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Takata says 5.1 million more vehicles in U.S. have defective airbag inflators

5:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

Takata declared another 5.1 million U.S. vehicles defective as the company disclosed an 11th death could be linked to a faulty airbag, federal auto safety regulators said.... Read More »

Takata will meet carmakers to gauge possible financial aid, source says

Jan. 25, 2016 09:53 CET

Takata plans to meet with key customers this week to gauge how receptive they are to extending financial aid to help the supplier cope with the costs of its massive airbag recall, a person familiar with the matter said. Honda and Nissan said they received invitations to meet with Takata.... Read More »

Takata recall to be expanded to 5 million more vehicles; Ford airbag fatality reported

1:43 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

U.S. regulators announced a new recall of about 5 million vehicles with potentially defective Takata airbags, covering some automakers not previously affected by one of the biggest auto safety recalls in U.S. history.... Read More »

First GM ignition-switch lawsuit is dismissed amid perjury allegations

9:13 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

The Oklahoma mail carrier at the center of the first trial over General Motors' deadly ignition-switch defect is dropping his claims after being accused of lying to the court.... Read More »

GM allowed to tell ignition-switch jury about plaintiff's 'lies'

3:53 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2016

GM got a boost in the first trial over a deadly ignition-switch defect as a judge slammed plaintiffs' lawyers for failing to vet their client, an Oklahoma mail carrier accused by the carmaker of lying to the court. Judge Jesse Furman said GM could show a jury evidence which he said would probably be “devastating” to the plaintiff.... Read More »

U.S. recalls hit another record in 2015, NHTSA chief Rosekind says

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2016

More than 51 million vehicles were recalled in 2015 in nearly 900 campaigns, another record, NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind said today during a speech at the Washington auto show.... Read More »

GM ignition-switch plaintiff, accused of perjury, hires criminal-defense lawyer

3:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

The Oklahoma man whose lawsuit against General Motors over flawed ignition switches was the first to go to trial hired a criminal-defense attorney after the carmaker accused him of perjury and check fraud, the lawyer said.... Read More »

GM ignition-switch trial hits snag over real-estate fraud accusation

3:07 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

An Oklahoma family's eviction from their “dream house” following allegations of check fraud is threatening to derail the first trial over General Motors' ignition-switch flaw.... Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court to decide if service advisers must be paid overtime

11:26 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a dispute over whether service advisers must be paid overtime. Arguments before the court are expected this spring.... Read More »

Renault recalls Captur diesels to fix emissions glitch

Jan. 19, 2016 09:10 CET

Renault is recalling 15,800 Captur SUVs to fix pollution-control systems and will offer voluntary emissions-system updates for about 700,000 diesel vehicles as the automaker seeks to avoid a Volkswagen-type crisis.... Read More »

VW's South Korea chief faces criminal case over emissions recall

Jan. 19, 2016 10:55 CET

South Korea plans to file a criminal complaint against the country's Volkswagen and Audi chief. It says a recall plan for emissions-cheating cars fell short of legal requirements.... Read More »

BMW trims free service, adds dealer bonus

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

BMW of North America will cut its free scheduled maintenance to 3 years/36,000 miles starting with the 2017 model year and use the savings to pay for a new dealer bonus.... Read More »

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BLOG: Dragging my feet and getting shamed into fixing a Jeep

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

FCA has been a nagging but well-meaning aunt, bugging me regularly to bring in an older Jeep Grand Cherokee for an inspection and possible update.... Read More »

Ex-GM engineer DeGiorgio acknowledges 'mistakes' made over ignition switch

3:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

Jurors heard testimony from former General Motors engineer Ray DeGiorgio, who approved a faulty ignition switch 12 years before its problems prompted a massive recall that came too late, according to lawyers for a man suing GM over injuries he suffered in a crash.... Read More »

Auto industry, U.S. regulators agree to historic measures to improve recalls

11:05 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

The U.S. Transportation Department and 17 automakers pledged to work together on safety measures and to improve recalls while the companies also agreed to voluntarily work with the government to identify cybersecurity threats.... Read More »

GM challenges ignition-switch plaintiff's account of crash fallout

7:05 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

A GM lawyer pushed back against an Oklahoma man's testimony that his quality of life plummeted because of crash injuries he blamed on his Saturn Ion's faulty ignition switch, in the first trial after a recall of millions of vehicles with the defective switch.... Read More »

GM cites victim's painkillers in ignition-switch trial

10:37 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

The plaintiff's attorney in the bellwether federal trial over General Motors' flawed ignition switches says the automaker's "blame-the-victim" strategy is already on display in the early proceedings.... Read More »

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NHTSA's Rosekind steps up call for proactive safety culture

2:27 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

After another year of massive recalls and record fines imposed on automakers, Mark Rosekind doubled down on his push for the auto industry to take up a more proactive approach to vehicle safety.... Read More »

GM concealed ignition-switch defect, U.S. jurors told in 'bellwether' trial

4:25 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

GM should pay for concealing an ignition-switch defect from its customers that has been linked to nearly 400 injuries and deaths, a lawyer for an Oklahoma man injured in a car crash told a Manhattan jury today.... Read More »

Mazda recalls 374,000 vehicles for Takata airbag defects

3:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Mazda said it will recall 374,000 U.S. vehicles linked to potentially defective front passenger-side airbags made by Takata Corp.... Read More »

Takata may get relief from Japanese automakers, paper reports

6:32 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

Takata shares surged the most in more than a year after the Sankei newspaper reported that Japanese automakers may provide support to the airbag maker to safeguard access to its technology.... Read More »

Chevrolet ties dealer bonuses to recalls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

Chevy has revamped its dealer-incentive program to coax higher sales of the Cruze, Malibu and Silverado.... Read More »

Hawaiian dealer starts service tech 'farm team'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

Dealer Mark Benson, president of Honolulu Ford in Hawaii, has teamed with the Boy Scouts of America to start an in-dealership program to introduce high school students to careers as service techs. He wants to take it nationwide.... Read More »

Sonic Tools maps plan to gain N.A. foothold

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

Sonic, a new brand of professional mechanics' tools from Europe, aims to break into the North American market by setting itself apart from the competition with its business model and its tool-storage system.... Read More »

GM fails to avert first ignition-switch U.S. trial

8:29 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2015

A U.S. judge on Wednesday rejected General Motors' bid to dismiss the first so-called "bellwether" case over defective ignition switches in its vehicles, clearing the way for a Jan. 11 trial.... Read More »

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