Safety Equipment

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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THE GM RECALL

GM won't use insurance proceeds to pay ignition-switch claims

10:31 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2014
General Motors will not be looking for liability insurance funds to help pay for claims stemming from its ignition-switch safety crisis. "It will be done through cash on hand, no insurance," said David Roman, GM's director of financial communications....
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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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NICK BUNKLEY

Compensation, yes, but no happy endings for GM crash victims' families

3:07 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
Daryl Chansuthus bristled at the word “compensation” when we spoke on the phone this week. Compensation doesn’t fill the void created on a rainy December night five years ago, when her 25-year-old daughter’s Chevrolet Cobalt SS hit a tree off Interstate 24 in Tennessee and no airbags deployed. More than compensation, Chansuthus wants accountability....
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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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Subaru, Mitsubishi also received potentially defective airbag inflators, Takata says

10:49 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Takata, the Japanese auto safety components supplier, said potentially defective airbag inflators that could explode with too much force, were also shipped to Japanese automakers Subaru and Mitsubishi Motors....
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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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THE GM RECALL

GM ignition issues trigger another massive recall

2:40 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
GM is recalling another 8.4 million cars globally from the 1997 to 2014 model years, including some that are linked to seven crashes, eight injuries and three deaths. Most of the cars -- 7.6 million -- are across seven full-sized models being recalled for inadvertent ignition key rotation, GM said Monday. The fatalities, which occurred in two crashes, involved 2003 and 2004 Impalas....
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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 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 lifts stop-sale order on Cruze as probe continues

3:20 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
General Motors, which has recalled a record number of vehicles in the United States this year, lifted its temporary stop-sale order on its top-selling Chevrolet Cruze sedans as it evaluates the vehicles for a new type of airbag problem....
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Airbag recall could drive Takata into the red

5:44 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
Takata could face a $500 million charge and a net loss this year -- its second in three years -- as a widening recall of airbag inflators begins to kindle worries despite its deep pockets....
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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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Honda, Nissan, Mazda expand recalls over Takata airbag flaw

3:51 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
The recall storm embroiling Takata airbags widened today with Honda, Nissan and Mazda calling back nearly 3 million vehicles to fix possibly defective inflator propellant made in North America....
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Takata says moisture may be culprit in airbag recalls

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
For a global airbag producer, it’s hard to imagine worse news: A few defective airbag inflators from Takata Corp. malfunctioned during accidents, rupturing the airbags....
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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 whistleblower was told to 'not find every problem,' report says

2:20 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2014
A GM employee who continued to notice safety issues in vehicles and spoke up was transferred to a job where he was instructed to “not find every problem that GM might have,” according to a Bloomberg Businessweek story posted today. Courtland Kelley, now 52, has worked at GM for more than 30 years, originally as a safety inspector, then in 2002 as brand manager for the Chevrolet Cavalier -- the Cobalt’s predecessor -- and the Pontiac Sunfire....
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THE GM RECALL

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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Tough tasks, deadlines loom in GM's safety overhaul

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
The story of what went wrong in General Motors' deadly ignition switch defect has been laid out in painful detail. Now GM is setting out to make good on CEO Mary Barra's promise never to let another deadly flaw slip through....
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Mercedes SUVs least likely to be recovered after theft

1:56 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Mercedes-Benz SUVs are the least likely vehicles in the United States to be recovered once stolen, as thieves target luxury models to export or dismantle....
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VW's distracted driving ad attracts 19M views on YouTube

2:15 pm U.S. ET | June 13, 2014
VW is warning drivers in China of the dangers of texting and driving, but a video spot used in the effort seems to be resonating with a broader audience on YouTube. The clip, as of Saturday morning, had nearly 19 million views on YouTube....
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THE GM RECALL

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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Hidden in plain sight

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
Time and again over those years, engineers and attorneys at GM dismissed or ignored a link that was obvious to experts around them, according to the GM-commissioned report by former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas....
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