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Takata airbag plant in Mexico with troubled past at center of probe

9:07 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Takata's plant in Ciudad Frontera, Mexico, has been confirmed as the source of defective airbags made in 2001 and 2002 and again around 2012, Reuters reported today, citing information from recall records, automakers and regulators. In 2006, the factory blew up -- driving home for workers and residents the volatility and risk of the explosive compound at the core of Takata's airbags....
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Toyota Sienna fares well in new crash test; 3 other minivans perform poorly

7:09 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
In a front overlap crash safety tests of four minivans sold in the United States, only the latest model of the Toyota Sienna scored well, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said today....
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UK car production likely to miss full-year target on weak overseas demand

Nov. 20, 2014 12:09 CET
UK car production is unlikely to hit a full-year goal of 1.59 million as demand from key western European markets and Russia continues to fall, the SMMT industry association said....
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Airbag angst preceded U.S. demand for nationwide Takata recall

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Consumer worries about the safety of their airbags played a key role in why federal regulators now are demanding that carmakers recall cars with Takata airbags nationwide -- even at the potential risk of endangering drivers who most urgently need replacements....
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BMW says its Takata inflator work moving from Mexico to Germany

7:21 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Takata plans to shift production of BMW airbag inflators from Mexico to Germany, BMW said on Wednesday in a filing with federal safety regulators who have been probing questions about the quality of manufacturing at the plant....
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Obama nominates NTSB's Mark Rosekind to lead NHTSA

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
President Barack Obama nominated transportation expert Mark Rosekind to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has come under heavy criticism this year for a perceived slow response to major recalls and safety concerns....
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JIM HENRY

Free advice for consumers can be worth the price

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
There’s a bright spot for dealerships that do a lot of business with automakers’ captive finance companies and preferred lenders, data on the website Wallet Hub show: Car manufacturers (that is, captives) charge the lowest auto loan rates for new cars, at 40 percent below average....
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GM getting positive reviews on Wall Street despite record recalls

8:51 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
If relative value means anything, GM may be the best buy in the auto industry. That, at least, is the consensus of bullish analysts, who are extolling the highest-quality vehicles in decades and operating margins to go with them, even as GM suffers a record recall of cars....
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Ford, GM business seen buoying Takata as U.S. probes airbags

6:44 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Carmakers continue to support Takata even as the Japanese supplier suffers widening scrutiny by United States regulators over airbags blamed for at least five deaths. Ford, Honda and GM have worked with Takata on new car features over so many years that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to quickly move to alternative supplier....
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Toyota's Lentz says more replacement inflators coming next month

6:37 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Toyota, seeking to speed up progress on a recall begun in 2013, is anticipating a greater supply of inflators for Takata airbags being replaced in millions of cars....
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Takata faces nationwide recall order for driver's-side airbags

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
Federal safety regulators are seeking to expand regional recalls of faulty driver's-side airbags made by Takata into a nationwide campaign, prompting the supplier to warn of potential parts shortages....
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VW will stop selling Seat cars in Russia next year

Nov. 18, 2014 15:36 CET
Volkswagen's Spanish subsidiary, Seat, will stop selling cars in Russia by early next year because of the country's economic downturn and weakening ruble....
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Ford recalls 65,000 Fusion models on ignition key issues

9:17 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
Ford said today it is recalling about 65,000 Fusion sedans in North America because the key can be removed from the ignition even if the car is not in the "park" position 30 minutes after the ignition is off, the company said....
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Honda owners can request new airbags even if their cars weren't recalled

12:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
After recalling millions of vehicles over potentially life-threatening Takata airbag inflators, Honda said it will replace airbags, as appropriate, for concerned customers who were not subject to the recall....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Assembly redo: How Mercedes' Sprinter dodges chicken tax

11:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
A curious exercise in automobile manufacturing takes place daily inside the old, 350,000-square-foot Western Star truck plant here that is now owned by Daimler....
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Daimler, BMW cooperate on suppliers in Mexico

Nov. 18, 2014 10:17 CET
Daimler and BMW are working together to build a network of suppliers for their new factories in Mexico as both carmakers aim to take advantage of the country's tariff-free access to the U.S. market....
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GM grants another month for victim filings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
General Motors said late Sunday it agreed to extend the deadline for victims of faulty ignition switches to apply for compensation by another month to January 31....
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FUEL ME ONCE ...

Hydrogen cars are here. Is the world ready for them?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Auto companies have looked to hydrogen fuel cells as a groundbreaking technology: a nonpolluting power source that isn't constrained by battery capacity and doesn't require long stretches of downtime for charging. But one key breakthrough -- making a hydrogen-fueled vehicle as easy to drive and refuel as a gasoline-powered one -- remains elusive....
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Takata airbag death linked by lawsuit to delay in Honda alert

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Honda's U.S. unit advised dealers not to contact customers about a potentially fatal defect because of a parts shortage, one week before shrapnel from an exploding airbag left a woman looking as if she had been killed with a knife, lawyers for her family said....
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GM's bankruptcy judge to retire, remain on recall status

3:32 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
The New York bankruptcy judge overseeing part of the fallout from General Motors' problems with faulty ignition switches will retire from the bench, but remain active in so-called recall status for at least a year, his court announced....
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Airbag settlements keep details from other victims of accidents

6:26 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Confidential settlements over defective Takata airbags are sealing off relevant information that other victims could use to pursue injury claims....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

U.S. driver data rules are not tough enough for Europe

4:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Privacy protection guidelines agreed to last week in the U.S. will not become a global template because they fall short of what is required in Europe to keep driver data safe....
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EDITORIAL

Takata must supply answers, replacement parts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
It's time for Takata to open up about airbags it manufactured that have prompted recalls of about 11 million vehicles in the United States since 2008....
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TRW investment to help Takata replace defective airbags would be short-term, ZF CEO says

Nov. 17, 2014 10:49 CET
ZF Friedrichshafen is ready to invest more through TRW Automotive in airbag inflator output to meet replacement demand following the recall of defective airbags made by Takata. The investment would not be a strategic shift to win market share, ZF CEO Stefan Sommer said....
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KEITH CRAIN

Want to buy a good, used crystal ball?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
The scenario was clear: Constantly rising prices at the gas pump would encourage more and more people to switch to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles....
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