safety

Toyota Recalls 1.5 Million Vehicles Worldwide

Toyota Motor is issuing another recall -- this time it involves 740,000 cars and sports-utility vehicles in the U.S. and nearly 600,000 units in Japan to repair a seal on the vehicles' brake master cylinder that may leak fluid and impair braking performance.

Volvo Recalls About 10,000 Vehicles for Faulty Airbags

Swedish automaker Volvo is recalling 9,746 cars in the U.S. to repair driver's side airbags that may not deploy during a crash, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported Wednesday. Models affected are the 2010 and 2011 S80 and XC70; the 2010 V70; and the 2011 XC60.

BP to Award Bonuses Based on Safety Perfomance

BP (BP) will award its fourth-quarter bonuses based entirely on performance on safety-related issues. CEO Bob Dudley told employees on Monday that the bonus policy is meant to emphasize that safety is the company%u2019s top priority, The Associated Press reported.

GM Recalls 4,000 Cadillac SRXs for Steering Fluid Leak

GM is recalling nearly 4,000 2010 Cadillac SRX crossovers to repair power steering lines that may get damaged and leak fluid, the automaker said Thursday. The problem has resulted in at least one fire, but GM said there have been no crashes or injuries as a result of the defect.

Shareholders Sue Toyota Over Recall- Induced Stock Slide

Toyota may have repaired most of the cars it recalled for unintended acceleration problems, but it hasn't repaired its stock price, and U.S. shareholders have filed a class-action lawsuit against the automaker for failing to disclose what it knew about the defects.

Man Drives 450 Miles to See GM Over Faulty Part

When GM told David Derringer of Virginia that it wasn't going to reimburse him for the cost of a power steering pump that had repeatedly failed on his wife's Chevrolet HHR wagon, he didn't hang up the phone and give up. He got into his GMC pickup and took a drive -- to GM's headquarters in Detroit.

BMW 5 Series, Hyundai Sonata Come Out Top in New Safety Tests

BMW%u2019s 5 Series and Hyundai%u2019s Sonata received the highest scores for passenger cars and trucks under a new U.S. crash safety rating system. The two vehicles were the only ones to receive the top safety score of five stars in crash-safety tests, Bloomberg News reported. Both vehicles scored four stars in frontal crashes and five stars in side-crashes and rollovers.

Toyota: Unintended Acceleration Claims Are Down 80%

Toyota says complaints by its cars' unintended acceleration have dropped 80% compared to April, , as the world's largest automaker continues to make strides in repairing the nearly 8 million vehicles recalled in the U.S. to over sticky gas pedals and accelerators that get hung up on floor mats.

Tesla Motors Recalls Roadsters for Fire Danger

Electric carmaker Tesla Motors is recalling 439 cars because of a possible danger of fire. The company is recalling Roadster models 2.0 and 2.5 after an incident where a cable chafed against the edge of a carbon fiber panel in the car, creating smoke and possibly fire behind the right headlamp.

BP Creates Safety Unit, Fires Executive

Incoming BP (BP) CEO Bob Dudley fired the executive at the center of the Gulf oil disaster and created a new division to improve safety. Andy Inglis, the head of the company%u2019s upstream business, will leave the company at the end of the year, BP said in a statement.

Ford May Reduce Lineup to as Few as 20 Models

Ford may reduce the number of models its sells to as few as 20, CEO Alan Mulally said Monday. "Fewer brands means you can put more focus into improving the quality of engineering," he said. The second-largest U.S. automaker has been surging ahead in both sales and honors over the past year.

Feds Probe Honda Fit Over Reports of Failing Headlights

U.S. officials have begun an investigation into 133,000 Honda Fit models in response to consumer complaints about headlights that stopped working. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's preliminary investigation involves Fits from the 2007 and 2008 model years.

Amgen, J&J Recall Procrit, Epogen for Possible Glass Issue

Drug-makers Amgen and Johnson & Johnson are voluntarily recalling two brands of an injectable anemia medication because of the possibility that vials of it may also contain tiny glass flakes. The drug, Epoetin alfa, is marketed under the brand names Epogen and Procrit.

PG&E Releases List of 100 High Priority Gas Lines in California

Pacific Gas and Electric (PCG) released a list of 100 high priority gas lines in California, 11 days after a gas main exploded in San Bruno, killing at least four people. PG&E compiled the list using criteria including potential for corrosion and the potential for third-party damage such as construction, the company said on its website.

Toyota Wants 'Unintended Acceleration' Lawsuits Tossed

Toyota has asked a federal judge to dismiss hundreds of lawsuits over problems with unintended acceleration in its vehicles. The world's largest automaker says such complaints are based on anecdotes, and fail to identify specific defects, Bloomberg News reported.

Fire Hazard Prompts Recall of Garmin Navigation Devices

Garmin (GRMN) is recalling 1.25 million personal navigation units because of the potential for fires caused by overheated batteries, the company said Wednesday. Nearly 800,000 of the affected devices were sold in the U.S., it said.

Transocean Says It Addressed 90% of Safety Issues Before Gulf Spill

Transocean (RIG), owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded on April 20, said Monday it had addressed 90% of the recommendations made in a BP (BP) audit before the accident. "Overall rig maintenance aboard the Deepwater Horizon met or exceeded regulatory and industry standards and, according to documents and testimony today by BP%u2019s own executives, the rig was found to be fit, strong and prepared for operations in the Gulf," Transocean told the Financial Times.