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Senate panel plans Dec. 3 hearing on NHTSA nominee Rosekind

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
A U.S. Senate panel will hold a hearing next week to consider the nomination of Mark Rosekind, a human fatigue and pilot-alertness expert, to become the head of NHTSA....
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GM ordered to produce ex-CEO Wagoner's 2009 performance review

8:34 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
A U.S. judge ordered GM to give customers any portions of former CEO Rick Wagoner's 2009 performance evaluation that relate to recalls and ignition-switch issues....
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Toyota says RAV4 improves in key overlap front crash test

3:48 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
A year after Toyota's RAV4 crossover was denied an influential top safety rating, an updated design underwent new crash testing this week that engineers promise will deliver high honors and redeem the nameplate's reputation....
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Honda recalled cars with Takata airbags in 2002, documents show

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Honda recalled a small number of cars equipped with Takata airbags in March 2002, two years before the first known injury that Honda and Takata have linked to a defective airbag inflator....
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NHTSA orders Takata to undertake national airbag recall

11:34 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
U.S. regulators formally demanded Takata take part in a nationwide recall of defective airbags, saying the company's piecemeal approach to fixing a potentially deadly flaw in millions of cars is insufficient....
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Chrysler says airbag recall to start earlier than planned

4:17 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Chrysler Group will send recall notifications to owners of vehicles equipped with potentially defective Takata airbags nearly two weeks earlier than planned, the company said late Wednesday....
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Toyota brings active safety to masses in 2015

2:05 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Toyota will step closer to autonomously driving cars next year when it begins to deploy a range of advanced active-safety systems across its mass-market lineup. The new or re-engineered technologies, unveiled in Tokyo, encompass more sophisticated precrash braking packages, a better auto-parking feature, a next-generation auto-adjust headlamp and a vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communication system....
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Takata airbag rupture in Japan signals more automaker recalls

6:36 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Japan's transportation ministry said a Takata airbag ruptured in a model not covered by existing recalls, suggesting automakers may have to expand safety campaigns to replace the devices linked to five deaths....
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JIM HENRY

Military ends paycheck deductions for car loans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
The Department of Defense last week made it impossible for service members to use the reliable but old-fashioned military allotment system to make auto loan payments -- a small-scale example of a couple of bad apples in auto lending ruining things for everyone else....
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Chrysler pressed by NHTSA to move faster on Takata airbag recall

8:50 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
U.S. regulators told Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to speed up its recall of airbags with faulty inflators linked to at least five deaths. NHTSA said in a letter Tuesday to the company that it should begin its recall of cars with Takata airbags Dec. 1, almost three weeks earlier than the company planned....
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Japanese regulators to oversee Takata recalls, investigate Honda's recall errors in U.S.

6:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Japan's transport ministry will form groups to oversee airbag recalls tied to Takata Corp. and probe Honda Motor Co. for underreporting faults in the U.S., adding to regulatory scrutiny of the two companies....
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Canada helped bail out GM, Chrysler with incomplete information, auditor finds

12:19 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Canada had limited information about the restructuring plans of GM and Chrysler Group when the government approved a $12.1 billion bailout for the automakers in 2009, federal auditors said....
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NHTSA closes probes into 600,000 Ford, GM vehicles

10:41 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Safety regulators have closed investigations into about 500,000 Ford Motor and about 100,000 General Motors vehicles without calling for recalls, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today....
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100,000 Mazda6 sedans recalled for tire-monitoring systems

10:17 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Mazda is recalling about 100,000 of its Mazda6 sedans from the 2014 and 2015 model years because the tire monitoring system may not alert drivers to low tire pressure, U.S. regulators said today....
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Honda admits under-reporting serious U.S. accidents since 2003

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
American Honda failed to tell federal safety regulators about more than 1,700 claims of deaths or injuries linked to possible safety defects in its vehicles since 2003, when the law requiring the reports took effect, the automaker said today....
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Takata to face U.S. House hearing into airbag crisis

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Takata and Honda executives will return to Capitol Hill next week to testify about the growing safety crisis surrounding Takata airbag inflators that may explode in a crash. A subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee scheduled a hearing for Dec. 3 to examine the management and response of the industry and auto safety regulators to the Takata airbag recalls....
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GM executives help scour social media to spot vehicle flaws

10:15 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
GM executives and other staff members have taken to social media to find customer complaints and identify quality issues long before they become a crisis....
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THE GM RECALL

Conviction of Saturn Ion driver thrown out after 10 years

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
A Texas judge today overturned a 7-year-old negligent homicide conviction against a woman whose boyfriend died when her Saturn Ion -- now known to have had a defective ignition switch -- crashed, her lawyer said....
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Airbag inflator shortage plagues industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Honda and other automakers that have recalled vehicles equipped with Takata airbags are trapped in a nasty dilemma. Even if automakers fend off federal regulators' request for a nationwide recall of driver-side airbags, it could take two years or so for Takata to produce enough replacement airbag inflators....
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FROM HANDICAP TO HANDY SOLUTION

Ghosn: Nissan will fill gaps with Japanese imports

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
As Nissan Motor Corp. pushes to boost U.S. market share and cut reliance on Japanese imports, it's clear which goal takes priority: selling more vehicles. Even if it takes more imports to do it. Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says the devalued yen has made his Japanese plants an acceptable solution to augment North American production as the company stretches for a 10 percent U.S. market share....
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Now that's what I call a comeback

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
It's official. The comeback that has followed the bottoming out of auto sales in 2009 has some serious legs. In fact, it's the longest-lasting post-recession sales rebound in modern history....
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South Korea embraces European imports. Yes, South Korea

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Here is a fairly stunning statistic: South Koreans, long viewed as among the most nationalistic of car buyers, are on track to spend more on vehicle imports from Europe this year than their country takes in from its own vehicle exports....
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RICHARD TRUETT

How Sprinter dodges the chicken tax

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Daimler has devised a reasonably efficient system designed to avoid the "chicken tax." Between 66 and 74 Sprinter vans a day roll off the 17-station line five days a week in South Carolina. This after being built, then disassembled in Germany. The gyrations some automakers perform to avoid the 25 percent tariff seem wasteful and crazy....
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EDITORIAL

More time for victims

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
General Motors is right to extend the deadline for victims of faulty ignition switches to apply for compensation. The cut-off date has been extended a month to Jan. 31....
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BEST PRACTICES

Cardinale group makeover flexes digital muscle

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
In 2008, the recession was raging, and dealer Joe Cardinale decided to make some changes. He committed heavily to online sales and marketing, and parted ways with third-party lead providers, developed his own systems and software to manage his online presence. And he set stringent goals for his staff and held them accountable for results. It has worked wonders....
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