Safety and Regulation

THE GM RECALL

Barra creates new GM engineering team to improve vehicle safety

5:11 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
General Motors, fighting to bolster its reputation amid a recall crisis, has created a team of engineers aimed at improving vehicle safety, CEO Mary Barra said Tuesday in New York. Touting a “new way of developing vehicles,” Barra said the new “global product integrity” team will “provide the highest levels of safety, quality, and customer service.”... Read More »

 

Bridgestone executives indicted for auto parts price fixing

6:27 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
One current Bridgestone executive and two who formerly worked for the Japanese tire company have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Cleveland for allegedly conspiring to fix automotive-part prices.... Read More »

 

PHILIP NUSSEL

A mixed message about GM's PR -- but why?

3:44 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
If a company changes its head of public relations in the midst of a public relations crisis that stems from a recall crisis, does that not send a certain message? Yes, unless the company is General Motors.... Read More »

 

GM asks U.S. judge to bar lawsuits for pre-bankruptcy recall claims

5:36 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
General Motors said in a court filing that it will ask a federal bankruptcy judge to bar lawsuits related to its recall for faulty ignition switches, citing the terms of its 2009 bankruptcy.... Read More »

 

Despite risks, many recalled vehicles will remain unrepaired as drivers ignore notices

6:43 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
Even with auto recalls on pace to reach the highest level in a decade this year, there's a good chance many of the vehicles won't get fixed.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM will update dealers Wednesday on recall parts status

4:10 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
General Motors told dealers it will hold a Web conference on Wednesday to update them on the status of parts needed to repair millions of small cars recalled for faulty ignition switches, as well as the procedures to follow for the recall.... Read More »

 

Clues in GM crashes easy to miss

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
At the time, many of the crashes now tied to faulty General Motors ignition switches looked like the predictable consequences of drunken driving, speeding or inattentiveness late at night.... Read More »

 

GM records show co-workers stymied in-house safety investigator

7:18 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
For about two years, General Motors engineer Brian Stouffer tried to figure out why faulty ignition switches now linked to at least 13 deaths were causing cars to stall.... Read More »

 

Despite high-profile recalls, GM hardly the worst offender

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Consumers in the United States may be watching in dismay as General Motors trudges through its high-profile safety recalls. But GM has recalled fewer units per 100 vehicles sold in the United States than several of its competitors during the past decade, according to data compiled by iSeeCars.... Read More »

 

At beleaguered GM, finally some good news

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Amid the furor over faulty ignition switches, life goes on at General Motors.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Where were Barra's PR, legal people?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
The performance of General Motors CEO Mary Barra, a seasoned Fortune 500 executive, during her congressional testimony was amazing.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Keys, push buttons and first responders

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
I have had concerns about push-button, fob and stop-start systems for some time now.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Beware of knee-jerk reactions to GM's recalls

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
The U.S. auto industry needs to be prepared for greater scrutiny, more government regulation and stronger enforcement.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

VW touches up Jetta with eye on safety, mpg

6:15 pm U.S. ET | April 13, 2014
To help the Jetta level the playing field in terms of crash safety and fuel economy with Japanese rivals like the Honda Civic and Mazda 3, VW has made substantial tweaks to the compact for model year 2015.... Read More »

 

U.S. failed to investigate GM even as auto-defect data abounded

11:16 pm U.S. ET | April 12, 2014
Federal regulators looking into GM's Chevrolet Cobalt noticed a surprising statistic: warranty claims over the car's air bags were four times higher than for competing vehicles.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Automotive safety at any cost? Sounds good, but it's not true

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2014
Cost-benefit analysis is a deep-rooted and necessary practice in every industry in which health and safety are at stake. If automakers truly spared no cost for safety, cars in American showrooms would have nothing but five-star crash test ratings and cutting-edge safety technology. And they would all cost a lot more.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM engineer OK'd leaving part number unchanged, document shows

5:15 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
A document created by supplier Delphi Automotive in May 2006 and released Friday by a congressional committee confirms that a General Motors engineer, Ray DeGiorgio, agreed to a redesign of the now-recalled ignition switch without changing the part number.... Read More »

 

U.S. House panel chairman cites 'failures' related to GM recalls

3:59 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
A congressional committee said today there were "failures within the system" over the handling of flawed ignition switches in General Motors vehicles, which have been linked to 13 deaths.... Read More »

 

Dealers see parts trickle in for recall repairs

4:14 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Most General Motors dealers continue to wait as parts that were expected to arrive this week to repair faulty ignitions on millions of recalled small cars only trickle in. The wait is disruptive to business, some dealers said today. They are working hard to keep customers informed and patient with the repair process, they said, adding that when the parts do arrive, service shops and technicians stand ready.... Read More »

 

BMW widens recall for engine-bolt defect to 489,000 vehicles

April 11, 2014 16:42 CET
BMW is recalling 489,000 vehicles worldwide due to a possible engine-bolt defect, widening a repair program that was initiated in China.... Read More »

 

Ford F-150 probe closed by U.S. regulators without request for recall

10:28 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Federal safety regulators said today they have closed an investigation into complaints of reduced power in Ford F-150 pickup trucks, stopping short of requesting a recall. The probe covered about 360,000 trucks.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Deadly GM ignition switches started with 2003 Saturn Ion

3:13 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
The 2003 Saturn Ion was supposed to be a pivotal car for GM. Instead, it came to represent the compromises and corner cutting that almost destroyed GM and now find the company in a global recall of some of its most popular models. The Ion debuted two years before the Chevy Cobalt, the model most associated with the current recall of 2.6 million vehicles, and it was the first car with the defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths, when engines turned off, disabling airbags.... Read More »

 

Co-owner of Calif. luxury dealership pleads guilty in campaign finance case

3:34 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
The co-owner of a California luxury-car dealership pleaded guilty in federal court to making illegal political campaign donations in the name of a foreign national, according to court documents.... Read More »

 

U.S. senators ask Justice Department to intervene in GM litigation

11:24 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
A group of senators today urged the Department of Justice to oppose any efforts by General Motors to skirt financial responsibility related to the company's failure to promptly recall vehicles with ignition switch problems linked to 13 deaths.... Read More »

 

Aisin Seiki is among suppliers involved in Toyota's recalls, report says

7:34 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Aisin Seiki is among suppliers involved in Toyota's recall of more than 6 million vehicles, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. The company made the seat rails involved in the April 9 recall and will discuss the costs with Toyota, the person said, asking not to be identified because the discussions are private.... Read More »

 

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