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Jun 18, 2014

U.S. regulator says investigates Chrysler over ignition switches

DETROIT (Reuters) – U.S. safety regulators said on Wednesday they have opened two investigations into Chrysler Group vehicles involving possibly faulty ignition switches that can be bumped out of the “run” position, disabling airbags in the event of a crash.

The issue is similar to recalls by General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) for faulty ignition switches, which have been linked to the deaths of at least 13 people.

Jun 13, 2014

Complaint about shutting off Camaro with knee dates back a year

DETROIT (Reuters) – U.S. safety regulators received a complaint about a Chevrolet Camaro driver accidentally shutting off the car with a knee more than a year before General Motors on Friday recalled half a million of the sports cars over the issue, which is similar to the defect linked to 13 deaths in older GM small cars.

Regulators have received at least 18 consumer complaints since 2009 about Camaros involving engines stalling or sudden loss of power, a Reuters review of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration database showed. The first of two describing turning off the car with a knee is from April 2013.

Jun 13, 2014

GM recalls half million Camaros, safety crisis deepens

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) recalled 511,528 Chevrolet Camaros on Friday for an ignition switch problem similar to the defect linked to at least 13 deaths in Chevrolet Cobalts and other models.

GM said it was aware of minor accidents but no fatalities from the Camaro, a sporty two-door car. It said the Camaro switch defect differed from the problem in the Cobalts, but a consumer advocate said GM still should have recalled the Camaros sooner.

Jun 13, 2014

GM’s safety crisis deepens with Camaro switch recall

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) recalled 511,528 Chevrolet Camaros on Friday for an ignition switch problem similar to the defect linked to at least 13 deaths in Chevrolet Cobalts and other models. GM said it was aware of minor accidents but no fatalities from the Camaro, a sporty two-door car. It said the Camaro switch defect differed from the problem in the Cobalts, but a consumer advocate said GM still should have recalled the Camaros sooner.

GM said a driver’s knee could bump the Camaro key fob and move the ignition switch out of the “run” position, causing the engine to shut off. The earlier recall of Cobalts and other small cars involved an ignition switch in which a bump of the key fob could turn off the engine, disabling power steering and airbags.

Jun 13, 2014

Exclusive: Complaint about shutting off Camaro with knee dates back a year

DETROIT (Reuters) – U.S. safety regulators received a complaint about a Chevrolet Camaro driver accidentally shutting off the car with a knee more than a year before General Motors on Friday recalled half a million of the sports cars over the issue, which is similar to the defect linked to 13 deaths in older GM small cars.

Regulators have received at least 18 consumer complaints since 2009 about Camaros involving engines stalling or sudden loss of power, a Reuters review of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration database showed. The first of two describing turning off the car with a knee is from April 2013.

Jun 13, 2014

GM issues another ignition switch recall, for Chevy Camaros

DETROIT, (Reuters) – In a product recall that echoes the one that has plunged General Motors Co GM.N into a safety crisis, the automaker on Friday said it will recall 511,528 current model Chevrolet Camaro cars, mainly in North America, to correct an issue with the ignition switch.

GM said a driver’s knee can bump the key fob and move the ignition switch out of the “run” position, causing the engine to shut off.

Jun 12, 2014

Tesla Motors to share patents to spur electric car development

DETROIT (Reuters) – Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Thursday said it would allow others to use its intellectual property in hopes of speeding up development of electric cars by all manufacturers.

Tesla co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said the company would not take legal action against anyone who “in good faith, wants to use our technology.”

Jun 11, 2014

Fiat Chrysler names first 86 Alfa Romeo dealers in North America

DETROIT (Reuters) – The first 86 dealerships to relaunch the sporty Alfa Romeo brand in North America, most of them now selling Fiat cars, were announced on Tuesday by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FIA.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

The 83 Fiat dealerships and three Maserati dealerships will be the first to sell the limited-edition Alfa Romeo 4C sports car later this year. It is the first time new Alfa models will be sold in North America since 1996.

Jun 5, 2014

UAW to unveil new plan to organize Mercedes-Benz Alabama plant

DETROIT (Reuters) – The United Auto Workers union said on Thursday it will announce as soon as next week a plan to organize workers at the Daimler AG (DAIGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama.

Gary Casteel, the union’s newly elected secretary-treasurer, said the UAW will reveal its plan for workers at the Daimler plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama “probably in the coming week.”

Jun 5, 2014

UAW’s Williams to U.S. automakers: “no more concessions”

DETROIT, June 5 (Reuters) – Newly elected United Auto
Workers President Dennis Williams warned major U.S. automakers
who negotiate with the union next year that he supports the
financial health of the companies, but that “enough is enough”
when it comes to concessions.

Veteran UAW auto workers at the three major U.S. automakers
have not received a raise in nearly a decade and in recent
contract talks the union allowed the creation and expansion of a
two-tiered wage structure.