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Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari and Daimler Vans join list of automakers selling new vehicles with defective Takata airbags
WASHINGTON, D.C. – When it comes to new vehicles being sold with defective Takata airbags even luxury cars aren’t immune, according to new findings released today from U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee.
Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari and Daimler Vans are among the latest automakers to admit to selling new cars equipped with non-desiccated ammonium-nitrate inflators that have been linked to at least 10 deaths and more than 100 injuries in the U.S. While the automakers are legally allowed to sell the defective new vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has ordered all of them to be recalled by the end of 2018.
The specific models identified today that contain defective inflators are:
2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
2016 Ferrari FF
2016 Ferrari California T
2017 Ferrari California T
2016 Ferrari 488 GTB/488 Spider
2017 Ferrari 488 GTB/488 Spider
2016 Ferrari F12/F12tdf
2017 Ferrari F12/F12tdf
2017 Ferrari GTC4 Lusso
2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe/Convertible
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe/Convertible
The new findings update a report Nelson released last month that found Fiat Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Volkswagen are selling new vehicles subject to the future recall. To date seven out of 17 automakers Nelson contacted have admitted to equipping new vehicles with defective Takata airbags. Tesla remains the only automaker that has not provided a written response.
“New vehicles with defective airbags cover pretty much the whole spectrum, from low-priced cars to the highest-end models,” said Nelson. “They also underscore the failure of certain automakers and regulators to level with people about the true extent of the problem and to have the cars fixed before they’re sold.”
A copy of the report update is available here.
Helping Americans succeed in the workforce is a leading priority for members on the Education and the Workforce Committee. That’s why the committee unanimously passed a bill to strengthen career and technical education and help prepare more students for today’s high-demand jobs. Mark MacCarthy, vice president for public policy at the Software & Information Industry Association, wrote in The Hill how this bipartisan proposal will “ensure that technical education can anticipate the demand for jobs and equip the next generation labor force to meet these challenges.”
Reforms Needed to Modernize the American Workforce
By Mark MacCarthy
July 18, 2016
Siri will update you on the weather, share a joke, and tell you what’s on your calendar – but what she won’t tell you is that she’s the reason many fear technology is the enemy of jobs. Not Siri alone of course, but the myriad of ways technology is automating systems and eliminating the need for manual processes has created a growing uneasiness about the future of work.
While this fear is very likely overstated, there is no question that technology is reshaping the way work gets done. It is time for policymakers, industry and educators to fully recognize this change, and do more to adjust to the modern business environment.
In a display of bipartisan unity July 7, the House Education and Workforce Committee took a significant step towards doing just that. With its unanimous passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, the Committee began the process of streamlining and modernizing the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act – first passed in the Reagan Administration – to better meet the needs of today’s students and businesses.
The Perkins Act provides federal support to state and local career and technical education, or CTE, programs, which are created and operated by state and local education leaders. These programs prepare high school and postsecondary students with academic, technical, and employability skills. But over the years, they have clearly struggled to keep up with the realities and challenges facing today’s workers and businesses.
The proposed reauthorization will strengthen connections between CTE programs and business and industry. Doing so will help more precisely identify the career fields, along with the skills and credentials, needed regionally. The legislation also calls for a new biennial needs assessment that will ensure programs stay current as workforce needs evolve. These reforms will help CTE programs make certain students can compete for the particular types of jobs that exist locally – now, and in the future ...
If the House passes the current reform bill and the Senate follows with quick action, we will make meaningful progress to ensure that technical education can anticipate the demand for jobs and equip the next generation labor force to meet these challenges.
To read the full op-ed, click here.
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GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth joined business leaders to discuss IT and cybersecurity at Business Forward event
June 2016 (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) At its 47th Annual National Convention, Hall of Fame Gala, the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) awarded Lisa Colon Heron, Esq. with the Ray Dones Service Award. The Ray Down Service Award, named in honor of NAMC’s founder, recognizes a NAMC member who has provided significant contributions to NAMC.
Lisa is a Partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Smith Currie & Hancock. Lisa is Board Certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar. Lisa represents owners, contractors, and subcontractors, , design professionals, and sureties in public and private real estate and construction matters and has experience with federal, state and local government contracting issues.