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Nov 19, 2014

Autopsy says air bag in Honda responsible for Florida woman’s death

DETROIT, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Shards from a ruptured
Takata-made air bag killed the driver of a Honda Accord after a
traffic accident in Florida, according to the final autopsy
report, the first official confirmation of shrapnel as a cause
of death in the crash.

Blunt force injuries to the head and neck also contributed
to the death of Hien Tran, 51, whose 2001 Honda was involved in
an accident on Sept. 29 in Orlando, according to the report,
which was released by the Orange-Osceola Medical Examiner’s
office late on Tuesday. She died on Oct. 2.

Nov 12, 2014
Nov 12, 2014
Nov 12, 2014
Nov 12, 2014

As gas prices slide, U.S. car buyers go for size, shun hybrids

DETROIT Nov 12 (Reuters) – It is the automotive equivalent
of Pavlov’s bell: when gasoline is expensive, U.S. car owners
try to downsize, but once pump prices ring down, they salivate
over big pickup trucks and SUVs.

With gas prices dipping below $3 a gallon last month for the
first time since December 2010, size is back in vogue.

Nov 11, 2014
Nov 11, 2014

Chrysler to begin replacing Takata air bag inflators in U.S. in Dec

DETROIT (Reuters) – Chrysler Group will begin replacing potentially defective air bag inflators made by Takata Corp in more than 371,000 U.S. vehicles in early December, according to documents filed by the automaker with U.S. safety regulators.

The Chrysler vehicles, from model years 2003-2007, are among an estimated 4.2 million involved in a series of regional recalls in high-humidity regions announced in June by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Nov 7, 2014
Nov 7, 2014

New UAW president vows to be more open to members, public

DETROIT (Reuters) – As the United Auto Workers faces what many observers say will be the most difficult contract talks with U.S. automakers in decades in 2015, its new president said more open communication with union members and the public will help at the bargaining table.

Dennis Williams, 61, elected to a four-year term in June, created a small social media department as part of a reshaping of the union’s Detroit headquarters and plans to use Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms to communicate directly with members in next year’s talks, he said in a recent interview with Reuters.

Nov 6, 2014

Honda ordered to give Takata air bag papers to U.S. agency

DETROIT (Reuters) – U.S. safety regulators ordered Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co Ltd (7267.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Wednesday to provide documents and answer questions under oath about potentially defective air bags installed in millions of recalled U.S. vehicles.

The air bags were made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp (7312.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which received a similar order last Thursday from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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      "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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