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Takata says it modified compound involved in airbag recalls

12:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Takata has modified the composition of an airbag propellant that contains a volatile chemical at the center of a recall of millions of cars worldwide, the company told Reuters....
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Takata disputes report it hid airbag tests before recall crisis

9:06 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Takata said it tested airbags in 2004 for an issue separate from the flaw at the center of an auto-safety crisis, disputing a report by the New York Times last week....
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Feinberg may seek GM switch-related cases in regulator files

12:02 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
The lawyer handling General Motors' compensation for victims of accidents tied to its faulty ignition switches said he'll consider an auto safety advocate's suggestion that he comb regulators' files for relevant accidents....
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GM discloses more ignition-related deaths in U.S. report

1:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
General Motors' most recent quarterly report to federal safety regulators on crashes that may be linked to a defect lists 47 deaths and 614 injuries in vehicles it has recalled this year for ignition problems....
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Mercedes recalls 10,500 C-class cars in U.S. for steering defect

12:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 10,509 C-class compacts from model year 2015 in the United States because some cars can lose steering function at low speed....
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Takata accused in lawsuit of burying bad airbag test results

8:26 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
Takata, the maker of automobile airbags with a potentially lethal defect that prompted the recall of almost 8 million cars, was accused in a lawsuit of a years-long cover-up....
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GM December switch order shows failure to disclose under Barra

6:39 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
The disclosure of December e-mails by General Motors shows that even after Mary Barra took over as CEO, the automaker failed to disclose key information about its ignition-switch recall -- raising more questions about what she knew and how quickly she’s been changing GM’s culture....
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Takata stock falls to 5-year low after calls for criminal probe

6:42 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Takata Corp., the Japanese auto parts maker at the center of an airbag recall crisis, fell to the lowest in more than five years in Tokyo trading after U.S. lawmakers called for a criminal investigation of the company....
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A harsher light on Takata

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2014
Reports that Takata executives suppressed information about a potentially deadly airbag defect as far back as a decade ago mark a turning point in the case....
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Nissan expands recalls over possibly deadly airbag failures

4:04 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 8, 2014
Nissan expanded a recall of cars and SUVs in high-humidity regions suspected of having defective airbag inflators that can shoot metal shrapnel at passengers....
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Takata execs ordered technicians to erase airbag test results, report says

10:23 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Takata, the Japanese supplier at the center of a global vehicle recall, ordered its technicians to destroy results of tests on some of its airbags after finding cracks in inflators, The New York Times reported....
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Poorly handled recalls are a 'black eye' for the industry, Jackson says

4:48 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Mounting recalls this year are a “black eye” for the auto industry, AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson said today. The poorly handled recalls have resulted in an impression “seeping into the American consciousness that the industry does not have a coherent plan” to properly handle safety recalls, the head of the nation’s largest auto retailer told the Detroit Economic Club....
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NICK GIBBS

New CO2 rules may benefit car design

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Proposed changes to how fuel economy and emissions are measured could mean the end of useful-but-ugly side mirrors and other design changes on cars....
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Mercedes worst manipulator of EU fuel-economy test, report says

Nov. 6, 2014 12:04 CET
Mercedes is the worst offender in manipulating European fuel-efficiency tests, a move that costs the average car owner thousands of euros over the lifetime of a vehicle, green lobby group T&E said in a report....
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GM asks bankruptcy judge to bar $10 billion ignition claims

6:33 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
General Motors asked a judge to knock out lawsuits demanding $10 billion for the lost value of millions of cars recalled this year for ignition-switch fixes and other repairs....
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Honda ordered to deliver airbag documents to NHTSA

3:04 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
Federal safety regulators today ordered Honda to provide documents and answer questions under oath related to the government's ongoing probe of potentially defective air bags installed in millions of recalled vehicles in the United States....
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Ford calls back more than 202,000 vehicles in five N.A. recalls

10:44 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2014
Ford said today it will call back 202,241 vehicles in five North American recalls covering several issues, including an incorrect repair in a previous recall....
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Honda being probed by U.S. over Takata airbag failures

5:04 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Federal auto safety regulators have ordered American Honda to answer questions under oath about how it reports defect-related death and injury claims to the government after the automaker last month was accused of failing to report at least two incidents tied to defective Takata airbags....
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Ford asks U.S. court to dismiss suit over electric steering

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Ford is asking a federal court in California to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the automaker of marketing defective electric power-assisted steering systems on some Fusions and Focuses....
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THE GM RECALL

GM ignition-switch claims rise 12 percent

11:41 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
A program to compensate victims of accidents caused by a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles has received 1,772 claims for injuries and deaths, a 12 percent increase from the previous week, according to a report updated today....
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Takata recalls more defective airbag inflators prone to rupture

1:04 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2014
Takata, adding to questions about the scope of defects in its products, made another 30,687 inflators with an incorrect part that can lead to damaging airbag ruptures in newer vehicles, U.S. regulators disclosed Saturday....
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Nissan, Takata add to wave of airbag recalls

9:47 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2014
A safety flaw in Takata airbags prompted a new automobile recall even as U.S. regulators questioned whether the company is moving quickly enough to produce replacement parts to repair previously recalled cars....
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Takata must rev up airbag replacement effort, NHTSA warns

9:33 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
U.S. auto safety officials on Friday told Takata to work harder to meet demand for replacement parts for airbags that could prove defective in millions of U.S. cars....
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Ferrari fined $3.5 million by U.S. regulators for not filing reports

11:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Ferrari brand has been fined more than $3.5 million for not filing "early warning reports" indicating safety issues with federal safety regulators....
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Most interested in self-driving cars, but safety is a concern, survey says

1:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
When fully autonomous cars become ready to sell, consumers around the globe -- particularly in Asia -- may be ready to buy, but many of them still have concerns, according to a new survey by the University of Michigan....
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