Stories by Tom Krisher

Friday, May 20, 2016

GM offers debit cards or longer warranties in mileage case

DETROIT - People who bought or leased 2016 General Motors SUVs with overstated gas mileage on the window sticker will be getting compensated, the automaker said Friday.
By Tom Krisher

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Volkswagen will buy back diesel cars, source says

DETROIT - Volkswagen, the U.S. government and private lawyers have reached a deal for the automaker to buy back some of the 600,000 diesel cars that cheat on emissions tests and spend more than $1 ...
By Tom Krisher

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Mexico to gain new Ford plant

DETROIT - Ford Motor Co. plans to build a new $1.6 billion auto assembly plant in Mexico, creating about 2,800 jobs and shifting small-car production from the U.S. at a time when moving jobs has ...
By Tom Krisher

Friday, April 1, 2016

Automakers report best March sales in US in 16 years

Most major automakers reported U.S. sales gains last month as stronger employment figures and consumer confidence drove the auto industry to its best March in 16 years.
By Tom Krisher

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Automatic emergency braking will be standard on new cars

Major automakers and the U.S. government have reached agreement to make automatic emergency braking standard equipment on most cars by 2022, two people briefed on the deal said.
By Tom Krisher

Monday, March 14, 2016

Whistleblower suit accuses Volkswagen of deleting evidence

DETROIT - Volkswagen deleted documents and obstructed justice after the U.S. En­viron­mental Protection Agency accused the company of cheating on emissions tests, a former employee alleges in a ...
By Tom Krisher

Friday, Feb. 19, 2016

Safety advocate wants reopening of Jeep fire investigation

An auto safety advocate is calling on the government to reopen an investigation of rear-crash fires in older Jeep SUVs after finding at least 11 more deaths since the vehicles were recalled.
By Tom Krisher

Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

VW resisted new recall for air bags, letter shows

Volkswagen resisted U.S. government efforts to recall more cars and trucks to fix potentially deadly Takata air bags. But the German automaker, already in hot water for cheating on pollution ...
By Tom Krisher

Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

Injuries blamed on confusing Fiat Chrysler gear shifters

DETROIT - Electronic gear shifters on some newer Fiat Chrysler SUVs and cars are so confusing that drivers have exited the vehicles with the engines running and while they are still in gear, ...
By Tom Krisher

Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

Auto industry, government pledge more cooperation on safety issues

After two tumultuous years of recalls, fines and friction, the government and the auto industry struck a peace treaty of sorts by agreeing to cooperate on safety issues in the future.
By Tom Krisher

Monday, Dec. 21, 2015

BMW hit with $40 million fine for safety violations

U.S. safety regulators have slapped German automaker BMW AG with a $40 million penalty for moving too slowly to fix Mini brand cars that failed federal crash tests. 
By Tom Krisher

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015

Expert hired to handle VW emissions-cheating claims

Compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg, who has worked out payments to victims of the BP Gulf oil spill, General Motors ignition switch scandal and other high-profile cases, has been hired by ...
By Tom Krisher

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

VW has only a few costly options to fix polluting diesels

DETROIT — When Volkswagen submits a plan to fix emissions-cheating diesel engines on Friday, it will have only two options for most of the cars.
By Tom Krisher

Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

Holiday car deals move earlier: 4 things to consider

Holiday car deals move earlier in November: 4 things to consider if you're in the market.
By Tom Krisher

Monday, Nov. 9, 2015

VW offers diesel owners $1,000 in gift cards and vouchers

VW to offer $1,000 in gift cards and vouchers to diesel car owners stuck in cheating scandal.
By Tom Krisher

Friday, Nov. 6, 2015

UAW deal with GM likely to pass as Ohio workers vote yes

DETROIT — United Auto Workers union members at General Motors appear poised to approve a new four-year contract with the company.
By Tom Krisher

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

Feds fine Japanese company $70 million in exploding air bag case

U.S. auto safety regulators fined Japan's Takata Corp. $70 million for concealing evidence for years that its air bags are prone to explode with grisly consequences.
By Tom Krisher

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015

GM recalling 1.4M cars; oil leaks can cause engine fires

General Motors recalls 1.4M older cars to fix oil leaks that can cause engine fires.
By Tom Krisher

Fiat Chrysler safety chief to retire after troublesome year

Fiat Chrysler's safety chief to retire after a year of trouble with government regulators.
By Tom Krisher

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

UAW approves new contract with Fiat Chrysler

DETROIT — The United Auto Workers union has approved a new four-year contract with Fiat Chrysler.
By Tom Krisher
 
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