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GM faulty-ignition death claims hit 104

12:37 pm U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

The death toll from General Motors’ faulty ignition switches has inched past 100, the office administering GM’s compensation fund said.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

A callous response to the airbag crisis

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

We're pleased to see that many auto-parts recyclers are cooperating with Honda's efforts to recover potentially deadly Takata airbags from America's salvage yards before they find their way into other vehicles. We wish we could say the same for their trade group.... Read More »

Honda, Daihatsu add 5 million cars to Takata airbag recall

4:40 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2015

The Takata airbag recall expanded by millions more vehicles for the second time in as many days, with Honda and Daihatsu calling back more inflators. The latest recalls affect some 4.89 million vehicles at Honda and about 260,000 at Daihatsu, the mini vehicle subsidiary of Toyota.... Read More »

Takata asking to pay for recalls through installments, report says

7:49 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2015

Takata asked automakers to allow it to pay for costs related to its recalled airbags by installment and is meeting with its bankers almost every day to ensure it has enough cash flow, an analyst who attended a company briefing told Bloomberg.... Read More »

Honda adds nearly 5 million cars to Takata airbag recall

May 14, 2015 11:00 CET

Honda today said it will recall 4.89 million cars globally to replace potentially fatal airbag inflators made by Japan's Takata. The recall comes a day after Toyota and Nissan said they were taking back 6.5 million vehicles worldwide over the same issue.... Read More »

Ford recalls 12,328 F-150s for faulty steering shaft

11:04 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2015

Ford is recalling about 12,300 2015 F-150 pickups in North America because of a faulty upper I-shaft that may separate, which can cause a loss of steering.... Read More »

GM recalls 522,000 Malibus, pickups for potential seat hazards

3:28 pm U.S. ET | May 12, 2015

GM is recalling about 469,000 2011-12 Chevrolet Malibus for a steel cable connected to the seat belt that can weaken and break, along with nearly 53,000 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups for faulty seat frame attachment hooks.... Read More »

Is danger lurking in junkyards?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

American Honda is reaching out to thousands of salvage yards and auto recyclers offering to buy up inventories of recalled Takata airbags in an effort to keep them out of circulation. The effort casts a spotlight on a murky segment of the automotive supply chain and a weak spot in the nation's recall regime.... Read More »

Sonic to restore customer-pay service revenue

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Sonic Automotive's warranty work is up so much, it was losing customer-pay service jobs due to lack of capacity. It's changing that now with several tweaks to its service lane.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Safetywise, recalls aren't all the same

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

The April 6 editorial, "2 key ideas to fix the recall process could save lives," favors having states notify vehicle owners of outstanding safety recalls. Notification: Yes -- if 50 different vehicle license-renewal processes can be reconfigured. Withhold registration: No.... Read More »

Tesla starts small with CPO program

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 9, 2015

Tesla is now selling CPO cars online in 11 US cities, marking the start of a used-car foray that could someday turn into a big money-maker. Tesla says it doesn't see used cars as a way to pad its margins, though that may change as used cars become a larger part of its business.... Read More »

Jeep, Dodge wiring repairs being probed by NHTSA

3:23 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

NHSTA is investigating the effectiveness of repairs after calling back 661,888 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in July for mirror lighting wires that could short circuit and cause a fire.... Read More »

AUTOMECHANIKA CHICAGO TRADE SHOW

Repair shops strive to stay head of the pace

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Insurance companies are increasingly savvy at reducing payments for repair work. Repair shops say insurers are steering them to aftermarket parts from China and other low-cost countries, which some say are inferior to factory-approved parts.... Read More »

California court case reworks technician pay plans

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Dealers often bemoan California's legal climate. Two of their biggest legal headaches there are labor-law challenges and class-action lawsuits.... Read More »

Striving to get recalls done the right way

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

The nation's new highway safety chief last week assembled a motley group of players with a vested interest in auto safety to fix the recall system. Among the strongest ideas: Making registration renewals contingent on completing recall repairs and assigning risk levels to make the more serious issues stand out.... Read More »

The ART of car diagnosis reaches new level at Audi

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Audi's ART robot connects service staff at dealerships with Audi technical experts at the brand's corporate offices to diagnose cars that come in for service with unusual problems.... Read More »

Recall bill cruises in Calif., but will it help?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2015

California lawmakers are fast-tracking a bill to patch a loophole in federal auto safety law. Dealers see it as a compromise, but they are struggling to find allies.... Read More »

Ford calls back more Fiestas for latch fix

9:50 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Ford said today it is expanding a recall for doors that can fly open, adding about 156,000 Fiestas in response to pressure from government regulators. Ford now has recalled more than 1.1 million vehicles this week for five different issues.... Read More »

Porsche captive adds branded F&I products

12:00 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2015

Porsche, Bentley and Lamborghini dealers in the U.S. are getting a new menu of F&I products to sell. Porsche Financial Services North America is introducing extended service contracts and other products bearing the Porsche name, plus F&I products for the Bentley and Lamborghini brands.... Read More »

Group 1, AutoNation set F&I revenue per vehicle records; most other publics improve

12:15 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2015

The six largest publicly traded new-vehicle retail groups nearly all improved in F&I revenues per vehicle retailed in the first quarter, led by Group 1 and AutoNation, which both topped $1,500 for the quarter.... Read More »

Ford's latest recalls include first on new F-150, Edge

10:03 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2015

Ford launched four recalls totaling 591,000 vehicles today in North America, including the first on the redesigned F-150 and Edge and the ninth on the 2014 Escape.... Read More »

Rosekind to talk safety with auto execs in Detroit

3:48 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2015

The top federal auto safety official is traveling to Detroit Wednesday for a series of meetings with automotive CEOs and executives to discuss his agency's safety expectations.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Maybe NHTSA could use excessive force to fix old Jeeps -- or leg traps

2:25 pm U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

So the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering its options on how to speed up the repair rate on a couple older recalls. May I suggest leg traps?... Read More »

Ford recalls 390,000 cars to fix doors that may fly open while driving

3:51 pm U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

Ford is recalling about 390,000 cars for an issue that could prevent the doors from latching or allow them to open unexpectedly while driving. The recall covers the 2012-14 Ford Fiesta, 2013-14 Ford Fusion and 2013-14 Lincoln MKZ, all of which were built in Mexico.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler recalls 46,000 vehicles for ignition switch, airbag issues

2:48 pm U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 43,874 Jeep Liberty, Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Viper models for possible ignition-switch issues and 2,408 Ram ProMaster City models for airbag problems.... Read More »

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