July 6, 2002 |
A lawsuit against DaimlerChrysler challenging the safety of a seat belt buckle was granted nationwide class-action status by a Texas judge. The suit on behalf of owners of about 14 million Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles focuses on a buckle known as the Gen 3. At least three deaths have been blamed on the buckle, which the suit says is prone to unlatching during accidents or unlatching from around child and infant car seats in turns and sudden stops.
March 6, 2003 |
DaimlerChrysler may have to recall 589,596 LHS, Concorde, Intrepid and 300M sedans after U.S. safety regulators began an investigation into reports of sticking accelerators. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began the probe of the 1999 and 2000 model-year cars after receiving five complaints that the pedal stuck to the floor when drivers were accelerating in traffic. No accidents or injuries were listed in the agency's investigation report.
September 21, 2002 |
AUTOMOBILES * DaimlerChrysler is paying more than $1.1 billion for stakes in commercial vehicle businesses being spun off by Japan's Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co., a move intended to strengthen the German American auto maker's position in the growing Asian market. DaimlerChrysler said it will buy a 43% stake of the Mitsubishi spinoff, to be called Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp., for about $750 million.
September 17, 2003 |
DaimlerChrysler may close or sell as many as seven factories that make parts for Chrysler cars as it tries to narrow losses, people familiar with the plans said. Chrysler, based in Auburn Hills, Mich., may keep plants if they become more efficient, said the people, who declined to be identified. The closures are part of a four-year agreement with the United Auto Workers reached Monday. From Bloomberg News
September 5, 2000 |
DaimlerChrysler said it's renegotiating terms of an investment in Mitsubishi Motors Co. to obtain greater control of Japan's No. 3 auto maker, whose reputation and shares have been hurt by a recall scandal. DaimlerChrysler said the talks have been "fruitful" and a new agreement could be reached soon. The Stuttgart, Germany-based company wants to raise its stake to 40%, altering a July plan to buy 34% for almost $2 billion, said NHK television news, without citing sources.
November 28, 2000 |
DaimlerChrysler's troubles over its U.S. subsidiary deepened Monday as Kirk Kerkorian, the company's third-largest shareholder, filed a $9-billion securities fraud suit against the German auto maker and its top managers, accusing them of lying about their intent in acquiring Chrysler Corp. in 1998. The suit by Kerkorian's Los Angeles-based Tracinda Corp., filed Monday in U.S.
January 23, 2001 |
Billionaire financier Kirk Kerkorian, DaimlerChrysler's third-largest stockholder, has cut his stake in the auto maker by nearly a third, just weeks before the company reveals a far-reaching revival plan. The sale of about 10 million shares this month does not hurt Kerkorian's $8-billion lawsuit against the company, said his lawyer, Terry Christensen. Kerkorian, who had attempted to take over the former Chrysler Corp.
June 4, 1999 |
Aiming to prevent some of the thousands of child fatalities and injuries caused each year by car accidents, DaimlerChrysler moved Thursday to become the first auto maker to provide free fittings and inspections of child safety seats at its dealerships. Government studies have shown that 4 out of 5 children in safety seats are incorrectly restrained. Incorrect restraint weakens significantly the protection the devices can offer in automobile crashes.
October 20, 2001 |
DaimlerChrysler said a $259-million verdict against the company was thrown out after an appeals court found it was not responsible for the 1994 death of a 6-year-old boy who was not wearing a seatbelt when he was thrown from a 1985 Dodge Caravan during a collision. The company said in a statement that the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va.