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Researcher claims 303 deaths from GM airbag failure – USA TODAY

Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014

General Motor Victims: Natasha Weigel, 18, and her friend, Amy Rademaker, 15, were killed in 2006 while riding in a 2005 Chevy Cobalt—a recalled model.

Chrysler recalls Fiat, Dodge and Jeep vehicles – USA TODAY

Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014

The new four-door Fiat 500L, recalled for a transmission issue, was one of a handful of vehicles recalled by Chrysler this week.(Photo: Chrysler) Chrysler announced a handful of recalls this week of small numbers of Fiat, Dodge and Jeep vehicles. DODGE CHARGER The latest, on Thursday is a recall of about 43,450 model-year 2011-12 Dodge Charger sedans equipped with halogen headlamps. The company says jumper harnesses and other headlamp components…

303 Deaths Seen in GM Cars With Failed Air Bags – New York Times

Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014

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BMW Aims To Sell Record 2 Million Cars This Year – Fox Business

Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014

BMW aims to sell a record 2 million cars or more this year, the world’s largest luxury carmaker said, after posting better-than-expected results and raising its payout to shareholders. The German carmaker said operating profit at its core automotive division fell 14 percent in the last three months of 2013, despite higher sales, due to spending on fuel-efficient technology and model launches. Analysts had expected a steeper fall. The investment…

Consumer Reports names the 23 worst used cars to buy – Fox News

Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014

The annual Consumer Reports auto issue is out, and among all of its suggestions for the best vehicles in just about every class is a list of what it says is the worst used cars and trucks you can buy. Based on a survey of its subscribers, the collection covers vehicles from the past decade that have been reported to have “much-worse-than-average overall reliability” for multiple years. The list is…

Anti-union workers sue Volkswagen, UAW over Tennessee plant – Reuters

Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014

(Reuters) – Three anti-union Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) workers have sued the German automaker and the United Auto Workers in U.S. court, alleging that they improperly colluded in the run-up to a union election in Tennessee that the UAW lost. The lawsuit marks the latest fallout from a hard-fought contest at VW’s plant in Chattanooga, where workers voted 712-626 last month not to join the UAW. The union is asking federal regulators…

GM now says first sign of switch problem was in 2001 – USA TODAY

Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014

A 2006 Saturn Ion — the 2003 to 2007 Ions are included in the GM switch recall.(Photo: GM Wieck) General Motors now says the first sign of the ignition switch problem that led to its massive recall last month came in 2001 during development of the 2003 Saturn Ion. GM made the disclosure in an update of its recall chronology filed with federal regulators and posted late Wednesday. The document…

US transportation chief pledges hard look at GM recall – Reuters

Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Thursday promised an “aggressive investigation” into whether General Motors was slow to report to the federal government problems with ignition switches in its autos, which have led to 12 deaths. “The questions we are asking are whether there was a timeliness issue with GM’s bringing to our attention the issues regarding this ignition switch,” Foxx told a Senate panel. “Had we…

GM Reveals It Was Told of Ignition Defect in ’01 – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014

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GM Reveals It Was Told of Ignition Defect in ’01 – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014

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Lawyers Prepare for GM Suits With Novel Strategies – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014

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Non-freshman lottery mock draft – ESPN

Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014

Getty ImagesMarcus Smart, Rodney Hood and Nik Stauskas would be at the top of a non-freshman draft board. On Tuesday, we took a look at NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s push to raise the NBA age restriction from 19 to 20. If Silver can convince the players’ association that it’s a good idea, the new rule could go into effect as early as the 2015 NBA draft. But that got us…

Louisiana’s longest-serving death row prisoner walks free after 30 years – CNN

Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014

Glenn Ford is one of many Americans who’ve been exonerated and released from death row. For more on this fascinating issue, watch “Death Row Stories,” a CNN Original series, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Sunday. Join the conversation: Follow us at facebook.com/cnn or Twitter @CNNorigSeries using #DeathRowStories. (CNN) — There are many ways to measure 30 years, but for Glenn Ford, the yardstick is simple. “My sons — when I…

Weak European Auto Market in 2013 Sapped Volkswagen Earnings – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014

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GM recommends light key rings after recall – Reuters

Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014

DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N) said on Wednesday that even after the vehicles in its ignition-switch recall are repaired, owners should avoid weighing down their key rings with anything more than the key and fob. Also on Wednesday, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said a Senate subcommittee plans to hold a hearing in early April on GM’s recall last month of more than 1.6 million vehicles with the faulty…

GM to offer loaner cars, $500 cash to recalled car owners – Fox News

Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014

General Motors is offering free loaner cars and $500 toward a new GM vehicle to more than a million owners of compact cars that are being recalled for a deadly ignition switch defect. But the owners have to ask in order to get the benefits. The offers, disclosed in a document posted Wednesday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website, are effective immediately. Owners will be able to use the…

GM offers recall owners free loaner, $500 off new car – USA TODAY

Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Last SlideNext Slide This is the 2007 Chevrolet HHR is one of the vehicles recalled for an ignition switch defect.(Photo: GM Wieck) General Motors is allowing dealers to offer free loaner cars to worried owners of the vehicles being recalled for a faulty ignition switch that can cause the engine to shut down and disable safety systems, including airbags. That’s unusual, but not unique. Ford Motor, for example, provided loaners…

GM urges drivers to use lighter key rings – Reuters

Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N) said on Wednesday that even after the vehicles in its ignition-switch recall are repaired, owners should avoid weighing down their key rings with anything more than the key and fob. Also on Wednesday, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said a Senate subcommittee plans to hold a hearing in early April on GM’s recall last month of more than 1.6 million vehicles with the faulty…

As GM stock falls, timing of the government’s exit looks shrewd – Yahoo Finance (blog)

Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

If the government could investigate itself for insider trading, the timing of a recent stock sale might have triggered a few alerts. In December, the Treasury Dept. sold the last of its shares in General Motors (GM), wrapping up the controversial bailout that began when GM declared bankruptcy in 2009. Taxpayers ultimately lost about $10 billion on GM, and some critics argued the Treasury could have recouped more of its…

Louisiana’s longest-serving death row prisoner walks free after 30 years – CNN

Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Glenn Ford is one of many Americans who’ve been exonerated and released from death row. For more on this fascinating issue, watch “Death Row Stories,” a CNN Original series, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Sunday. Join the conversation: Follow us at facebook.com/cnn or Twitter @CNNorigSeries using #DeathRowStories. (CNN) — There are many ways to measure 30 years, but for Glenn Ford, the yardstick is simple. “My sons — when I…