Takata Recall – Carma Project Interviewed on Automotive News

Takata Recall – Carma Project Interviewed on Automotive News


good morning to you on this Thursday July 11th coming up a push to boost recall repairs but we’ll begin with your morning headlines out with the beetle and in with a crossover yesterday we told you about the end of production for the Volkswagen Beetle VW now saying the beetle will be replaced by the Terek small crossover at the automaker’s plant in puebla mexico in 2020 sales of the CUV will start by the end of 2020 1vw previously said the Terek will go by a different name in the United States the Puebla plant also produces VW’s take one CUV the bigger utilities are more popular in the US the main export market for the Mexican Factory South Korean electric vehicle battery maker LG Chem is considering building a second u.s. factory that according to Reuters sources they say the battery maker is weighing investing 1.7 billion dollars in the plant that could begin production in 2022 Kentucky and Tennessee are reportedly among the candidates for the plants location General Motors and Volkswagen are two of LG Kem’s biggest customers but the sources say the new factory would primarily supply Volvo Fiat Chrysler and potentially Hyundai the reported plan comes as global automakers push ahead with billions of dollars in investments in EVs to meet regulatory requirements Ford has scrapped plans to add a diesel engine option to its Transit Connect small van the reason lack of demand the automaker had planned to add the new 1.5 liter EcoBoost to the transit last fall but it never went on sale ford also saying it is killing the short wheelbase version of the Transit Connect wagon and sticking with Ford Beth Mooney chairman and CEO of key Corp in Cleveland is joining the automakers board the 64 year old Mooney was appointed Wednesday she has more than 35 years of experience in retail banking commercial lending and real estate financing on Ford’s Board moody will serve on the audit and nominating and governance committees in December we told you about a safety platform Toyota helped found their raises awareness about the deadly Takata airbag recall and urges affected owners to take action is called karma project introducing karma the world’s first peer-to-peer rewards driven alert system the program offers individuals financial rewards for alerting friends and family about deadly airbags so what has been Karma’s impact so far here’s co-founder and president Tony Lim he spoke with us at our Detroit offices this week to date we’ve had over 110 thousand searches on our platform 7,000 vehicle owners found out that they had a Takata airbag recall across all manufacturers and what we’re seeing too is that since Twitter is a founding sponsor on our platform we’re seeing that the overall conversion rates for Toyota is higher than those of other manufacturers Lim says under the effort there have been 1,200 fixes made on vehicles across all manufacturers nearly half of those remedies were on Toyota Lexus and Scion vehicles Lim says karma is in talks with other automakers to join the program at least 24 fatalities and about 290 injuries globally have been linked to takata’s inflators which exploded during accidents and spread shrapnel in two passenger compartments we’ll wrap up with a birthday note turning 57 today is Larry Dominique the former Nissan and true car executive heads PSA North America for more industry news be sure to stay with our website autumn news.com we’ll see you back here tomorrow morning


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