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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.

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.

    • 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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