Safety Equipment

Report fingers GM culture as a culprit

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 7, 2014
General Motors' hidebound culture is the subject of numerous books and business school case studies. The 325-page report penned by attorney Anton Valukas' investigative team might be among the most revealing....
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THE GM RECALL

GM's first missed sign of fatal flaw came in late 2003

2:02 pm U.S. ET | June 6, 2014
The first death linked to faulty ignition switches in millions of General Motors cars happened more than a decade before the automaker recalled them, according to the report on GM's internal investigation. The death toll from the switches was two by the time GM began building the Chevrolet Cobalt in the fall of 2004 and three when a top engineer on the Cobalt program decided in early 2005 not to improve ignition switches because of the cost and time required....
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Location of GM ignition suit litigation to be decided by U.S. panel

6:38 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2014
GM wants to return to a New York courtroom to fight at least 90 ignition-switch defect lawsuits while some car owners are driving for the cases to be heard by a California judge seasoned in auto litigation....
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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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Marchionne: Consumers could pay costs of constant recalls

2:47 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2014
Costs related to handling vehicle recalls could soon be shifted to consumers if the pace and volume of vehicle recalls following General Motors' ignition switch crisis become the norm, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said today....
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New GM system won't let car drive until front occupants buckle up

2:07 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2014
General Motors is planning to launch a new belt assurance system, which does not allow the vehicle to shift out of park until the driver and front passenger are buckled in, on select vehicles later this year....
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THE GM RECALL

Outsiders push the new GM into recalls of old GM products

11:31 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
The biggest crisis for the new General Motors might still be a secret buried in the debris of old GM, if not for persistent digging by a Georgia lawyer, a Mississippi auto mechanic and a Florida engineer. The lawyer, Lance Cooper, sued GM in June 2011 on behalf of Brooke Melton, a nurse who lost control of her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt and died on her 29th birthday....
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Buick joins race to make backup cameras standard

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
Buick, joining other brands in getting ahead of a new U.S. regulatory requirement, said last week it will make backup cameras standard on all 2015 models....
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Airbags are safer than ever -- except when they don't deploy

6:53 am U.S. ET | May 15, 2014
When Ford recalled 600,000 SUVs last week, it became the fourth carmaker this year to acknowledge an issue with malfunctioning airbags. So far in 2014, automakers in the United States have recalled about 6.6 million cars and trucks, more than a third of the total, for defects that could prevent airbags from deploying properly in a crash....
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Porsche sued over 'Fast and Furious' actor Paul Walker's fatal crash

11:23 am U.S. ET | May 13, 2014
Kristine Rodas, the widow of Roger Rodas -- who in November 2013 was killed along with “Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker in a Porsche Carrera GT crash -- filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Los Angeles against the automaker....
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Buick joins list of brands making backup cameras standard before U.S. deadline

4:14 pm U.S. ET | May 13, 2014
General Motors' Buick brand, following others in getting ahead of a new federal safety requirement, said today it will make backup cameras standard on all 2015 models....
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GM rejected better ignition part in 2001 to save money, safety advocates say

10:36 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
General Motors chose not to use a more robust ignition-switch part in Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars while they were being designed, a decision that may have led to deaths, safety advocates said....
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THE GM RECALL

GM engineer OK'd leaving part number unchanged, document shows

5:15 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
A document created by supplier Delphi Automotive in May 2006 and released Friday by a congressional committee confirms that a General Motors engineer, Ray DeGiorgio, agreed to a redesign of the now-recalled ignition switch without changing the part number....
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Safety mandates forecast to drive autonomous car sales

3:09 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Self-driving cars may take another decade to hit roads in the United States, but their sales then will expand quickly due to new safety mandates, predicts IHS Automotive. After the first autonomous cars appear in North America in 2025, IHS forecasts they could account for 5 percent of the vehicles on North American roads by as early as 2035....
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Two GM SUVs score 'good' ratings in new crash testing

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
Only the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain survived the challenging new small-overlap crash test for mid-sized SUVs from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety with a "good" rating....
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Chevy Impala has airbag software flaw, safety advocate claims in U.S. petition

11:02 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
General Motors, in the midst of recalling 2.6 million small cars for an ignition-switch flaw that can deactivate air bags, also may have an air-bag defect connected to deadly accidents in its Chevrolet Impala, a safety group said....
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Backup camera mandate boosts suppliers

8:09 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2014
The biggest beneficiary of the new federal mandate for rearview cameras is likely to be Magna International, which claims 40 percent of the North American market for the equipment. Other suppliers such as Delphi Automotive, Gentex, Panasonic and Valeo also are poised to profit....
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TV spot showing crash highlights crackdown on motorist texting

10:34 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
A commercial showing a truck crashing into the side of a car carrying two young women and a man will begin airing this month on national TV while police crack down on texting motorists....
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GM recall becomes case study in how bad news gets to the CEO

6:26 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
GM CEO Mary Barra faced incredulity from Washington lawmakers over a deadly flaw that by GM's account took more than a dozen years for the boss to hear about. Lawmakers asked Barra, head of the country's biggest automaker, why it took until 2014 for GM to recall some 2.6 million vehicles with a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths, when people inside the company had known about the flaw as early as 2001....
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U.S. finalizes plan to phase in rearview camera mandate, starting in 2016

April 1, 2014 06:01 CET
The U.S. Department of Transportation has finalized a set of federal standards for rear visibility that will require all new vehicles under 4,536 kgs (10,000 pounds) in weight to have rearview cameras by mid-2018....
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Tesla, Alliance seek U.S. regulators' OK to ditch side mirrors

3:37 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
As long as there have been cars, there have been side mirrors. But if Tesla Motors and the auto industry's main lobbying group in Washington get their way, automakers could soon be allowed to ditch these old-school visibility aids in favor of a high-tech solution: cameras....
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U.S. finalizes plan to phase in rearview camera mandate, starting in 2016

12:28 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
The Department of Transportation today finalized a set of federal standards for rear visibility that will require all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds to have backup cameras by mid-2018. Congress called for the rules in 2008 after a spate of accidents in which parents driving cars or trucks backed over their young children, killing them....
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Autoliv preps new China airbag plant to supply Great Wall

Feb. 25, 2014 10:34 CET
Autoliv will start building an airbag plant in the second half of this year in the north China city of Baoding, where Great Wall Motor Co. is headquartered. The plant will make airbags mainly for Great Wall's Haval SUVs....
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GABE NELSON

Can laws stop distracted driving if we won't?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
Sen. Jay Rockefeller has reason to be frustrated. The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, is supposed to be making sure that federal laws keep the roads safe. Yet Americans keep getting killed because they won't stop looking down from the road to check text messages and play with the high-tech gizmos built into cars....
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KEITH CRAIN

Crash avoidance is a noble idea

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
The government is suggesting that perhaps the first step in creating a safer automotive environment would be to install transmitting devices in all vehicles sold in the United States, the first step toward enable vehicles to communicate with one another to avoid accidents. What may be a noble suggestion is probably an impractical solution to automotive collisions....
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