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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...

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...

Showdown Looms Between Government, Air Bag Maker

November 19, 2014 12:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A showdown is looming between U.S. safety regulators and a Japanese company that makes air bags...

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VW Recalls 442K Cars For Suspension Problem

November 19, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen is recalling 442,000 Jettas and Beetles to fix a problem that can cause rear suspension failure if the cars aren't fixed properly after a crash. The recall covers 2011 through 2013 Jettas and 2012 through 2013 Beetles. VW says in documents posted by U.S. safety regulators on Wednesday...

Ford Recalls Fusions For Software Problem

November 18, 2014 12:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 65,000 Fusion midsize cars in North America because the ignition keys can be removed if the transmission is not in park due to a software problem. The recall covers certain Fusions, including gas-electric hybrids, from the 2014 and 2015 model years. Ford traced the...

Honda Will Quietly Replace Air Bags Nationwide

November 17, 2014 4:42 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Honda is quietly offering to replace potentially defective air bag parts across the U.S., even though its latest recall only covers cars in 13 high-humidity states and territories. The replacement program for owners concerned about their safety was revealed in documents posted recently by...

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GM Extends Claims Deadline

November 17, 2014 12:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawyer hired by General Motors to compensate victims of crashes caused by faulty ignition switches is giving people another month to file claims. Kenneth Feinberg announced Sunday night that the deadline has been extended until Jan. 31, 2015. The company came under fire last week because...

Ford Expands Air Bag Recall After Malaysian Death

November 14, 2014 8:07 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The death of a pregnant Malaysian woman in a car crash involving a faulty air bag has led to another U.S. recall, as the auto industry struggles with a widening problem across the globe. Ford Motor Co. agreed to recall more 2004 and 2005 Ranger small pickup trucks after the crash in Malaysia...

GM: Parts Ready To Fix SUVs That Can Catch Fire

November 12, 2014 2:13 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The owners of 189,000 General Motors SUVs soon won't have to park them outside the garage for fear that they will catch fire. The company says it will start notifying customers on Thursday to take the SUVs to dealers, who will replace faulty power window...

GM Ordered Switches Nearly 2 Months Before Recall

November 10, 2014 9:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Emails released in a court case show that General Motors Co. ordered a half-million replacement ignition switches nearly two months before telling the government that its small cars should be recalled because the switches were defective. The chain of emails between lower-level...

Honda Adds Thousands Of Vehicles To Air Bag Recall

November 7, 2014 10:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is adding hundreds of thousands of vehicles to a previously announced recall for passenger air bags that can explode with too much force and send shards of metal into the passenger compartment. The vehicles have air bag systems made by troubled parts supplier...

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Audi Recalls Nearly 102K Cars To Fix Air Bags

November 5, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Audi is recalling nearly 102,000 luxury cars in the U.S. because the front air bags may not inflate in a crash. The recall covers certain A4 and S4 cars from the 2013 through 2015 model years, plus the 2013 through 2015 Audi allroad. Audi says that it is...

Ford Issues 5 Recalls Covering 202K Vehicles

November 4, 2014 11:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford is recalling more than 202,000 cars, vans and trucks in North America in five separate recalls to fix gas leaks, air bag sensors, stalling, and other issues. The company says the problems have caused one accident, but it's not aware of injuries in any of the...

Nissan Recalls Infiniti SUVs For Air Bag Problem

October 31, 2014 11:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan says it's recalling more than 1,800 Infiniti SUVs in the U.S. for an air bag problem that could send shrapnel into the passenger compartment. The recall covers the QX56 SUVs from 2013 and the QX80s from 2014. The company says inflators made by Takata Corp. were built with an incorrect outer...

Ford Recalls 205K SUVs For Fuel Tank Leak

October 29, 2014 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 205,000 SUVs in cold-weather states and parts of Canada to fix gas tanks that can rust, leak, and cause a fire. The recall affects Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles from the 2007 and 2008 model years. The company said Wednesday that it traced the problem to rust under...

Chrysler Recalls Over 566K Trucks, SUVs

October 29, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 566,000 trucks and SUVs in two recalls for malfunctioning fuel heaters that can cause fires and a software glitch can disable the electronic stability control. The recalls bring the newly merged company's total for the year to 6.4 million vehicles worldwide and 5.1 million in the U.S. as it...

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Recall Madness Explodes With Defective Air Bags

October 23, 2014 2:13 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Defective parts are creating bad press and hurting the bottom line for the auto industry, so car companies are being more diligent in announcing recalls. It feels like there is almost a daily announcement of some risk of fire from bad wiring, stalling...

U.S. Safety Regulators Warn Car Owners To Heed Recalls

October 20, 2014 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are warning owners of more than 4.7 million vehicles that have been recalled for air bag problems to get them repaired immediately. The warning issued Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers vehicles from multiple manufacturers that date to 2002....

Toyota Adds 247K Vehicles To Air Bag Recall Tally

October 20, 2014 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling 247,000 vehicles in high-humidity areas as an air bag problem that has plagued most of the auto industry continues to widen. The recall posed Monday by U.S. safety regulators covers the 2003 to 2005 Corolla and Matrix, the 2002 to...

General Motors' Legal Chief Stepping Down

October 20, 2014 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors' chief lawyer Michael Millikin, who withstood withering criticism from lawmakers for his department's handling of an ignition switch recall, is retiring early next year. GM says in a statement that the 66-year-old Millikin will stay on until a replacement is on the...

Senators Question Regional Car Recalls

October 16, 2014 4:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two U.S. senators are questioning why the nation's auto safety regulators are letting car companies recall vehicles only in limited regions when a safety problem could happen anywhere.Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Edward Markey, D-Mass., cited a...

Chrysler Recalls 907K Cars, SUVs For Faulty Wiring

October 16, 2014 9:21 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Nearly 907,000 Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep SUVs and cars are being recalled for alternators that can fail and heated power mirror wiring that can short and cause minor fires.The recalls, posted Thursday by U.S. safety regulators, push the total number of recalls so far this year to over...

Toyota Recalls 423K Lexuses For Fuel Leak Risk

October 15, 2014 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling about 423,000 older-model Lexus luxury cars in the U.S. because a gasket can leak fuel and possibly cause a fire. The recall is among three global recalls that Toyota announced Wednesday totaling about 1.7 million...

Chrysler Recalls 184K SUVs For Airbag Defect

October 14, 2014 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling 184,215 SUVs worldwide because a wiring problem could disable their air bags and seat belt pretensioners. The recall involves the 2014 model year Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Most are in the U.S., but 57,443 SUVs are in...

GM Ignition Switch Deaths Rise To 27

October 13, 2014 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 27 people have died and 25 people 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 he has received 178 death claims since...

Acura Recalls 43K Vehicles For Seat Belt Issue

October 13, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Acura says it is recalling 43,000 vehicles in the U.S. to replace both front seat belts. The car maker owned by Honda Motor Co says that in temperatures below zero degrees Fahrenheit, the seat belts might not release. Acura says no injuries have been reported related to the seat...

Mitsubishi Recalls Cars, SUVS For Engine Stalling

October 10, 2014 11:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mitsubishi is recalling nearly 166,000 older small cars and SUVs in the U.S. because the engines can stall unexpectedly.The recall covers the Lancer and Lancer Evolution from the 2008 to 2011 model years, as well as the Lancer Sportback from 2009 to 2011. Also affected are the...

Nissan Recalls Altimas, Hoods Could Fly Open

October 10, 2014 8:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling more than 220,000 Altima midsize cars in the U.S. because the hoods could fly open while they're being driven. The recall covers cars from the 2013 model year, but the company says it could affect other Nissan models. The automaker says in...

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