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  • Insult to Injury

    As Tesla races to revolutionize the automobile industry and build a more sustainable future, it has left its factory workers in the past, still painfully vulnerable to the dangers of manufacturing. Our reporting shows that Tesla prioritized speed over safety, ignored its own safety experts and denied proper medical care to injured workers. And in order to make its safety record look better than it really is, Tesla has kept injuries off the books. Our radio segments take listeners into the factory and behind the scenes, as whistleblowers tell their secrets and workers show the toll on their lives.
  • Exploding Gas Tank Cover-Up

    CBS News exposes a secret deal between government agencies and the auto industry to deal with a gas tank issue that put the drivers of certain popular vehicles at risk and was responsible for the deaths of children.
  • Fatal Flaws

    The New York Times exposed serious safety failings by the automakers General Motors and Honda, the supplier Takata and the nation’s top auto regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Its findings led to the recall of a record 60 million vehicles, the equivalent of one in five, and to a makeover of the entire auto industry under stricter standards to ensure safer vehicles on the road.
  • Costly Verdict: Why One Jury Dealt A Big Blow to Chrysler in Minivan-Latch Case

    The Journal reports on the threat of high-profile safety litigation looming over the auto industry. The story focuses on deaths caused by defects in Chrysler minivans, and the subsequent lawsuits.
  • Supercar: The tanking of an American dream

    The Chicago Tribune series details "the failure of the nation's historic Supercar project, the multibillion-dollar effort by the U.S. government and the Big Three automakers to build a family-size 80-mile-per-gallon car." Nine years later, the project was dead--"the victim of bureaucratic turf wars, a hostile auto industry and self-serving politicians, the car that was supposed to change everything now stands as a sobering reminder of the forces arrayed against greater fuel efficiency and a cleaner environment."
  • High and Mighty SUVs: The World's Most Dangerous Vehicles and How They Got That Way

    According to the contest questionnaire, "SUVs have taken over America's roads. Ad campaigns promote the vehicles as safer and "greener" than ordinary cars and easier to handle in bad weather. However, in actuality, the gas-guzzling SUVs poorly protect occupants during crashes and inflict horrific damage to other cars." PublicAffairsreports on the safety and the environmental record of SUVs--including the Ford-Firestone rollover controversy.
  • Russian mob

    KIRO Team 7 investigates how Russian organized crime has taken control of Washington's salvaged auto industry. Russian criminals are flooding the city's used-car market with poorly rebuilt, dangerous vehicles, and are duping consumers out of millions dollars of year, the story reveals. Reporters went undercover to document the criminal structure.
  • Rollover

    Dateline investigated "one of this year's most controversial auto safety issues, revealing vital new information about the risk of deadly rollover accidents in sport utility vehicles. By researching historical records and personal accounts of auto industry insiders, Dateline documented that auto experts had serious concerns decades ago about the high risk of SUV rollovers."
  • Chemical Reaction

    "Chemical Reaction" uncovers a silent killer in the auto industry - metal working fluids. Metal working fluids have been used by the auto industry for years to lubricate pieces of metal. WXYZ finds that those chemicals are causing serious health problems (scarring of the lungs & industrial asthma) in workers across the U.S. and Canada. The investigation exposed how General Motors covered up the results of a million dollar study into the danger of metal working fluids.
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    "Company Spies" revealed a clandestine CIA program to help the American auto industry by spying on Japanese car manufacturers and passing the intelligence on to their U.S. competitors. Key technologies being investigated include the search for a chemical catalyst that will minimize nitrous-oxide emissions in lean-burn engines, ceramic engine technology, and batteries with significantly increased storage capacity.