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Mustang driver injured by airbag fragment in N.C. crash

10:40 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2014
Ford said on Sunday night it was cooperating with federal safety regulators investigating a report the driver of a 2007 Ford Mustang was injured in August by a metal fragment from the car's airbag.... Read More »

 

What is a recall? Automakers confuse drivers in deadly airbag saga

10:48 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2014
More than 17 million cars with Takata airbags have been recalled worldwide, including over 11 million in the United States. But that number represents a patchwork of confusing safety messages to drivers: "safety improvement campaigns," informal "regional recalls," and formal recalls of certain models rather a consistent national action. The mixed messages make owners wonder how worried they should be.... Read More »

 

Rehired exec at center of Takata storm

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2014
This past summer, Takata rehired a retired engineering executive to oversee its embattled quality-control operation -- an executive who is now at the center of a fresh controversy involving the company's disclosures about its defective airbags.... Read More »

 

Ford extends Ranger recall in U.S. to look at driver's side airbag

8:34 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2014
A recall of Ford Ranger pickup trucks in the United States was expanded to include more flawed Takata airbags after a fatal accident in Malaysia exposed a defect that wasn't previously known.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Former GM engineer at center of recall crisis says 'I did my job the best I could'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2014
The General Motors engineer often identified as responsible for a faulty ignition switch that has been linked to 32 deaths said "I did my job the best I could" in his first public comments since GM recalled 2.6 million cars to address the defect early this year.... Read More »

 

TIMELINE -- Takata airbag recalls

12:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Following are some key events leading to the recall of several million cars fitted with potentially defective air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata.... Read More »

 

Senate to hold hearing on Takata airbag recalls; company subpoenaed by U.S. grand jury

6:24 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
A Senate Committee hearing into the recalls of defective Takata airbags that have so far been linked to five deaths is slated for next Thursday, the committee announced today. Also, the supplier earlier today confirmed it received a subpoena from a federal grand jury looking into the handling of the flawed airbags.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Delphi turns over GM recall evidence in deal with plaintiffs

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Delphi Automotive agreed to give thousands of documents to lawyers suing General Motors over faulty ignition switches and to let the lawyers speak with the supplier's employees in exchange for being dropped as a defendant.... Read More »

 

Mazda to offer unlimited mileage warranty in Canada

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Mazda Motor Corp. will offer an unlimited mileage warranty to consumers who buy or lease a vehicle in Canada beginning with the 2015 model year, the automaker said today.... Read More »

 

Honda discloses 5th Takata-linked airbag fatality, issues recall

6:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
The death toll linked to defective Takata airbags grew to five today with Honda disclosing the first fatality outside the United States and calling back more cars.... Read More »

 

Barra to sit out award ceremony following protests

10:17 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
General Motors said Wednesday that CEO Mary Barra will sit out an award ceremony in her honor next week following protests from a group of family and friends of people killed in defective GM vehicles.... Read More »

 

Takata disputes report it hid airbag tests before recall crisis

9:06 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Takata said it tested airbags in 2004 for an issue separate from the flaw at the center of an auto-safety crisis, disputing a report by the New York Times last week.... Read More »

 

Feinberg may seek GM switch-related cases in regulator files

12:02 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
The lawyer handling General Motors' compensation for victims of accidents tied to its faulty ignition switches said he'll consider an auto safety advocate's suggestion that he comb regulators' files for relevant accidents.... Read More »

 

Chrysler to begin replacing Takata airbag inflators in U.S. in Dec.

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
Chrysler will begin replacing potentially defective airbag inflators made by Takata in more than 371,000 vehicles in early December, according to documents filed by the automaker with federal safety regulators.... Read More »

 

NICK BUNKLEY

GM victim's family left in the dark with compensation clock ticking

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
For 11 years, Jean Averill's family had no idea that her death was connected to a defective ignition switch. For the past five months, Averill's name sat in a footnote at the bottom of Page 103 in the Valukas report, which details the findings of General Motors' investigation into that defective ignition switch.... Read More »

 

Cox Automotive to buy Xtime for $325M, enters service software business

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
Cox Automotive has agreed to pay $325 million in cash to buy Xtime, a leading provider of service scheduling and workflow software to dealerships, the companies announced today. The deal is expected to be completed in the next few days, said Keith Jezek, software division president at Cox Automotive.... Read More »

 

Mercedes recalls 10,500 C-class cars in U.S. for steering defect

12:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 10,509 C-class compacts from model year 2015 in the United States because some cars can lose steering function at low speed.... Read More »

 

GM switch fund approves 2 more death, 4 injury claims

12:07 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
A program to compensate the victims of a faulty ignition switch in GM vehicles found last week that the part was linked to two additional deaths and four injuries, bringing the total number of eligible claims to 67, according to a report on Monday.... Read More »

 

CULTURAL EVOLUTION

Barra pinning GM's transformation on small changes that add up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Instead of a broad culture shift, General Motors CEO Mary Barra is pressing employees for small changes — singular moments of candor and more-decisive action — that over time will add up to the cultural transformation that has eluded so many of her predecessors.... Read More »

 

GM ordered new ignition switches months before recall, report says

10:59 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2014
GM ordered a half-million new replacement ignition switches nearly two months before it told federal safety regulators about the safety issues which prompted a recall of millions of vehicles this year, The Wall Street Journal reported.... Read More »

 

Nissan expands recalls over possibly deadly airbag failures

4:04 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 8, 2014
Nissan expanded a recall of cars and SUVs in high-humidity regions suspected of having defective airbag inflators that can shoot metal shrapnel at passengers.... Read More »

 

M-B bolsters service with concierge program

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 8, 2014
Mercedes-Benz has launched a product specialist program for dealerships and aims to train 1,600 employees through the program by the end of next year.... Read More »

 

THE AIRBAG RECALL CRISIS

Reports of Takata coverup 'require a criminal investigation,' lawmakers say

11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014
Lawmakers have called for a federal criminal probe into Japanese auto supplier Takata following a report that the company destroyed results of airbag tests conducted in secret in 2004.... Read More »

 

Chrysler expands Jeep trailer hitch recall outreach after low initial response

12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014
Chrysler Group will expand efforts to reach more owners of older Jeep Grand Cherokees and Libertys for a recall campaign after initial mailings drew in only 120,000 vehicles.... Read More »

 

Honda upgrades Takata airbag repair campaign in U.S. to recall

10:14 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Honda, the automaker most affected by an auto-safety crisis involving Japanese supplier Takata, said it would upgrade a airbag repair campaign in the United States to a formal recall.... Read More »

 

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