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Toyota's Small Recall Could Spell Big Problems

HuffingtonPost.com | Sharon Silke Carty | Posted 03.28.2012 | Business

A small recall Toyota is conducting in several U.S. Gulf states might help advance arguments by safety critics who argue Toyota has problems with its ...

Sharon Silke Carty

Subaru Outbacks Catching Fire

HuffingtonPost.com | Sharon Silke Carty | Posted 03.23.2012 | Business

Karen Swicker, a social worker in Massachusetts, was on her way to visit a client when she noticed a puff of smoke next to her left elbow. The doo...

Nutrition in a Second-Rate Hen House

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.11.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

This week, Wal-Mart announced the release of its home-grown, front-of-pack nutrition guidance system. Can we possibly be that gullible? If so, we probably all deserve to be eating whatever the big companies selling food tell us we should.

Sharon Silke Carty

Toyota Exec's Internal Email: 'We're Putting The Company At Risk'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sharon Silke Carty | Posted 03.28.2012 | Business

A top Toyota executive wrote that the automaker colored the truth during the furor over sudden acceleration problems to make the company’s story see...

Speaking Out for Clean Cars

Michael Brune | Posted 03.26.2012 | Green
Michael Brune

Tuesday, Jan. 24, I testified at an EPA hearing in San Francisco to support proposed standards that would raise vehicle efficiency to 54.5 miles per gallon, with electric vehicles as one of the primary ways to meet this goal.

Sharon Silke Carty

Scientists Debate If Another Culprit Triggered Toyota's Sudden Acceleration Problem: Tin Whiskers

HuffingtonPost.com | Sharon Silke Carty | Posted 01.23.2012 | Business

Even as Toyota has reckoned with a wrenching crisis of confidence, acknowledging reports that some of its best-selling vehicles have been prone to acc...

For Detroit, Size Matters: Will Automakers Latch on to Loopholes and Undercut New Emissions Rules?

Dan Becker | Posted 01.28.2012 | Detroit
Dan Becker

The Obama administration has proposed rules that would determine how far 2025 cars go on a gallon of gas. Surprisingly, though, auto companies can dictate how successful the program will be. This presents Detroit with an unusual challenge.

Conservative Hypocrisy. Big Government Is Fine if We're Afraid

David Ropeik | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
David Ropeik

Two recent events in Texas illustrate how another emotion, fear, has much more influence on our views about how much government is too much.

Fed Probe Ford Freestyle Over Dangerous Steering

Posted 07.16.2011 | Business

DETROIT (AP) -- Federal safety officials are investigating complaints that the Ford Freestyle crossover vehicle can lunge unexpectedly when driving at...

The Best Remedy for the Price of Gas

Dan Becker | Posted 06.19.2011 | Green
Dan Becker

The Obama administration can't do much to lower the price of a gallon of gas, but it is on the cusp of a crucial decision that could help consumers come out ahead because they would need less gas.

Toyota To Pay Record Fine Over Massive Recall

AP | KEN THOMAS and TOMOKO A. HOSAKA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to pay the U.S. government a record $32.4 million in additional fines to settle an investigation into its hand...

GM Recalling 100,000 Crossover Vehicles Over Seat Belt Issue

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — General Motors Co. is recalling about 100,000 crossover vehicles to fix seat belts that could fail in a crash. GM said Friday in a p...

GM Recalls Nearly 200K Midsize Pickups Over Child Seat Issues

AP | TOM KRISHER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

DETROIT — More than 192,000 General Motors and Isuzu midsize pickup trucks are being recalled because of a problem with the system that anchors ...

9 Miles a Gallon -- and Lovin' It

Mindy S. Lubber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mindy S. Lubber

Right now heavy-duty trucks -- a huge part of the way we move products around in this country -- are clocking just 6 miles per gallon. And the technology is there to move that number -- by a lot.

Why There Are No Seat Belts in School Buses, And Other Safety Questions

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Steve Parker

Many of you have kids riding school buses, and a crash Monday in Los Angeles involving a fatality raised many of the important issues facing communities with the big yellow buses.

Toyota Will Take More Time To Develop New Vehicles After Massive Recalls

AP | DAN STRUMPF | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

TOYOTA, Japan — Toyota Motor Corp. is extending the time it takes to develop new vehicles by about four weeks for more quality checks in the wak...

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?

Wall Street Journal Reporter Misleads Readers, NPR and Huff Post on Toyota Story

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

On July 15th, we ran a blog post entitled "Has Toyota Been Right All Along?" We based our post on a WSJarticle and an interview the author, reporter Mike Ramsey, did on National Public Radio.

Toyota Lashed Out At Professor David Gilbert During Big Recall

AP | JIM SUHR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

CARBONDALE, Ill. — It's the kind of publicity any university might dream about: An instructor uncovers a possible flaw that's causing some of th...

Nissan G35 Infiniti Recall: 135,000 Sedans Pulled Over Air Bag Problems

AP | By KEN THOMAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Nissan Motor Co. said Tuesday it will recall nearly 135,000 Infiniti G35 sedans and coupes to address a problem that could lead to the a...

Toyota Sienna Recall: Minivan Tire Cables Can Rust, 600,000 Recalled

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — As congressional investigators dig further into potential electronic problems in runaway Toyotas, the automaker is facing other saf...

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...

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...

Future Cars, Now: The Next Steps To Fight Global Warming

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

Getting the next generation of cars right isn't just good for the planet. It's good for American jobs. It's good for the economy. It's even good for the carmakers.

Could These Corporate Failures Have Been Prevented?

Gary D. Bass, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary D. Bass, Ph.D.

In recent months, failures at BP's Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico facility injured and likely killed 11 oil rig workers and spawned an unprecedente...