GM recalls 500 pickups, SUVs for air bag controls
DETROIT - General Motors is recalling about 500 pickup trucks and SUVs to fix faulty air bag controls, its 30th recall so far this year.
The company is in the midst of a companywide safety review after it mishandled the recall of more than 2.6 million older small cars with faulty ignition switches. GM has acknowledged knowing about the switch problem for more than a decade before it began recalling the cars in February.
GM says Friday's recall covers full-size pickups and SUVs from the 2014 and 2015 model years. All 500 are still at dealerships and won't be sold until repairs are made.
Suzuki recalls GM-made small cars for fire problem
DETROIT - Suzuki is recalling more than 184,000 small cars in the U.S. because the steering columns can catch fire.
The recall covers Forenza models from 2004 through 2008 and Reno models from 2005 through 2008. Both vehicles were made for Suzuki by General Motors.
The Japanese automaker says the headlamp switch or daytime running light modules can overheat, melt and catch fire on the left side of the steering column.
Recalled beef may have been sent to 10 states
DETROIT - Federal food safety officials say ground beef recalled by a Detroit business may have been sent to stores in 10 states.
According to an announcement Thursday, the U.S. agriculture department's Food Safety and Inspection Service says it has reason to believe recalled beef was sent to retail outlets in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
Wolverine Packing Co. announced Monday it was recalling 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli.
FSIS said Friday that 11 people have been sickened.
Consumers can see a list of recalled products and potentially affected stores on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's website.
U.S. gains trade victory in auto dispute with China
GENEVA - The United States has scored a victory before the World Trade Organization in a case that challenged China's imposition of penalty tariffs on the sale of $5 billion in U.S.-made vehicles in China.
A WTO panel ruled Friday that China's tariffs violated international trade rules. The ruling came during a week when the U.S. Justice Department charged five Chinese military officers with hacking into U.S. companies' computer systems to steal trade secrets.
The two developments pointed to intensifying trade tensions between the world's two biggest economies.
The dispute panel for the Geneva-based WTO sided with the United States in its ruling. It said China had acted "inconsistently" in imposing the anti-dumping requirements in violation of its WTO commitments.
Local bank stocks reported
First Niles Financial held steady in trading Friday to close at $8.30 a share. Cortland Bancorp held steady at $12.35 a share.
Staff, wire reports