DETROIT — For the third time in the past three years, General Motors has asked the U.S. government for permission to avoid recalls of potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators. The company disclosed its third petition to escape the recalls on Tuesday in a filing with securities regulators. If the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lets GM out of the recalls, the company says it could save $1 billion and avoid recalling up to 6.8 million full-size pickup trucks and SUVs from
DETROIT — The U.S. auto industry’s historic growth streak may be ending, but demand for new vehicles — especially SUVs — remains healthy as the new year begins. U.S. auto sales are expected to fall 2 percent to 17.1 million in 2017, according to Kelley Blue Book. That would be the first year-over-year decline since 2009, ending an unprecedented seven-year expansion. General Motors, Toyota and Ford all reported a 1 percent declines in sales last year compared to 2016.