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  • According to the complaint filed in Los Angeles federal court, carbon monoxide is emitted when drivers leave their vehicles running after taking their electronic key fobs with them, under the mistaken belief that the engines will shut off. The defendants include BMW, including Mini; Daimler's Mercedes Benz; Fiat Chrysler; Ford; General Motors; and Honda,...

  • Urban areas where commuters endure the most extra hours Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    Traffic congestion nationally reached a new peak last year and is greater than ever before, according to a report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX Inc. Their analysis is based on federal data on the number of cars on the road and on traffic speed data collected by INRIX on 1.3 million miles of urban streets and highways. 1. Washington, D.C.-...

  • Survey: Recalls make Americans less satisfied with cars Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    DETROIT— Americans are less happy with their cars and trucks than at any time in more than a decade, and it's largely because they're getting sick of dealing with recalls. "While it is true that all cars are now much better than they were 10 to 20 years ago, it is alarming that so many of them have quality problems," said Claes Fornell, chairman and founder of the survey.

  • US agency probes Jeep SUV rollaway complaints Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | 5:34 PM ET

    DETROIT— U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating complaints that some newer Jeep SUVs can roll away unexpectedly after drivers put them in park. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has received 14 complaints from drivers, including five crashes and three injuries. In one complaint, a driver in Morganton, North Carolina, told NHTSA...

  • GM fund rejects 91 percent of ignition switch claims Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | 2:28 PM ET

    DETROIT— Lawyers hired to compensate victims of General Motors' faulty ignition switches have finished determining which claims are eligible, rejecting 91 percent of them. The compensation fund led by lawyer Kenneth Feinberg approved 399 of the 4,343 claims filed and rejected 3,944.. Camille Biros, deputy administrator of the fund, said Monday the claims...

  • Aug 21- Taser International Inc is not liable for the death of a 16- year-old Michigan boy soon after he was struck in the chest by two taser darts shot by a police officer, resulting in cardiac arrest, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. The 2-1 decision by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati was a defeat for Cora Mitchell, whose son Robert died on...

  • DETROIT— U.S. safety regulators have rejected an electrical engineer's request to investigate low-speed unintended acceleration in Toyota and Lexus cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in documents posted Friday, said that three crashes cited in the engineer's request are consistent with the driver mistakenly hitting the gas pedal...

  • The probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers about 384,000 cars from the 2008 model year. The agency says in documents posted Friday that it received 19 consumer complaints that the air bag control computer failed in the Accord, which then was Honda's top-selling model. Honda said it is cooperating with the investigation and will...

  • Aug 20- Two U.S. senators on Thursday called on Japanese auto supplier Takata Corp to immediately recall all vehicles containing the company's air bags, a demand that could affect more than 50 million cars on U.S. roads. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Edward Markey, both Democrats, serve on a Senate panel that has been investigating problems with Takata air bags...

  • DETROIT, Aug 20- Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio said on Thursday his plan to overhaul the U.S. tax code would help revitalize struggling manufacturing centers like Detroit, allowing companies to raise wages and workers to keep more of their paychecks. Speaking to the Detroit Economic Club, the senator from Florida said Detroit, which filed the...

  • Aug 20- Two U.S. senators on Thursday called on Japanese auto supplier Takata Corp to immediately recall all vehicles containing the company's air bags. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Edward Markey, both Democrats, serve on a Senate panel that has been investigating problems with Takata air bags that can rupture and spew metal shards at vehicle occupants.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 20- U.S. home resales rose to a near 8-1/ 2- year high in July and factory activity in the mid-Atlantic region picked up this month, fresh signs of steady economic growth that likely keeps the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates this year. "We continue to expect both economic growth and labor market activity to continue shifting higher,...

  • All part of the ongoing collapse in industrial metal prices as the market collectively downgrades its views on China. Aluminum's prospects look particularly bleak given a backdrop of high legacy stocks and structural over capacity in China, which is pumping out ever more surplus metal into the international market in the form of semi-fabricated products.

  • Aug 19- Detroit's post-bankruptcy debut in the U.S. municipal bond market on Wednesday resulted in hefty yields for $245 million of bonds, signalling that investors remain skeptical of the city's recovery. The bonds earned an investment-grade A rating from Standard& Poor's largely based on a Michigan law that placed a specific statutory lien on Detroit...

  • All part of the ongoing collapse in industrial metal prices as the market collectively downgrades its views on China. Aluminium's prospects look particularly bleak given a backdrop of high legacy stocks and structural over capacity in China, which is pumping out ever more surplus metal into the international market in the form of semi-fabricated products.

  • DETROIT, Aug 18- Most Buick vehicles sold in the United States after 2016 could be imported from China and Europe, according to two sources familiar with parent General Motors Co's plans. Production of the mid-size Regal sedan is likely to shift from Canada to either China or Europe in 2017, they added. Buick is also planning to add two new U.S. models from overseas...

  • BERLIN, Aug 14- Volkswagen is recalling about 461,300 cars in the United States and Canada to fix a fault that could prevent air bags from deploying. The recall comes as the German group struggles to overcome underperformance in the United States, where the sale of VW-branded cars plunged 10 percent to 367,000 last year, less than half its ambitious target of...

  • LONDON, Aug 14- You don't hear so much about the load-out queues in the London Metal Exchange's warehouse system these days. It's not that the queues to take delivery of aluminum from Detroit and Vlissingen have disappeared. As of the end of last month the waiting time at Detroit was still 328 days and that at the Dutch port 327 days.

  • DETROIT, Aug 13- General Motors Co is boosting production of its highly profitable large SUVs and trucks to a pace that could result in 48,000 to 60,000 additional vehicles for the 2016 model year, in a bid to capitalize on rising demand, sources told Reuters. GM's Arlington, Texas, plant that makes full-sized sport utility vehicles including the Cadillac...

  • United Steelworkers union president Leo Gerard said: " Washington has been asleep at the switch in dealing with China" and called for action against " China's predatory practices" before more U.S. jobs were lost. That state's Republican and Democratic senators both criticized China's devaluation and linked it to the Trans Pacific Partnership trade talks, even...