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April 25, 2014 | David Lazarus
Karen drives a 2003 Saturn Vue. She says it's experiencing the same ignition troubles that have resulted in the recall of about 2.6 million General Motors vehicles. So far, only the Saturn Ion and the Saturn Sky are part of the recall. The Vue is not. Karen wants to know what she should do in a situation like this. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions She's not alone. I found a number of other Vue owners online who say they, too, are experiencing ignition issues.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1999
Re "U.S. Recalls Pool Dive Toys Deemed as Health Hazard," June 25: The story tells us that more than 19 million pool dive sticks have been sold since 1979. And that in these 20 years, six children have been impaled. Four required emergency surgery. Of course it is very tragic that six children have been impaled; I notice that none died. My question is, if in 20 years only four children have been injured to the point of needing emergency surgery, why are they recalling these toys? It seems that statistically this is a very safe toy. Or do we now require 100% safety in toys?
BUSINESS
April 25, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
Never mind those embarrassing recalls. Automobile purchases are on the rise, one analyst says. Light-vehicle sales in the U.S. for April will be up 7.5%, according to a report just out from research group TrueCar . That's true even for General Motors, which spent much of the month embroiled in controversy involving the recall of cars with sometimes fatal ignition switch defects. GM sales for April 2014 are predicted to be up 6.5% from the same month last year. Toyota, which has had its own recall issues, was looking even better, with a predicted 13.5% increase in sales.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. is recalling more than 800,000 toy bears given away by the company's agents because they pose a choking hazard. The insurer received one report of a so-called Good Neigh Bear losing a plastic eye, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. The brown bears were distributed from September 2005 through March 2007. Information: (877) 226-8079, www.statefarm.com or www.cpsc.gov. Golden Chocolate International Inc. is recalling its Brighton Beach Candy because it might contain walnuts not listed on the label, posing a threat to people with allergies.
BUSINESS
February 17, 2008 | From Times Wires Services
Chattem Inc. is recalling all sizes and lots of the following Icy Hot Heat Therapy products: Icy Hot Heat Therapy Air Activated Heat -- Back; Icy Hot Heat Therapy Air Activated Heat -- Arm, Neck & Leg; and samples of Icy Hot Heat Therapy Air Activated Heat -- Arm, Neck & Leg, which were included as promotions in 3-ounce cartons of Aspercreme Pain Relieving Creme. They were recalled because the company has received reports of first-degree, second-degree and third-degree burns as well as skin irritation associated with using these products.
BUSINESS
July 27, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nissan Motor Co. is recalling 169,202 Sentra sedans in the U.S. to replace a brake cylinder that may leak fluid. An irregularity in some brake cylinders in 2007 and 2008 model-year Sentras may lead to a gap that allows fluid to leak into the brake-booster assembly, causing the brake-warning light to illuminate. If the warning lamp is ignored, one of the brake circuits on the vehicle may not operate as designed, increasing the risk of a crash. Torrance-based American Honda Motor Corp.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2001 | MELINDA FULMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
New laboratory tests have found that veggie burgers and meat-free corn dogs made by natural foods brand Morningstar Farms contain genetically modified soy and the controversial genetically altered feed corn, StarLink, that has not been approved for human consumption. The tests, commissioned by the activist group Greenpeace, highlight the difficulty that even natural foods companies are having in assuring customers that their products do not contain genetically modified ingredients. Kellogg Co.
NEWS
October 28, 1992 | BRIDGET BYRNE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"I know you heard it before, but it works," Dinah Shore said in response to the laughter that greeted her telling of an old joke. It was that sort of an evening: The old jokes still seemed funny, the old melodies still sounded romantic and everyone was happy to admit just how long they'd all known each other. Shore was emcee Friday night as the Society of Singers honored Tony Martin with its third "Ella Lifetime Achievement Award."
AUTOS
April 24, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Heavy spending to repair more than 6 million vehicles in the first quarter triggered an 88% plunge in General Motors Co. earnings for the period, compared to a year earlier. The nation's largest automaker said it earned just $108 million, or 8 cents a share, in the quarter, down from the $873 million in profits, or 63 cents a share, it collected in the same period in 2013. Revenue edged up a little more than 1% to $37.4 billion. “It is an understatement to say that the first quarter was challenging for General Motors,” said Mary Barra, the automaker's chief executive.  However, she said, that GM could still produce a profit was a testament to the strength of the company.  The earnings reflected a $1.3-billion charge to fix millions of vehicles recalled globally so far this year, including 2.6 million of GM's Chevrolet Cobalt and other older vehicles equipped with a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 deaths.
NEWS
April 24, 2014 | By Jay Jones, reporting from Las Vegas, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
Those instant cameras that Polaroid popularized in the mid-20th century (“Meet the Swinger! The Polaroid Swinger!”) are now right where they belong: in a museum in Las Vegas. You'll find the museum in the two-story Polaroid Fotobar shop at the Linq, the new entertainment and retail complex along the Strip. The Fotobar stores - there are four in Florida besides the Vegas location - offer photo gifts created from your own photography. Polaroid, its museum website says, was the Apple of its day. Its foldable SX-70, the low-cost Swinger ($19.95)
BUSINESS
April 23, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
General Motors' giant recall scandal looks to have a silver lining for GM dealers - millions of dollars in lucrative repair bills that their service departments can charge back to the nation's biggest automaker. The car company will pay dealers - independent businesses licensed to sell and repair GM vehicles - to fix up to 6 million vehicles recalled so far this year. The total includes 2.2 million of GM's Chevrolet Cobalt and other older vehicles equipped with a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 deaths.
SPORTS
April 22, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
He happens to be the kind of hard-working, energetic player coaches like and trust, so it is not entirely surprising that forward Colin Fraser was recalled by the Kings on Tuesday. The timing was slightly surprising, though, coming on the eve of Game 3 of the playoffs against the San Jose Sharks. Fraser had been sent down to the Kings' American Hockey League affiliate in Manchester, N.H., on Feb. 9, and it seemed like he might never get the call to come back. “There's always the hope you get called up,” Fraser said after Tuesday's morning skate at Staples Center.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2014 | By Andrea Chang and Tiffany Hsu
Wearable fitness trackers are in survival-of-the-fittest mode. Touted as the next big thing in technology, wearable tech has spawned a dizzying array of Internet-connected wristwatches and head-mounted devices. Leading the fledgling industry are fitness gadgets that count steps taken, calories burned and other measurements of activity. But in racing to meet the hype, many companies may have outpaced demand and rushed out products too soon. Nike said Monday that it plans to lay off a small number of employees who work on its line of FuelBand fitness accessories to "align resources with business priorities," signaling that the sporting equipment giant is scaling back its wearable hardware efforts.
NEWS
April 22, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The 1939 sailing of the German ship the St. Louis -- popularized in the book and movie "Voyage of the Damned" -- was a painful precursor to the Holocaust. Now, 75 years later, a November cruise will recall some of that ill-fated trip. The hopes of the 937 Jewish refugees who boarded the St. Louis in Hamburg, Germany, to flee Hitler's Nazi regime were dashed when their plan to land in Cuba and await transport to the U.S. was denied. The U.S. also didn't allow them to enter, and the ship was sent back to Europe.
AUTOS
April 21, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs to fix possible corrosion issues in the vehicles' suspension, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. At least it's not spiders. The recall affects Mazda Tributes from the 2001-04 model year, and only those sold or currently registered in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The vehicles are being recalled due to corrosion on a piece of the front suspension called the lower control arm. In some cases, the corrosion can cause the piece to separate, causing the loss of steering, the NHTSA said.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2014 | By David Pierson
Kraft Foods Group Inc. is recalling 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners because they may contain cheese, federal inspectors said. The recall, which amounts to nearly 1 million hot dogs, occurred after the Madison, Wis.,-based company labeled Classic Cheese Dogs incorrectly by distributing the product as the traditional cheese-free wiener. Cheese can act as an allergen because it contains milk, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a statement Sunday.
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