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US Investigates Fire Reports in Chevy Bolt Electric Vehicles

DETROIT — The U.S. government’s road safety agency is investigating complaints that the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle can catch fire. The probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers nearly 78,000 Bolts made by General Motors from the 2017 …

Nonprofits Urge Johnson & Johnson to Halt Sales of Baby Powder Globally

More than 170 nonprofit groups on Wednesday called for Johnson & Johnson to stop selling its talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder world-wide, citing concerns that it contains cancer-causing asbestos, according to a statement from advocacy group Black Women for Wellness. The …

Reuters Report: How Secrecy in Courts Stymies Product Safety Regulation

LEBANON, Ohio — Something wasn’t right with the Rhino. Reports started trickling in to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in 2005 of people being killed or injured in the Yamaha Motor Co. off-road vehicles when they tipped over. But …

Government Product Safety Czar Returns to South Carolina

After four years in Washington as the nation’s products safety czar, Inez Tenenbaum is coming home to the Columbia area, her life changed in ways large and small. “Now I’m always giving advice unsolicited to my friends and nieces and …

Addressing New Product Risks a Challenge for CPSC

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) faces major hurdles in addressing new product risks, according to a recent study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Currently the CPSC uses market surveillance and formal agreements to oversee new product safety; however, …

Older Passenger Jets Facing Tougher U.S. Safety Inspections

Airlines flying older jets are facing tougher, more time-consuming U.S. inspections after the fuselage of a Southwest Airlines jet ruptured last week, leaving a 5-foot hole and questions about how companies and regulators will manage aircraft fatigue. Addressing metal fatigue …

U.S. Judge to Dismiss Non-U.S. Drivers’ Claims Against Toyota

A U.S. judge said he would dismiss claims against Toyota Motor Corp. by non-U.S. car buyers who say their vehicles lost value because of manufacturing defects. Toyota has recalled 19 million vehicles globally since 2009 when it took the first …