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2.2M Bean Bag Chairs Recalled After Deaths

August 22, 2014 11:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after two children opened them, crawled inside and suffocated to death.                                      

Coal Gas Boom in China Holds Climate Change Risks

August 22, 2014 9:34 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The coal-to-gas plants are part of a controversial energy revolution China hopes will help it churn out desperately needed natural gas and electricity while cleaning up the toxic skies above the country's eastern cities.         

Ford Recalling More Than 160K Vehicles

August 22, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The largest recall involves 159,395 Focus ST and Escape vehicles from the 2013 and 2014 model years. Ford says their engines could hesitate or stall because of a wiring problem.                     

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Outdoor Rubber Stair Tread

August 21, 2014 10:23 am | by Musson Rubber Company | Product Releases | Comments

Musson outdoor rubber stair treads, made from recycled rubber, are an excellent solution to make steps safe even during wet and snowy conditions.

Honda Recalls Fit To Boost Crash Resistance

August 21, 2014 10:17 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Honda is recalling 12,000 Fit subcompacts to replace the steel front bumper beams so the cars are more crash-resistant.                                      

Report Compares Food Traceability Regulations of 21 Countries

August 20, 2014 2:11 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

A new report evaluates the traceability regulations and requirements of 21 countries, including the U.S., Canada and the EU among others.                                 

Testing Phase Begins for 'Talking' Car Technology

August 20, 2014 2:06 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Nearly 1,100 lives could be saved every year on the roads by cars that "talk" to each other. The government is out with new findings on V2V, or vehicle to vehicle, technology.                        

Improving Car Safety With LEDs

August 20, 2014 1:48 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Entrepreneur Michael Haas lights up LEDs to improve car safety with a system he invented called Haas Perimeter Lighting Technology.                                  

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Linemen Belts and Harnesses

August 20, 2014 9:51 am | by Capital Safety | Product Releases | Comments

Internal support straps raise the center of gravity to the top of the belt, helping to avoid inverting and improving safety. 

Man Killed in Accident at New York Plant

August 19, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say a 28-year-old man has been killed in an accident involving heavy equipment being moved at a northern New York manufacturing plant.                              

Agency Opens Probe Into Fire Truck Recall

August 19, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether a recall of 156 fire trucks last year was enough to fix a problem with aerial ladders that can unexpectedly fall.                          

Recaro Recalls Child Safety Seats

August 19, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Recaro is recalling more than 39,000 child safety seats because they can let a child's head move too far in a crash.                                       

U.S. Wants To Make Cars Talk To Each Other

August 18, 2014 2:23 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions.          

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Land Owners Join Child Cancer Cluster Suit Against Whirlpool Corp.

August 18, 2014 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The owners of polluted land in northern Ohio are joining a civil lawsuit filed by families whose children have been among dozens sickened in a cancer cluster.                           

August: Contract Manufacturing

August 15, 2014 10:30 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we take you inside the KEEN utility boot factory, get tips on choosing the right contract manufacturer and help you pick the right abrasive.   

Ex-peanut Plant Head Says He Lied About Salmonella

August 15, 2014 9:49 am | by Kate Brumback, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former manager of a south Georgia peanut processing plant blamed for a deadly salmonella outbreak lied to federal investigators to protect the company he worked for but decided to come clean after realizing how many people had been sickened, he testified Thursday.

Ford Recalls More Than 83,000 Cars and SUVs

August 15, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling 83,250 vehicles because a faulty part could cause them to lose power or roll away if they're parked.                                      

Ebola Puts Focus on Drugs Made in Tobacco Plants

August 15, 2014 9:35 am | by Malcom Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

It's an eye-catching angle in the story of an experimental treatment for Ebola: The drug comes from tobacco plants that were turned into living pharmaceutical factories.                         

OSHA: Flammables Wrongly Put in Factory Oven Pre-blast

August 14, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety officials say a worker wrongly put parts coated with flammable materials into an electric oven before it exploded at a Mersen USA plant in Pennsylvania, killing a visiting employee.                

Problems for The Tesla Model S

August 13, 2014 1:50 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Tesla Model S was once the darling of Consumer Reports, but a recent article states that the car now "has more than its share of problems."                                  

Land Rover Recalling Nearly 41,000 Vehicles

August 13, 2014 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jaguar Land Rover North America is recalling nearly 41,000 vehicles because the front air bag on the passenger's side might not work properly in a crash.                            

Asbestos Pushed in Asia as Product for the Poor

August 12, 2014 10:19 am | by Katy Daigle, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

In India, the world's biggest asbestos importer, it's a $2 billion industry with double-digit annual growth, at least 100 manufacturing plants and some 300,000 jobs.                         

GM Issues 6 More Recalls Covering 312,000 Vehicles

August 12, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The recalls in North America pushed GM's total for the year to 66, covering just over 29 million cars and trucks.                                        

U.S. Agency Slow To Move On Investigation Requests

August 11, 2014 3:06 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

People are waiting longer than they should for an answer when they petition the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to open an investigation into what could be serious safety problems.               

Crash Of Iranian-Built Plane Brings Production Into Question

August 11, 2014 11:01 am | by Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press | News | Comments

A locally built Iranian passenger plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Tehran on Sunday, killing 39 people and reviving questions about the safety of a cash-strapped aviation sector left hobbled by international sanctions.      

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