Barely weeks after agreeing to an unprecedented criminal penalty for hiding safety defects from consumers, Toyota Motor Corporation has announced a global recall of nearly 6.4 million vehicle for problems with airbags or seats that could move in a crash.
According to a report in The New York Times, the recall includes nearly 1.8 million vehicles in the United States.
This recall comes at a time when General Motors is facing a criminal investigation over its decade-long failure to recall millions of cars to fix an ignition issue that has been linked to 13 deaths.
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Ten high school students were killed in a fiery bus accident in Orland, California, after a FedEx tractor-trailer crossed a grassy freeway median and slammed into the bus the evening of April 10, 2014. According to an Associated Press news report, many of the more than 40 students who were on a trip from Los Angeles to Humboldt State University, were able to escape through a window that someone kicked open and ran to the other side of the Interstate 5 before the bus exploded and burst into flames.
Crash Involved Three Vehicles
California Highway Patrol officials say the driver of the FedEx tractor-trailer was among those dead in the crash. Investigators are still working to identify the other deceased victims. The bus was carrying between 44 and 48 students, four chaperones and the driver. The crash happened on the interstate near Orland, about 100 miles north of Sacramento.
The bus was one of two that the admissions office at Humboldt State University had chartered to bring prospective students from Southern California to tour the Arcata campus. The bus involved in this crash was owned by Silverado Stages, a San Luis Obispo-based tour bus company. First responders reported that 37 people suffered injuries in the crash ranging from minor to severe burns, broken legs and noses and head lacerations.
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The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) is seeking an order asking Newport Beach-based Hixson metal finishing plant to reduce chromium 6 emissions as soon as possible. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the facility poses an “unacceptably high” cancer risk to nearby residents. AQMD is asking its independent hearing board to order the company to reduce its chromium 6 emissions “on an expedited schedule.”
The Times article states that the metal finishing plant is located next to an apartment building in a neighborhood with homes and businesses near the border with Costa Mesa. The AQMD monitored the emissions and found a cancer risk of as much as 540 in 1 million. From the roof of the carport at the apartment building, the risk was as high as 375 per 1 million. AQMD officials say that risk level is “unacceptably high.” Hixson officials have said that the company will work with the air district to comply with pollution rules. Read the rest »
In 2005, General Motors Co. made a conscious decision – to not change the design of a defective ignition switch eventually linked to 13 deaths. According to a Reuters news report, the automaker saved less than $1 per car by putting off that switch redesign, which could have saved lives and prevented injuries. This information came out through an internal GM document provided to U.S. congressional investigators.
Documents Shed Light on Cost of Fix
Lawmakers have been questioning GM CEO Mary Barra about the company’s failure to recall 2.6 million cars for faulty ignition switches that could cut off engines and disable airbags, power steering and power brakes. GM knew about the problem more than a decade ago.
Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette cited a 2005 GM document during the hearings, which she said, showed a cost of 57 cents per fix. Although Reuters could not get a copy of that document, they obtained another one which showed that the change in ignition switch design would have cost an extra 90 cents per vehicle and additional tooling costs of $400,000 overall spread over several years. Read the rest »
Chrysler is recalling more than 850,000 SUVs because of a possible braking issue.
According to a news report in The New York Times, the recall covers 2011 to 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango models including about 644,000 in the United States.
The automaker informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about the recall.
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Minnesota-based Parkers Farm Acquisition, LLC has issued a massive recall for foods believed to be contaminated with listeria.
According to a press release issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the company is recalling certain peanut butter, cheese and salsa spreads after the state Department of Agriculture’s product sampling determined some of the products to be contaminated with listeria.
So far, there have been no reports of illnesses associated with the consumption of these products that were sold nationwide at a number of retail and wholesale outlets including Costco, Target, Whole Foods and Wal-Mart.
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