November 25, 2011 |
For General Motors Co., the Chevrolet Volt may be generating the wrong kind of spark. Federal officials on Friday launched a formal safety defect investigation into GM's plug-in hybrid vehicle after crash tests on several Volts and their batteries resulted in fires. In one case, a fire that started in one of the test vehicles consumed three others parked nearby. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it was "concerned" that damage to the Volt's batteries sustained in tests designed to replicate real-world crash scenarios resulted in the vehicles' catching fire.
April 22, 2012 |
Tenderly, the lover caressed his beloved. So pale, so smooth. He tilted his head forward, the better to inhale that scent - rich and enticing. Fingertip to spine, feeling every contour, he pressed his face closer - and turned a page. I don't know what you were thinking about, but I was talking about a book. A real book. The Kindle and its ilk are just gizmos with pixilated screens. Hit the off button and its borrowed character vanishes. A genuine book has a soul of its own. It is tactile, beautiful, accessible.
July 13, 2013 |
Investigators have no found evidence that the internal fire that sent smoke billowing through a parked and empty Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner in London on Friday was linked to problematic aircraft batteries, Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch said on Saturday. In a statement, the agency said that "it is clear that this heat damage is remote from the area in which the aircraft main and APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) batteries are located, and, at this stage, there is no evidence of a direct causal relationship.
September 13, 1992
A word of warning: Smoke detectors in motel rooms may not have batteries. My daughter and I discovered this after escaping from a 4 a.m. fire in British Columbia. We heard no alarm--someone knocked at our door and saved many lives. At our next stop the motel manager said the motel had detectors. Unfortunately, there were no batteries in them. PATRICIA MELNIKER Los Angeles
October 31, 2008 |
Computer makers are recalling 100,000 laptop battery packs made by Sony Corp. after 40 reports of overheating, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The recall applies to Sony 2.15Ah lithium-ion cell batteries made in Japan and sold in laptops made by Hewlett-Packard Co., Dell Inc. and Toshiba Corp. Some incidents involved smoke or flames, according to Sony. Details, including laptop model numbers, are posted on the commission's website at www.cpsc.gov.
March 26, 2008 |
Dell Inc. said Tuesday that the computer industry was experiencing a shortage of batteries for laptop models in part because of a recent fire at a major supplier. The computer maker said it was working with other suppliers to limit any price increases. Dell, the world's second-largest PC maker after Hewlett-Packard Co.