Mary Barra,  chief executive of General Motors  is scheduled to testify at a US congressional hearing  into why GM took more than a decade to recall vehicles linked with a  dozen deaths. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Toyota’s claim to be the “best-built cars in the world” was severely dented in 2010 when it recalled millions of vehicles over uncontrolled acc(...)

 Akio Toyoda (left), president of Toyota and chairman of Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association speaks with reporters after a news conference on prospects of domestic demand of automobiles in Tokyo. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Toyota will pay a record $1.2 billion to resolve a criminal investigation into safety issues, in a deal that could serve as a template for how (...)

A hand out still image made available yesterday by  Channel 4 and which  was taken from a two-minute video broadcast on Christmas Day showing   Edward Snowden on the channel’s alternative Christmas message. Photograph: EPA

A federal judge has ruled that a National Security Agency program that collects records of millions of Americans’ phone calls is lawful, calling it a (...)