Safety and Regulation

GM's 1st-quarter profit to take hit from recalls

1:15 pm U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
This was supposed to be the year when GM made a record $10 billion in profit. But the company, rocked by a recall crisis, will be hard pressed to avoid posting a loss when first-quarter earnings are released on Thursday. The cost of recalling millions of vehicles -- combined with continued losses in Europe and new challenges in Russia, Australia, Asia and South America -- have prompted analysts to downgrade their earnings estimates for the company.... Read More »

 

GM owners claim bankruptcy fraud to keep recall suits alive

2:33 pm U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
GM's request for court protection from 50 car-owner lawsuits seeking compensation for millions of recalled autos with defective ignition switches was attacked as legally “unsupportable.”... Read More »

 

Showa latest supplier to plead guilty to price-fixing, will pay $19.9 million

12:01 pm U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
Showa has agreed to plead guilty to fixing the prices of electric power steering assemblies and to pay a million fine, the Justice Department said today.... Read More »

 

Sen. Blumenthal wants to quiz former GM CEOs on recalls

4:20 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
Former General Motors CEOs and other executives should be called to testify to before Congress about the company's slow response to defective ignition switches in cars that have been linked to at least 13 deaths, a Democratic senator said on Tuesday.... Read More »

 

GM faces NHTSA probe over '14 Chevy Impala automatic brakes

3:19 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
U.S. regulators are investigating whether a 2014 Chevrolet Impala's automatic-braking system kicked in unexpectedly at 40 miles per hour, causing a crash.... Read More »

 

GM requests protection in N.Y. court against ignition switch lawsuits

7:04 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
GM filed a motion in a federal bankruptcy court to enforce a bar on lawsuits related to ignition defects in cars sold before its 2009 bankruptcy as it fights a class-action lawsuit that seeks to set aside the restriction.... Read More »

 

109,000 Mazda Tributes recalled for rust-related steering issue

12:32 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute compact SUVs in the United States to address potential rusting frame parts in cold-weather states where road salt is heavily used in the winter.... Read More »

 

New system, but no quick fix for GM

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
When General Motors last week unveiled a new way for dealers to order parts for the ignition-system recall, it reminded dealers of a hard truth: They'll be waiting for parts -- and placating impatient customers -- at least well into the autumn.... Read More »

 

Plaintiffs call GM bid to freeze ignition suit a 'red herring'

10:49 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
GM's bid to freeze a lawsuit over faulty ignition switches may compromise public safety, plaintiffs told a judge in California, calling the automaker's claim that its 2009 bankruptcy shielded it from the old GM's liabilities “irrelevant” and a “red herring.”... Read More »

 

Payout czar set to dive into GM legal mess

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Kenneth Feinberg soon may begin trying to put a dollar figure on the damage inflicted by the faulty ignition switches in General Motors cars.... Read More »

 

NHTSA closes 4-year probe into Saturn Ion power steering problems

9:19 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Safety regulators closed a four-year probe into power steering problems in almost 335,000 older Saturn Ions after General Motors Co recalled the cars, which are also part of an unrelated recall of defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Nissan to offer smart mirror in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Nissan's newly developed smart rearview mirror -- which it had planned to offer only as an aftermarket dealer option in Japan -- will become a U.S. factory feature next year.... Read More »

 

More vehicles, walkers join accident prevention study

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
The University of Michigan plans to triple the number of study vehicles outfitted with vehicle-to-vehicle communications, the next phase of a road test of equipment designed to prevent accidents.... Read More »

 

GM recalls have had no 'measurable impact' on sales, Ammann says

1:03 pm U.S. ET | April 20, 2014
Citing his company's 4 percent sales gain in March and a "decent start" for sales in April, General Motors President Dan Ammann said the company's ignition switch recall has had no "measurable impact" on sales.... Read More »

 

New reality: Think crash, not just flash

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2014
Safety watchdogs at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Consumer Reports magazine had an outsize effect on the cars unveiled at the New York auto show last week.... Read More »

 

'Slow to act' GM rankled NHTSA, e-mail shows

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2014
Discussions between the NHTSA and GM went back and forth for months, and GM eventually sent out two batches of recall notices to owners of about 7,000 cars. But NHTSA believed GM hadn't gone far enough and opened an investigation last summer to determine whether the recall should include 400,000 vehicles instead.... Read More »

 

U.S. dealers grapple with recall pain -- missing parts, overtime, lost sales

2:23 pm U.S. ET | April 18, 2014
With multimillion-unit recalls by GM and Toyota, and numerous smaller recalls by other automakers, dealerships in the United States are grappling with missing parts, rising overtime costs for technicians, frustrated customers, and lost sales.... Read More »

 

Mazda recalls 109,000 Tributes over potential control-arm separation

3:04 pm U.S. ET | April 18, 2014
Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs from the 2001-04 model years because of rust that could cause separation of the lower control arm from the vehicle’s subframe. The recall covers vehicles sold in states where high corrosion is likely to occur, mainly those where roads get salted in the winter.... Read More »

 

Continental named in GM recall suit

April 18, 2014 13:18 CET
Plaintiffs' lawyers are seeking to draw Continental Automotive Systems US, the maker of airbag systems in recalled General Motors vehicles, into litigation over an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to 13 deaths.... Read More »

 

GM says recalled cars safe, but has not tested for knee-bump danger

9:24 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
General Motors says that cars being recalled because of faulty ignition switches can be driven safely before repairs, based on more than 80 tests, but the automaker has not addressed a problem long known to potentially shut off the engine: a simple bump from a driver's knee.... Read More »

 

GM exploring compensation fund for victims of defective cars, says Feinberg

9:51 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
A lawyer for GM said for the first time this week that the company is moving to develop a program that could compensate individuals affected by a faulty ignition-switch in millions of recalled vehicles.... Read More »

 

Cadillac global chief expected to resume former Washington lobbying job

10:08 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
GM plans to shift its global Cadillac chief back to focus full time on his former lobbying position in Washington as the automaker deals with fallout from defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths, a person familiar with the plans said Thursday.... Read More »

 

GM doesn't have to order customers to park recalled cars, U.S. judge rules

1:01 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
General Motors doesn't have to take the unprecedented step of telling car owners that 2.59 million vehicles it recalled are unsafe to drive until faulty ignition switches are fixed, a federal judge ruled. Federal regulators are better able than courts to tell the automaker how to manage its recall, District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos held today in Corpus Christi, Texas.... Read More »

 

GM ordered redesigned ignition switch from Delphi for Cadillac SRX

3:19 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Delphi redesigned the ignition switch for the Cadillac SRX crossover to increase its torque about two months before making similar changes to the Chevrolet Cobalt ignition switch at the center of General Motors' recall crisis.... Read More »

 

GM sets up new parts-ordering system for recall repairs

4:10 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
GM today gave its dealers a revised ordering process that the retailers said should speed the shipment of parts, ease repairs and ensure the job gets done right. But dealers said they aren't any closer to knowing when they will start getting parts for the millions of vehicles involved in an ignition-switch recall.... Read More »

 

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