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  • Hidden Dangers on America's Roads

    “Hidden Dangers on America’s Roads” is a compilation of CBS News investigations revealing lax government regulation and the unwillingness of automakers to address potentially fatal issues in transportation safety. Those issues include vehicle defects, outdated federal automotive safety standards and policies surrounding the medical qualifications, or lack thereof, of commercial interstate drivers. These stories exposed weaknesses that inspired members of Congress to push for an upgrade of federal motor vehicle safety standards, forced the National Highway Traffic Safety administration to launch programs to identify potential changes to standards and led to a recall of more than a million vehicles worldwide.
  • ABC News Investigation Uncovers Hundreds of New Vehicles Across the U.S. Sold with Open Safety Recalls

    In this hidden-camera investigation, ABC News went undercover and bought a brand new truck with an open safety recall. ABC News also found that hundreds of vehicles from various automakers were sold illegally with open recalls at more than 100 dealerships across the United States. The story was broadcast on Good Morning America, World News Tonight and Nightline as well as ABC News digital.We are entering both the Nightline and GMA versions of the story. http://abcnewsvod.com.edgesuite.net/abcnews/2016/01/150319_gma_benitez_test_2500.mp4 http://abcnewsvod.com.edgesuite.net/abcnews/2015/03/150320_ntl_car_1252_2500.mp4
  • 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.
  • Profiting from the Auto-Bailout

    September, 2012 the Obama campaign launched television ads blasting Romney’s November 2008 New York Times op-ed, “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.” In an article for The Nation Magazine, funded by The Nation Investigative Fund we discovered that Ann Romney, personally gained at least $15.3 million from the bailout—and a few of Romney’s most important Wall Street donors made more than $4 billion. Their gains, and the Romneys’, were astronomical—more than 3,000 percent on their investment. It all starts with Delphi Automotive, a former General Motors subsidiary whose auto parts remain essential to GM’s production lines. No bailout of GM—or Chrysler, for that matter—could have been successful without saving Delphi. So, in addition to making massive loans to automakers in 2009, the federal government sent, directly or indirectly, more than $12.9 billion to Delphi—and to the hedge funds that had gained control over it. One of the hedge funds profiting from that bailout— $1.28 billion at the time of publication — was Elliott Management, directed by Romney supporter, Paul Singer.
  • High Flying Perks

    As automakers took more financial hits in 2006 that led to layoffs and cost-cutting, company executives asserted that they too would cut down on their personal budgets. But WXYZ-TV found out that the executives did nothing to reduce their use of corporate jets and fuel in trips costing in the tens of thousands of dollars. The eight-month investigation uncovered situations like that of Ford CEO BIll Ford, Jr. He accepted a yearly salary of only a dollar, and used company planes for personal trips to the tune of $297,201 in a single year. Ford president Mark Fields is tasked with cutting costs in the company, yet used the planes on many weekends to take trips from Detroit to his mansion in Florida at a cost of between $50,000 and $70,000 each weekend.
  • Fuel Economy: Why You're Not Getting the MPG You Expect

    U.S. government fuel economy ratings data significantly mislead consumers about the miles-per-gallon they can realistically expect to get from specific new cars and trucks. This is due to flawed and outdated testing methodology, procedures and loopholes used by the EPA, the NHTSA, and automakers.
  • Danger overhead: Crushed roofs

    This investigation found that Detroit's Big Three automakers have fought costly upgrades to a 33-year-old roof strength standard despite the estimated 7,000 people killed each year in rollovers in which the roof was crushed. Automotive engineers are aware that strong roofs save lives, and the company's own European operations build and test stronger roofs, yet the Big Three continue to fight attempts to require stronger minimum standards in the United States.
  • Blinded By The Light

    This story deals with the problem of glare from blue high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlights on today's upscale cars. Amidst complaints from irate consumers, CR explains how automakers downplay these complaints . Furthermore CR conducts a research project which reveals that HID's do produce more glare and also, that the best HID lights are no better than the best halogens.
  • 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."
  • Windows of Worry

    A local boy's death by power window strangulation was called a "freak" accident by police, but The Press-Enterprise discovered that dozens of children have been strangled to death by power windows across the U.S.