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'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 »
 
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Lear, others devise high-tech ways to support bad backs

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2014
Lear Corp. wants motorists to sit up straight. The seat maker is developing a "smart" seat that adjusts itself automatically to correct a motorist's posture, important for comfort on long trips.... Read More »

Continental named in GM recall suit

7:18 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2014
Plaintiffs' lawyers are seeking to draw Continental Automotive Systems, 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 »

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 »

Ford faces renewed U.S. lawsuit over apartheid-era abuses

11:58 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2014
Ford and IBM will again have to face a federal lawsuit claiming they encouraged race-based human rights abuses decades ago in apartheid-era South Africa, despite a series of recent court decisions limiting the right to pursue such cases.... 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 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 »

Labor dispute at Jeep supplier in Ohio ends after one-day walkout

2:22 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
A supplier labor dispute that temporarily disrupted production of the hot-selling 2014 Jeep Cherokee in Toledo, Ohio, on Thursday has been resolved.... Read More »

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Dodge Charger tames rough edges with 2015 nose job

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
The 2015 Dodge Charger underwent a nose job that trades its previously bulbous front fascia for a more subtle look reminiscent of the smaller Dodge Dart.... Read More »

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Honda HR-V subcompact crossover coming later this year

12:00 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
Honda's upcoming Fit-based subcompact crossover will be called the HR-V, the company said today in releasing the first image of the vehicle.... Read More »

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Chinese needs bring Infiniti a roomier sedan

1:50 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
Infiniti plans to market the long wheelbase Q70 as a luxury sedan that simply offers a roomier back seat -- a premium sedan with the roominess of an SUV.... Read More »

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

2015 Challenger muscles up; interior revamped but retains retro look

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
The 2015 Dodge Challenger has more power, an available eight-speed transmission and few changes to its retro exterior. Engineers coaxed 15 more hp from the top-end 6.4-liter, Hemi V-8 engine, boosting its performance to 485 hp and 475 pounds-feet of torque in a new Challenger Scat Pack model.... Read More »

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Subaru polishes Outback for 2015

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
The Subaru Outback is getting a major styling update, additional safety and convenience features, and improved fuel economy as part of a makeover to enhance what has been the brand's top franchise for years.... 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 »

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Acura TLX much more than rebadged Accord

3:08 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Acura unveiled today the production version of its redesigned 2015 TLX mid-sized sedan, a car that will replace the TL and TSX sedans in its lineup for the United States.... 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 »

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Toyota overhauls Camry in bid to make it 'best we've ever built'

9:30 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Toyota, fighting to extend the Camry's 12-year reign as the best-selling car in the United States, showered its flagship sedan with superlatives as it unveiled a new edition today. The model shown at the New York auto show reflects significantly more change than is typical for a car that's been spruced up halfway through its life-cycle.... Read More »

2014 NEW YORK SHOW

Nissan Maxima to follow Murano with show-car flair

3:33 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Nissan said the next redesigned Maxima sedan will reach showrooms looking almost identical to the flashy Sport Sedan Concept it unveiled in January in Detroit.... 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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