On Tuesday, nearly 34 million cars and trucks nationwide were declared defective because of deadly air bags made by auto-parts giant Takata.  It is expected to be the biggest recall of any consumer product in U.S. history. This expanded recall is due to air bags which can blast out sharp metal shrapnel when deployed, a…

GM received another 57 claims for compensation for ignition switch defects in its cars in the past week, bringing the total to 4,237, according to the administrator of the company’s compensation program. Through Friday, GM had received 462 claims for death, 282 for catastrophic injuries and 3,493 for less-serious injuries requiring hospitalization, according to a…

Under heavy pressure from U.S. regulators, automakers and rival suppliers, Takata is racing to increase output of replacement inflators for automakers that have recalled nearly 25 million vehicles. Plans to double production to 900,000 units a month by September include the ramp-up of two new assembly lines at a plant in Monclova, Mexico, which will…