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  • WASHINGTON, Dec 13- The threat of a U.S. government shutdown began to lift on Saturday as Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate struck a deal for a vote on a $1.1 trillion federal spending bill, ending a dispute fueled by Tea Party firebrand Ted Cruz. A similar situation began unfolding in the Democratic-controlled Senate after Cruz and two other Senate...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 13- The U.S. Senate passed a five-day extension of federal funding on Saturday, staving off a government shutdown and buying lawmakers more time to resolve a fight over a longer, $1.1 trillion spending bill led by Tea Party firebrand Ted Cruz. On Saturday, a similar situation looked to be unfolding in the Democratic-controlled Senate after Cruz...

  • DETROIT, Dec 12- Chrysler Group is expanding its U.S. recall of older-model vehicles with Takata Corp passenger-side air bags, adding a second inflator design to the recall and more affected regions. The company said no accidents or injuries in any of its vehicles have been linked to any Takata passenger-side inflators. Chrysler was one of 10 automakers who...

  • Dec 9- The United Auto Workers union said on Tuesday it will train workers at Volkswagen AG's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in an effort to form a U.S. version of a German-style works council, while continuing to push for collective bargaining rights at the factory. Under a new agreement with the German company announced in November, unions that can prove...

  • WAHINGTON/ DETROIT, Dec 3- Chrysler Group has told regulators it will expand a U.S. recall of vehicles with Takata Corp passenger-side air bags, but stopped short of including all models regulators wanted included, a company statement issued on Wednesday shows. "At this time, data analysis indicates the front passenger-side inflators in affected pickups...

  • WAHINGTON/ DETROIT, Dec 3- Chrysler Group has informally told regulators it will expand a U.S. recall of vehicles with Takata Corp passenger-side air bags, a top regulator said. Congressional hearing on problems with Takata air bags in older vehicles sold by at least 10 automakers. In June, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles unit recalled about 371,000 Dodge, Ram and...

  • DETROIT, Dec 3- As early as 2003, Takata Corp ran an investigation into an air bag inflator that ruptured in a BMW vehicle, but concluded the problem was an anomaly, the company said on Tuesday, ahead of a second U.S. congressional hearing on dangerous air bags it supplied. Hiroshi Shimizu, Takata's chief quality officer, told a Senate committee hearing last month...

  • DETROIT, Dec 1- The United Auto Workers union said on Monday it will press managers of the Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz assembly plant in Alabama to respect the right of workers to discuss organizing a local union while on the factory floor. "It's unfortunate that Mercedes-Benz had to be ordered to simply allow workers to discuss their right to organize," said Kirk...

  • DETROIT, Dec 1- The United Auto Workers union said on Monday it will press managers of the Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz assembly plant in Alabama to respect the right of workers to discuss organizing a local union while on the factory floor. "It's unfortunate that Mercedes-Benz had to be ordered to simply allow workers to discuss their right to organize," said Kirk...

  • *Oil at $70 wouldn't cause growth to collapse. DUBAI, Nov 30- Middle East fund managers expect to put money back into Gulf stock markets in coming months once the shock of the plunge in oil prices fades, the latest Reuters survey of regional asset managers shows. The slide of Brent crude to $70 a barrel last week, from around $115 in June, has shifted the outlook for the...

  • DETROIT, Nov 26- Chrysler Group LLC will send recall notifications to owners of vehicles equipped with potentially defective Takata Corp air bags nearly two weeks earlier than planned, the company said late Wednesday. Chrysler's delay in alerting owners of potential defects in the Takata air bags "exacerbates the risk to motorists' safety," the NHTSA said in a...

  • DETROIT, Nov 26- Chrysler Group LLC must expand its regional recall of vehicles with Takata Corp air bags and begin notifying customers of the action by Monday, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. Chrysler's delay in alerting owners of potential defects in Takata air bags "exacerbates the risk to motorists' safety," the NHTSA said in a...

  • DETROIT, Nov 26- Chrysler Group LLC must expand its recall of vehicles with Takata Corp air bags and begin notifying customers of the action by Monday, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles unit is at the "rear of the pack" among automakers in telling its customers of the possible dangers of Takata's air bags,...

  • LAS VEGAS, Nov 21- President Barack Obama defended his decision to bypass Congress and overhaul U.S. immigration policy on his own on Friday, saying he was forced to act because House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner would not let legislation come to a vote. With many Americans skeptical of his decision to bypass Congress and impose an immigration...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 21- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Friday that President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration had sabotaged chances for bipartisan legislation and vowed to lead a fight to block the order. Obama is set to sign the order, the biggest U.S. immigration changes in a decade, later on Friday at a high school in Las...

  • ESSEN, Germany, Nov 20- Germany's biggest steelmaker ThyssenKrupp is resuming dividend payments a year earlier than expected, signalling confidence in a turnaround with the promise of a modest payout for shareholders after it beat profit forecasts. ThyssenKrupp said on Thursday it would pay 0.11 euros a share for the year to end-September.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- The U.S. auto safety regulator on Tuesday called on Japanese supplier Takata and five automakers to expand nationwide a regional recall of potentially deadly air bags, increasing pressure on the industry to act more swiftly in the growing scandal. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also scolded Takata for what it called "an...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- The U.S. auto safety regulator on Tuesday announced it has called on Japanese supplier Takata and automakers to expand nationwide their previously regional recall of flawed air bags. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Deputy Administrator David Friedman told reporters on Tuesday that Takata has so far expressed an "...

  • ORLANDO/ WASHINGTON, Nov 16- In recent weeks, hundreds of thousands of U.S. More than 17 million cars have been recalled worldwide, including over 11 million in the United States. Robert Lamoureux, 47, a coordinator for an events production firm in Orlando, heard about exploding airbags on the news weeks ago and confirmed on Honda's website that his 2002 Accord SE...

  • Takata refutes report of secret airbag tests - NYT Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 1:32 AM ET

    Nov 13- Auto parts maker Takata Corp offered a "substantive rebuttal" to accusations by two former employees that the company carried out tests on airbags in 2004 in Michigan and found signs of defects but did not report the results to federal regulators, the New York Times reported. The New York Times reported last week that Takata, at the center of a global vehicle...