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Ford’s China efforts hit a bump as it recalls half-million cars

BEIJING/SHANGHAI — Ford’s China joint venture will recall more than half a million vehicles due to brake-related issues, an additional headache for the U.S. carmaker as it faces rising challenges in the world’s top auto market.

The recall, which will start from Feb. 25, is linked to issues with materials used for brake lines that could affect braking distances, China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said on its website.

The watchdog said Changan Ford, Ford’s passenger car joint venture with Chongqing Changan Automobile Co, would recall 371,371 Mondeo models and 195,796 Edge SUVs.

Ford confirmed in a statement the recall was to “correct a concern related to brake hoses on certain Edge and New Mondeo vehicles”.

The recall work would be conducted free of charge for customers and should take around two hours, the carmaker said.

The recall follows the sudden resignation of Ford’s China chief, Jason Luo, this week after only five months at the helm, a departure that throws a spanner in the automaker’s attempts to turn around a sales slump in the market.

Its China sales slid 6 percent last year versus a 3 percent rise for the market overall. Luo was meant to help Ford improve ties with local partners like Changan Automobile.

Toyota, which announced a 24.5 percent jump in its January China sales on Friday, will also recall 181,797 vehicles, the quality watchdog said in a separate statement.

Reporting by Beijing desk and Adam Jourdan

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Ford issues service repair to fix blown Focus RS head gaskets

Ford is owning up to issues involving faulty head gaskets in the 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline four-cylinder engines found in 2016 and 2017 Focus RS models and is offering to replace them free of charge.

Complaints about the issue have raged for almost a year on a Focus RS online forum and for months on Reddit. In letters that the automaker plans to send to owners this week, Ford is offering to pressure-test Focus RS cooling systems and inspect the combustion chamber for coolant at dealers free of charge. They’ll replace the cylinder head gasket and, if necessary, the cylinder head assembly.

The customer satisfaction program affects 2016 and 2017 model-year Focus RS hatchbacks built from Aug. 3, 2015, through July 6, 2017, and includes title branded and salvaged vehicles. Affected vehicles may show noticeable white smoke from the exhaust or low coolant levels without signs of external leaks.

“Ford Motor Company can deny coverage for any vehicle damage that may result from the failure to have this service action performed on a timely basis. Therefore, please have this service action performed as soon as possible,” Ford wrote in the bulletin to owners.

The offer, which is free of charge to vehicle owners, runs through Jan. 31, 2019, regardless of the vehicle’s mileage. Ford is also offering to pay the cost of up to four days for rental vehicles for owners who need them while their car is in the shop. Ford estimates it will take less than two days to make the repairs on each vehicle.

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Ford issues service recall to fix blown Focus RS head gaskets

Ford is owning up to issues involving faulty head gaskets in the 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline four-cylinder engines found in 2016 and 2017 Focus RS models and is offering to replace them free of charge.

Complaints about the issue have raged for almost a year on a Focus RS online forum and for months on Reddit. In letters that the automaker plans to send to owners this week, Ford is offering to pressure-test Focus RS cooling systems and inspect the combustion chamber for coolant at dealers free of charge. They’ll replace the cylinder head gasket and, if necessary, the cylinder head assembly.

The customer satisfaction program affects 2016 and 2017 model-year Focus RS hatchbacks built from Aug. 3, 2015, through July 6, 2017, and includes title branded and salvaged vehicles. Affected vehicles may show noticeable white smoke from the exhaust or low coolant levels without signs of external leaks.

“Ford Motor Company can deny coverage for any vehicle damage that may result from the failure to have this service action performed on a timely basis. Therefore, please have this service action performed as soon as possible,” Ford wrote in the bulletin to owners.

The offer, which is free of charge to vehicle owners, runs through Jan. 31, 2019, regardless of the vehicle’s mileage. Ford is also offering to pay the cost of up to four days for rental vehicles for owners who need them while their car is in the shop. Ford estimates it will take less than two days to make the repairs on each vehicle.

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Aston Martin recalling all DB11s over Daimler steering column

Aston Martin has become the latest carmaker to be caught up in a major recall of faulty Daimler steering-column components that can cause unintended airbag deployments.

The British sports car maker is recalling all 3,873 DB11 coupes built since late 2015, when production of the flagship model began, Aston Martin spokesman Kevin Watters confirmed. He said repairs would be carried out to “address an issue with the DB11 steering column upper.”

Daimler last year recalled more than 1 million Mercedes-Benz cars fitted with steering-column parts also supplied to Aston and Nissan. The Japanese carmaker’s Infiniti brand recalled 17,500 affected vehicles.

The issue is unrelated to a global recall of faulty Takata airbag inflators that have been blamed for 20 deaths.

Inadequate grounding in the Daimler units leaves their circuitry vulnerable to electrostatic charges that can trigger unintended airbag deployments, according to earlier warnings.

Mercedes reported “a handful of instances where drivers suffered minor abrasions or bruises” as a result of the problem. No Aston Martin customers have reported any such incidents to date, the company said, adding the necessary repair work would be carried out free of charge in less than two hours.

Reporting by Laurence Frost

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Chrysler recalls 162,000 Pacifica minivans over stalling fears

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Friday it was recalling more than 162,000 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivans because a software glitch may cause the vehicles to stall.

The Italian-American automaker said one accident had potentially been linked to the defect. Under a rare set of conditions, a vehicle’s engine control module may incorrectly assess the engine’s operating status and cause it to stall, Fiat Chrysler said.

Dealers will update the engine control software, the company said, adding that most incidents associated with the glitch took place at low speeds or when the vehicles were starting up.

The Center for Auto Safety, a consumer advocacy group, petitioned the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in November to investigate the issue after it said at least 50 owners had reported stalling in new Pacifica minivans. The agency asked Fiat Chrysler to answer questions about the stalling last month.

Fiat Chrysler said it had begun investigating the issue before the petition was filed.

The recall includes nearly 154,000 vehicles in the United States and more than 8,000 others around the world, but the company did not immediately say when the new software would be available.

Hybrid gas-electric versions of the minivans are not included in the recall. (Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Tom Brown)

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Ford urges 2,900 pickup owners to stop driving after new Takata death

WASHINGTON – Ford Motor Co said on Thursday it had confirmed a second death in an older pickup truck caused by a defective airbag inflator of Takata Corp and urged 2,900 owners in North America to stop driving immediately until they can get replacement parts.

The second largest U.S. automaker said it confirmed in late December that a July 2017 crash death in West Virginia in a 2006 Ford Ranger was caused by a defective Takata inflator. It previously reported a similar death in South Carolina that occurred in December 2015.

Ford said both Takata deaths occurred with inflators built on the same day installed in 2006 Ranger pickups. At least 21 deaths worldwide are linked to the Takata inflators that can rupture and send deadly metal fragments into the driver’s body. The faulty inflators have led to the largest automotive recall in history. The other 19 deaths have occurred in Honda Motor Co vehicles, most of which were in the United States.

Ford issued a new recall for automobiles that had been previously recalled in 2016. Of those 391,000 2004-2006 Ranger vehicles, the new recall announced on Thursday affects 2,900 vehicles. These include 2,700 in the United States and nearly 200 in Canada. The new recall will allow for identification of the 2,900 owners in the highest risk pool.

A Mazda Motor Corp spokeswoman said Thursday the company would conduct a similar recall and stop drive warning for some 2006 Mazda B-Series trucks, which were built by Ford and are similar to the Ranger.

Japanese auto supplier Takata plans to sell its viable operations to Key Safety Systems, an affiliate of China’s Ningo Joyson Electric Corp, for $1.6 billion. Takata did not immediately comment Thursday on the Ford action.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged owners to heed Ford’s warning. “It is extremely important that all high-risk air bags are tracked down and replaced immediately,” NHTSA spokeswoman Karen Aldana said.

Ford said it would pay to have vehicles towed to dealerships or send mobile repair teams to owners’ homes and provide free loaners if needed.

Takata said in June that it has recalled, or expected to recall, about 125 million vehicles worldwide by 2019, including more than 60 million in the United States. Some 19 automakers worldwide are impacted.

Takata inflators can explode with excessive force, unleashing metal shrapnel inside cars and trucks and have injured more than 200. The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June.

In 2017, prosecutors in Detroit charged three former senior Takata executives with falsifying test results to conceal the inflator defect. None have come to the United States to face charges.

Last year, Takata pleaded guilty to wire fraud and were subject to pay a total of $1 billion in criminal penalties in a U.S. court in connection with the recalls.

Automakers have struggled to get enough replacement parts for the massive recalls. A November NHTSA report said about two-thirds of U.S. vehicles recalled have not yet been repaired.

Senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat, said in a statement on Thursday the latest death is evidence of “the very definition of a failed recall” pointing to the earlier Ford death in 2015. NHTSA must do more, he said, to make the recall a priority.

In November, NHTSA rejected a petition from Ford to delay recalling 3 million vehicles with potentially defective airbag inflators to conduct additional testing.

In June 2016, NHTSA warned airbag inflators on more than 300,000 unrepaired recalled 2001-2003 model year Honda vehicles showed a substantial risk of rupturing, and urged owners to stop driving them until getting them fixed. NHTSA said they have as high as a 50 percent chance of a rupture in a crash.

Reporting by David Shepardson.

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NHTSA considers adding 1.4 million vehicles to Ford transmission recall

Federal regulators are investigating whether Ford Motor Co. should widen a recall of automatic transmissions to include 1.4 million additional vehicles after continuing to receive complaints from owners, including some who say the recall repair didn’t work.

Ford issued a recall of 153,000 vehicles in 2016 because their automatic transmissions could unexpectedly shift into first gear and cause drivers to lose control. It involved certain F-150 pickups, Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs, and Mustangs from the 2011 and 2012 model years.

The Associated Press reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now looking into whether Ford should have included as many as 1.4 million F-150s, Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators from the 2011, 2012 and 2013 model years.

Ford says it’s cooperating with the investigation.

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1.8 million Ram trucks recalled to fix shifter problem

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.8 million mostly heavy-duty Ram pickups to fix a part that could allow the truck to shift out of park and roll without depressing the brake pedal, a problem the automaker knows to be potentially related to seven injuries and a “small number” of accidents.

The company says tests revealed that the interlock, which is supposed to keep the transmission from shifting out of park without the driver’s foot on the brake and without a key in the ignition, may malfunction if subjected to high temperatures for long periods. The recall is limited to vehicles equipped with shifters mounted on the steering columns; those with rotary-dial shifters or floor-mounted shifters aren’t affected, and model-year 2017 trucks built after Dec. 31, 2016, are excluded.

Trucks covered by the recall are certain 2010-2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups; 2011-2017 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs; and 2016 and 2017 Ram 3500 chassis cabs of less than 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight. Certain 2009 through 2017 Ram 1500 pickups are also included in the recall. Most of the affected trucks are in the U.S., with the rest in Canada and Mexico, plus about 15,000 outside of the North American Free Trade zone.

FCA recommends that customers always use parking brakes and not leave children unattended in parked cars.

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More than a half-million Hyundai, Kia compacts recalled for brake light problem

Hyundai and Kia will recall more than a half-million compact cars in the U.S. starting next year because of a brake-light problem. The recall covers more than 390,000 Hyundai Elantras from the 2013 and 2014 model years, and more than 134,000 Kia Forte cars from 2012 through 2014.

The Associated Press, citing documents the companies filed with the federal government, reports that a polymer stopper pad between the brake pedal arm and the light switch can deteriorate and keep the brake lights on when the brakes aren’t actually engaged. The problem also means a driver can shift out of park without stepping on the brake pedal. Neither automaker reported any crashes or injuries stemming from the issue.

Dealers will replace the stopped pads starting Jan. 30 for Kia and Feb. 8 for Hyundai.

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Bugatti will send ‘Flying Doctors’ as part of Chiron recall

Normally, the owner of an automobile gets a letter in the mail when they need to be informed of a recall. But ‘normal’ isn’t nearly good enough for Bugatti owners. When the Chiron is recalled, the owner gets a house call from a so-called ‘Flying Doctor’ who will, in this case, inspect all 47 Chirons sold worldwide for what could be improperly welded seat brackets. If necessary, according to Bloomberg, the car will be loaded onto a truck and transported to the nearest Bugatti service center where the entire seat assembly will be replaced free of charge.

Now that’s what we call service.

If we’re honest, anyone spending upwards of $3 million for a Chiron should quite rightly expect a different level of service from someone spending $30,000 on a Volkswagen. But what makes the entire situation even more offbeat is that Bugatti estimates only one percent of all Chiron models will need to be fixed. If you do the math, one percent of 47 total vehicles means less than half of one car is expected to be improperly welded. At least Bugatti is being thorough, right?

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Ford recalls 200,000 2016 F-150s and Explorers

Ford has announced a recall for just over 200,000 2016 F-150s and Explorers built between January and April of that year, with just over 177,000 of those vehicles being sold in the U.S. The recall involves a bolt in front power-adjustable seats. The bolt is in the front adjuster system and could come loose allowing the cushion to shift during a crash. This could cause the seat’s occupant to change position and not be adequately restrained, leading to an injury.

Owners with affected vehicles should bring them to a Ford dealer where the bolt will be inspected to determine if it’s fine for long-term use. The bolt will also be removed to have new threadlock applied, and then reinstalled with the proper torque. This is the case whether or not the bolt is fine for long-term use, but if the bolt isn’t, it will only be reinstalled as a temporary fix while Ford prepares a final fix with additional replacement parts.

The repairs will not cost the owners anything. Ford also has not had any reports of injuries related to this issue.

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Honda recalls 800,000 Odyssey minivans, issues stop-sale

Honda has issued a recall for just under 807,000 Honda Odysseys from the 2011 to 2017 model years, as well as a stop-sale on Odysseys from those model years. The reason is that the second-row outboard seats, which can be positioned closer together or farther apart, might not properly latch when being installed in one of the positions. According to Honda and the NHTSA, this could lead to the seat tilting forward under braking, putting the occupant at risk of an injury. According to official NHTSA documentation, there have been 46 minor injuries related to this seat problem.

The company currently doesn’t have a fix for the issue, but it says it’s working on one. In the meantime, Honda will be making available to owners additional information on ensuring the seats are properly installed. Honda is also notifying owners via mail of the issue.

This isn’t the first time Honda has had issues with the second-row seats in the Odyssey. Last year, Honda issued a major recall and stop-sale on the Odyssey for a different latching issue. In that case, the latch mechanism that allowed the seats to move forward for easier third-row entry didn’t always secure the seats after they were moved back. This increased the risk of injury in a crash, though no injuries were reported related to the issue.

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All BMW i3 EVs ever sold in U.S. are recalled over crash test results

BMW is issuing a voluntary recall for all i3 EVs sold in the U.S., both all-electric and range-extended, after results from a NHTSA crash test, Inside EVs reports. The German automaker is also issuing a stop-sale until it can come up with a fix.

According to documents provided to BMW dealers, the recall affects i3s sold in the U.S. from model years 2014 through 2018 (that’s all of them), a total of about 30,542 units. The test it failed is a front rigid barrier crash, specifically with a 5-foot-tall, 110-pound female in the driver’s seat who is not wearing a seat belt. Such a situation produces a “marginally” higher risk of neck injury according to NHTSA tests.

Owners will receive a letter in January advising them of the recall. The automaker says customers can continue driving their i3 EVs in the meantime, and are confident of the car’s safety when the driver wears a seat belt. In all, the recall doesn’t seem like such a big deal except that it affects an entire nameplate.

“While BMW’s compliance testing showed results well below the required limits, more recent testing has shown inconsistent results,” BMW said in a statement. “Consequently, BMW has issued a recall and is working with the agency to understand the differences in the test results. A remedy is forthcoming.”

But, yeah, wear your seat belt.

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PSA: Toyota wants to save your life, needs an hour of your time

Toyota wrote Autoblog to ask if we could spread the word about the Takata airbag inflator recall. Defective inflators remain installed in tens of millions of cars made by 19 carmakers, with manufacture dates that go back to the year 2000. Each inflator compounds the risk of serious injury or death in an airbag-activating crash. With a new ad campaign called “in about an hour,” Toyota wants to make sure that unaware owners, or overly busy owners, know they can get their Toyota, Lexus, and Scion vehicles repaired free of charge in about the time it takes to do a load of laundry.

The campaign focuses on cities in three so-called Zone A states where hot, humid climates worsen the threat of the ruptured inflators: Los Angeles, Dallas, and Miami. However, every owner everywhere who cares about his life, or his child’s life, should at least check to see if his car is affected. All it takes is a quick VIN entry at the dedicated recall site at Toyota.com/Recall. The results will let you know if your car is affected and, if so, locate a local dealer for the free fix.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said the Takata affair has become “the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history.” The numbers so far suggest the recall covers more than 42 million vehicles and more than 60 million airbags. Autoweek keeps an updated list of Takata information, including every make and model on the recall list. Consumer Reports published a list of frequently asked questions covering issues directly related and tangential to the recall. The 19 automakers maintain pages dedicated to the issue; Fiat Chrysler lists every relevant model and how it prioritizes repairs by Zone, Honda says it offers a free rental car while owner cars are repaired, Daimler vans says its fix only takes about an hour. And of course NHTSA serves all owners with its own VIN lookup site. We encourage you to check your vehicle — the life you save could be your own.

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BMW recalling 1 million vehicles in North America

WASHINGTON, Nov 3 (Reuters) – BMW AG said on Friday it is recalling about 1 million vehicles in North America for two separate issues involving fire risks and said it may expand the recalls to other countries.

One recall covers 670,000 2006-2011 U.S. 3-Series vehicles to address a wiring issue for heating and air conditioning systems that may overheat and could increase the risk of a fire.

The second recall covers 740,000 U.S. 2007-2011 vehicles with a valve heater that could rust and lead to a fire in rare cases. The recall includes some 128i vehicles, 3-Series, 5-Series and X3, X5 and Z4 vehicles.

BMW spokesman Michael Rebstock said the recalls overlap and cover about 1 million vehicles, nearly all in the United States and about 15,000 in Canada. He said the recalls may be expanded.

“We are examining whether it will be necessary in the future to widen this (recall) into other countries,” he said.

BMW said both recalls followed recent meetings with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

In the heating and air conditioning recall, BMW told NHTSA it first got a report of an incident in 2008 involving heat- related damage to a 2006 3-Series sedan, but did not determine a root cause. The automaker continued to monitor additional field incidents in the following years.

In 2011, BMW made a quality improvement to the blower-regulator wiring harness. No injuries were reported between 2007 and 2014, but in 2015, BMW was made aware of three incidents in which there were allegations of injuries. In early September, BMW learned of another incident involving a 2011 BMW 3 Series vehicle.

Dealers will replace a wiring harness if necessary and potentially additional parts.

In the valve heater issue recall, BMW first received a report in 2009 of an incident in a 2007 X5 involving heat-related damage to the engine compartment, the company told NHTSA. It received other reports and continued to review the issue and inspect returned parts, but had no reports of injuries or crashes related to the issue. Dealers will replace the valve heater.

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Massive Kidde fire extinguisher recall affects some automotive versions

Nov 2 (Reuters) – United Technologies Corp’s Kidde unit is recalling more than 40 million fire extinguishers mainly in the United States, a U.S. consumer safety agency said on Thursday, following reports that they failed to work and caused one death in 2014. You can view the recalled model identification guide right here.

Kidde, a safety products maker, will recall 37.8 million fire extinguishers in the United States and 2.7 million in Canada, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said.

The fire extinguishers could become clogged or need excessive force to discharge, and as a result, can fail to activate during an emergency, the CPSC said.

There have been 391 reports of failed or limited activation of the fire extinguishers, including 16 injuries and the death from 2014, that was the result of a car crash, the agency added.

The recall includes 134 models of Kidde plastic handle fire extinguishers made between 1973 and August 2017, including models that were previously recalled in 2009 and 2015.

Eight models of Kidde’s push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers made between 1995 and September 2017 are also being recalled. (Reporting by Pranav Kiran in Bengaluru; Editing by Sai Sachin Ravikumar)

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Subaru, like Nissan, admits improper checks on Japan cars, expects recalls

TOKYO — Subaru on Friday said it had failed to follow proper inspection procedures for vehicles for the domestic market, an issue likely to result in a product recall and adding to a list of compliance problems at Japanese companies.

The automaker said for more than 30 years, final inspections of new vehicles at its main Gunma complex north of Tokyo were sometimes conducted by inspectors who were not listed as certified technicians, violating transport ministry requirements.

The automaker said it was therefore considering recalling about 255,000 vehicles including its Legacy, Forester and Impreza models produced at the complex and sold at home, at a cost of around 5 billion yen ($43.86 million).

Chief Executive Officer Yasuyuki Yoshinaga at a news conference said inspectors in training for certification to sign off final checks had been approving the checks under the names of their trainers, a process the automaker followed for over 30 years without realizing it did not meet ministry requirements.

“The final inspection process is very important and we acknowledge that we did not meet requirements,” Yoshinaga said. “It’s always been my goal to make this company good. This issue shows that we’re not there yet.”

Subaru said it would report details of an internal investigation to the ministry on Monday, and that it needed to better communicate requirements to workers.

“It’s always been my goal to make this company good. This issue shows that we’re not there yet.”

The revelation followed a similar oversight at Nissan, while Kobe Steel has been grappling with a data fabrication scandal, tarnishing Japan’s reputation for quality control.

Yoshinaga said the issue was discovered during an internal inspection ordered by the ministry after Nissan late last month revealed similar violations on inspections governing vehicles sold in Japan at its domestic factories.

The ministry requires certified technicians to sign off on paperwork for final inspections for vehicles produced in Japan for the domestic market.

The extra step does not affect product quality and is not needed for vehicles exported overseas.

Toyota, Honda and other Japanese automakers on Friday said they have reported to the ministry that they found no issues with their respective inspections.

Subaru shares closed down 2.6 percent on Friday after falling more than 3 percent following media reports of the improper inspections. The broader market rose 1.2 percent.

Yoshinaga said while the issue was unlikely to affect sales overseas, including the United States, its biggest market, he was “very concerned” about the impact the issue would have on brand image.

“I’m ashamed that our company has played a role in shaking public trust in Japan’s manufacturing culture,” he said.

Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu and Maki Shiraki

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Ford Fusion steering wheels could detach, NHTSA says

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it is opening a preliminary investigation into 841,000 Ford Motor cars over concerns steering wheels could detach while driving.

The auto safety agency said it is investigating 2014-2016 model Ford Fusion cars after three reports of steering wheel bolts becoming loose, including one report of a steering wheel completely detaching while a driver attempted to turn into a gas station. Ford did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reporting by David Shepardson

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GM to settle state ignition claims for $120 million

WASHINGTON(Reuters) – General Motors has agreed to pay $120 million to resolve claims from 49 U.S. states and the District of Columbia over faulty ignition switches, state attorneys general and the company said on Thursday.

The largest U.S. automaker had previously paid about $2.5 billion in penalties and settlements over faulty ignition switches that could cause engines to stall and prevent airbags from deploying in crashes. The defect has been linked to 124 deaths and 275 injuries, and prompted a recall that began in February 2014 of 2.6 million vehicles.

GM spokesman David Caldwell said the Detroit automaker had reached a settlement with states over the more than 3-year-old consumer protection investigations.

“GM will continue ongoing improvements it’s made to ensure the safety of its vehicles,” Caldwell said. These include retaining a new organizational structure devoted to global vehicle safety and a program that encourages employees to speak up about possible safety issues.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement GM had “turned a blind eye for years and chose to conceal the safety defects associated with several models of their vehicles.”

Under the settlement, GM dealers must not sell certified pre-owned vehicles with uncompleted recalls, and is required to have a team to “improve and enhance recall awareness to car owners with open recalls.”

Some states said they would use settlement funds to investigate and prosecute future deceptive practices.

In 2015, GM paid $900 million to settle a U.S. Justice Department criminal investigation and agreed to three years of oversight by an independent monitor after being charged with wire fraud.

GM shares closed up 0.5 percent at $45.35.

No individuals were charged, but Chief Executive Mary Barra fired 15 people, including eight executives, over the issue. Barra said last week the ignition recall was “a moment in time where the company committed deeply to safety.”

The states said GM knew as early as 2004 that the ignition switch posed a safety defect because it could cause airbag non-deployment, but company officials decided it was not a safety concern and delayed recalls.

The issue prompted an industrywide jump in recalls in 2014 to an all-time high and cast a spotlight on GM’s safety record as Barra testified before the U.S. Congress.

The company still faces some lawsuits in connection with the ignition switch recall, including economic loss claims.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Richard Chang)

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