Sonari Glinton http://nhpr.org en Lawmakers Call For GM's Top Lawyer To Step Down http://nhpr.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 52132 at http://nhpr.org Record Recalls May Not Necessarily Hurt Auto Industry http://nhpr.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 51570 at http://nhpr.org As Carmakers Recall Vehicles, Dealers Might Make A Profit http://nhpr.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 08:08:55 +0000 Sonari Glinton 50657 at http://nhpr.org As Carmakers Recall Vehicles, Dealers Might Make A Profit Cars Shed Pounds In Race To Meet Fuel-Efficiency Goals http://nhpr.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 21:43:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 50013 at http://nhpr.org Cars Shed Pounds In Race To Meet Fuel-Efficiency Goals Google's Attempt To Make A Self-Driving Car: Big Idea Or Bad Idea? http://nhpr.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 20:39:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 49335 at http://nhpr.org For Automakers, Internet-Connected Cars Are A Balancing Act http://nhpr.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 22:04:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 48927 at http://nhpr.org For Automakers, Internet-Connected Cars Are A Balancing Act What's The Secret To Minnesota's Success On Jobs? http://nhpr.org/post/whats-secret-minnesotas-success-jobs Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Some states have had an easier time than others climbing out of the jobs hole. One of them is Minnesota. Its unemployment rate is 4.8 percent, well below the national average. NPR's Sonari Glinton went to Minnesota to find out why.<p>SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: One of the places that's seen growth in Minnesota is St. Cloud. Now, it's about 65 miles northwest of downtown Minneapolis. That's where I met up with Brian Schoenborn. Fri, 02 May 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 47814 at http://nhpr.org Bank Of America Agrees To Refunds And Fines In Credit Card Case http://nhpr.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 46510 at http://nhpr.org GM CEO Pressed On Handling Of Ignition Switch Defect http://nhpr.org/post/gm-ceo-pressed-handling-ignition-switch-defect Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>There was only one thing the new head of General Motors could really say about its recall of defective vehicles. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:17:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 46039 at http://nhpr.org The Long Road To GM's Ignition Switch Recall http://nhpr.org/post/long-road-gms-ignition-switch-recall The new head of General Motors, Mary Barra, goes to Capitol Hill Tuesday to begin two days of testimony.<p>It's the first time she'll be questioned about a safety defect that's been linked to at least 13 deaths and has sparked a 2.6 million-vehicle recall.<p>At issue for the Detroit CEO is a classic question: What did GM know about the problems with ignition switch problems in its cars, and when did the company know it?<p>And just as important for GM and government regulators is the follow-up question: Why did no one act sooner?<p>In the recent history of General Motors, there's one car that s Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:55:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 45947 at http://nhpr.org The Long Road To GM's Ignition Switch Recall As Carmakers Turn Up The Recalls, Consumers Tune Out http://nhpr.org/post/carmakers-turn-recalls-consumers-tune-out In the past week, Volkswagen recalled 150,000 Passats because of potential hood problems that could damage the headlights, and Honda recalled 900,000 Odyssey vans because of a potential fire hazard.<p>Those moves follow the recent General Motors recall of 1.6 million vehicles over a faulty ignition switch, which has been linked to 12 deaths. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 45432 at http://nhpr.org As Carmakers Turn Up The Recalls, Consumers Tune Out Ignition Switch Recall Straddles Old And New GM http://nhpr.org/post/ignition-switch-recall-straddles-old-and-new-gm General Motors is at the center of several investigations involving last month's recall of 1.6 million vehicles with faulty ignition switches. The recall comes at a pivotal time for the company. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:03:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 45062 at http://nhpr.org Delayed Safety Recall May Haunt General Motors http://nhpr.org/post/delayed-safety-recall-may-haunt-general-motors Both houses of Congress are set to investigate, and the Justice Department is reportedly looking into why it took GM so long to inform the public. GM may have known about the problem for a decade. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:04:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 44923 at http://nhpr.org Delayed Safety Recall May Haunt GM As It Continues Its Makeover http://nhpr.org/post/delayed-safety-recall-may-haunt-gm-it-continues-its-makeover General Motors is coming under mounting criticism for its handling of a serious defect. Last month, the company recalled 1.6 million vehicles because of faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:39:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 44904 at http://nhpr.org Delayed Safety Recall May Haunt GM As It Continues Its Makeover What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power In Russia http://nhpr.org/post/what-pepsi-can-teach-us-about-soft-drink-power-russia The United States has threatened economic sanctions against Moscow, but America is light on financial leverage in Russia: The country represents less than 1 percent of U.S. trade, and few major U.S. companies have significant investments there.<p>But one company with a long history in Russia is Pepsi.<p>So how did the American soft drink giant get its foot in the door to build a major market in Russia?<p>This story of how Pepsi came to be sold widely in Russia could give us some insight into how the two counties do or don't do business with each other. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:50:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 44835 at http://nhpr.org What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power In Russia