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'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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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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Chrysler vehicles investigated for ignition switch issues similar to GM's

1:36 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened two investigations covering about 1.2 million Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles to probe ignition switch issues similar to those in Chevrolet Cobalts that prompted the General Motors recall crisis....
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GM says it will 'rework or replace' ignition keys on 3.4 million cars

4:01 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
GM is recalling 3.4 million cars in North America because bumpy terrain and weight attached to the key could move the ignition switch out of the run position -- the same basic problem that began its recall crisis earlier this year. GM said it is aware of eight crashes and six injuries related to the recall....
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GM to recall 511,528 Camaros for ignition-related defect; 3 other recalls announced

9:20 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2014
General Motors announced four more recalls today covering more than 500,000 cars sold in the United States -- including every Camaro sold since the current iteration of the iconic muscle car went on sale....
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Toyota details recall plans for 844,277 U.S. vehicles with Takata airbags

10:16 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2014
Toyota outlined a plan to fix airbags made by supplier Takata that could project metal fragments in 844,277 previously recalled cars and trucks in the United States, including the 2003 and 2004 Corolla and GM's Pontiac Vibe....
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GM addresses NHTSA's recall inquiries, ending daily fines of $7,000

6:34 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2014
GM has met requirements of federal regulators for documents and other information tied to its ignition switch recall. The automaker racked up more than $420,000 in daily fines of $7,000 for its delay in providing the information....
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GM issues recall for 89,000 newer vehicles

4:13 pm U.S. ET | June 6, 2014
General Motors today issued four safety recalls covering about 89,000 newer car and truck models in the United States, adding to its record total of callbacks for the year....
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GM's big blunder: missing the link between stalling, airbags

7:40 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
GM engineers knew the ignition switch in the Chevrolet Cobalt could be bumped out of position, cutting the engine, according to former U.S. attorney Anton Valukas' report released Thursday. But the bigger risk, that cutting off the engine would cut off the airbags in the event of a crash, escaped GM's engineers and investigators for years....
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GM recall blitz isn't over

10:19 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra said today that the proliferation of recalls at GM will be the “new norm” as the automaker sets out to fix problems that led to its safety crisis....
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GM to release results of internal probe on Thursday

12:32 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2014
General Motors plans to release on Thursday morning results from its internal investigation into why it did not recall 2.6 million vehicles with faulty ignition switches for about a decade after problems surfaced....
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GM officials expect internal probe to exonerate Barra, report says

6:47 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2014
General Motors officials increasingly believe CEO Mary Barra will be cleared of wrongdoing in the recall crisis after a three-month internal investigation, the New York Times reported....
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GM apologizes for sending recall notices to victims' families

10:28 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2014
General Motors apologized to families of accident victims who have been notified to bring in cars for replacement of defective ignition switches....
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Do recalls also mean profits?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
I have always noticed how whenever the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration orders a new piece of safety equipment, it is installed on new vehicles and customers pay the freight....
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GM seeks N.Y. court for recall suits as plaintiffs' lawyers claim death toll rises

6:47 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2014
GM said it wants a New York court to handle lawsuits arising from its ignition defect recall as lawyers for car owners said deaths caused by the flaw exceed the automaker’s count of 13....
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Ford to recall nearly 1.4 million vehicles in N.A.

1:43 pm U.S. ET | May 29, 2014
Ford said today it is recalling nearly 1.39 million SUVs and sedans in North America, most for the possible loss of power steering. The largest of today's four recalls included about 915,000 older model Ford Escapes and Mercury Mariners....
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Economic cost of crashes in 2010 was $277 billion, NHTSA says

3:13 pm U.S. ET | May 29, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today revealed that the total economic cost of car crashes in the United States rose 20 percent from a decade before to $277 billion for the 33,000 deaths and 3.9 million injuries that occurred in 2010....
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GM engineer says he didn't remember changing ignition switch part

10:25 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2014
The GM engineer who approved modifying a faulty ignition switch design in 2006 without changing the part number or pushing for a recall told congressional investigators this month that he forgot ever authorizing the change, according to a report published Wednesday....
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Why didn't stalling alone trigger GM recall?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
General Motors asserted for a decade that unexpected stalling was not a safety defect, even as its competitors issued about 90 recalls for similar symptoms during the same period and federal safety regulators opened 42 investigations into stalling....
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