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Sep 29, 2014

Deaths linked to GM ignition-switch defect rise to 23

DETROIT (Reuters) – The number of deaths linked to a faulty ignition switch in General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) cars rose by two last week to 23, according to a report Monday from the lawyer overseeing a program set up to compensate accident victims.

Since Aug. 1, 867 claims for compensation for serious injuries or deaths said to have been caused by the switch had been received by the program, which is being overseen by lawyer Kenneth Feinberg. That is up from 850 last week.

Sep 26, 2014
Sep 26, 2014

Takata regional U.S. air bag recalls may include GM vehicles

DETROIT/TOKYO (Reuters) – The safety recall in parts of the United States of millions of vehicles with potentially defective air bags made by Japan’s Takata Corp (7312.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) may expand to include General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), according to documents filed this week with U.S. regulators.

More than 4.3 million cars produced by automakers including Honda Motor (7267.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Fiat’s (FIA.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Chrysler and Toyota Motor (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), are affected by the regional recalls. They began in June in certain high-humidity areas of the United States after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) started investigating reports of air bag explosions in Florida and Puerto Rico.

Sep 19, 2014
Sep 19, 2014

Off-field violence injects unwanted reality into fantasy football

DETROIT (Reuters) – Joe Gallo is not just a fan of National Football League running back Adrian Peterson, he “owns” him, as do thousands of other participants in the world of fantasy football.

That explains why Gallo, a 31-year-old New Yorker who works in public relations, is so chagrined now that it appears Peterson could be out for the rest of the season after being benched by the Minnesota Vikings while he faces allegations of child abuse.

Sep 18, 2014
Sep 18, 2014

Exclusive: China’s Wanxiang to relaunch Fisker Karma car with 2012 design – sources

BEIJING/DETROIT (Reuters) – Chinese auto parts producer Wanxiang Group, which bought stylish electric car pioneer Fisker Automotive from bankruptcy, is accelerating the relaunch of Fisker’s Karma hybrid luxury car by using a design from the company’s last year of production, people close to the companies said.

Wanxiang aims to reintroduce by next year Fisker’s electric cars, which enjoyed a cult following for their streamlined design among early fans including actor Leonardo DiCaprio and pop star Justin Bieber before the company’s demise in 2013.

Sep 18, 2014

China’s Wanxiang to relaunch Fisker Karma car with 2012 design -sources

BEIJING/DETROIT, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Chinese auto parts
producer Wanxiang Group, which bought stylish electric car
pioneer Fisker Automotive from bankruptcy, is accelerating the
relaunch of Fisker’s Karma hybrid luxury car by using a design
from the company’s last year of production, people close to the
companies said.

Wanxiang aims to reintroduce by next year Fisker’s electric
cars, which enjoyed a cult following for their streamlined
design among early fans including actor Leonardo DiCaprio and
pop star Justin Bieber before the company’s demise in 2013.

Sep 13, 2014
Sep 13, 2014

Cars that drive themselves starting to chat with each other

DETROIT, Sept 13 (Reuters) – An Acura RLX sedan demonstrated
an unusual way to tow another car this week: the vehicles were
not physically attached. The second car drove itself, following
instructions beamed over by the first in a feat of technology
that indicates a new stage in automation is happening faster
than many expected.

Systems that enable vehicles to communicate with each other
have been developed in recent years in parallel with features
that enable cars to drive themselves. Manufacturers and
suppliers now are putting the two together in novel ways, with
broad implications for vehicle safety and convenience.

    • 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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