Sonari Glinton http://apr.org en Lawmakers Call For GM's Top Lawyer To Step Down http://apr.org/post/lawmakers-call-gms-top-lawyer-step-down Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>At a Senate hearing today, there were calls for General Motors top lawyer to step down. Recent media reports have made clear that company lawyers knew faulty ignition switches were causing fatal accidents. Despite that GM blocked internal efforts to issue a recall and they kept information from federal safety regulators. The ignition defect is responsible for at least 13 deaths and will cost GM billions of dollars. NPR's Sonari Glinton has the latest.<p>SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: Congressional hearings have a sort of rhythm. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 55973 at http://apr.org Record Recalls May Not Necessarily Hurt Auto Industry http://apr.org/post/record-recalls-may-not-necessarily-hurt-auto-industry Automakers recalled 37.5 million vehicles in the first six months of 2014. That's more cars and trucks recalled than in any prior year. GM led the way but other companies also picked up the pace. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:18:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 55393 at http://apr.org It's The Year Of The Recall, And It Finds GM Busy http://apr.org/post/its-year-recall-and-it-finds-gm-busy Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News it's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. It's the year of recalls in the auto industry, especially for General Motors. This week GM announced another slew of them, bringing its total to 54 recalls this year. Other automakers are also recalling more vehicles, but it's at GM where the pace is so fast, that it's hard to keep track. But NPR's Sonari Glinton is keeping track and he now joins us to talk about how the company is handling all of these recalls. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:34:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 55013 at http://apr.org In GM's Payout Plan, End Of The Road Is A Long Way Off http://apr.org/post/gms-payout-plan-end-road-long-way Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Today, General Motors expanded its recall of vehicles with bad ignition switches, bringing the total of the year to more than 28 million cars. Meanwhile, there is now a plan to compensate victims of crashes involving the defective switches, which have been linked to at least 13 deaths. That program is being administered by Kenneth Feinberg, who also oversaw the 9/11 victims' fund. The payouts involving fatalities begin at $1 million. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 54876 at http://apr.org Advertisers Come Out Of The Closet, Openly Courting Gay Consumers http://apr.org/post/advertisers-come-out-closet-openly-courting-gay-consumers <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ks-SgE_waSo</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSjDX9e2EOE</p> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 54813 at http://apr.org Advertisers Come Out Of The Closet, Openly Courting Gay Consumers To Get Their Cars In Films, Automakers Turn To A Movie Motor Wrangler http://apr.org/post/get-their-cars-films-automakers-turn-movie-motor-wrangler Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>It's summer car buying season and movie blockbuster season. And here's where these two things merge. "Transformers Age Of Extinction" premieres this week. It's an example of how automakers use movies to market cars. Once upon a time, say, when Mustang convertibles ruled the road, car companies didn't have to do that. Here's NPR's Sonari Glinton.<p>SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: For this story, we're going to meet Randy Peters. I want to give you an idea of what this dude is like. He's a black belt, a stunt man. He flies planes and helicopters. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 54661 at http://apr.org As Carmakers Recall Vehicles, Dealers Might Make A Profit http://apr.org/post/carmakers-recall-vehicles-dealers-might-make-profit The auto industry is cruising toward a record number of safety recalls: GM has recalled 20 million vehicles in the first six months of this year, and most carmakers have lowered the bar for the kind of problems that'll have them sending you back to your local dealers.<p>But while that sounds like bad news, it turns out that recalls can have an upside — at least for car dealers.<p>Michelle Krebs, a senior analyst at AutoTrader.com, explains that dealerships can actually make money when carmakers discover defects. The reason? Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:37:05 +0000 Sonari Glinton 54381 at http://apr.org As Carmakers Recall Vehicles, Dealers Might Make A Profit GM Chief Makes A Return Trip To The Hill, Where A Grilling Awaits http://apr.org/post/gm-chief-makes-return-trip-hill-where-grilling-awaits General Motors CEO Mary Barra faced another grueling hearing on Capitol Hill, two weeks after a critical internal report blasted the company's handling of defective ignition switches as incompetent. GM has recalled 20 million vehicles already this year and has set aside $700 million to cover repairs related to the recall. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 54137 at http://apr.org Cars Shed Pounds In Race To Meet Fuel-Efficiency Goals http://apr.org/post/cars-shed-pounds-race-meet-fuel-efficiency-goals The car industry is required to raise the average fuel efficiency of its vehicles to 54.5 miles a gallon by 2025. But consumers have been reluctant to adopt hybrid technology that'll get the industry there quicker.<p>That means the car companies have to find other ways to get fuel savings.<p>If you were to guess, how important would you say fuel economy is to the car business? Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:25:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 53639 at http://apr.org Cars Shed Pounds In Race To Meet Fuel-Efficiency Goals Internal Probe Decries GM's 'Incompetence And Neglect' http://apr.org/post/internal-probe-decries-gms-incompetence-and-neglect Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish. A blistering report was released today about why General Motors failed to recall millions of vehicles with a defective part - a faulty ignition switch that has been linked to at least 13 deaths. The report, prepared by a former U.S. attorney, details a pattern of incompetence and misconduct that reached the executive floors at the auto company. In response, GM has dismissed 15 employees and is creating a victims' compensation fund. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 53338 at http://apr.org Google's Attempt To Make A Self-Driving Car: Big Idea Or Bad Idea? http://apr.org/post/googles-attempt-make-self-driving-car-big-idea-or-bad-idea Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Google is getting into the car business - the self-driving car business, that is. Google is throwing away the steering wheel in the pedals, building prototypes of a cozy two-seater designed for city driving.<p>But before the company can deliver a car that will transport city-dwellers, it has to overcome technological and legal hurdles. Wed, 28 May 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 52832 at http://apr.org For Automakers, Internet-Connected Cars Are A Balancing Act http://apr.org/post/automakers-internet-connected-cars-are-balancing-act The Internet is coming to your car. Later this year, General Motors will put Internet connectivity directly into its vehicles. It's the largest auto company to do so.<p>Of course, safety advocates have some concerns about more distractions for drivers.<p>The promise of technology is always the same one — that it's going to make our life easier. But anyone who's tried to make a hands-free call in the car knows that's not always true. Wed, 21 May 2014 22:11:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 52426 at http://apr.org For Automakers, Internet-Connected Cars Are A Balancing Act Feds Slap GM With $35 Million Penalty For Safety Law Violations http://apr.org/post/feds-slap-gm-35-million-penalty-safety-law-violations Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>The federal government is hitting General Motors with its maximum fine for delays in an auto recall, $35 million. Fri, 16 May 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 52098 at http://apr.org Bank Of America Agrees To Refunds And Fines In Credit Card Case http://apr.org/post/bank-america-agrees-refunds-and-fines-credit-card-case Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Not so good news for another bank. Bank of America, which is on the hook for nearly $800 million in fines and refunds. That's to settle allegations from credit card holders, of deceptive marketing and unfair billing. Regulators say nearly three million credit card holders were affected. The settlement is a major victory for a young federal agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.<p>NPR's Sonari Glinton reports.<p>SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: Seventy hundred and seventy two million dollars. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:44:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 49922 at http://apr.org Toyota Pulls Over 6 Million Vehicles Worldwide http://apr.org/post/toyota-pulls-over-6-million-vehicles-worldwide Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Another major auto recall today, this time it's Toyota. The Japanese auto giant is recalling 6.4 million vehicles worldwide for a variety of defects, including problems with seat rails and airbags. No injuries have been reported. NPR's Sonari Glinton reports this particular recall is not happening in a vacuum.<p>SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: Less than a month ago, Toyota was hit with a $1.2 billion fine for the way it handled a recall mess from several years ago. Right now, General Motors has been embroiled in a scandal for how it handled a decade-old problem. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 49894 at http://apr.org