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BUSINESS
August 30, 2000 | TERRIL YUE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's already been a horrific week for Masatoshi Ono, chief executive of beleaguered tire maker Bridgestone/Firestone. Three weeks into a company recall of 6.5 million potentially defective tires, Ono was ordered to give a deposition in a wrongful-death trial, had four congressional investigators nosing around his corporate offices and became engaged in a public dispute with Ford Motor Co., his biggest customer, over the necessity of a recall of Firestone tires in South America.
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NEWS
November 29, 2000 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Another drug launched with "fast-track" government approval was withdrawn on Tuesday, marking the 10th time in three years that a prescription medicine has been banished in the United States for safety reasons. The drug, Lotronex, was approved nine months ago for treating irritable bowel syndrome in women. The withdrawal was announced by Glaxo Wellcome Inc. after the Food and Drug Administration received voluntary reports linking the company's drug to five deaths and additional bowel surgeries.
BUSINESS
March 13, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
GT Bicycles Inc. said Thursday that it is recalling about 10,000 Speed Series, Robinson Pro and Amtrac bicycles and frame sets made and sold over the past four years. The company said it learned of 17 reported cracks in frames, resulting in two injuries, when the BMX bikes were used for rigorous jumps and the related stresses of "more aggressive" riding. The bicycles and frames were sold between November 1994 and last month for $300 to $450 for frame kits and $600 and $1,450 for bicycles.
BUSINESS
June 5, 1996 | From Associated Press
The government told Chrysler Corp. on Tuesday to recall more than 91,000 Chryslers and Dodges because of unsafe seat belts, then went to court to enforce the order after the company refused to go along. Chrysler told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration months ago that it would not comply with any recall of the 1995 cars.
NEWS
August 16, 1990 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The family of a man who lapsed into a coma three weeks ago after gulping down a cocaine-laced Colombian soft drink has reversed their decision to disconnect his respirator after seeing movement in his arm and leg for the second consecutive day Wednesday. Doctors say 25-year-old Maximo Rene Menendez is brain dead. But on Tuesday his mother, who was moments away from giving approval to have her son removed from a respirator, saw him move slightly.
BUSINESS
December 10, 1990 | KATHY M. KRISTOF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Walt Disney Co. is known for wholesome movies, family theme parks and Mickey Mouse. Now the Burbank-based company may have a less attractive claim to fame. Its Steve the Tramp action figure--inspired by the Dick Tracy movie--has been ranked the year's most "warped" toy by an Episcopal priest. And this weekend, after a protest by activists for the homeless, a national toy store chain pulled the doll from its shelves.
NEWS
March 23, 1990 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday expanded its recall of the dietary supplement L-tryptophan to include even small dosages, declaring that the substance poses a "major public health problem" and can be fatal. The agency cited 1,411 reported cases of the newly recognized condition eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome, or EMS, which has been linked to L-tryptophan. Nineteen deaths have been reported. "EMS can cripple. It can cause great pain.
NEWS
January 22, 1989
The Stater Brothers market chain recalled some of its house-brand ice cream because of possible exposure to ammonia from a refrigerant leak during manufacture. Staters spokesman Tom Reingrover said the half-gallon packages affected contain golden vanilla and chocolate ice cream and are marked with the code number 092289. "It's strictly a precautionary thing," he said. "We found very little product affected."
BUSINESS
January 9, 1998 | Russ Stanton
A unit of GT Bicycles Inc. is recalling about 5,500 Tag-A-Long bicycle trailers because of a faulty universal joint that can cause the trailers to become separated from the bicycles, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday. Riteway Products, the parts and accessories unit of GT, makes the Cycle Design Tag-A-Long, a one-wheel bike that attaches to a larger bicycle. The model is popular with parents who have smaller children.
NEWS
February 10, 1990 | From The Washington Post
The entire American stock of Perrier mineral water, a bubbly beverage drawn from a spring in France, is being recalled after benzene was found in some samples. Ronald V. Davis, president of Perrier Group of America Inc., said experts have advised that short-term consumption "poses no significant health risks to the general population." However, he said in a statement issued Friday night: "We're trying to act aggressively and responsibly in the interests of the public."
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