Stories by Tom Krisher

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Ford takes air bag recall nationwide

Ford Motor Co. has agreed to government demands to expand a driver's side air bag inflator recall to the entire U.S.
By Tom Krisher

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Automakers team up in probe of air bags

DETROIT - At least seven automakers are teaming up to find the cause of a problem with air bags used in their vehicles and how many cars to recall because of it.
By Tom Krisher

Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

Honda admits failure to report deaths, injuries

DETROIT - Honda is admitting that it failed to report more than 1,700 injury and death claims about its vehicles to U.S. safety regulators, a violation of federal law.
By Tom Krisher

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Showdown looms over air bag recall

DETROIT - A showdown is looming between U.S. safety regulators and a Japanese company that makes air bags linked to multiple deaths and injuries. The driving public is caught in the middle.
By Tom Krisher

Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

Honda quietly replacing air bags across country

Honda is quietly offering to replace potentially defective air bag inflators across the U.S., even though its latest recall for the problem only covers cars in 13 high-humidity states and territories.
By Tom Krisher

Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

Documents show General Motors ordered 500,000 ignition switches nearly 2 months before recall

DETROIT - E-mails show General Motors Co. ordered replacement ignition switches nearly two months before telling the government that its cars should be recalled.
By Tom Krisher

Monday, Nov. 3, 2014

Hyundai, Kia to pay US $100 million in mileage probe

WASHINGTON - Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia will pay the U.S. government a $100 million civil penalty to end a two-year investigation.
By Tom Krisher

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Chevrolet zone manager embraced

DETROIT — Shortly before 9 a.m. on the day after the worst night of his life, Rikk Wilde got the phone call from his big boss at General Motors.
By Tom Krisher

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Feds pressure air bag maker at center of recalls

DETROIT — The U.S. government’s auto safety agency, responding to criticism of its slow response to safety issues, has told the manufacturer of millions of potentially faulty air bags to make ...
By Tom Krisher

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

GM 3Q profit nearly doubles, led by North America

DETROIT — Big profits from rising SUV and truck sales in North America helped General Motors nearly double its third-quarter net profit and more than offset its struggles in Europe and South America.
By Tom Krisher

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Government ups air bag warning to 7.8M vehicles

DETROIT - The U.S. government is now urging owners of nearly 8 million cars and trucks to have the air bags repaired because of potential danger to drivers and passengers. 
By Tom Krisher

Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

US agency warns car owners to get air bags fixed

US agency warns car owners to get air bags fixed due to potentially deadly inflator problem.
By Tom Krisher

Monday, Oct. 6, 2014

GM uses Facebook, calls to reach car owners

DETROIT - Eight months after General Motors began recalling more than 2 million cars because of a deadly ignition-switch defect, less than half the owners have gotten their vehicles fixed.
By Tom Krisher

Feds probe power steering in Ford midsize cars

US safety regulators probe power steering problems in 938,000 Ford midsize cars.
By Tom Krisher

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

General Motors looks to new vehicles, China to boost profit

MILFORD, Mich. - General Motors CEO Mary Barra told investors Wednesday that GM plans a raft of new models and a big push to sell more cars in China to drive profits in coming years.
By Tom Krisher

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

Safety agency studying Toyota acceleration problem

DETROIT - The National Highway Traffic Safety Admini­stration is looking into a car owner's allegations that older Toyota Corollas can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds and cause crashes, ...
By Tom Krisher

Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

GM expert says 19 deaths eligible for compensation

GM expert says 19 deaths in ignition switch crashes are eligible for compensation.
By Tom Krisher

Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014

GM promises semi-automated car

DETROIT - Cars that can talk to each other and almost drive themselves at freeway speeds are just two years away from the showroom.
By Tom Krisher

Monday, Aug 11, 2014

NHTSA moves slowly on inquiry requests

DETROIT - People are waiting longer than they should for an answer when they petition the government to open an investigation into what could be serious safety problems.
By Tom Krisher

Friday, July 18, 2014

Federal judge sends key GM case to Georgia court

DETROIT - A federal judge in Atlanta has sent an important wrongful death lawsuit against General Motors back to a Georgia court.
By Tom Krisher

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Census: Augusta young adults struggling

A new report shows that young adults in the area today are better educated and on average, earn more money than 30 years ago, but are far more likely to be unemployed, unmarried and living with ...
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