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UAW chief backs labor board decisions on email, organizing votes

DETROIT (Reuters) – The president of the United Auto Workers union on Monday called the National Labor Relations Board’s recent decisions to allow employees to use company email to organize and unions to hold faster elections to represent workers “the right thing to do.”

“It made all the sense in the world,” Dennis Williams told reporters at the union’s headquarters in Detroit. “Whether or not it will stand depends on who wins the next elections, who’s going to be the next president, who’s going to (control) Congress.”

Dec 11, 2014

Ford reboots touch-screen system with new Sync 3

DETROIT (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co (F.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) hopes to get a fresh start and erase bad memories for some owners when it launches the new version of its in-car, interactive touch-screen system next fall.

Ford said Sync 3 will be more intuitive, sport improved voice-recognition software and operate more like a smartphone than the first two generations, the last of which prompted customer complaints in Consumer Reports magazine for being distracting, clumsy and overly complex.

Dec 4, 2014

Takata has yet to find ‘root cause’ of air bag ruptures: executive

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – Japanese auto parts supplier Takata Corp on Wednesday acknowledged that it still does not understand what is causing air bag explosions that have hurtled metal shards into vehicles but insisted that calls for a broader recall to remedy the problem were misguided.

Takata is under pressure from U.S. lawmakers and safety regulators to expand to all 50 states a recall of driver-side air bags, but the company has said data does not support such a move and it could divert replacement parts from the most-needed areas.

Dec 3, 2014
Dec 3, 2014

Takata has yet to find ‘root cause’ of air bag ruptures-exec

WASHINGTON/DETROIT, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Japanese auto parts
supplier Takata Corp on Wednesday acknowledged that it
still does not understand what is causing air bag explosions
that have hurtled metal shards into vehicles even as it insisted
that calls for a broader recall to remedy the problem were
misguided.

Takata is under pressure from U.S. lawmakers and safety
regulators to expand to all 50 states a recall of driver-side
air bags, but the company has said data does not support such a
move and it could divert replacement parts from the most-needed
areas.

Dec 3, 2014

U.S. lawmakers reprimand Takata for limited air bag recalls

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday criticized Japanese supplier Takata Corp for resisting a call by regulators to expand nationwide its regional recall of driver-side air bags that can potentially rupture upon deployment, shooting metal shards into vehicles.

The hearing by a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee comes after Takata told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday that current data does not support the need for such an expanded recall.

Dec 3, 2014
Dec 3, 2014
    • About Ben

      "Ben Klayman is based in Detroit and in April was named leader of the global automotive team for Reuters. Previously, Ben covered the business of sports as well as consumer and retail for three years and led the manufacturing/housing team for four years. He also covered the telecommunications sector for three years. He joined Reuters in Detroit in 1998 to cover autos. Prior to joining Reuters, he worked at a series of daily newspapers in Ohio and Maryland. Ben graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in English literature."
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