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VW tells U.S. dealers to stop selling 4 models PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 12:11

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen is telling U.S. dealers to stop selling its most popular cars until transmission fluid leaks can be fixed.

The order covers about 25,000 Jetta, Passat, Beetle and Beetle convertible models equipped with 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engines and automatic transmissions, spokesman Scott Vazin said Wednesday. They were built after Feb. 1.

An "O-ring" that links a transmission fluid line to a cooler can fail and cause leaks, potentially causing a fire. Vazin says no fires or crashes have been reported. VW plans to replace the defective parts.

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Toyota recalls about 6.4 million vehicles globally PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 06:56

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe and other places.

No injuries or crashes have been reported related to the recalls announced Wednesday. But two reports of fires are linked to one of the problems, a defective engine starter that can keep the motor running.

Some vehicles were recalled for more than one problem. The recall cases total 6.76 million vehicles for 27 Toyota models, the Pontiac Vibe and the Subaru Trezia, produced from April 2004 through August 2013.

The Pontiac Vibe, which is a General Motors Co. model, is also involved because Toyota and GM made cars at the same plant in California and the recalled model is the same as the Toyota Matrix. It was recalled for a problem with a spiral cable attached to an air-bag. It is unrelated to a separate GM recall over ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths.

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Belgium destroys ivory stockpile, warns smugglers PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 07:59

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities have destroyed over 1,500 kilos (3,300 pounds) of ivory that had been seized by customs over the past three decades to serve as a warning to international smugglers who kill elephants daily for their tusks.

Wednesday's ivory crush followed similar initiatives in the United States, China and France. The pulverized ivory from the tusks will be turned into artwork to highlight Belgium's efforts to protect elephants.

The destruction by a crusher comes as the 28-nation European Union is mulling stronger action against illegal wildlife trafficking.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare group says some 50,000 elephants a year are killed for their tusks.


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GM to invest $449M in two Detroit-area factories PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 06:53

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors plans to invest $449 million in two Detroit-area factories to build the next-generation Chevrolet Volt hybrid electric car and two unspecified new vehicles.

The company said the investment eventually will bring a second shift at the Detroit assembly plant that makes the Volt and other cars. But it wouldn't say how many jobs would be added or when the people would be hired. The plant now employs about 1,600 on a single shift.

GM says it will invest $384 million at the assembly plant and another $65 million in a battery pack plant in nearby Brownstown Township.

The company also didn't release any details on the next generation Volt. The current version can go about 38 miles on battery power before a small gasoline generator kicks in.

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