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Sonari Glinton

Sonari Glinton appears in the following:

As Carmakers Recall Vehicles, Dealers Might Make A Profit

Monday, June 23, 2014

When a company announces that millions of cars have a defect, there's an upside — for dealerships, at least. Car recalls can lead to more profit, and, counterintuitively, to more brand loyalty.

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GM Chief Makes A Return Trip To The Hill, Where A Grilling Awaits

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

General Motors CEO Mary Barra faced another grueling hearing on Capitol Hill, two weeks after a critical internal report blasted the company's handling of defective ignition switches as incompetent. GM has recalled 20 million vehicles already this year and has set aside $700 million to cover repairs related to the recall.

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Cars Shed Pounds In Race To Meet Fuel-Efficiency Goals

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hybrids represent only a small fraction of overall car sales. So automakers are trying to boost fuel savings by making vehicles lighter using some unexpected materials.

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Internal Probe Decries GM's 'Incompetence And Neglect'

Thursday, June 05, 2014

An internal probe of how General Motors handled an ignition switch defect has found "a pattern of incompetence and neglect" at GM. On Thursday, CEO Mary Barra announced the dismissal of 15 employees, many of whom were executives and senior managers.

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Google's Attempt To Make A Self-Driving Car: Big Idea Or Bad Idea?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Google is getting into the automobile business. Since the industry is littered with failed upstarts and revolutionary ideas, NPR's Sonari Glinton asks: Why would anyone want to do that?

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For Automakers, Internet-Connected Cars Are A Balancing Act

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

General Motors is putting 4G capabilities directly into its vehicles. But analysts say connecting your car to the Internet poses a challenge to automakers: how to balance safety with convenience.

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Feds Slap GM With $35 Million Penalty For Safety Law Violations

Friday, May 16, 2014

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced that General Motors has entered into a consent decree with the U.S. government, a response to how the company handled its ignition switch recall. As part of the agreement, GM will pay a record penalty of $35 million.

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GM To Pay Record Fine Over Safety Recall

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Department of Transportation on Friday announced that it's ordering General Motors to pay a $35 million civil penalty for the handling of its ignition switch problems.

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What's The Secret To Minnesota's Success On Jobs?

Friday, May 02, 2014

The labor market has recovered strongly in Minnesota, where the unemployment rate is just 4.8 percent.

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Small Businesses Fight Big-Box Stores By Specializing

Thursday, April 24, 2014

As online and mega stores take up more of the retail landscape, small mom-and-pop shops are getting more specific. We examine one of the ways small stores are looking to survive and possibly thrive.

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Bank Of America Agrees To Refunds And Fines In Credit Card Case

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bank of America will pay nearly $800 million to settle accusations that it misled customers who bought extra credit card products. Regulators say nearly 3 million credit card holders were effected.

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Toyota Pulls Over 6 Million Vehicles Worldwide

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Toyota is recalling 6.4 million vehicles due to defects. The recall comes at a time of heightened scrutiny of automakers, only weeks after Toyota agreed to a $1.2 billion settlement with the U.S. government for misleading consumers.

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Just How New Is The 'New' GM?

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

During her grilling before Congress, CEO Mary Barra insisted the new GM is different and better than the old GM. But are the company and its cars really new and improved? The answer is complicated.

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GM CEO Pressed On Handling Of Ignition Switch Defect

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

GM CEO Mary Barra and the head of the National Transportation Safety Administration testified on Capitol Hill about why it took so long to fix an ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths.

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The Long Road To GM's Ignition Switch Recall

Monday, March 31, 2014

Records show that GM knew about faulty ignition switches in its cars at least a decade ago. The first death now linked to the problem happened the same year the company was shedding thousands of jobs.

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As Carmakers Turn Up The Recalls, Consumers Tune Out

Friday, March 21, 2014

The number of vehicles recalled has more than doubled over the past 20 years — but most notices go unnoticed by the public. "It just starts to become noise," says one auto expert.

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Toyota's $1.2B Settlement Puts Criminal Probe To Rest

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Toyota will pay $1.2 billion to end a federal criminal probe into a vehicle recall. Federal regulators said five people died in accidents related to unintended acceleration prior to the recall.

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Ignition Switch Recall Straddles Old And New GM

Friday, March 14, 2014

General Motors is at the center of several investigations involving last month's recall of 1.6 million vehicles with faulty ignition switches. The recall comes at a pivotal time for the company.

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Delayed Safety Recall May Haunt General Motors

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Both houses of Congress are set to investigate, and the Justice Department is reportedly looking into why it took GM so long to inform the public. GM may have known about the problem for a decade.

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Delayed Safety Recall May Haunt GM As It Continues Its Makeover

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

General Motors is recalling 1.6 million vehicles because of faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths. It now faces a congressional inquiry into why it took nearly 10 years to warn the public.

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