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Harley-Davidson Recalls Over 66K Motorcycles

July 9, 2014 3:09 pm | News | Comments

Harley-Davidson is recalling 66,421 Touring and CVO Touring motorcycles from the 2014 model year because their front wheels can lock up without warning.                 

Delphi Exec Called By Senate Panel Probing GM

July 9, 2014 8:04 am | News | Comments

The Senate panel investigating General Motors' ignition switch recall is calling on the CEO of the company that made the switches to testify at an upcoming hearing.                 

Ford Recalling Over 100K Vehicles

July 8, 2014 2:02 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The company announced the six separate recalls Tuesday. No injuries, accidents or fires related to any of the defects have been reported, Ford said.                 

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How Did GM's Ignition Switch Redesign Go Wrong?

July 8, 2014 8:09 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM set about making switches that would work more smoothly and give drivers the impression that they were better designed, a GM switch engineer testified in a lawsuit deposition in the spring of 2013.           

Blue Bird Recalling School Buses For Steering Issue

July 7, 2014 8:31 am | News | Comments

Blue Bird is recalling more than 2,500 All American school buses and some transit buses to fix a problem that could make steering more difficult.                   

California Chicken Tied To Salmonella Strain Recalled

July 7, 2014 8:06 am | by Andrew Dalton, Associated Press | News | Comments

Foster Farms has issued its first recall since being linked to an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that has been making people sick for more than a year, company and federal food officials said.               

Safety Agency: Chrysler Recall Too Slow

July 2, 2014 2:46 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The agency is asking the company why it's taking so long to recall as many as 2.5 million older Grand Cherokees and Libertys with gas tanks mounted behind the rear axles. The tanks could rupture in rear collisions, leak fuel and cause fires.           

Georgia Lawsuit Still Causing Headaches For GM

July 2, 2014 9:20 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Litigation over the 29-year-old's death was settled by GM last October, but not before it laid bare how the company allowed millions of small cars to stay on the road more than a decade after GM discovered ignition switch flaws linked to at least 13 fatalities.

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Auto Sales Maintain Healthy Pace In June

July 1, 2014 2:18 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. auto sales slowed slightly in June but still maintained a healthy pace despite a record-setting string of safety recalls at General Motors and a slowdown in truck sales at Ford.                  

Graco Gives In And Recalls Infant Seats

July 1, 2014 2:14 pm | News | Comments

Graco Children's Products is recalling 1.9 million infant car seats, agreeing to government demands in what is now the largest seat recall in American history.                 

New Recalls Raise Questions About Auto Parts Safety

July 1, 2014 10:43 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

The ignition switch recalls now engulfing General Motors and Chrysler are raising new questions about the safety of the parts across the American auto industry.                   

Chrysler Adds 696K Vehicles To Ignition Recall

July 1, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

After Chrysler filed paperwork telling the NHTSA about the expansion, the agency said it was dissatisfied, raising concerns about whether the switch problem can stop the air bags from inflating in a crash.         

GM Adds 8.2M Vehicles To Growing Recall List

July 1, 2014 7:43 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

General Motors' safety crisis worsened on Monday when the automaker added 8.2 million vehicles to its huge list of cars recalled over faulty ignition switches.                

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GM Victim Payment Plan Won't Have Limit

June 30, 2014 9:40 am | by Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The attorney overseeing GM's compensation to victims of small-car crashes says there's no limit to what the company will pay, provided the crashes were caused by faulty ignition switches. The tally could climb into billions of dollars.   

GM Recalls Another 474K Vehicles

June 30, 2014 8:27 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors extended its record-breaking string of safety problems, announcing three more recalls, including a large one involving its top-selling vehicle.                 

Analysts Expect Slower June Sales For GM

June 27, 2014 8:44 am | News | Comments

A number of analysts are predicting that General Motors' June U.S. sales will underperform the overall auto industry, putting the company in danger of losing market share at a critical time.                

GM Recalls Nearly 29K Chevy Cruze Compacts

June 27, 2014 7:46 am | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling more than 29,000 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars because metal parts in the air bag assemblies can hit the driver and passengers if the bags are inflated.             

Honda, Mazda, Nissan Recall Millions Of Vehicles Over Airbags

June 23, 2014 7:51 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Honda, Mazda and Nissan are recalling millions of vehicles globally for defective airbags manufactured by supplier Takata Corp. that could possibly explode.                     

GM Could Face Another Fine For Impala Recall

June 20, 2014 9:01 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

An old e-mail from a General Motors employee warning of a "serious safety problem" could help trigger another government fine against the automaker.                    

Kraft Foods Recalls 260 Cases Of Velveeta

June 20, 2014 8:55 am | News | Comments

Kraft is recalling Velveeta cheese from Walmart stores in as many as 12 states, mostly in the Midwest, because the cheese lacks the proper amount of preservatives.                

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Workers Kill CEO; Chinese Spyware Phone

June 19, 2014 2:16 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from Indian factory workers killing the CEO over a dispute about work hours to a Chinese-made phone that comes with spyware.          

GM Employee Warned Of Stalling In Impalas In 2005

June 19, 2014 8:26 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

In an e-mail to 11 GM colleagues on Aug. 30, 2005, GM employee Laura Andres wrote: "I think this is a serious safety problem ... I'm thinking big recall."                  

Lawmakers Press GM On Report Findings

June 18, 2014 10:59 am | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

House members say they still have many questions about General Motors' delayed recall of small cars, including whether the company's culture has truly changed.                

Consumers Aren't Shying Away From GM

June 18, 2014 8:09 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM has retained buyers' confidence by appearing to act quickly on safety matters — even though GM's internal investigation into the small-car switch recall showed that employees took years to realize they had a safety problem on their hands.    

4 Months Into Recall, Only 7 Pct. Of GM Cars Fixed

June 17, 2014 10:04 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

More than four months after General Motors started recalling 2.6 million small cars to fix ignition switches, the company has repaired only 7 percent of the vehicles.               

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