Vehicle Safety

Barra to sit out award ceremony following protests

10:17 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
General Motors said Wednesday that CEO Mary Barra will sit out an award ceremony in her honor next week following protests from a group of family and friends of people killed in defective GM vehicles....
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Takata says it modified compound involved in airbag recalls

12:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Takata has modified the composition of an airbag propellant that contains a volatile chemical at the center of a recall of millions of cars worldwide, the company told Reuters....
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Takata disputes report it hid airbag tests before recall crisis

9:06 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Takata said it tested airbags in 2004 for an issue separate from the flaw at the center of an auto-safety crisis, disputing a report by the New York Times last week....
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Feinberg may seek GM switch-related cases in regulator files

12:02 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
The lawyer handling General Motors' compensation for victims of accidents tied to its faulty ignition switches said he'll consider an auto safety advocate's suggestion that he comb regulators' files for relevant accidents....
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Chrysler to begin replacing Takata airbag inflators in U.S. in Dec.

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
Chrysler will begin replacing potentially defective airbag inflators made by Takata in more than 371,000 vehicles in early December, according to documents filed by the automaker with federal safety regulators....
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GM discloses more ignition-related deaths in U.S. report

1:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
General Motors' most recent quarterly report to federal safety regulators on crashes that may be linked to a defect lists 47 deaths and 614 injuries in vehicles it has recalled this year for ignition problems....
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NICK BUNKLEY

GM victim's family left in the dark with compensation clock ticking

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
For 11 years, Jean Averill's family had no idea that her death was connected to a defective ignition switch. For the past five months, Averill's name sat in a footnote at the bottom of Page 103 in the Valukas report, which details the findings of General Motors' investigation into that defective ignition switch....
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Takata's chairman a no-show as airbag crisis endangers dynasty

11:06 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
Takata Chairman Shigehisa Takada’s failure to come forward and address an airbag crisis ensnaring the world’s biggest automakers risks shaking investor confidence in the 81-year-old manufacturer’s prospects....
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Mercedes recalls 10,500 C-class cars in U.S. for steering defect

12:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 10,509 C-class compacts from model year 2015 in the United States because some cars can lose steering function at low speed....
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Takata accused in lawsuit of burying bad airbag test results

8:26 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
Takata, the maker of automobile airbags with a potentially lethal defect that prompted the recall of almost 8 million cars, was accused in a lawsuit of a years-long cover-up....
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Takata stock falls to 5-year low after calls for criminal probe

6:42 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Takata Corp., the Japanese auto parts maker at the center of an airbag recall crisis, fell to the lowest in more than five years in Tokyo trading after U.S. lawmakers called for a criminal investigation of the company....
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Stop the Datsun Go, safety group requests

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Nissan's budget-priced Datsun Go hatchback has sold poorly since it debuted with much fanfare in India last March, and a devastating new assessment of the car's crash safety surely won't help....
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A harsher light on Takata

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2014
Reports that Takata executives suppressed information about a potentially deadly airbag defect as far back as a decade ago mark a turning point in the case....
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GM ordered new ignition switches months before recall, report says

10:59 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2014
GM ordered a half-million new replacement ignition switches nearly two months before it told federal safety regulators about the safety issues which prompted a recall of millions of vehicles this year, The Wall Street Journal reported....
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Honda Accord investigated by NHTSA for power-steering failures

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 8, 2014
Honda's Accord, the best-selling car to individual U.S. consumers in the first half of this year, is being investigated by the U.S. after regulators received 24 complaints about power-steering failure in 2013 models....
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THE AIRBAG RECALL CRISIS

Reports of Takata coverup 'require a criminal investigation,' lawmakers say

11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014
Lawmakers have called for a federal criminal probe into Japanese auto supplier Takata following a report that the company destroyed results of airbag tests conducted in secret in 2004....
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Honda upgrades Takata airbag repair campaign in U.S. to recall

10:14 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Honda, the automaker most affected by an auto-safety crisis involving Japanese supplier Takata, said it would upgrade a airbag repair campaign in the United States to a formal recall....
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Takata widens loss forecast, raises uncertainty over airbag liabilities

6:21 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Takata, the Japanese airbag supplier at the center of a safety crisis, widened its annual loss forecast, will skip a dividend payout and warned it can't estimate the full financial liability as regulators urge automakers to speed up recalls....
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Poorly handled recalls are a 'black eye' for the industry, Jackson says

4:48 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Mounting recalls this year are a “black eye” for the auto industry, AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson said today. The poorly handled recalls have resulted in an impression “seeping into the American consciousness that the industry does not have a coherent plan” to properly handle safety recalls, the head of the nation’s largest auto retailer told the Detroit Economic Club....
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GM asks bankruptcy judge to bar $10 billion ignition claims

6:33 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
General Motors asked a judge to knock out lawsuits demanding $10 billion for the lost value of millions of cars recalled this year for ignition-switch fixes and other repairs....
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THE GM RECALL

GM could face extra $2 billion tab if bankruptcy shield crumbles

8:03 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
Jesse Salazar III says an ignition switch flaw in his 2008 Chevrolet HHR has depressed its value, and he wants manufacturer GM to make it up to him. GM will argue in court filings later today that it shouldn't owe money to Salazar and hundreds of thousands of people like him....
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Ford calls back more than 202,000 vehicles in five N.A. recalls

10:44 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2014
Ford said today it will call back 202,241 vehicles in five North American recalls covering several issues, including an incorrect repair in a previous recall....
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THE GM RECALL

GM offers gift cards as bait for owners to get recalled cars fixed

12:04 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2014
General Motors is dangling $25 gift cards to Starbucks, Bass Pro Shops and other retailers to persuade nearly 1 million owners of recalled cars with faulty ignition switches to get them fixed....
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Mercedes-Benz adds 4wd, safety tech to Sprinter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Mercedes-Benz, running true to form, is turning to safety and powertrain technology to keep the 2015 Sprinter van on fleet buyers' shopping lists as newly launched Ford and Ram entries heat up the full-size van segment....
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Honda being probed by U.S. over Takata airbag failures

5:04 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Federal auto safety regulators have ordered American Honda to answer questions under oath about how it reports defect-related death and injury claims to the government after the automaker last month was accused of failing to report at least two incidents tied to defective Takata airbags....
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