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Toyota’s $1.2B mea culpa, GM in control mode

A gut-wrenching call from an off-duty Highway Patrol officer three family members for help in a runaway Lexus headlines Aug. 28, 2009.

The ES350 sedan, a loaner the dealer in El Cajon, took off at up to 100 mph as they headed north on Route 125 in Santee and all four died in a crash when the was unable to halt the unintended

The emergency call ended in the of crushing metal. Then reports of sudden acceleration Toyota vehicles began to

Toyota blamed the sticky on improperly installed floor that could bunch up the gas pedal — but said it no problem with the engine

About 9.4 million vehicles recalled as the problem grew and in 2013 an Oklahoma jury Toyota’s electronic throttle at fault in a 2005 Camry in a sudden acceleration crash killed a woman in 2007, the New Times said.

Toyota put over safety and profit principle, said a federal in the Southern District of New York, spearheaded the government’s four-year investigation.

Toyota paid than $1.6 billion to lawsuits, more than $66 in fines for not reporting safety to the National Highway Traffic Administration in a timely manner and Wednesday the Japanese auto agreed to pay $1.2 billion to the criminal investigation.

Put simply, conduct was shameful, said Attorney General Eric at a Washington news conference, the Japanese automaker had intentionally information and misled the public the safety issues behind recalls.

When car owners get behind the they have a right to that their vehicle is If any part of the automobile turns out to safety issue, the car company has a to be upfront about them, to fix quickly, and to immediately tell the about the problem and its scope.

on top as world’s No. 1 car company in 2014, will take $1.2 in after-tax charges against in the fiscal year ending 31 to pay the largest criminal penalty imposed on an automaker in U.S.

Under the settlement, an independent will follow Toyota’s handling of accident reports and communications, including technical

Entering this agreement, difficult, is a major step putting this unfortunate behind us, Toyota’s chief officer Christopher Reynolds in a statement. We remain extremely to our customers who have continued to by Toyota. Moving forward can be confident that we continue to our responsibilities to them seriously.

officials appeared resolute in to crack down on auto

Other car companies should not Toyota’s mistake, said

Safety is our top priority, Transportation Anthony Foxx said.

damage control

General Co. Chief Operating Officer T. Barra knew the job would be when she took it. Now she has to show she can adversity.

When she appeared in public at North American International Show in Detroit, a beaming was trailed by scores of cameras and as she showed off GM’s latest to Vice President Joe Biden .

Her a month earlier as the first to head a major U.S. car was hailed as breaking the glass in the male-dominated auto business.

forward two months and a sober is on television and the Internet apologizing for GM of more than 3 million including 1.6 million that a possibly faulty ignition linked to 12 deaths and 31 crashes. The mother of two said she learned of the switch issue in December and personal responsibility — she is concerned about the safety of her and the families of those who ride in GM

GM knew about the ignition problem for more than but as the new face of the company Barra it.

I want to start by saying how I am personally and how sorry General is for what has happened, she said at headquarters overlooking the Detroit Clearly lives have lost and families are affected, and is very serious. We want to extend our deep condolences for losses.

The Center for Auto a consumer watchdog group, at least 303 deaths to non-working some possibly a result of the ignition switch, which banged or bumped cuts to electrical systems and airbags.

went wrong, Barra GM employees in a four-minute internal video. And terrible things We have apologized, but that is one step in the journey to resolve it.

While all of the vehicles in the ignition recall were built her watch — she knows her and GM’s credibility are on the line the company’s response that cost hundreds of millions.

had already derisively said it was to business as usual at GM five after it was saved by a $45.9 taxpayer bailout. Lawyers are the now profitable company like in the water — a class-action has been filed — and the government has vowed to be more GM would be well-served to be transparent the recalls.

Barra last named long-time executive Boyer to the new position of global chief to revamp safety A GM lifer with 40 years in engineering and safety, Boyer has the job of and resolving product safety

Barra has been called to before a subcommittee of the House and Commerce Committee on April Day, and north of the border Canada said it was launching an of 236,000 recalled cars, one in a fatal June crash in in which the driver was not wearing a belt, the New York Times

Acting National Highway Safety Administration administrator Friedman will also before Congress April 1.

testimony is critical to understanding the company and NHTSA knew safety problems, when knew it, and what was done it, full committee chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich. and and Investigations Subcommittee head Tim Murphy, R-Pa, said in a The problems originated long Barra and Friedman took the of their respective organizations, but actions and input now, as our proceeds, will be essential to answers about what wrong.

Boyer will have responsibility for the safety development of GM systems, conformation and validation of performance, as well as post-sale activities, including recalls, GM in a statement.

He reports directly to senior management and the board of and will have his hands with three new recalls for 1.5 million additional vehicles 1.18 million 2008-13 Enclave and GMC Acadia SUVs, Chevrolet Traverse models and Saturn Outlook models to a seat-mounted side airbag harness.

Also included in the are 303,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC cargo and conversion vans model years 2009-14 to softer material on the instrument to meet compliance for unbelted and 63,900 2013-14 Cadillac XTS to repair corrosion on a brake that could cause raising the possibility of a fire in the compartment.

No accidents are blamed on in the latest recalls.

Nothing is important than the safety of our in the vehicles they drive, said. Today’s GM is committed to and I’m ready to take on assignment.

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Parts supplier Corp. has added a second to speed up production of replacement switches for the recalled vehicles and GM is a $300 million charge first-quarter earnings to pay for parts and More than 50 GM employees are a call center to field on the recalls.

Barra vows big changes in safety reviews. GM’s for deciding and managing recalls is to change because of this, she

I asked our team to redouble our on our pending product reviews, them forward and resolve quickly, she said. That is today’s GM is all about.

A day in Paris

Motorists in Paris had a chance of being allowed to legally last Monday.

The of lights was plagued by five of heavy smog — the heavy air pollution in Beijing and French officials limited to vehicles with odd-number to cut the number of cars on the road and the air to clear.

The partial car ban is called traffic.

The odd-even day driving was first employed during smog in 1997 — and it then and last week reducing traffic congestion up to 60

French Ecology Minister Martin said 90 percent of drivers respected the ban.

But France 24 reported thousands of with license plates in even numbers flouted it. France Internationale said 700 police officers stationed at 60 throughout the capital issued than 5,100 tickets 22 euro ($30.60) fines.

Public transportation was free in the region from Friday midnight Monday.

By Tuesday, could see the Eiffel Tower and a ban on odd-numbered license plates was

Sales slump halts production

Slow sales of the Viper sports car have led to order a temporary halt in

The V-10 super car is only in one factory — Detroit’s Avenue Assembly Plant.

A spokeswoman told the Detroit production of the 8.4-liter, 640-horsepower will be suspended beginning the of April 14 and resume the week of 23.

All 91 UAW-covered employees at the plant be laid off during the five-week

In 2013, Chrysler said it to sell around 2,000 SRT annually but sales of the high-end never reached those and fell after GM rolled out its Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 and 2015 Stingray.

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