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Report Says Nuke Dump Fire Was Preventable

March 13, 2014 10:44 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

The truck that caught fire a half mile underground at a nuclear waste dump was 29 years old, improperly maintained and operating without an automatic fire-suppression system, according to a report.           

Devices To Track Truck Driver Hours Proposed

March 13, 2014 2:15 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Commercial trucks and buses that cross state lines would have to be equipped with electronic devices that record how many hours the vehicles are in operation, according to a government proposal.            

GM Excluded Deaths From Ignition Inquiry

March 13, 2014 11:31 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

According to the chronology, GM employees were told about most of the Ion crash deaths within two weeks of when they occurred. So GM knew about the deaths but still failed to consider them until this year.          


Gov't. Closes Jeep Liberty Probe

March 13, 2014 10:22 am | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have closed an investigation into driver's side door fires in Jeep Liberty SUVs without seeking a recall.                       

U.S. Retail Sales Rebound In February

March 13, 2014 9:37 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. retail sales bounced back in February after suffering a steep decline during a bitterly cold January. Shoppers spent more on autos, clothing and furniture.                 

Chrysler Recalls 49,000 Dodge Chargers

March 13, 2014 8:56 am | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling more than 49,000 Dodge Charger muscle cars because a connector can overheat and knock out low-beam headlights.                     

Graco Adds More Than 400,000 Child Seats To Recall

March 13, 2014 8:36 am | News | Comments

Graco has added 403,222 child seats to last month's recall of 3.8 million to replace faulty harness buckles, but the added seats won't end a dispute with the U.S. government's road safety watchdog.           

Recalled Tire Caused Fla. Van Crash

March 13, 2014 7:40 am | News | Comments

Federal safety officials are investigating a fatal church van crash in north Florida that involved the catastrophic failure of a tire that was part of a July 2012 recall.                     


Fight Over Minn. Driver Record Data Draws Lawmakers

March 12, 2014 2:20 pm | by Brian Bakst, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say they're responding to citizen concern about privacy while a coalition of groups ranging from auto insurers to car dealers to data aggregators contend it will raise consumer prices and slow safety recalls.         

GM Offering Loaners, Cash To Recalled Car Owners

March 12, 2014 1:57 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is offering free loaner cars and $500 toward a new GM vehicle to more than a million owners of compact cars that are being recalled for a deadly ignition switch defect.            

Why Not A Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ In California?

March 12, 2014 12:46 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

The state made a few proposals for several possible sites, but the automaker wasn’t interested — there are a few compelling reasons not to invest too heavily in the state of California.                  

Nissan's Z Car Continues To Lure Driving Enthusiasts

March 12, 2014 11:30 am | by Ann M. Job, For The Associated Press | News | Comments

All 2014 models of 370Z continue with Nissan's squat, strong, exterior appearance that's unlike that on any other car. It reminds some observers of a car body composed of flaps rather than graceful curves.        

Van Production Resumes At Indiana Plant

March 12, 2014 8:03 am | News | Comments

AM General has restarted the production of specially designed vans for the disabled at a northern Indiana factory where it has recalled 200 laid-off workers.                 


New Product Launches Hurt Volvo Earnings

March 12, 2014 7:57 am | News | Comments

Swedish truck maker AB Volvo enjoyed strong sales in the fourth quarter, but its earnings were hurt by extra costs linked to the launch of new products, write-downs and restructuring charges.           

New Jersey: Time To Stop Impeding Tesla

March 11, 2014 2:47 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Blogs | Comments

Tesla and the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) were working together to resolve concerns from dealerships, but according to a blog post put up on the Tesla corporate site today, that relationship has fallen apart, and now, Tesla is banned from selling vehicles in the state directly to customers.

Ohio Jeep Plant To Hire Part-Time Workers

March 11, 2014 10:16 am | News | Comments

Chrysler plans to hire up to 1,000 part-time employees to give exhausted full-time workers a break at its Toledo Jeep assembly plant.                     

House Committee Investigating GM Recall

March 11, 2014 9:46 am | News | Comments

A congressional committee is investigating the way General Motors and a federal safety agency handled a deadly ignition switch problem in compact cars.                 

China Auto Sales Rise But Local Brands Struggle

March 10, 2014 11:04 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's auto sales rose 11.3 percent in the first two months of this year but local brands suffered a decline in a sign of intense competition in the world's biggest auto market.            

Tucson Courting Tesla For 6,500 Jobs

March 10, 2014 8:25 am | News | Comments

City officials confirmed Sunday that they have made a bid for electric-car maker Tesla Motors to consider Tucson for the site of a massive battery factory that would employ 6,500 people.            

Gov't Wants Graco To Explain Recall

March 7, 2014 2:22 pm | News | Comments

The federal government's road safety watchdog is ordering child seat maker Graco to explain why it didn't include 1.8 million infant seats in a recent recall for faulty buckles.       Rewind: Fancy Toilets; Fiat-Chrysler's Tiny Jeep

March 7, 2014 12:48 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across, from a high-tech bathroom upgrade to the Jeep that will be made in Italy.                    

Nissan: Thai Political Turmoil Temporary

March 7, 2014 11:10 am | by Oliver Teves, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's second largest automaker said Friday it remains optimistic about Southeast Asia's auto market despite political turmoil in Thailand, one of the region's key car manufacturers.               

Ford Reshoring Truck Production From Mexico To Ohio

March 7, 2014 8:03 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. is announcing that it will build its Ford F-650 and F-750 trucks at its assembly plant west of Cleveland.                      

Chinese Automaker Builds Credibility

March 5, 2014 12:43 pm | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Qoros Auto is trying to leverage its European executives' management and design expertise and its competitive Chinese manufacturing footprint.                     

Safety Agency Demands Data From GM

March 5, 2014 12:12 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A U.S. safety agency is demanding that General Motors turn over documents showing what the company knew about a dangerous ignition problem in older compact cars and how it responded.             

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