Stories by Tom Krisher

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

Agency hired to speed up air bag probe

DETROIT — The auto industry, fed up with slow progress toward finding out why some air bags explode with too much force, has hired a Virginia rocket science company to investigate the matter.
By Tom Krisher

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

US automakers rise in magazine's top vehicle rankings

Buick is the first U.S.-based automotive brand to crack the top 10 in Consumer Reports magazine's brand report cards. But the top picks were dominated by Japanese and German manufacturers.
By Tom Krisher

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

GM 2014 profit falls 26 percent to $2.8B on recall costs

General Motors 2014 profit falls 26 pct. to $2.8B, would have had big year without recalls.
By Tom Krisher

Monday, Feb. 2, 2015

Deadline passes for filing claims over GM switches

The families of 51 people who died in crashes caused by faulty ignition switches in small Gene­ral Motors cars will get payments from a company fund.
By Tom Krisher

Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

Buick may soon get stylish large sedan

Buick may soon get stylish large sedan based on GM concept car.
By Tom Krisher

Drop your top: Convertibles poised to make a comeback

Drop your top: Automakers roll out new convertible models ahead of expected ragtop comeback.
By Tom Krisher

Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015

GM has plans for 200-mile electric car

DETROIT - General Motors plans to start selling an affordable electric car in 2017 that will be able to go 200 miles on a single charge.
By Tom Krisher

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

Barra: 1st year as GM CEO marked by disappointment, progress

DETROIT — Mary Barra said Thursday that her first year as CEO of General Motors contained both disappointment and progress.
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
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