Disasters

No seat unturned in flood-damage search

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Since torrential downpours hit Houston in late May, Bob Sluss has been extra vigilant about leaving no stone - or seat - unturned when appraising used vehicles. Sluss has seen a spike in trade-ins with water damage that was not disclosed by their owners....
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Texas floods may yield 10,000 damaged vehicles

9:54 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

As many as 10,000 vehicles may have been damaged in last month’s catastrophic Texas floods, and some could be resold out of state to unsuspecting buyers, according to a group that works to prevent insurance fraud....
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AutoNation Ford store in Bellevue, Wash., burns down

10:45 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

AutoNation Ford Bellevue in Washington state was still burning today after a fire tore through the dealership Saturday morning. The local fire department is calling it a total loss....
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Calif. dealers brace for curbs on water use

2:27 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

California's new mandatory water-use restrictions will further strain auto dealers, who have already been impacted by a four-year drought. Governor Jerry Brown issued the restrictions in an executive order on Wednesday....
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Snowbound New England dealers miss strong Feb. sales

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015

As Massachusetts recovers from 100 inches of snow in recent weeks, many dealers there are reporting weaker-than-expected February sales, operational losses and lack of space because of massive snow piles. And New England missed out on an otherwise robust month for US auto sales....
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U.S. auto sales roar toward strongest February since 2002

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015

U.S. auto sales are on pace for the best February since 2002, forecasters say, even as relentless snow slowed demand in the Northeast. February is expected to mark the 12th consecutive month of year-over-year gains for the industry. Analysts said sales have been minimally affected by rising gasoline prices and a work stoppage at West Coast ports that could reduce March inventories of some vehicles imported from Asia....
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Massive snowstorm hampers auto production, cancels shifts

11:37 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

More than 16 inches of snow pummeled parts of southeast Michigan overnight, causing some Ford, Chrysler and GM assembly plants to cancel shifts for at least part of today....
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Buffalo dealers dig out while Ford restarts stamping plant

2:44 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

Auto dealers in the Buffalo region are reopening this week after digging out from the massive snowstorm that dumped up to 7 feet of snow in some areas. Meanwhile, Ford's Buffalo Stamping Plant resumed operations over the weekend after suspending operations because of impassable roads....
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Ford stamping plant operations suspended after Buffalo snowstorms

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014

After lake-effect snowstorms this week pounded upstate New York, Ford's Buffalo Stamping Plant has suspended operations until employees are able to travel to work....
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Detroit-area dealers struggle with submerged autos, trapped customers

10:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2014

As the rain fell last Monday afternoon, Pat Presutti, new-car sales manager at Jim Riehl's Friendly Chrysler Jeep in suburban Detroit sent a porter out to check the water level in the back lot where nearly 100 cars were parked. It was only about a half inch deep, but by early evening, dumpsters were floating around in the car lot....
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GM Tech Center nears full operation while pumps run

11:40 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014

General Motors' Technical Center is nearly back to full operations after Monday's record rainfall in Detroit caused flooding and power issues....
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Record rainfall in Michigan disrupts Detroit 3 operations

11:38 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014

Southeast Michigan experienced record rainfall Monday, causing closures or slowdowns at Ford, General Motors and Chrysler plants and tech centers throughout the area....
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EDITORIALS

Planning for trouble

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014

Toyota is asking 400 North American suppliers to detail their disaster plans in an effort to minimize the harm and duration of future production shutdowns....
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China orders national safety overhaul after deadly blast at GM supplier

Aug. 5, 2014 13:46 CET

China ordered a nationwide overhaul of safety practices at factories handling explosive materials following a fatal blast at an auto parts factory near Shanghai, the official Xinhua News Agency reported....
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China orders national safety overhaul after deadly blast at GM supplier

7:46 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014

China ordered a nationwide overhaul of safety practices at factories handling explosive materials following a fatal blast at an auto parts factory near Shanghai, the official Xinhua News Agency reported....
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Death toll from blast at Chinese GM supplier rises to 75

6:27 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014

The death toll from the explosion at the factory of a GM supplier near Shanghai rose to 75, according to the official Xinhua News Agency....
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Toyota asks suppliers for disaster plans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014

To protect itself from production bottlenecks caused by unforeseen disasters, Toyota Motor Corp. has asked 400 North American suppliers to identify any key parts that are produced by just one factory. The automaker has also asked the 400 to develop backup production plans in case a single-source factory shuts down unexpectedly....
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GM looks for alternative supplies in China after deadly factory blast

5:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2014

GM has asked one of its Tier 1 suppliers in China to find an alternative source of components after an explosion ripped through a factory on Saturday, killing at least 75 people and injuring 185....
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Blast at wheel supplier in China kills at least 69

6:01 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2014

China suffered its worst industrial accident in a year on Saturday when an explosion killed at least 69 people and injured more than 120 at a factory that makes wheels for United States carmakers, including General Motors....
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Acura NSX prototype bursts into flames during testing

1:42 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2014

An Acura NSX prototype burst into flames today while testing in Germany, but Acura says the futuristic sports car is continuing "progress toward its highly anticipated launch."...
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Driver of stolen Tesla that crashed, split in 2, dies

9:43 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2014

The driver of a stolen Model S sedan that crashed and split in two in west Los Angeles nearly a week ago has died. The L.A. County Department of Coroner said today that the driver, Joshua Michael Flot, 26, of Inglewood, Calif., died on Monday....
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