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What You Need To Know About Takata Air Bag Recall

December 3, 2014 5:20 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. and 10 automakers have recalled 14 million vehicles worldwide for a problem with both driver and passenger side air bags, including 8 million in the U.S. The air bags can inflate with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and sending...

Promotions, Gas Prices Boost U.S. Auto Sales

December 3, 2014 2:03 pm | by Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

American shoppers passed on the malls and headed to the car dealerships over Thanksgiving weekend. Black Friday promotions — coupled with falling gas prices, low-interest loans and hot new vehicles — drove U.S. auto sales higher in November, kicking off what's expected to be...

Groups Seek To Ban Older Rail Cars Carrying Crude

December 3, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental groups filed a court petition Tuesday to ban older railroad cars from transporting crude oil. Earthjustice and two other organizations are urging the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to ban so-called DOT-111 cars built before 2011. The U.S. Department of Transportation...

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Honda To Expand Air Bag Recall Nationwide

December 3, 2014 11:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under pressure from federal regulators, Honda is expanding a recall of driver's side air bags to all 50 states. The air bags, made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp., can explode with too much force, sending metal shrapnel into the passenger compartment. Takata insists that current recalls...

Takata: Evidence Doesn't Support National Recall

December 3, 2014 9:31 am | by Tom Krisher, Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A defiant Takata Corp. told a U.S. safety agency that its demand for a nationwide air bag recall isn't supported by evidence, and the government doesn't have authority to tell a parts maker to do a recall. The company laid out its position in a Tuesday letter to the National Highway...

Chrysler U.S. Sales Up 20% In November

December 2, 2014 1:51 pm | by Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler's U.S. sales rose 20 percent last month a sign that Black Friday promotions and falling gas prices drove U.S. auto sales higher in November. Chrysler sold nearly 171,000 vehicles to post its best November in 13 years. The company was led by the Chrysler...

Automakers Expand Passenger Air Bag Recalls

December 2, 2014 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, two automakers are expanding recalls or adding them to fix potentially faulty passenger air bags in high-humidity states. Documents posted Tuesday by the government say Subaru is expanding a previous recall of five models. Mitsubishi is...

Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises To 36

December 1, 2014 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 36 people have died and 44 have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday. Feinberg says... 

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NLRB Rules Mercedes Violated Labor Laws At AL Plant

December 1, 2014 12:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board has upheld a ruling that Mercedes violated federal labor laws by stopping United Auto Workers union supporters from handing out literature inside its Alabama plant. The ruling by the three-member board panel requires ordered Mercedes to update its...

Toyota Recalls 30K Minivans Worldwide

December 1, 2014 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling about 30,000 Sienna Minivans worldwide, saying the 2015 models' overhead assist grips can detach when an air bag deploys. The automaker says that the grips, which are mounted to the minivans' roof rails, could detach from the mounting bracket under...

Japanese Firm To Build Light-Rail Cars In LA

November 26, 2014 12:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese firm says it will go ahead with plans to open a light-rail manufacturing facility in Los Angeles County, a month after threatening to pull out when talks with organized labor groups stalled. The county Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Tuesday that Kinkisharyo...

Woman Cleared In Fatal Wreck After GM Confirms Car Would Have Been Recalled

November 26, 2014 11:57 am | by Michael Graczyk, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas judge cleared a woman Monday for a car accident that killed her fiance in 2004, after General Motors acknowledged that her car would have been among millions being recalled for a problem that may have contributed to the death. Candice Anderson was driving a 2004 Saturn...

Honda Admits Failing To Report Deaths, Injuries

November 25, 2014 9:48 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Honda is admitting that it failed to report more than 1,700 injury and death claims about its vehicles to U.S. safety regulators, a violation of federal law. The Japanese automaker, in statements issued Monday, also said it became aware of the omissions in 2011, yet it took about three years to take...

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Ford's New F-150 To Get 26 MPG

November 24, 2014 2:19 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford said that its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get up to 26 mpg on the highway, making it the most fuel efficient gas-powered full-size pickup. The Ram truck is the current leader among pickups, getting up to 25 mpg on the highway with a gas engine. The Ram gets up to...

Automakers Aim To Drive Away Car Computer Hackers

November 24, 2014 10:25 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Against the team of hackers, the poor car stood no chance.Meticulously overwhelming its computer networks, the hackers showed that — given time — they would be able to pop the trunk and start the windshield wipers, cut the brakes or lock them up, and even kill the

AZ Sues GM Over Delayed Recalls

November 21, 2014 2:41 pm | by Bob Christie, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Arizona's attorney general has sued General Motors Co. for failing to recall millions of cars and trucks with safety defects the auto giant did not disclose for years. The lawsuit seeks potentially billions of dollars in fines. Attorney General Tom Horne said Thursday that he sued under...

Government: Chrysler Needs To Speed Up Jeep Recall

November 21, 2014 2:34 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The nation's auto safety agency is telling Chrysler to speed up a recall of 1.5 million older Jeeps with gas tanks that can rupture in a rear collision. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent a letter to Chrysler on Wednesday saying that a "woeful" 3 percent of the Jeeps have been fixed, more than...

Toyota Recalls Nearly 423K Lexuses For Fuel Leak

November 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling nearly 423,000 Lexus luxury brand cars in the U.S. to fix fuel leaks that can cause fires. The recalls affect the 2006 to 2011 GS, 2007 to 2010 LS and the 2006 to 2011 IS models. Toyota says that the cars' fuel lines have nickel phosphate plating to protect against...

Japan Orders Air Bag Maker To Conduct Probe

November 21, 2014 9:46 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's transport ministry said Friday it has ordered air bag maker Takata to conduct an internal investigation after cases of its air bags exploding triggered safety concerns in the United States and other countries. The ministry also ordered Takata and Japanese automakers to...

Senators Get No Clear Answers On Air Bag Safety

November 20, 2014 6:06 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

There were apologies and long-winded explanations, but after nearly four hours of testimony about exploding Takata air bags, senators never got a clear answer to the question most people have: whether or not their cars are safe. During a Thursday hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee,...

Honda: Apology, Admission In Air Bag Hearing

November 20, 2014 3:44 pm | by Macy Gordon, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The global quality chief of Takata Corp. apologized and an official from Honda acknowledged the automaker broke a disclosure law as a Senate committee put the spotlight on a growing problem with exploding air bags.Hiroshi Shimizu, Takata's senior vice president of quality, said the...

Nominee For Auto Safety Chief Faces Uphill Climb

November 20, 2014 2:07 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Mark Rosekind is a nationally known expert in human fatigue. He may soon inherit a government agency that's been criticized for nodding off at the wheel. President Obama on Wednesday nominated Rosekind, a National Transportation Safety Board member and a former NASA scientist...

Takata Quality Chief Shuns National Air Bag Recall

November 20, 2014 1:59 pm | by Macy Gordon, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The quality chief for Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. told a Senate committee Thursday that a national recall of driver's side air bag inflators is not necessary. In testimony before the Commerce Committee, Senior Vice President of Quality Hiroshi Shimizu said recalls should be limited to...

Michelin Making Airless Tires At Its 10th SC Plant

November 20, 2014 6:06 am | by Seanna Adcox, Associated Press | News | Comments

Michelin's 10th plant in South Carolina, opening Thursday, will produce the company's innovative airless radial tire and develop the concept's future generations, company officials told The Associated Press in advance of a news conference. Commercial production of the Tweel, named to reflect the...

Automakers Debut Key Models At L.A. Auto Show

November 19, 2014 4:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One out of every 10 new vehicles sold in the U.S. last year was purchased in California. So it's no wonder automakers save some of their most important introductions for the Los Angeles Auto Show. As usual, green cars are a focus in eco-conscious L.A. Toyota is showing...

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