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February 1, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
AUTOS The U.S. government is conducting safety investigations of nearly 1 million General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. vehicles that may have faulty springs or engine components. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration upgraded a probe of 411,779 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sables from the 2000 and 2001 model years after 747 complaints that a rear spring broke.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
A local congressman called on federal officials Wednesday to assess the overall safety of Santa Monica Airport, where a private jet veered off the runway and slammed into a hangar, killing four people. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles) asked Deborah A. P. Hersman, who heads the National Transportation Safety Board, to broaden the agency's investigation beyond determining the cause of Sunday evening's crash. Waxman also raised concerns about the shutdown of the federal government and its impact on the NTSB's investigation, which has been suspended.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1990 | THIA BELL
As a result of a fatal Nov. 8 fire in a Meiners Oaks nursing home, officials have launched a safety investigation of 65 other state-licensed care facilities in unincorporated areas of the county. The Shangri-La Guest Home did not have permits to convert a garage into a bedroom where Victor Rose, 73, was burned, and a smoke detector system in the home was not properly installed, said William Windroth, head of the Ventura County Building and Safety Division.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2013 | By Joe Piasecki, Los Angeles Times
A state probe into the widespread power outages caused by a furious 2011 windstorm was unable to determine whether toppled utility poles met safety standards because Southern California Edison destroyed most of them before they could be inspected. The winds that roared through the San Gabriel Valley knocked down hundreds of utility poles, snapped cables and uprooted scores of trees, leaving nearly a quarter of a million Edison customers without power, some for a full week. In a report released Monday, the California Public Utilities Commission found that at least 21 poles were unstable because of termite destruction, dry rot or other damage before tumbling over in wind gusts of up to 120 mph on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2011.
NEWS
April 4, 1989 | From United Press International
The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday ordered the operators of the troubled Rancho Seco nuclear power plant to delay restarting the nuclear reactor pending a federal investigation into concerns that the plant could be unsafe. New questions about the plant's safety are raised in a letter from the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, an Atlanta-based group made up of nuclear plant owners, NRC spokesman Greg Cook said.
NEWS
July 30, 1989
The head of a forensic team who did autopsies on all 111 victims killed in a United Airlines plane crash agrees with flight attendants who said that airliner seat rows need to be farther apart. Iowa State Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Bennett also said in Des Moines that about half of those killed in the July 19 crash of a DC-10 at Sioux City died from smoke inhalation and the rest from head, neck and chest injuries.
BUSINESS
December 17, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Federal safety regulators have opened an investigation into steering problems with the Saturn Ion. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has received 633 complaints alleging sudden loss of power assist to the steering in Saturn Ion vehicles from the 2004-2007 model years. About a third of the complaints to NHTSA were filed in the last six months. The cars were manufactured and sold by General Motors Co. but the automaker scuttled the brand and closed its operations last year as part of its bankruptcy reorganization.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
A local congressman called on federal officials Wednesday to assess the overall safety of Santa Monica Airport, where a private jet veered off the runway and slammed into a hangar, killing four people. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles) asked Deborah A. P. Hersman, who heads the National Transportation Safety Board, to broaden the agency's investigation beyond determining the cause of Sunday evening's crash. Waxman also raised concerns about the shutdown of the federal government and its impact on the NTSB's investigation, which has been suspended.
BUSINESS
February 24, 1998 | From Associated Press
A government safety agency is investigating the air-bag systems on 780,000 General Motors cars and 375,000 Chrysler vehicles after receiving nearly 200 complaints that the safety devices opened inadvertently. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has gotten 194 consumer complaints that air bags deployed while motorists were simply driving or when a car tire hit a pothole, debris or a curb, according to a government report released Monday.
NEWS
August 5, 2000 | From Associated Press
An investigation has begun into the death of a seasonal firefighter who was killed when a helicopter crashed after takeoff in eastern Nevada. The Bell 206 Jet Ranger helicopter had been carrying water and supplies at the 3,600-acre Charlie fire in Elko County when it took off about 7 p.m. Thursday to return to Wells for the night. The helicopter rolled out of control upon taking off and the main rotor hit the ground, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2012 | Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County's barren High Desert has long attracted those seeking seclusion in wide-open spaces, far beyond the reach of power lines, sewer pipes and pavement. For many of these self-described "desert rats," self-sufficiency is a matter of survival and pride: Solar panels and wind turbines provide power, enormous storage tanks provide water and a motley assortment of trailers, outbuildings and vehicles provides shelter from the withering sun. But this "live free" mind-set is coming under increasing attack as county investigators crack down on code violations and nuisance complaints in the far-flung north.
BUSINESS
December 17, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Federal safety regulators have opened an investigation into steering problems with the Saturn Ion. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has received 633 complaints alleging sudden loss of power assist to the steering in Saturn Ion vehicles from the 2004-2007 model years. About a third of the complaints to NHTSA were filed in the last six months. The cars were manufactured and sold by General Motors Co. but the automaker scuttled the brand and closed its operations last year as part of its bankruptcy reorganization.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2009 | Ralph Vartabedian and Ken Bensinger
More than 1,000 Toyota and Lexus owners have reported since 2001 that their vehicles suddenly accelerated on their own, in many cases slamming into trees, parked cars and brick walls, among other obstacles, a Times review of federal records has found. The crashes resulted in at least 19 deaths and scores of injuries over the last decade, records show. Federal regulators say that is far more than any other automaker has experienced. Owner complaints helped trigger at least eight investigations into sudden acceleration in Toyota and Lexus vehicles by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the last seven years.
BUSINESS
February 1, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
AUTOS The U.S. government is conducting safety investigations of nearly 1 million General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. vehicles that may have faulty springs or engine components. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration upgraded a probe of 411,779 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sables from the 2000 and 2001 model years after 747 complaints that a rear spring broke.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2002 | JANET WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Bernardino County fire that roared across Interstate 15 this week was deliberately set by one or more arsonists, investigators said Friday. "There were multiple points of ignition," said U.S. Forest Service fire information officer Ruth Wenstrom. "One of the locations was in the center divider of the freeway," said another forest service officer, Melody Lardner. The fire, which has charred 6,758 acres and cost nearly $2.6 million to suppress, was expected to be contained by Friday evening.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2002 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An accidental buildup of flammable gas triggered the explosion and fire that destroyed two UC Irvine chemistry labs last July in a $3.5-million blaze that could have been less severe had the building been fitted with automatic sprinklers, UCI officials said Friday. The likely culprit was a clogged distillation device, which allowed highly volatile benzene gas to escape and eventually explode inside Reines Hall on July 23, according to an outside investigative team hired by the university.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1990 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Employees and customers alike had complained for a year about the bad smell at the Wells Fargo Bank branch on Fairfax Avenue, where experts finally found an explosive concentration of methane gas earlier this month. "For long periods of time there was no problem, and then it got to be really bad," said Wells Fargo spokeswoman Kathy Shilkret.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2009 | Ralph Vartabedian and Ken Bensinger
More than 1,000 Toyota and Lexus owners have reported since 2001 that their vehicles suddenly accelerated on their own, in many cases slamming into trees, parked cars and brick walls, among other obstacles, a Times review of federal records has found. The crashes resulted in at least 19 deaths and scores of injuries over the last decade, records show. Federal regulators say that is far more than any other automaker has experienced. Owner complaints helped trigger at least eight investigations into sudden acceleration in Toyota and Lexus vehicles by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the last seven years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2001 | KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Investigators are looking into whether weight played a role in the fatal fall of a woman from a steep water ride at Knott's Berry Farm. Lori Mason-Larez, 40, of Duarte fell Friday from the Perilous Plunge ride as it dropped 121 feet at up to 50 mph. Somehow, the mother of five slipped from a double-restraint system--a seat belt and lap bar that appeared to have been secured--and fell to the water below.
NEWS
March 3, 2001 | From Associated Press
The government has upgraded its investigation into 3.4 million Evenflo infant combination car seats and carriers because of complaints that the handle can break while someone is carrying a baby. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also is stepping up its investigation into nearly a million Ford Motor Co. cars after thousands of owners complained that the vehicles can overheat and catch fire.
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