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SUV Gas Tank Fires Under Federal Investigation

AP | STEPHEN MANNING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — U.S. safety officials are investigating whether gas tanks on Jeep Grand Cherokees can cause fires in rear end crashes or rollovers....

Is NHTSA Working for Toyota or To Find the Truth?

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

How should we treat NHTSA's report which seems to take Toyota's claims of "no electrical problems" with even less than a grain of salt?

US investigates reports of dangerous Ford car mats

AP | STEPHEN MANNING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Federal safety regulators are investigating a few reports of gas pedals becoming trapped by floor mats in 2010 Ford Fusions and Mer...

Has Toyota Been Right All Along?

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

News came this week that the "black boxes" in Toyota and Lexus cars and trucks, are showing overwhelmingly that the vehicles involved in "unintended acceleration" accidents were wrecked because drivers were stepping on the gas pedal, not the brake.

Irving Miller: Toyota Exec urged Automaker To 'Come Clean' About Massive Recall

AP | By LARRY MARGASAK and KEN THOMAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- In the days leading up to its massive recall in January, Toyota executives debated when they should inform the public about safety probl...

Chrysler Recalls Nearly 600,000 Jeeps And Minivans

AP | TOM KRISHER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

DETROIT — Chrysler is recalling almost 600,000 minivans and Jeep Wranglers in the United States and another 100,000 elsewhere because of brake o...

LaHood: Toyota Fined $16M For Recalls

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The government accused Toyota of hiding a "dangerous defect" and proposed a record $16.4 million fine on Monday for failing to quic...

Toyota Crash Warning Sent To Dealers In 2007

Bernie Woodall, Soyoung Kim and Kevin Krolicki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

DETROIT (Reuters) - When Toyota Motor Corp concluded that seemingly harmless floormats posed a danger in all of its cars and trucks, the automaker sen...

OMB puts its thumb on the scale against the environment

Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang

The Office of Management and Budget's effort runs counter to the administration's strong and positive agenda on energy efficiency, renewable energy and the environment in general.

Toyota Recall: Government Still Hearing Complaints About Fixed Toyotas

AP | TOM KRISHER and KEN THOMAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

DETROIT — At least 15 Toyota drivers have complained to U.S. safety officials that their cars sped up by themselves even after being fixed under...

Transportation Secretary Ray Says U.S. Considering weighing brake overrides in all new cars

AP | STEPHEN MANNING and TOM RAUM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is considering requiring all cars and trucks sold in the U.S. to have brakes that can override gas pedals ...

The Toyota Coverup

Philip G. Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Philip G. Baker

Toyota's instinct was not to fix the problems, but to minimize them. Safety of their customers was clearly not their top priority. So let's call it what it was: a coverup.

Toyota Recall: Two Toyota Employees, Former NHTSA Regulators, Got US To Stop Accelerator Probes

Bloomberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Feb. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Former regulators hired by Toyota Motor Corp. helped end at least four U.S. investigations of unintended acceleration by compa...

Toyota Recall: : Corporate Culture's Role in Epic Breakdown

TIME | Robert Galbraith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Not only is Toyota producing more flawed cars than in the past, but an organization known for its unrivaled ability to suss out problems, fix them and...

Toyota Recall: State Farm Says It Warned Government Of Toyota Safety Issues In 2007

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The nation's largest auto insurer said Tuesday it alerted federal safety regulators in late 2007 about a rise in reports of unexpec...

Biggest-ever Toyota Recall Announced; 3.8 Million Cars and Trucks

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Toyota's floor mat recall is a bit unusual because owners are being asked to "make the fix" right away and on their own; this tell us the government considers the problem an immediate and important safety risk.

Chutzpah and cheaters partner to keep American tire workers unemployed

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

A group of tire importers that should be competitors banded together recently to ally themselves with China in a trade case. Doesn't sound like th...

NHTSA: Ford's Chinese Tire Troubles; Kerkorian Selling Ford; Unsafe Knock-Offs; Americans Driving Less

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

There's good news, bad news and -- finally -- some smart, encouraging news by and for American drivers.

Debate -- McCain calls Nuclear Safety Advocates "Extreme Environmentalists"

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Parker

McCain made a gaffe (not as bad as when he called Obama "Senator Government"), which got me thinking and worried me greatly.

Gassing Up and Down: How to Improve Your Mileage

Bob Schildgen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bob Schildgen

A higher-than-rated mpg is quite achievable. On one occasion, I got 42 mpg on the highway, simply by maintaining a speed of 55 mph and using the cruise control.

The Detroit Three --- Making Any Relevant Cars or Trucks?

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

That the Detroit Three have to build cars and trucks which make sense now and in the future, and which Americans want to buy.

Ford Recalls 225,000 Vehicles Again

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Ford Motor Co. said Saturday it is recalling about 225,000 vehicles that were already repaired as part of an earlier recall to address concerns about ...

DaimlerChrysler Fined $30 For Failing Fuel-Efficiency Standards

Bloomberg Via NYT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

DaimlerChrysler paid a $30 million fine in 2007, the most ever by an automaker, for failing to meet federal fuel-efficiency standards, according to th...