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  • DETROIT— Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 322,000 sedans worldwide because side air bags can inflate if doors are slammed too hard. The recall covers certain Dodge Chargers from the 2011 to 2014 model years, mainly in the U.S. and Canada. Earlier this month, more than 843,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks were recalled for the same problem.

  • The Puerto Rican flag flies near the Capitol building as the island's residents deal with the government's $72 billion debt on in San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Puerto Rico will miss a debt repayment Saturday, the government confirmed, as one of the largest ever US municipal debt restructurings beckons.

  • WASHINGTON, July 31- The cybersecurity issues that led Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV to recall 1.4 million vehicles this month could pose a problem for cars and trucks from other automakers, the top U.S. auto safety regulator said on Friday. Mark Rosekind, who heads the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said his watchdog agency is trying to...

  • WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for June, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for July, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for June, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases factory orders for June, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department...

  • NEW YORK, July 31- Puerto Rico on Friday planned to cover a payment due on debt owed by its development bank, a source familiar with the matter said, but the U.S. territory may still be short of the funds needed to pay all of the obligations due on Saturday. But Puerto Rico is expected to default on a $58 million payment on Public Finance Corporation bonds due Saturday...

  • Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla shocked investors in June when he said the island's debt- totaling $72 billion- was unpayable and required restructuring. Puerto Rico has flagged that it will likely skip a $58 million payment due Aug. 1 on its Public Finance Corporation debt, which has weaker investor protection than some other bonds.

  • American Axle beats 2Q profit forecasts Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 8:18 AM ET

    DETROIT _ American Axle& Manufacturing Holdings Inc. on Friday reported second-quarter profit of $58.6 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 72 cents per share. American Axle shares have declined slightly more than 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla shocked investors in June when he said the island's debt- totaling $72 billion- was unpayable and required restructuring. Puerto Rico has flagged that it will likely skip a $58 million payment due Aug. 1 on its Public Finance Corporation debt, which has weaker investor protection than some other bonds.

  • BOSTON/ DETROIT, July 30- A researcher is advising drivers not to use a mobile app for General Motors Co's OnStar vehicle communications system, saying hackers can exploit a security flaw in the product to unlock cars and start engines remotely. Kamkar released the video a week after Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalled some 1.4 million vehicles after hacking...

  • BOSTON/ DETROIT, July 30- A researcher is advising drivers to halt the use of a mobile app for General Motors Co's OnStar vehicle communications system, saying hackers can exploit a security flaw in the product to remotely unlock cars and start engines. "White-hat" hacker Samy Kamkar posted a video on Thursday saying he had figured out a way to "locate, unlock and...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 1:40 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases personal income and spending data for June, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for July, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for June, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases international trade data for June, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply...

  • Hercules recalling 90,000 SUV tires Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 9:10 AM ET

    DETROIT— An Ohio company is recalling about 90,000 SUV tires because the tread can separate, causing a loss of air and increasing the risk of a crash. The recall covers certain 15- and 16- inch Hercules Tire& Rubber Co. All Trac A/T tires made from June of 2008 to May of 2010.. The recall came after an attorney notified the National Highway Traffic Safety...

  • MILAN— Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Thursday raised its revenue forecast after strong sales in North American and a recovery in the European market boosted second-quarter profits by 70 percent. The company said in a presentation to analysts Thursday that it didn't expect the Ram buyback offer to cost more than $20 million. Fiat Chrysler reported its net...

  • Ford F-150 gets mixed crash test results Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 6:38 PM ET

    DETROIT— Ford's new aluminum-sided F-150 pickup saw mixed results in new crash tests by the insurance industry, and the damaged trucks cost more to repair than steel-bodied ones. The four-door Super Crew version of the 2015 F-150 got top ratings in all five of the crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Insurance Institute also...

  • DETROIT— Standard& Poor's has boosted Detroit's rating on eight- to 15- year bonds the city plans to sell to improve public services. City officials said Wednesday that the better rating could get Detroit a lower interest rate and save $20 million in interest over the life of the bonds. The $245 million bonds are backed by city income tax revenue and were part of...

  • Tesla offers 1st incentive in owner referral program Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 4:20 PM ET

    DETROIT— Electric car maker Telsa Motors Inc. is offering its first incentive, $1,000 to new-car buyers who are referred by current Tesla owners. Owners who make a referral also will get $1,000 in their Tesla account that can be spent on a car purchase, service or accessories. CEO Elon Musk said the $2,000 is about equal to what it costs to sell a car through a company...

  • Tesla offering $1,000 referral bounty on Model S sales Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 4:07 PM ET

    DETROIT, July 29- Tesla Motors Inc will offer a $1,000 bounty to Model S owners and buyers who take advantage of word-of-mouth referrals of the electric cars, Chief Executive Elon Musk said Wednesday. The referral bounty will be available to those who buy new Tesla sedans- and those who refer them- through October 31. Under the program, buyers will get $1,000 off the...

  • DETROIT, July 29- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will face a shortage of new products in North America over the next 18 months, especially hot-selling trucks and crossover vehicles, according to three sources familiar with the company's plans. While the Italian-American automaker said it will bring three new sports models from Italy to the United States in the...

  • DETROIT— When a car dealer offers to loan you the money to buy a car at zero interest, it gets your attention. Experian Automotive, which tracks auto loans, says 7 percent of new car loans had an interest rate of 1 percent or lower in the first quarter of this year. Edmunds recommends taking the cash to reduce your total loan amount for the base all-wheel-drive model...

  • *To restructure and downsize India operations. *To stop production at one of two plants in India. NEW DELHI, July 29- General Motors Co said on Wednesday it will invest $1 billion over the next few years to turn India into a global export hub, even as it cuts production capacity in the country due to sluggish demand.