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Jul 16, 2014

BMW to recall 1.6 million cars on concerns over Takata air bags

DETROIT (Reuters) – German automaker BMW said on Wednesday it is recalling about 1.6 million cars worldwide to replace passenger-side front air bags made by Takata Corp 7312.T because the inflators could break apart during deployment and injure passengers.

The recall affects 3 Series vehicles produced between May 1999 and August 2006.

While BMW is still taking part in a regional recall requested by U.S. safety regulators, BMW spokesman Dave Buchko said it decided to recall all of the model year 2000 through 2006 cars potentially affected by the issue. The regional recall requested in June by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covered both passenger- and driver-side front air bags.

Jul 16, 2014

BMW to recall 1.6 mln cars worldwide for air bag concerns

DETROIT, July 16 (Reuters) – German automaker BMW
said on Wednesday it is recalling about 1.6 million cars
worldwide to replace passenger-side front airbags made by Takata
Corp because the inflators could break apart during
deployment and injure passengers.

The recall affects 3-Series vehicles produced between May
1999 and August 2006.

While BMW is still taking part in a regional recall
requested by U.S. safety regulators, BMW spokesman Dave Buchko
said it decided to recall all of the model year 2000 through
2006 cars potentially affected by the issue. The regional recall
requested in June by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration covered both passenger- and driver-side front air
bags.

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Jun 30, 2014

GM victims fund to have wide eligibility

By Ben Klayman

(Reuters) – The compensation fund for victims of General Motors Co’s defective ignition switch will be open to a broad range of people and should finish its work by the end of the second quarter of next year, the attorney in charge of the fund said.

Kenneth Feinberg, in an interview ahead of Monday’s announcement on how the fund will operate, said he had no idea how many people would file claims or whether the number of deaths linked to the faulty switch would rise from the 13 GM has identified.

Jun 30, 2014

GM victims fund for ignition defect to have wide eligibility

June 30 (Reuters) – The compensation fund for victims of
General Motors Co’s defective ignition switch will be
open to a broad range of people, with family members of those
who died as a result eligible for at least $1 million, the
attorney in charge of the fund said on Monday.

Kenneth Feinberg said that GM will award an additional
$300,000 for a spouse and each dependent left behind by a victim
who died at the hands of the faulty part. Extenuating
circumstances could drive the compensation figures higher. There
is no cap on what GM might pay.

Jun 30, 2014
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Jun 30, 2014

Insight – Google, Detroit diverge on road map for self-driving cars

SAN FRANCISCO/DETROIT (Reuters) – In 2012, a small team of Google Inc engineers and business staffers met with several of the world’s largest car makers, to discuss partnerships to build self-driving cars.

In one meeting, both sides were enthusiastic about the futuristic technology, yet it soon became clear that they would not be working together. The Internet search company and the automaker disagreed on almost every point, from car capabilities and time needed to get it to market to extent of collaboration.

Jun 30, 2014

Google, Detroit diverge on road map for self-driving cars

SAN FRANCISCO/DETROIT, June 30 (Reuters) – In 2012, a small
team of Google Inc engineers and business staffers met with
several of the world’s largest car makers, to discuss
partnerships to build self-driving cars.

In one meeting, both sides were enthusiastic about the
futuristic technology, yet it soon became clear that they would
not be working together. The Internet search company and the
automaker disagreed on almost every point, from car capabilities
and time needed to get it to market to extent of collaboration.

    • 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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