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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

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015

UAW threatens strike in contract talks with Fiat Chrysler

United Auto Workers threaten strike Wednesday night in contract talks with Fiat Chrysler.
By Tom Krisher

Monday, Sept. 28, 2015

Air bag recall could expand to 7 companies

DETROIT - Seven more companies including electric car maker Tesla Motors could be facing recalls because they use air bag inflators made by Takata Corp.
By Tom Krisher

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015

Hyundai recalls 470,000 Sonatas to replace engines

DETROIT — Hyundai is recalling nearly a half-million midsize cars in the U.S. to replace the engines because a manufacturing problem could cause them to fail.
By Tom Krisher

Wednesday, Aug 5, 2015

Automakers work to prevent hackers from seizing control of cars

DETROIT - When researchers at two West Coast universities took control of a General Motors car through cellular and Bluetooth connections in 2010, they startled the auto industry by exposing a ...
By Tom Krisher

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Georgia judge cuts damages in Jeep fire death

DETROIT - A Georgia judge has cut the damages that Fiat Chrysler must pay the family of a child who died in a Jeep SUV fire from $150 million to $40 million.
By Tom Krisher

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Fiat Chrysler will offer to buy back pickups

DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler must offer to buy back more than 500,000 Ram pickups and other vehicles from customers in the biggest such action in U.S. history, part of a costly deal with safety regulators.
By Tom Krisher

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Preserving jobs, pay raises on table as US auto talks open

As Detroit automakers try to hold the line on costs, workers say it's time for a raise.
By Tom Krisher

Friday, June 5, 2015

Auto safety agency admits flaws, begins reforms after GM case

DETROIT - The U.S. government's auto safety agency acknowledged Friday that a deadly defect in General Motors ignition switches went unresolved for a decade because agency staffers didn't ...
By Tom Krisher

Friday, May 29, 2015

General Motors, Subaru models added to massive Takata air bag recall

DETROIT - General Motors and Subaru are adding vehicles to the growing list of models being recalled by 11 automakers due to potentially exploding air bags. The U.S.
By Tom Krisher
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The coroner says an autopsy is planned, possibly Friday, into the death of an Augusta man killed Wednesday night in a single-car accident.