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More Boeing 787s Grounded: Mazda Recalling Recent Mazda 6s

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Norwegian Air Shuttle becomes latest airline to ground Boeing 787... Mazda recalls midsize cars to fix door latches...

General view of the Air Ethiopian Boeing 787 Dreamliner 'Queen of Sheba' aeroplane, on the runway near Terminal 3, at Heathrow Airport, London, Friday July 12, 2013. Two Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes ran into trouble in England on Friday, with a fire on one temporarily shutting down Heathrow Airport and an unspecified technical issue forcing another to turn back to Manchester Airport. The incidents are unwelcome news for Chicago-based Boeing Co., whose Dreamliners were cleared to fly again in April after a four-month grounding due to concerns about overheating batteries. The fire at Heathrow involved an empty Ethiopian Airlines plane, which was parked at a remote stand of the airport after arriving at the airport. British police said the fire is being treated as unexplained, and that there were no passengers on board at the time of the fire. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA on Saturday became the latest airline to ground a Boeing 787 so that officials from the American company can examine what appears to be a technical problem.
Norwegian spokesman Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen said Saturday that the plane "has not been reliable enough and passengers have been subjected to too many delays." He declined to identify the technical glitches encountered.
In the meantime, the Scandinavian low-cost carrier will lease an Airbus A340 to fly on its two new long-haul destinations between Stockholm, Sweden, and New York and Bangkok.
In an email, Boeing said it had agreed to "implement a number of enhancements to improve the airplane's in-service reliability," and that the jet would be out of service for "a matter of days."
"We are working tirelessly to provide support to Norwegian," the statement said. "We regret the inconvenience and disruption caused to the airline and its passengers as a result of this process."
Norwegian Air Shuttle has ordered eight 787s and received two.
The 787 is the world's first commercial plane made mostly of lighter-weight composite materials. Boeing says the plane cuts fuel consumption by 20 percent and lowers operating costs by 30 percent. The 787 is the first airliner to make extensive use of lithium ion batteries, which are lighter weight, charge faster and contain more energy than conventional batteries similar in size.
However, the aircraft has been plagued by problems since the jets were grounded worldwide in January for lithium-ion batteries that overheated or caught fire following an incident on a flight by the Japanese airline All Nippon Airways. Flights resumed four months later after a revamped battery system was installed.
But in July, a Boeing 787 with Ethiopian Airlines caught fire while parked at London's Heathrow airport, and the Polish airline LOT reported technical problems and demanded that Boeing try to solve a potential safety threat.
In August, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines briefly grounded their Boeing 787s for wiring problems unrelated to battery defects.

DETROIT (AP) -- Mazda is recalling 161,400 midsize cars in the U.S. because the doors can open while they're being driven.
The recall affects Mazda 6 cars from the 2009 through 2013 model years. The company says the door latch mounting screws can loosen. That can stop the doors from latching. If the latches come loose, a door ajar light will warn drivers.
Mazda traced the problem to improper tightening at the factory or uneven door surfaces. The company will notify owners and dealers will put on a thread-locking adhesive and tighten the screws. The recall will start around Oct. 18.
Owners with questions can contact Mazda at (800) 222-5500.


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