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Jun 12, 2014

Ford lowers fuel economy rating for six vehicles

DETROIT, June 12 (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co said on
Thursday it was lowering the fuel economy ratings on six of its
models, including a number of hybrids, and would reimburse
owners for the difference.

The No. 2 U.S. automaker said the ratings would be cut on
its 2013 and 2014 model year hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles
as well as most 2014 Fiesta cars. It was the second time Ford
cut fuel ratings for the C-Max hybrid in under a year.

Jun 11, 2014
Jun 11, 2014

Faulty Takata airbags prompt expanded Toyota recall

TOKYO/DETROIT (Reuters) – Takata Corp’s (7312.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) safety crisis deepened on Wednesday after Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) recalled almost 2.3 million vehicles globally, many for the second time, and the Japanese air bag maker warned that further fixes may be needed.

The world’s largest automaker called back 1.62 million vehicles outside of Japan that it recalled last year as well as 650,000 more in Japan not previously recalled. The additional vehicles brought to more than 7 million the total number of cars equipped with Takata air bags to be called back worldwide over the last five years.

Jun 11, 2014
Jun 11, 2014
Jun 11, 2014

GM may be driving past ignition switch crisis

By Ben Klayman and Jessica Dye

(Reuters) – For signs that General Motors Co’s ignition switch crisis may be fading, look no farther than the quiet annual meeting this week.

A total of 29 shareholders attended, and not one asked about the defect linked to at least 13 deaths and the recall of 2.6 million cars. The only acknowledgement of the crisis inside the meeting was from shareholders who complimented CEO Mary Barra. Outside, a handful of protesters were outnumbered by media.

Jun 10, 2014

GM plans no more dismissals linked to switch recall -CEO

DETROIT, June 10 (Reuters) – General Motors Co does
not plan more employee dismissals relating to the company’s
handling of a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13
deaths, Chief Executive Mary Barra said on Tuesday.

“We feel we’ve taken the appropriate actions as it relates
to the ignition switch recall,” Barra told reporters ahead of an
annual shareholders meeting, when asked whether GM would dismiss
or discipline any more staff for the company’s poor handling of
the faulty part.

Jun 10, 2014

No more dismissals planned relating to GM switch recall, Barra says

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co Chief Executive Mary Barra said on Tuesday that no more employee dismissals were planned relating to the company’s handling of a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths.

“We feel we’ve taken the appropriate actions as it relates to the ignition switch recall,” Barra told reporters ahead of an annual shareholders meeting, when asked whether GM would dismiss or discipline any more staff for the company’s poor handling of the faulty part.

Jun 9, 2014
Jun 9, 2014

Two GM lawyers, quality control exec among those pushed out over switch

DETROIT, June 9 (Reuters) – Two product litigation attorneys
and a quality control executive are among the 15 employees who
have been forced out by General Motors Co over the
company’s poor handling of a defective ignition switch linked to
at least 13 deaths, according to two people familiar with the
decisions.

Attorneys Jaclyn Palmer and Ronald Porter, who had settled
several of the cases involving Chevrolet Cobalt cars involved in
accidents where the air bags did not deploy, are no longer at
GM, said the sources, who asked not to be identified discussing
names the company has not public disclosed. Director of Field
Performance Evaluation Maureen Foley-Gardner, also was pushed
out.

    • 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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