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GM Recalls Another 718K Vehicles

Six separate recalls aren't related to ignition-switch problem

(Newser) - Another day, another 717,950 GM vehicles recalled. This time, none of the six separate recalls have any connection to the company's deadly ignition-switch problem , reports the Detroit News . By contrast, the problems are relatively minor. About 414,000 involve power seat-height adjusters in cars and small SUVs—the... More »

GM Issues 3 More Recalls

New ones affect 474K vehicles

(Newser) - General Motors extended its record-breaking string of safety problems today with three more recalls, including a large one involving its top-selling vehicle. The recalls, part of a top-to-bottom safety review, bring the company's total for the year to 48, covering more than 20 million cars and trucks. That beats... More »

Almost 3M Cars Recalled Over Exploding Airbags

Honda, Nissan, Mazda all expand earlier recalls

(Newser) - Honda, Mazda, and Nissan are recalling millions of vehicles globally for defective airbags manufactured by supplier Takata Corp. that could possibly explode, though no accidents have been reported related to the recalls. Honda recalled 2.03 million vehicles for the airbag problem, including 1.02 million in North America and... More »

Tomatoes as Car Parts? Heinz, Ford Team Up

Idea is to recycle skins, stems into plastic

(Newser) - Two statements you wouldn't think would be connected: 1) Heinz ends up with a lot of extra tomato parts after making ketchup. 2) Ford Motor Co. needs a lot of material for car parts. The two companies announced today that they're teaming up to try to turn all... More »

New Batch of Recalls Puts GM Into Record Numbers

Automaker announces 2.4M more as industry as a whole takes note

(Newser) - Another day, another GM recall. Or more precisely, four recalls. The automaker today announced problems with 2.4 million vehicles that require fixes, reports CNN . The figure brings the number of GM cars recalled this year to a record 13.6 million, reports AP . Today's include 1.4 million... More »

Why Big Auto Recalls Will Keep Happening

Analyst: For one thing, cars keep getting more complicated

(Newser) - Seems like there's a giant new auto recall every week, and Derek Mead at Motherboard advises that we all better get used to it. He runs through a slew of factors on why recalls are becoming the new normal in the auto industry, including:
  • Complex cars: Autos keep getting
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GM’s Barra: I Don't Know Why It Took Us So Long

But new CEO promises company will find out why recall was delayed

(Newser) - GM's new CEO went to Capitol Hill today to explain why it took her company a decade to respond to a deadly ignition switch problem , but Mary Barra didn't have much light to shed. “I cannot tell you why it took years for a safety defect to... More »

1M Nissans Recalled Over Airbag Issue

Software problem may prevent inflation

(Newser) - Nissan is calling back about a million of its 2013 and 2014 vehicles: Thanks to a software issue, the passenger airbag may not expand during an accident. The problem is related to the car not recognizing that there is a passenger in the seat, the Los Angeles Times explains. Affected... More »

GM Knew of Safety Flaw, Released Cobalt Anyway

Exec acknowledges 'business decision'

(Newser) - The 2005 Cobalt's ignition-switch issues—which, according to one watchdog , contributed to hundreds of deaths—apparently came as no surprise to General Motors. The company released the cars despite its awareness of the problem, the Wall Street Journal reports, with engineers rationalizing that even if the car stalled, drivers... More »

Toyota Pays $1.2B to End Criminal Probe

It's an unusually large settlement for an automaker

(Newser) - Toyota will write a hefty $1.2 billion check to end a four-year Justice Department investigation into its unintended acceleration scandal , Attorney General Eric Holder announced today. It's the largest criminal penalty against a car company in US history, according to USA Today . "Today we can say for... More »

303 Deaths Linked to Delayed GM Recall

Watchdog's number far greater than the 13 deaths earlier reported

(Newser) - General Motors' slow response to an ignition switch problem in two now-recalled models may be linked to hundreds more deaths than earlier believed, according to the Center for Auto Safety watchdog group. The group says 303 people died in the Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions between 2003 and 2012 when... More »

EPA's New Rule Will Make Gas Pricier, Earth-Healthier

Oil refiners will need to cut gasoline's sulfur content some 60%

(Newser) - The Environmental Protection Agency is today putting in place a new rule to drastically cut sulfur from gasoline, a measure it says will ultimately save lives, the New York Times reports. Sulfur in gasoline renders vehicle pollution control systems less effective, boosting smog-causing emissions associated with heart and lung disease,... More »

Ford Reveals Radical Change to F-150

Its famous steel body will now be 97% aluminum

(Newser) - For 66 years, Ford pickups have been, well "built Ford tough." Their 5,000 pounds have cleared tornado debris, pulled Rose Bowl floats, and plowed snow. And they've shouldered those loads with parts forged from steel. Until now. Ford today unveiled a new F-150 (the 2015 model... More »

CES' Hot New Gadget Is Your Car

New vehicles sprout 4G; Google announces Open Automotive Alliance

(Newser) - The big news from the Consumer Electronics Show—where the expected theme is "the connected car"—is a plan to make your new vehicle a little more like your smartphone. General Motors and Audi tell the Wall Street Journal they have plans to give their vehicles built-in 4G... More »

Fiat Nabs Rest of Chrysler— at a Pretty Good Price

Deal will make Fiat world's 7th-largest auto group

(Newser) - America's No. 3 automaker has gone Italian. Fiat yesterday announced it has struck a $4.35 billion deal with the United Automobile Workers retiree health care fund that will see it buy the 41.5% of Chrysler it doesn't own, the New York Times reports. Per the deal,... More »

GM's First Female CEO 'Has Gasoline in Her Veins'

Mary Barra is ultimate auto industry insider, with blue-collar roots

(Newser) - Mary Barra's appointment as the first woman at the top of a major auto firm is a sign of changing corporate culture, but the new GM chief is a longtime insider with, as they say in Detroit, "gasoline running through her veins," the New York Times finds.... More »

GM Names First Female CEO

Mary Barra has been at company since she was a co-op student in 1980

(Newser) - In something of a surprise move, General Motors CEO Dan Akerson will announce his resignation today, and name Mary Barra as his successor, making her the first woman to pilot the auto giant, according to multiple reports. Barra started at GM as an engineering co-op student way back in 1980,... More »

Consumer Reports Yanks Approval From 3 Toyotas

Meanwhile, Toyota reports winning sales figures

(Newser) - It was a good news/bad news kind of day for Toyota. The good news? The Japanese automaker beat GM in sales for the second straight quarter, moving 2.5 million vehicles between July and September, it announced today, according to Bloomberg . The bad news? Consumer Reports yanked its recommendation of... More »

Silver Out as World's Top Car Color

'Futuristic' white tops the charts

(Newser) - Are people going out and buying cars that match their Apple gadgets? That's one explanation the world's leading supplier of automotive paints offers for white becoming the world's top "color" for cars after silver reigned for more than a decade, the AP finds. Around a quarter... More »

Toyota Not to Blame in Calif. Crash Death: Court

Fellow driver owes $10M in damages

(Newser) - A key case in Toyota's sudden-acceleration saga has been found in the car maker's favor. A jury found that Toyota wasn't to blame in the death of Noriko Uno, 66, who lost control of her 2006 Camry in a 2009 incident, Bloomberg reports. Toyota opponents held that... More »

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