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TRW seeks long-term business from Takata airbag customers

2:58 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015
TRW Automotive is moving ahead with plans to produce replacement airbag inflators for Takata customers, but only for automakers willing to offer guarantees of long-term business.... Read More »

 

NICK BUNKLEY

Why you can't blame only GM for the Year of the Recall

10:31 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015
Don't blame General Motors for the Year of the Recall. At least not entirely. Sure, GM started it.... Read More »

 

Honda withdraws 2017 global sales target amid quality concerns

7:39 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015
Honda said it has scrapped its target of selling 6 million vehicles annually by 2017 because the pressure to reach the objective contributed to the quality lapses that led to record recalls last year.... Read More »

 

Cars recalled in U.S. reached 64 million in 2014, NHTSA says

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
Carmakers recalled about 64 million vehicles in the United States last year, more than double the previous record set in 2004, according to official government data.... Read More »

 

Takata to double output of replacement inflators to 900,000 a month

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015
Takata, racing to meet a huge backlog of orders for replacement airbag inflators, plans to double production to 900,000 units a month by September. The embattled supplier is boosting output of replacement inflators for automakers that have recalled nearly 25 million vehicles globally since 2008.... Read More »

 

GM gets 57 more claims for faulty ignition switch compensation

12:19 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
General Motors received another 57 claims for compensation for ignition switch defects in its cars in the past week, bringing the total to 4,237, according to the administrator of the company's compensation program.... Read More »

 

GM extends top lawyer's stay as search for successor continues

8:56 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
General Motors said it has extended the tenure of its top lawyer, Michael Millikin, whose department was criticized over how it handled the issue of the automaker's defective ignition switch linked to more than 50 deaths, and the search for a replacement is ongoing.... Read More »

 

Porsche will recall some Panamera, Cayenne models in China on camshaft problem

Feb. 9, 2015 10:51 CET
Porsche will recall 14,571 cars in China, including some Panamera and Cayenne models, due to defective camshaft adjuster bolts that may loosen or break, the country's national quality watchdog said.... Read More »

 

GM rarely weighs in on comp claims

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
General Motors has played the role of infrequent adviser in the handling of its compensation fund for victims of its defective ignition switch.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

The goal must be 100% recall notification, repair

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
It's clear that the U.S. auto recall system failed Carlos Solis IV, who was killed in a car crash in January when he was struck by metal from a faulty air bag. It has failed others before. That's unacceptable.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

More thoughts on auto safety

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Crashes still kill more than 30,000 motorists annually and seriously injure as many. Keith Crain's Jan. 26 column, "Time to rethink auto safety," presented an aspect of what we should think about, but we are effectively driving blind: We have little timely detail on what is happening in crashes.... Read More »

 

Jaguar Land Rover to recall more than 104,000 SUVs, cars for brake, lighting glitches

10:49 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2015
Jaguar Land Rover North America will recall more than 104,000 SUVs and cars after NHTSA published three notices that highlighted safety concerns that could lead to faulty braking and lighting.... Read More »

 

Takata whistleblower willing to testify on deadly airbag flaws

6:23 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015
A former Takata engineer has told a US congressional committee he's willing to testify that he warned of deadly consequences before the company chose a design for airbags that were later recalled due to lethal flaws.... Read More »

 

Takata widens loss forecast as airbag recall costs mount

10:03 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015
Takata, the Japanese airbag maker at the center of a safety crisis, widened its loss forecast for this fiscal year as automakers led by Honda expanded recalls to investigate the cause of malfunctions.... Read More »

 

GM recalls said to trim executive bonuses while sparing UAW

9:52 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015
The cost of General Motors' massive ignition-switch recall will cut into executives’ bonuses for last year, even as UAW members’ profit-sharing payments exclude those billions, said two people familiar with the matter.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Deaths linked to defective GM switch expected to rise, fund official says

9:20 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
The number of eligible claims for deaths and injuries linked to the defective GM ignition switch that led to the recall of 2.6 million older cars should rise, an official responsible for administering the victim compensation fund said today.... Read More »

 

Death exposes recall-system flaws

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
The driver of a Honda Accord who died last month in crash involving a ruptured Takata airbag inflator hadn’t been notified that his car was included in a June recall. The death highlights some of the pitfalls of the vehicle recall system.... Read More »

 

Recall costs, tepid sales torpedo Honda profit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Tepid sales and hefty recall expenses broadsided North American profit at Honda Motor Co. in the latest quarter, prompting the automaker to trim its full-year sales and profit outlooks.... Read More »

 

M-B launches no-appointment quick service

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Mercedes-Benz is rolling out quick service for basic maintenance that can be completed in as little as 30 minutes. No appointment is needed. The program, Premier Express, was piloted last year and will go nationwide in the first quarter.... Read More »

 

Repairs: Dealerships satisfy, study says, but independents lead

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
The service departments of dealerships lagged independent repair shops in a Consumer Reports satisfaction study, but there's good news hidden in the survey. Respondents also reported being very satisfied overall with their repairs at dealerships, but they also dislike the high cost of parts at dealerships.... Read More »

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

TRW recall shows the mess life-saving airbags have become

6:51 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2015
Federal regulators' push for a second recall of 2.1 million cars and trucks whose airbags could go off while driving delivered more cautionary tales about a complex life-saving technology that's had a very bad year.... Read More »

 

Toyota, Honda, Fiat Chrysler must do 'follow up' recalls of 2.12 million vehicles

10:55 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2015
Honda, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler will do "follow up" recalls of about 2.12 million vehicles with defective electronic control units that can cause airbags to inadvertently deploy, federal safety regulators said today. The recall affects about 1 million vehicles from Toyota, 374,177 from Honda and 753,176 from Fiat Chrysler.... Read More »

 

Honda crash death exposes weaknesses in recall system

2:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
The driver of a 2002 Honda Accord who died earlier this month in a crash involving a ruptured Takata airbag inflator hadn't been notified that his vehicle was recalled in June 2014 for the suspect inflators, a Honda spokesman said. The fatal crash in Texas marked the sixth death linked to inflators made by Takata and highlights some of the pitfalls of the current vehicle recall system.... Read More »

 

Honda cuts profit target as Takata airbag recalls bite

2:52 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
Honda sliced 6.5 percent off its core annual profit forecast as it set aside hundreds of millions of dollars in extra cash to cover an extended car recall to replace potentially faulty airbags made by Takata. Honda also said third-quarter earnings fell 23 percent as it soaked up recall costs.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM ignition-switch victims accepting offers, Feinberg says

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
General Motors' compensation program for victims of ignition-switch accidents is meeting its goal of sidelining many potential lawsuits, according to the lawyer handling the payments.... Read More »

 

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