Did airbag risk distract NHTSA?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may have been so consumed with resolving an old safety crisis -- children being killed by airbags -- that it missed a new one: GM’s defective ignition switch.... Read More »


Earlier recall could have averted most deaths

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Of the eight deaths in Chevrolet Cobalts that General Motors has linked to faulty ignition switches, seven occurred after April 2006, when GM says it approved a redesign of the part now being recalled.... Read More »


A long history of ignition problems

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2014
General Motors and its suppliers repeatedly botched a basic function of the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion — the system that turns the cars on and off — leading to multiple redesigns of the ignitions.... Read More »


U.S. safety official sought probe of non-deploying GM airbags in 2007

5:02 pm U.S. ET | March 30, 2014
A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration manager seven years ago recommended investigating why air bags in General Motors' 2003-2006 Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion cars weren't deploying, according to a memo issued by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.... Read More »


NHTSA closes Tesla fire inquiry as Model S gets new battery shield

9:17 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
NHTSA said it closed a four-month investigation of fires in the Tesla Model S this week, as Tesla announced a design change to better shield the electric car's batteries.... Read More »


Earlier GM recall may have averted most Cobalt deaths

5:15 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2014
Of the eight deaths in Chevrolet Cobalts that GM has said may be related to faulty ignition switches, seven occurred after April 2006, when GM says it approved a redesign of the part now being recalled, according to research by Automotive News. In addition, at least one of the four deaths GM has linked to recalled Saturn Ions occurred after the 2006 part change.... Read More »


GM urged to warn owners not to drive recalled models

3:27 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2014
GM should promptly warn consumers not to drive GM cars recalled because of faulty ignition switches that can unexpectedly turn off engines and airbags as the vehicles are running, Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said.... Read More »


GM recall shows limits of 51 U.S. investigators tracking 248 million cars

7:55 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2014
The federal office responsible for monitoring safety defects in cars has had its budget stagnate and its staff cut by one-fifth from highs more than a decade ago, when Congress tried to strengthen it.... Read More »


Barra, NHTSA chief to appear before Senate panel day after House testimony

7:50 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra will testify before a Senate panel on April 2 about GM's handling of the automaker's recall crisis, one day after appearing before a U.S. House committee. A GM spokesman confirmed that Barra will take questions from the Senate Commerce Committee's Consumer Protection panel. The House Energy and Commerce Committee said last week that she would testify before it on April 1.... Read More »



A $1.2 billion message: Be candid

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
Toyota's settlement of claims by the Department of Justice that it suppressed what it knew about safety flaws brings it a step closer to closing the door on four years of public humiliation and criticism.... Read More »


Feds target Saturn Ion power-steering problems

5:22 pm U.S. ET | March 20, 2014
The Saturn Ion, one of the vehicles covered by General Motors' ignition-switch recall, also is the subject of a long-running investigation by federal safety regulators into whether GM should have included it in a 2010 recall for power-steering failures.... Read More »


GM to recall 1.5M U.S. vehicles after Barra orders stepped up review

11:31 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
General Motors, under intense public pressure over its slow response to an ignition switch defect in its small cars, said today that it will recall more than 1.5 million additional vehicles for a trio of unrelated defects -- twice as many as the automaker recalled in the United States during all of 2013.... Read More »


General Motors sued in Texas over ignition defects

10:19 pm U.S. ET | March 14, 2014
General Motors was sued on behalf of vehicle owners over an ignition flaw in some small-model cars that the automaker has linked to 12 deaths as it faces regulators’ questions about its recall of them.... Read More »


GM ignition-flaw death toll expected to rise as trial lawyers seek victims

7:44 am U.S. ET | March 14, 2014
The death toll related to an ignition flaw in eight small car models that General Motors sold a decade ago is likely to climb, say lawyers and safety advocates. Automakers often make upward revisions to fatality figures related to recalls as they unearth fresh information, while attorneys are racing to line up plaintiffs seeking compensation for alleged wrongful deaths or injury.... Read More »


DOT's Foxx updates lawmakers on GM investigation

11:59 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2014
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx updated lawmakers on Capitol Hill today into his agency's probe of whether General Motors was slow to report to the federal government problems with ignition switches in its autos, which have led to at least 12 deaths.... Read More »


Rear cameras better than sensors for preventing backup crashes, IIHS finds

2:52 pm U.S. ET | March 13, 2014
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety said rear cameras are more effective than parking sensors at preventing collisions while a driver is in reverse.... Read More »


Chrysler recalls 49,400 Chargers for headlight issue

1:49 pm U.S. ET | March 13, 2014
Chrysler Group said today it is recalling about 49,400 full-size Dodge Chargers for possible overheating of headlight parts.... Read More »


GM recall may have begun sooner with more data, NHTSA head says

2:52 pm U.S. ET | March 12, 2014
Federal auto-safety regulators didn’t force General Motors to recall 1.6 million cars sooner because the connection between defective ignition switches and failing air bags wasn’t clear, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.... Read More »


Justice Dept. exploring GM's handling of fatal switch recall

3:42 pm U.S. ET | March 11, 2014
The Justice Department started a preliminary investigation into how GM handled the recall of 1.6 million vehicles with faulty ignition switches linked to at least 12 deaths. The inquiry is focusing on whether GM might have violated criminal or civil laws by failing to notify regulators in a timely fashion about the switch failures, Bloomberg and Reuters reported, citing a person familiar with the probe.... Read More »


House panel to probe GM recall of faulty ignition switches

10:49 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2014
A House panel will investigate the response of GM and U.S. regulators to consumer complaints about ignition-switch failures that led to the recall of 1.6 million vehicles and are linked to at least 13 deaths.... Read More »


Valukas, no stranger to GM probes, faces 'witch hunt' on tight deadline

7:01 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2014
In leading an internal investigation into ignition-switch design flaws tied to at least 13 deaths, it will take some hasty archeology on the part of the Chicago lawyer hired to dig through layers of GM history that have accumulated over the past decade. The turbulent period spanned five CEOs, a government-financed bankruptcy reorganization, a name change and forgiveness of past legal obligations.... Read More »



GM's recall and the watchdog that didn't bark

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is supposed to be the people's auto safety watchdog. In the case of General Motor's decade-old defect, why didn't it bark?... Read More »


GM faces 107 questions from U.S. over ignition switch recall

2:01 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2014
Federal safety regulators today sent a 27-page letter to GM requesting detailed information and documents related to its investigation of whether the automaker waited too long before recalling 1.6 million vehicles last month.... Read More »


Automakers see recalls rise as complexity of new models grows

9:26 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2014
A surge in new car models, increasingly complex technology and heightened regulatory scrutiny has led to more automobile recalls, particularly over safety concerns, a new study found.... Read More »


NHTSA ends inquiry into 1.6M Fords including Escape, Fusion

11:33 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2014
After reviewing nearly 12,000 complaints about drops in engine power in late-model Ford vehicles -- including the popular Ford Escape and Ford Fusion -- federal auto safety regulators say they will not try to force a recall.... Read More »


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