 

Ebola Scare Means High Demand for Mask Manufacturer

October 2, 2014 12:24 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

A Texas company is one of the last in the U.S. to manufacture surgical masks. With concerns mounting in regards to Ebola, this company could be a strategic player in the battle against the virus.               

How To Select the Right Safety System for Manufacturing Applications

October 2, 2014 11:01 am | by Matt Dodds, OMRON Automation and Safety | Articles | Comments

The best safety device is the one that offers maximum safety with minimum impact on machine operations at the lowest possible cost. This article provides guidance and recommendations that will help in selecting appropriate safety device technologies for typical manufacturing applications. 

GM Announces Parts are Ready To Fix Small Recalled Cars

October 1, 2014 4:41 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

GM recalled 2.6 million small cars worldwide earlier this year to fix faulty ignition switches that are now blamed for at least 23 deaths nationwide. Barra said suppliers have made enough parts to fix all of the switches, but only 1.1 million small cars have had the repairs so far.

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Fire at Manufacturing Building Releases Toxic Chemicals

October 1, 2014 1:54 pm | by Manuel Valdes, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A large fire destroyed a manufacturing building in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, sending a large plume of black smoke over the city and prompting an effort to contain toxic chemicals.                   

Oil, Rail Industries Want 7 Years To Fix Tank Cars

September 30, 2014 4:19 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The oil and railroad industries are urging federal regulators to allow them as long as seven years to retrofit existing tank cars that transport highly volatile crude oil, a top oil industry official said Tuesday. The cars have ruptured and spilled oil during collisions, leading to intense fires.

Toyota Recalls 690K Pickups

September 30, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota says it is recalling 690,000 Tacoma pickup trucks because the rear leaf springs could break, puncture the gas tank and cause a fire.                               

Safety Agency Studying Toyota Acceleration Problem

September 29, 2014 2:08 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. safety agency is looking into a consumer's petition alleging that older Toyota Corollas can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds and cause crashes.                           

Ford Recalls 850,000 Cars

September 26, 2014 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 850,000 cars and SUVs because of a problem that could stop the air bags from working in a crash.                                     

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Chrysler Recalls Vehicles To Fix Ignition Switches

September 26, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling nearly 350,000 older cars and SUVs to fix defective ignition switches that can cause the vehicles to stall.                                   

North Dakota Calls For More Environmental Protections

September 26, 2014 9:39 am | by Josh Wood, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A top North Dakota public health official told a meeting of energy company representatives in Dickinson on Wednesday that more needs to be done to ensure environmental protections in the state amid its oil boom.            

Victims of GM Recall Given Two Choices: To Settle or Fight in Court

September 25, 2014 9:44 am | by Tom Krisher and Amy Forliti, The Associated Press | News | Comments

As General Motors begins to compensate the victims of crashes tied to faulty ignition switches, this week more than a dozen families were given a choice: accept a settlement, presumably in the millions of dollars, or fight GM in a potentially lengthy court battle.

Explosion at Nevada Plastic Manufacturing Plant

September 25, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say one employee is injured after an explosion at a plastics manufacturing business in Nevada.                                          

4 Injured in Gas Processing Plant Explosion

September 24, 2014 10:02 am | by Mead Gruver, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion at a natural gas storage tank injured four maintenance workers on Tuesday in western Wyoming, authorities said.                                    

Mexico Warns Arizona About River Spill

September 23, 2014 12:04 pm | by Astrid Galvan, Bob Christie, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities are testing water from the San Pedro River in southern Arizona that may be contaminated with toxic waste that traveled north after a massive copper mine spill in Mexico this summer.               

'Chrysler Should Recall Them All,' Says Safety Advocate

September 22, 2014 4:22 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling almost 189,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in the U.S. to fix a fuel pump problem that can cause the SUVs to stall, but a safety advocate claims this is not enough.               

GM Experts Now Reporting 21 Deaths Eligible for Compensation

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

The death toll from crashes involving General Motors small cars with faulty ignition switches is at least 21.                                         

CT Panel Quizzes Millstone Over Safety

September 19, 2014 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A citizens' panel that oversees safety issues at Millstone Power Station closely questioned representatives of the nuclear plant about whether three recent federal inspections signal a problem with the plant's operation.         

Bankruptcy Judge Approves WV Spill Settlement

September 19, 2014 9:28 am | by Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge in West Virginia has approved a $2.9 million settlement to benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in a January chemical spill.                          

OSHA Announces Top 10 Violations for 2014

September 16, 2014 4:23 pm | by National Safety Council | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2014.                 

AZ Plant Surveyed After Explosion

September 16, 2014 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A crew from Nestlé Purina is assessing damage from a grain-dust explosion that injured four contract workers at the company's plant in Flagstaff, Arizona.                           

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