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THE GM RECALL

Former GM engineer at center of recall crisis says 'I did my job the best I could'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2014
The General Motors engineer often identified as responsible for a faulty ignition switch that has been linked to 32 deaths said "I did my job the best I could" in his first public comments since GM recalled 2.6 million cars to address the defect early this year....
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TIMELINE -- Takata airbag recalls

12:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Following are some key events leading to the recall of several million cars fitted with potentially defective air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata....
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Senate to hold hearing on Takata airbag recalls; company subpoenaed by U.S. grand jury

6:24 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
A Senate Committee hearing into the recalls of defective Takata airbags that have so far been linked to five deaths is slated for next Thursday, the committee announced today. Also, the supplier earlier today confirmed it received a subpoena from a federal grand jury looking into the handling of the flawed airbags....
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THE GM RECALL

Delphi turns over GM recall evidence in deal with plaintiffs

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Delphi Automotive agreed to give thousands of documents to lawyers suing General Motors over faulty ignition switches and to let the lawyers speak with the supplier's employees in exchange for being dropped as a defendant....
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Honda discloses 5th Takata-linked airbag fatality, issues recall

6:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
The death toll linked to defective Takata airbags grew to five today with Honda disclosing the first fatality outside the United States and calling back more cars....
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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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