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Jun 22, 2014

Insight – Car industry struggles to solve air bag explosions despite mass recalls

TOKYO/DETROIT (Reuters) – A year ago, Japan’s Takata Corp (7312.T: Quote, Profile, Research), the world’s second-largest maker of auto safety parts, believed it had finally contained a crisis more than a decade in the making.

It was wrong.

More than a million Honda Motor Co Ltd (7267.T: Quote, Profile, Research) vehicles could be subject to an upcoming recall for Takata air bags that are at risk of exploding and shooting shrapnel at passengers and drivers, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

Jun 22, 2014

Car industry struggles to solve air bag explosions despite mass recalls

TOKYO/DETROIT (Reuters) – A year ago, Japan’s Takata Corp, the world’s second-largest maker of auto safety parts, believed it had finally contained a crisis more than a decade in the making.

It was wrong.

More than a million Honda Motor Co Ltd vehicles could be subject to an upcoming recall for Takata air bags that are at risk of exploding and shooting shrapnel at passengers and drivers, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

Jun 21, 2014
Jun 21, 2014

GM board warned of serious problems by quality manager in 2002

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – A former head of General Motors corporate quality audit warned the company’s board in a letter in 2002 that it needed to “stop the continued shipment of unsafe vehicles” and “recall suspect vehicles that were already in customers’ hands.”

The letter from William McAleer shows that GM’s directors and top management were told about serious safety defects in vehicles that were coming off the company’s production lines more than 11 years before GM recalled millions of vehicles for faulty ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths. The contents have not been previously published.

Jun 21, 2014

Exclusive: GM board warned of serious problems by quality manager in 2002

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – A former head of General Motors corporate quality audit warned the company’s board in a letter in 2002 that it needed to “stop the continued shipment of unsafe vehicles” and “recall suspect vehicles that were already in customers’ hands.”

The letter from William McAleer shows that GM’s directors and top management were told about serious safety defects in vehicles that were coming off the company’s production lines more than 11 years before GM recalled millions of vehicles for faulty ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths. The contents have not been previously published.

Jun 20, 2014

U.S. reviewing reports of exhaust-gas leak in Ford Explorers

June 20 (Reuters) – The National Highway Safety Traffic
Administration said on Friday it was reviewing reports that
exhaust gases, including carbon monoxide, may enter the
passenger compartment of some Ford Explorers, a potential safety
issue that has prompted customer complaints and a recent
lawsuit.

The agency said it was aware of complaints involving Ford
Motor Co’s Explorers from model years 2011 through 2014
from owners who claim they experienced exhaust fumes or other
strange odors in the cabin. NHTSA was “reviewing all available
data and will take appropriate action as warranted,” it said in
a statement.

Jun 19, 2014

GM emails show more unheeded warnings about ignition defects

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday accused General Motors Co of a “disturbing pattern” of neglecting safety and revealed emails from 2005 in which a GM employee warned a “big recall” may be necessary over an ignition-switch problem that was only addressed this week.

GM Chief Executive Mary Barra faced tough questions about widespread safety failures at GM in her third public appearance before Congress since the automaker started recalling millions of vehicles in February.

Jun 18, 2014

U.S. lawmakers slam GM’s ‘culture of secrecy’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday slammed General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) for a “culture of secrecy” and said a company investigation that found top executives did not know for years about a deadly ignition switch defect does not absolve them of responsibility.

GM Chief Executive Mary Barra returned before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee to face harsh questions about why the No. 1 U.S. automaker waited more than a decade to recall millions of vehicles with the defect linked to at least 13 deaths.

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.

    • 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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