Nissan CEO, Other Execs to Return Pay Over Inspection Scandal

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Nissan Motor Co. said Friday Chief Executive Officer Hiroto Saikawa and other executives will return part of their pay following an inspection scandal involving unauthorized workers engaged in final car tests.

The automaker in the afternoon reported to Japan’s transport ministry its findings in a probe into the cause of the misconduct and steps to prevent a recurrence.

“I deeply apologize for the long-standing unauthorized inspections and for betraying public trust. We will make all out efforts

Honda Recalling 900,000 Odyssey Vehicles Because Seats May Tip Forward

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Honda Motor said on Saturday that it is recalling about 900,000 of its Odyssey vehicles because the second-row seats may tip forward if they are not properly latched after being adjusted. “If a second-row seat is not properly latched after adjusting it side-to-side or reinstalling a removed seat, the seat may tip forward during moderate to heavy braking, increasing the risk of injury to an occupant,” Honda said in a statement. The Japanese automaker said

How Manufacturers Can Harness the Power of Blockchain to Enhance Supply Chain Management

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Blockchain is mostly known as the technology behind the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

In the financial services sector, it has created huge buzz, and many established banking and brokerage institutions are experimenting with it. Going one step further, blockchain is a much more general technology that organizes a distributed digital ledger. Simply stated, it facilitates the decentralized and tamper-proof storage of transactional or contract data, which, obviously, can be leveraged in the supply chain realm.

Here’s how. Blockchain’s distributed

Car Recalls Are at an All-Time High, But 30% Remain Unrepaired

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Vehicle recalls are regularly in the news, warning of inadvertent air bag deployments, faulty door latches, even risks of fire, not to mention the ongoing Takata air bag recall that dwarfs all others.

But the steady stream of recalls masks the fact that about 30% of recalled vehicles remain unrepaired on America’s roads, according to federal statistics.

Last year was a record for U.S. vehicle recalls—more than 53 million in 927 separate recalls—but those numbers are only

Consumer Groups: Report Wrong Not to Disclose Which Automakers Lag in Deadly Airbag Recall

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By Christopher Jensen

Automakers are moving too slowly recalling deadly Takata airbags, according to a new report. But consumer groups are unhappy that the progress of individual automakers is not revealed.

A new report says automakers are too slow fixing vehicles with deadly Takata airbags and “many manufacturers have only recently begun to pursue such efforts and some others continue to trail behind.”

But the nearly 100-page report released Friday doesn’t reveal how individual automakers are doing.

“It allows

Leapfrog Sued for Inaccurate Patient Safety Grade by Chicago Hospital

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Chicago-based Saint Anthony Hospital has sued the Leapfrog Group, alleging the organization used the wrong information when it lowered the hospital’s patient safety grade in a report released last week.

The hospital claims that LeapFrog knew the information it used to lower Saint Anthony’s grade from an A to a C was inaccurate and is asking the Cook County, Illinois Circuit Court to force LeapFrog to retract the grade.

The grade is wrong, the hospital alleges, as

California May Limit Liability of Self-Driving Carmakers

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California regulators are embracing a General Motors’ recommendation that would help makers of self-driving cars avoid paying for accidents and other trouble, raising concerns that the proposal will put an unfair burden on vehicle owners.

If adopted, the regulations drafted by the California Department of Motor Vehicles would protect these carmakers from lawsuits in cases where vehicles haven’t been maintained according to manufacturer specifications.

That could open a loophole for automakers to skirt responsibility for accidents, injuries

Modernizing the Supply Chain Using Continuous Manufacturing

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When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) called for a shakeup of pharmaceutical production in 2002 it recommended the early adoption of technological advances and the application of modern quality management techniques. It believed that this would make manufacturing processes more robust and improve product quality.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) adopted a similar stance and updated its regulatory framework to support continuous manufacturing. The EMA recognized that continuous manufacturing dossiers are likely to be

How Cutting-Edge Thinking in Cancer Treatment—and Car Making—Is Coming Together to Benefit Drivers and Patients

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After being diagnosed with cancer, Mike Butler was fascinated by the process through which patients were treated—but saw an opportunity to introduce practices from the car manufacturing facility, where he works, so that it might run more smoothly.

Working together with his colleagues at the Ford assembly plant, in Cologne, in Germany, quality director Butler and the team researched and proposed changes that are now being implemented as part of what is expected to become Germany’s

UAE Launches Fourth Industrial Revolution Protocol

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The Government of the UAE, in partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF), on Sunday launched the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Protocol, an initiative that will establish a regulatory framework for the tools and technologies that are already driving the next wave of human progress.

At the same time, the government has launched the UAE Center for Future Readiness to develop programs and policies that help prepare government agencies for the challenges of the Fourth Industrial