FROM Jeff Bennett
Can a Japanese Airbag Protect You from Itself? Airbags are supposed to protect passengers during car crashes, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says bags installed in millions of cars are an immediate danger to drivers. When they explode, they spray drivers and passengers with metal fragments. Five deaths have been linked to faulty airbags made by the Japanese company Takata. US safety regulators have asked BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda and Mazda for a recall. Nobody yet knows how many cars are involved. Jeff Bennett, who covers the automotive industry for the Wall Street Journal , joins us from Detroit.
GM's Internal Report on Recall Failures After receiving results from an international investigation today, General Motors CEO Mary Barra fired 15 people, disciplined five more and admitted to repeated delays in recalling 2.6 million cars linked to at least 13 deaths in 47 crashes. Addressing GM employees in Warren, Michigan, she asserted, "But I never want to put this behind us. I want to keep this painful experience permanently in our collective memories. I don't want to forget what happened because I – and I know you — never want this to happen again." Jeff Bennett is automotive reporter for the Wall Street Journal .
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.