auto recalls http://michiganradio.org en Documents detail another delayed GM recall http://michiganradio.org/post/documents-detail-another-delayed-gm-recall <div>DETROIT (AP) - Government documents show that <a href="http://www.gm.com/">General Motors</a> waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and warranty repair claims.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration didn't seek a recall of the 2004-2007 compact cars even though it opened an investigation more than two years ago. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:29:20 +0000 Associated Press 17287 at http://michiganradio.org Documents detail another delayed GM recall GM puts two engineers on paid leave in wake of ignition switch problem http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-puts-two-engineers-paid-leave-wake-ignition-switch-problem <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two engineers have been put on paid leave at General Motors as the company has an outside attorney investigate why it took more than 10 years for GM to recall millions of cars with faulty ignition switches.</span></p><p>GM says the switches have been linked to at least 13 deaths.</p><p>More on the suspension of the engineers from the Associated Press:</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:57:40 +0000 Mark Brush 17183 at http://michiganradio.org GM puts two engineers on paid leave in wake of ignition switch problem GM adding 824,000 vehicles to ignition recall http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-adding-824000-vehicles-ignition-recall <p>DETROIT (AP) - General Motors is adding 824,000 small cars to its ongoing recall tied to defective ignition switches.<br /><br />The company will add vehicles from the 2008-2011 model years to a recall that initially covered cars only through the 2007 model year.<br /><br />The Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac G5, Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Ion and Saturn Sky are all involved in the recall.<br /><br />GM says around 5,000 of the faulty switches were used for repairs on 2008-2011 model year cars. GM says it's expanding the recall to make sure it finds all the switches.<br /> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:12:32 +0000 The Associated Press 17022 at http://michiganradio.org GM adding 824,000 vehicles to ignition recall Stateside for Tuesday, March 25, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-march-25-2014 <p>A Balanced Budget Amendment making the federal government not spend more than it takes in: It sounds pretty good. Get rid of those trillions and trillions of dollars of national debt. But one economist says that's not necessarily a great plan.</p><p>Then, it feels like we hear about recalls everyday, from food, to cars, to toys. They make news, but are consumers facing so-called recall fatigue? Are there just so many recalls that we've started to tune them out?</p><p>And, you don't have to hunt too far to find critics of our schools, of the way our children are learning, what they're learning and the achievement gap within our classrooms. But are we placing too much pressure on teachers when we expect them to fix these problems?</p><p>Also, it’s official. Merriam-Webster now recognizes “Yooper” as a word.</p><p>First on the show, f<span style="line-height: 1.5;">or years there’s been talk that Michigan needs to put more money into its roads.</span></p><p>Gov. Snyder has said he wants at least $1.2 billion annually for road maintenance and repair.</p><p>A new report says the state needs closer to $2 billion a year.</p><p>But negotiations at the state Capitol stalled – until the last few weeks.</p><p>Earlier this month, some $200 million was OK’d in a supplemental budget. It looks like another deal could be in the works.</p><p>Now word on the street is that this is not some grand bargain. Instead, there are reports that the amount would be closer to $300-400 million. It’s a start, but why now?</p><p>Jack Lessenberry is Michigan Radio’s political analyst, and he joined us today.</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:23:10 +0000 Stateside Staff 16966 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Are U.S. consumers facing recall fatigue? http://michiganradio.org/post/are-us-consumers-facing-recall-fatigue <p>General Motors has been in the headlines recently over its recall of more than 1.5 million vehicles due to ignition switch problems that are being blamed for some 13 deaths.</p><p>Toyota is also in the news after having agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle with the Justice Department over a delayed recall of millions of its vehicles.</p><p>But are U.S. consumers facing recall fatigue?</p><p>Sonari Glinton covers the auto industry for NPR, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:45:02 +0000 Stateside Staff 16965 at http://michiganradio.org Are U.S. consumers facing recall fatigue? GM chief prepares to testify before Congress on recalls http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-chief-prepares-testify-congress-recalls <p>Members of Congress will have tough questions for the new CEO of General Motors.</p><p></p><p>Mary Barra is expected to testify in front of the Energy and Commerce Committee next month.</p><p></p><p>Barra has only been on the job as CEO for three months. Now she’s facing scrutiny for how the automaker handled or mishandled a major safety recall affecting more than 1.5 million cars.</p><p></p><p>U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says she’s confident in Barra’s leadership.</p><p></p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:33:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith & The Associated Press 16938 at http://michiganradio.org GM chief prepares to testify before Congress on recalls Stateside for Thursday, March 20th, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-march-20th-2014 <p>The Justice Department is investigating General Motors for delaying a recall of more than a million and a half cars. On today's show: how is this recall affecting GM's reputation?</p><p>And, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;new Michigan law will now allow you to literally BYOB, bring you own bottle of wine to a restaurant.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also, s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">tarting a business can be hard, but what about starting a business with a mission to help end homelessness? That's exactly what&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the Empowerment Plan aims to do.&nbsp;</span></p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;Rick Pluta,&nbsp;Captiol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network and co-host of It's Just Politics, joined us to talk about how Lansing plans to spend surplus money.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:21:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 16918 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, March 20th, 2014 Toyota recalls 800,000 Camrys, Avalons, Venzas http://michiganradio.org/post/toyota-recalls-800000-camrys-avalons-venzas <p>Toyota is recalling approximately 803,000 model year 2012-2013 Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, and Venza vehicles due to a problem that could result in air bag failure.</p><p>From the company's press release:</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 20:31:06 +0000 Tracy Samilton 14886 at http://michiganradio.org Toyota recalls 800,000 Camrys, Avalons, Venzas Ford pays gov't $17.35 million fine to settle recall spat http://michiganradio.org/post/ford-pays-govt-1735-million-fine-settle-recall-spat <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">DETROIT (AP) - Ford says it has paid the government $17.35 million to settle a dispute over allegations that Ford delayed a safety recall.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">The company says it paid the fine to avoid a lengthy dispute with th Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:21:11 +0000 The Associated Press 13788 at http://michiganradio.org Ford pays gov't $17.35 million fine to settle recall spat In this morning's news: Chrysler recall, disaster declaration in MI, Detroit Zoo and DIA saved http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-chrysler-recall-disaster-declaration-mi-detroit-zoo-and-dia-saved <p><strong>Chrysler waves the white flag</strong></p><p>Chrysler is now <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/chrysler-officials-change-their-minds-will-go-forward-jeep-recall">agreeing to recall </a>some 2.7 million older model Jeeps. At first, Chrysler refused to recall the cars and the company maintains the vehicles are not defective. Safety regulators say 1993 to 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty Vehicles can catch on fire when they're rear-ended. The design flaw has killed 51 people in fiery crashes.</p><p><strong>Michigan counties will receive disaster relief </strong></p><p>President Obama has <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/president-signs-disaster-declaration-16-michigan-counties-hard-hit-spring-floods">approved a disaster declaration</a> for 16 Michigan counties hard hit by spring floods. The declaration will help communities repair and rebuild roads, bridges and other public infrastructure damaged in the flooding. This does not include assistance for individuals or businesses. State and federal agencies will soon hold briefings across the state to help communities understand and start the application process.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>The Detroit Zoo and the DIA are safe</strong></p><p>Legislation was signed into law yesterday allowing the<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/new-laws-will-protect-dia-and-detroit-zoo-millage-funding"> Detroit Zoo and the Detroit Institute of Arts</a> to get millions of dollars in tax revenues as promised from the metro region. Several metro cities were skimming some of the revenue generated by multi-county millages voters approved to support the zoo and the museum.</p><p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:11:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13124 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Chrysler recall, disaster declaration in MI, Detroit Zoo and DIA saved Chrysler officials change their minds, will go forward with Jeep recall http://michiganradio.org/post/chrysler-officials-change-their-minds-will-go-forward-jeep-recall <p>It was called a "<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130617/BUSINESS0103/306170146/chrysler-jeep-nhtsa-recall-grand-cherokee-liberty">rare and risky</a>" move to refuse a recall after the government requested it, but it seemed Chrysler was poised to do just that today.</p><p>Now, <a href="http://media.chrysler.com/newsrelease.do?id=14433&amp;mid=2">the automaker says</a>&nbsp;executives have "resolved their differences" with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and will voluntarily recall the vehicles in question.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:05:59 +0000 Mark Brush 13113 at http://michiganradio.org Chrysler officials change their minds, will go forward with Jeep recall Airbag defect prompts large recall for Japanese automakers http://michiganradio.org/post/airbag-defect-prompts-large-recall-japanese-automakers <p>There are regular-old recalls, and then there are big recalls.</p><p>This recall fits in the big recall category.</p><p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/11/us-toyota-recall-idUSBRE93A04D20130411">Reuters </a>reports four Japanese automakers are recalling 3.4 million vehicles sold around the world because of faulty airbags supplied by the Takata Corp.</p><blockquote><p><span id="articleText">The move announced on Thursday is the largest recall ever for airbags made by Takata, the world's second largest supplier of airbags and seatbelts. Shares of Takata tumbled almost 10 percent in Tokyo trading.</span></p><p><span id="articleText">The recall is the largest since Toyota pulled back more than 7 million vehicles in October. The scale of the recent safety actions underscore the risk of huge global supply chain problems as automakers increasingly rely on a handful of suppliers for common or similar parts to cut costs, analysts have said.</span></p></blockquote><p><span id="articleText">Here's the problem with the airbags according to <a href="http://pressroom.toyota.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=3862&amp;view_id=34052">Toyota</a>:</span></p><blockquote><p><span>The involved vehicles are equipped with front passenger airbag inflators which could have been assembled with improperly manufactured propellant wafers.&nbsp; Improperly manufactured propellant wafers could cause the inflator to rupture and the front passenger airbag to deploy abnormally in the event of a crash.</span></p></blockquote><p><span>The recall affects Toyotas, Hondas, Nissans, and Mazdas manufactured in or after 2000.</span></p><p>Go to these links to find out if your vehicle is under recall:</p><p><strong><a href="http://owners.honda.com/service-maintenance/recalls">Honda recalls</a></strong></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.toyota.com/recall">Toyota recalls</a></strong></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.nissanextendedwarranty.com/recalls/nissan-recalls.html">Nissan recalls</a></strong></p><p><strong><a href="https://www.mymazda.com/MusaWeb/displayRecall.action">Mazda recalls</a></strong> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:48:14 +0000 Mark Brush 12095 at http://michiganradio.org Airbag defect prompts large recall for Japanese automakers Feds close probe into Ford SUVs rolling away http://michiganradio.org/post/feds-close-probe-ford-suvs-rolling-away <p>DETROIT (AP) - U.S. safety officials have closed an investigation into allegations that three Ford SUVs can roll away when the transmissions are in park.<br><br>The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the probe involved about 1.5 million Ford Explorer, Mercury Mountaineer and Lincoln Aviator SUVS from the 2002 to 2005 model years.<br><br>The agency determined that failure rates weren't high enough to order a recall. The probe began in April 2009 and was closed last month. The safety agency found 36 complaints including 14 crashes and six injuries.<br><br>Investigators found that the park gear in the transmission failed only 4.4 times per 100,000 vehicles. A system that prevents the car from being shifted into gear unless the driver's foot is on the brake failed only 3.4 times per 100,000 SUVs. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 16:27:38 +0000 The Associated Press 11598 at http://michiganradio.org Feds close probe into Ford SUVs rolling away Toyota pays record fine for delaying recall, failure to report defects http://michiganradio.org/post/toyota-pays-record-fine-delaying-recall-failure-report-defects <p>Toyota Motor Corp. will pay a record $17.35 million fine for its failure to report a safety defect to federal officials and for delaying the subsequent recall.</p><p>The fine, levied by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is the highest civil penalty relating to recall violations ever paid out to the organization, the Detroit Free Press reports.</p><p>More from the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20121218/BUSINESS01/121218011/Toyota-fined-maximum-penalty-failing-report-safety-defects">Freep</a>:</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 18:51:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10420 at http://michiganradio.org Toyota pays record fine for delaying recall, failure to report defects Honda recalling 572,000 Accords http://michiganradio.org/post/honda-recalling-572000-accords <p>Honda is recalling around 572,000 Accord midsize cars in the U.S. to fix a defective power steering hose that can leak fluid and catch fire.</p><p>The recall affects Accords from the 2003 through 2007 model years that are equipped with V-6 engines.</p><p>Honda says one fire was reported but no injuries.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.honda.com/newsandviews/article.aspx?id=6912-en">Honda</a>:</p><blockquote><p>American Honda has expanded a May 2012 power steering hose recall to additionally include approximately 572,000 model-year 2003-2007 Accord V6 vehicles in the United States.</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 20:00:40 +0000 Mark Brush 9317 at http://michiganradio.org Honda recalling 572,000 Accords Toyota recalls RAV4 SUVs and Lexus sedans http://michiganradio.org/post/toyota-recalls-rav4-suvs-and-lexus-sedans <p>Toyota is recalling 778,000 RAV4 SUVs and Lexus HS 250h sedans to fix a suspension problem that could cause crashes.<br /><br />The company says if rear suspension nuts aren&#39;t tightened properly after a wheel alignment, the arms can rust and separate from the vehicle. Toyota reported nine crashes and three minor injuries from the problem.<br /><br />RAV4s covered by the recall are from the 2006 to 2011 model years. The Lexus sedans are from 2010 only.</p><p>Toyota says it&#39;s developing a plan to fix the problem. It will notify owners by mail when it&#39;s time to take the vehicles into dealers for a free repair.</p><p>In the meantime, the company is telling drivers to contact their dealers if they hear an abnormal sound in the rear of the vehicle.</p><p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 14:12:18 +0000 The Associated Press 8517 at http://michiganradio.org Toyota recalls RAV4 SUVs and Lexus sedans Hyundai recalling Santa Fe SUVs and Sonata sedans http://michiganradio.org/post/hyundai-recalling-santa-fe-suvs-and-sonata-sedans <p>Hyundai Motor Co. is recalling some Santa Fe SUVs and Sonata sedans because of problems with their air bags.</p><p>The Santa Fe recall involves nearly 200,000 vehicles in the 2007 to 2009 model years. Hyundai dealers will reprogram the front passenger air bag sensors so they will accurately detect when a small adult is seated.</p><p>Hyundai said it has received complaints from some adults under 130 pounds (60 kilograms) whose air bags didn&#39;t deploy. No injuries have been reported. The air bags were originally programmed not to go off to protect children.</p><p>The company is also recalling 22,500 Sonata sedans from the 2012 and 2013 model years because their side air bags could go off without warning.</p><p>Hyundai says it has received 16 complaints about the Sonata&#39;s air bags, but no injuries have been reported.</p><p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 17:18:34 +0000 The Associated Press 8483 at http://michiganradio.org Hyundai recalling Santa Fe SUVs and Sonata sedans Ford to recall 485,000 small SUVs to fix throttles http://michiganradio.org/post/ford-recall-485000-small-suvs-fix-throttles <p>Ford is recalling nearly 485,000 Escapes and Mavericks to fix sticking gas pedals that can cause crashes.<br /><br />The worldwide recall affects the 2001 through 2004 model years that are powered by 3-liter V-6 engines with cruise control. It comes just over a week after U.S. safety regulators began investigating the Escape small SUV.<br /><br />The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received 68 complaints about the problem, including 13 crashes, nine injuries and one death. A teenage girl died in the January crash of an Escape in Arizona.<br /><br />Ford says the cruise control cables can snag on the plastic cover atop the engine and cause the gas pedals to stick. Dealers will replace the engine cover fasteners and raise the covers to make more room. Thu, 26 Jul 2012 17:06:06 +0000 The Associated Press 8450 at http://michiganradio.org Ford to recall 485,000 small SUVs to fix throttles Ford recalls 2013 Escapes with 1.6-liter engines http://michiganradio.org/post/ford-recalls-2013-escapes-16-liter-engines <p>Ford Motor Company issued a <a href="http://media.ford.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=36814">media release</a> today, alerting owners of a safety recall on 2013 Escapes with 1.6-liter engines. The release says the model has faulty fuel lines that could leak and cause a fire.</p><p>The car maker advises that its affected customers stop driving the cars immediately in order to allow dealerships to pick them up to remedy the problem, which will take about an hour, according to the statement.</p><p>More from the advisory:</p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 20:40:34 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8364 at http://michiganradio.org Ford recalls 2013 Escapes with 1.6-liter engines GM recalling vans, SUVs to fix steering problem http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-recalling-vans-suvs-fix-steering-problem <p>General Motors is recalling more than 6,000 big vans and SUVs because their steering can fail. The recall affects certain 2012 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans, and Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL SUVs.</p><p>The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on <a href="http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls/latestRecalls.cfm">its website</a> Saturday that a gear shaft can break, causing a loss of steering. GM says no crashes or injuries have been reported.</p> Sat, 24 Mar 2012 19:39:06 +0000 The Associated Press 6773 at http://michiganradio.org