Safety Equipment

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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