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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

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
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Mayor seeks storm fee break for schools

Mayor Hardie Davis' proposal, distributed to the 10-member commission this week, says the fee could result in furlough days and lost instruction time for the school system.
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