American Morning

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March 19th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Are bullet trains worth the billions?

(CNN) – The Obama administration is betting that bullet trains are the magic bullet to solving a lot of our problems, from unemployment to pollution.

It's investing $8 billion in stimulus money in high-speed rail lines connecting cities across the country. A lot of the cash is heading to congested California.

But will it pay off? Our Casey Wian takes us on the long commute for answers.

Filed under: Transportation
February 24th, 2010
02:00 PM ET

Broken Government: How to fix NHTSA?

Toyota executives aren't the only ones taking heat over the safety of their cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also under fire.

The agency is supposed to investigate potential safety defects, but many say it's just another example of our broken government – overworked and underfunded.

We were joined on Wednesday's American Morning by Allan Kam, who was once senior enforcement attorney for the NHTSA. He retired in 2000 and is now director of Highway Traffic Safety Associates.

Filed under: Broken Government • Transportation
February 8th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Terror in a Tundra: Owner considers lawsuit after crash

We're still waiting to hear what Toyota plans to do about 270,000 Prius hybrid models that might have brake problems. So far, no official recall has been announced.

Meanwhile, a California woman says she's considering legal action against the automaker for an accident that left her seriously hurt. Our Deb Feyerick has the report.

CNNMoney: Prius brake fix near

Filed under: Business • Transportation
February 4th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Woman dies in speeding Toyota

Millions of Americans who drive Toyotas are asking the same question this morning – is it safe to get behind the wheel?

Toyota service centers are jammed. Customers with recalled cars are trying to get sticky accelerator pedals repaired. But some safety experts say an electrical malfunction – and not those pedals – is the real problem.

Our Deborah Feyerick has the story of a Michigan family that's looking for some answers after losing a loved one in a non-recalled Toyota crash.

Full Coverage: Toyota Recall

Filed under: Transportation
February 4th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Sticky situation for Toyota

Many more Toyota drivers don't know whether it's safe to drive to work today.

Now the company is acknowledging the very popular Prius had brake problems but never told customers about it. And Congress is demanding more answers from Toyota about what's really causing runaway cars.

More and more safety experts are saying "sticky" gas pedals are not the problem. So are these fixes the final fixes?

On Thursday's American Morning, our Christine Romans talked about the trouble at Toyota with David Rosenberg, owner and president of Prime Motor Group, which runs two Toyota dealerships in Massachusetts and Maine; and Joan Claybrook, former administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Full Coverage: Toyota Recall

Filed under: Business • Transportation
February 2nd, 2010
11:00 AM ET
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