auto recalls

  • December 3, 2014  

    Japanese manufacturer Takata is fighting demands by Congress for a nationwide recall of defective airbags linked to at least five deaths. The company maintains that the request is not supported by evidence and that Washington does not have the legal authority to make a parts maker enforce a recall. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

  • November 3, 2014  

    In our news wrap Monday, two Korean automakers will pay $100 million to settle claims that they inflated gas mileage performance figures. Hyundai and Kia have denied wrongdoing. Also, fighters from al-Nusra Front, a militant group linked to al-Qaida, have massed near a crossing at the Turkish border which controls a key supply route. Continue reading

  • October 24, 2014  

    Automakers have recalled more than 50 million vehicles in 2014. The latest wave impacts certain cars with defective airbags from the Japanese company Takata. The airbags, which can can rupture and blast metal debris, have been linked to at least four deaths. Judy Woodruff speaks with Micheline Maynard of Arizona State University for what consumers drivers should know. Continue reading

  • October 21, 2014  

    Islamic State fighters in Syria have reportedly taken weapons air-dropped by the U.S. for Kurdish fighters in Kobani. Meanwhile, in Baghdad, a series of bombings left 30 people dead in Shiite districts. In Hong Kong, student leaders sat down with local government officials, but the student-led pro-democracy demonstrations have not come to an end. Continue reading

  • October 21, 2014   BY  

    The U.S. government recently issued an immediate recall for more than 4.7 million vehicles that were installed with defective airbags. However, the consumer website that lists vehicle identification numbers included in the recall did not appear to be working on Tuesday. Continue reading

  • September 12, 2014  

    Airbags are a major defense for car passengers in an accident. But airbags supplied by the Takata Corporation to several automakers have been found to rupture or explode after a front crash, causing serious injuries and two deaths. Recalls related to the defect have now exceeded 14 million. Jeffrey Brown talks to David Shepardson of The Detroit News about how regulators are tackling the problem. Continue reading

  • July 27, 2014   BY  

    Nissan will recall more than 226,326 additional vehicles due to faulty air bags, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Saturday, expanding on a March recall of more than 900,000 vehicles. Continue reading

  • July 17, 2014  

    General Motor’s top lawyer became the top target at a Senate hearing on ignition switch defects that GM failed to address for years. The automaker’s own internal report found that the legal staff had failed to share details of related crash settlements, but CEO Mary Barra defended GM’s general counsel Michael Millikin. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading

  • June 5, 2014  

    The CEO of General Motors acknowledged that the American automaker faces public outrage for its delay in acting on the deadly ignition switch problem. Mary Barra released the details of an internal report on the defect and announced that 15 employees had been fired. Judy Woodruff talks to Micheline Maynard of Forbes and Erik Gordon of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Continue reading