Safety and Regulation

GM issues stop-sale on crossovers for problem with Goodyear tires

10:22 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
General Motors has told dealers to stop delivery of about 6,300 2015 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave crossovers because of a pending recall to replace tires that are prone to cracking.... Read More »

 

Paperwork error on GM loan will cost JPMorgan $1.5 billion, U.S. court rules

1:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
A 2008 paperwork error in a loan agreement with General Motors, before the automaker went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, will cost JPMorgan Chase $1.5 billion, a federal appeals court ruled today.... Read More »

 

GM’s Treasury bailout records shouldn’t be secret, U.S. judge told

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
The Treasury’s role in shielding General Motors from car lawsuits after a 2009 bailout of the automaker isn’t confidential and should be made public, the Center for Auto Safety told a federal judge.... Read More »

 

Toyota supplier weighs raising airbag capacity as demand climbs

9:35 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Toyoda Gosei, a supplier part-owned by Toyota, is considering increasing its capacity for making airbags to cater to expanding global demand for the safety devices.... Read More »

 

Four former Chrysler dealers could reopen under U.S. appeals court ruling

2:58 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
One Las Vegas dealership and three former Detroit area dealerships -- Livonia Chrysler Jeep, Fox Hills Chrysler Jeep and Village Chrysler Jeep -- could get a chance to reopen more than five years after a Chrysler Group LLC decision to close them, according to a federal appeals court ruling.... Read More »

 

THE TAKATA AIRBAG RECALL

Takata airbag review panel members named by Skinner

10:52 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
Former Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner said six experts -- including Cerberus Chairman John Snow -- will serve on an independent panel that will oversee Takata's efforts to ensure that its airbag inflators meet federal safety standards.... Read More »

 

GM gets 108 more claims for faulty ignition switch compensation

8:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
General Motors has received 108 claims for compensation for ignition switch defects in its cars in the past week, bringing the total to 2,818, according to the official administering the compensation program.... Read More »

 

Japan's Daicel to lift inflator output after Takata recalls

8:48 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Japan's Daicel said it would boost production of airbag inflators to meet demand for the component at the heart of rival Takata's quality problems, which have led to the recall of more than 24 million vehicles worldwide since 2008.... Read More »

 

Ford Super Duty pickups face U.S. probe after stalls, stranded drivers

6:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2015
Federal safety regulators are investigating whether Ford went far enough with a recall of Super Duty pickups over complaints that they can stall and leave drivers stranded.... Read More »

 

Jeep Cherokee catches fire 2 days after purchase; NHTSA opens probe

11:06 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
A 2015 Jeep Cherokee that erupted in flames two days after purchase has prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate whether a defect exists in 50,415 of the SUVs.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM accused of misleading investors over recalls

6:55 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
General Motors managers misled investors and regulators for years about issues connected to vehicle ignition switch defects, shareholders said in a lawsuit accusing the company of inflating the stock's value.... Read More »

 

THE TAKATA RECALL CRISIS

Takata recalls prompt Japan to consider supplier regulations

6:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Japanese Transport Minister Akihiro Ohta said today his ministry was considering whether to revise existing laws to beef up oversight of auto suppliers in the wake of massive recalls of Takata airbags.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM does not have to turn over notes to ignition-flaw plaintiffs, judge rules

2:42 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
A federal judge today refused to let plaintiffs' lawyers suing General Motors access notes from lawyers the company hired to prepare an internal report on the automaker's decade-long mishandling of a deadly ignition-switch flaw.... Read More »

 

Autoliv has contracts for 25 million replacement Takata airbag inflators

12:39 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
Autoliv, the world’s largest supplier of automotive airbags, says it has signed contracts with several automakers to deliver up to 25 million inflators to fix potentially defective airbags produced by Takata.... Read More »

 

Volkswagen starts sales of black-box recorder for vehicle data

Jan. 14, 2015 18:18 CET
Volkswagen plans to sell a black box in Austria that records trips and tracks the location of a car. The box will be available for new and old VW and Audi models. VW plans to expand the service to other European markets.... Read More »

 

Daimler recalls 114,000 Mercedes in Germany over seal fault

Jan. 14, 2015 18:34 CET
Daimler said it is recalling 114,000 of its four-cylinder diesel-engined Mercedes-Benz cars in Germany because some are equipped with faulty seals that can cause potential oil leaks.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Lending practices face new scrutiny: States

11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
State officials aren't far behind the federal government in the present crackdown on auto lenders, especially in the subprime segment.... Read More »

 

Marchionne says industry may have over-reacted on recalls

12:11 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne today said incentive spending in the United States is not excessive and that the industry may have over-reacted on recalls.... Read More »

 

GM gets 141 more claims for faulty ignition switch compensation

11:20 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
GM received 141 additional claims for compensation for ignition switch defects in its cars in the past week, bringing the total to 2,710, according to the official administering the compensation program.... Read More »

 

Honda supercar father Ito misses rebirth as recalls sully NSX debut

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2015
Honda President Takanobu Ito will be a notable no-show in Detroit next week when he sends company deputies to unveil a new version of the high-end supercar that helped catapult him into the top job.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Could record Honda fine stoke Japan backlash?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2015
Japanese regulators have fretted that the Takata airbag recalls might spur a backlash against the country’s carmakers. Honda's $70 million in US fines could feed those concerns.... Read More »

 

Honda action signals NHTSA emphasis on beefed-up oversight

3:25 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
Additional federal scrutiny of company processes is emerging as a key part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's arsenal for reining in automakers that violate federal auto safety laws.... Read More »

 

Honda's Ito vows to scrutinize operations, raise quality

6:20 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
Honda President Takanobu Ito, beset by record recalls last year, told suppliers the carmaker will examine operations to improve quality and safety standards.... Read More »

 

Jeep drivers still dying in gas tank fires 18 months into recall

6:10 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
Eighteen months into a recall of Jeeps with exploding gas tanks, drivers of the affected models are still dying and more than 1 million of the vehicles remain unfixed.... Read More »

 

Honda agrees to pay $70 million in U.S. fines for under-reporting death, injury claims

12:33 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015
Honda agreed to pay a record $70 million in fines and submit to stricter oversight for failing to tell the US government about warranty claims and more than 1,700 injuries and deaths linked to potential defects in its cars.... Read More »

 

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