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Obama administration eyes leadership change at NHTSA, report says

11:35 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
The acting chief of the NHTSA, the top federal automotive safety regulator, is unlikely to be nominated for the job and an active search is under way to fill the position, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday....
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Takata knew of airbag defects as early as 2001, lawsuits allege

9:51 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Takata knew at least as early as 2001 of manufacturing defects that could lead its airbags to explode, U.S. drivers claimed in lawsuits....
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U.S. safety regulators probe Chrysler process on Ram pickup recalls

1:55 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Federal safety regulators have opened an investigation of Chrysler Group's handling of two recalls for potential steering issues affecting nearly 1 million Dodge Ram pickup trucks in the United States....
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THE GM RECALL

Deaths linked to GM's ignition switch rise to 30

12:08 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
A program to compensate victims of mishaps caused by a faulty ignition switch in General Motors' vehicles has approved one new death claim, bringing the total number of deaths linked to the switch so far to 30, according to a report released today....
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More airbag recalls could test automakers' Takata ties

8:29 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Japan's Takata, whose potentially defective car airbags have been linked to four deaths in the United States, is unlikely to be dumped by its automaker customers given the cost and disruption of such a move -- for now....
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Ghosn sees more recalls to ensure quality

Oct. 27, 2014 16:03 CET
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says consumers can expect more recalls as automakers work to keep customers happy and ensure minimal fuss over quality issues....
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VW owners in China protest over automaker's recall

Oct. 27, 2014 11:57 CET
Volkswagen faces protests in China after car owners were unsatisfied with its handling of a recall to fix a possible suspension defect. China is VW's No. 1 market, accounting for more than a third of its global unit sales in the first nine months....
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'No other supplier other than Takata has used this ammonium nitrate'

7:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
The emerging crisis over airbags traces back to a little-known Japanese company that for over 20 years has supplied the safety devices to automakers including Toyota, Honda and GM....
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Honda to take $53 million charge for recalls, including Fit

6:57 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Honda Motor Co. said it will book 5.7 billion yen ($53 million) in additional recall charges for vehicles, including the top-selling Fit compact car and the new Vezel SUV....
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Takata to form quality control committeee; CEO apologizes for airbag crisis

6:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Takata said it will form a global quality control committee in response to an auto-safety crisis created by flaws in its airbags. The company's CEO also issued an apology....
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Takata warnings intensify

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Takata has wrestled with airbag defects for several years, but the issue drew increased attention in the spring and gained urgency last week, after tests showed a higher risk of failure than previously believed....
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KEITH CRAIN

The recall process must change

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
We have had two cases involving defective parts so bad that one potential solution has been for owners to park their cars. That is indeed a drastic remedy. We have to figure out a better way of handling recalls....
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NHTSA back in cross hairs as airbag crisis escalates

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2014
For the second time this year, a long-standing defect linked to deaths and injuries has triggered a mushrooming auto-safety crisis, lending more fuel to criticism that federal regulators haven't done enough to protect consumers from such dangers. Perhaps more unnerving to those consumers, the problem doesn't yet appear to be contained....
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Russia may extend car-buying subsidy scheme into 2015

Oct. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
Russia may extend an incentive scheme for new-vehicle purchases beyond this year to help the car industry weather an economic downturn which has caused sales to plummet 13 percent so far this year....
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NHTSA to brief House committee on Takata airbag recalls

1:37 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will brief members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee next week on the agency's investigation and recalls of Takata airbags....
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Takata's airbag crisis may spur automaker shift to Autoliv, Daicel

Oct. 24, 2014 11:49 CET
The defect in Takata Corp. airbags that has led to millions of recalls and has been linked to four deaths in Honda cars opens the supplier to risk of losing business to rivals including Autoliv and Daicel....
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NHTSA in line for cultural overhaul after airbag meltdown

2:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2014
The agency that botched a campaign to publicize a potentially lethal Takata airbag defect affecting 7.8 million U.S. cars is reviewing its safety culture, according to a senior Obama administration official....
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GM Financial faces government, state probes over subprime loans, securities

5:49 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
GM Financial disclosed Thursday it is being investigated by “state attorneys general and other governmental offices” in connection with subprime auto loans and the sale of subprime auto loans in the form of asset-backed securities....
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Audi will recall 850,000 A4s globally over airbag problems

Oct. 23, 2014 15:42 CET
Audi will recall 850,000 A4s worldwide due to an airbag problem that could prevent front airbags from deploying. Audi said its faulty airbags are not made by Takata, which is at the center of a growing number of recalls....
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Honda, after 5th Fit recall, appoints first quality czar; top execs take pay cut

6:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
In an unprecedented move, Honda, announcing its fifth Fit recall in 12 months, appointed a quality czar to clamp down on problems. Senior executives will also take pay cuts for three months to take responsibility for the recall-plagued car....
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Autoliv lowers sales outlook but says Takata woes are helping its business

Oct. 23, 2014 16:55 CET
Autoliv posted a surprise fall in third quarter earnings and lowered its outlook for 2014 sales growth while saying it has seen positive effects on its business in the wake of recent issues with Japanese parts maker Takata's air bags....
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NHTSA's botched airbag recall leaves car owners in dark

6:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
NHTSA botched its effort to inform the public about a potentially lethal airbag defect, directing 8 million consumers to an inoperable website and leaving millions of others unsure as to whether their cars were even at risk....
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N.Y. taxi owners to fight Nissan's 'Taxi of Tomorrow' in court of appeals

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
New York taxi fleet operators won permission to challenge the city's $1 billion plan for the "Taxi of Tomorrow," a new fleet of cabs from Nissan, before the state's top court....
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Nissan expands Takata airbag recall by 260,000 units worldwide

7:08 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
Nissan today expanded a global recall of cars using Takata-made airbags, which have been linked to four deaths in Honda cars....
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Mazda may appeal $10 million accident verdict in Ala.

12:47 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
Mazda said it is considering an appeal of an Alabama jury order to pay $9.9 million to the victims of a 2010 crash that resulted in a fuel-fed fire, injuring the driver and killing the only passenger....
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