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GM recalled some models with problematic switches; judges others safe, report says

8:28 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2014
GM last month recalled millions of vehicles with three different designs of ignition switches that could accidentally turn off the engine and disable air bags in a crash. But the automaker has concluded that more than 2 million other vehicles equipped with the same switches are safe....
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Chrysler accelerates Jeep repairs

8:22 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2014
Chrysler Group told federal safety regulators it could add trailer hitches to recalled Jeep SUVs by March, much sooner than the several years estimated by regulators who had urged the automaker to quicken the pace of repairs....
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NHTSA investigates 500,000 Ford Motor sedans for potential steering problems

1:20 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
NHTSA is investigating an estimated 500,000 Ford Motor sedans for potential steering problems....
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Chrysler recalls 895,000 Grand Cherokees, Durangos for potential fire hazard

10:19 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
Chrysler Group said today it is recalling 895,000 SUVs for faulty wiring in vanity mirror lights that can short circuit and set fire....
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U.S. auto recalls smash single-year record with 6 months to go

12:49 pm U.S. ET | July 8, 2014
Automakers this year have already recalled more vehicles in the United States than in any other year on record. NHTSA says U.S. recalls total 37.5 million cars to date, topping the 30.8 million record set in 2004....
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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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NHTSA: Why is Jeep fix taking so long?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Federal safety regulators want to know why Chrysler Group has taken more than a year to begin fixing older-model Jeep Grand Cherokees and Libertys to improve their rear crashworthiness....
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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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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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Chrysler faces NHTSA query on delayed Jeep fix

1:48 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2014
Chrysler Group has been placed back in the recall hotseat with federal safety regulators for allegedly dragging its feet in efforts to improve the rear crashworthiness of older-model Jeep Grand Cherokees and Libertys....
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Hyundai recalls Elantra Touring over brackets that could dislodge as airbag inflates

1:39 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
Hyundai said today that it will recall 35,000 2010-12 Elantra Touring vehicles in the United States and 23,600 in Canada to install industrial adhesive strips in the headliner support bracket of the side curtain airbag, which could dislodge during deployment, causing injuries....
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THE GM RECALL

Feinberg details eligibility for GM ignition-switch compensation

10:00 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Attorney Ken Feinberg's plan for compensating victims of GM's ignition-switch defect will include a broader set of criteria than GM has used to determine which crashes are linked to the faulty part, which means the company's estimate of 54 related accidents and 13 fatalities almost surely will rise. Feinberg said in an interview during the weekend that he will consider claims involving any accident in which airbags didn't deploy in the 2....
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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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Chrysler's Ram pickup under U.S. safety investigation for rear axle lockup

1:34 pm U.S. ET | June 28, 2014
NHTSA is investigating complaints that rear axles on some 260,000 Dodge Ram pickups have locked up without warning while driving, causing vehicles to spin out at high speeds in some cases....
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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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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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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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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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'Key pullout,' another GM ignition flaw, was quietly fixed years before recall

2:46 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
More than seven years ago, GM fixed two design flaws that allowed the key in some Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions to come out of the ignition while the engine was on, but the company didn't notify existing owners about the problem until an April 2014 recall, according to a newly released document GM filed with federal safety regulators....
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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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