Stories 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

Monday, Sept. 8, 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

Monday, July 7, 2014

Effort to fix ignition switches touched off GM recall problems

DETROIT - As General Motors began developing new small cars in the late 1990s, customers complained about "cheap-feeling" switches that required too much effort to turn. 
By Tom Krisher

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Suit threatens GM's strategy to compensate victims

DETROIT - Georgia case could upend GM's strategy to compensate victims and limit its legal liabilities.
By Tom Krisher

Sunday, June 29, 2014

GM won't cap payments to crash victims

DETROIT - When Kenneth Fein­berg announces the terms of General Motors' plan to pay victims of crashes caused by bad ignition switches, he'll have an open wallet.
By Tom Krisher

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Federal safety regulators expand probe to Chrysler

DETROIT - A U.S. safety agency has opened two investigations into Chrysler minivans and SUVs as part of an inquiry into air bag and ignition switch problems across the U.S. auto industry.
By Tom Krisher

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

GM sales, used-car values remain strong

DETROIT - Consumers looking for a used vehicle aren't shying away from GM models - even though more than 20 million GM cars and trucks have been recalled this year.
By Tom Krisher

Thursday, June 5, 2014

GM ousts 15 employees over ignition-switch scandal

WARREN, Mich. - General Motors said Thursday that it has forced out 15 employees for their role in the deadly ignition-switch scandal and will set up a compensation fund for crash victims.
By Tom Krisher

Friday, May 2, 2014

GM begins talks to settle ignition switch lawsuits

DETROIT - A mediator for General Motors has begun negotiations about settling more than 300 claims related to a deadly ignition switch problem in some older model small cars.
By Tom Krisher

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

GM, lawyers fight over bankruptcy protections

DETROIT - General Motors Co. and a battalion of trial lawyers are preparing for an epic court fight over whether GM is liable for the sins of its corporate past.
By Tom Krisher

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

GM sales eyed for effects of ignition switch recall

Many expect GM sales to take a hit from a mishandled recall of small cars, though it's unclear when and how severe.
By Tom Krisher

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

GM fined $7,000 a day for missing deadline

DETROIT - A government safety agency is fining General Motors $7,000 a day, saying the company failed to fully respond to its requests for information about a faulty ignition switch by an April 3 ...
By Tom Krisher

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Barra apologizes for GM's handling of recall

DETROIT -- The top executive of General Motors apologized for deaths linked to the delayed recall of 1.6 million small cars, saying the company took too long to tell owners to bring the cars in ...
By Tom Krisher

Monday, Jan. 13, 2014

Chrysler rolls out a revamped 200

A resurgent Chrysler is rolling out a revamped 200, this time with hopes of competing against the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Ford Fusion not just on price, but on style, gas mileage, ...
By Tom Krisher

Friday, Dec. 13, 2013

End of year shapes up to be prime car-buying time

DETROIT - If the spirit of giving has inspired you to buy a car this holiday season, you're in luck. Many local auto dealerships are overflowing, so there are deals to be had.
By Tom Krisher

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013

Holiday gave boost to auto sales

DETROIT - Americans proved last month that they're head over heels about small sport utility vehicles. 
By Tom Krisher

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

Hydrogen cars in near future

DETROIT - At auto shows on two continents Wednesday, three automakers unveiled hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to be delivered to the general public as early as next spring.
By Tom Krisher
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