Litigation and Regulations

GM gets 57 more claims for faulty ignition switch compensation

12:19 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
General Motors received another 57 claims for compensation for ignition switch defects in its cars in the past week, bringing the total to 4,237, according to the administrator of the company's compensation program....
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GM extends top lawyer's stay as search for successor continues

8:56 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
General Motors said it has extended the tenure of its top lawyer, Michael Millikin, whose department was criticized over how it handled the issue of the automaker's defective ignition switch linked to more than 50 deaths, and the search for a replacement is ongoing....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

More thoughts on auto safety

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Crashes still kill more than 30,000 motorists annually and seriously injure as many. Keith Crain's Jan. 26 column, "Time to rethink auto safety," presented an aspect of what we should think about, but we are effectively driving blind: We have little timely detail on what is happening in crashes....
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Takata whistleblower willing to testify on deadly airbag flaws

6:23 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015
A former Takata engineer has told a US congressional committee he's willing to testify that he warned of deadly consequences before the company chose a design for airbags that were later recalled due to lethal flaws....
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2 executives at Japan's Mitsuba indicted in U.S. for price-fixing

3:56 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015
Two executives of Japanese auto parts company Mitsuba were indicted today on charges of conspiring to fix the prices of auto parts and obstruction of justice, the Justice Department said....
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Delphi expects safety system sales to jump 50% for years

1:24 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015
Delphi Automotive said sales of advanced vehicle-safety systems would jump 50 percent annually for the next several years....
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Takata widens loss forecast as airbag recall costs mount

10:03 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015
Takata, the Japanese airbag maker at the center of a safety crisis, widened its loss forecast for this fiscal year as automakers led by Honda expanded recalls to investigate the cause of malfunctions....
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GM counts 104 death, injury lawsuits related to car defects

9:29 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015
General Motors, which has come under media, congressional and courtroom scrutiny over fatalities caused by flawed ignition switches, is defending 104 death and injury lawsuits brought by those who blame accidents on defects in the company’s cars....
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GM Q4 pretax profit surges to $2.4 billion on strong pricing, truck sales

7:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2015
General Motors said its fourth-quarter pretax profit rose 27 percent to $2.41 billion, its best fourth-quarter result since the 2009 bankruptcy, thanks to stronger pricing across its major markets and stout pickup and SUV sales in North America....
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Obama budget nearly triples funding for NHTSA defect office

3:05 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
President Obama's budget proposal for fiscal 2016 would nearly triple funding for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration division that investigates vehicle safety defects, boosting a budget that had flat-lined for roughly a decade....
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THE GM RECALL

Deaths linked to defective GM switch expected to rise, fund official says

9:20 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
The number of eligible claims for deaths and injuries linked to the defective GM ignition switch that led to the recall of 2.6 million older cars should rise, an official responsible for administering the victim compensation fund said today....
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Death exposes recall-system flaws

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
The driver of a Honda Accord who died last month in crash involving a ruptured Takata airbag inflator hadn’t been notified that his car was included in a June recall. The death highlights some of the pitfalls of the vehicle recall system....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

TRW recall shows the mess life-saving airbags have become

6:51 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2015
Federal regulators' push for a second recall of 2.1 million cars and trucks whose airbags could go off while driving delivered more cautionary tales about a complex life-saving technology that's had a very bad year....
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Honda crash death exposes weaknesses in recall system

2:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
The driver of a 2002 Honda Accord who died earlier this month in a crash involving a ruptured Takata airbag inflator hadn't been notified that his vehicle was recalled in June 2014 for the suspect inflators, a Honda spokesman said. The fatal crash in Texas marked the sixth death linked to inflators made by Takata and highlights some of the pitfalls of the current vehicle recall system....
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THE GM RECALL

GM ignition-switch victims accepting offers, Feinberg says

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
General Motors' compensation program for victims of ignition-switch accidents is meeting its goal of sidelining many potential lawsuits, according to the lawyer handling the payments....
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THE TAKATA RECALL CRISIS

Honda confirms crash death caused by ruptured Takata airbag

6:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
American Honda on Friday confirmed a Takata airbag ruptured in the fatal crash of a 2002 Accord on January 18 in Texas....
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THE TAKATA RECALL CRISIS

U.S. safety regulators seek Takata whistleblowers

2:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
Federal safety regulators want to find whistleblowers with knowledge “of possible defects or any wrongdoing” by Takata, stepping up pressure on the airbag maker whose products are linked to five deaths and dozens of injuries....
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U.S. driver death rates fall more than a third in 3 years, IIHS says

2:40 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
After the year of the recall, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shared some positive news about vehicle safety: The likelihood of driver deaths in late-model vehicles has fallen more than a third in the US in three years, IIHS said in a status report today....
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Toyota recalls 52,000 Avalons to fix potential wiring fire hazard

10:13 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
Toyota Motor Sales USA said it plans to recall about 52,000 Avalon sedans from the 2011-12 model years for wiring that could cause a fire....
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Japanese supplier Sanden agrees to $3.2 million fine in U.S. price-fixing case

6:33 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Japanese supplier Sanden has agreed to pay a US fine of more than $3 million and becomes the latest company tied to a wide-ranging auto supplier price-fixing prosecution for its brief role in setting the prices of air conditioning compressors for Nissan....
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GM denies request by U.S. senators to extend ignition-switch claims deadline

4:05 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
General Motors today denied a request from two US senators to extend the Saturday deadline for victims of the company's defective ignition switch to apply for compensation. “Our goal is to be just and timely in compensating the families who lost loved ones and those who suffered physical injury," GM said in a statement. "We previously extended the deadline until January 31, and we do not plan another extension.”...
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GM’s confirmed ignition deaths hit 50 as claims deadline nears

1:14 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Confirmed deaths tied to General Motors' defective ignition switches stand at 50, four times GM’s estimate through much of 2014, as a deadline nears Saturday for sending in claims....
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Kia recalls nearly 87,000 Forte sedans in U.S. due to fire risk

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Kia is recalling 86,880 Forte sedans in the US because a cooling fan resistor may overheat and melt, increasing the risk of a fire, according to documents filed by federal auto safety regulators....
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Porsche recalls 13,500 Cayennes, Panameras to fix fuel-seal flaw

7:46 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Porsche is recalling about 13,500 vehicles worldwide to fix a seal that may allow fuel to evaporate....
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Missouri dealers file suit to block Tesla sales

1:20 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Missouri auto dealers filed suit to block Tesla Motors' direct manufacturer-to-consumer sales in the state. The Missouri Automobile Dealers Association on Thursday filed a lawsuit in a state court, accusing the Department of Revenue and its director, Nia Ray, of violating Missouri law by allowing Tesla to sell its vehicles without a franchise dealer....
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