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.
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.
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.
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.
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.