GM faces NHTSA probe over '14 Chevy Impala automatic brakes

3:19 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
U.S. regulators are investigating whether a 2014 Chevrolet Impala's automatic-braking system kicked in unexpectedly at 40 miles per hour, causing a crash.... Read More »


'Slow to act' GM rankled NHTSA, e-mail shows

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2014
Discussions between the NHTSA and GM went back and forth for months, and GM eventually sent out two batches of recall notices to owners of about 7,000 cars. But NHTSA believed GM hadn't gone far enough and opened an investigation last summer to determine whether the recall should include 400,000 vehicles instead.... Read More »


Mazda recalls 109,000 Tributes over potential control-arm separation

3:04 pm U.S. ET | April 18, 2014
Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs from the 2001-04 model years because of rust that could cause separation of the lower control arm from the vehicle’s subframe. The recall covers vehicles sold in states where high corrosion is likely to occur, mainly those where roads get salted in the winter.... Read More »


U.S. senators press Delphi for answers on recalled GM cars

1:46 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Lawmakers probing how GM used faulty ignition switches in many vehicles are turning their scrutiny to the supplier of the part, Delphi Automotive. A group of senators on Tuesday wrote to Delphi CEO Rodney O'Neal, asking for information about whether the parts supplier pushed back against GM after the automaker apparently did not accept a proposed fix to the switches.... 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 »



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 »


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 »


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 »


NHTSA lawyer calls engineers 'first line of defense' for car safety

4:06 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's top lawyer told a gathering of automotive engineers today that they were the “first line of defense” in vehicle safety.... Read More »


U.S. fines GM for 'troubling' responses on recall questions

5:11 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
General Motors was hit with federal fines today over its ignition switch crisis after U.S. auto safety regulators concluded the company had not been forthcoming in responding to questions. In a letter today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hit GM with a fine of $7,000 per day over its responses to a 107-question query the agency filed with the company last month after the recall widened to 2.2 million U.S. vehicles.... Read More »


U.S. safety laws poised for revamp

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Capitol Hill's reaction to General Motors CEO Mary Barra's testimony last week sent a clear signal to Washington insiders: Congress is probably headed toward a round of reforms to U.S. laws and standards.... Read More »



Tesla's push to replace side-view mirrors sparks safety fears

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
As federal regulators finalized a mandate for rearview cameras last week, Tesla Motors and the industry's main lobbying group sought permission to replace side mirrors with cameras. But the age of mirrorless cars will not come easy.... Read More »


NHTSA? Nitschke? Now we're confused

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Rep. Billy Long, R-Mo., associates the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with a former National Football League star.... Read More »


Year of hope, promise veers badly off course for GM

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2014
Days after taking the top job at General Motors in mid-January, Mary Barra insisted there would be "no right or left turns" in the resurgent automaker's path. Instead, it has been a U-turn. GM's recall crisis has delivered a swift and dramatic jolt to a company that was in celebration mode just a few months ago.... Read More »


Gasoline-loving spiders cause Mazda6 recall for second time

3:15 pm U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
For the second time in three years, Mazda has issued a recall for Mazda6 sedans in North America because of a spider that likes the smell of gasoline and weaves a web that blocks a vent in the engine.... Read More »


TV spot showing crash highlights crackdown on motorist texting

10:34 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
A commercial showing a truck crashing into the side of a car carrying two young women and a man will begin airing this month on national TV while police crack down on texting motorists.... Read More »


GM files 200,000 pages of documents about recall to safety agency

11:08 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
GM said it submitted most of the answers that federal safety regulators sought from the automaker about a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths. In response to NHTSA, GM sent some 200,000 pages of documents to the safety agency by a Thursday midnight deadline, GM spokesman Greg Martin said today. The company has provided answers to nearly 65 percent of the 107 questions that the NHTSA asked, he said.... Read More »



We need more bite from our safety watchdogs

3:59 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Over the course of two blistering hearings, General Motors CEO Mary Barra proved she has a lot to learn about the optics and political dynamics of Washington. For a lesson, she might call up David Friedman.... Read More »



3 things the GM hearing exposed: Leaks, blurred lines and a media circus

9:13 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
If you boil it down, few new facts emerged from Tuesday's frenzied four-hour U.S. House hearing on GM's recall crisis, prompted by a faulty ignition switch the company has linked to dozens of crashes and at least 13 deaths.... Read More »


Poised Barra carries GM's image on her shoulders

6:48 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
As she faced 2 1/2 hours of congressional questioning Tuesday on Capitol Hill, it wasn't just what General Motors CEO Mary Barra said that earned her high marks, but also how she said it.... Read More »


Cobalt risks 'did not stand out,' NHTSA chief tells lawmakers

6:48 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration twice decided not to investigate crashes involving Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions because its staff calculated that the rate of injuries was not significantly higher than for other cars, the agency's acting chief told members of Congress Tuesday.... Read More »



Critical question went unasked by NHTSA, unanswered by GM

6:45 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
At this week's congressional hearings, watch for General Motors CEO Mary Barra to apologize deeply for her company's handling of deadly defects in its ignition switches. And watch for David Friedman, the nation's top auto-safety regulator, to make no apologies at all.... Read More »


U.S. finalizes plan to phase in rearview camera mandate, starting in 2016

April 1, 2014 06:01 CET
The U.S. Department of Transportation has finalized a set of federal standards for rear visibility that will require all new vehicles under 4,536 kgs (10,000 pounds) in weight to have rearview cameras by mid-2018.... Read More »


Lawmakers ID engineer behind '06 GM switch redesign

4:19 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
The GM engineer who approved a redesign for the Saturn Ion and Chevrolet Cobalt ignition switch in 2006 was Ray DeGiorgio, according to House Democrats on the committee that will hold a hearing on the recall Tuesday. He's the same engineer who last year denied during a court deposition ever knowing that the now-recalled part was changed.... Read More »



NHTSA’s chief must be feeling Opening Day jitters

11:03 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Opening Day is bittersweet when you expect your baseball team to finish last. And that’s how David Friedman, acting head of NHTSA, will feel on Tuesday when Congress kicks off a grueling doubleheader of hearings on GM's ignition switch woes.... Read More »


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