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  • General Views Of Auto Sales Ahead Of Total & Domestic Sales Figures
    January 6, 2016  

    In 2015, Americans spent roughly $570 billion dollars on more than 17 million cars and trucks, breaking a record set 15 years earlier. But it was also a year of automaker scandal, including a probe into GM’s defective ignition switch problems, faulty airbags found in more than 19 million vehicles and Volkswagen’s emissions cheating. Judy Woodruff talks with David Shepardson of Reuters. Continue reading

  • carhacking
    July 22, 2015  

    Driving on a highway in St. Louis, WIRED writer Andy Greenberg allowed himself to get car-hacked. Two researchers were able to remotely blast the stereo on his SUV, turn on the windshield wipers and kill the engine. Today, vehicles function almost like smartphones on wheels, but that convenience allows hackers to engage in wireless sabotage. Greenberg joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the dangers. Continue reading

  • NEW WHEELS auto show MONITOR 2015
    January 12, 2015  

    Since last year’s Detroit Auto Show, gas prices have dropped by nearly a third. With the new lower prices, demand has gone up for big new SUVs and sedans, but automakers have also switched gears to develop more fuel-efficient cars. Gwen Ifill speaks with John Stoll of The Wall Street Journal about the tension between the two trends and convincing car buyers to think long-term. Continue reading

  • A General Motors Chevrolet dealership is shown April 24, 2014 in Royal Oak, Michigan. Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

    WASHINGTON — A House committee has determined that the government’s auto safety agency should have discovered General Motors’ faulty ignition switches seven years before the company recalled 2.6 million cars to fix the deadly problem. Continue reading

  • General Motors headquarters in Detroit. Photo by Flickr user  harry_nl.
    September 15, 2014   BY Murrey Jacobson 

    General Motors may have so far only acknowledged 13 driver deaths due to its multiple problems with ignition switches and air bags, but the independent compensation administrator hired by the company said today there are at least 19 deaths likely connected with those problems and he expects that number to increase. Continue reading

  • April 9, 2014   BY Willis Raburu 

    A new innovation from Land Rover will, quite literally, let you see through tough obstacles on your course. The British manufacturer plans to unveil the technology it calls a “Transparent Hood” at the 2014 New York Auto Show, which begins … Continue reading

  • Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images
    April 1, 2014  

    Senior lawmakers made clear they want answers for why General Motors took years to fix vehicles with faulty ignition switches, linked to at least 13 deaths. GM CEO Mary Barra acknowledged the company’s recalls came too late for some and vowed to get to the bottom of the cause. Gwen Ifill talks to David Shepardson of the Detroit News and Joan Claybrook, former president of Public Citizen. Continue reading

  • General Motors CEO Mary Barra answered questions before a House subcommittee about her knowledge of a faulty ignition switch installed in 2.6 million cars.
    April 1, 2014   BY Dee-Ann Durbin 

    General Motors’ new CEO and the head of the nation’s auto safety watchdog are headed to Congress to testify about a defect in small cars that is linked to 13 deaths. In written testimony released ahead of a Tuesday House subcommittee hearing, acting National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief David Friedman says GM had information connecting defective ignition switches to the non-deployment of air bags, but didn’t share it until last month. Continue reading

  • CAR TROUBLE GM TOYOTA  monitor
    March 19, 2014  

    The Justice Department announced a record $1.2 billion dollar penalty leveled at automaker Toyota. A four-year criminal investigation determined the car company had concealed unintended acceleration issues, a serious safety concern. That case could serve as a warning to General Motors, now facing its own federal investigation. Gwen Ifill talks to David Shepardson of the Detroit News and Joan Claybrook, president emeritus of Public Citizen. Continue reading

  • One Year Anniversary Of General Motors Filing For Bankruptcy
    March 10, 2014  

    Ten years ago, drivers of some older General Motors models began complaining of ignition problems, including stalling, that have been linked to 13 deaths and 31 crashes. But it wasn’t until January 2014 that GM decided to recall 1.6 million cars. Gwen Ifill talks to David Shepardson of The Detroit News about new scrutiny for the company and government regulators on why it took so long. Continue reading

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