March 21, 2014 |
Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, site of this weekend's NASCAR race, has slashed its grandstand capacity by 26% to 68,000 seats from 92,000, a track spokesman said Friday. The 24,000-seat reduction reflects the pullback in NASCAR's popularity from its peak levels in the mid-2000s, which partly was caused by the severe economic recession that started in 2008. Auto Club Speedway's parent company, International Speedway Corp., had told Wall Street analysts last summer that it planned to cut capacity at certain tracks to escape the "quagmire" of too many empty seats.
August 15, 2012 |
Amid at least 95 reports of babies falling out of the popular Bumbo baby seats -- including 19 who suffered skull fractures -- the company said it is recalling nearly 4 million seats in the U.S. But instead of returning the seats to stores, South Africa-based Bumbo International Trust said customers should order a free repair kit that includes a restraint belt as well as a warning sticker cautioning against placing the seat on raised surfaces....
August 25, 2009
The ailing Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) has asked the Legislature of his home state to overturn a 5-year-old law under which the voters, not the governor, will choose a successor if Kennedy can't complete his term. Kennedy's unselfish idea probably won't be adopted, but it could help derail an unnecessary amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Kennedy, who suffers from brain cancer, understandably wants a senator sworn in swiftly to help the Democrats enact healthcare reform, long a priority for him. He's also right on the general principle.
October 22, 2013 |
The confusion of the guy in the tollbooth was understandable. As the seven-passenger SUV rolled into his station, it's clear the sparkly brown paint, gobs of chrome trim and wheels, and touch-screen navigation said that this was some kind of luxury. "What's that, a Cadillac?" he shouted out the open door as we drove through. It wasn't, and somewhere, a Buick guy was smiling. The vehicle was a 2014 Buick Enclave, a seven-passenger crossover SUV aimed at the likes of the Infiniti QX60 , Lincoln MKT, and Acura MDX . PHOTOS: 2014 Buick Enclave AWD The Enclave starts at $39,340 and shares its underpinnings with Chevy's everyman Traverse and GMC's Acadia.
November 5, 2012 |
The Federal Aviation Administration has recommended inspections for the airlines that use seats made by the same Texas manufacturer of seats that came loose last month from several American Airline planes. Reports of loose seats on about half a dozen American Airlines flights forced the Fort Worth-based carrier last month to temporarily ground almost 50 Boeing 757 planes to ensure the seats were securely fastened to the cabin floor. Quiz: Test your knowledge of business news After initially blaming the problem on a faulty seat clamp, the airline later said that the buildup of spilled soft drinks, coffee and juice kept locking pins from staying in place and securing the seats.
October 2, 2012 |
American Airlines, facing labor unhappiness over cutbacks, blamed three incidents of passenger seats coming loose on an improperly installed clamp, officials said on Tuesday. The announcement came after an inspection of Boeing 757 craft in which the clamp was used, officials said. At least three flights had incidents of the seats coming loose in recent days. “American's internal investigation has focused on one of three types of main cabin seats on the 757s and how the rows of these three seats fit into the track that is used to secure the rows to the floor of the airplanes,” said a statement attributed to spokeswoman Andrea Huguely.