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Safety regulators checking air bags on GM cars

Updated: 2013-06-05T04:31:32Z

GM air bags checked

Safety regulators are checking to see whether more General Motors cars should be recalled because the air bags won’t inflate. The inquiry covers 400,000 Chevrolet Cruze and Sonic small cars, the Chevrolet Camaro muscle car and the Buick Verano small car from the 2012 model year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said GM recalled just over 6,800 of the cars in two recalls last year and in January. The main front air bags wouldn’t inflate because of a defect in the electrical connections.

Bad berries

Townsend Farms of Fairview, Ore., is recalling its frozen Organic Antioxidant Blend, a berry mix sold to Costco and Harris Teeter stores, after the product was linked to at least 34 hepatitis A illnesses in five states. The berries were packaged under the Townsend Farms label at Costco. Illnesses were reported in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and California.

Pants snap back

The Lululemon Athletica yoga pants that revealed more than muscle tone are back.

The company is restocking its Luon black yoga pants in stores and online after they were pulled in March for being too sheer. Lululemon raised the standards for the Luon fabric and put the material through 15 tests, the company said.

J&J recalls contraceptives

Johnson & Johnson is voluntarily recalling millions of oral contraceptive packages in 43 countries outside the U.S. but said there is a “very low” risk that the flawed tablets could cause unplanned pregnancies. The recall includes all 179 lots, or batches, of the contraceptive Cilest that were distributed since 2011 in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Disney adventures up

Walt Disney Co.’s California Adventure, bolstered by a $1.1 billion expansion, led the world’s largest theme parks with a 23 percent surge in visitors to 7.78 million last year. Attendance at the top 25 parks worldwide increased 5.2 percent to 205.9 million visitors in 2012, according to a report Tuesday.

Disney’s California Adventure park in Anaheim opened its Cars Land attraction in June 2012, drawing tourists to a new area based on the Pixar “Cars” films. Neighboring Disneyland was the only park among the world’s largest to register fewer visitors last year.

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