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Hyundai And Kia Recall Nearly 3.4 Million Vehicles Due To Fire Risk And Urge Owners To Park Outdoors

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DETROIT — Due to the risk of engine compartment fires, Hyundai and Kia are recalling nearly 3.4 million vehicles in the United States and advising owners to park them outside.

Multiple car and SUV models from 2010 to 2019 have been recalled, including the Hyundai Santa Fe SUV and the Kia Sorrento SUV.

According to documents published Wednesday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the anti-lock brake control module can leak fluid and cause an electrical short, which can spark a fire in stationary or moving vehicles.

The dealer will replace the anti-lock brake fuse free of charge. According to company documents, Kia will begin sending notification letters to owners on November 14. The date for Hyundai is November 21.

According to the documents, Hyundai reported 21 vehicle fires and 22 “thermal incidents,” including combustion, burning, and melting parts in the United States. Kia reported ten incidents of fire and dissolving.

According to a statement from Hyundai, no collisions or injuries have been reported. The automaker said it was doing the recall to assure the safety of its customers.

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Hyundai And Kia Recall Nearly 3.4 Million Vehicles Due To Fire Risk And Urge Owners To Park Outdoors.

Due to moisture, grime, and dissolved metals in the brake fluid, an O-ring in the antilock brake motor shaft can lose its sealing strength over time, resulting in leaks. According to the statement, the new fuse limits the brake module’s operating current.

Kia stated that an electrical failure resulting in excessive current could cause an engine compartment fire near the brake control unit. The statement indicates that the precise cause of the short circuit is unknown and that no accidents or injuries have occurred.

Michael Brooks, executive director of the non-profit Centre for Auto Safety, questioned why the companies are not addressing the breach issue and why they are taking so long to send letters to owners.

Brooks stated that replacing the fuse is the solution, but brake fluid can still escape, posing a potential safety risk.

He asked, “Why not fix the problem?” “What you’re not doing here is repairing the O-ring and the discharge that initially caused the issue. You are addressing a symptom or portion of the problem, but not the underlying design flaw.”

Brooks also questioned why the NHTSA is allowing the companies to replace only the fuse and why owners must receive interim letters promptly warning them of a serious problem. “You would think that you should immediately notify those owners that they shouldn’t be parking in their garages, lest their home catch fire,” he said.

Statements from both companies need to address why the fluid breaches aren’t being repaired or why it will take about two months to notify owners by letter. Both companies’ spokespersons stated they would investigate the concerns.

Wednesday, a message was left with the NHTSA requesting comment on the recall remedy and why the notices would take so long. Wednesday, the agency released a statement cautioning owners to park their vehicles outside until repairs are made.

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Hyundai And Kia Recall Nearly 3.4 Million Vehicles Due To Fire Risk And Urge Owners To Park Outdoors.

Affected Kia models include the 2010-2019 Borrego, 2014-2016 Cadenza, 2010-2013 Forte, Forte Koup, and Sportage, 2015-2019 K900, 2011-2015 Optima, 2011-2013 Optima Hybrid, and Soul, 2012-2017 Rio, 2011-2014 Sorento, and 2010-2011 Rondo.

2011-2015 Elantra, Genesis Coupe, and Sonata Hybrid, 2012-2015 Accent, Azera, and Veloster, 2013-2015 Elantra Coupe and Santa Fe, 2014-2015 Equus, 2010-2012 Veracruz, 2010-2013 Tucson, 2015 Tucson Fuel Cell, and 2013 Santa Fe Sport are included in the recall.

Owners can enter their 17-digit vehicle identification number at www.nhtsa.gov/recalls to determine if their vehicle is affected.

Since 2015, Hyundai and Kia have been beset by fire issues. The Centre for Auto Safety successfully petitioned U.S. regulators to seek recalls in 2018, and according to its website, automakers have already recalled more than 9.2 million vehicles for fires and engine problems, not including Wednesday’s recalls. More than two dozen of the recalls involved more than 20 vehicles from the model years 2006 to 2021.

In addition, the NHTSA is investigating three million vehicles manufactured by manufacturers between 2011 and 2016. NHTSA reports receiving 161 complaints of engine fires, some of which occurred in previously recalled vehicles.

In June 2018, the NHTSA reported receiving complaints from vehicle owners regarding over 3,100 fires, 103 injuries, and one fatality. The NHTSA fined Hyundai and Kia in 2020 for recalling vehicles with a propensity for engine failure too slowly.

SOURCE – (AP)

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2024: Starbucks And Workers United, Long At Odds, Say They’ll Restart Labor Talks

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Starbucks and the union representing its employees in the United States said Tuesday that they have agreed to begin negotiations to achieve a labour agreement.

The announcement was a watershed moment for the two parties, who had been at odds since Workers United initially organised baristas at a Starbucks location in Buffalo, New York, in late 2021.

“Starbucks and Workers United have a shared commitment to establishing a positive relationship in the interests of Starbucks partners,” the company stated. Workers United reiterated these remarks in a similar statement.

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Starbucks And Workers United, Long At Odds, Say They’ll Restart Labor Talks

Workers in more than 370 company-owned Starbucks stores in the United States have voted to unionise but have yet to reach a labour agreement with Starbucks.

The process has been cruel. Federal courts have sometimes ordered Starbucks to restore employees fired after leading unionisation efforts at their locations. The National Labour Relations Board’s regional offices have also filed at least 120 complaints against Starbucks for unfair labour practices, including refusing to bargain and reserving wage hikes and other benefits for non-union employees.

Starbucks stated Tuesday that, as a gesture of goodwill, it will provide workers in unionised locations the benefits promised in May 2022, including the option for customers to tip their credit card purchases.

Starbucks was the first to say it desired a better relationship with the union. In December, the corporation stated it intended to reopen labour negotiations to ratify contract agreements by 2024. Before that, the two parties had not spoken in seven months.

During last week’s conversations, the two sides agreed there was “a constructive path forward on the broader issue of the future of organising and collective bargaining at Starbucks.”

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Starbucks And Workers United, Long At Odds, Say They’ll Restart Labor Talks

On Tuesday, Starbucks and Workers United announced that they will also consider ending their case. Starbucks sued Workers United in October, alleging that a pro-Palestinian social media post from a union account early in the Israel-Hamas conflict enraged hundreds of customers and harmed the company’s brand.

The corporation insisted that the union not use its name or likeness. Workers United countersued, claiming Starbucks defamed the union and indicated it backed terrorism.

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Starbucks And Workers United, Long At Odds, Say They’ll Restart Labor Talks

“While there is plenty of work ahead, coming together to develop this framework is a significant step forward and a clear demonstration of a shared commitment to working collaboratively and with mutual respect,” the organisation said. Starbucks repeated the comments.

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FAA Gives Boeing 90 Days To Come Up With A Plan To Address Quality Issues

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The Federal Aviation Administration imposed a 90-day deadline for Boeing to address quality and safety issues.

According to the agency, FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker and Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun met for a full day on Tuesday, during which Whitaker made the demand.

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FAA Gives Boeing 90 Days To Come Up With A Plan To Address Quality Issues

That discussion occurred the day after a year-long FAA-commissioned investigation discovered a “disconnect” between Boeing executives and employees about safety, with employees fearing transfer or stopped career progression for reporting safety issues.

The discussion came ahead of the expected release of a six-week FAA investigation of Boeing’s production line, which was prompted by investigators discovering that key bolts were not put on a Boeing 737 Max 9 door plug that burst open during flight.

The FAA stated that the Boeing plan must address shortcomings in the company’s Safety Management System, or SMS, and integrate the SMS programme with another quality programme. SMS is a guidebook designed to guide staff through the procedures necessary to ensure the safety of flights.

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FAA Gives Boeing 90 Days To Come Up With A Plan To Address Quality Issues

However, despite a comprehensive rewrite of the handbook in recent years, the panel discovered that “many Boeing employees did not demonstrate knowledge of Boeing’s SMS efforts, nor its purpose and procedures.”

The group that reported on Boeing’s safety inadequacies on Monday suggested that the firm resolve those flaws within six months; the FAA’s new directive sets a shorter deadline.

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FAA Gives Boeing 90 Days To Come Up With A Plan To Address Quality Issues

Boeing’s proposal must result in a “measurable, systemic shift in manufacturing quality control,” according to the FAA.

Boeing has a history of safety breaches. The January 5 blowout incident resulted in a 19-day emergency grounding of all Max 9s and renewed scrutiny of Boeing following the tragic Max 8 disasters in 2018 and 2019.

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Jacob Rothschild, Financier From A Family Banking Dynasty, Dies At 87

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LONDON ROTHSCHILD — his family announced that Jacob Rothschild, 87, a financier and philanthropist from the legendary Rothschild banking line, died on Monday.

Jacob began his career in 1963 at the family bank, NM Rothschild & Sons, before branching out to develop enterprises and charity organisations. His family paid tribute to him in a statement.

“Our father Jacob was a towering presence in many people’s lives, a superbly accomplished financier, a champion of the arts and culture, a devoted public servant, a passionate supporter of charitable causes in Israel and Jewish culture, a keen environmentalist and much-loved friend, father and grandfather,” a statement from his family stated.

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Jacob Rothschild, Financier From A Family Banking Dynasty, Dies At 87

“He will be buried in accordance with Jewish custom in a small family ceremony, and there will be a memorial at a later date to celebrate his life,” they continued, without revealing any other information.

According to last year’s Sunday Times Rich List, the Rothschild family is worth approximately 825 million pounds ($1 billion). It donates millions of pounds to Jewish interests, education, and art.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was one of the political and cultural heavyweights who paid tribute to Rothschild. Blair lauded him as a “towering figure in Britain’s Jewish community” and praised his efforts to promote Middle East peace.

Jacob was born in Berkshire, west of London. He attended Eton College and studied history at Christ Church College, Oxford University.

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Jacob Rothschild, Financier From A Family Banking Dynasty, Dies At 87

After leaving the Rothschild Bank, he took over Rothschild Investment Trust, now RIT Capital Partners. He served as chairman of the business, one of the largest investment trusts on the London Stock Exchange, until 2019.

He also co-founded the then-J Rothschild Assurance Group, now St James’s Place, with Mark Weinberg in 1980 and served as deputy chairman of what was then BSkyB Television, among other duties.

In the cultural sector, he served as chairman of the National Gallery of London’s board of trustees and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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Jacob Rothschild, Financier From A Family Banking Dynasty, Dies At 87

The Rothschild Foundation, which manages the family’s former home, the country house Waddesdon Manor, announced that Jacob Rothschild’s daughter Hannah will follow him as chair.

Jacob was married to Serena for over 50 years until she died in 2019. They have four children (Hannah, Beth, Emily, and Nat) and several grandchildren.

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