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Takata airbag rupture in Japan signals more automaker recalls

6:36 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Japan's transportation ministry said a Takata airbag ruptured in a model not covered by existing recalls, suggesting automakers may have to expand safety campaigns to replace the devices linked to five deaths....
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Takata recalls more defective airbag inflators prone to rupture

1:04 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2014
Takata, adding to questions about the scope of defects in its products, made another 30,687 inflators with an incorrect part that can lead to damaging airbag ruptures in newer vehicles, U.S. regulators disclosed Saturday....
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Takata airbag recalls should include newer cars, watchdog says

8:32 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
A watchdog group has asked federal regulators to broaden a defect investigation of Takata airbags to include more vehicles and to see whether replacements used in recalled vehicles are safe....
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GM lawsuit poses danger to future bailouts, Treasury says

4:19 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
The Treasury Department says confidential information it received during the GM bailout should stay secret, otherwise at-risk companies needing government help in the future might not be willing to share data....
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Airbag investigators focus on metal shards sprayed at crashes

6:56 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
More details are emerging about accidents involving Takata airbags -- and the horrific injuries and subsequent lawsuits that resulted from them. Takata, which accounts for about a quarter of all airbag inflators produced globally, is finding it far more difficult to silence safety questions....
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NHTSA apologizes as scrutiny in airbag case grows

10:22 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s top official, facing heightened scrutiny over the agency’s handling of a deadly airbag defect, apologized late Wednesday for publishing inaccurate information this week in the agency’s warnings about the defect and for technical glitches that made its online recall search tool largely inaccessible....
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Third traffic death in U.S. linked to Takata airbags

4:11 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
A fatal accident near Los Angeles last year of a 2002 Acura sedan involved a Takata airbag -- the third death in the United States linked to a defective safety component made by the Japanese supplier, according to local officials and the automaker....
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Honda starts audit of injury, death reports to U.S. regulator

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Honda asked a third party to determine whether the automaker underreported fatality and injury claims to federal regulators in the United States who are investigating airbag failures with potentially deadly defects....
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Chrysler SUVs, pickups and minivans subject of safety petition to U.S. regulators

9:58 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
A safety advocate group has petitioned federal regulators to open an investigation into an estimated 4.9 million Chrysler vehicles for issues that could lead to engine stalls and other problems, according to documents posted online by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration....
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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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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

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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THE GM RECALL

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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KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

'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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