Center for Auto Safety

Non-recall actions raise questions on safety info disclosure

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Big recalls by General Motors and Toyota Motor Corp. in recent years raise questions about whether dangerous problems could lurk in little-noticed service bulletins or customer-satisfaction campaigns....
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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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GM asks judge to protect information sought by consumer advocate

4:31 pm U.S. ET | May 30, 2014
GM asked a federal judge in Washington to protect information related to its ignition-switch defect that a consumer-advocacy group sought from the United States Treasury, according to a filing on Friday....
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More than 13 deaths in recalled GM cars 'likely,' regulator says

8:58 am U.S. ET | May 24, 2014
Federal safety regulators said it is likely that more than 13 people died in GM cars recalled earlier this year for defective ignition switches....
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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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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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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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GM recalls put spotlight on industry's use of service bulletins

6:47 am U.S. ET | March 18, 2014
General Motors took advantage of a regulatory gray area when it addressed its ignition switch defect almost a decade ago, leaving most car owners unaware that their vehicles may have been unsafe....
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Behind the most recent death linked to the GM recall

12:45 pm U.S. ET | March 14, 2014
On New Year's Eve in 2009, a 25-year-old crashed her Chevy Cobalt into a tree at 2:29 a.m. Police in Tennessee say she was obeying the speed limit and wearing a seat belt, but driving drunk. Her family says a working air bag would have saved her life....
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Wall Street assesses GM's reputation damage

3:22 pm U.S. ET | March 14, 2014
The potential hit to General Motors' reputation from its recall of 1.6 million cars for faulty ignition switches poses a greater risk than the associated financial costs, analysts say....
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'303 deaths': A misleading number, but a significant one

1:42 pm U.S. ET | March 14, 2014
Three hundred three. Get used to that number. It will be copied and pasted across the Internet, perhaps even on the New York Times' Web site. It will be trumpeted across the airwaves on talk radio and financial-news TV. And it will be hurled around the halls of the Capitol in Washington....
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Launching a car? Keep an eye on Capitol Hill

3:27 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2013
If the government shuts down on Oct. 1, car companies probably won’t notice much of a change at first. But if key government offices shut down for weeks or months, the automakers could start to have problems....
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