CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1989 |
A Superior Court jury has awarded a Redding couple $9.7 million after determining that a battery manufacturer knowingly distributed defective batteries, one of which exploded when the husband tried to help a couple jump-start their car. The jury awarded general damages of $3.2 million on Thursday and punitive damages of $6.5 million on Friday to Gary and Mona Jones after finding that Johnson Controls Inc., manufacturer of the Die-Hard battery, and Sears Roebuck & Co. Inc.
June 7, 1994 |
Ford Motor Co. said Monday that the sodium sulfur battery remains promising for commercial electric cars despite two fires in test vehicles using the high-heat propulsion system. Ford last week grounded its fleet of 36 Ecostar test vehicles made with the sodium sulfur battery pending an investigation into the cause of the fires.
August 15, 2006 |
Dell Inc., the world's largest computer maker, acknowledged Monday that it would recall 4.1 million notebook computer batteries because they can overheat and sometimes catch fire. It would be the largest recall in the history of the consumer electronics industry. Dell's action will affect batteries in its notebooks sold between April 2004 and July 18, 2006. That includes 2.7 million battery packs sold in the U.S. and 1.4 million abroad. The recall, set to be announced today by Dell and the U.S.
May 10, 1995 |
Electric cars using lead-acid batteries could dramatically increase lead pollution in the country and set back a decades-long effort to eliminate the toxic substance from the environment, according to a study by three researchers for Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
January 5, 1991 |
The Big Three auto makers are forming a Manhattan Project-style research consortium with utilities, battery makers and the federal government to develop a cheap, durable battery capable of powering the non-polluting electric cars of the future, officials said Friday. The lack of such a battery is the most important technological impediment to a practical electric vehicle, said Roberta J. Nichols, a manager in Ford Motor Co.'s alternative fuels department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1990 |
John DeTomaso, a cargo employee for Pan American World Airways, thought he had a good idea on how to make a few extra bucks. So, in 1978, he paid $300 for unclaimed merchandise that the airline stored in bins and periodically sold to the public sight unseen. In the luck of the draw, two of his bins contained a surfboard, Indian-style costume jewelry and cheap clothing, he said. Another bin contained 13,000 watch batteries.
June 24, 1999 |
In a career that spanned 40 years in the auto industry, Robert A. Lutz often displayed a Hollywood flair for the dramatic. Take the 1992 Detroit auto show. Lutz, then the No. 2 executive at Chrysler Corp., unveiled the 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee by driving a cherry-red model through a plate-glass window.
November 3, 1992 |
"Got a jump?" Many a weary driver with a dead battery has uttered that plea. But finding someone with jumper cables willing to help out late at night or on the freeway median can be an impossible task. So Innova Electronics Corp. in Fountain Valley has introduced Power Charger, a cordless battery charger that brings cars back to life just by a plug's being inserted into a cigarette lighter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1992 |
UC Irvine scientists have created the world's smallest battery--so tiny that it is 1/100 the diameter of a red blood cell. The battery has not yet powered anything. But UCI chemists say once they find a way to harness its electrical charge, the battery could be an energy source for microscopic motors and transistors of the future.