Vehicle Safety

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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THE GM RECALL

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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GM recall saga triggering a new reality for automakers, suppliers

1:00 pm U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Automotive manufacturers must -- because they can't afford not to -- protect themselves from liability in every aspect of production....
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THE GM RECALL

GM quality manager warned board of serious problems in 2002

10:16 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
A former head of General Motors corporate quality audit warned the company's board in a letter in 2002 that it needed to “stop the continued shipment of unsafe vehicles” and “recall suspect vehicles that were already in customers' hands.”...
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THE GM RECALL

GM dangles dealer bonuses to speed ignition-switch repairs

1:59 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
GM is rolling out a series of initiatives to accelerate the fix of 2.6 million cars with faulty ignition switches, including offering dealerships bonus money for speedy repairs....
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Jaguar dropping XK coupe, convertible

8:12 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
With the all-new F-Type Coupe debuting, Jaguar is ending output of the more expensive and aging two-plus-two XK coupe and convertible....
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'Connected car' band would open to other Wi-Fi devices under Senate bill

4:28 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
Legislation introduced in the Senate could open up the band of wireless communication airwaves currently reserved for vehicle-to-vehicle communications designed to improve road safety to other Wi-Fi devices....
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Takata, echoing NHTSA suspicions, says moisture may be culprit in latest airbag recalls

1:55 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
Takata is investigating excessive moisture as a possible cause of defective airbag inflators that have led to 5.9 million recalls globally this year and last. Today's announcement by one of the world's biggest airbag suppliers echoes the suspicions of safety regulators in the United States. On June 11, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said high humidity in Florida and Puerto Rico may have played a role in six incidents of ruptured frontal airbags....
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NHTSA examining data on exhaust leak in 2011-2014 Ford Explorer

12:46 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into complaints that exhaust may be building up inside the cabins of Ford's 2011-2014 Explorer SUVs....
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GABE NELSON

Three takeaways from Barra's return to Capitol Hill

3:11 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2014
General Motors' ignition switch defect has done the impossible: It has unified a bitterly split Congress in a desire for closure....
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