GM recalling 92,221 vehicles over defect in ignition parts

General Motors is recalling 92,221 full-size trucks and SUVs for a defect in ignition lock systems that can cause safety problems in hot conditions.

Thursday’s recall covers certain 2011-2012-models and certain 2007-2014-models that were repaired with defective parts. The recall is for U.S., Canadian, Mexican and exported vehicles.

The affected models are Chevrolet Silverado light-duty and heavy-duty pickups; Avalanche, Tahoe and Suburban; GMC Sierra light duty and heavy-duty pickups; and Yukon and Yukon XL; Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT.

GM says the ignition lock actuators may be too wide, making turning the key difficult when it’s hot inside the cab. No crashes or injuries have been reported.

Last year, GM recalled 2.6 million small cars for defective ignition switches, linked to at least 42 deaths and 58 injuries.

California enacts quarantine over Mediterranean fruit fly

California agriculture officials have declared a Mediterranean fruit fly quarantine for a swath of western Riverside County.

The quarantine comes after more than a dozen fruit flies were trapped in the Perris area between Dec. 10 and 30.

Residents, farmers and fruit sellers are asked not to move fruit from the 83-square-mile area.

The flies that originate in Africa can infest more than 250 types of fruits and vegetables, a major threat to the nation’s most productive farm state.

Federal, state and local officials are releasing sterile male flies and spraying a pesticide near areas where the fly was found.

Wisconsin grocers group wants to allow beer on tap

The Wisconsin Grocers Association is pushing to allow customers to get fresh beer on tap at grocery stores.

Currently in Wisconsin, most grocery stores have a Class A liquor license allowing them to sell prepackaged beer and liquor. The association wants to amend the law to allow customers to refill half-gallon glass containers, known as growlers, with tap beer as a means of expanding beer drinkers’ options.

“The industry, really around the country, has been moving in this direction,” said Marlin Greenfield, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Festival Foods in Wisconsin.

Greenfield said the proposal would not mean having a bar in the store. Instead, customers could bring in or buy an empty jug from the grocery store and have it filled there, he said.

—From news service reports