Vehicle Safety

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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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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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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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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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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Barra says more recalls possible as automaker reviews data

8:53 am U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra said more recalls remain possible as the automaker continues to grapple with a series of safety problems that have prompted the recall of 20 million cars....
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GM's Barra says further recalls are possible

June 26, 2014 14:53 CET
General Motors CEO Mary Barra said further vehicle recalls remain a possibility as GM continues to deal with a number of safety issues that have led to the recall of 20 million cars....
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DAVID PHILLIPS

Honda aims to take 3D leap forward with advanced crash-test simulation software

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
It takes roughly 5 years, on average, to develop and launch an all-new vehicle today. Honda believes it's poised to take a major chunk of time out of the process....
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Ford plans its biggest airbag for 15-passenger 2015 Transit wagon

2:31 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
Ford will introduce its largest airbag ever -- a five-row side curtain about 15 feet long and 3 feet tall -- on the 15-passenger 2015 Transit wagon....
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GM says other defective ignition switch made in China

8:38 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
GM said a defective ignition switch linked to the recall of almost 3.4 million cars was made in China, where another car maker discovered a problem part earlier this year....
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Ford expands F-150 recall to inspect, repair electronic power assisted steering

3:43 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2014
Ford expanded a recall of 2014 F-150 pickups to 5,675 trucks to inspect and repair a possible glitch with the electronic power assisted steering gear....
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