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Call for end to 'patchwork' safety rules for seniors' residences across Canada

MONTREAL - A fire that swept through a seniors' residence in Quebec is raising questions about whether more stringent regulations are needed right across the country. Residence du Havre, which was mostly gutted in a fierce fire in L'Iles-Verte on Thursday, was only partially fitted with a sprinkler system. The tragedy could serve as a catalyst for change, with one advocacy group representing seniors urging provincial authorities Canada-wide to take note.

Canada, US regulators urge safer rail transport of oil

Canadian and US transportation safety agencies Thursday called for stricter rules for moving oil by rail, following an eight-month probe of a Quebec derailment that left 47 people dead. Large swathes of the picturesque town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, were reduced to rubble after a runaway freight train carrying crude oil crashed and derailed in July last year.

U.S. safety regulators propose child car seat side-impact test

DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. safety regulators have proposed upgraded standards for child car seats that will better protect children when the vehicle is struck on the side, said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The regulator said it has determined that the improvement will save five lives a year. Car seat manufacturers will be given three years to meet the new standards and tests, once they are approved, NHTSA proposed.

Government to propose child car seats protect kids in side-impact crashes

WASHINGTON - Child car seats would for the first time have to protect children from death and injury in side-impact crashes under regulations the government is proposing, The Associated Press has learned. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seeks to upgrade standards for child seats for children weighing up to 40 pounds to include a new test that simulates a side crash. The agency estimates the standards will prevent the deaths of about five children and injuries to 64 others each year.

Government to propose child car seats protect kids in side-impact crashes

WASHINGTON - Child car seats would for the first time have to protect children from death and injury in side-impact crashes under regulations the government is proposing, The Associated Press has learned. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seeks to upgrade standards for child seats for children weighing up to 40 pounds to include a new test that simulates a side crash. The agency estimates the standards will prevent the deaths of about five children and injuries to 64 others each year.

Drunk arrested for trying to douse Arc de Triomphe flame

A drunken man has been arrested for trying to douse the eternal flame at the landmark Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris, police said Wednesday. The man parked his car on Tuesday evening near the famed monument on the Champs Elysees, the city's emblematic avenue, and rushed towards the flame with a fire extinguisher in hand. Police said the man, who was drunk, told them he wanted to extinguish the fire. He has been placed in custody.

Google says it will buy Nest Labs, maker of high-tech smoke alarms and thermostats, for $3.2B

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Google will pay $3.2 billion to buy Nest Labs, which develops high-tech versions of devices like thermostats and smoke detectors, in its second-largest acquisition ever. The search engine operator was an early investor in Nest Labs. It says the company's Nest Learning Thermostat has been a "consistent bestseller." The thermostat, which retails for $249, is designed to learn how inhabitants like their homes to be heated and cooled. Once it learns the consumers' preferences, it automatically adjusts the temperature on its own.

Japan food probe widens as 1,400 reportedly fall sick

A probe into pesticide-laced frozen food in Japan has widened, with police interviewing factory workers assigned to a packaging room, reports said Thursday, as the number who have fallen sick reportedly topped 1,400. The country's consumer affairs minister has condemned the manufacturer of the tainted items, a subsidiary of Maruha Nichiro Holdings, Japan's largest seafood firm, saying they were slow to bring the matter to public attention.

Toyota recalling more than 400,000 vehicles in Saudi Arabia

(Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp <7203.T> is recalling more than 400,000 vehicles in Saudi Arabia that were produced from 2006 to 2010 due to concerns about unintended acceleration, the company and Saudi Arabia's trade ministry said. This is the same issue that led to the recall of nearly 19 million Toyota vehicles worldwide from late 2009 to early 2011.

Saudi recalls 400,000 Toyotas over acceleration concerns

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday announced the recall of more than 400,000 Toyota cars for alleged problems with unintended acceleration, a statement from the kingdom's ministry of commerce and industry said. It said the vehicles will be equipped with a break override system to "reduce the risk of sudden unintended acceleration without the ability to stop or control it." The ministry said 10 models, manufactured between 2005 and 2010, would be recalled.
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