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Ford Expands Drivers Air Bag Recall Nationwide

December 18, 2014 9:57 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. has agreed to government demands to expand a driver's side air bag inflator recall to the entire U.S. The move announced Thursday adds 447,000 Ford vehicles to the list of those recalled due to driver's inflators made by Japan's Takata Corp. The inflators can explode with too much force, spewing...

Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises To 42

December 15, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 42 people have died and 58 have been injured in crashes involving General Motors cars...

Chrysler Obeys Safety Regulators, Expands Recall

December 12, 2014 9:58 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Chrysler is bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators and will add about 179,000 vehicles to...

Nissan Recalls 407K Vehicles For Fuel Leak Problem

December 9, 2014 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling about 470,000 cars and SUVs worldwide to fix a problem that can cause fuel...

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The Winner & Loser Of The Week

December 8, 2014 9:29 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

Each week news of successes and failures flood in from the manufacturing sector — from recalls to exciting new plant openings or industry breakthroughs the news runs the gamut. IMPO has sifted through all the news for you and presents this week's “Winner” and...

Japan: Auto Recall Overhaul Needed For Global Woes

December 5, 2014 2:04 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The top Japanese auto safety official acknowledged Friday that Japan's recall system needs an overhaul to better respond to global problems highlighted by the debacle over Takata air bags that can explode. "The framework in place...

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...

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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...

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... 

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...

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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...

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...

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,...

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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...

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...

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 linked to multiple deaths and injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants Takata Corp. to recall millions of potentially faulty driver's side air bag inflators across...

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...

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...

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...

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