Safety and Regulation

GM suspends 2 engineers amid ignition-switch investigation

8:44 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
General Motors has placed two engineers, Ray DeGiorgio and Gary Altman, on paid leave for their roles leading to the recall of 2.6 million small cars with defective ignition switches, two people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. CEO Mary Barra said two engineers have been put on leave but didn't name them. A GM spokesman declined to comment further.... Read More »

 

Toyota, GM cases could usher in era of big recalls, increased scrutiny

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
After Toyota and GM were criticized for dragging their feet before calling back defective models in recent years, automakers are accelerating safety actions. Recalls recently climbed to records in Japan and China, while in the United States the 2014 pace is well ahead of last year's, when the tally rose to the highest since 2004.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM settled with families over fatal 2004 crashes linked to ignition switches

3:52 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
General Motors agreed to settlements with family members of two people who died in separate frontal crashes of Saturn Ions in 2004 in which airbags did not deploy, Automotive News has learned.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM raises recall charge to $1.3 billion, adds lock cylinder to part replacement

2:16 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
GM said it now expects to take a $1.3 billion charge in the first quarter related to its ignition-switch recall, as it expanded the scope of the recall to fix a problem that has caused some drivers' keys to fall out of the ignitions while their cars are on. The amount of the charge revealed today increases GM's March 31 estimate of $750 million by more than 70 percent. In addition to replacing the ignition switches on 2.... Read More »

 

GM suspends 2 engineers amid ignition-switch investigation

April 10, 2014 14:44 CET
GM has placed two engineers, Ray DeGiorgio and Gary Altman, on paid leave for their roles leading to the recall of 2.6 million small cars with defective ignition switches, two people familiar with the matter said.... Read More »

 

BMW recalls 156,137 vehicles to fix variable camshaft timing issue

12:19 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
BMW of North America said it is voluntarily recalling about 156,137 2010-2012 model-year vehicles in the United States because of a potential defect with the variable camshaft timing.... Read More »

 

Toyota, GM cases could usher in era of big recalls, increased scrutiny

April 10, 2014 06:01 CET
After Toyota and GM were criticized for delaying recalls of defective models in recent years, automakers are accelerating safety actions. Recalls recently climbed to records in Japan and China.... Read More »

 

Toyota recalls more than 6 million vehicles

April 9, 2014 09:51 CET
Toyota recalled 6.39 million vehicles worldwide for a range of glitches, from faulty airbags and seat rails to defective windshield wipers. The action affects about 2.34 million vehicles in North America and 810,000 in Europe.... Read More »

 

U.S. Congress turns GM probe focus to engineers, considers legislation

10:02 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Federal lawmakers investigating General Motors' slow recall of 2.6 million cars are zeroing in on engineers and others who may have been aware of problems with ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths.... Read More »

 

PHILIP NUSSEL

Why the UAW appeal at VW is a slippery slope

3:23 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
The UAW better be careful what it wishes for. If the union convinces President Barack Obama's National Labor Relations Board that it's an unfair labor practice for political leaders to be publicly involved in an organizing effort, then organized labor risks diluting the power of its best weapon: public pressure.... Read More »

 

Safety mandates forecast to drive autonomous car sales

3:09 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Self-driving cars may take another decade to hit roads in the United States, but their sales then will expand quickly due to new safety mandates, predicts IHS Automotive. After the first autonomous cars appear in North America in 2025, IHS forecasts they could account for 5 percent of the vehicles on North American roads by as early as 2035.... Read More »

 

VW orders U.S. dealers to stop selling cars with new engine

9:55 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Citing the risk of a leak in the transmission oil cooler, Volkswagen of America has ordered dealers in the United States to stop selling newer cars equipped with an automatic transmission and VW’s most common engine, the 1.8-liter EA888. The stop-sale order, sent to dealers Tuesday, applies to cars produced after Feb. 1. VW spokesman Scott Vazin said the problem arose when a supplier changed the specifications of an O-ring linking the transmission oil cooler to the transmission.... Read More »

 

VW orders U.S. dealers to stop selling cars with new Mexico-built engine

April 9, 2014 15:55 CET
Citing the risk of a leak in the transmission oil cooler, Volkswagen ordered dealers in the United States to stop selling newer cars equipped with an automatic transmission and VW's most common engine, the 1.8-liter EA888.... Read More »

 

NHTSA lawyer calls engineers 'first line of defense' for car safety

4:06 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's top lawyer told a gathering of automotive engineers today that they were the “first line of defense” in vehicle safety.... Read More »

 

U.S. fines GM for 'troubling' responses on recall questions

5:11 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
General Motors was hit with federal fines today over its ignition switch crisis after U.S. auto safety regulators concluded the company had not been forthcoming in responding to questions. In a letter today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hit GM with a fine of $7,000 per day over its responses to a 107-question query the agency filed with the company last month after the recall widened to 2.2 million U.S. vehicles.... Read More »

 

GM dealers field calls, manage inventory while waiting for recall parts

4:12 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
General Motors estimates repairs to 2.6 million small cars affected by a massive recall will not start until next week -- not this week as originally expected. Some dealers are fielding dozens of calls daily from customers wanting to know when their car will be fixed.... Read More »

 

Two GM SUVs score 'good' ratings in new crash testing

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
Only the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain survived the challenging new small-overlap crash test for mid-sized SUVs from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety with a "good" rating.... Read More »

 

GM investors unshaken as recall cuts $3 billion in stock market value

1:48 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Some of GM's institutional investors say they're keeping faith in the stock after the recall crisis wiped out more than $3 billion in shareholders' value over four weeks. CEO Mary Barra has apologized for the lives lost in accidents tied to an ignition switch defect and promised an aggressive investigation into why it took so long to do anything even though some at GM knew about the faulty switches as early as 2001.... Read More »

 

JASON STEIN

Barra's job just got a lot harder

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Was last week's public grilling about a faulty ignition switch or about New GM vs. Old GM?... Read More »

 

Expert: Out-of-spec parts can still be OK

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Why would an automaker knowingly accept a part that is out of spec?... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

GM's debacle: A lesson for the auto industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Viewing last week's congressional hearings through the prism of history, you would get the impression that the industry hasn't progressed a millimeter on safety since Ralph Nader exposed the instability of the Chevy Corvair a half century ago.... Read More »

 

Chevy Impala has airbag software flaw, safety advocate claims in U.S. petition

11:02 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
General Motors, in the midst of recalling 2.6 million small cars for an ignition-switch flaw that can deactivate air bags, also may have an air-bag defect connected to deadly accidents in its Chevrolet Impala, a safety group said.... Read More »

 

U.S. safety laws poised for revamp

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Capitol Hill's reaction to General Motors CEO Mary Barra's testimony last week sent a clear signal to Washington insiders: Congress is probably headed toward a round of reforms to U.S. laws and standards.... Read More »

 

The mystery of the switch signoff

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
The one-page form that Senator Claire McCaskill held up in last week's Congressional hearings raises more questions about how GM's ignition switch design was executed and who had a say in it. Former GM engineers say it suggests that a more extensive paper trail exists that would shed light on the 2006 part redesign, which has emerged as a key topic in the broadening investigation into what went wrong.... Read More »

 

CAMERA READY?

Tesla's push to replace side-view mirrors sparks safety fears

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
As federal regulators finalized a mandate for rearview cameras last week, Tesla Motors and the industry's main lobbying group sought permission to replace side mirrors with cameras. But the age of mirrorless cars will not come easy.... Read More »

 

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