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Takata to face U.S. House hearing into airbag crisis

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Takata and Honda executives will return to Capitol Hill next week to testify about the growing safety crisis surrounding Takata airbag inflators that may explode in a crash. A subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee scheduled a hearing for Dec. 3 to examine the management and response of the industry and auto safety regulators to the Takata airbag recalls....
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Frustrated senators blast Takata, signal more safety legislation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2014
Senators' frustration with what they see as an inconsistent and disorganized response to the Takata airbag recall crisis boiled over last week, signaling a push for more auto safety regulations....
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Takata exec warns about ability to fix deadly airbag flaw

6:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
An executive from Japan's Takata told lawmakers on Thursday the supplier is urgently trying to ramp up replacement parts for millions of vehicles fitted with potentially deadly airbags, but said it may not be able to move quickly enough....
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Honda admits failures in Takata airbag fiasco

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
A Honda executive told Congress today that the company failed to properly notify federal regulators of some crashes in which airbags made by Takata exploded and to clearly warn customers of the danger some vehicles could pose. He also acknowledged that the automaker still doesn't know for sure the extent of the problem but said it is working to find out and to make repairs as quickly as possible....
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Millions of cars need airbag fix as Senate grills auto industry

6:37 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
The world's biggest automakers have fixed a fraction of almost 8 million cars recalled for Takata airbags, providing fuel for a Senate committee the grilled industry executives today for their handling of the crisis....
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U.S. lawmakers plan bill to encourage auto employees to report faulty parts

10:25 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Two US senators plan to introduce legislation today to encourage employees in the auto industry to report information on faulty parts to federal authorities, a spokeswoman for one of the lawmakers said....
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REUTERS SPECIAL REPORT

Takata airbag plant in Mexico with troubled past at center of probe

9:07 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Takata's plant in Ciudad Frontera, Mexico, has been confirmed as the source of defective airbags made in 2001 and 2002 and again around 2012, Reuters reported today, citing information from recall records, automakers and regulators. In 2006, the factory blew up -- driving home for workers and residents the volatility and risk of the explosive compound at the core of Takata's airbags....
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Airbag angst preceded U.S. demand for nationwide Takata recall

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Consumer worries about the safety of their airbags played a key role in why federal regulators now are demanding that carmakers recall cars with Takata airbags nationwide -- even at the potential risk of endangering drivers who most urgently need replacements....
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Takata airbag death linked by lawsuit to delay in Honda alert

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Honda's U.S. unit advised dealers not to contact customers about a potentially fatal defect because of a parts shortage, one week before shrapnel from an exploding airbag left a woman looking as if she had been killed with a knife, lawyers for her family said....
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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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NEWS ANALYSIS

Republican wins could mean oil and gas boom

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
The Republican victory in last week's midterm elections is lifting hopes of a shift in U.S. energy policy to higher production of oil and gas -- a move that could provide a tailwind for the auto industry....
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THE AIRBAG RECALL CRISIS

Reports of Takata coverup 'require a criminal investigation,' lawmakers say

11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014
Lawmakers have called for a federal criminal probe into Japanese auto supplier Takata following a report that the company destroyed results of airbag tests conducted in secret in 2004....
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Lawmakers ask GAO to review NHTSA actions

4:47 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Bipartisan leaders of a key House committee have asked Congress' independent watchdog arm for a review of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration amid escalating concern over the agency's handling of the General Motors ignition switch and Takata airbag recalls....
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NHTSA to brief House committee on Takata airbag recalls

1:37 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will brief members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee next week on the agency's investigation and recalls of Takata airbags....
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Now, it's NHTSA under fire

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Seven months after General Motors' ignition-switch issue erupted into a full-blown safety crisis, NHTSA is taking its turn in the hot seat, facing tough questions about its past and its ability to effectively police auto safety....
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House bill proposes tougher auto safety rules

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
House Democrats introduced another bill Thursday to toughen federal auto safety laws after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came under more criticism by U.S. lawmakers this week for its handling of the General Motors ignition switch recalls....
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THE GM RECALL

House report, citing 'critical mistakes,' blasts NHTSA

11:41 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
Federal auto safety regulators failed to detect GM's defective ignition switches despite having “ample information” about the problem as early as 2007, according to a House committee investigation into the GM recalls and NHTSA released today....
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NHTSA will be questioned by U.S. senators about enforcement efforts

10:32 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
A Senate subcommittee will probe the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's ability to enforce auto and highway safety laws in a hearing next week....
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Verizon to launch app for car sharing, rentals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Wireless telecommunications giant Verizon today announced plans to introduce a new smartphone app that would allow rental car customers to unlock a vehicle....
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Execs who delay safety recalls would face life in prison under Senate bill

7:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2014
Auto executives who delay safety recalls that result in deaths could face up to life in prison under a new bill backed by a United States senator who has been one of the staunchest critics of GM's handling of its ignition switch recalls....
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THE GM RECALL

GM missed red flag from rental car firms on fatal crashes

12:23 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
More than seven years before GM began the biggest wave of auto recalls in history, an investigator for Vanguard Car Rental contacted the carmaker about a fatal rollover crash in California. Vanguard wasn't alone. Records show Enterprise Holdings pressed the automaker about a potential Cobalt defect because airbags failed in routine crashes. Avis and Hertz also had Cobalts in their fleets that crashed....
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THE GM RECALL

Top lawyer keeps pall over GM

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2014
The changing perception among some of GM CEO Mary Barra's toughest critics suggests that she is maneuvering GM out of the worst of the recall crisis. But the praise came with a scorching indictment of her decision not to fire chief counsel Michael Millikin....
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KRISHNAN ANANTHARAMAN

GM waive liability shield? It can't

3:22 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Is it conceivable that Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who is both a lawmaker and lawyer, has only a tenuous grasp of the law?...
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THE GM RECALL

Barra defends GM's top lawyer as senators press for more legal staff changes

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2014
GM has not done enough to overhaul its legal department in the wake of its recall crisis, several U.S. senators said today as they pressed GM CEO Mary Barra to fire the automaker's top lawyer. But Barra said she intended to keep Michael Millikin, GM's general counsel since 2009, defending him as “a man of incredibly high integrity” whose subordinates failed him....
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Hide No Harm Act would fine, imprison execs who conceal product dangers

10:19 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Two senators today unveiled a bill prompted by the General Motors recalls over defective ignition switches that would make it a crime for corporate officers to conceal dangers posed by their products....
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