Automobiles

Renewable fuel ads target oil industry

A group supporting renewable fuels is launching an ad campaign accusing the oil industry of “rigging the system” to stifle competition from renewable fuels. 

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FTC backs driver apps in Chicago

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning Chicago lawmakers against a bill that would put limitations on software-based car services like Uber and Lyft.

While the bill currently under consideration could help protect consumers, "certain provisions ... may unnecessarily impede competition in these services without providing any apparent consumer protection benefits," the agency said in staff comments.

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Airbag maker added to GM lawsuit

Plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against General Motors for its handling of widespread recalls are adding the maker of airbags that were found to be defective to their list of defendants they are seeking compensation from. 

The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court of Northern California, alleges that Auburn Hills, Mich., based Continental Automotive Systems US Inc. was aware its airbags were not deploying properly in the GM cars that have been recalled. 

GM is facing litigation for accidents involving recalled vehicles made between 2004 and 2010 that have been found to have a dangerous ignition switch flaw that caused cars to abruptly shut off or have their airbags disabled. The company is being accused of delaying issuing the recall, which has been linked to 13 deaths, until February of this year to avoid paying for repairs. 

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Blumenthal slams GM for failing to replace ignition switches

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said it was “unacceptable” that General Motors (GM) still hasn’t given dealerships the replacement part needed to fix faulty ignition switches.

“Having failed to deliver new ignition switches to dealers last week as promised, GM CEO Mary Barra says now they’ll be there as soon as possible,” Blumenthal said. “That vague assurance is unacceptable when dangerously defective cars remain on the road and GM fails to provide adequate warning.” 

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GM CEO touts 'meaningful progress' in changing company culture

General Motors CEO Mary Barra said Tuesday that the company was more focused on safety than it has been in recent years, despite intense criticism of its handling of widespread recalls in recent months. 

GM has come under fire for allegedly purposely delaying recalling 1.6 million cars that had a dangerous ignition switch flaw because it did not want to pay for repairs. 

Barra said in a speech at the at the New York International Auto Show on Tuesday that the company is “more focused on quality and doing what is right for the customer than at any time in my 33 years with the company,” despite the recall criticism. 

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GM shuffles leadership team after recall crisis

General Motors announced a series of leadership changes on Monday after weathering bad publicity for widespread auto recalls that have been issued this year.

GM said Monday that its senior vice presidents of Global Human Resources and Global Communications and Public Policy, Melissa Howell and Selim Bingol, respectively, were departing the company immediately.

Howell is being replaced by John Quattrone, who had been GM's executive director of Human Resources for Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain organizations, according to the company.

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