Vehicle Safety

Subaru recalls cars with Takata airbag inflators in U.S.

1:32 pm U.S. ET | July 8, 2014
Subaru of America is recalling 8,557 older model cars in the United States equipped with potentially defective airbag inflators made by Japanese supplier Takata, the automaker and federal regulators said today....
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Ford announces 6 recalls covering 100,610 vehicles in North America

10:57 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2014
Ford said it is recalling 100,610 vehicles in North America in six separate actions. About 92,000 of the vehicles have a potential problem with front axles that run to right wheels and may have not been properly installed during assembly. That may cause the axle to move outward over time and eventually become disengaged....
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Honda expands giant airbag recall to include California

9:36 am U.S. ET | July 4, 2014
Honda expanded a U.S. regional recall of vehicles over potentially explosive airbags to include California after a complaint that said a driver was injured in an accident in the state....
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THE GM RECALL

GM switch complaints began 17 years ago, long before Cobalt

6:55 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
General Motors car owners have been complaining to dealers about defective ignition switches since 1997, years before the automaker launched the Chevrolet Cobalt and other small cars with faulty switches linked to at least 13 deaths....
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NICK BUNKLEY

Compensation, yes, but no happy endings for GM crash victims' families

3:07 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
Daryl Chansuthus bristled at the word “compensation” when we spoke on the phone this week. Compensation doesn’t fill the void created on a rainy December night five years ago, when her 25-year-old daughter’s Chevrolet Cobalt SS hit a tree off Interstate 24 in Tennessee and no airbags deployed. More than compensation, Chansuthus wants accountability....
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RYAN BEENE

Hyundai's safety tech video shows what a sales pitch can't

2:16 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
The biggest problem with selling consumers on the idea of active safety technologies is that unless you experience what happens when they intervene, it's hard to fully appreciate their potential....
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Subaru recalls 660,000 vehicles for potential road salt brake-line corrosion

10:46 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
Subaru of America is recalling more than 660,000 vehicles in 20 “salt belt” states and the District of Columbia for potential brake-line corrosion that can occur when salt water enters through a gap in the fuel tank protector, the company said today....
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THE GM RECALL

GM judge says concealing switch fault would have been fraud

11:56 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2014
General Motors customers who sued the automaker over fallen car prices might have a stronger case if they could prove the company defrauded the court when testifying during its 2009 bankruptcy, a judge said....
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Senate's second GM hearing set for July 17

2:20 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2014
A Senate panel's probe into General Motors' botched handling of faulty ignition switches that have been tied to at least 16 fatal car crashes will continue with a second hearing on July 17....
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Calif. prosecutor sues GM over claims it hid defects

9:00 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
GM was sued by a California prosecutor over claims it deceived buyers by intentionally concealing defects rather than fixing them....
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Subaru, Mitsubishi also received potentially defective airbag inflators, Takata says

10:49 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Takata, the Japanese auto safety components supplier, said potentially defective airbag inflators that could explode with too much force, were also shipped to Japanese automakers Subaru and Mitsubishi Motors....
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THE GM RECALL

GM ignition issues trigger another massive recall

2:40 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
GM is recalling another 8.4 million cars globally from the 1997 to 2014 model years, including some that are linked to seven crashes, eight injuries and three deaths. Most of the cars -- 7.6 million -- are across seven full-sized models being recalled for inadvertent ignition key rotation, GM said Monday. The fatalities, which occurred in two crashes, involved 2003 and 2004 Impalas....
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Chrysler expands ignition-switch recall by 695,957 minivans, crossovers

8:54 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Chrysler Group has expanded a recall over ignition-switch issues, similar to those that prompted the General Motors recall crisis, by nearly 700,000 vehicles following an investigation by safety regulators....
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Toyota seeks exemption from U.S. safety rule to sell fuel-cell car

5:49 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Toyota asked the U.S. auto-safety regulator for a two-year exemption from a rule governing electric cars to clear the way for the company to sell its new fuel-cell vehicle....
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GM victims' lawyer says Feinberg to offer uncapped payment fund, report says

12:34 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2014
Kenneth Feinberg, who's creating a fund to compensate victims of GM's faulty ignition switch, is expected to offer payments for all drivers, passengers and bystanders killed or hurt in collisions related to the defect, according to a lawyer who said he's spoken to him, Bloomberg reported....
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Nissan Versa subject of NHTSA probe for speed control

5:18 pm U.S. ET | June 28, 2014
U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that a carpet cover trim panel is causing unwanted acceleration in Nissan Versa cars and preventing drivers from braking....
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In Japan, no airbags are better than hazardous ones

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2014
The massive recall of airbags made by Japan's Takata presents a global fix-it fiasco. With millions of cars needing new airbag inflators, it will take months to remedy all the vehicles on the road. That has prompted some less-than-optimal workarounds....
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GM recalls 392,459 big pickups, SUVs to update transfer case software

5:15 pm U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
GM is calling back 392,459 of its newest pickups and SUVs in the United States for a problem that could allow the trucks to slip into neutral unexpectedly, as the automaker continues a sweeping safety review in the wake of its bungled handling of a faulty ignition switch....
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THE GM RECALL

GM was urged in 2004 report to study Cobalt's ignition-airbag link

12:20 pm U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
A General Motors supplier studying an "anomaly" in a crash test on a preproduction Chevrolet Cobalt urged the company in 2004 to take a closer look at the connection between the ignition system and airbag deployment -- a link that eluded engineers and investigators at the company for years afterward....
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THE GM RECALL

GM's current product chief was part of '05 ignition-flaw debate

6:46 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
A top product-development executive still working at General Motors was involved in deliberations about a deadly ignition flaw kept from the public, newly released documents indicate....
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Autoliv agrees to settle U.S. securities class action for $22.5 million

7:31 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
Automotive safety products supplier Autoliv said today it reached an agreement in principle to settle a class action securities lawsuit in the United States....
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Airbag accident, lawsuit prompt GM to recall Cruze

9:12 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
An accident that left a Georgia woman blind in one eye and a subsequent lawsuit led GM Thursday to recall about 33,000 Chevrolet Cruze sedans in North America for potentially defective airbags made by Takata....
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Rockefeller proposes bill to strengthen auto-safety regulators

6:52 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
The chairman of the U.S. Senate committee that oversees auto safety proposed a bill late Thursday that would give U.S. regulators more funding and greater power to deal with light-vehicle defects. The legislation from Senator Jay Rockefeller would give NHTSA authority to order dangerous vehicles off the road, rather than merely advising customers not to drive them....
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GM victim-compensation plan to be released Monday

1:37 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
Ken Feinberg will disclose details of his plan to compensate victims of General Motors' defective ignition switch during a press conference on Monday, the attorney said today....
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Takata CEO apologizes to shareholders for airbag recall crisis

10:41 am U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada today apologized to shareholders about the company's growing liabilities for its role in industrywide airbag recalls, but said the company was still tallying the costs of the recall, according to those who attended the closed-door session....
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